• Spiritual Practice

    Summer is for Listening

    “My soul, wait silently for God alone; for my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5 “How slow many are to learn that quietness is blessing, that quietness is strength, that quietness is the source of the highest activity–the secret of all true abiding in Christ! Let us try to learn it and watch out for whatever interferes with it.  The dangers that threaten the soul’s rest are many.”  Andrew Murray, “Abiding in Christ” I suppose it is a foolishness to think things are quieter in the Summer–school is out and children romp and play outside my window, noise floats in as games are won and lost in the streets below…

  • Made Things

    Sabbath Equation in the Garden

    my perennial bed I drag my green plastic chair across the lawn out to the garden.  The orange bucket is upended and covered with an old towel–my ‘end table.’  I place my fresh cup of warm coffee on top and settle in with my camera over my shoulder. I am waiting for the hummingbird. I’ve noticed her from my kitchen window, stopping at tall spikes of Cardinal Flower, relishing the nectar feast as she drinks from red trumpets. I am determined to capture this in a photo. There are so many other things I could be doing–organizing papers and kid files from school, entering the obligatory data in the computer…

  • Poetry

    Timekeepers {a #poem}

    Six o’clock sounds say ‘hurry home’ in the rush and whoosh of tires sliding through the rain soaked street. The tick, click, tick of the clock confirms the dinner hour while a bird through the window with his “cheerup, cheerup, cheer!” reminds any and all listeners that evening is approaching. The electronic hmmzzzzzzzz…. of the flat screen TV insists I pay attention to the 6 o’clock news; but I resist the tell and welcome instead better clocks with softer sounds— the message bird calling, the rainy streets telling me day is done and the slow, drowsy way I pen these  words at the close of day.          …

  • On Reading

    Sabbathing

    This post is second in a sporadic series on a book I’m reading that is changing my life: God in the Yard, by LL Barkat. I will post my discoveries as I process them. This is not a book review, per se, but perhaps a book invitation…~~~~~~~~~~I watch the clouds drift by on this sunless day, pushed by the wind.The only reason I notice they’re moving is because I am sitting still.I think about the children of Israel being led by God’s presence in a cloud by day and I think:The only way to know if God is moving in your life is to be still.God made the Sabbath for…

  • 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…