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Reflecting God’s Glory

-Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director I attended a much needed Silent retreat recently.  It was only one day, but the benefits of it lingered for much longer.  As I write I am still wrapped in the hope given to me while on retreat.  I know that the idea of a silent retreat can be overwhelming

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Living for Today

-Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director I had an epiphany last week.  I do not live in the today. Quite a revelation to someone who desires to live daily in the presence of God.  Someone who strives to be present to people, and the situations that come up in each new day. But in reality, I

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What Encouragement Can Do?

-Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Yesterday, I read a blog from a woman who is a teacher to teenagers.  Her purpose in the blog was to help others to see how vital their role can be in helping people (teens in particular) to address the uncertainty within their lives.  I came away from the article

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Hope in the New Year

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Christmas is over.  The New Year is looming. There is a natural tendency for reflection as one year ends and the new year emerges. It seems like we always look back on the past year with a jaundiced eye.  This has an almost universal feel, perhaps, a normal part

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Giving New Life to Christmas

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Christmas – it used to be my favorite season. Having worked in retail many years throughout my life, I developed a jaundiced eye regarding Christmas. The mystery of Christmas was reduced by the everyday handling of all things red and green.  The trinkets identifying the miracle of the season

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Prayer for Prayers Sake

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Several years ago, my husband and I were presented with an opportunity to foster two children which would lead to adoption.  It would be quite a change in our lives as we had been empty nesters for some time, but we felt it was a calling which we could

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What is Old is New Again

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Over the past couple of months, I’ve observed an interesting phenomenon.  I have been in situations recently where I’ve scratched my head in wonder.  Each of these incidents have occurred at different times, but when I heard about them, I was immediately struck at the irony of them. First,

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Managing Thoughts and Emotions

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director It’s been one of those seasons of life.  You know the kind, when reality rears its ugly head and many of our dreams and expectations have been dashed against the rocks of life. I have spent many a day during this season, mourning the choices I’ve made, and wondered

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My Two Cents on Spiritual Formation

– Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director Spiritual Formation has become a buzzword in the Christian Church.  Churches are now sitting up and taking notice, and in some cases, bringing it in as a curriculum to the church.  The idea may seem like a new one, but it is really an ancient concept with deep roots

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Grace Experienced

-by Rebecca Preston Grace:  One of my favorite words.  Grace has such a vast array of meanings to people.  To some grace is involved in the gift of salvation.  To others, it is a way of being, how one moves or interacts with others.  Grace is often viewed as the prayer offered before a meal.

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