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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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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+00:00March 27, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

The Voice You Listen To

Photo Credit: Tanja Heffner on Unsplash by Joan Kelley “The voice you listen to is the one you belong to.”  - Jonathan David Helser We all have voices we listen to externally and internally; present voices and voices from our past; loud voices and quiet voices. It takes quieting our body, mind and heart to be able to discern the voice of God from the dysfunctional choir of voices that can distract us [...]

By |2018-03-01T15:10:43+00:00March 20, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Reviewing My Days|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Profound Gifts

Photo Credit: Ester Marie Doysabas on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Sometimes the most stunningly beautiful parts of my day have no words...a knowing glance, sharing a tear, a smile from a stranger, noticing a piece of creation that's been there all along, finding something that was lost, listening well, holding someone's story tenderly, margin left in between appointments, a deep breath or a long sigh of relief. These are profound gifts found in [...]

By |2018-03-01T14:48:46+00:00March 13, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

What Are You Delighting In?

Photo Credit: Aaron Burden on Unsplash “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33 "What we delight in, we tend to seek. We will find ourselves lingering over the works of God, celebrating before Him with glad hearts, and talking ever more eagerly about them–and especially about His work of redemption–with the people we see each day." - T. M. Moore [...]

By |2018-02-23T14:33:33+00:00March 6, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

How to Find Meaning in Life

Photo Credit: Alan Labisch on Unsplash By Sharon Swing What does it look like for you to live a meaningful life? I appreciate how Victor Frankl in his book ‘Man’s Search for Meaning,’ is defined meaning as ‘resonance with one’s core essence.’ Your core essence is rooted in God’s design of you; how he made you to live and move, do and be in the world. Resonance may be recognized in what your [...]

By |2018-02-12T15:04:31+00:00February 20, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Armor Up!

Photo Credit: Lachlan Dempsey on Unsplash By Sharon Swing I was struck by the benediction given by Jon Peacock, pastor of Mission Church in Roselle, IL this weekend after his message on the armor of God. Let this be your declaration each day! “I’m not shrinking back, I’m moving forward. I’m not backing down, I’m suiting up. I’m standing firm, I’m Battle Ready. When it comes to our enemy, we won’t back down, [...]

By |2018-01-30T14:25:01+00:00January 30, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Do Not Yield to Fear

Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash by Kathleen Bolduc   Do not yield to your fear, Mary, for the Lord has found delight in you and has chosen to surprise you with a wonderful gift. (Luke 1:30, The Passion Translation)   Do not yield to fear. Wind whispers winter, Guns thud in distance, Relationships teeter on brink, And yet… You, daughter, Are a reflection of the Most High God. His waters bubble up [...]

By |2018-01-15T17:33:56+00:00January 15, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|0 Comments
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