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Life Of The Beloved by Henri Nouwen: A Book Review

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BOOK REVIEW: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World by Henri Nouwen How often do we long for someone to walk beside us, as Jesus did with his disciples on the road to Emmaus, and interpret scripture for us…tell us how to apply it to real everyday lives? We ponder the words from the Bible. […]

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Self Knowledge: How To Uncover The Mystery Of You

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I’ve never been terribly introspective That never bothered me much until I began, already well into my fifties, to explore the power of connection and realize those who seem to be the most centered and happy have invariably done a great deal of inner excavation. They’ve learned to know themselves well and, for the most part, have come to love […]

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What All Have Those Old Trees Seen?

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Please welcome my guest Rick Wilcox, a fellow writer who is certainly a Connection Messenger.* His beautiful reminiscence of the trees in the Texas woods he played in as a child will stir the soul of anyone fortunate enough to have had childhood adventures in and around trees and absorbed their soul-nourishing beauty. _____________________________________________________ I played in those woods […]

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How To Sing The Servant Song

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The holiness of servitude The word servant has long been used in Christian spiritual teaching to describe Christ’s attitude to us and to portray the way Christ taught us to be towards others. Now the word is becoming popular in business circles as we talk about “servant leadership” and “servant mindset.” Holy Scripture is steeped […]

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A Prayer For Our Country On July 4

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From the 1928 Book of Common Prayer, thought to be written originally by George Lyman Locke (1835-1919), a Rhode Island minister. ________________________ For Our Country Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove  ourselves a people mindful of thy favor and glad to do thy will. Bless […]

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“The Trade” by Karen R. Sanderson

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Today’s post was written by my friend Karen R. Sanderson. She is a fellow writer, an outstanding editor, and also an artist and a poet. She told me this poem was inspired by A1C Kristi P-L, USAF, pictured above, who served with Karen’s son Kenton in Iraq. As we celebrate Independence Day here in the United […]

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Your Most Pressing Notewriting Questions Answered

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It’s the fifth Monday of the month, so my editorial calendar calls for a post on notewriting, my favorite connection tool. I thought I’d just share a few of the questions I’ve gotten recently about notewriting. Is notewriting the correct spelling? The person asking this question thought it should be note writing. Since there is no entry of notewriting […]

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I Am Beloved By God

I am devouring the work of the late Henri Nouwen, theologian and spiritual teacher. His message in this 8-minute video reminds us that when we ask the question “Who am I?” the answer is not, “I am what I do.” Nor is the answer, “I am what others say about me” nor “I am what […]

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View From The Bench: June 22, 2014

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View from the Bench: A new Heartspoken series I’m trying to teach myself how to be more observant, and I hope you’ll come along, dear readers, as I explore a small piece of the world right outside my door. Believing that simplicity is best, I’ve decided to experiment with something anyone can do, whether you live in a […]

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You Can’t Outrun Your Insecure Self

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That insecure self will follow you As I was reflecting on the importance of digging deep into one’s self and getting to know your own strengths, weaknesses, fears, and hopes, I read Hannah Brencher’s post this morning (“Make Me Come Undone”). It spoke so perfectly to this topic, I simply had to share. Hannah is one of the […]

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Whose Song Are You Holding?

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“A friend knows the song in my heart and sings it to me when my memory fails.” Greeting card by Kathy Davis Designs (http://kathydavis.com) There’s so much pain in the world I saw the above quote many years ago on a greeting card designed by Kathy Davis and have saved it all this time. Its […]

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“Abide In Me:” Christ’s Hard Command

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“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4 Do you struggle with this teaching? I really do, even though I believe these three tiny words—”Abide in me”—say all I really need to know about […]

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Meet My Nature Neighbor: The Catalpa Tree

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I’m getting to know my backyard neighbors! As hard as I try, I can’t figure out any way to become the knowledgeable naturalist I want to be except by reaching out to meet my nature neighbors one at a time. Identification is the first step, but when I dig a little deeper to learn more […]

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Book Review: Let Your Life Speak by Parker J. Palmer

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Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer Somehow I am only just discovering Parker J. Palmer, the wonderful writer, thinker, educator, and activist who writes and speaks eloquently about spirituality, leadership, and social change. Every time I mention him to a friend, it seems they have known of him […]

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If You Admire Someone, Tell Them!

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We had a gathering of close family members this weekend to celebrate my husband’s birthday, and just before serving supper, I asked for the partying to pause for a moment so I could thank our guests for coming and being part of our celebration. I hadn’t thought to ask anyone to make a toast, but […]

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Love By Mail: Personal Handwritten Notes

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Many of my readers know I’m passionate about the practice of writing personal handwritten notes. Over the years, I’ve had enough positive feedback from recipients of my notes to know they often make a difference. I believe they  make a difference whether I’m acknowledged for them not, because the gesture of taking pen to paper, […]

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A Memorial Day Prayer For Our Military Heroes

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Vietnam Memorial Statue in Washington, DC. Photo by David Spanburg. Prayer for Heroic Service The Book of Common Prayer is a treasure trove of prayers for every occasion. This beautiful Collect can be found in the section labelled “Thanksgivings” (pp. 836-841). Let us pray. O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts […]

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Healing For A Troubled Heart

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“Let not your heart be troubled.” John 14:1 (KJV) Do you struggle with this as much as I do? Is there anything more human than being anxious or troubled? The minute we resolve one troubling issue, another pops up. As soon as we find out our biopsy is benign, our cousin is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s […]

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Your Tiny Acts Of Kindness Light The World!

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Random acts of kindness are all the rage, and I have been enormously moved by stories of those whose lives have been touched by anonymous strangers. Jason Wright’s Christmas Jars sparked a wonderful movement along this line, and Brad Formsma shared some heart-warming stories in his book, I Like Giving, which I recently reviewed in this blog. For […]

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Life Lessons From The Labyrinth At Serenbe

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I have just returned from a wonderful and empowering business retreat at Serenbe with Dr. Ellen Britt’s Pink Coattails Mastermind group. One of the highlights was our walk in the Serenbe Labyrinth, which we did on the last day of our retreat. It is quite large, so the best way to depict it for you was […]

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