Category Archives: Faith in Real Life

Where the rubber meets the road! Practical faith in everyday life. Learn to live your faith with peace, joy and authenticity in practical ways. Discover what gives you life, your strengths and how can you learn to leverage those strengths for living life well!

Stumbling Steps of Journey

These few thoughts were shared with me by a good friend.  In these short statements he is sharing something quite profound around the idea of journey, of growth and becoming.  Read through the short list only dwelling on the statement(s) that stir you in some way.   Consider: every step as transitory every articulated goal as…
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New Year Resolutions Set you up to Fail!

Rhythms of the Heart - After years of making them, I am really kind of down on the whole New Year resolutions schtick.  The making of New Year resolutions can be a good intention but a poor strategy and often come from a sense of external obligation instead of a thoughtful desire originating from your own…
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Preparing and Repairing

As we progress through the season of Advent, we continue with our reflection, practices, and preparation in anticipation of the incarnation of love in the Christ child. This week I have been prayerfully considering the ideas of preparing and repairing. The Gospel reading below tells of John the Baptizer, the forerunner of Jesus, and whose task…
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Rugged Hope

  The Psalmist once wrote that hope deferred makes the heart sick. The Old Testament is full of stories of a people who wrestled with hope. In the face of crushing defeats, plagues, exile, and captivity after captivity these people persevered. They managed through generations of tragedy to find the grace to persevere when many…
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Grace for Change

Looking to make some changes in your life?  Many of us are in one way or another.   All changes are a series of small choices and actions in the direction of the change you wish to make.  Sometimes we under estimate the value these small changes and by doing so, we get sidetracked and discouraged. …
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Another Possible Temptation of Jesus

  The temptation in the desert is a favorite story from the life of Jesus. There are some excellent insights into what it is to be human, and the temptations that we all face in one way or another, in our effort to get life apart from the source of life himself. The story starts as John has…
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Dealing with Religious Bullies

If you are like me, you have had way more than your fair share of bullies in your life. As a kid, when being consoled after another bully encounter, I was often told that it wouldn't always be this way. That when I became an adult, the bullying would stop. Well, anyone who has lived life…
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Can you Hear Me? The Skill of Listening

Learning to listen well has been a life long challenge for me, and maybe for some of you. Many of us can get caught in defensive listening. Defensive listening is the temptation to listen looking for an error, or to formulate a response or a rebuttal before the person has finished speaking. Sometimes we listen through…
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10 Powerful (But Simple) Ways to Experience Life

For many, a relationship with God is a powerful connection to real life.  Healthy spirituality can connect us in healthy ways to reality.  Healthy faith can help ground our entire lives.  It can take the ordinary and seemingly mundane things of life and fill them with significance.  Likewise, it can produce a sense of hope,…
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We ARE Chosen

How many of us remember the ad-hoc choosing of teams in the school yard? "I'll take Jimmy."  "I'll take Jane" and so forth until there is a lone person left and chosen by default.  There were times when I was growing up that I found myself the last to be chosen.  It is an awkward feeling to not…
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