Desperation: A Pathway to Aliveness

Desperation: A Pathway to Aliveness

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. 

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A season of newness

A season of newness

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? 

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If we didn't know tomorrow was coming...

If we didn't know tomorrow was coming...

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...

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The fickle nature of Holy Week

The fickle nature of Holy Week

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...

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I greet everyone with peace

I greet everyone with peace

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.

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I Walk in faith, with hope

I Walk in faith, with hope

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?

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