Repentance redefined: Giving up exhaustion and opening to change

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Day 4: Repentance redefined: Giving up exhaustion and opening to change “exhaustion was not fertile soil for growth and change” We had been meeting for about two years when my directee said to me: “You know the most helpful thing you’ve said to me since we’ve been meeting is “God is not in favor of exhaustion.”” As a woman who struggles with over-work, conversation about balance and spiritual practice were a large part of our conversations together.  But it wasn’t until we began to talk about … [Read more...]

Focusing curiosity on ruts

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"So many factors work against our visionary initiative.It is a human tendency to become stuck and to build ruts." Isn’t it funny how we tend to sit in the same place every time within a classroom or at church or sometimes even in our own dining room?I am just finishing up my first semester of teaching as an adjunct professor at the Seminary of the Southwest .  I’ve had a great time with a small group of nine amazingly brilliant, exceptionally open, motivated learners.  Interestingly, for … [Read more...]

Pack lightly and carry a big heart

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Packing this week, okay, this month, for this pilgrimage has been an interesting exercise in self-reflection.My gathering theme has become: pack light and carry a big heart.Linguistically, it has the same rhythm of that old saying:  Walk softly and carry a big stickThough I remembered that saying from a movie decades old it looks like the saying had more noble origins. Years ago I heard Oprah say that women have so many clothes in their closets because they are dressing … [Read more...]

Meeting myself again for the first time

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Something is up.  I’m not sure what, but something is up. I just get the feeling.Maybe it’s Jesus’ wisdom “To whom much is given, much is required.” (Luke 12:48)I love my work right now; it is a gift. Yet, the question rises: what might be shifting?I love my husband of 33 years. He is a gift. Is my marriage changing,too?I love our children and new granddaughter.  They are gifts. How can I love them better?Interestingly, this trip is a gift that my work and calling have given m … [Read more...]


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