6 Things I learned in November

6 Things I learned in November
 Thanks to Emily Freeman for this writing prompt. 1. God is so patient. He will tell me the same thing over and over because I forget over and over. Anyone else? See Nos. 2-5...No. 6 is an outlier. Photo used with permission of Flickr User: Kristine Paulus 2. One thing God kept telling me: the most important thing I can do each day is to tend my soul because my soul's condition will eventually be revealed in my words and actions. “How well I see now that He [God] is wanting to do so... [More]

On Thanksgiving and Ferguson

On Thanksgiving and Ferguson
This Thanksgiving as we gather around our dinner, our family will share what we're thankful for, but I am also sad about Ferguson. I'm sharing with you three posts that remind me: Jesus is the source of ultimate peace and reconciliation. Photo used with permission of Flickr CC User: Christine Majul From what I've read about Ferguson, I resonated with this post by Pastor Derwin L. Gray, a pastor of an "intentionally multiethnic, multiclass church"(*) as Gray reminded me of how Christ brought two... [More]

A little peek into Soul Keeping

A little peek into Soul Keeping
"The most important thing about you, " Dallas [Willard] would often say, "is not the things that you achieve; it is the person you become." Photo used with permission of Flickr User: Rachel Kramer "Our problem is that this world does not teach us to pay attention to what matters. We circulate resumes that chronicle what we have accomplished, not who we have become." "The advertisements we watch, the conversations we hold, the criteria by which we are judged, and the entertainment we consume al... [More]

3 Surprising Things I learned about the Pilgrims

3 Surprising Things I learned about the Pilgrims
I can't remember when I first heard about Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims in public school. I vaguely recall cutting out brown construction paper into long oval strips to create tail feathers for a paper turkey. In my child's mind, the Pilgrim men wore puffy black pants with a matching jacket. I don't recollect learning about why the Pilgrims braved such a hazardous journey from the known (Europe) to what was unknown to them (Massachusetts). Photo used with permission of Flickr User: Anthony Qui... [More]

What Muir Woods Taught Me

What Muir Woods Taught Me
Photo used with permission of Flickr Creative Commons User: Jason Toff We walk below a wooden archway at Muir Wood’s entrance. A placard suggests silence. Instead, we hear a mix of loud and soft chatter, mingled with laughter. We probably won’t be silent, but we will try to be quiet so we can hear the birds speak. What other animals will we see? Hear? I hope we’ll see more furry and feathered friends after we leave the wooden walkway and venture onto the dirt trails branching ... [More]