"Giving the gift of honesty can be achieved in many ways, but a great place to start is with prayer. Presenting our honest needs before God, with other members of our community, helps to release us from feeling trapped by negative thoughts. Sharing the gift of honesty also helps to resolve any hurts that may … Continue reading Sharing the Gift of Honesty
"As I have gotten older, I have realized that the truest joy I experience during the Holiday season is not in the receiving of gifts, but in giving them. There is something about going shopping, trying to find that perfect gift for each person my list that brings me an abundance of happiness and joy." … Continue reading Best. Gift. Ever.
The final week of the Advent series is going to be a little different than the previous three weeks. This week, we are turning our attention to the ones that mean the most to us, our loved ones. Now that we have spent some time reflecting on how we can improve our daily lives, it … Continue reading Advent Series Week #4; Blessing Others
With Gratitude One of my favorite authors on the practice of gratitude is Christine Pohl. Her book, Living Into Community: Cultivating Practices That Sustain Us, is full of practical ways to incorporate gratitude into a practice or ritual for everyday life. I think it is very fitting as we move into the third week of … Continue reading Advent Series Week #3; Gratitude
Peace. Where have you gone? Peace. Will you ever come back? Peace. Why did you leave us? Peace. Growing up, I always enjoyed reading the story where Jesus calms the storm that threatened to sink the boat carrying him and his disciples. For me, there is something about the imagery of Jesus, getting up from … Continue reading Advent Series Week #2; Peace
Lament is not a word commonly used in Western culture. It has these days been replaced with such words as "depressed" or "anxious." Lament is also not a word used often during the season of Advent. So, you might be asking, why write about lament during the first week of Advent? I’d be happy to … Continue reading Advent Series Week #1; Lament
For a church kid, I am embarrassingly unfamiliar with many traditional church practices. This includes important seasons such as Advent. Each year, Advent would come and go and I would go about my life, not changing my rhythms or adapting any beneficial tools to help me develop specific aspects of my character. Year after year, I … Continue reading In Preparation; a 4-week Meditation series for Advent.
*Before you read any further, if you are not familiar with the Enneagram and would like to know what I am talking about, visit http://www.9types.com and you can click on a few quick links to help explain the general outline. You can also visit http://www.exploreyourtype.com and find out what type you are! My first confession: … Continue reading Help you, help me: Confessions of an Enneagram #2
Christmas Eve 1968 began as any other day. Unless you were a part of the crew of Apollo 8. The Apollo 8 astronauts gave the world a Holiday gift many people have never fully appreciated. They gave us Earth-rise, a simple photo of the Earth in waxing crescent. The image quickly became one of the … Continue reading The Overview Effect
The end of my seminary journey seemed to end just as quickly as it began. As I hit “Submit” on my laptop for the last time, I was hit with a flurry of emotions. It was equal part excited and anxious. I had just finished a very important chapter in my life’s story but yet … Continue reading I Just Graduated Seminary, Now What?