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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

Scars

Photo Credit: Fancycrave on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “If you do not transform your wounds you will transmit them.” Richard Rohr The other night at dinner we each shared about a childhood injury and resulting scar – a literal one still present on our bodies. It was interesting to note we all had one and an interesting story to go with it. Scars remind us of the wound that happened long ago. They [...]

By | 2018-06-18T13:47:53+00:00 July 3, 2018|Categories: 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

Third Base Coach

Photo Credit: Joey Kyber on Unsplash By Joan Kelley “Listen to My Life is like your personal third base coach.”. –Sibyl Towner The third-base coach stands in foul ground, just behind the third-base bag, and helps relay signals from the dugout to both batters and base runners. Additionally, the third-base coach is responsible for advising base runners on whether to stop at the second and third base or to continue running home. The third base coach is critical to the baseball game. They [...]

By | 2018-06-13T13:50:12+00:00 June 19, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Restless?

Photo Credit: Joshua Earle on Unsplash By Sharon Swing Feeling restless? Maybe unsettled or bored? Have you considered that restlessness has a purpose? Maybe it could be a prompt from God to pay attention. What underlies the restlessness? What might God be moving you toward or away from? Consider that it may be prompt from the God who is FOR you. Maybe it is time to get curious about your restlessness. Why not [...]

By | 2018-06-05T14:59:27+00:00 June 12, 2018|Categories: My Life Now, 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

Original Blessing

Photo Credit: Kayle Kaupanger on Unsplash By Sharon Swing As people engage their life stories, they may recognize that the story they have been told about themselves in their religious background leans heavily toward their sin nature, sometimes to the near exclusion of God’s pronouncement of “very good” when he created them. A spirituality based on ‘original blessing' does not deny ‘original sin,’ but it recognizes that the blessing is, in fact, our [...]

By | 2018-04-24T13:53:47+00:00 April 24, 2018|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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
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