Unshakable and Assured

Unshakable and Assured

Many years ago, at a nearby retreat center, I was sitting outside my bedroom door and pondering the view. Bark chips. Thousands of them. I hadn’t been to that location since they had remodeled. I was disappointed at the lack of grass. Why bark chips? To me, grass...
Shaping Our Worries into Prayers

Shaping Our Worries into Prayers

I’ve said it before, but anxiety is one of my bad habits. I keep on learning to work with it and bring my worries into God’s presence. I’ve joked that “Maybe Jesus is right about anxiety.” Of course he is, but saying it that way helps me back into that truth in a way...
Advent: Peace in the Midst of Drama

Advent: Peace in the Midst of Drama

Let’s get the pre-judgment out of the way. I am a fan of the TV show Dancing with the Stars. I know. But I’m a sucker for process and growth and DTWS provides plenty of that on a weekly basis. Plus sequins! And fringe! If you aren’t familiar with this show the idea is...
Anxiety: A Soul Attacked but at Rest

Anxiety: A Soul Attacked but at Rest

“Where’s my wallet?” It’s a question I asked myself in anxiety as I stepped onto a bus on the other side of the planet from home two weeks ago. Gem and I were visiting friends in St. Petersburg Russia. We had just finished a nice dinner and were heading back to our...