I started thinking about this topic during the holiday season. The holidays are all about folks gathering and celebrating together. Ironically, I think that’s why it can make people more aware of being alone. In this social media age, “being alone” gets a bad reputation. I see many books and conferences about how to develop and find community, but not many books that explore the other side of reality – of being alone. Being alone and feeling alone are different. One can be physically alone, and still feel content. On the other hand, even when surrounded by family and friends, one can still feel isolated and disconnected.Continue reading
Lately, I felt a bit disconnected from God in the midst of a stressful season. Instead of forcing myself to worship or give thanks, I took a break and remembered the last time God showed up…
I just joined Instagram recently, and immediately, my feeds have been flooded with videos of watercolor brush lettering and calligraphy scripts. In the States, brush lettering and modern calligraphy have been making a comeback in the craft world. It is mesmerizing watching people create these beautiful and elegant artwork. These artists make the process look so easy. However, as I quickly found out, the basic strokes may look simple, but mastering them takes patience and practice.
A lot of my friends journal as a way to process their internal stress. However, even though we all use the same word “journal”, the actual methods could not be more different. One person is very formal in her approach. She records a specific event in detail, and saves it on her computer. Another friend hand writes in her notebook, and lists the rational arguments about her decision making. While these methods have their own merits, they are vastly different from the way I journal.
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Update 3/21/2016: I just checked this link, and looks like the free e-book download promotion is now finished. 😦 If you’re still interested in this item, the book (hard copy) is available here.
One of my favorite authors, Graham Cooke, is giving away his meditation journal for FREE! I’ve learned a lot about meditation and how to keep a quiet heart from Graham. His teachings have always inspired faith and hope in me, especially on difficult days. This book, Secret Sayings, Hidden Meanings, is a collection of questions and prompts for journaling or meditation. Continue reading
I’ve been fascinated by the idea of “prayer” since young. The idea of asking or influencing an all-powerful being to change the world on my behalf felt very… powerful. It’s not a “pious” answer, but I think for most people, that is still the main reason why we pray. We pray because we want this being, (the most powerful being we know), to change something or someone when we feel powerless to do so. Continue reading
“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it rests in you.” – St. Augustine
Quietness and stillness. Two words that are the antithesis to our ways of life today. Our lives are filled with the never-ending schedules and events. A good friend of mine once said to me, “I can’t stop. I’m a mom!!” 🙂 I’m sure we have all felt the same… just replace the word “mom” to something that fits your situation. Even at church, things are not all that different. We’re asked to serve more, pray more, share the gospel more.. but rarely do I hear anyone say… be still… more? Continue reading