Tag Archives: spiritual formation

Stepping Stones – A Soulful Exercise

“Each breath, a stepping-stone to God” Here is a lovely contemplative prayer exercise from Margaret Silf’s book The Inner Compass.  Margaret is a delightful writer, a lovely soul, and companion for the journey.  I invite you to get comfortable, take a couple of deep cleansing breaths, and let your feeling paint a picture for prayer for…
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Deeper for the sake of Good

The Big Idea: Our best, most authentic work needs to be rooted in something bigger than us and our good work. A deep guiding force that keeps us from being consumed by our good work or worse, becoming that which we resist. We think that the good work in and of itself will keep us…
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Advent – Birthing of Christ Conciousness

So, this post is a bit different for me.  The experience I share isn't unusual for me, it is the sharing of it that is. I am reluctant to share some of the more intimate experiences but felt, maybe this might be an encouragement to someone. Last week during a quiet time,  I found myself…
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Sanitized for your Convenience?

[I have shared this article a couple of years now.  It touches folks, and want to share it again this year.] I am excited for the lead up to Christmas this year.  I am looking forward to our family gathering together and visiting with friends.  As we are in Advent the Lord has been meeting me…
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Breathe: Meditation

Meditation is becoming more and more popular with people. Where once it was relegated to the monks that inhabited the mountains of Tibet, or the hippy flower children, the benefits of meditation are being experienced by more and more people.
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Trash Talk with Scripture

In my quiet time this morning I was reading a piece of scripture for the New Testament. I found myself lingering around Jesus’ temptation in the desert in Matthew 4. 5Then the Slanderer carries him off into the Holy City, and stood him upon the pinnacle of the Temple, 6And says to him, “If you…
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Love is… Indiscriminate

Consider a rose.  Can a rose choose who it will share its breath-taking beauty with?  CanIf you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa it withhold its captivating fragrance from bad people and share liberally with good people?  The sun shines, and the rain falls on the saints and the…
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The Radical Middle. Healthy Faith in a World of Extremes

Driving the backroads of rural Alberta can be an adventure into some of the most lovely country in the world. There is a unique beauty of the Alberta prairie. Driving the gravel roads can be a bit of a trick as different stretches of the road can be different than others - washboards, deeply rutted,…
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Spirituality and the Sense of Smell

Last Sunday afternoon, my family and I took a walk in a park along the Old Man River in Southern Alberta. The gusty west winds had done their job relieving the old Poplar trees of their leaves. The gusty wind was shifting, and swirling the fallen leaves on the ground. With each step, the crunch of…
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The Welcome of God

Can you think of a time when you were made to feel really welcome? Where the host(s) went out of their way to ensure that you felt comfortable and well served? What did that look like? How did that make you feel? What difference did this make for you? How about in a situation where…
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