What is Your Spiritual Gift?

Do you appreciate the insights you receive from personality assessments? Not fluffy magazine quizzes like “What’s Your Home Decor Personality?” but assessments such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the Enneagram Personality Test, and the Five Love Languages? Psychologists and thought leaders have invested years of research into these typologies that can help us understand … Continue reading What is Your Spiritual Gift?

We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

I’m no Johnny Cash so I won’t try to rhyme all the places we’ve been, but wow did we ever go sauntering (read “the before” post here). We can truly sing along with Cash that we’ve crossed the desert's bare, man and breathed the mountain air, man. Santa Barbara, CAGrand Canyon NP, AZ Zion & … Continue reading We’ve Been Everywhere, Man

More Than These

Five Minute Friday prompt: Excuse This morning I practiced lectio divina before I took the dogs out for a walk. From John 21, I heard “Do you love me more than these?” and “Follow me.” It was the phrase “more than these” that really caught me. The resurrected Jesus has appeared to his disciples on … Continue reading More Than These

Tune In

Over the last few years I’ve been learning to develop healthy boundaries around the voices I listen to. I stopped listening to the news and read carefully instead.I implemented care in my use of media and social media.I made the difficult choice to walk away from relationships that had become crusty, toxic, bullying.I also tuned … Continue reading Tune In

Not Broken, Human

Five Minute Friday prompt: BROKEN Years ago I stopped using the words “sinful” or “sinner” to describe myself and others. While they are biblical terms to describe a spiritual reality, I realized those words only played nice on the church grounds. Those across the street couldn’t hear the good news of a loving God because … Continue reading Not Broken, Human

Lent 2020: I Pray…

“Did you know that God is always listening to you? Did you know that God can hear the quietest whisper deep inside your heart, even before you’ve started to say it? Because God knows exactly what you need even before you ask him…. So when you pray, pray in your normal voice, just like when … Continue reading Lent 2020: I Pray…

Lent 2020: The Wonderful Stories

All day they listened to stories about the wonderful things God had done for his people….How he rescued them -- no matter what, time after time, over and over again -- because of his Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love. Stories are my favorite. I love to read. But during scary … Continue reading Lent 2020: The Wonderful Stories

Lent 2020: God With Us

Things were not looking good for God’s people….But God had not left his people. He was with them and he was looking after them. We have not been conquered as a nation and taken exile into Babylon, but we have also never experienced anything like the quarantine in effect due to COVID-19. It’s a strange … Continue reading Lent 2020: God With Us

Lent 2020: What Matters Most

But I can’t stop loving you. Wow, in a time of unprecedented bad news, that’s the best news ever. No matter what, God can’t stop loving us. No matter how much of a schmuck I may be today--even though I want to be kind and loving and super-duper, I’m sure I will also whine and … Continue reading Lent 2020: What Matters Most

Lent 2020: Heart of Love

“This is the one!...He has a heart like mine,” God said. “It is full of love.” I want a heart like God’s, full of love. Instead, my heart is filled with anxiety, complaints, aches, and some truly yucky gunk, like anger and fear. My heart needs a thorough cleansing. I imagine taking it out, holding … Continue reading Lent 2020: Heart of Love