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…

Why We Pray: Believe

Reason: We pray because we believe! Yes, we pray as a practice and discipline of our faith but in doing so we stand firm in our resolve to proclaim our trust in a living and active God who allows us to come boldly before his throne! #whywepray The Painting: As our final look at prayer,…

Why We Pray: Imitation

Confession: I struggle with dieting. I find it difficult to give up all the little ways I indulge myself each day. A small piece of chocolate…a few chips…and bit of extra cream in my coffee… you know what I mean:) I have found the trick is to commit totally to living a healthier life style….

Why We Pray: Seeing

Confession: “I can’t do it all!” I hear my heart cry and as I experience this thought, I grow more and more burdened by my constant feeling of aimlessness. Shouldn’t I know, after all these years of devotion, which path to take?  I am constantly searching for the best way forward. It seems every year…

Why We Pray: Blessing

Last week I started a blog series called #whywepray and my first post and reason for why we pray was to give solace to others. Having a prayer practice that expresses concern for others can soften our hearts and turn our attention more outward so we might strengthen and lift others up. Reason #2: We…

Why We Pray: Solace

Confession: I don’t pray as often as I should. I get busy-distracted-tired and sometimes I just can’t see the point. Discouragement sets in and then complacency… Piling on: Most days I can see the benefits to Facebook and other social media, but then sometimes I feel too connected to hearing about everyone’s pain. “How can I…

Armchair Pilgrim

As we enter into this month of harvest, I must admit that the idea of pilgrimage has recently held a certain fascination for me. Not sure why…but maybe it is the idea of journey… to a far away land… to discover untold mysteries and to enlighten my spiritual mind. While I do enjoy travel, I…

Abundant Rest

Out of Control/In God’s Hands Since I am someone who frequently has trouble sleeping, I am impressed by people who can fall into a heavy sleep while the world rushes by all around them. To let go of all concerns…to turn off the mind and fully “crash” into sweet oblivion. To not worry about what…

God Uses Us: Shackles and All

This week as we continue our Summer Blog Tour about Unshackled Faith we go to Jonathan Woodall who has some great thoughts about how God stretches and uses us through our questioning. It reminded me of this painting and post I wrote several years ago to celebrate the heroes of Faith. Mine Eyes Have Seen…

A Summertime Pause

Summertime is a time for stepping back and taking a break from our very hectic pace of life and enjoying some much needed quality time outdoors. I look forward to the warm temperatures and relaxed schedule that summer provides for me so that I might work on new projects; make  progress on my stack of…