oh, those beatitudes!

kathyescobar incarnational, injustice, jesus is cool, the refuge 7 Comments

i am leaving for israel & palestine this morning, back next saturday.  i am excited!  it’s a learning trip with my mom and one of our life-long dreams. last night at our house of refuge my new friend who helped us connect to this particular trip shared about her experience in palestine. as she was sharing, i was reminded how desperate we are for God’s help and hope to heal and restore so much brokenness in this world. and that kind of reconciliation isn’t going to …

blessed are the peacemakers

kathyescobar healing, jesus is cool, spiritual formation 19 Comments

“blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” matthew 5:9 i know i’ve been all over the place the last few weeks & i like to do that here, not feeling pressure to color in the lines but just go with what’s right in front of me.  at the same time, i really do want to finish this beatitudes series!  there are only 2 more to go. in this beatitude, the word for peacemaker, is eirēnopoios. what’s interesting is this is the …

blessed are the pure in heart…

kathyescobar ex good christian women, healing, spiritual formation 11 Comments

“blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” – matthew 5:8 i am back, longing for the beach as always but glad to be home, too.  we had an amazing time on our vacation, just the 7 of us.  my back held up pretty well considering, but do i ever miss the days when i never even had to think about it.  my body just worked. sometimes, now, it feels like a full time job. on my trip i read 4 books, 2 …

blessed are the merciful…

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* this is the 5th in a series of posts centered around the beatitudes.  the other ones so far are: blessed are the spiritually poor, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek, and blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. * * * * * “blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy…” – matthew 5:7 i sometimes tell people “grace is my love language.”  and it’s really true.  that’s not on the 5 love languages list, but there’s no …

blessed are those who hunger & thirst for righteousness…

kathyescobar healing, incarnational, injustice, spiritual formation 4 Comments

* this is fourth in a series focused on the beatitudes in matthew 5.  the first three are:  blessed are the spiritually poor, blessed are those who mourn & blessed are the meek. * * * * * a few days ago i walked a labyrinth with a friend.  no matter how long or short, whenever i carve out quiet time & get some silence & space to connect with God, i am always refreshed somehow.  nothing super exciting happened in the moment but i did …