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Intention: January Theme and Prayer Bead Devotion

Those of you who follow our (somewhat) daily meditations may have noticed our monthly themes. A few months ago we decided to assign a theme to each month, using it as a basis for our prayer bead devotions, meditations, newsletter, Facebook Live videos, etc. It worked well enough that we’ve decided to make it official!… Continue Reading

What Is Your Word for 2017?

  For the third year in a row, I am choosing a word for the year. The word is designed to set my intention for the year, to focus my prayers, guide me in my daily life, and deepen my relationship with God. My friend, Christine Schlink Stanton, first inspired me to choose a word.… Continue Reading

Devotion: Loving Our Neighbor

This month our theme is “Loving Our Neighbor.” Jesus says the Greatest Commandment – indeed, our purpose in life – is to love God with our entire being, and to love our neighbor as ourself. But this seems harder than usual during the presidential election season. People are divided by their politics, breeding suspicion and… Continue Reading

Safe Space: If You Build It They Will Come

We are so close to the finish line when it comes to my new book. So close. My editor and I are deep in the mire of detailed edits (our 2nd or 3rd round, I’ve lost count). I spent the day yesterday looking at the number of time I used such words as “think,” “night,”… Continue Reading

PTSD: the Spiritual Implications of Implied Weakness

Earlier this week Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, drew loud criticism for his comments about veterans with PTSD. Speaking to a veterans group, Trump seemed to imply that veterans who returned from combat with PTSD were somehow weaker than those who didn’t. While this is not in any way a political blog, in the… Continue Reading

Devotion: Struggling with spiritual pain

This devotion is for the soldiers with PTSD, and for all those who struggle with spiritual pain. Prayer Bead Devotion Cross: God of Healing, Invitatory Bead: even when I do not feel it, Resurrection Bead: you are with me. First Cruciform Bead: I am hurting. Help me. Week Beads, 1st Set: Use each bead to… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Peace begins with me.

10 represent 60 million plus… My family and I are big fans of the Olympics and Paralympics. We spend a lot of time watching soccer, gymnastics, swimming, diving, and beach volleyball. I also admit that I watch trampoline and synchronize swimming just because they are fascinating! Like many viewers around the world, I was stunned… Continue Reading

On Beads and Boats: Come Sail Away With Us!

Love prayer beads? Check. Love to travel? Check. Love to hang out in tropical settings with cool people? Check. Love the drinks with little umbrellas? Check. Then come away with us! That’s right folks, we’re going on a cruise! The Upper Room – you know, our favorite people – is hosting the Quiet Spaces Retreat… Continue Reading