Church Mission Trip

Last Sunday my husband and I went on a long over due trip into D.C. to visit a few of my favorite paintings. In particular, the focus was to find all of the Frederick Edwin Church paintings that are housed in our nation’s capitol. Between the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Gallery of…

Traveling with Asperger’s

I have a dear friend, Rita Saavedra, who I greatly admire…she is a very caring teacher and works wonders with her children who have special challenges. I know they really love her. She is a treasure, and has been a super big source of encouragement to me over the years. She has frequented by classes on…

Cultivating Our Awe of God

Confession I must admit, I am guilty of forgetting the power of God. I become so caught up in my own problems that I forget how great is our God! Contemplation What kinds of things can we do to remind ourselves of the beauty and majesty of our Lord? What things should we consider dialing…

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…

By the Sea

Recently,  I have been drawn to the paintings of Paul Gauguin. This might seem unexpected in light of his life story that features desertion of his family and the ugly episode the night Van Gogh dislocated his ear lobe. Let’s just say it is easy to judge him harshly because of these stories. Then I…

Listening to God’s Word

Gazing at this scene, I long for a simpler time. One without cell phones and touch screens and emails. I can admire these rural people and connect with the idea of coming together as a community to listen to God’s word being read aloud. I can imagine the sound of the quietly ticking clock on…

Reading God’s Word

I love to read. You can always find a large stack of books next to my bed and summertime, to my mind, is made for catching up on my reading:)  The contents of my stack of books, as you might expect, is a generous mixture of theological books with a healthy and diverse infusion of…

Treasuring Spring

Claude Monet brilliantly conveys sunlight, shining through the leaves of a tree by placing “unblended dabs of color” on the skirt and grass surrounding his subject of a woman reading. It is his wife, Camille, he observes quietly reading as she has positioned herself under the shelter of some low hanging branches. The spot seems…

Old Soul Quotes: Tree

Originally posted on My Way Home:
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. –  Isaiah 55:12 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye…

Tough Talk

I must admit that there are certain teachings of Jesus that are difficult to hear. I prize and certainly adore his great sermons, but parts of his teachings I really don’t spend time relishing. I do this by reading over the passage quickly to scan for the parts I hold close to my heart. I love…