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TGIF: Gratitude for My Husband's Gift

Abundance, Art, Creativity, Gratitude, Joy, Love, painting, Play
Wednesday my husband gave me a truly beautiful gift. He came with me to Paint Nite. Now Paint Nite is a two hour social event where you all create the same painting while enjoying the local hosting restaurant or bar. You also need to know that M is color blind and hadn't painted anything since middle school. So in essence what he gave me was total engagement in an activity I dearly love (painting) while struggling with his own limitations. We laughed and concentrated and played all night. It was only one of the best dates of my life thanks to his joyful immersion in the artsy side of me. What a gift! I am grateful! "The secret to a happy marriage is if you can be at peace with someone within four walls, if you are content because the one you love is near to you, either upstairs or downsta...

Church Camp, 2014 – Prayerful Tuesday

Abundance, awareness, Blessings, Christian Church, community, Creation, Disciples of Christ, Education, Friendship, Grace, Gratitude, Holy Mystery, Joy, listen, Love, Play, prayer, Scripture, spiritual practice, Spirituality, Summer, Uncategorized
Mark 10:13-16 13 People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. 14But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. 15Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ 16And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. I spent last week at Gwinwood Christian Retreat Center, [(Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)] as one of the Chi Rho (Jr. High) counselors.  The whole week was a wonderful experience and not just for the kids.  Spending time with children and young people is a prayerful time.  In the voices and fa...
The Dark Night – Prayerful Tuesday

The Dark Night – Prayerful Tuesday

Blessings, Breath Prayer, Challenge, contemplation, Discernment, doubt, Grace, Holy Mystery, inner peace, justice, Lament, listen, Love, mercy, mindfulness, Mystery, Nature, peace, Play, prayer, Rituals, Scripture, Skeptic, spiritual practice, Surrender, Uncategorized
I watched a PBS program the other night about Shakespeare’s Macbeth and one insight of the host made me sit up and take notice.  The play of Macbeth, as Shakespeare tells it, is about the ego. You see Macbeth let his own and his wife’s ego control his life and I resonate with that. As of late I am wrestling with my own ego issues. Now I doubt I am going to go and kill anyone to get ahead, although metaphorically speaking I may have done that already, but right now I am trying to separate my desires from the desires of God.  To be honest I don’t think I’m doing a very good job.  The question I ask myself (ok questions) ‘is what I want what God wants for me and from me,’ or ‘am I telling God what I want and just assuming that it is what God wants to do.’ You see telling the difference bet...