Reality is, good relationships have both crap and glory. What do you do when you experience a little hiccup in a relationship? Take a listen as Paula shares about a recent "shame dance" she encountered and how God keeps inviting her into his Enoughness - which is always more than enough for our not-enoughness.
In the midst of the weightiness of violence in our world today....what is yours to do? Take a listen today - and listen to how God is inviting you to do what you can, not what you can't. Do what is yours to do - lean in - how might we let Christ teach us what is ours to do in order to bring peace and healing?
Do you run around trying to make life and ministry happen? Do you feel frenzied, always behind, wanting more? What if instead of the frenzy, we just stood still? Can we trust God's deliverance and provision? Stillness is a prerequisite to God's work - How might God be inviting you to shine in your stillness?
Though Saint Francis lived 800 years before us, he too encountered senseless violence and slaughter in his lifetime. How did Francis engage with being a peacemaker in the world? He didn't rant and rave...instead, he hugged the one he most feared. Take a listen today as Paula invites us to learn to embrace the parts of ourselves and others that frighten us as a means to bring peace to this world today.
Let's all be Ordinary! What? Surprisingly, this seems to be something we need a lot of practice with as Christ followers because in the liturgical rhythms of the year, 2/3rds of the year is deemed "Ordinary." Take a listen and see how God might be inviting you to connect more deeply in the ordinary moments of your life.
The oft used idiom, "Ignorance is bliss" is true...for a while. But for a soul to truly thrive, it must live in attentiveness. If you are longing for more aliveness, take a listen to this short podcast as Paula invites us to practice paying greater attention in our lives this week. Perhaps, you'll even find Emmanuel - God-with-us - in the midst of your ordinary living.
Do you ever feel embarrassed about your desperation and longing for more? It's interesting that almost everyone who had a significant encounter with Jesus was desperate - it is like they forgot their manners. Our desperation, when we acknowledge it, leads us to truth. And truth always (eventually) sets us free. Take a listen as Paula leads through a little exercise on listening to the aliveness of your own soul.
Happy Easter! I love that Easter is not just a day - but it is a whole season! It is a season to move from experiencing our powerlessness and humanity in Lent, to a new season of interacting with and walking into a new way of living with a risen Jesus. As a bulb turns into a blossom, a caterpillar to a butterfly, as Blind Bartemaues has to learn how to live as a sighted person and the Hemorrhaging woman needs to learn how to re-engage with her family after 12 years of separation...how do we walk in this newness of life?
I have a pet peeve...people who say, "It's Friday, but Sunday's coming." Sorry if you're one of those people...I just feel like rushing to the end of the story robs us of a deeper healing that occurs when we sit in the sad, fearful, despair of this "in between day." What if we, like the disciples, were unaware the resurrection was coming? This space is a part of the journey. Though written years ago, I offer it again this year... peace to you on this Holy Saturday. Don't rush to tomorrow...
As we enter into Holy week, the "confused" and seemingly fickle spring weather echoes the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. It echoes the crowds cheering Hosanna! to welcome Jesus then 2 days later yelling, "Crucify, crucify!" It echoes the ardent devotion of Peter, "I'll never betray you" and yet...It echoes love bestowed on the disciples as Jesus bends to wash their feet...hours later, they desert him and flee.
Holy week, Spring, transitions, death and resurrection - confusion, muck, pondering...
May you experience, fully, this Holy Week, the fullness of your fickleness...another reminder of your being made from "dust"/ash. His love is greater than your fickle, confusions...