Praising God: The Cloudscape

A dear friend of mine and a fellow blogger posted online that he was suddenly becoming more aware of how important it is to spend time in praise of God. And I thought “wow! amazingly simply but very profound.” and I am resolved to spend more time in praise. I hope to encourage you in…

God is Great

As I was casting around for a painting this week, I discovered this marvelous one by Albert Bierstadt. I usually think of Bierstadt as a painter of heavenly landscapes of the American West. He was very influential during his time because his work was the inspiration for many immigrants to travel the overland routes in…

Searching for Answers

For all who are currently living in the aftermath of some kind of bomb shell discovery, I hope you might find my reflections this week helpful.  Please remember that whatever it is that you are currently struggling through, find someone to talk to about your feelings and as always I encourage you to turn to…

Examen in Tranquility

I have been following and exploring the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola this month with the Jesuits of Britain Pathways to God. One of the practices that they encourage is to pray the “Examen” which teaches a guided meditation to daily examen your day or your week through prayer. The following phrases and…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Remembering Joy

A day of preparation for the celebration to come… A day of remembrance and prayer so that we might understand better that which we are celebrating–a country built on freedom. I relish this pause in our busy schedules so that we might remember, as a country, all of our history. This scene, painted in 1897,…

Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

A Balm in Gilead

OK, so it has been a rough week–and maybe even a rough month. I have been suffering long enough that I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever be completely whole again… Nothing that serious. It will pass and there will be healing, but it has caused me to pause with more compassion in my…

Creating Your Picture of Paradise

Have you ever stopped to envision your picture of Paradise? Since, as Christians, it is our ultimate goal, it might be healthy for our soul…to get a clearer picture of our future home and along the way we might uncover important sign posts of how to create a more heavenly atmosphere around us. I’m not…

Changing the Vibration

Somehow I keep allowing Satan to get his punches in on me… I keep allowing him to give me these total body blows to my self-esteem and positive attitude. Sometimes it happens in one great big sucker punch bringing me to my knees as I become blinded by emotional and spiritual pain. But most times,…