pain relief not pain removal

kathyescobar advent & lent, incarnational, jesus is cool, synchroblog 23 Comments

*this post is part of the christmas synchroblog centered on Jesus came: did you get what you expected?  i hope you all had a good christmas. ours was sweet & simple & really nice. i’ve been really unplugged all week and have enjoyed the quiet. * * * * * for advent, i wrote a post about hoping to be open: present, humble, vulnerable this christmas season.  when i look back on it now, just over a month later, it makes me laugh.  vulnerable is definitely …

3, well 4, christmas-y things

kathyescobar advent & lent, incarnational, spiritual formation, the refuge 7 Comments

well here we go, the last few days before christmas.  it was 67 degrees here in colorado yesterday & snowing today!  it has been a really wild & crazy refuge week with several of my most favorite events–serving dinner at joshua station, a beautiful transitional housing program in denver that we love, our 6th annual refuge single moms crazy christmas brunch (with a visit from mrs. claus, in rare form), & our annual refuge christmas dinner celebration together, carols & games & great food together.  a …

it’s a beautiful, messy story.

kathyescobar advent & lent, incarnational, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 25 Comments

i do not like shopping. i do not like crowds. i do not like commercials and all of the nutty emphasis on buying stuff. and i definitely do not like cold december weather. but i do love christmas. i love christmas because i love the christmas story.  i love the wild & crazy way God reveals himself to the world, in a way that most everyone would never expect. i love that angels announced Jesus’ birth first to the the shepherds & the pagans and they …

present, humble, vulnerable.

kathyescobar advent & lent, incarnational, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 18 Comments

* this is part of the second november synchroblog is to celebrate the beginning of the season of advent.  the theme different bloggers are writing on is:  jesus is coming: what are we expecting?   come back & check out the links of other bloggers writing on this topic at the bottom of this post  (they will be added over the next week) and you can go over to christine sine’s blog this month for daily posts centered on this theme, too. * * * * * …

our drinking-vodka-out-of-frozen-turkeys

kathyescobar advent & lent, healing, identity, spiritual formation, the carnival in my head 13 Comments

i hope everyone had a really great holy week.  it was a wild one around here & i loved it in all kinds of ways.  we did a beautiful & simple good friday gathering & then a fun & so-refuge easter celebration on saturday night.   easter is my favorite season; to me there is so much beauty in the reminder that out of death & darkness new life emerges–over and over and over again.  death, grief & resurrection (i call it friday-saturday-sunday living) is not something …

the cross re-dux

kathyescobar advent & lent, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 14 Comments

*i wrote this post last easter.  really, i think i’d probably just write the same one again. it’s been a wild week here, friends hurting & hospitalized & all kinds of other nuttiness that keeps bringing me back to reality.  to the here and now.  to the preciousness of life.  for my desperate need for hope.  for a thankfulness that good friday is not the end of the story. * * * * * to me, holy week is about downward mobility as a path to …

belonging.

kathyescobar advent & lent, ex good christian women, healing, identity, relationships, spiritual formation, synchroblog, the carnival in my head 16 Comments

this post is part of the march synchroblog, multiple bloggers writing on the same subject. this month’s topic is in the spirit of lent–the wilderness experience.  you can check out links from other bloggers at the bottom of this post. * * * * * “our level of belonging can never exceed our level of self-acceptance” – brene brown this past saturday night at the refuge we talked about the season of lent & what it means for us.  it’s just a weird coincidence but our …