A Different Kind of Word-of-the-Year

A Different Kind of Word-of-the-Year

Many of us these days are naming the new year with a word unique to our season, desires, or goals for 2020. Maybe you know your word already, or not, or don’t subscribe to the trend – here’s another way to approach a guiding sentiment for the new year.  What if you asked God:  Who [...]

A few words about this space

A few words about this space

Hi. I'm Rachel from Tennessee, a mid-forties mother of three learning how to live well in the long, loving gaze of God. Authentic relationships, listening well, and savoring Nature are a few of my core values/fuels. As an Enneagram Four I'm learning to go lightly with my own rising and falling, and what a difference [...]

Prayer to a Silent God

Prayer to a Silent God

Morning comes and I strike a match to begin the day with an act of faith The small, silent flame my symbol  of your existence. It’s been years now since  this morning-time filled journal pages with  questions answered, scriptures illumined,  dreams interpreted, hope realized.  So many words. It was easy then to believe you loved [...]

What is Spiritual Direction?

What is Spiritual Direction?

This fall, I begin the second of a two-year program to become a Spiritual Director. If your background touches any Catholic or Anglican traditions, you’ve likely heard of Spiritual Direction and things are clicking into place. If not, you might be puzzled as to why you’ve never heard of this. That was me just a few [...]

To Hold Loosely

To Hold Loosely

A helpful way of life has been making itself clear to me, and the more I chew on it, the more goodness I taste. Can I share this way with you? It's bringing me a freedom from anxiety and a joy in the present that until now has eluded me. Just about every good transformation [...]

Advent Week 4: Love Has Come

Advent Week 4: Love Has Come

It’s two days before Christmas, and I give up on finding the last-minute gifts. It is what it is. Now is the time to be enough and have enough. It is Sunday morning and the day is before us and all shall be well. All shall be well for there is more than enough. My [...]

The second Week of Advent: Receiving the Unknown

The second Week of Advent:   Receiving the Unknown

There was the true Light which coming into the world enlightens every man. . He was in the world and the world was made through Him and the world did not know Him. . He came to His own and those who were His own did not receive Him. We have the luxury of hindsight, [...]

The First Week of Advent: Light

The First Week of Advent: Light

It's December Already? I am not quite ready to celebrate Christmas time, even though December is upon us and it’s been 30 degrees all week. Which is odd, because Christmas has already come and gone at the Springer homestead. My side of the family celebrated a Thanks-Christmas last week while all 14 of us were [...]

When God is Silent

When God is Silent

5 Ways to Hold On When You Can't Hear God's Voice ---
For a good while now, my conversations with God have been one-sided. I talk... and then there’s silence. I ask... and perceive no response. I wait……  and still there is no sense of His nearness.  This is not normal for me and God. I feel forgotten, alone, defective. Hope wanes. The light of my countenance dulls. An extended “silent treatment” has afforded plenty of time to try a few new-to-me “are you there, God?” posturings.

He Leads Me Beside Muddied Waters

He Leads Me Beside Muddied Waters

For the life of me, I cannot get clarity right now. Can’t hear God, or feel Him, or see the way forward... At the same time, a great deal is being stirred, shifted, and exposed within my heart. Timidly trusting that growth and healing is taking place, I wonder if God is involved; if He [...]