Two weeks ago, I wrote in this space https://drcindyryanblog.com/2019/03/05/this-is-my-brother/ about my brother and the heartwrenching decision of the United Methodist Church at General Conference regarding the worthiness of LBGQT persons. I shared my anger, disappointment and grief over the decision. From my perspective as a clergyperson who served in the United Methodist church the better… Continue reading One Heart at a Time
This is not the blog I wanted to write. I was halfway finished with an entry about God being present in the details of life, scripture supporting that and how our souls thrive on very particular details. I had already titled it Real Life which was the name of a newspaper column I used to… Continue reading Eight Years
Early in my ministry I had books of canned sermon illustrations. You could look up any topic and find a story, joke or charming anecdote. For example, JOY: Jesus and Moses were playing golf.... Thank God I rid myself of all those books. They were terrible. Thank God I learned real life was richer, fuller,… Continue reading joy.
It is a spiritual practice. I check in with myself every day to see how I'm feeling. When I journal every morning, after I review the day that has just passed, I jot down what I know about the current day. Then, I write down what I'm feeling. It is almost always a "mixed grill"… Continue reading Peaceful Butterflies
I'm writing this on Sunday before any of us know how the midterm elections turn out. You will be reading it after we know. So, not knowing the outcome, I believe it is safe to say it has been a rather exhausting season leading up to this moment. Seems like an excellent time to share… Continue reading Pace Yourself
Early every morning, I write. Along with journal writing, I read scripture and a couple of devotional passages. It is one of those habits that started as a discipline, but now is a soul soothing exercise that I do not skip. I have a formula I use in the writing that works for me. I've… Continue reading A Giant Whisper