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Prose that hopes you take it slow & fill your mind with wonder.
Slowness

Slowness

Why are we rushing so much? Why are we striving? Why is it so much distraction nags at us? Where has the simplicity of living gone? Why does it feel strenuous, unfamiliar, unproductive to just sit? To just be? To just wonder? Today we can change things. Today we don't...

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Prayer

Prayer

God — We release everything to you. Surrendering the pages of our lives like a much-loved book. Thank you for each of the words and events that have occurred in them. Thank you for the goodness you have yet in store. You are sovereign, Lord, over everything. Right...

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Hope

Hope

I can see God giving out thin slips of paper to His people. As the church, in unison, unfolds their notes, I see people reading the rectangular paper quickly and then placing them on their hearts. People are moved, touched, tear-filled. I watch as those papers are...

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Evening Reflection

Evening Reflection

     I love daily rhythms and prayers. They are juicy and full of life to me. So, when I stumbled upon this gem today: Ffald y Brenin, a retreat center and house of prayer, I immediately downloaded their prayer guide and read along. Here is the one for Evening Prayer....

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Hope as an Anchor

Hope as an Anchor

"We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.  We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm & secure." Hebrews 6:18-19 Hope like a lantern. A warm generous light. The hope light that leads me, which shows me which path is...

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Books as Medicine

Books as Medicine

Books and words can be a healing balm to the soul. They can bring our minds to places of peace and joy. They can help us to love and know which way to go. Below is a compilation of possible feelings and situations and their matching book. 🙂 These are my...

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Waiting

Waiting

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” (NIV) “Here’s what I’ve learned through it all:  Don’t give up; don’t be impatient;  be entwined as one with the Lord. Be brave and courageous, and never lose hope. Yes, keep on waiting —...

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Deep Breathing

Deep Breathing

I need all the help I can get to remind myself to breathe deeply and take things slowly. My thoughts seem perpetually entangled with the things to come and in a mad rush to prepare in all the ways I can. So, when it comes to quieting my mind — even just a tiny little...

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Decision Making

Decision Making

“Stand at the crossroads and look;  ask for the ancient paths,  ask where the good way it, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.” —Jeremiah 6:16 Imagine you’ve been walking down a wide dusty path for a while now. Trees line the sloping sides of the...

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Jonah

Jonah

    Imagine you are Jonah. You clearly hear God’s instructions to you, but you refuse. Instead, you attempt to run away from Him. As far as you can go…the ocean seems like a good choice. And you begin to think you are in the clear, that God has moved on. So you fall...

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Heaven

“The pictures of heaven in the book of Revelation…the wonderful description in Revelation 4 and 5 of the twenty-four elders casting their crowns before the throne of God and the lamb, beside the sea of glass…is a picture of present reality, the heavenly dimension of our present life…”

The Woman with the Bloody Past

Imagine being the woman in the Bible with the never-ending period (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48). You’ve been bleeding for twelve years (yikes!) and you don’t think it’s ever going to stop. You’re “ceremonially unclean”…

Praying with the Hours

There is something special about spreading your awareness over the hours of a day. Watching the brightly gilded sun sink below the trees. Enjoying the first breaths of a fresh, crisp morning. Casting a glance to a star laden sky…

Couples Dancing

You enter a ballroom wearing a pale pink and shimmery gold gown. Your hair is neatly braided and weaved with ribbon. The host announces your name and you pad slowly down the stairs. You are wearing ballet slippers and can feel the cold stone beneath your feet…

Your Presence is Enough

I love reading fantasy fiction where you have to slow down in order to create a scene in your mind. You read the words carefully, craft-fully to be sure that the world the author has created matches your own depiction of it…

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