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From The Branches Blog

Snowcones, Transition, and Laying Down our Idols

Snowballs-10_(6261306181)There’s just something about transition. The city pool closed this week, and when I promised my son a snowcone after his first day back at preschool, we pulled up to discover that they had shut down for the season, as well. But it’s still hot outside. Some splashing in the water and a cool sweet treat still sound really good. But the transition has begun from summer to fall. It seems to get earlier each year, but that’s a discussion for another day.

Transitions automatically send us into states of evaluation, planning, …

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Discernment: God’s Yearning for Us

Doorway cropDiscernment is a way of sifting priorities and defining a basis for choice.

The questions we ask in the midst of the issues that arise in our lives usually center on us and our particular challenges. Personal spiritual discernment shifts the base of our questions. This way of being seeks to listen to God’s yearning for us first. This particular process of discernment then places our issues into a larger perspective than just our own lives.

Many people ask us, “How do I know what God wants me to do?” and “How …

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Unpacking: Memories as Spiritual Markers

EmiliaCameroonFor the first time in my life the roof over my head is in my name. I am paying taxes and utility bills. I am choosing carpet and other flooring, remodeling a bathroom, dealing with a water heater that blew up (not really, but started spewing live steam and water all over said new floors and had to be replaced).

And I am unpacking…and unpacking…and unpacking…

My husband retired a month ago, so we had to move from our last parsonage into the small home we bought for the next 20 years of …

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Facebook Theology & Kingdom Responsibility

thingshappenforareasonquotesIt seems the whole world is online these days. Well, except for that one, dear woman in my congregation who talks about the internet as if it’s a fad she just has to wait out. But these days, she is the exception.

Most everyone who has access to the World Wide Web, goes there. As well they should! There are so many benefits that the internet affords us and so many positive ways we can use it. I personally benefit from online education, from staying connected with long-distance friends through email and …

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Imprecision, or What We Can Learn from the Solstice

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So, I thought that I would look up the term “solstice” and find some quick and easy way of connecting it to this photo of the Solstice Paddle at Hallet’s Cove this year…. I mean, we do use the term twice every year and we do look forward to it both times – so surely we understand it precisely, right?

Ah, but never is life as precise as we expect it – and what could be more living than the planet we ride upon in our travels around the sun? So, naturally, …

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