Wednesday, May 1, 2013

I Dare You to Try...



Praying with your imagination instead of words.
I freely admit that we all have different temperaments and personalities. For some, go ahead and roll your eyes at this idea. For others, you will find this utterly life-giving. I fall into the latter category. I’ve always been prone to rather wild flights of fancy. Images have been a powerful force in my life – whether anxious images of something bad happening or happy daydreaming. I’ve spent plenty of mental energy in both camps. When I was first introduced to the idea of praying with my imagination instead of with only words, it was like a weight had been lifted. Richard Foster in Celebration of Discipline first opened my eyes to this idea and it revolutionized my prayer life.

This week, instead of bowing your head and starting to talk through all your prayers, perhaps try this approach. Set aside time for prayer and set it apart as time you are committing to communion with the Father. If you are praying for a friend of family member to be well, imagine Jesus healing them. If you are praying for your child to know the Lord or return to Him, imagine him or her running into His arms. If you are praying for peace within your own life, imagine yourself relaxed in the presence of Christ. When your pastor or priest is praying, instead of following the words in your head or mentally checking out, imagine them.

I’ve also found it helpful to fight images with images. For example, when I first came home from the hospital with Luke, I was afraid of falling with him in my arms or accidentally dropping him. He seemed so tiny and fragile. The image of that very terrible possibility would immediately pop into my head out of nowhere. It helped me to respond by imagining Luke safe and sound in my arms. In that way, I was praying back to the Lord what I was hoping for.  It worked much better than me using words to fight an image.

Let’s be honest. Sometimes, words just aren’t enough. Sometimes, we get stuck in praying words that we aren’t even meaning. Try praying with images this week and let me know how it goes!

"Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words." Romans 8:26 ESV

Monday, April 15, 2013

Beach Reads

1. Ring of Endless Light Madeleine L'Engle 2. The Mermaid Chair Sue Monk Kidd 3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Ann Brashares 4. The Pelican Brief John Grisham 5. The Prince of Tides Pat Conroy

Monday, April 8, 2013

Recipe & Song

 
 
 
 
Zucchini-Mint Pasta
Adapted from Southern Living April Issue
 
2 T butter
3 T olive oil
2 shallots, diced
1.5 lbs (about 5 small) zucchini, sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 T fresh lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 package of fettucine, cooked
1/2 c. thinly sliced fresh mint
1/2 c. chopped toasted walnuts or pecans
1/4 c. shredded parmesan
optional: 4 oz crumbled feta cheese
 
Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan or skillet. Add the diced shallots and saute about 5 minutes. Add the zucchini and saute about 7 minutes, until tender. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.
 
Add in your pasta and toss all together with the mint, nuts, and cheese. It tastes like springtime!
 
While you make it, enjoy turning this song up loud in your kitchen and open the windows to let that sunshine in...
 
 



Thursday, April 4, 2013

Spring (really?) Break

Phil and I got to take off to Waynesville, NC for a week to celebrate his 30th birthday and just have a change of scenery for a while.

It snowed and snowed and snowed, leaving us with about a foot and a half of white powder. Waylon (our collie dog) was in heaven.





My sister, niece, and Waylon watching it snow


Do you spot the man, baby, and dog?
To celebrate Philip's birthday, I picked up a few treats from The Chocolate Bear in downtown Waynesville...including Wild Turkey chocolate shooters and bacon toffee chocolates. The point was to find the manliest chocolates possible.

Mostly we did a bunch of lazing around while it snowed. Glorious!

I have an Easter recipe to share soon!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection

image via here

“‘Why do you seek the Living among the dead? He is not here. He has risen.'” Luke 24:5-6a

What a question. Why do I seek the living among the dead? Lord, help us to not waste time on dead and dying things. May we not find ourselves too distracted by lifeless, busy nothings that often feel so important or urgent or necessary. Help us to seek You - the Living One. You are not among the dead. Instead, you beckon us to Life.

May I, like Peter, rise and run to the empty tomb. May I, like Peter, kneel down and gaze into what Resurrection means for my broken soul. My I, like Peter, walk away marveling.  Today, of all days, is a day to marvel.

Happy Easter!