Category: Simply Soul Searching Blogs

ENJOYING THE JOURNEY

Back in January, when the fresh new year once again sparked my overzealous goal setting, I decided to pursue my dream of hiking the 17-mile trail at Oak Openings Preserve Metropark later this year (when the weather cools and the bugs disappear). I am… Continue Reading “ENJOYING THE JOURNEY”

SCATTERING SEEDS

A sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed… some fell into good soil, and when it grew, it produced a hundredfold. (Luke 8:5,8 NRSV) Yesterday I listened to an inspirational podcast on Everyday Spirituality.* This episode, “Music and Spirituality” was… Continue Reading “SCATTERING SEEDS”

MENTORING MOMENTS – TURNING THE TABLES

THURSDAY, APRIL 7THA TIME OF SHARED STRUGGLE When we meet with Jesus today, he first shares a little background information. In the story we now remember on Palm Sunday, Jesus had just entered Jerusalem on a donkey with the crowds gathered around him –… Continue Reading “MENTORING MOMENTS – TURNING THE TABLES”

MENTORING MOMENTS – FAIR IS UNFAIR

TUESDAY, MARCH 29THA TIME FOR A STORY Jesus has a longer story to tell today, so he begins right away… For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. After agreeing with… Continue Reading “MENTORING MOMENTS – FAIR IS UNFAIR”

MENTORING MOMENTS – LIGHT OF THE WORLD

MONDAY, MARCH 28A TIME OF COMFORT Today our mentor Jesus shares a deeply comforting promise, a reminder of his presence with us. He simply says… I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the… Continue Reading “MENTORING MOMENTS – LIGHT OF THE WORLD”

MENTORING MOMENTS – SOIL CONDITIONS

TUESDAY, MARCH 22NDA TIME FOR A STORY It is time for a story with our mentor, Jesus. As he begins, we may recall this parable, the story of the gardener who scatters the seed of God’s loving word. We get comfortable in our seats… Continue Reading “MENTORING MOMENTS – SOIL CONDITIONS”

POTENTIAL

During these winter months of chilly and often dreary days, my hope of seeing a beautiful sunrise has been my motivation to walk each morning. As I observe the quiet reverence of the early morning glow, soon followed by the glorious joy of the… Continue Reading “POTENTIAL”

HERE FOR A GOOD TIME, NOT A LONG TIME

Monday, February 7th When I was a freshman in college, I shared a dormitory room with four other young women. One of our roommates, Linda, was a bit more “carefree” than the rest of us. She smoked nonstop, never made her bed, left her… Continue Reading “HERE FOR A GOOD TIME, NOT A LONG TIME”

SERENITY: THE “SOMETHING MORE”

Monday, January 31 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side… And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being… Continue Reading “SERENITY: THE “SOMETHING MORE””

HOW HOPE REMAINS

A REFLECTION AND A BENEDICTIONJanuary 24th REFLECTION: I took this photo a few years ago, but this week it captures the way hope feels to me these days. My hope is believing the cloud will eventually pass. My hope is sensing a brighter day… Continue Reading “HOW HOPE REMAINS”