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Wrapping Up: What Are You Seeing take Three

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Find the heartfelt and honest way you can cross the threshold this day into Visio Divina.  I pray your words, or the still small silence of the sacred, would center, calm, and call you into God's presence.
So, breathe and be.

Reflection....
What do you see in the photo above?
What made your list of insights and ideas literally?
What was stirred within you metaphorically?

What thousand words might start to pour forth from you in this one picture?
May what is stirring within you be more than a trace of God's grace this day as we cross the threshold into 2020.
Blessings ~~

Wrapping Up: What Are You Seeing take Two

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I invite you again to come up with your own invitation to breathe and be.  Find words that will help you to prayerfully ponder and gaze.  Maybe you will use the same words as yesterday or test and try out different words to center and calm your soul.  Take a few moments to enter this holy time of Visio Divina.  Write down what you are seeing, what stories are springing forth, and what is stirring within you.
So, breathe and be.



Reflection....
What do you see in this photo above?
What do you see literally?
What might be stirring metaphorically?
What thousand words might start to pour forth from you in this one picture?
May this holy time cause more than a trace of grace.
Blessings ~~

Wrapping Up: What Are You Seeing take One

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I invite you this week to come up with your own invitation to breathe and be.  I encourage you to find words that will invite you to prayerfully ponder and gaze.  You could go back over the last weeks and find one of my invitations that you found meaningful.  I also hope over the weeks you have found your own way to cross the threshold into this practice of Visio Divina and you might start to speak your own words that center, calm, and call you into God's presence woven into every second.
So, breathe and be.



Reflection I recently shared with you that I took over 1000 photos last summer and I narrowed those down to forty for this project. So, by the end of this week you will have seen 4% of my photos. Don't worry you will not have to see the other 960 photos that didn't make this devotional.
That is, unless you would like to!
This week, I will share some photos that have different shapes and I think can evoke lots of different responses.
There are no stories this week.
I wa…

Week Four Joy Summary

Take a moment to breathe and be.
Breathe and be.

Letting the lists that demand our attention be put to the sidelines for a few moments.
Let the promise of joy leap within you for this day.
After a week of images and reflections ends, here is space for you.
No images, except the ones roaming around your minds.
No more words, except these few in front of you.
Enter fully into this space before you and let it open a spaciousness within you.


Maybe this is space for you to create.


Maybe this is space to continue to reflect.


Maybe you want to leave this space empty.


What new insights into cultivating joy are starting to form or be re-formed within you?

Where does joy still seem too distant?

What is within you right now?
Breathe and be in the sea of traces of God's grace cultivating joy right now.
Blessings ~~

Week Four, Day Six Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who cultivates and surprises us with joy...exhale the need to explain rationally and reasonable everything in life.
Breathe in hope...and then exhale. Breathe in peace...and then exhale. Breathe in love...and then exhale. Breathe in joy...and then exhale.
Breathe and be.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Next, make a list of what captures your eye, the parts of the photo singing to your soul, and sit for a few moments with the question, why?  Ask yourself, what is glowing and glistening with joy in your life - both around you and within you?  Breathe deeply.
Consider the following questions: What emotions does this image evoke in you? What does the …

Week Four, Day Five Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina in this moment. 
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who colors with every crayon in the box...exhale those voices that say there is only one right color.
Breathe in hope...breathe out what distracts and causes you despair.
Breathe in peace and wholeness so that you can feel God's fingerprints on your life...breathe out what is numb.
Breathe in joy that is being cultivated...breathe out those nagging negative voices that demand all our attention and allegiance.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Have you ever felt like you had to go see or do something, but the bridge was out?  You couldn't get to your destination quickly or easily?  That where you wanted to go or where you were being b…

Week Four, Day Four Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who is our rock and refuge...exhale the moments when the sand is shifting constantly beneath your feet with every wave crashing down.
Breathe in love that wraps around you...breathe out places and spaces that cause you to feel backed into a corner.
Breathe in a joy that is being cultivated and created here and now...breathe out the heavy rocks we try to carry all alone.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Next, try to count the rocks and study each one as showing God’s fingerprints.  What colors capture your imagination? What stories start to stir within you from this one photo?  Write down some of the thousand words that one picture can bring forth within y…

Week Four, Day Three Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who the psalmist sang out, "I lift up mine eyes"...exhale the times we have tunnel vision or see only perplexing problems.
Breathe in unconditional and unceasing love...breathe out our needs to prove that love to God, ourselves or others.
Breathe in the ways you are cultivating joy in these days...breathe out those voices trying to tell you that this is all just a waste of time.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
I invite you to imagine reaching out touching the rough bark of these trees so you can feel the pulse of time and centuries.  What stirs within you?  What starts to sing within you?  What stories of being beneath the trees start to surface…

