Predawn Walking

Olie the Beagle and I were up and out this morning before sunrise. His mommy was off to work so we walked out into the brisk morning air with her.

I forgot how incredible early mornings can be. They have a different sort of quite to them. It is a quiet waiting for noise to break out!

In the distance I could hear the rush of cars on the highway as folks begin their busy days. It almost sounded like the rhythm of the ocean when I awake at the beach. Funny how we can let any noise have a positive impact if we let it!

And the sky. I couldn’t capture the full image but looking up there was a sliver of the moon lingering in the morning light. A perfect time to reflect on yesterday and consider the options for today. A sense of peace that we can start fresh each day.

What a gift morning can be. I encourage you to get up early if that isn’t your normal routine. Watch the sun break through the night shadows and sit still in quiet. Breathe in the sights and sounds around you. Reflect on yesterday and what you can do better today. Invite God to walk with you and the Holy Spirit to guide you in a purposeful way as you step into the day.

No matter where you live and what your schedule looks like, there is something for each of us if we are willing to look. Even among the high rises or new construction, we can find God’s gift of beauty in this place we call home. Have a wonderful day and don’t forget to find that beauty as you walk through your day!

A Seekers Walk

What does it mean to be on a seeker journey? Is it a spiritual journey of discovery for you? Are you looking for some level of enlightenment? For some it means finding a calling, a vocation, or even a sense of purpose. There is no cookie-cutter approach to hearing from God; however, there are some tried and true ways to help you get started.

One such way is to walk the walk with someone else. This person may have a number of names like soul friend, guide, or spiritual director. These are people who have gone on the journey before you, who are still on the journey, and are trained in listening to help others to make sense of the quiet (or loud) voice they are hearing. These are the people who will help you to discover your true self and to live out a purposeful life–however that looks for you. Continue reading “A Seekers Walk”

Walking Through the Seasons Of Change

As I walked through the countryside, surrounded by trees and falling leaves, I began to think about the patterns of change in our lives. We all have those periods of adjustment: a new job, a new relationship, retirement, or a move. If we are seekers, we also may find ourselves in the turbulence of transformation; feeling overwhelmed or even a bit lost. Each of us approaches change differently, and at different rates; hoping to see the light when we get to the other side.

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Mall Walking; Escape from the Rain

As the cold rain fell, I was left wondering what to do about my commitment to walking everyday. I had just walked my first two-plus miles and I didn’t want to lose my flow. So I figured, walking is walking and it doesn’t matter where I walk.

So I became a “mall walker” and it was a great experience!

My app for walking worked inside the mall so I still received all my walking alerts. I thought I could at least get a mile out of circling through my neighborhood shopping center. Imagine my joy at completing two miles in 40 minutes. Continue reading “Mall Walking; Escape from the Rain”

Walking Forward a Step at a Time

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It has been a few years now since I retired from a job that I thought I would never leave. Leaving was stepping into a new world. It has taken me a good while to finally accept that my life has changed from the dream I imagined. There is nothing about where I am today that I ever conceived for myself.

I guess I have been looking for a new place to belong and a new sense of family ever since I retired. It seems every-time I thought I was there, I wasn’t.  The problem is I have been looking for others to accept me, to welcome me into their group, and to make me feel I matter. I have been searching for a healthier way to be seen, but I couldn’t even see myself.  Continue reading “Walking Forward a Step at a Time”