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Invitation

One word can shape a whole year. I've written about this before. The concept of having one prayer/focus word for the year has been unfolding in my life for about a decade now. The idea comes from the work of Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen in their book from 2012, My One Word: Change Your… Continue reading Invitation

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Your Homework: Heartwork

I assigned homework. Yes, I did. I assigned homework to my husband and told him it was due that day. He is a school administrator. Like all school leaders across the land, he is having a tough year. It comes right on the heels of that other tough year, 2020. We all thought 2020 was… Continue reading Your Homework: Heartwork

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A Focusing Word: Time

Have you ever allowed one word to shape your year? For some of us, this practice began because of the work of Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olsen with their book, My One Word, see also http://www.myoneword.org. We all need guidance. For sure we need something positive to focus on right now. Choosing a life giving… Continue reading A Focusing Word: Time

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Being Present

I keep working on it. I guess I always will. Focus. Attention. Noticing. Being present. The beautiful late poet Mary Oliver wrote it this way, This is the first, the wildest and the wisest thing I know: that the soul exists and is built entirely out of attentiveness. Theologian Richard Rohr suggested doing a five… Continue reading Being Present

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May I Have Your Attention?

Disclaimer: I am not good at what I am writing about today. Often when I speak, teach or write, people tell me, You were speaking right to me. I tell them No, I'm preaching to myself. I'm the one who needs to hear this the most. This is totally true today; I'm just preaching to… Continue reading May I Have Your Attention?