Beauty from Ashes

This morning as I start the day in prayer, my gaze is drawn to our Christmas tree so beautifully adorned with lights and ornaments. One particular ornament catches my eye, the one you see above. This one is made from volcanic ash. When I bought this ornament, my husband and I were in Seattle, WA visiting a group of Korean-Americans who wanted us to speak into the development of their church. I remembered how dazzled I was by the beauty of the area, how I understood why people from the Pacific Northwest always pine away for the beauty of this

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Sustainable Change for a Sustainable Life

There’s a lot of talk these days about “sustainability” particularly in regards to environmental issues. It occurs to me that there’s a similar dynamic in a person’s life – there are important conditions to cultivate in our lives which make them “sustainable”. Here’s one description for sustainability I found online: “Sustainability strives to balance our environmental, economic and social goals to produce more resilient systems that will endure into the future.” In other words, if we want to have a really good quality of life that endures for a long time, even down into the generations that come after us, we

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Transition

  Have you noticed that most people, when you ask them what they are doing currently, will say “Well, I’m in transition…” Love that word. It brings up all sorts of questions and remembrances of your own experiences. It’s always about being “in between”, having left one shore and being in transit between there and somewhere else. Or between where you were and who-knows-where. One thing’s for certain, life is full of transitions. In the world we live in, there are more and more of them, and they are more frequent than ever. Change can be good, it just isn’t

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Catalytic

Yesterday I was thinking about Ben Franklin for some reason, probably because I had just seen a bolt of lightening in the midst of the rain. What on earth was he thinking when he decided to tie a key on a string from a kite? He was thinking about how much power there was in a lightening bolt and what might happen if it could somehow be harnessed and used to benefit people. Sure enough, he did that experiment and successfully conducted electricity from the kite to the string to the key into a glass jar. There it was –

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Distilling the Essence

Here are a couple of definitions from the dictionary that have been rolling around my head for some time. The first is “distill”, which means: 1) “to subject to a process of vaporization and subsequent condensation, as for purification or concentration”, 2) “to extract the volatile components of by distillation; transform by distillation”. The second is “essence”, which means: 1) “the basic, real and unvariable nature of a thing or it’s significant individual feature or features, 2) “a substance obtained from a plant, drug, or the like, by distillation, infusion, etc. and containing its’ characteristic properties in concentrated form, 3)

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Grieving Well

The 10 years between 2004 and 2014 were a time of adversity that eclipsed all the difficulties of the former years of my life. To survive it all I had to learn how to grieve well. As long as we live we will experience many sorrows (as well as joys!) and therefore we must learn to grieve well.   Taking my cues from a description of the Messiah in Isaiah 53:3, I began to understand something. It is this: the key to healing well from all the sorrows and loss we experience is to become well acquainted with the full

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The Hope of Your Calling

The world we currently live in is full of surprises, isn’t it? It seems that change is happening more rapidly than most people are equipped to handle. Whether positive or negative, all change creates disruption in our lives. It’s easy to feel like we’ve lost our balance and perspective. Questions like these often come up : What now? Who am I now? How will I ever rise above this challenge? When we want to build a home, what do we use to achieve the results we want?  Would you have answered, “the blueprint”? That would be my best guess.  When

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Change is Inevitable, Progress is Optional

December 26, 2015   Change is Inevitable, Progress is Optional   It’s the day after Christmas and all through the house Lay paper and boxes and crumbs for the mouse 🙂 The stockings hang empty,  no gifts under the tree Relaxing or working,  back to “normal” must be.   What if  “normal” was different this upcoming year? What if we decided to live without fear, If we chose where we really wanted to go, To follow our hearts and change status quo?   One thing’s for certain,  all things are possible, Truly,  change is inevitable, progress is optional. You are

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