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Ordinary Places

Photo Credit: Dario Valenzuela on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “The discovery of God lies in the daily and the ordinary, not in the spectacular and the heroic. If we cannot find God in the routines of home and shop, then we will not find Him at all.”  Richard Foster I just got home from a vacation in the lush forests, mountains and endless beaches of Oregon.  It was quite easy to see God [...]

By |2018-07-13T12:29:04+00:00August 14, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What’s Running Your Life?

Photo Credit: Brad Neathery on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.”  Proverbs 4:23 NCV If I stopped you in your tracks, mid-stream in your day and asked you, “What’s running your life?”  What would be your initial answer? Would you say - your schedule, your work, your finances, or your relationships? If someone looked at your life with an unbiased opinion, what might they [...]

Finding a Way

Photo Credit: Joan Kelley By Joan Kelley This picture is a tree in my neighborhood.  It appears the owner of this property is trying to save some money by taking the dead tree down piece by piece in a rather creative way.  It looks like they tried the first ladder, then decided maybe a taller ladder would help. Since that looked unstable, they tried some bungee cords for support. They found a way.  [...]

By |2018-07-10T13:46:32+00:00July 31, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Learning to Wait

Photo Credit: Kelvin Balingit on Unsplash By Joan Kelley I have spent a fair share of my life in waiting rooms – waiting for grades, test results, job interviews.  To be honest I’m not very fond of them. Probably because I don’t usually like the answer at the end of the wait and also because I’m simply not good at waiting. Have you noticed how often in scripture God gives us one thing [...]

By |2018-07-10T13:29:24+00:00July 24, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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+00:00July 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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+00:00May 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+00:00May 2, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |1 Comment
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