Respite is a gift of stillness that we can give to others. Those brief moments that allow the whirlwind of life to die down, even for just a little while, and remind us of the peace we carry within us; the divine gift of stillness that never leaves us. Continue reading Carols of Stillness & Peace
Stillness is a time when we make room to hear the voices that we need to hear, even the ones that disturb us, that challenge us to be who we think we are. Continue reading “It Wasn’t My Turn”
There is something counter-cultural about stillness. For all of the apps and articles helping us to focus on mindfulness and being present, the caroler’s refrain that “all is calm, all is bright” continues to elude us. Continue reading Why Stillness for Advent?
I want more from Advent, this season of preparation. I want the stillness of waiting, of expectation. I want the peace of resting, of trusting. I want the wonder of hopeful imagination. The true gifts that Christmas offers.
Not instead of the celebrations, but in the midst of them. Because that’s where faith is found… along the way. Join me in Growing Still this Advent. Continue reading Growing Still This Advent
Love is not what you say, it’s what you do. How are you doing on the 14 Day Love Challenge? Depending on when you started you have already practiced being Patient and Kind. For those who began the Challenge on February 1st, today is a day to be mindful of Arrogance. Ouch. My friend, Mike Queen, always says, “Love is not what you say, it’s … Continue reading Putting Love Into Practice
We love to read the description of Love in 1 Corinthians 13. It’s a beautiful description of God’s love and the love that Paul expects to see reflected in Christian community. But it’s a challenging love to live out. It requires that we give the best of ourselves and believe the best in others. It demands that we allow God’s love to flow through us … Continue reading Take the 14 Day Love Challenge
Laughter, gratitude, compassion and purpose – these are the keys to a more resilient life. But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through … Continue reading 4 Ways to Be More Resilient in 2019
So many times I hear the question, why doesn’t God speak to us any more, like He did in biblical days. The truth is, God does speak. We just don’t always to a very good, intentional job of listening. Continue reading Discovering “The Remarkable Ordinary”
To love God means to pay attention, be mindful, be open to the possibility that God is with you in ways that, unless you have your eyes open, you may never glimpse. – Frederick Buechner Day one of a new year! So full of possibility. Kind of like a new composition notebook in 4th grade. Clean. Fresh. Ready to be your best self. If you’re … Continue reading Mindfulness & Stacking Stones
The longer I would search for words to make Alaina feel better, the more speechless I became. There came a time when actions were the best way to show love. A simple hug, a trip to the park or even a meal at her favorite Bojangles on the way to her treatment.
The actions were beyond what the tongue could speak. Continue reading I Love You More Than the Tongue Can Speak
God didn’t design us to all be alike. To think alike.
To act alike. Create room in your heart this Christmas for those who are different from you. Continue reading How Do You Decorate Your Gingerbread House?
We bring expectations to so many areas of our lives. Our relationships, our work, our faith, even our experience of Christmas. Subtle checklists of what should be – how it should look and feel – that can sometimes get in the way of seeing the gifts right in front of us. Continue reading Great Expectations