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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

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+00:00April 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+00:00March 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|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

Advent: He’s Coming

Photo Credit: Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash by Ashlee Eiland   O come, O come, Emmanuel And ransom captive Israel That mourns in lonely exile here Until the Son of God appear Rejoice, rejoice, Emmanuel Shall come to thee O Israel.   When I read these six lines, I don't imagine the tribe of Israel. These lines don't seem so ancient to me. I think of America, and I think of the Church. I [...]

By |2017-12-18T13:05:24+00:00December 19, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The Journey to the Manger

Photo Credit: Walter Chavez on Unsplash by Joan Kelley Advent starts this week.  It marks the beginning of the church year calendar, followed by Christmas, Epiphany and then Lent, Holy Week and Easter.   Advent means coming or arrival.  It’s the season of waiting and anticipation as we remember with awe and wonder that first Advent when Jesus was born.  It’s a season of slowing and savoring as we acknowledge Christ’s presence in our [...]

By |2017-12-03T17:07:39+00:00December 5, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Notes on Grieving

Photo Credit: Daria Shevtsova on Unsplash by Sharon Swing They say that grief waits. I think it lurks. Then, it leaks. It’s a mess.

When it's time to let it out - to grieve in healthy ways - it is not usually convenient. It is necessary to leave time to let the emotions flow. Please, don’t avoid grief.  Move through it. Ignore the grieving, and you may be setting up camp in the middle of a [...]

By |2017-11-13T16:17:04+00:00November 28, 2017|Categories: Spiritual Practice, Valley Experiences|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Storytelling and Shame

Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash Stories you tell yourself about yourself are a crucial factor in your ability to receive and give love. As I listen to people, it's not uncommon for a person to verbalize the things they tell themselves that are wildly shaming. "I AM an idiot." "I AM a weak person." "I AM a failure." "I AM not lovable." They are spoken as statements of identity. Let me assure [...]

By |2017-09-18T13:14:47+00:00September 19, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

God’s Intentions for Your Life

Photo Credit: Quino Al on Unsplash Whether you're unsure of your purpose, or you've already got an elegantly crafted life purpose statement, I'd like you to consider these words: God's intention is to increase your capacity to receive and give love.   God is actively inviting your participation in his plan to allow his love to flow to and through you.  He desires to clear away all that obstructs the flow of his [...]

By |2017-09-11T14:32:42+00:00September 12, 2017|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms, My Life Now, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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