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Stolen Joy

Photo Credit: Milan Surbatovic on Unsplash By Joan Kelley I sat with a friend recently who was frustrated with a relative. I listened and then said, “It sounds like their extreme reaction to you is stealing your joy.” My friend teared up immediately. My comment had opened a place of vulnerability, of sadness, of a desire for something more, and a grief for what was unjustly taken. Later that day I sat with [...]

By | 2018-06-20T14:33:55+00:00 July 17, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Wondering

Photo Credit: Kalen Emsley on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “People travel to wonder at the height of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of rivers, at the circular motions of the stars and they pass by themselves with out wondering.” Augustine What have you wondered at lately in God’s creation — a hawk sailing through the sky, a lily pad on the pond, the brilliant colors on [...]

By | 2018-06-18T14:11:13+00:00 July 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Beginning of Love

Photo Credit: Kevin Delvecchio on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “The beginning of love is the will to let those we love be perfectly themselves, the resolution not to twist them to fit our own image. If in loving them we do not love what they are, but only their potential likeness to ourselves, then we do not love them: we only love the reflection of ourselves we find in them.” ― Thomas Merton Loving [...]

By | 2018-06-18T12:55:21+00:00 June 26, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Co-Creators

Photo Credit: Brooke Lark on Unsplash By Sharon Swing It’s all grace. It’s all a gift, this life of ours. Oh, to see it for what it is! To take nothing for granted, to live in wide-eyed wonder. Living aware of the good world God is creating, there is an open invitation to join in generating more love joy peace kindness. Co-creator? Yes! No need to RSVP. Just jump in the flow.   [...]

By | 2018-06-02T14:31:54+00:00 June 5, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

God, Incognito

Photo Credit: Robert Murray on Unsplash By Sharon Swing How might your day change if you assume God is present everywhere you go and right where you are? As we learn to recognize and respond to God, I have come to understand that this basic assumption is foundational.  It is a part of what it means to have faith - to assume God’s presence and activity even when we cannot sense it. When [...]

By | 2018-05-29T14:16:16+00:00 May 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Believe to See

Photo Credit: Casey Horner at Unsplash By Sharon Swing Seeing is believing, you have heard it said. Maybe it is truer to say, “Because we believe, we can see.” When you believe that God is present, active, and discoverable, you become open to the miracles of the Creator as close as the air you breathe and as distant as neighboring galaxies. The mere expectation of God infused throughout your daily experiences tunes your [...]

By | 2018-05-02T14:46:41+00:00 May 2, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Resurrection Joy

Photo Credit: A Fox on Unsplash Join Sibyl Towner via podcast as she speaks at The Practice about Resurrection Joy.  What is the thing that you cannot do for yourself that God must do for you?  What kind of encounter do you need with the resurrected Christ?  Are you one who like Thomas needs your doubt addressed? Or like Mary, needs the Master to call your name?  Or your despair addressed by deep [...]

By | 2018-04-10T14:42:17+00:00 April 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Remember

Photo Credit: Natalya Zaritskaya on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “If you fail to remember who God is in his power, glory, and grace, and you forget who you are as a child in his family, you will always mismeasure your potential to do what God has called you to do.” –Paul David Tripp I vividly remember the family I grew up in. It wasn’t perfect by any stretch. I remember my mom and [...]

By | 2018-03-23T15:01:20+00:00 April 3, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Holy Week: Your Invitation

Photo Credit: Carolyn V on Unsplash by Sibyl Towner We are at the high point in Holy Week where we see the beautiful expression of Jesus' love as he moves toward facing his hardest moments. We see him teaching in the temple, fellowshipping in the intimacy of the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, walking through betrayal by Judas, and experiencing the sense of being abandoned by God. We are invited to not [...]

By | 2018-03-29T14:08:00+00:00 March 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Praying

Photo Credit: Stephen Pedersen on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot, or a few small stones; just pay attention, then patch a few words together and don’t try to make them elaborate, this isn’t a contest but the doorway into thanks, and a silence in which another voice may speak.” --Mary Oliver Sometimes I try too hard. I think [...]

By | 2018-03-23T14:33:26+00:00 March 27, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments
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