Category: journey

Advent meditation: Hope

A self-sowing seed begins in the light. It holds on for as long as it can, but then weather changes, time passes, and nutrients fade. The bit of green it clings to releases the seed to the earth with a gentle reminder, “This is… Continue Reading “Advent meditation: Hope”

Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

It is tradition for me to read this poem on the first morning I hear the geese migrating for both winter and summer. Even though I primarily work remotely now, this is the first morning that I’ve heard them pass over my home. I’ve… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese”

A Psalm of sacred space

When the world becomes a busy placeand I need to reconnect with you,I go to my sanctuary,my kitchen,and there I find you at my table.You are my Holy Homesteader,the one who keeps me company as Iarrange the flowers,wash the vegetables,can the jam,trim the herbs,sweeten… Continue Reading “A Psalm of sacred space”

lessons learned: root bound

When the world seems to bind us in ways that restrict, impede or obstruct our freedom and growth, I return to these words from six years ago. -cameron “You are root bound,” she said.  “Your prayer might be, ‘God, give me a bigger pot.’”… Continue Reading “lessons learned: root bound”

Nourish then Flourish

I have recently joined a collective of artists, writers, and practitioners who trust in the therapeutic aspect of nature and creation. Each in our own way, we believe that intentionally spending time with nature creates opportunities for growth, healing, inspiration and restoration. Rebecca Lefebvre… Continue Reading “Nourish then Flourish”

lessons learned: gratitude, grace, and chicken poo

Recently, I read about doing a running streak in Runner’s World – the point is to run every day from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July (I’m in America).  I used to participate in 5Ks for fun – I’m not a runner but… Continue Reading “lessons learned: gratitude, grace, and chicken poo”

lessons learned: My friend, Brokenness

Recently, I have been sitting with Brokenness.  For a long time, however, I was afraid to acknowledge her presence because her cracks might allow someone to see the darkness buried deep inside.  And isn’t her sidekick, Wholeness, the friend we want to claim as… Continue Reading “lessons learned: My friend, Brokenness”

here I am, let it be with me

Mary is my girl. I’ve been sitting with her during Christmas for years now, and each Advent season, I come to learn more about God, her and myself through her story. I’ve preached on Mary as the pregnant teenager in my high school homeroom,… Continue Reading “here I am, let it be with me”

86,400 seconds

blogger’s note: If you’ve been following me for awhile, you willl recognize this post. There are many iterations of it on this site as it is one of my favorites. The season of Thanksgiving is here, one of my favorites, and I’ve begun focusing… Continue Reading “86,400 seconds”

seeking restoration

It has been quite some time since I have been actively engaged in a faith community. I have been seeking, wrestling, discerning, and waiting, and quite frankly, I have begun to describe myself as feeling hollow. Not “without the presence of God” hollow, but… Continue Reading “seeking restoration”

the voices

This morning, I’ve had the gift of some alone time on the back porch as the world wakes up into Saturday. It did not take long for the birds to find the fresh food at the feeder and begin the lovely dance of taking… Continue Reading “the voices”

it’s more than a quarter

It’s more than a word of affirmation. It’s more than a smile. It’s more than a handhold. It’s more than a greeting. It’s more than a quarter. I love shopping at Aldi. Where else can you get organic veggies and fruit that don’t break… Continue Reading “it’s more than a quarter”

Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese

It has become a meaningful tradition for me to return to this poem when I hear the first flock of Canadian geese making their way south in early autumn and home in early spring. As with any writing I read and re-read, I find… Continue Reading “Mary Oliver’s Wild Geese”

your prayers

Dear Friends and Family, About seven months ago, Bob and I started planning for me to have a space apart as a studio, meditation room, and spiritual direction office.  After several twists and turns, we finally settled on a studio shed.  Bob and I… Continue Reading “your prayers”

lessons learned: balance and sneezeweed

About a week or so ago, I had hit my limit–spiritually, emotionally and physically. Broken ribs, cluttered home, never ending projects, new transitions–all a part of life, I know, but my soul couldn’t wrestle with another thing. On the way home from an event… Continue Reading “lessons learned: balance and sneezeweed”

lessons learned: holy hummingbirds

Often, I share with people this bit of advice from the spiritual direction world–it if happens at least 3 times, then it’s probably the Holy Spirit trying to tell you something. Most of us look to big signs or burning bushes to relay those… Continue Reading “lessons learned: holy hummingbirds”

the stories I could tell

the stories I could tellof dreams sweetly coursing through my veins filled with life and sustenance;of growth buried deeply within my cellsnot a choice or a have to but a need, a calling, a purpose.the stories I could tellof years and years of human… Continue Reading “the stories I could tell”

lady wisdom

A few years ago, my devotion journal highlighted Proverbs 8, a lovely and insightful text about Lady Wisdom or Sophia. As Holy Wisdom, she personifies the female aspects of God, and in the Proverbs passage, we learn she has been around since Creation. I… Continue Reading “lady wisdom”

lessons learned: trucks, traffic and trust

I’ve been doing a lot of traveling for work recently. I enjoy the opportunity to meet new people, educate conference participants, and advocate for individuals with disabilities. I like people watching at airports and finding new parks to explore. I even don’t mind sleeping… Continue Reading “lessons learned: trucks, traffic and trust”