Week Four, Day Two Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina this day.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who scurries around our lives sharing and scattering the sacred in joyful ways...exhale our constantly controlling, clinging, and white-knuckled ways we often live life.
Breathe in hope...breathe out despair.
Breathe in peace and wholeness so that you can feel the breath in every fiber of your being...breathe out stress that causes you to clinch your jaw.
Breathe in love…breath out loneliness and a sense that you must live life all alone.
Breathe in joy of this moment...breathe out the pain of the past or uncertainty about tomorrow.
Breathe and be.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture. There is a story to this photo, that I will share. But before I do, I…

Week Four, Day One Joy

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina with your heart, soul, and life wide open.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who is found in the still waters...exhale those crashing, chaotic waves that wash over you today.
Breathe in hope...breathe out despair. Breathe in peace and wholeness so that you can feel the breath all the way to the soles of your feet...breathe out stress sitting on your shoulders. Breathe in love...breathe out indifference and intolerance.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
How does creation sing to you?  When was the last time being in creation brought you joy?  Breathe deeply.
You are invited to make a list of all that you are seeing and settle into the question of why those parts of the photo capture an…

Week Three Love Summary

Take a moment to breathe and be...
Breathe and be...
Letting the lists that demand our attention be put to the sidelines for a few moments...
And letting that imagination of hope, peace, and love draw new possibilities for this day.
After a week of images from glass to glaciers, trees, fog and lighthouse; as this week closes, I want to offer space.
No images, except the ones roaming around your minds.
No more words, except these few in front of you.
Lots of space....


Space for you to create.

To reflect.


To fill in with thoughts or leave empty.
What new insights into love movement within as well as around you?
What questions still sit silently within you?
What is your soul saying to you right now?

Breathe and be in the sea of traces of God's grace and love right now.


Blessings ~~

Week Three, Day Six Love

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina this day to center on your breath.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who is a light to the world...exhale the dreary darkness that can be like a thick curtain on life.
Breathe in the One who can break through the fog...breathe out moments of confusion that keep us constantly spinning in all directions.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Now, imagine a moment when the beam of a lighthouse powerfully broke through the fog of your life helping you decipher, discern, and decide where to go.  When was the last time that happened?  The metaphorical lighthouse might have been a kind word or hug or nudge or affirmation from someone who cares about you.Remember and retell yourself that story.  Breath…

Week Three, Day Five Love

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Vision Divina noticing the mystery of each breath.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One whose loving wisdom day-by-day helps us navigate life...exhale that is cloudy, unsure, and uncertain.
Breathe in the beauty of not knowing everything...breathe out the perfectionism that says you have to be Super Spiritual woman or man.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Next, imagine what would happen if the fog suddenly lifted and you could see behind what is hidden there just out of our sight?  What would happen if the curtain was lifted? Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at that part of the image for a minute or so.
Ask yourself, where is there metaphorical fog in my life right now? 
Consider the following questio…

Week Three, Day Four Love

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina with one big, deep breath that reaches all the way down to your pinkie toe.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One who tends and mends our lives...exhale that which seems cut off or even broke.
Breathe in the promise of new growth...breathe out places where the fresh bark of life hasn't hardened into a deep, rough dark brown exterior of a tree.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on the one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Now let your focus slowly survey and surf from the big parts of the photo that capture your attention to the smallest details.  Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at as many parts of the image as possible for a minute or so.  You may want to make a list of all you are seeing, all that is stirring, and perhaps why you…

Week Three, Day Three Love

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I invite you into the prayer practice of Visio Divina letting the light of your heart, the cool streams of your soul, and fire of synapses in your mind focus on your breathing.
Breathe in to the count of three...exhale to the count of six or seven.
Breathe in the One whose breath, fire, water created galaxies of stars shining over our heads...exhale those fragile or cracked parts of our glass-like-life.
Breathe in the truth that we share DNA with star dust...breathe out the disconnection and discord that stirs within you.
Look at the image and let your eyes stay with the very first thing that you see. Keep your attention on that one part of the image that first catches your eye. Try to keep your eyes from wandering to other parts of the picture.
Next, try to name five things you see.Write down images, insights, or ideas that are evoked in this moment.  Breathe deeply and let yourself gaze at that the whole image for a minute or so.
Ask yourself, what do you see on this close-up photo that …