A new series is coming this week! This series is especially for our friends in vocational ministry as they step into the busiest week of their year. Watch this short video to learn more!
I might be addicted to reading, and more specifically, reading fiction. Stories reveal a great deal about human nature and are so compelling that I tend to compulsively finish one in a day—while ignoring tasks, people, and even food. There are some classics that I read every year, such as the entire Harry Potter series, but I also relish the thrill of finding a new character. All are opportunities to experience places I have never been, live in a time that I didn’t experience, and study these fascinating creatures called humans.
For the rest, I am over at Char.is today
Tears streamed from my eyes even as the anesthesia wore off; the nurse said that I cried through the whole procedure, even as I slept. My hands caressed and held my empty abdomen and the sheer vacancy of life pushed my tears to sobs.
You can read the rest at Magnifications
Spiritual direction is the ancient art of listening for God alongside of others. The desert mothers and fathers welcomed other pilgrims who were seeking a word from God. Together they listened to the music of life to find God’s melody and follow it.
In my own practice of spiritual direction, I wait to feel the wind of the Spirit …read more at Charis
I have lived all of my life in Texas, where seasons are merely idyllic mirages. The only way Texans know spring has arrived is when it hails. When the air conditioner is off at night, at least once a week, you know autumn has arrived. Generally, winter is considered to have arrived when the temperature stays below 65 degrees for more than three consecutive days. Summer is essentially every other day that does not fit the above descriptions. Ultimately, seasons don’t provide us with clear weather expectations in Texas.
Unlike Texas weather, the soul…read more at Charis
When my kids were little, they received a paperback picture book about emotions. Each page demonstrated a feeling with a fruit or vegetable that had a face. Within its pages, an angry apple or a frustrated strawberry tried to communicate with their friend, an amused pepper. Besides being a hilarious bedtime read, it had the added benefit…read more at Charis
One day a month, I commute between two cities that are about 300 miles apart. In order to spare myself the driving hours, I choose to fly. For each of these days, I want to lighten my carrying load and make airport security as easy as possible. So, rather than carrying a purse and a work bag, I combine them. This appears to be a genius way to carry less weight and shuffle fewer things through the TSA. However, it also means that things are in places I don’t expect them to be…read more at Charis
Spirituality is grave stuff. Incredibly smart people with many letters after their names study spirituality and the nature of God. They have read millions of books and use words that have six syllables. Spirituality is to be taken very seriously. God is very, very…read more at Charis
Summertime is the bane of parenting, with endless hours for children to become bored. Instead of learning, doing homework, and going to sports practice, they turn to the longtime childhood favorite pastime: sibling torture. In this time-honored tradition, one child might declare that the sky is red just to watch the anger settle over their sibling who insists that the sky is, in fact, blue…read the rest at Charis