Praying Scripture: A Spiritual Exercise

Mar 14, 2018

I love praying scripture. I love engaging with the Bible as a way of cultivating relationship with God. This has been true for me from my earliest days as a follower of Jesus. When I went forward at a Seawind concert in Sacramento in September 1978, I prayed to welcome Jesus into my heart. (It’s hard to believe that was nearly 40 years ago). I was then given a little green Gideon New Testament to read.

Unfortunately, Matthew 1 is a genealogy, which I didn’t find all that...

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Podcast: Copying a True Master - The Essence of Apprenticeship

Mar 12, 2018

A visit to a museum provides the backdrop for a conversation on what it means to be an apprentice to a master.

We made our way through quite a few rooms of the Hermitage. The interiors were jaw dropping, the paintings gorgeous. And, as Alan said, he had been there before, so he knew when we were nearing the original painting we were most looking forward to seeing, which was Rembrandt’s Prodigal Son. He gave me a brief warning as we turned the corner, “Get...

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Podcast: Eight Simple Ways to Bless People

Mar 05, 2018

In this mini-sode, we want to share eight simple ways for blessing others. These are actually drawn from a resource we produced a year ago, called "Take Five: 17 Simple Ways to Serve Others." That was before we launched this podcast, so I wanted to share some of the helpful ideas with you all.

These little "five minute" ideas aren't complex. That's actually the point. You could easily add plenty of other creative ways to bless another. We simply encourage you to do the good that God has put...

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Podcast: Carry Prayer - An Effective Way to Pray for Others

Feb 26, 2018

Many years ago, I (Gem) was having a conversation with a very dear friend. As we interacted, she shared some insights about me that I had not directly told her before. No one could have known, because I had not shared with anyone. She was quite observant, but I was still surprised when she shared with me her thoughts. I asked her how she knew. She said, "I know you because I pray for you."

I didn't really understand that fully at the time, but over the years I began to learn what she meant....

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Podcast: Emily P. Freeman - Small Moment Living in a Fast Moving World

Feb 19, 2018

Today, it is my delight to share a conversation that I had with Emily P. Freeman. As I’ve followed her on Instagram, read her blog and enjoyed her podcast – I’ve found her to be a true kindred spirit. She is singing the same song as as Unhurried Living - as she shares the message of small moment living in a fast moving world.

In our conversation we talk about: story, process, spiritual practices, small moment living, making connections between our outer world and our inner...

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Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Lent

Feb 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday. It's the first day of Lent. For years, that would have been completely lost on me. “What in the world is Ash Wednesday?” Most Baptists like me back in the day would have seen it as a “them” practice. Definitely not for “us.”

But now I am an Anglican. Next month, Lord willing, I’ll complete my ordination process and become an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others under Bishop Todd Hunter. This has...

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Podcast: Managing Our Expectations - Seasons, Stages, Transitions

Feb 12, 2018

Today is the last in our five-part series where we’ve been responding to your answers to our poll question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?”

We received a whole grouping of answers that were all about life’s seasons, stages and transitions.

  • We have the mom with young children at home trying to figure out how anything resembling unhurried time is even possible.
  • There’s the student who is away at college, who...
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What is the Season of Your Soul?

Feb 07, 2018

Most mornings I walk our dog, Lex, up and down our neighborhood street. A while back I noticed that one of our neighbors was getting rid of some shrubs in front of her home.

As time progressed I saw the dirt being prepared as dark plastic went down and bark chips went on. Then one day small plants were laid in a couple of nice rows. It was the start of something lovely.

However, soon after the flowers were planted, we had an unseasonable cold snap and more than half of the flowers wilted and...

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Podcast: Priorities - Keeping First Things First

Feb 05, 2018

This is the fourth in a five-part series sharing answers to the question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?” Here are the questions on priorities that arose from our community:

  1. I want to be able to serve without overdoing it.
  2. How do we deal with the impulse to procrastinate as it relates to priorities?
  3. How do I deal with urgent things that aren’t all that important?
  4. What about my relationship with time - managing time and...
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Podcast: What the Monks Can Teach Us (JK Jones)

Jan 29, 2018

Thanks for joining us today. I’m glad your listening to this episode. You’re really going to enjoy what our guest, JK Jones, has to share about what he’s learned from the Monks. He wrote a book a while back titled: What the Monks Can Teach Us. We enjoyed sharing some of the ways that monastic writings, monastic communities and monastic practices have been a source of grace and wisdom for us in our journey with Jesus. You’ll also appreciate his gracious, humble,...

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