Monthly Archives: January 2011

Speaking of solitude…..

I’m on retreat for a few days, and then we are headed into important Casa Viva board meetings. Your prayers are appreciated, I’ll be back writing again soon.

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Honoring Solitude

Solitude greeting solitude, that’s what community is all about. Community is not the place where we are no longer alone but the place where we respect, protect and reverently greet on another’s aloneness…..Our various solitudes are like strong, straight pillars … Continue reading

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Practicing Solitude

Piano lessons were always more encouraging if you had practiced, somehow those piano teachers always knew when you hadn’t. One of the best places to begin this practice of solitude is to get yourself a copy of Ruth Haley Barton’s Invitation to Solitude … Continue reading

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Spiritual Ballast

The dictionary says that ballast is anything that provides stability or steadiness. I think solitude and silence are spiritual ballast that steady the ship from the endless stream of chatter and noise. In his discussion on this Discipline of Aloneness, … Continue reading

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Your soul will remember…..

When I was a little girl, my very first interactions with God were nestled in the life of my family and our weekly sojourn to the “sanctuary”. We spent so much time in that building, but the sanctuary was sacred, … Continue reading

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Purposeful Solitude

We’re going to spend some time this week thinking about solitude. Of course thinking about solitude is not the same thing as practicing solitude, and I’m not quite sure solitude is the same as being alone. I left this topic … Continue reading

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It’s you alone with Him…..

If you are going on with God, the only thing that is clear to you, and the only thing God intends to be clear, is the way He deals with your own soul. Your brother’s sorrows and perplexities are an … Continue reading

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Pure Grace

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. … Continue reading

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The last conceit to go…..

Part of my blog housekeeping is linking back into a series of posts that began in August of 2010 on Deep and Wide Solutions. We made it through the seven disciplines, but never completely finished the Discipline of Aloneness. I’ve been meaning to … Continue reading

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Engaged Creativity

I think we need more creativity, more imagination, more engagement, more activity. As opposed to deadened receptivity – just receiving whatever comes our way. I’ve been having this conversation with my boys about the imagination behind creative computer games as opposed … Continue reading

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