Tag Archives: faith

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

Leading Retreats: A Story About Passion and Cake

I love leading retreats. I mean I LOVE leading retreats. Seriously. It does not get any better for me than planning and leading one-, two-, or three-day retreats where we all hang out and eat good food and get loved on by God. Pure heaven. I’ve known this was my passion for a while, but… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: A Time of Faith

In following Pam Hawkin’s book, Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent, we have waited with great expectancy for the coming of a Savior, and we have prepared ourselves for His arrival.  Now, in this third week of Advent, we “live in faith” that God will indeed deliver on His promise of a Messiah for… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Listen

It happened again last night.  My son and I were reading his devotional book, and the chapter was about listening.  It encouraged children to be mindful of the television shows they watch, and to find time when they can turn off computers and t.v.’s and iPods and hear what God is saying to them.  That’s the fourth time in the past… Continue Reading

Prayer Tool: Focusing on – and with – the Trinity

Again, my apologies for my extended absence from this blog!  I had no intention of being gone for so long but have recently been very busy.  As I reported previously, I am currently writing a memoir for a good friend of mine, and that is taking a lot of time and creative writing energy!  I love… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: Pentecost

In celebration of Pentecost, this devotion focuses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit.  If, after praying this devotion, you want to continue to explore the role of the Holy Spirit, feel free to refer to our previous devotion on the Holy Spirit: http://abeadnaprayer.wordpress.com/2010/03/25/prayer-bead-devotion-god-the-holy-spirit/.  Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Ascension of Jesus

This week’s prayer bead devotion focuses on the time when Jesus ascended into heaven, as described in Acts 1:6 – 11. Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. Invitatory Bead: “When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him… Continue Reading

Prayer Bead Devotion: The Way, the Truth, and the Life

This week’s prayer bead devotion focuses on Jesus’ own statement about who He is, and how, through Him, we can come to know God. Cross: In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen. Invitatory Bead: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  No… Continue Reading