formation friday: advocate

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my husband jose is a pro-bono lawyer for domestic violence victims at a christian legal aid clinic in denver. his email is “jreadvocate” and whenever i email him (which is a lot; yes, we are those couples who sit across the living room from each other sending emails back and forth!) i think of how much i love that word. advocate. the definition is:  a person who speaks or writes in support or defense of a person or cause. when it comes to all-things-church i believe we need to make advocates not buildings.  we are supposed to …

formation friday: bread from heaven

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last week, the day after i realized the refuge was so low on funds, i woke up depressed. in a fog, just weirded out and tired. right now we have several mommies who are either homeless or on the verge of it and it’s just complicated. on saturday morning, i dropped off the twins at their football game early and checked my emails while i was in the parking lot. in working on trying to find a possible temporary housing solution for one woman, i had …

formation friday: God expanded

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“what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” – a.w. tozer i’m not sure i completely agree with this quote but it does make me think.  it also makes sense why so many of our distorted and jacked up images of God have gotten us into so much trouble! i can’t remember if i wrote this here or somewhere else but i will always remember when i was at denver seminary and my spiritual formation group leader …

formation friday: deep, wide, high, long love

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* i had this post ready to go yesterday but before i published it i heard the news from home (i’m in california at the moment for my grandma’s memorial service) that they had positively identified precious 9 year old jessica ridgeway’s body, found a mile or so from our house in colorado.  in these moments, there are no words. the horror of it all, the reality, is often too much to bear and my kids & so many others are scared.  i know you already …

formation friday: frantic

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* every friday i’ve been sharing a short spiritual direction reflection.  thanks for sharing some of your experiences with it! the other ones so far this month are:  a shifter’s prayer, pilgrimage, and security.   * * * * * i hate the feeling of being frantic.  running from one thing to another with no space in between.  lists that are far too long with things that could never possibly get accomplished in one day let alone a week.  i tend to live a fairly frantic …

formation friday: security

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i am kind of liking this formation friday thing because it causes me to think about God & not just rant and rave every week! i know it’s not for everybody but for right now it’s making me happy.  the other two posts so far in this series are here and here.  have a great weekend! * * * * * years ago i was in a conversation with a woman who was feverishly trying to convince me that she was secure and had healthy self-esteem. …

formation friday (well, saturday): pilgrimage

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oh how i loved the shifter’s prayers that some of you shared last week, either here or on blogs or in emails.  so beautiful! i had a crazy day yesterday and never had a chance to post this reflection from a gathering i facilitated this week. when i intersect with the bible on these kinds of exercises, i do not think of all of the ins and outs of the passages.  i just think of the ways i can connect with it.  if you are allergic …

formation friday: a shifters prayer

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* small blog tweaks continue.  starting this friday i’m going to try to share some kind of spiritual reflection-formation-exercise piece.  like anything here, some of you might like it, others might not find it helpful.  for me, i always need  intention & space, no matter how short or simple, to help me continually turn my heart toward God.   * * * * * earlier this year, during lent, jose and i read parables to the twins every night before we went to bed.  it was really …