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Do Not Yield to Fear

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

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 [...]

What does God’s Voice ‘Sound’ Like?

By | 2018-01-15T17:12:17+00:00 January 9, 2018|Categories: Following Forward, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , |

Photo Credit: Tachina Lee on Unsplash by LaKenya Johnson   Voices from my past sneer, "You're good, just not good enough." While others jeer, “You think you’re so special, but you’re not!” And yet, I know that's nothing that any one of my loved ones would actually say to or about me. But I have managed to make them a ventriloquist accusing me of things, fearing their reactions, magnifying their disappointment in me, [...]

Prioritize What Gives You Life

By | 2018-01-01T14:57:29+00:00 January 2, 2018|Categories: Desires & Longings, Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Peter Nowicki on Unsplash by Sharon Swing What if gratitude and things that bring life hit your 'list' for the day? I grew up thinking that all the things that give me life were 'treats' for after I accomplished everything else. The problem is, the 'everything else' never gets accomplished. Receiving God's love in through activities that give you life is essential if you want to give love. You have to [...]

A Christmas Prayer

By | 2017-12-25T07:44:13+00:00 December 25, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Josh Boot on Unsplash by Joan Kelley As you move into this day that celebrates the birth of Christ, take a moment to pause, to listen to God’s word, to acknowledge His presence. In Revelation 3:20 Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock." Lord You are calling us gently and softly to be quiet, to slow down, to seek your pace, your rhythm. Help us to daily notice your [...]

Advent: He’s Coming

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

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 [...]

Learning to Wait

By | 2017-12-13T06:07:57+00:00 December 12, 2017|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Mira Bozhko on Unsplash by Joan Kelley This week marks the 2nd week of Advent.  We continue to reflectively wait for the birth of Christ as we follow Mary and Joseph to the manger.  We wait with expectant hope for Christ’s return and reign over all the Earth.  And finally we actively wait in the present moment and acknowledge Christ as Emmanuel – Christ with us.  The simple yet profound power [...]

The Journey to the Manger

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

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 [...]

Notes on Grieving

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

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 [...]

Maps in the Hand of a Life Coach

By | 2017-11-13T15:40:09+00:00 November 21, 2017|Categories: Participant Stories|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Jamie Street on Unsplash by Nancy Bentz Is not this the God who armed me well, then aimed me in the right direction?   II Samuel 22:33 MSG Early on in pursuing my life coach certification, I learned that helping others to become unstuck and move forward is inherently understood. Judging by the popularity and rise of life coaches in a multitude of niches, the concept of life coaching strikes a resounding [...]

Feeling Fearful?

By | 2017-11-07T15:38:10+00:00 November 14, 2017|Categories: Desires & Longings, Following Forward|Tags: , , , , |

Photo Credit: Caleb Woods on Unsplash by Sharon Swing Are you internally conflicted - with opposing forces tussling within you as you consider good options in your life?  These opposing forces exist within almost everyone. You are not alone. Can you name what is in conflict and write it down? If you can, you have made great progress toward healing and freedom. There is a difference between fear and danger.  Danger is when [...]

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