prayer

Hope in the Unfailing Love of God

Looking around at all that is going on in the world, it is easy to become discouraged. We are tempted to distract ourselves from our internal agitation by diving in to a tub of ice cream and a good Netflix binge session. There are few things I love more than an evening on my couch with Coolhaus Campfire S’More, my daughter and a comedy series.

While that is a comforting short term solution, in the long run we will face even more problems if we continue to use food and entertainment as a bandaid for our emotions and spiritual questions.

Instead, I would like to suggest using turning to the Psalms.

Persevering When Your Knees are Tired

Our small tribe has been touched again by the death of a very loved young person. And, once again, we arrive to a new day with more questions than answers.

I don’t know about you, but my mind would like to go to the easy place of throwing in the towel.

It might just be so much easier to hit the snooze button rather than wake up and join Jesus for tea/coffee. It would be momentarily more pleasant to let loose with a stream of expletives in the comfort of my car when the next terrible driver follows me too closely or cuts me off, feeding my anger rather than praying for the safety of all on the road. It would be more fun to go for a mimosa brunch, rather than sit between the squirmy toddler and stinky older person in Mass. It would be just a little bit too easy to drift away from the practices that I know tether me (which at times feels loosely) to Jesus.

Five Things You Need Every Day

Our approach to scheduling cause us more problems than we may realize. When our lives are overstuffed, it is hard to see past the next few minutes to dream about long term goals or make decisions necessary for course corrections. If you are approaching September feeling like your hair is on fire from all that needs to be done, I have come up with an easy approach to composing your day.