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One Heart at a Time

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

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Eight Years

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

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joy.

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.

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Peaceful Butterflies

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

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Pace Yourself

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

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A Smidgen of Hope

It's October. In Texas, the humid temperatures have been in the 80 & 90's. This past weekend, at an outdoor event, I was as hot as I've ever been. I kept saying, "But, this is October." The 10 day forecast, though, says relief is actually coming. It mentions lows in the 50's and 40's. I'm… Continue reading A Smidgen of Hope