01 Mar 2018

Turtles & Dragonflies

It was a beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon. After a wonderful time of worship, I was looking forward to a quiet afternoon on the lake, in my kayak, communing with God

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27 Feb 2018

Through the Eyes of a Child

At this time in my life much of my energy goes into my role as a Nana. I often have the privilege of watching my 3-year-old triplet granddaughters and suffice

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22 Feb 2018

To follow Christ

As God’s faithful soldier for His kingdom mission, I affirm, the whole purpose of the Salvationist’s missional self-identify is not only to represent individual lives committed to holiness but also

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20 Feb 2018

The Hand Me Down Bible

“You come at me with a sword and a spear, but I come to you in the name of the Lord God of Israel. This battle is the Lord’s!” And

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15 Dec 2017

Your ways, Your thoughts

It was quite the beautiful sunny, but breezy and chilly day when one of our grandsons wanted to watch “Bubble Guppies,” a children’s cartoon. When he asked his mom to

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30 Nov 2017

Enough

Whether we are ready or not, the Christmas season is upon us. Even before the last “trick or treat” was pronounced at my front doors, stores were gearing up with

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21 Nov 2017

To Wait for Thee

The spiritual discipline of prayer and contemplation relies heavily on the practice of silence. One of the highlights of my life was participating in a one-day silent retreat at St.

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14 Nov 2017

Reflections on Solitude and Silence from the Holy Land

“Immediately (Jesus) made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he

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07 Nov 2017

Confronting Our Nothingness

(an excerpt from The Way of the Heart, by Henri Nouwen) In order to understand the meaning of solitude, we must first unmask the ways in which the idea of

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01 Nov 2017

What does an extrovert know about silence and solitude?

When I first started out in ministry someone shared the concept of silence and solitude with me as a spiritual discipline. I was both frightened and dreading it as if

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24 Oct 2017

Our Restless Hearts

At most of our Spiritual Life Development retreats, we will use liturgies that we’ve created as a means to guide our prayer time. These liturgies serve several purposes. They expose

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17 Oct 2017

Alone Together

Silence and solitude is a powerful thing. When one is able to truly center down and wait on and listen to the Holy Spirit’s speaking it brings an intimacy with

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