Belonging

Belonging—it’s been on my mind recently. The way the word longing is in the midst of it. The way we respond—and don’t—when an invitation to belong comes our way. We want it, we want to belong, but…when the wholeness of the risk involved comes into view, we often hesitate, if not freeze. Paul spoke of belonging and counting the gain and even the loss of everything (including belonging) as nothing.. Read More

The Place Called Prayer

In all our glory or shame, our joy, pain, and even our apathy: “prayer” is the place of being known and knowing the great I Am. A most holy place has been built within us, with as much detail as Solomon’s colonnade. What is True Simply by being, a fabric of life-song weaves in perfect unison with our daily duties, our jobs, our relationships—all of our lives, all the work.. Read More

Light & Sparks of Light

“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus the Messiah, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.”- 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 Hello Friends, It’s now been a little while since you last.. Read More

Do Not Be Afraid: Keep Praying

“It is of great importance, when we begin to practice prayer, not to let ourselves be frightened by our own thoughts.” ― Teresa of Ávila, The Life of Saint Teresa of Ávila by Herself Sometimes in prayer, it’s easy to get distracted. Sometimes, it’s easy to get frightened. Sometimes, it’s easy not to pray at all. Sometimes, we just have to pick up where we left off—not condemning ourselves for.. Read More

Some Thoughts On Dwelling This Week…

Friends, I haven’t been writing here much as I’ve been ill the last few months, but one thing that I have been able to keep up with is our weekly prayer group. I want to invite you to join us in that again if you need/want some companionship in remembering our persecuted family in prayer. Subscribe here. Each week we have a particular Scripture(s) that launches the direction of our.. Read More

Love Conquers All

My beloved is mine, and I am his; He pastures his flock among the lilies. ~ Song of Songs 2:16 God’s story is a love story. We can read His story in the Scripture, behold it in the seasons, wonder over it in the oceans and maybe more than anywhere else, we can catch glimpses of His great love in our relationships, the completely broken and the less broken ones. The completely broken ones point the way, even.. Read More

Unraveling Radical Repetition: A Prayer Companion

“Do not keep on babbling like the pagan…they think they will be heard because of their many words.” (Matthew 6:7) It’s true, Jesus said that. It’s also true that this often gets taught or caught (?) in a confusing mess in-between our ears. On one hand we are taught to imitate the widow who “kept bothering the unjust judge”, (Luke 18:1-8) understanding God wanted us to “always pray and not give up”.. Read More

Praying For Peace

This kind of peace belongs to people with grit, people who trust in the middle of darkest darkness—their own or the world’s. Pollyanna wishing can’t survive here, optimism blows away in the wind.

Praying Forgiveness

Forgiveness broadens our territory, a wonderful thing and sometimes frightening as well. It can be like turning the corner on a new road, unfamiliar, our breath may shallow or halt altogether if we can’t discern whether we’ve turned the wrong way on a one way or not. Having recently moved I regularly find myself realizing that there are many places where I simply cannot see beyond my current location, I’ve.. Read More

Praying HOPE: Through The Children’s Eyes (Edition 4)

Hope can seem elusive. It’s shadows are long ones draped across the landscapes of our lives but often instead of perceiving an invitation to adventure chasing toward the light, we hesitate at the darkness of the shadows, as though it is a darkness to be avoided. Children and adventures seem to go hand in hand, they are good at leading the way. I often need their help. Before I ever had.. Read More