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God's Purposes

No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him. But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:9-10. “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity... Read more →


Opportunity

An open door Opportunity knocks Someone calling A mountain to climb Divine opportunity? Or nice distraction? Hard to tell Difficult to know Did it choose me? Or did I choose it? Is my heart leading? Or simply following the lead? Am I writing the script? Or just reading what’s already there? Am I in control? Or just fulfilling my role? Creator or creature? Director or actor? Leader or follower? Yes or no? Go deep Into the unknown Uncharted waters Dreamtime Follow the storyline See the narrative A new chapter Turn the page What do you see? [Mark Conner - 2nd... Read more →


Jesus is ALIVE! (Easter 2014)

Easter is here again and with it a holiday weekend, chocolate eggs and enough shopping sales to tempt any credit-card carrying buyer. What’s it really all about? All around the world, around two billion Christians will take time this weekend to reflect on and give thanks for the work that Jesus Christ accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection. That’s the real meaning of Easter. Followers of Christ believe that Jesus is ALIVE! The Living Jesus In his excellent book The Living Jesus, New Testament scholar Luke Timothy Johnson notes that whether a person is dead or alive really matters... Read more →


Psalm 37

A few encouraging thoughts from Psalm 37: Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper (vs.3). Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires (vs.4). Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you (vs.5) Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act (vs.7). The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the... Read more →


Day One - A Great Journal App

I have been journaling for many years now. I find it a great tool to help me unpack what I am think and how I am thinking. It's a place for me to process the events and circumstances of my life. It's a way for me to open my heart to God and listen for his voice of guidance. I used to use a paper journal, then a few years ago I switched to a computer word processing document. That enabled me to have my journal wherever I am, shared across devices, as well as search functionality. Earlier this year,... Read more →


A Journal - Your Listening Book

St. Ignatius (creator of a set of spiritual exericses for the spiritual life of a disciple of Jesus) spent part of his time in prayer and part of his time in writing. His spiritual journal helped him discern the different spirits stirring in his prayer, reflections, spiritual conversations, and daily life. So began the prayer-reflection-action prayer cycle, which is the way of “contemplatives in action.” Nothing is immediate and change is a slow process, much like a flower opening up, moving towards the light. In due season, we become who we truly are. Over time, our spiritual journal becomes clear... Read more →


Reflections on Life and Aging (Pt.2)

Some quotes and thoughts worth thinking about: "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation." Pearl S. Buck "Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for others." Helen Keller. "Today's newspaper with your name and picture on it will line the bottom of someone's birdcage tomorrow!" Unknown "Life is like a parachute jump, you've got to get it right the first time." Eleanor Roosevelt "We have made at least a start in discovering the meaning of human life when we plant shade trees... Read more →


Reflections on Life and Aging (Pt.1)

Some quotes and thoughts worth thinking about: "Aging allows us to separate the important from the unimportant, to appreciate more and reach for less, and to allow those who are younger to step up to the plate and learn their lessons." John Maxwell "The seven ages of a man: spills, drills, thrills, bills, ills, pills, wills." Richard J. Needam "When you're over the hill, that's when you pick up speed." Quincy Jones "A life isn't significant except for its impact on other lives." Jackie Robinson "I still find each day too short: for all the thoughts I want to think,... Read more →