01 Nov 2017

Be the gift

There is something sweet, thoughtful, and treasured about receiving a Christmas gift. In addition to its beautiful wrapping and presentation is the idea that I’m receiving something special—from a special

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27 Jul 2017

Summer Reading List Post 5: At Home in the World

At Home in the World  by Tsh Oxenreider Review by: Joanna Polarek The saying “Not all those who wander are lost”[1] comes to mind when I reflect back on this

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29 Jun 2017

Challenge by Choice

I envisioned our recent SLD Department Retreat day as “an adventure waiting to happen.” As with prior departmental retreat days, we tend to bond in nature or in some form

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06 Mar 2017

Book Review – Rhythms of Rest by Shelly Miller

Author Shelly Miller was recently introduced to me through reading a favorite blog. Her experience with Sabbath intrigued me to find out more. Here at Spiritual Life Development, we have been

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01 Nov 2016

The Jesse Tree

A Christmas tradition to share with your family. This year, I’ll start a new tradition with my family—The Jesse Tree. It’s the story of Jesus’ family tree, beginning in the

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05 Apr 2016

My Journey – Joanna Polarek

  The air is crisp, windy, and the sky threatens to open. I go anyway. “God, open my ears, eyes and heart to you.” I begin to walk…and see a

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11 Jan 2016

First: Fasting

The idea of fasting as a Spiritual Discipline intimidated me. First of all, I didn’t know what spiritual fasting really meant and I didn’t know what I was expecting from

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20 Nov 2015

Look for the Helpers

There’s a lot going on in the world today. It’s always been that way, but my eyes are opened more to it now than they have been before. As a

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