living in the here

I have recently been re-reading Pádraig Ó Tuama’s book In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World. I find it grounds me in ways that complement other aspects of my spirituality. Yesterday as I prepared to drive home from a work engagement, I… Continue Reading “living in the here”

tree of life

The other day, a young friend was helping me pick out some photos to frame for my first gallery showing. As we flipped through the dozens that reside on my computer, he stopped me at the photo above and noted how much he liked… Continue Reading “tree of life”

journey

This morning, I thought I might try something a bit different with my post. A few minutes ago, I came across a photo that reminded me of an unexpected treasure I found as I traveled across the state of Wisconsin many years ago. A… Continue Reading “journey”

my affirmation of faith

Some of you may not know that I am lifelong United Methodist (UMC), and in 2009, I was commissioned as a Deaconess in the UMC (Not a female “deacon,” by the way. We’re vocational ancestors of the women-led social holiness / justice movement and… Continue Reading “my affirmation of faith”

lessons learned: at the heart of it

When my sister and I were little, our mother would surprise us by serving an artichoke with our dinner. We found it magical to peel away the layers, scraping them with our teeth and savoring the small bit of goodness at the end of… Continue Reading “lessons learned: at the heart of it”

anniversary

In February, eleven years ago, a handful of friends and colleagues, all women, were experiencing challenging times–single parenting, work stress, and life transitions. I chose a quote, wrote a three-sentence meditation and emailed it to them as a way to demonstrate intentional support and… Continue Reading “anniversary”

a visit with shadow

Over the weekend, Shadow showed up at my front door. I hadn’t invited her, but her visit was not unexpected. She has a tendency to drop by when I experience loss, sadness, or frustration. She typically makes a grand entrance, sashaying in with her… Continue Reading “a visit with shadow”

seeking joy

On my professional travels with a colleague, we typically listen to podcasts as a way to decompress on the ride home.  This past Monday, he introduced me to the TED Radio Hour via NPR, and I was reminded of the simplicity of joy in… Continue Reading “seeking joy”

wintering

from the recently released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation I’ve put the gardens to bed and shored up the chicken coop. I’ve stored the tools and stacked the pots behind the shed. I’ve left the last of the coneflower dead… Continue Reading “wintering”

the edge of the stable

Yesterday, I spent some time quietly decorating my home for the winter season.  With my parents’ move and my daughter’s independence journeying with me into Advent, I just haven’t felt motivated to prepare my home. Each year, one of my favorite activities is setting… Continue Reading “the edge of the stable”

welcoming Darkness to the table

This Advent season, I have been sitting with longtime companions, Darkness and Light.  As I grow in age, and perhaps wisdom, I’ve begun to appreciate the necessity of both.  I find that in Advent, we sometimes want to “hurry up” Darkness so we can… Continue Reading “welcoming Darkness to the table”

a psalm of hope

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Our Healer, our Hope, We greet you in the morning with fresh faces turned toward the sun. You warm our skin and our hearts with your light. You envelop us in your… Continue Reading “a psalm of hope”

the things we carry: songs and sacred spaces

Message for Mary Sunday, contemplative service, December 2, 2018 This week, I have spent some time gazing at various artistic renderings of Mary and Elizabeth and Mary singing the Magnificat hoping to glean some insight as to what Mary was carrying with her in… Continue Reading “the things we carry: songs and sacred spaces”

a psalm of just be

from the newly released book Growing Grace: A Book of Psalms Celebrating Creation Eternal One, I confess that I long to sit within your silence, but I have become distracted by worldly concerns. I want to hear that still, soft voice of yours whisper in… Continue Reading “a psalm of just be”

finding my voice

As a preteen, I was bullied by 2 boys at my private school.  A couple of female teachers told me repeatedly that they were just jealous of how smart I was.  The day I voiced my anger and desire for help, I was shamed… Continue Reading “finding my voice”

oremus

On long journeys by car or by plane, I like to catch up on my favorite podcast On Being with Krista Tippett.  Over the years, various poets, theologians, social scientists, and spiritual leaders have contributed to my personal faith formation through their commentary.  Whether questioning or… Continue Reading “oremus”

selling a home

Selling a home is not for the faint at heart.  You see, it’s different than selling a house.  Selling a house requires a sign in the yard, some great marketing, and a decent sellers’ market.  Selling a home–well, that’s another story. In mid July,… Continue Reading “selling a home”

wild geese

It has become a tradition for me to read the poem Wild Geese by Mary Oliver on the first morning I hear the geese migrating south.  After listening to her interview with Krista Tippett (On Being), I can only hear the poet reading the… Continue Reading “wild geese”

roads

I love to drive on country roads and blue highways.  There’s is something about the unknown of backroads that inspires me–inspires me to wonder, inspires me to center, inspires me to find. These travels get me outside of my head and into my spirit. … Continue Reading “roads”

lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing

We human beings are like plants. We need to be cared for in order to grow and thrive.  It’s not always a perfect formula. In general though, we need to be watered, fed, and sometimes pruned. And just like plants, without enough nourishment, we… Continue Reading “lessons learned: hydrangeas and healing”

prayer for re-creation

Compassionate Creator, Set me among these hills in the grass. Fill my spirit with the songs of birds and the whispers of wind. Let the tears flow warmly and silently, tempting my tongue with salty kiss, Then turn me loose from this sorrow releasing… Continue Reading “prayer for re-creation”