17 07, 2018

By Your Light We See Light…a post by Rich

By |2018-07-17T14:51:45-05:00July 17th, 2018|Beauty, Character, Clarity, Discernment, Fruit of the Spirit, Gal 5, Grace, Holy Spirit, Kingdom of God, Morality, Presence, Psalm 36:9, Vision|1 Comment

Aquinas the great theologian of the of the 13the century relied upon Psalm 36:9 to guide him in his great theological endeavors. “For with You is the fountain of life: in Your light do we see light.” C.S. Lewis was a follower of Christ because he held that Jesus enabled him to see what was most real and true. God’s light enables us to see. My recent times of mediation have me reflecting on the significance of the fruits of the Spirit. Paul encourages believers to walk by the Spirit (Gal. 5:16). Walking by the Spirit arms us to

15 05, 2018

What are you exploring?…a post by Tom

By |2018-05-15T14:19:28-05:00May 15th, 2018|Beauty, Burnout, Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Gift, Grace, Humility, Presence, Rest, Self-Clarity, Stillness, Surrender|1 Comment

We shall not cease from exploration And the end of all our exploring Will be to arrive where we started And know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot   What are you looking for? A better sense of self? A better home and garden? More knowledge about the Divine or your divinely inspired pursuits? An idealized Christianity or church to validate a privatized salvation project? To figure out your dysfunctional family system? Untie some knotty existential shoelaces tightened by primal repression so that you no longer trip over fear, guilt, and shame? A well balanced portfolio?

1 05, 2018

Seeing the Unseen…a post by Joy

By |2018-05-01T20:02:32-05:00May 1st, 2018|Attachment Patterns, Clarity, Discernment, Emotions, Listening, Spiritual Disciplines, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Trust, Trust and Faith, Vision|1 Comment

About a month ago, my eyeglass frames with progressive lenses broke. Knowing it was time to get a check-up I scheduled an appointment instead of getting my glasses repaired right away. Unfortunately, I had to wait another week to see the eye doctor. Thank goodness for another set of glasses that I use for computer work and reading music at the piano. When the time came, the check-up revealed that my eyes would require a change on my lenses so I would need to wait about 7-10 days for the new glasses to arrive. In the mean while, we

17 10, 2017

Serve Well but Don’t Neglect Prayer…a post by Jim

By |2017-10-17T16:13:12-05:00October 17th, 2017|Burnout, Clarity, Discernment, Humility, Imagination, Listening, Prayer|3 Comments

Joy and I celebrated our 40th anniversary this summer. We saved 5 years to do something very special. We traveled to Scotland and very much enjoyed a couple weeks there. In our time there I was reminded of a couple things. First, we should have saved for 10 years! Traveling is expensive. Second, the history of Scotland is violent. So much fighting between clans and other groups (e.g. Vikings and English). Third, the topography of that small country is amazingly diverse. From the pastoral land in the southeast to the rugged mountains of the northwest. A beautiful country. But

28 08, 2017

I Lift My Eyes To The Mountains…a post by Joy

By |2017-08-28T17:21:31-05:00August 28th, 2017|Beauty, Creation, Decisions, Discernment, Holy Spirit, Imagination, Psalm 121, Rest, Stillness|1 Comment

  PSALM 121: 1-2 I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.   Psalm 121 has always been one of my favorites. My father had all 4 of us children memorize the entire Psalm when we were young. It’s amazing that these verses have come to my heart and mind at different times in my life, even after having not read the Psalm for a very long time. Today, as I look at the mountains in front of me and all

31 07, 2017

“Shoulds” That hold us hostage…a post by Joy

By |2017-07-31T22:48:18-05:00July 31st, 2017|Clarity, Decisions, Discernment, Fear, Forgiveness, Grace, Living in the now, Now, Regret, Stillness, Trust|2 Comments

I should go to bed earlier; I should lose weight; I should exercise more; I should have made a different decision than what I did.  “Shoulds” that hold us hostage and weigh us down are one of the elements of life that keep us from living with the freedom of “what is”. The reality of “now” and being present to it as a way of life keeps me from wandering in the past and the imaginations of the future. Don’t get me wrong. I love history and reminiscing about good memories that have already been lived. I enjoy planning

14 06, 2017

Be Still And Know That I Am God…a post by Joy

By |2017-06-14T18:15:47-05:00June 14th, 2017|Clarity, Discernment, Emotions, Fear, Listening, Prayer, Solitude and Silence, Spiritual Disciplines, Stillness, Trust and Faith|0 Comments

“Being Still” can be one of the most challenging things we do in the journey of Christian spiritual formation. In our culture, there are so many distractions. Some of them are good distractions, such as our jobs and tending to our families and friends. Others are distractions of guilt, shame, or fear that keep us from even considering “being still” much less actually “doing” it. Scripture doesn’t say to us, “Be still and be perfect” or “Be still and God will love you forever,” or “ Be still and God will protect you.” Psalm 46:10 says, “BE STILL and KNOW

15 05, 2017

Check Your Posture…a post by Joy

By |2017-05-15T15:11:03-05:00May 15th, 2017|Discernment, Future, Letting Go, Matthew 28:20, Prayer, Presence, Solitude and Silence, Stillness, Surrender, Trust, Waiting|3 Comments

Christian Spiritual Formation is a journey that is one of posturing ourselves to be awakened to the process of coming back to the true self of who God created us to be. The posturing is sometimes difficult. It can require us to be still or it can require us to step into something new because we have been still long enough. Being still requires us to let go of distractions of work, family life, or being busy for the sake of busyness. Stepping into something new requires that we let go of what feels safe and familiar. Which ever

28 03, 2017

Here’s mud in your eye!…a post by Tom

By |2017-03-28T14:20:39-05:00March 28th, 2017|Dark Night, Discernment, Vision|2 Comments

“And who is he sir, that I may believe in him?  Jesus said to him, “You have seen him, and it is he who is speaking to you. He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshipped him.” - John 9:36-38 This past Sunday’s gospel reading from John 9:1-41 featured a beautiful and comical account of a man born blind healed by Jesus. The disciples inquired as to whether this man sinned or his parents so as to cause his malady. Jesus corrected their bad theology by saying his infirmity wasn’t divine retribution but divine opportunity for God to be

28 02, 2017

Empathy vs Sympathy…a video post by Tom

By |2017-02-28T18:25:54-05:00February 28th, 2017|Animals, Community, Discernment, Emotions, Empathy, family systems, Human, Listening, Loneliness|1 Comment

Check out the following short video illustrating the important difference between empathy and sympathy.  Now ask the question which one is God? Which one are you? Imagine how the quality of our relationships  would improve if we embodied this…and thus the quality of our lives.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw

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