May 22, 2017

Panic?  Go with your gut?  Think it through?  Seek help?  Embrace the uncertainty and mystery, shrug your shoulders and move on with life? Probably depends on the situation and circumstances, but more specific to what I’m thinking about: who or what do you go to and how (and maybe even why)?

What I’m suggesting here is pay attention when you don’t know what to do or say.  What do you feel?  What do you think?  What do you do?  How do you handle it?

Why bother with this?  One of the things t...

May 15, 2017

This week during a counseling session designed to help kids move through stress and anxiety, the counselor took our kids through an awareness exercise: Take 3 long deep breaths. Look around you. What do you see in the room? What do you smell? What do you hear? What stands out to you?  His goal was to help the kids train their brains to stay present. Often (not always) stress is based on something that might happen in the future. Whether real or perceived we start imagining future scenarios and our body responds in the pres...

May 8, 2017

God speaks in different ways. Today let's look at just one: hearing God like a thought. Usually this one is the least controversial because it is generally the most 'common' and accepted across many traditions and throughout church history-particularly when connected to something a tradition deems authoritative: the Bible, sacraments, pastor/priest, church/worship setting, in or receiving prayer, having a ‘spiritual encounter’. But, it is still controversial. It essentially suggests we are hearing voices in our head. Then...

April 27, 2017

When you hear the phrase “intimacy with God” what do you think of? What image come to mind? How does the phrase or picture make you feel? For a long time intimacy with God meant a morning ‘quiet time’ with a journal and bible. If I didn’t spend time regularly with God (think daily) then I believed God wasn’t going to be “there for me”. If I did my part, God would do God’s part. Intimacy with God was reading the bible and hoping that something would stick out in the passage I was reading as a way of God talking to me. It we...

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