Love commits to you – 6

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the sixth post in our Love Series. “Mary” (a blog subscriber and new friend) wrote me an email and I promised to write a response. Because I thought her questions related to our love series, I asked her if I could use her words and my reply as part of a post. She graciously agreed. * * * …

Love Series: First Be Loved-1

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Have you ever driven or walked down a street daily, then one day, you notice something for the first time? The thing was always there but you never took the time or had the time to pay attention. Or maybe you suddenly notice something new about your spouse, a child, a parent or yourself although what you noticed had always …

God holds you in mercy and love

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Writing, however imperfectly, opens me up to experience God’s grace in new ways, so I keep writing.   “Falling is part of the journey.” —Beatrice Bruteau, The Easter Mysteries   Pink roses nestle in a blue cobalt vase on our kitchen table. Some have shed their petals, pooling in a pink puddle on the table; others hold open blooms close …

Joy in serving community

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Our joy series officially ended, but I’ve got joy on my brain like the wood chips stuck to our dog Bailey’s Velcro-like fur. (Okay, maybe not the best analogy, but you know what I mean.) A few weekends ago, our church partnered with Beautiful Day (for the third year) by spending a weekend serving our community in three different towns …

On choosing joy and unexpected laughter – 9

Dolly Lee Joy Series, Spiritual Formation

Although this incident happened a few months ago, it reminds me: I can choose joy when I release my expectations of how life should be and instead embrace what is. ______________________ Saturday sun beckoned like a beacon inviting us outside to play. To hurry us to the beach, I poured coffee into travel mugs. Mine wasn’t as well-made as my …

Why I’m still celebrating Easter joy – 8

Dolly Lee Joy Series, Spiritual Formation

Yesterday, we celebrated Easter with friends at church and then over dinner. I baked a ham with a brown sugar and mustard glaze. Our girl made a berry sorbet and chocolate cake. Last night I added split peas, barley and a ham bone to a crock pot for soup today. But I’m not celebrating Easter joy because of the savory …

Who is Joy’s secret friend? – 6

Dolly Lee Joy Series, Spiritual Formation

Joy’s friend hid in the shadows as we explored joy in this series. Deep biblical joy can’t exist without its friend: endurance. ********* When I visit my girlfriend M., she sits on her sofa with a puffy wrap around her knee. On the other end of the wrap, a small machine hisses and whooshes; it helps decrease her pain. She …

3 ways to build hope- 3

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the 3rd post in our “Hope Series.” I say “our” because your comments as you’ll see in the post increase my hope. Several years ago, after I suffered a huge personal loss, my friend Karen appeared at my door with flowers and a big hug while my tears fell. She uttered no platitudes.   Three ways to build …

3 Reasons why you can have hope – 1

Dolly Lee Hope Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the first post in my Hope Series, where we will be exploring a biblical perspective on hope. When our daughter was little, and afraid of getting shots or a check-up at the doctor’s office, or some horrible but necessary event, I’d promise her the pain wouldn’t last and afterwards we’d get a treat, such as ice cream. I …