Sustaining versus Regenerating

Sustaining is a word that I have used a lot as a spiritual director and minister in the church. How do we remain sustainable in Christ? As a person who burned out from ministry in her mid-twenties (I was on the fast track), I had to shift in how I operated. Burn out was a […]

Mary’s Magnificat

This morning I was reading in Luke about Mary’s response to some surprising news (AKA, you are going to give birth to the Messiah).  After being blessed by her cousin Elizabeth, also dealing with a surprise pregnancy, she responds with what’s typically known as “The Magnificat” (from the Latin word ‘magnifies’): And Mary said, “My soul […]

Advent Resources

As a child, the word Advent meant one thing and one thing alone. Chocolate! I remember each year trying to be patient and only eat the chocolate prescribed for that specific day. Usually, a sort of bargain happened where I would eat 2-5 chocolates and then wait the appropriate amount of days before indulging again. […]

New Post on Gifted for Leadership

Hi All, I wrote a blog for the Gifted for Leadership blog on my experience with the unexpected gift of burning out.  I didn’t know when it was going live, so that was a lovely surprise to wake up to yesterday.  I hope you enjoy the piece.   My brother’s car sped off down the […]

Your Invitation

And here I am, your invited guest—     it’s incredible! I enter your house; here I am,     prostrate in your inner sanctum, Waiting for directions     to get me safely through enemy lines. Psalm 5:7-8 (The Message) You are an invited guest of God.  Not just part of you, but all of you.  Sometimes […]

Becoming a Little Friend of Jesus

This morning I was listening to “On Being” a radio program/podcast on human flourishing.  A couple of years ago I caught a bit of the episode with Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities.  I finally downloaded the podcast of this particular episode (which has been on my mental to do list ever since I […]

Shared Suffering and Comfort

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as we […]

Pilgrim

I love to travel.  I caught the “bug” in college and have never quite been the same since.  I notice an antsy-ness whenever I experience extended absences of travel and exploration.  And of course, every trip makes me yearn for another.  I have learned how to take this love of travel into my own surroundings, […]

He Takes No Pleasure

When life is heavy and hard to take,     go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:     Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.     The “worst” is never the worst. 31-33 Why? Because the Master won’t ever     walk out and fail to return. If he works severely, […]

Strange Dances of Grace

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on […]

I Lift My Eyes Up

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—     where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord,     the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV) My daily commute takes me through some winding roads in the hills.  I must admit that the thought of fearing a hill or […]

Loss and Gain

This year has been one full of funerals.  I’m up to four so far and soon will hit number five.  I don’t mean to be crass and spout off my funeral attendance like baseball stats, but I’ve never lost so many people I’ve known in such a short amount of time. My most recent loss […]