Category: Spiritual Disciplines Bringing me Closer to God

Love and Forgiveness:  A Spiritual Practice for Forgiving

Gosh do I need to practice forgiveness lately!  Maybe you do too. Jesus taught that we are to love everyone – even our enemies. But to love someone who has hurt you, you first have to forgive them! And that is not easy. You have…

The Spiritual Practice of Exchanging Worry for Life

 “It was I who taught them to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who strengthened them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts…

God of the Little Things

The last few days (and nights) have been rainy here in Georgia.  I have wanted to run out into the rain and dance around – so grateful for the coolness the rain has brought with it and so weary from the relentless heat of…

Experiencing God as a Rock

Recently I have been spending my prayer time meditating on the different ways God has been described in scripture. There are some descriptions that we are all familiar with:  God is love, light, and truth.  Those make sense to me.  There are some feminine…

Ever Prayed with an Icon?

I facilitate a multicultural spiritual direction group of half a dozen women every other Monday night at an Episcopal Church.  This week we are practicing the spiritual discipline of praying with icons that isn’t often practiced in protestant denominations. And, by icons, I don’t…

Saint Peter’s Vision of Jesus on the Appian Way

A Participant in the Divine Nature Of Christ.  Who? Me? As much as I love scripture – studying it and teaching it – I have become keenly aware that the Holy Spirit did not stop working among us when the last stroke of the…

Do we substitute human guidance for going directly to God?

One of the interesting things about St. Francis is that he didn’t have a mentor or teacher.  One of his biographers, St. Bonaventure, who entered St. Francis’s order in the 1200s wrote: “. . . this great servant of God had neither master nor…

Have You Received the Spirit?

In the early church, the mark of those who followed Christ was that they had received the Spirit. This is seen throughout the Book of Acts. My favorite story along these lines is when Paul encounters a group of twelve people who were trying…

Listen, but not like a yogi.

Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!” (Luke 9:35 NRS) Yogi Baba Prem, who is a Hindu Yogi, a Vedavisharada trained in the traditional gurukural system, came across a book called “Yoga for…

Ash Wednesday: Being Yourself with God

But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do;…