The Noonday Sun

Can we savor moments? Not just the moments that deserve savoring. At the end of the training day, we engaged in an activity asking us to look at a family picture. We reframed the story to consider an optimistic exchange versus what the actions may convey. I was reminded that emotions are not felt in…

What makes a good life?

I finished my Waymaker study. We ended with the word doxology. Doxology to thank God no matter where we find ourselves on life’s journey. I’m learning that being grateful is not about my definitions of what is right and wrong. Or, what are my pleasures, and did they come to pass. It’s going deeper into…

Building rafts and letting things go

The raft is a story or parable that I heard on a podcast to convey how our life changes, and we need to understand what we may need and what tools to navigate the next season. I will quickly paraphrase the story here. A person was walking and came upon a river they had to…

Cinnamon Girl

The cinnamon broke me. I love cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. I’m a feeler, and sounds, sights, and smells can illuminate my mind and soul. So those spices are me. In fact, Parish will sing to me an old rock and roll song, “My Cinnamon Girl.” It took a lot to get away over the holidays,…

Lift our hands and heart

What are you afraid of? In my study, Waymaker Ann poses this question in our session, encouraging us to examine to return to God. I write down a few worries on my mind that are tied to relationships. I think of a previous discussion when we talked about trauma being an experience of detachment and…

Merry Christmas

This year I really wanted to sing a few of my favorite songs. Singing heals me. My makeshift music studio is my bathroom, cell phone, and echo show, Youtube Karaoke. I’m sharing “the first pancake.” I heard the pancake story from Simon Sinek on a podcast recommendation from a friend. Our first pancake is usually…

Your goodness is running after me

Luke 1:57-66 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her. On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after…

In Via

WordPress, just like Facebook, will give you prompts. This is a new tool. I just noticed. It encouraged me to “talk about a father.” Most of my posts are about my heavenly Father and His loving-kindness. As I continue in my Bible study, Waymaker, by Ann, I’m discovering this journey–the “in via” or “on our…

With my Anna

Parish and I were practicing for Woman of Worth tonight. Adelaide’s group is having a Christmas party, and we organized the sing-a-long. During our rehearsal, he walks over with a song he wrote many years ago. The timing is uncanny. As a couple, we need encouragement. We sat, read the lyrics, and finally discovered the…