The Dance

written July 2008, 2 years ago: God, there is so much change and growth going on in my life. You are helping me understand myself better. Sometimes I get tired of the energy it takes to continue growing. And that is where I was yesterday as I sat by the Lake: Yesterday the grasses danced…

Ice Cream Trucks, Solitude and Being

Lord, I’ve been sitting here at the lake. The assignment from my class is to      “practice solitude” . . .       to be quiet      in Your presence. I should just be honest and say I know I should do this assignment. But I’d really like to get going. I have a lot to…

Back Yard Lessons on “Abiding”

John 15:5-8 (The Message) “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re joined with me and I with you, the relation intimate and organic, the harvest is sure to be abundant. Separated, you can’t produce a thing. Anyone who separates from me is deadwood, gathered up and thrown on the bonfire. (the Message)…

Clean, Clear, Crisp Days & Life

      I have always loved this photo – a beautiful sunshiny day at the Botanic Gardens.  So tonight in our group when we are to choose a photo as a journaling prompt, I knew I would pick it, even though I really didn’t know how it would fit.  (Since I am the facilitator,…

Lilacs, Raindrops, Pine Needles & Peace

Friday morning in Montana. We just arrived last night. The wonderful wedding craziness that is part of any wedding starts tonight with rehearsal. Tomorrow, Brian and Becca get married! I am out here on the deck Gordon built. I miss him, but I am OK. I do love being here in Montana where Gordon lived…

Defined by . . . .

Ruth Haley Barton, Sacred Rhythms says   “It is your desire for God and your capacity to reach for more of God than you have right now that is the deepest essence of who you are . . . not your woundedness . . .not your personality . . . not your giftedness,  but your desire!”…

Happy Again

It’s peaceful out here tonight. The snow makes everything         so quiet. And I breathe deeply. I didn’t know if I’d truly know        happiness again        that I could feel this good. I thought I had lost myself,        never to find the old me again I didn’t find the old me exactly. What I am starting…

Quiet, How I Need the Quiet

written March, 2008 – after extensive travel, both business and pleasure….just gone a LOT Quiet! How I need the quiet. It’s been a week of constant people being in new places constant noise and more people (even at night, my hotel room is full of people) Days without time alone with You Leave me on…

Going Deeper with God

from my journal, an entry from October 2006, as I was in the midst of deeply grieving the loss of Gordon: And there’s a question asked in my small group.  This community was life to me:  I learned through all of the changes that followed Nov. 2005 that Community is life sustaining and necessary for deep change and…