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.Read More
Small acts of kindness can change the world...even Jesus said that the Kingdom of heaven is like a pearl, a seed, a treasure, some yeast. This week - how might you engage in the revolutionary act of bringing some peace on earth by engaging in the simple act of smiling :)Read More
There's so much noise in this world and sometimes it makes it difficult to listen. But listening is the #1 commanded verb in the Old Testament. How are you at listening? To others? To God? To yourself? Take a listen to this week's invitation to practice you listening so that your soul may live.Read More
God's ongoing desire throughout Scripture is to be with us - so it is not surprising that God continues to invite us to come to him...if we're weary, thirsty, burdened, burned out, full of shame and wanting to hide. God's welcome is always present...how might you come to God this week?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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...Read More
Do you keep doing things in life that do not satisfy? How might this impact your view of God and what life is all about? Do you want to lean into the "more" your soul is longing for? Take a listen and see if you can take steps toward this slow work this week.Read More
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...
It's Palm Sunday - and we begin the Holy Week March toward commemorating Jesus' brutal death and brilliant resurrection. Won't you join us on the journey. Today's excerpt is from Paula's devotional - you can pick it up FREE on Palm Sunday in the Kindle store. Join us for Holy Week!Read More
Do you want an authentic sense of wholeness and intimacy? How might welcoming your thirsts be a part of the pathway to God's abundant and generous offer for the something more! Take a listen as Paula leads you through a short prayer of welcoming.Read More
What does your soul want? Do you find that you are constantly busy and your life is overstuffed with too much activity and too many undone tasks and projects? Take a listen as Paula invites you to listen to your overstuffed soul...and what it might be revealing to you about God, yourself and your life's purpose.Read More
In what ways do you believe God delights in you? If you feel a bit clueless in knowing how to answer that, listen in as Paula helps you find God's delight in everyday, ordinary life and living.Read More
Do you ever criticize yourself? Think you're lazy, inadequate, or irresponsible? What would it be like for you to listen to that part of you...what might it reveal to you? Take a listen to Paula's discovery as she listened to her "lazy" this past week.Read More
What is your way of blessing the world? Do you keep it hidden or overanalyze it and micromanage it to death? How 'bout this week you let it fly...and trust that God will bless others through your offering. Afterall-you are God's heARTistry!Read More
The fifth line of the Pilgrim's credo is to bring back ONLY what God gives. It's amazing how many ways we want to interpret life (and God) by our circumstances. What do you do when God gives you something you didn't expect? How do you hold onto Him in the midst?Read More
Think back over the past 24 hours of your life...the people you've interacted with, known and unknown. Some are close to you - intimates, family, friends. Others are work or school mates or housemates...and others familiar acquaintances - like the clerk at the store or bus driver for your school kids. Some, have even been strangers...like...the one who pretended to not notice that you were grabbing for the last chocolate bar on the shelf and took it right out from under you. Yea. That.Read More
Do you ever feel like you are walking from the known into the unknown? It's so tough - but every journey has moments of light, and of dark. We have moments of rest and moments of wrestling. How might you be able to walk by faith with hope in the midst of the circumstances of your current life?Read More