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Flourish

By | 2018-04-16T14:26:29+00:00 April 17, 2018|Categories: My Life Now, Participant Stories, Retreat/Workshop|Tags: , , |

Photo Credit: Rod Long on Unsplash By Julie Artz-Hanson For the past few years I have sought God for a ‘word of the year’ that might help me better recognize what He was doing in my life. I repeatedly asked for the word “thrive,” but instead, He gave me me “notice,” then “perspective” and “flourish” for a few years. I was scared of the disappointment that may come if ‘flourish' didn’t come true [...]

Resurrection Joy

By | 2018-04-10T14:42:17+00:00 April 10, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Remember

By | 2018-03-23T15:01:20+00:00 April 3, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Holy Week: Your Invitation

By | 2018-03-29T14:08:00+00:00 March 29, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms, Spiritual Practice|Tags: , , , , |

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 [...]

Praying

By | 2018-03-23T14:33:26+00:00 March 27, 2018|Categories: Life-Giving Rhythms|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

The Voice You Listen To

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

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 [...]

Profound Gifts

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

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 [...]

What Are You Delighting In?

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

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 [...]

Your Story, Your Choices and Your Influence

By | 2018-02-23T14:29:30+00:00 February 27, 2018|Categories: My Life Story, Personal Story|Tags: , , , |

Photo Credit: Cynthia Magana on Unsplash I was seven years old when I remember organizing the ragamuffin group of kids from the neighborhood to put on a circus event for our parents and friends on the swing set in our backyard. It was not uncommon for me to write plays, cast unsuspecting kids in lead roles, direct the whole thing, and offer lemonade and butter cookies after the performance. These early signs of [...]

How to Find Meaning in Life

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

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 [...]

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