Yearly Archives: 2017

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Stillness

"Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10 “Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson A rhythm of grace (a life-giving spiritual practice) for me has been the practice of stillness: being still; stopping; resting. It's interesting how counter-intuitive it seems to our culture right now, doesn't it? Being someone who grew up in a generation that spanned a progression from analog to digital, I remember when life moved 25-45 mph, telephones were attached to the wall, photos were shared by waiting for the film [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:13:57+00:00December 30th, 2017|Practices, Solitude, Silence, & Stillness, Terms|1 Comment

Active Prayer: a powerful little practice

A practice that I was introduced to years ago, that I have been revisiting lately, has been a prayer practice called "Active Prayer," or another way that I've heard it referred to has been called "Breath Prayer." It’s pretty simple: an active or breath prayer is a 6-12 word prayer that you pray throughout the day (usually inside yourself), and is short enough that you can pray it in the length of a breath. The active prayer is a way that many throughout history have put the following scriptures into practice: "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall always be in my mouth." - Psalm 34:1 [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:14:06+00:00November 9th, 2017|Practices, Prayers & Blessings|0 Comments

Following the Relaxed Rabbi: simplifying the heart

Bill Gaultiere, founder of Soul Shepherding, Inc. and mentee of Dallas Willard, shared a story on his website of an interaction that he had with Dallas. In Dallas' office at USC, Dallas asked him the question, "If you had one word to describe Jesus, what would it be?" There of course are so many words that come to mind to describe Jesus, and after a good length of silence in which Bill was able to contemplate, he asked Dallas what his one word would be. Dallas' answer: "relaxed." Relaxed. It has been a powerful paradigm shift for me as I've been grasping the picture of Jesus as the most relaxed person [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:14:15+00:00September 12th, 2017|Missional Living, Simplicity|0 Comments

Learning to Sing and Dance: a ragamuffin blessing

My deepest awareness of myself is that I am deeply loved by Jesus Christ and I have done nothing to earn it or deserve it. - Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel A blessing that I categorize as a 'dangerous blessing,' is one that Larry Hine, Brennan Manning's spiritual director, gave to Manning at his ordination. I kiddingly call them 'dangerous blessings,' because, as I mentioned in my post "A Beautifully Uncomfortable Blessing," it's not that they do harm, but they courageously embrace what we would normally consider desolation for the purpose of the greatest consolation: experiencing the Love of Christ more deeply. The thing that resonates with me regarding these 'dangerous [...]

By |2018-01-15T18:14:23+00:00July 18th, 2017|Prayers & Blessings|0 Comments

Cultivating Silence

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. Psalm 62:5 Something that has been impactful to me in my walk with the Lord has been integrating quiet/silence into my life. It hasn't been easy. Life get's busy, and it's an odd thing: I've found that when you intentionally seek to create more quiet and silence in your life, you discover how much noise is continually crowding in, and sometimes (oftentimes), it is from within us that the noise comes. Silence is something that we need to cultivate. In Psalm 62:5 we see a word in Hebrew for the kind of silencing of oneself that [...]

Consolation, Desolation, and the Examen Prayer

He who goes about to reform the world must begin with himself, or he loses his labor. -St. Ignatius of Loyola Something that has been paradigm shifting for me has been the Examen prayer. As a husband, father and non-profit worker, the Examen has been impactful for me, for self-awareness as well as for my spiritual development in Christ-centered discernment. I've found that it's a useful tool to see where God is at work, and is calling me to Himself throughout the day. Along with this prayer (that I'll share below), there is language (terms) that Ignatius introduces us to, called: "consolations and desolations." Generally put, a desolation is the [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:12:33+00:00June 15th, 2017|Prayers & Blessings, Terms|0 Comments

A Beautifully Uncomfortable Blessing

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By |2018-01-16T12:12:43+00:00May 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

2 Minute Praxis: Prayer of Compassion

What about the difficult days? The tough situations. Maybe, some of these are your inner thoughts: "Can you believe what they said?!?" "They were so rude!" "They don't want to follow directions, and now their actions are causing more work for us!" God is there in those moments too, and I believe it's in those moments that He wants to work His love and grace. The tough part is letting go. Letting go of our need to be right, our need to be in control, or of frustration, anger, or fear. The following exercise is one way that I link even the most difficult situations to God: difficult volunteer situations, [...]

By |2018-01-14T14:28:23+00:00May 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments