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Have You Got a “Thin Place”?

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Do you have a “where” or a “when” that refreshes your spirit?

Last week ushered in the first day of Spring, a time of new life and rebirth…

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.

— Bern Williams

You’ve probably surmised that this post is not about your weight or your shape, nor is it about Spring per se; it’s about places or moments when “heaven and earth are only three feet apart”… it’s about where or when you’ve felt closer to your God and more Continue reading » Have You Got a “Thin Place”?


Tree’d by Troubles

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Worries Got You Up a Tree?

Worry often gives a small thing a big shadow.

— Proverb

Back in my tree-climbing days I pondered my troubles and nursed my hurts nestled high in the generous leaves of our front yard Alder tree.

The Alder is a tree that supports and protects physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Its associations with both weapons and shields reminded the ancient Celts that part of the skill of the warrior lies in knowing when to take up the sword and when to take up the shield…

The alder reminds us of the need to blend strength and courage with generosity of spirit and compassion. There is a time to challenge things and a time to hold our peace.

Sequestered in my leafy bower I dreamed of the day when I would be Continue reading » Tree’d by Troubles

St James's Elephant

An Elephant Sat On It

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How do you regain your resilience when an elephant just sat on it?

Was it only a few weeks ago that I was jumping for joy?  Indeed.  But then a different kind of news came down the pike… Continue reading » An Elephant Sat On It


Jump for Joy!

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When something you’re worried about turns out better than OK – how do you express yourself?

Joy is the grace we say to God.

— Jean Ingelow

After what seemed like a long and worrisome wait, we got GOOD news… Hearing that precious news brought us to our feet and left us babbling with elation and relief.  And still, days later, our smiles are wide – we’re jumping for joy!

One joy scatters a hundred griefs.

— Chinese Proverb

For the sake of this post, it doesn’t matter exactly what our good news was… suffice to say that we are most happy to be once again looking at the world through the lens of hopeful optimism. Continue reading » Jump for Joy!

Are You Sure About That?

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How do YOU spell relief?

For fast acting relief, try slowing down.

— Lily Tomlin

Call me gobsmacked – taken unawares and feeling wonder – at some research I’ve stumbled upon in my wanderings through the internet.  It left me asking the question: Are you sure about that?  But I guess it all comes down to finding a bit of relief from some surprising sources.

Lonely?  Try a Little TV

Really??? Yeah, really.  A report in reports:

New psychological research suggests that loneliness can be alleviated by simply turning on your favorite TV show. In the same way that a snack can satiate hunger in lieu of a meal, it seems that watching favorite TV shows can provide the experience of belonging without a true interpersonal interaction.

I know, I know.  In fact, everyone knows (don’t we?): we spend too much time with our TV programs, Facebook, Tweets, Gameboys, what-have-you’s.  But, in the short run, in a pinch, Continue reading » Are You Sure About That?