How to Have Gratitude without Faking It

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My ability to have gratitude has grown with my capacity to tell myself the truth. I used to think that offering the sacrifice of praise that the book of James recommends meant I had to pretend to be thankful for some really awful things.  In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 we read In everything give thanks: for this is […]

Mindfulness and Discernment: Make the Connection

Hannah Whitall Smith, a Quaker from the mid nineteenth century, once said, “Mind the checks.”  I respect this advice deeply, mainly as a result of not minding the checks.  I once took a personality test that was supposed to determine who in the Bible my personality was most like.  Unlike the phony Facebook tests that […]

How To Get Out Of Your Own Way

Years ago, the Lord gave me a vision of a woman.  Inside of her was a barren world with dead trees and storm clouds in a desert landscape.  Outside of her was a mirror image of the same landscape with the same clouds, dusty terrain, and blackened trees.  I struggled with the metaphor for a […]

Mindfulness and Confession: Reflections in the Mirror

My earliest experiences as a Christian with confession were always pretty tearful and mindfulness was not even in my vocabulary.  I believed the truest thing about me was a list of all my sins.  And as a person for whom shame was a way of being, the idea of confessing my sins to someone else […]