Frame - Now on iTunes

I’m excited to share that one of my new songs is now available on iTunes. The song is called Frame and the recording was made possible by receiving a grant from The Catholic League of Women based in Minneapolis. The song was produced and recorded by Matt Patrick.

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You love me this way

I was out walking the path. I was listening to Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, I was praying under my breath, I walking uphill with my head down and there it was, a perfectly formed but dead butterfly. I decided to pick up the dead butterfly and bring it with me on the walk and bring it to a new resting place. The appearance of butterflies on my path has been a deep conversation for me. You will find a number of blogs on Feathers and Whirlwinds that tell you the stories I can now call transformational. I hope this blog vibrates with the journey of faith and encourages you on this day.

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Seeds that Changed

“For a seed to achieve its greatest expression it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out, And everything changes. For someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction."

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Communal Singular

With the breath in your lungs and the tapestry of letters and words that flow from your mouth, remember that you are always in motion and stopping is all part of the process. You are not alone.

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She kept showing up

I was constantly challenged as a younger woman when it came to the concept of grace. I heard so many definitions and it never computed for me. I was your number one doer and giver and felt things very deeply (Two on the enneagram if you are into that sort of thing.) I saw the needs and met them, striving to experience the love of others and of God. Grace to me was this thing that was for everyone else…

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Butterflies and Brokenness

I stayed with her as she went to sleep. She flinched as my hands came towards her to stroke her hair, I prayed for her and slowly she became rested. I had the privilege of being in the darkness with her as she went to sleep and then I left the room. I was aware of my own darkness in the midst of such a tender moment. I was humbled by grace.

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Sand & Ashes

In that moment in the church four and a half years ago something awoke in me as I watched the resurrection plant and started to see that when I first came to the USA I buried part of who I was under the sand because I judged what scared me and relied on self preservation as a justifiable way to keep on fleeing.

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Feast or Fast

Ash Wednesday and Valentines day fall on this same day this year. To be honest I have never shown much interest in either calendar events but more recently I have been so touched by the Church traditions of Advent, Epiphany and Lent inter-mingled with the Biblical feasts that I love, learning to see what they offer us in our life journey.

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Poem - Tears

Maybe they were tears from the tree as she stood there full of memories and seeing her splendour on the ground beneath her seasoned body.

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Tomorrow

I am under no allusion that the world requires my words but I am finding myself challenged by the use of words, in time, to bless and guard the friend, the sister, the brother, the stranger and even myself. So, here we go, after a number of months (eek) I am writing. I am starting from exactly where I am and I feel quite emotional about the depth to which my soul is both drawing near and yearning towards.

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Wholeness

The wrestle with the word wholeness or any word that endeavours to leave you with joy over melancholy is that you just need to enter into the process, one step at a time, to even begin to know what it might actually mean. It is active and outside of yourself yet tenderly sits inside the most secret part of your insides. It is joy in sorrow and hope in lament. It is wholeness because it is the fullness of sacred experience with all its many facets.

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Whole - What will you bring?

Leaving isn’t about leaving everything. There are essentials that only we can discover. That is what I love about this chapter of the book. Steve leads us through a way of seeing what we will need and gives us language and tools to turn from the things that we really won’t need, even if they seem attractive and comfortable.

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Whole - Where are you going?

Questions can be an invitation or can make you feel quite defensive. Most recently my travels have been full of wonder and new beginnings but a new feeling inside of me also started to rise up. Instead of answering the question of where am I going? I started to evaluate and assume that everyone who asked me was just trying to figure out how much I was wasting my life.

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Whole - What are you seeking?

The chapter creativity tells the tale and opens up new angles on what it might mean to find shalom within yourself, and to seek the shalom of your brothers in a broken world. The prominent theme running through this chapter and really the story of Joseph is vulnerability.

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Whole - Am I my brothers keeper?

This chapter in Whole focusses on the story of Cain and Abel and I feel like it has given me access to my story in a new way. It talks of what it means to offer to God and what we choose to offer in the first place. In the midst of moments where we could choose to guard our brothers rather than destroy them we have access to a face to face relationship again with them and God. Here is a bit more of my story!

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