I have been through some dark times in my life; some periods of time when I wanted life to end. I have made huge mistakes that cost me friendships and family relationships. I have beat myself up, put myself down, and thought I was unforgivable and unworthy of love, friends, or that personal relationship with Jesus I heard people talking about. Continue reading “Carrying the Burdens of Others”
I experienced the blessing of a group of encouraging and prayerful friends the other day. We were telling our “God Stories” and for some reason I was compelled to tell more of my ugly past and the beautifully redeemed story of my life then I usually share. God has a way of doing that. The story was met with love and encouragement to continue to tell others about the many ways in which God has transformed my life. There was no shame or recrimination in the process- just grace and exuberance for how God might use what he has done and how he might use me. I left feeling loved and lighthearted. Continue reading “Walking in Grace”
We have all done dumb things that can easily be forgiven and forgotten. There are times though when we do that thing that no matter how sorry we are, the injured party can’t get over. They hold the grudge, they stir up negative reminders, and for whatever reason they can’t get past the injustice to forgive. It is heartbreaking for all parties involved. Continue reading “Forgiveness Withheld”
The past six months have been another season of change for me. I started down a path about a year ago that took me to a place unexpected. I made a decision to make some changes, never dreaming where God would take me. And I have never been more content.
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!
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”
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.