Perfectionism

I am a recovering perfectionist. I decided to put together a workshop on Grace–the most important topic in the world, in my opinion.

But, I want sooooo much for the workshop participants to really grasp the concept of grace, that I’m working reeeeeeally hard on making it a good one. Reading lots of books on grace, [...]

I love you even though you…

My 3-year-old son knows not to throw things. But he threw his boot, and it hit out neighbor on the head, knocking off his glasses. I came out of the house to see what was happening. He knew what my judgment would be about that, so he started to get angry at me, crossed his [...]

Traveling Soldier

I have been traveling around the US for the past several weeks, visiting family and friends. At each stop, I’ve been more and more filled with gratitude. For healing, for peace, for stability. For love.

Having lived outside of my home country for seven years now, I wondered if there would be any sense of belonging [...]

Starting with myself

Sometimes I find myself wanting to “fix” people. Wanting so much to help them to forgive, let go of grudges, move forward, stop being stuck. But I know I’m trying too hard when I start feeling a tell-tale tightness in the chest, start repeating in my head the many sermons I would love to preach [...]

Meditation

The following guidelines are taken from www.contemplativeoutreach.org, where you can also sign up for prayer workshops and retreats.

Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. (Open Mind, Open Heart, Thomas Keating) The sacred word expresses our intention to consent to God’s presence and action within. [...]

The Enemy and the Ally within

Did you know that there is an “enemy within”, which uses internal negativity to sabotage your efforts? When you notice that negative side of yourself getting the upper hand, spend time with your “ally within”.

Ally yourself with that part of your person who believes you can do it. Allow that side of yourself to give [...]

Renewing hope day by day

“I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” Jesus

DT 1: “Where can we go? Our brothers have made us lose heart. They say, `The people are stronger and taller than [...]

Life without limbs

My kids have been spell-bound. Watching this one video over and over and over again. It’s a video of a man with no arms and no legs, who fishes, swims, brushes his teeth…and LOVES life. His name is Nick Vijicic

My 8-year-old Kiara started out his video saying, “Oh, mom! I feel so sorry for him!” [...]

Love

If I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not [...]

Letting go

When we let go, we acknowledge the limits of our responsibilities. We become aware of our child-likeness, which is necessary to inherit the kingdom of God. When we let go, we give up control. We surrender our desires and our fears to a God more immense than we can know.

You have likely met the limit [...]