Why We Pray: Blessing

Recently I have started back through my blog series called #whywepray.   My first post and reason for why we pray was to give solace to others. Having a prayer practice that expresses concern for others can soften our hearts and turn our attention more outward so we might strengthen and lift others up. Since these…

Flowers in Blue

I love how Jodie is drawn to a subject before she completely understands why—She doesn’t have to have everything all worked out in advance. It becomes a journey for her and because of this, she is free to explore… to invent… to play… For me her work simply sings with the abundance of new life. 

Advent Journey Day Four: Comfort

 Advent Journey Day Four-Comfort Today I encourage you to read Isaiah chapter 40. This is perhaps one of the most encouraging and beautiful chapters of the Bible. Did you know that these opening verses actually open Handel’s Messiah? Lovely! Imagine Handel reading these words for the first time and beginning to hear musical ideas forming…….

Love in Action: Hands of Praise

This week, we are starting another season of the summer blog tour. This year our theme will be “Love in Action.” I look forward to posting things from some of my fellow writers in the coming weeks. So stay tuned… This post, will feature a new friend I made after visiting First Colony Church of…

Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

Treasuring Spring

Claude Monet brilliantly conveys sunlight, shining through the leaves of a tree by placing “unblended dabs of color” on the skirt and grass surrounding his subject of a woman reading. It is his wife, Camille, he observes quietly reading as she has positioned herself under the shelter of some low hanging branches. The spot seems…

Seeking God thru the Arts

I am proud to announce our first podcast! This is a dream come true and an answer to prayer. We plan to release one podcast a month. Each video will feature a discussion focused on either an artists or a type of painting. The idea behind this is to share with our audience the process…

A Balm in Gilead

OK, so it has been a rough week–and maybe even a rough month. I have been suffering long enough that I’m beginning to wonder if I will ever be completely whole again… Nothing that serious. It will pass and there will be healing, but it has caused me to pause with more compassion in my…

Virgin Dreams

In light of recent events in the news that remind us that there are predators who take advantage of young women’s dreams… I became attracted to this painting by John Everett Millais called “Eve of St. Agnes.” It is a painting that endeavors to capture on canvas a moment expressed in a poem by John…

Faith: The Engine of God’s Creative Redemption

Guest Blogger Steven Hovater Incarnation and Imitation The incarnation revealed what is possible when a human moves in God’s will, and by God’s power. In Jesus, God acted, but also demonstrated what human action in the name of God looks like. For I have set you an example, Jesus says, that you also should do…