Where He Leads

Where He Leads

A phone call with a friend turned from talking about the difficulty of her work and life to expressions of longing for something more life giving. As she thought about how that might look, I heard the “Can it be?” hopefulness in her quiet tears. Can there be a life...
Through a Heart of Thankfulness

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The holidays are at our doorsteps. This week ushers in a ready-or-not season of… Of what? Instead of being swept into days of traditional busyness, I am drawn to slow and consider how I would finish that sentence. What do I hope this Christmas season will be? When I...
A Season’s Gifts

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Winter. In many parts of the world it is the season of rest. Nature hibernates or slows. Our winter in northern California has yet to fully rest. Today I took a walk in a warm sunshine that felt like spring, thankful while being hopeful for the blessings of rain and...
Expectations

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Expectations. Usually I’m not conscious of how incessantly they drive my thoughts, play with my choices, nip at my perspective of myself or my relationships.  But if I make room for a shift . . . What if I live up to my expectations, my goals and dreams, my prayers...
Cherry Pits . . . and Eventually Grace

Cherry Pits . . . and Eventually Grace

A family incident, when my children were young and when my husband and I were visiting my father, has become representative for me of my relationship with my father . . . and grace. At one of our meals, a cherry pit hit my stepmom and my father immediately blamed our...
Born To . . .

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I just listened to a local news story about a 90-year-old woman who travels to a pediatric center every Thursday to hold babies. She is described as having a “deeply peaceful presence” as she spends her hours holding the precious little bundles. “That’s what’s...
The Invitation of Slowing

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For several years now I have sensed God’s invitation for me to slow my life and discover the richness I otherwise miss in keeping a frenetic pace. Imagine what it would be like if instead of speeding down a highway through a country setting we took time to walk...