Focusing Self-compassion on Limitations

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I admit it: I’ve not bought a single Christmas gift yet. My husband, God bless him, has ordered a few things.  My guess is that Amazon is going to become my best friend over these next few weeks. My work schedule has been full as well as continuing to make doctor and physical therapy appointments and block off several whole days for injections. Oh, and my husband had some minor surgery this month, too.There are only 15 more days until Christmas (all of them shopping days online!)As I fa … [Read more...]

Listening broadly

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"We see God all around us, and learn to look for God in unusual places."This beautiful post by a fellow Patheos blogger, Enuma Okoro, reminded me of the gift of seeing broadly, of seeing God in life encounters…Here’s the story of two other women, Naomi and Ruth, who listened broadly… “It is no mistake that the two books named for women in the Bible, Ruth and Esther, have a similar sense of God at work.  In both books, God is more the undercurrent than the obvious force, more the One who … [Read more...]

Self-compassion and insight

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"when I am safe for myself, doors of insight tend to open."As I have said often, my optimum life pace is about 30-35 mph.  I don’t know why it helps me to express it in mph units, but it does. Now, that’s not my maximum pace, just my optimum pace, the speed at which I can be most present to my life, making forward progress but not missing the freedom to take in and enjoy all I see along the way.  This is also the pace at which my traction is greatest, where all my strokes count, where risk an … [Read more...]

Let’s hear it for the sheep!

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“I cannot help but be cautious about structural power in the context of a kingdom that routinely “flips the script.”   I get it.  Really I do.  I have close friends who have known untold pain because they have been denied the opportunity to use their gifts and exercise their callings within official capacities in the church. When I worked as a hospital chaplain, I myself was kicked out of a hospital room or two simply based on my gender alone.  The passages of Scripture addressing these is … [Read more...]


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