Chanting

>Have you ever tried chanting? If you have, I hope you’re better at it than I. I’m awful! About a week ago, or so, I decided to embark on the journey of testing the practice of the divine offices–centuries’ old practice of ritual prayer at specified hours during the day–as a new expression of spiritual […]

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TRUE RELIGION: Taking Pieces of Heaven to Places of Hell on Earth

> I’ve had this book on my shelf for a couple of months and finally got around to reading it just a little over a week ago. It’s a fairly short book and easy to read, but it took me a while to get through it. I couldn’t stop weeping. Seriously, I grabbed it up […]

The Fragrance of the Holy Spirit

>I’ve been wearing Estee Lauder’s Pleasures for probably close to 15 years. It’s my favorite. I change it up from time to time, but Pleasures is my signature scent. I’ve had friends ask me what perfume I wear and then go out and buy it–sometimes it works for them, sometimes it doesn’t. Along those same […]

In the Tension Between Church and God

>I’m living in the tension between the Church and God. I’m not angry with the Church. I’m not hurt. I don’t have any personal vendetta against the organized Church. I’m not jaded. I’m just kind of . . . done. But not really. It’s hard to explain. A couple weeks back I had a conversation […]

Generosity Can Be a Funny Thing

>I have two adorable jewelry stands loaded with earrings, necklaces, brooches, and the occasional bracelet. I gave one of them away today–jewelry and all. Now I have one, and I can’t stop thinking about the hand-off. The Back Story. About a month ago I was spending some serious time in prayer and was consulting God […]

A Storm of Mixed Emotions

> Today I perused a number of church websites, something I do often. I enjoy seeing what churches around the world are doing and how their websites communicate who they are or who they think they are. Some are good, eye-catching, and inviting. Others are out-dated, confusing, or exclusive. So today, I happened upon a […]

Book Review ~ Mansions of the Heart

>I devoured, er, read this book given me by a great friend. I must say, the description of this book does not do it justice for I by-passed it because it sounded uninteresting, and had it not been for Robin suggesting that we read this together and then discuss it throughout, I never would’ve read […]

Lent

>I grew up in a tradition that did not observe Lent. It wasn’t until these past 6 years or so that I have just discovered and have come to appreciate and enjoy the ancient practice. Many perspectives and characteristics exist around and within the Lenten practices, but the following are the ones that most resonate […]

Sermon Notes

>Since junior high school I’ve been highlighting and writing in my Bibles and taking notes on the Sunday sermon. I’ve gotten away from the notebook method, resorting to the often included insert in the morning bulletin or the odd scrap of paper in my purse, but after the other night I’m going back to the […]

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Bad Hair Days

>I’ve been growing out my hair since September. Every month I have to reinvent my hair style. It’s a process for sure. I usually have to try out new products, store away old ones, try new techniques, and experiment with dryer and iron settings in order to emerge with a do I feel decent about. […]

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