13 11, 2017

Trusting God’s Faithfulness…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:11:07-05:00November 13th, 2017|Despair, Emotions, Faith, Letting Go, Surrender, Trust, Trust and Faith|2 Comments

As Christ transforms us daily to be more like Him, sometimes He allows delight and sometimes He allows pain to do the transformational work in us. Sometimes being present and vulnerable with the painful challenges in our lives is what creates the most beauty in the long run. Our lives are not about living without pain and struggles. It’s more about how we respond to what happens to us along the way.  Psalm 37:4--”Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”  If our greatest desire is to know God and to

25 09, 2017

Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:11:17-05:00September 25th, 2017|Approval, Beauty, Creation, Desire, Emotions, Favor, Holy Spirit, Prayer, Psalm 90:17|2 Comments

For two mornings this week I have awakened to this verse going through my mind. Psalm 90:17 (KJV)   “Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us. Establish Thou the work of our hands; Establish Thou the work of our hands. It’s a familiar verse that is quoted in the Midday prayer that we have often quoted through the years for the Deeper Journey retreats.  I also have it in song form by the Northumbria Community in England.  Actually, the song is what awakened me from my dreams both of those mornings. I’ve often been struck by this

23 08, 2017

A Response to Charlotteville… a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:11:33-05:00August 23rd, 2017|Community, Emotions, Fear, Forgiveness, Good Samaritan, Humility, Racism, Relational Design, Repentance, Responsibility, Sin, Suffering|0 Comments

In recent days events in Charlottesville, VA were given great prominence in the news. At least that is what is seems. My wife and I happened to be out of the country at the time with no T.V. and little social media. When we returned, after seeing headlines from things a week earlier, i did my best to catch up. Sincerely wish that I was not confronted with what I read. Very sad. And sinful. The responses have died down because there are other issues now (e.g. statues). But I felt the desire to give my response even if

14 06, 2017

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

By |2021-02-09T13:11:43-05:00June 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

25 04, 2017

Greetings!…a post by Tom

By |2021-02-09T13:12:08-05:00April 25th, 2017|Easter, Emotions, Matthew 28:9, Resurrection|0 Comments

Matthew 28:9 (ESV) And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. The first word of Jesus after his resurrection is hello. He has been betrayed, beaten, abandoned, crucified, and buried. When He rises from the dead and meets the scared and disoriented women He says…hello! The Greek word for greetings is pregnant with joy and energy. Jesus has no victim mentality or revenge seeking mindset. His mindset is one of greetings and joy.  His second words are “do not be afraid.” A recent study has shown

3 04, 2017

Invitation to Trust…a post by Rich

By |2021-02-09T13:12:18-05:00April 3rd, 2017|Clarity, Emotions, Faith, Fear, Future, Humility, John 14:1, Listening, Living in the now, Prayer, Questions, Quotes, Trust|3 Comments

Brennan Manning in his book "Ruthless Trust" tells the following story. "When the brilliant ethicist John Kavanaugh went to work for three months at “the house of the dying” in Calcutta, he was seeking a clear answer as to how best to spend the rest of his life. On the first morning there he met Mother Teresa. She asked, “And what can I do for you?” Kavanaugh asked her to pray for him. “What do you want me to pray for?” she asked. He voiced the request that he had borne thousands of miles from the United States: “Pray

20 03, 2017

God Loves Us Even When We Are Messy!…a post by Joy

By |2021-02-09T13:12:28-05:00March 20th, 2017|Beauty, Emotions, Living in the now, Trust|3 Comments

Christian spiritual formation can be a process that is enlightening, encouraging, sorrowful, and humbling.  Plain and simple, it can be “messy.”  Journeying back to the true self of who God has created us to be may require going through painful situations which teach us once again that we are His beloved children no matter what. As each layer of our false self is peeled away by the working presence of the Holy Spirit within us, He reminds us over and over again that even in these times of  discouragement, depression, denial, or grief, He loves us more than we can

28 02, 2017

Empathy vs Sympathy…a video post by Tom

By |2021-02-09T13:12:38-05:00February 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

23 11, 2016

A Thanksgiving Invitation…by Tom and Oriah Mountain Dreamer

By |2021-02-09T13:13:29-05:00November 23rd, 2016|Community, Desire, Emotions, Human, Imagination, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Thanksgiving|1 Comment

Thanksgiving is upon us and with it comes the requisite gatherings with family and friends, or not. These spaces of holiday gatherings can be either interesting or disinteresting.  The usual suspects arrive and tell the usual stories with the usual chatter.  What could make these interactions different or interesting?  The following poem leads us in a beautiful invitation to have an interesting holiday with whomever we are with and most importantly ourself.  The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer It doesn't interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for and if you dare to dream

3 10, 2016

Home is where the heart is…a post by Jim

By |2021-02-09T13:13:44-05:00October 3rd, 2016|Attachment, Attachment Patterns, Community, Emotions, family systems, Relational Design, Self-Clarity, Suffering, The Relational Soul|0 Comments

Home is where the heart is. Sounds encouraging. And it should be. Home should be the place where our souls are safe, encouraged, and loved. Home should be the best place to be. But there is another way to think of the phrase, “Home is where the heart is.” And it isn’t necessarily good news. Because the state of our home, especially our family of origin when we are young, has a huge impact on where the heart is emotionally. And if the home system is not healthy or holy we will struggle when it comes to how close

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