Mental & Spiritual Health During COVID-19 – Part 3

Meditation, Gratitude, & Journaling Research has shown three powerful and practical ways to improve mental health are with meditation, gratitude, and journaling. These aren’t the only ways but they are three great ways.  So, let’s beak them down and take a look. Meditation Meditation produces a variety of health benefits, including, positive effects on cognition, […]

Mental & Spiritual Health During COVID-19 – Part 2

Situational Crisis I live in Nashville, Tennessee. Our city experienced an E3 tornado just weeks before Covid19 hit our area. The tornado devastated parts of our city. In the aftermath, we were incredibly proud of how our community responded. Many people came together to help survivors. Sadly, the work was not finished when we learned […]

Mental & Spiritual Health During COVID-19 – Part 1

Ayeka – Where are you? A couple of years ago my grown kids bought me a tattoo for Mother’s Day. It was my first tattoo, but, I really wanted it. It was the Hebrew word, Ayeka (i – eek – ah). I placed it on my forearm, where I’d easily and frequently see it. The […]

God is Not in Control…

Please, Stop. Please. Stop telling me, “God is in control!” Seems like I hear this everywhere I turn amidst this pandemic. Lately, my whole being recoils at the notion. It’s as if my body is bearing witness to deception. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in God’s sovereignty. Regardless, it feels like the phrase, “God […]

Haunting Silence

Last night my husband and I previewed the Martin Scorsese film, Silence. This movie is scheduled to release in America on Friday. It’s a historical drama set in Nagasaki, Japan which recounts the faith story of two 17th century Jesuit priests. Early on during the beginning scenes, these young priests receive word in Portugal that their mentor/teacher has […]

Justice, Peace and the Church

No Justice. No Peace. A friend’s Facebook post has me thinking almost non-stop about this idea, no justice no peace. She didn’t state it that way. What she said was, “Calling for peace when there is no justice is not the solution.” Which sounds much more polite considering the slogan has acquired a reputation synonymous […]

Breaking Down Barriers: Understanding the Needs of Single Parents

Spring is one of my favorite times of year. Winter is finally over. Flowers burst from the ground. The air fills with glorious perfume. It’s as if the whole earth celebrates redemption’s birthday. Easter Sunday is the pinnacle of spring delight. All our traditions are on full display. We romp around in our Easter best […]