Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

MAPPING 2022

The Lord went in front of them in a pillar of cloud by day, to lead them along the way, and in a pillar of fire by night, to give them light, so that they might travel by day and by night. Neither the pillar of cloud… Continue Reading “MAPPING 2022”

A NEW BEGINNING – A REFLECTION ON RESOLUTIONS

(Tuesday, January 4th) I had such good intentions, God,as we entered ’22.I planned to set all sorts of goalsfor things I’d try to do;each resolution I would makewould help me to honor you.But I became distracted –and then it was day two. I truly… Continue Reading “A NEW BEGINNING – A REFLECTION ON RESOLUTIONS”

EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME

December 31, 2021 (New Year’s Eve) As I stand on this threshold between the old year and new, I look ahead with the hopeful optimism that comes from fresh starts and new beginnings. I look ahead with the peaceful gratitude that comes from the… Continue Reading “EXPECT MORE OF THE SAME”

6. PEACEFULLY REST

Monday, December 6th(EYES) I will both lie down and sleep in peace;    for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. Psalm 4:8 (NRSV) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.… Continue Reading “6. PEACEFULLY REST”

THOUGHTS ON A FOGGY MORNING

In these early autumn mornings the hills awaken and cast off their blankets to greet the sun, covering those of us who walk the valley. The fog envelops me as a shroud of infinite mystery and unknowing and yet the fog embraces me as… Continue Reading “THOUGHTS ON A FOGGY MORNING”

WELL, AT LEAST…

When my loved ones and I are saddened by trials or misfortunes, I often find myself saying, “Well, at least…” and then naming a few reasons to be grateful. While isolating during the pandemic, I would say to Jim, “Well, at least we have… Continue Reading “WELL, AT LEAST…”

YOU ARE SO VERY GOOD

I am taking a break from the “Notice and Discover” series today, just to remind you how very good you are. I had been reflecting on my blog posts over the years, noticing how my soul-searching has often sought new ways to deepen in… Continue Reading “YOU ARE SO VERY GOOD”

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY: DESERVE

Keep me, God,from trying to make sense of our worldby dividing it into tidy categoriesaccording to what we deserve. Keep me, God,from deeming who is worthy or unfit,from judging who merits your goodnessand who should be denied it. Keep me, God,from separating your love… Continue Reading “FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY: DESERVE”

JOY

May the simple pleasures of this day refresh your spirit and bring you joy. Photo by Karen, Hurricane, WV. My next blog series, “A Season of Growth,” begins next week!

HOPE

Hope is that patient waiting in the darkness…for new and glorious joy to be revealed. (Photo taken by Karen in Hurricane, WV. May 2021)