Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Humility Gardening helps me understand the balance between right action and humility about the results. I don’t get lettuce if I don’t plant seeds and tend them with water and weeding, but even when I do everything “right” I have little control over which seeds germinate, how fast or slowly they grow, whether or not…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Truth Inner Peace begins with honest self-reflection. I cannot experience peace within myself until I accept the truth about myself. The truth of my wounds; the truth of my beauty; the truth of my flaws; the truth of my limits; the truth of my strength; the truth of my courage.

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

For Week 1 of Lent, all of our prompts are connected to the theme of Inner Peace. Beloved Knowing that we are beloved by God may not lead to comfort or security. Like Jesus, our very next steps may lead into the wilderness. What does it mean to you to be beloved? Does it give…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Known How does Jesus make God known to you? In my experience, it is usually through the love of other people. Here’s the crazy part. It doesn’t seem to matter whether the other people believe in God or not. When I have friends committed to knowing and caring for each other, I experience God there….

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Rejoice It is easy for me to rejoice on warm sunny days. As I ponder what it means to rejoice in the Lord always, I think of my seven-year-old daughter who lost a tooth this morning. Finding joy in the small events of every day is a start. Last night I had an intergenerational prayer…

Lent Photo-a-Day Challenge

Endure What do you see in the world that endures? What lasts a life-time or longer? What does it mean to you that God endures longer than any of these things?

Known by Our Love

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.​        John 13:34-35 Jesus’s disciples really loved him. And they were probably learning…

Love Feast

On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear. And he will destroy on this mountain the shroud that is cast over all peoples, the sheet that is spread over all…

Bigger Hearts

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… ​   Matthew 5:43-44 Who is your enemy? Maybe there is someone who pushes all your buttons and gets you really mad. Maybe there…

Love is…especially important when we’re stressing out

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.​​  …

God is Love Mobius

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.       ​1 John 4:16 Find some paper–scrap paper or newspaper is fine, as long you can cut out a piece about one inch thick and 8-12 inches long. Take your nice long skinny piece of paper, twist…

Simple Joy

I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.​ Philippians 4:12-13 Commercials…