• Spiritual Practice

    Journeying–The Romance of the Daily

    Today I travel to Southern California for the wedding of the decade.   Well, for my family, it’s the wedding of the decade.    I am the oldest of 5 children and the last time my brothers and sisters and I were together with our spouses was 1999.    My sister L’s only son is being married and as happens on occasions like this, people are journeying from the four corners of the country for the Big Event.   I was thinking about this trip when I read these words from my online friend Kel Rohlf; here are her thoughts about the word ‘journey’:   “We often think of a journey as…

  • Book Reviews,  Spiritual Practice

    God in the Yard-Spiritual Practice for the Rest of Us (L.L.Barkat)

    Several years ago I felt God speak to me about slowing down and Sabbathing more.  About being purposeful in my restfulness in Him. This is a story of what I discovered. In January of 2013, I ordered a book, God in the Yard by L.L. Barkat (TSPoetry Press)  I had “met” the author online in the Christian writing community. We connected, I emailed her and she graciously sent me a signed copy (and a pressed fern leaf from her yard.) I’ll admit I was wary–“Spiritual Practice for the Rest of Us” is the subtitle. The words ‘A 12 week course in discovery and playing towards God’ grace the bottom of…

  • Spiritual Practice

    Leave this Land and Go!

    Cascade Mountains on the Eastern horizon, WA State  j l c. My friend Debbie and I were talking about downsizing the other day.  Our husbands and we are all around the same age–60-ish–and the seasons of our life are definitely changing.  It’s time to spend with grandkids, time to care for aging parents, deal with retirement, employment changes.  Income changes. And did I mention downsizing? As in, making the most of the small space you have so that your life can contain more of the bigger that God has in mind. Debbie and her husband are moving from a 2 story split-level home to a 1000 sq. foot apartment.  “It’s time…