Freely and Lightly

I don't know about you, but much in life seems weighty these days-- the overwhelm of media, an undercurrent of deceit, growing discontent--like a pack rat has taken up residence in our souls. But this is not new. Jesus spoke clearly and kindly about this in Matthew 11:28-30: “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out …

Breathing Prayer

Last week, when Maranda and I chatted about how becoming more in tune with ourselves physically led us to become more aware spiritually, I was reminded of breath prayer. Simple. Refocusing. A pause between activities. In her book, Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton says “Breath prayer is to the spiritual life what oxygen and the …

Awaken your SELF

In keeping with our theme --AWAKEN--I’ve asked Maranda Hoefs to join me today to chat about what it means to live wide awake to the things of God, both spiritually and physically. (Shereen) Perhaps we should identify what we mean by the things of God--what can you identify as Godly? (Maranda) – The first thing …

Prayer

Dallas Willard says, “Prayer is talking with God about matters of mutual concern.”  Simple. Basic. But how do we go about doing prayer? Prayer begins with ATTITUDE. No matter how many times or ways you pray, if your attitude is not to acknowledge that God is God, prayer is useless. Prayer's one goal is CONVERSATION …

For a Season of Lament

We've been experiencing a long, harsh winter season here in Nebraska. We were already setting all kinds of records for coldness, snowiness and grumpiness, when a catastrophic blizzard and flooding event took place last week. It seems fitting in light of the heaviness of this winter season, to look at how we grow in times …

Image of God

A few weeks ago, Claudine shared how she learned to worship God in person. We might call that a practice of being in God’s presence. It’s much different from corporate worship where we come together to praise and celebrate, even confess. A personal practice seeks to listen and respond to God in solitude. Today, we’re …