Why “active waiting” is not an oxymoron- Part 1 …

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

We often think waiting is passive because we can’t control the circumstances around our waiting.  For example, when one is stuck in traffic and can’t move, you are forced to wait. But the beauty of waiting for God is that it can be active. Henri Nouwen writes in “Waiting for God” (an excerpt from the book, Watch for the Light): …

Being thankful for “still”

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

My friend Maria sent me a Christmas postcard last year that struck me because she exemplified being thankful without explicitly using the word.  If you have been reading my blog, you may have noticed a recurring theme of gratitude (or me learning to be more thankful).    I asked her if I could share her note on my blog and …

A prayer for trust

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Dear Father God, I am weary of body, soul and spirit.  You know what this week has been like and I am drained.  Thank you that I can come to you just as I am. You don’t judge me.  You don’t tell me to pull myself up by my bootstraps (as if I could).  I can’t. You have promised that …

A prayer for the decluttering of my soul…

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

In early December 2010, my friend Peg shared this prayer poem by Joyce Rupp:   God, open my mind and my heart. Lift the barriers, unbind the strong grasp of my demands when I want everything to go my way. [more]   God reach into my inner space sweep out all my old clutter, enlarge my capacity to receive.   …

2011: The year I finally declutter my home (or at least try…)

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Several years ago, whenever my husband would mention “decluttering” or “organizing,” my head would literally ache.  Fast forward, it is January 1, 2011, and I actually want to declutter our home, and I don’t have a headache.  For me, it is a sign of growth. [more] I was inspired when I read a January 2011 Sunset magazine article that featured …

This is love

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

The poem (seen below) was written by Tim Chown in response to 1 John:4:19,20:    “This is how God showed his love among us; He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.  This is love; not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning …

When the past is not a blast

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Several months ago, Jubi, our beloved 11 year old hound-mix clung to the car’s back seat with his roughly 60 lbs.  I climbed onto the back seat as I struggled to get his shaking body out of the car.  I bribed him with treats. He wouldn’t even look at the treat. I cajoled him. He ignored me. Somehow he knew …

Extreme Thankfulness

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

I’ve been struck lately with how having a thankful heart can change one’s perspective when life is hard.  A few weeks ago at church, a former heroin addict shared how being thankful changed his perspective.  He was upset about getting two speeding tickets.  But then he realized that he could be thankful that he even had a car when he …