Giving Up Lent (not)

I’ve traveled a somewhat circuitous pathway from the religious rules of my childhood, to a new understanding of the full work of Jesus-God (which is emphatically law-averse for many good reasons), to a new independent place where I know that God sees through all spiritual camouflage.  It is our hearts He wants – because only then can He free us from this-world craziness.  So now that I’m settled on the idea that Lent isn’t some diabolical stronghold but rather a [potentially] strengthening spiritual discipline, I’m ready to make some commitments (and not a moment too soon!) This is where Steve and I come to the middle of two ends of our faith upbringing.  To wit: Devotion to God isn’t a short-term task we complete after a season, and then...

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Friday’s Word: TRIANGULATE!

Friday’s Word: TRIANGULATE!

Seth Godin used it today and I knew right away I had to start a new game: The Friday Word.  (i do so love to be unexpected.) TRIANGULATING IS EVERYWHERE. Satellites triangulate global positioning and tell us which streets will get us where we want to go. Google triangulates web traffic and our clicking and also tells us where we want to go.  (ha!) The military uses triangulation to aim missiles at the right target. 6th Century Greeks used triangles to estimate the height of the pyramids and scientists use triangulation to measure the size of the earth.   Proving your point through triangulation adds credibility to an argument or a fabulously complex statement of fact.  Triangles are strong. Triangulation is also an offensive strategy in the game of...

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It Could Only Be God

Today I honor my husband. One year ago today his decision changed everything. As magnificent head of our home and pillar of strength, he pulled in. He allowed it to happen.  He allowed God to invade deeper truths. We took time.  Weeks and weeks of study and prayer and growth. Sometimes painful and always holy. He focused, and shut off the outside world – all the voices that mislead. We chose inspired voices deliberately. Parker Palmer.  Pete Scazerro.  Eugene Petersen.  Rick Warren.  Brennan Manning.  Many others. Mostly God.   Through that time, we released and we cleaved. Everyday still we purpose to release and be cleaved Through God. I am humbled by my husband’s strength, his honesty and his bravery. He leads this complicated and crazy family...

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Did I Miss Something?

Did I Miss Something?

My reticular activator might be offline for maintenance.  Perhaps it’s “normal” for us to have what seems like obvious connections in our deeper mind and heart but we ourselves don’t intellectually see the connection until our reticular activator gets the message…. sometime much later.   Which probably isn’t technically how the RA works.  Hmmm. I know I have certain realities tucked away in my baggage, and old paradigms that, if allowed, will block the obvious signs of God’s voice on my life.  Isn’t that the problem? I’m talking about (in case it’s not terribly clear!) the daily presence of God’s call, drawing us to our purpose in this short life.  Always available to us, but only when we’re ready and asking with open ears;...

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Keep Walking

Keep Walking

People often ask “how do we know what God wants for our life?” I tell the stories about how my life has transformed into new depths of peacefulness as well as more genuine excitement and NO-FAIR!-awesome opportunities. New friends nod with some assumption that it’s always been that way. “What a nice life.  You’ve done well.” Nope. I’ve been rescued.  Mostly from my self. Constantly, even in our new life, my husband and I travel gravelly roads that challenge our focus and command our submission.  We are deliberate in our letting go as we encounter the pressures of our flesh and blood, often grateful for nothing more than the faith to do so. That’s where the miracles happen.  That’s how we see. Together. A year ago in this moment, I was in...

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