I know a lot of us may find ourselves a bit more anxious lately. I wanted to share a practice I’ve been trying that I learned at the Diocesan Ladies’ Retreat this year. I attended a workshop on prayer lead by Patty Bordwell and Mary Grace Kunefke. For this meditative practice gather something like stones, … Continue reading Surrendering Anxieties
I have been blessed with the highly coveted ability to fall asleep anywhere and at any time. Airplanes, cars, hotel rooms, and even pull out couches are no problem for me. Afternoon power naps are my specialty. My college roommates used to joke that they could throw a party in our room and I … Continue reading Joy Comes in the Morning
For the next seven weeks we will post weekly prayers for our annual retreat. Please share these prayers that we might have a mighty wave of prayer covering all aspects of the planning and implementation of this event. We need your prayers so that our ladies can experience an event that glorifies God and disciples … Continue reading Please pray for our Diocesan Ladies Retreat: Joy 2020
I have a friend that says, “the difference between a hero and a coward is the direction she runs when she is afraid.” When I run towards God, even when I am afraid, joy is the gift I am given. Usually it comes when I stop thinking about myself and start asking what God wants … Continue reading Running After God and Choosing Him at Every Turn
“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are 'patches of Godlight' in the woods of our experience.” C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer There are few words as misunderstood as the word joy. It is … Continue reading Misunderstanding Joy
JOY is embedded in Advent and *Epiphany, folded into the Christmas story. *Epiphany is just around the corner and falls on the liturgical calendar twelve days after Christmas. Yes, those twelve days of Christmas are not actually the last twelve days of shopping before Christmas as popular culture might have lead us to believe. The … Continue reading Can We Choose Joy?
Joy is a companion, who joins us on life’s journey. Unlike some of life’s companions, she is always a welcome sight, a pleasure to have around, an asset to the journey. Joy shows up unsolicited as a reaction to something good, invariably present at all of life’s parties. She squeals in delight anytime lost things … Continue reading Joy on the Journey