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 …

No need to hide, when you abide

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Hey, I’m taking a break from our Exploring Faith Series as Tammy invited me to write at The Mud Room blog about “Authenticity and coming out of hiding.” ****** After analysis paralysis, I decided to focus on what makes us hide and why it is safe to come out and be authentic. ****** When he was twelve, a family friend …

What propels your faith forward? – 3

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the third post in my Exploring Faith Series. Earlier I shared how my husband and I practiced faith by inviting God into our conflict, and we also learned from Abraham how sometimes faith calls us to the unknown though we can trust it is known to God. I think of Abraham and Sarah expectantly waiting each month for …

Slow and savor #SimplyTuesday

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Feel free to share this graphic. If you want to learn more about Emily Freeman’s wonderful book,Simply Tuesday, you can buy it on Amazon*and check out her site. “In my own life I’ve found it to be true that when I hold on to the wrong things, the wrong things hold on to me.” -Emily Freeman, Simply Tuesday, 19. I …

When your journey takes an unexpected turn-2

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the second post in my Exploring Faith Series. Earlier my husband and I practiced faith by inviting God into our conflict; we also learned from Abraham how sometimes faith calls us to the unknown. I’ve never stood by a loved one’s hospital bed and held a moveable right hand because his left side was paralyzed from a stroke. …

What do beans, abiding in Christ, and joy share?

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

Sometimes joy and laughter sneak in while we play. Our daughter and I sit cross-legged on her bed’s light purple quilt. We spread out colorful cards for the game Bohnanza on her bed. When my nieces introduced us to the game, I was skeptical. How could a game based on buying, planting, trading and selling different beans be fun? Photo …

On asking for joy?

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

I don’t often think of Jesus caring about my experience of joy although joy is part of my relationship with God (Gal. 5:23-24). I feel like I’m peering into the Grand Canyon with this topic. Morning light streams in from windows as I sit at my kitchen table. I’ve read this verse before but it shines into my heart in …

Grace to trust you will be held – 6

Dolly Lee Grace Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the 6th post in my Grace Series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat’s theme: “Grace.” God led me on more adventures than I imagined once I said, “Yes,” to a retreat in Nebraska. In hindsight, jumping off a power pole was a warm-up for the bigger and scarier jump God called me to make on Saturday of the retreat. …

How Grace redeems our needy places – 3

Dolly Lee Grace Series, Spiritual Formation

Welcome to the 3rd post in my Let Grace Begin series, inspired by Jumping Tandem Retreat’s theme: Grace. California is in its fourth year of drought. We save our warm-up shower water in blue buckets to use outside. Our dog Bailey thinks we’ve super-sized his water bowls. Drought has made me more aware of water’s preciousness; my needy places have …

An unexpected way to overcome fear

Dolly Lee Spiritual Formation

A few days ago, my chest tightened and a dark cloud pressed down on me till the sun disappeared. I prayed on and off. I breathed in and out. Nothing helped. I persevered and asked God for grace as unexplained fear gripped and wrapped itself around my heart and mind. Desperate, I sent a text to four friends asking for …