There’s a flurry of new literature out there about making space in the clutter, both in our physical reality and our mental world. The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up has made a difference in people’s lives, helping them to let go of material excess. One doesn’t have to be wealthy[…} Read more….
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Presbytera Jocelyn Mathewes
There are some days when I become a yelling mom. No one seems to listen. I repeat myself a lot. I’m not being heard. The not-being-heard part is leading to a lot of mess, extra work for me, fighting and disrespect between siblings, and all-around unpleasantness. It’s immensely frustrating. So[…} Read more….
We go to church because it is part of our faith to set aside a time and a place for worship. But we don’t leave that behind when we go back to our home. How, in your life, do you make the time and space to worship, to pray. Don’t[…} Read more….
Each season comes with its own kind of work and difficulty. Winter is quiet and cozy, but can also be cold and isolating. In the midst of the beautiful flowers of spring, you will find allergies. In the liberating warmth of summer, you’ll find oppressive heat. With autumn there comes[…} Read more….
Seek silence. Our lives are filled with noise. Our environment contains unavoidable stimuli — music and television at restaurants, gas stations, and grocery stores. We have the ability to fill in the cracks with our radios, streaming internet, and screens all over our house. As a mom, it’s easy to[…} Read more….
I have a scar on my foot from when I was twelve and had chicken pox. It’s still with me; a reminder of how I had the sores on my feet and had to crawl on my hands and knees to get around. That experience has not gone unnoticed; it[…} Read more….
It’s really easy to ignore the boring foundation work that goes on behind a beautiful or amazing story. A pianist practiced the same 3 measures of a tricky piano piece day after day after day (until they were sick of it) in order to make it sound effortless. A writer[…} Read more….
Explaining the complicated theological implications of liturgy to a toddler is a creative challenge, and very instructive in principles of teaching others about the faith. “Mama, what happened to you?” My littlest girl was truly puzzled. She asked me this several times after I had my feet washed at the[…} Read more….
One night, I was gazing out my back deck and listening to the sound of water and wind through the trees. The sun had set, but it was still warm. The moon was out, and my little toddler was with me. She gasped at the moon excitedly, “Look mama! The[…} Read more….
The mug out of which I drink my coffee is cylindrical. But it’s not a perfect cylinder. The base flares out a little bit at the bottom, and it has a thick handle… but it fits my hand comfortably. Its mouth is a circle. But it’s not a perfect circle.[…} Read more….
When you feel far from God, God has not left you. You’re busy. You’re overwhelmed. You feel emotionally absent. He feels distant. You feel unbelieving. You wonder, “Is God really there?” You want God to speak to you. Maybe you’ve distanced yourself out of fear, because God might say something[…} Read more….
Have you ever thought about the many Christians around the world, and what they do on a Sunday? Have you wondered at the thought that a wave of worship moves across the globe at least once a week? It’s a beautiful thing, this wave. It moves in unison to create[…} Read more….