Invitation to Rest

Spiritual Exercises

Benedictions of Blessing; Doxologies of Praise

I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio and attended Mahoning United Methodist Church. My Mom and Dad sang in the choir, Mom assisted as church treasurer and Dad would lead various classes and assumed leadership roles.  And much to my sister and my chagrin, we were usually one of the last ones to leave each Sunday! …

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A Spiritual Wellness Exam – Part 2

Are you self aware? Sometimes I am but I know at times I am not and I can definitely develop blind spots. Self-awareness is a popular concept in mental health. Dictionary.com defines self-awareness in this way:  conscious knowledge of one’s own character, feelings, motives, and desires. In the previous post, we began to explore the Prayer of Examen and we stopped at Step 3 of the …

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The Discipline of Gratitude

Doesn’t the title of this post seem strange? Is it really necessary to categorize gratitude as a discipline? Shouldn’t gratitude be a natural, heartfelt response toward what we have been blessed with or experienced? In some respects, that is true.  Webster defines gratitude as being in a “state of thanksgiving”.  Often we are placed in …

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Entering the Retreat House – Part 4

This is the final installment of this series on Entering the Retreat House. So far we have described the various aspects of the Retreat House. We enter the house with our lives and our experiences. The house is built on a foundation of community. We are not alone, we enter in the community of the …

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Entering the Retreat House – Part 3

Frozen pizza or fresh baked? Nothing wrong with a good frozen pizza especially as you walk through the grocery store late at night and you can have pizza in 30 minutes! But no matter how good a frozen pizza might be, there is nothing like a fresh pizza made from qualities ingredients made by expert …

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Walking with God: A Social Distancing Strategy

Social distancing is terminology we have all become familiar with. It is a necessary strategy to take to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Though this can help with Covid-19, it also presents challenges emotionally and spiritually.  We are social creatures.  We were created by our Creator for connection. Thankfully, an activity that is still …

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