Refusing to Worry

As is probably evident from my lack of posts, it’s been a bit of a crazy week. I’ve been keeping up my commitment to daily writing, just not daily posting. As I sat down to do my morning reading today, as always, the words from “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young hit home for me. “It is not so much adverse events that make you anxious as it is your thoughts about those events. Your mind engages in efforts to take control

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The Power of Small Groups

This morning I wrapped up another year of leading a Bible study group at my church. We’ve spent almost every Wednesday morning digging into the Bible from Genesis to Revelations. Bible study is an important spiritual discipline if you’re a Christian, but I really find that the value of a group study goes so much deeper than gaining knowledge about the Bible, or whatever book you may be studying. As I reflect on our year together, I recall conversations that

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Some Days You Just Need to Rest

I’ve been writing and posting to my blog now for 6 days. Today is the first day that I got my morning started and thought “Oh no – what am I going to write about today?” A good friend reminded me this morning at my Bible study that it doesn’t need to be long to be complete. My post today will be a short and sweet reminder that it’s not only okay but necessary that we all find time to pause

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Coloring Prayers? (Or What’s a Mandala and Why Do You Want Me to Color it?)

Have you been bitten by the coloring bug? Coloring books are everywhere! As an artist myself, I loved watching the mania unfold. So, imagine my delight when I got my hands on this book called “Praying with Mandalas” this past December. You see, many years ago when I was finishing yoga teacher training (yes I did that, too…) I attended a mandala creation workshop. LONG before anyone considered coloring a “thing.” And quite frankly, when a lot of people thought of mandalas

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The Power of Community, Part 1

God never intended for us to live in isolation. Part of feeling and being fully alive – actually, a huge part – is the relationships you form with others and being part of a community of people. Your community may look very different from mine, but at the core, there are more similarities than differences. A common thread runs through all communities – relationships and support. As an introvert and someone who tends to battle my own share of mental

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Putting It All in God’s Hands…

One habit that I developed this year is reading this incredible book (that half the world has read, except me, apparently) called Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. My friend Michelle told me about this book about 5 years ago. It only took me until this January to finally check it out. It’s profound and speaks to me in a way no other book has. For those unfamiliar with the book, the devotions are written as if Jesus were talking to

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Every Day?

What in the world am I going to write about every.single.day? When I decided to dive into this I set some guidelines for myself. I’m a big fan of different spiritual practices and sharing them with others. Here are the 3 things I’ll use as a “guideline” for my daily posts: Where did I see God in the past 24-hours? This is a practice known as “Daily Examen.” Or, for my more VBS literate friends, it could also be called

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A Holy Reflection

Have you ever lost someone you love? Not lost in the “I can’t find them” sense, but lost to the finality of death. Do you recall the pain, the overwhelming anguish that you felt knowing you would not see that person walking on this earth again? Pain so intense it can take your breath away. You would wake up tomorrow and know you were not going to greet them with a hug or a kiss the next time you saw

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