Waiting

Waiting

This week’s spiritual discipline is waiting. Today’s blog is from the book, Pause: The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time Billy Mann sings an honest request in his song, “(Tell Me) When God Will Speak.” His gentle jazz sounds good; his honest lyrics ask...
Are We Listening?

Are We Listening?

This week’s spiritual discipline is “listening.” Today’s blog is from the book Pause: The Secret to a Better Life One Word at a Time. We talk to God. He listens. We read God’s Word. He speaks. Call it a relationship, a renewal. Call it real life.  Most of us know...
A Prayer Walk

A Prayer Walk

We continue our journey of emphasizing a different spiritual discipline each week. This week’s focus is on a prayer walk.  Have you taken a prayer walk? Do you know what it is?  Here is an article providing a description. Please take time to read. Also, take...
Learning to Surrender: Maybe a Nap Can Help

Learning to Surrender: Maybe a Nap Can Help

This week’s spiritual discipline is “surrender.” Today’s blog is the chapter “A Nap,” from Chris Maxwell’s book, Pause for Moms. Remember the occasion? The child was tired. It was past nap time and his day had already been very busy. Games and laughter and more games...
As a Year Ends and a Year Begins

As a Year Ends and a Year Begins

Here is a short poem to read as we near 2019. For a collection of poems by Chris Maxwell, get a copy of his book, a slow and sudden God: 40 years of wonder. begin now is the time. begin.  for the first time, begin. or, for the tenth time, begin again. with love and...
inside matters

inside matters

from the books of Unwrapping His Presence and slow God: 40 years of wonder.   the paper protected the present. it also presented the gift as something it wasn’t. colors, images. a cover, a mask. though lovely and friendly, the imagery lies about reality. paper,...
a brief poem

a brief poem

l  e     s       s c    a      n  b    e  m     o      r         e.    in a world of many words and endless presentations  we might serve better by shortening  a song, a story, a sermon, a show.  the true and deep meaning  can surprise and mean even more by  ending...
a poem for christmas

a poem for christmas

thanksgiving and christmas, new year’s eve and new year’s day, all arriving in this sudden segment of life, on days concluding school terms or days beginning fresh times as the calendars and clocks carried in our hands carry us, drag us, as we breathe, barely,...
Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

As we continue emphasizing a different spiritual discipline each week, this one seems a little late. Shouldn’t we have highlighted the act of “giving thanks” last week?  The lateness is intentional. This is the week I personally need to remember the importance of...