Last day of #YourTurnChallenge & Sabbath

Last day of #YourTurnChallenge & Sabbath
  This is the 8th post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. Dear subscribers: This is the 7th and final post of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule next week on Tuesday or Wednesday. (This is the 8th post in my Renew Your Mind Series.) ********** I'm thankful for the Saturday and Sunday morning at a women's retreat where the theme was "Rest." I hope to write about it later. Thank you ... [More]

Renew 7: A song for your Saturday

Renew 7: A song for your Saturday
This is the 7th post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. I recently discovered The Rend Collective and I'm smitten. Dear subscribers: This is day 6 of 7 days blogging as part of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule on 1/28/15. Photo used with permission of: Drew Avery  Recently I watched a travel show about Alaska. As the camera panned over towering glaciers and icebergs, the host d... [More]

Renew 6: On being still and multitasking

Renew 6: On being still and multitasking
This is the 6th post in the series on renewing your mind (Rom. 12:2) with truth. I write to remind myself and I pray it encourages you. The series is also inspired by what I've been reading about the neuroscience behind why we think and thus act the way we do, brain development from gestation onward and real change. Dear subscribers: This is day 5 of 7 days blogging as part of the #YourTurnChallenge then I return to my twice a week schedule on 1/28/15. Photo used with permission of: Bill John... [More]

Renew 5: The benefits of play

Renew 5: The benefits of play
A few Sundays ago, I felt twisted like a pretzel. I longed to be relaxed like our dog Bailey stretching in the sun so I visited the Elizabeth Gamble Garden Center. Photo used by permission via Flickr User: Ed Bierman Several years ago, I would've forged ahead and ignored my need for play. I gave myself permission to spend forty-five minutes playing (i.e., having no purpose other than enjoy). As soon as I step onto the garden's grounds, its beauty slowly unwinds the coils around my soul. Pin... [More]

Renew 4: The work of perception (& 3 tips)

Renew 4: The work of perception (& 3 tips)
Last year, my husband and I went on a date to the San Jose Museum of Art*. Docent Martina G. of the San Jose Museum of Art held a mini iPad as the tour began in the museum’s light-filled lobby. Her blue eyes sparkled next to her buzzed blonde hair. Martina strolled to the front entrance and asked us to look up at the cathedral ceiling. Above us hung three different Chihuly sculptures with their waving sinewy glass tentacles, which we hadn’t earlier noticed. The largest one was mostl... [More]