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Six Ways to Practice Love Instead of Choosing Fear

Here’s a smorgasbord of practices that can help you practice love instead of choosing fear.

Give Yourself the Gift of Gratitude

“I tried for years to flip off the negative-attitude switch and click on joy,” my friend Paul told me. “I read books and memorized scripture passages about the joy of the Lord. I even posted a choose joy sticker on my refrigerator. But it wasn’t until I practiced...

What’s In Your Spiritual Toolbox?

"What's that cedar box in your living room?" I asked my aunt. "It's my hope chest," Auntie responded. Her eyes lifted, filled with memories. "I store all my pretties in it—Grandma's sterling silver, Grandpa's wool blankets, and photo albums of loved ones." Come to...

The Courage to Be Yourself

I’m going to be straight up honest with you. I’m scared—a lot. I’m scared of roller coasters,...

The Art of Letting God Love You

During his forty days of prayer and fasting as depicted in the blockbuster movie, Last Days in the Desert,  Jesus meets a young boy struggling to free himself from the inner voices that keep telling him he is bad. Eventually, the boy gathered the wisdom and...

Here’s a Way to “Find Your Center”

When the apostles went to Jesus and asked him to teach them to pray, they observed how Jesus went into solitude each day to be alone with his Father (Luke 11: 1-13). Jesus gained wisdom, guidance, and affirmation from his Father, which flowed naturally into his daily...

Practice The Presence of God

In our Christian tradition and perhaps in other faith traditions, we’ve lost sight of the “practices” that allow us to experience the presence of God in mind, body, and spirit. Just like we go for walks to exercise our bodies, stretch our muscles or work-out to help...

Am I Safe?

When chaosgrips my heartwith ungodly fear When lifeoverwhelms mewith waves of despair I ask a simple questionto coax anxietyoff its ledge “Am   Isafe?” Do I have enough food to eat?a shelter to rest in?people who love meand whom I love? My answer is yesI...

This Is It

The fiery red globe of light sank toward the horizon as the heavens joined the earth. Threads of angelic blue feathered the sky, mingling with white rolling clouds, as buckets of orange, then red, then dark blue, splashed their colors across the skyline until all that...

that voice

That Voice that voicethat inner voicethe one I can’t seeor touch or hearexcept with the ears of my heart that elusive voice,which rises above all others quiet, soft, mysterious,it splashesthe marrow of my heartwith love I seek that voiceRise early in the morningsit in...