Unhurried Lent: Day 13


Two things came to mind when I thought about the word rise.

This song by David Wilcox.

I know that a heart can just get buried
Stone by stone, crushing hope until it dies
Far away, but the message somehow carries
Beloved, it is time for you to rise.

Time for you to RISE UP…
With a sudden sense of wonder
RISE UP: As the joy comes to your eyes
RISE UP: From the burden you’ve been under
Beloved, it is time for you to rise, time for you to rise.

David Wilcox – Lyrics from Rise

And this photo that I took in Thailand

Hot Air Balloon Rising in the Morning Air

Unhurried Lent: Day 12


Journey is one of my favorite themes.. My whole life has been a journey and so I thought I’d share some photos of sights along the way and these lyrics from Michael Card.

There is a joy in the journey,
There’s a light we can love on the way.
There is a wonder and wildness to life,
And freedom for those who obey.

Joy in the Journey Lyrics by Michael Card
Llantwit Major, Wales
Sunrise over the Space Coast, Florida
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Montana De Oro, California
Path through Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Where has the journey taken you?

Unhurried Lent: Day 11


But me, I’m not giving up.
    I’m sticking around to see what God will do.

Micah 7:7a (The Message)

I started this “unhurried” project for Lent to try to slow down my internal pace and I suppose to some extent it has done that, though my days have been more full than I ever expected. I haven’t found time most days to actually create the way that I wanted to, but I guess as long as I keep using the themes to break the cycle of distracted hurry then it is still a successful exercise.

Today’s photo wasn’t something I made today. It is of a quilt square that I made and beaded a number of years ago. In the midst of an international move and a million other things that needed my attention I never got around to finishing the piece. (Four squares done, one in process and one not yet begun.) I have no idea when I’ll get back to it, but after the hours and hours of hand beading it was the creative thing I thought of when I thought of hope.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior

Micah 7:7a (NIV)
This is from a Christmas album, but the message is for everyday: Hope for Everyone.

“We are waiting on the promise,
For the One who lights the darkness.”

We wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:20-22 (NIV)

Postscript: Yesterday I didn’t post my Sunday: Something to Celebrate, but I did give it some consideration and I was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. I wasn’t celebrating leprechauns and clover, but the miracle of how God can change a heart and transform a life. With love St. Patrick surrendered himself to the gospel, taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the very people who had kidnapped and enslaved him. And the gospel keeps going forth today and still, often, at incredible cost. This was my something to celebrate.

Unhurried Lent: Day 10


My deepest longing is “Thy Kingdom Come.”

“Do you wish that you could see it all made new?”

“We do.”

There is so much in my heart on this topic, but again, it is late and so I’ll just leave you with a couple of visual images as together we wait for all sad things to come untrue and the Kingdom to come with all things new.

Made New

Unhurried Lent: Day 9


Another day has flown by, so at the close of the evening I’ll keep this post simple and share this song that speaks peace to me.

And this photo of a place that I find a particular location of peace and rest for me.

Julian Alps, Triglav National Park, Slovenia

July 2010

And finally a poem I love.

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Poem by Wendell Berry

Heron – Florida 2017

Unhurried Lent: Day 8


So I’ve been turning the theme over in my mind all day. There are a million ways that I can think about failure. I could show you the massive fails from experiments in my glass studio. I could tell you language learning stories where I said something completely opposite of what I meant to say. I could give you a laundry list of all the ways I don’t measure up.

But when I think about failure the thing that I just can’t get away from is Romans 3:23: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

I fall short.

I miss the mark.

I have failed to live up to the glory of God.

And from there failure takes me to the glory of redemption. My failure is met in Christ’s sacrifice.

Felix Culpa
Oh happy fault that such an outcome as the Resurrection should be mine!

I can’t think of failure without redemption. And I can’t think of redemption without thankfulness. So tonight I’ll leave you with a song and these thought provoking lyrics.

And when the world is new again
And the children of the King
Are ancient in their youth again
Maybe it’s a better thing

To be more than merely innocent
But to be broken then redeemed by love
Maybe this old world is bent
But it’s waking up, I’m waking up

‘Cause I can hear the voice of one
He’s crying in the wilderness
“Make ready for the Kingdom Come”
Don’t you want to thank someone for this

Andrew Peterson – Don’t You Want To Thank Someone

Maybe it’s a better thing, that I have been redeemed by love.

Oh the grace and mercy of God.

Yes, I want to thank my Lord for this.

Unhurried Lent: Day 6


There are so many ways I could go with today’s focus. Again, I didn’t find time to create, but I did take some time to search out some beautifully creative ways to engage with the theme. Enjoy!

The wonder of the earth

The Riot and The Dance

The wonder of the skies

The wonder of us

“The miracle of your mind isn’t that you can see the world as it is. It’s that you can see the world as it isn’t. We can remember the past, and we can think about the future, and we can imagine what it’s like to be some other person in some other place.”

Kathryn Schultz at Ted2011 “On Being Wrong

The wonder of You and Your love

Book Review: Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram

About the Book:

The Enneagram opens a remarkable window into the truth about us, enabling us to see how image, wounds, lies, triggers, and default responses shape us every bit as much as our faith. But simply diagnosing our number doesn’t do justice to who we are. Nor does it necessarily change us or our relationships. Transformation happens as we grow in awareness and learn how to engage and reflect God’s image. And relational repair then results as we apply Enneagram insights to the rhythms and grooves of our ordinary daily lives. For those who have learned about the Enneagram and wonder “What’s next?”―this handbook is the answer. Filled with exercises to engage, challenge, encourage, and sustain, Spiritual Rhythms for the Enneagram will help us grow in greater awareness and lead us to spiritual and relational transformation. Including new insight on the Enneagram and the Harmony Triads, and offering helpful “Soul Resources” in the appendix, this handbook can be used by individuals or groups.

My Thoughts:

I’m looking forward to reading this book. I was sent an unedited, review copy and in this instance I found the unedited version too difficult to read so I decided to set the book aside and wait to keep reading until I can purchase a copy, which is today (release day).

But this is something I’ll share from the brief section of the review document that I did read. I’m paraphrasing as the version I have is not the final text.

Who is this book for?

This is not an introductory text to the Enneagram. It is for individuals who want to grow, transform and bring health to their loving and life.

This book is recommended for spiritual directors, healthcare professionals, coaches and pastors seeking to help their clients integrate and grow in awareness, healing and love of God, others and self through practices, questions and exercises. This book is for those seeking to bring God’s presence and empathy to disharmonious people and systems.

Final Thoughts:

If you have never before engaged with the Enneagram then this book will not be for you. If you are exploring this topic for the first time I’d recommend you start with Ian Cron’s The Road Back To You and then follow up with Suzanne Stabile’s The Path Between Us.