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Spiritual Formation: Caution and Encouragement

My small group has been focused on the principles and practices of Spiritual Formation. We have read through several books on the subject and I believe everyone has benefited from the experience, each in their own way. Sometimes the concepts are embraced with tears of joy, other times I’ve noticed figurative scratching of the heads

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The Practice of Going to Church

It’s happened again. The recurring theme in my life – the disappointment with the Church. This time the church I was working for decided they did not have the funds to keep my position, and so the position was eliminated. Not that it was unexpected, as the position had always been a bit fuzzy in

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To Lent or not to Lent?

Growing up as I did in the Lutheran Church, Lent was part of my yearly experience. We started the season with a service on Ash Wednesday and proceeded to attend church on Wednesday evenings until Holy Week. Our practice of Lent did not include ashes on the forehead on Ash Wednesday, neither did we focus

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The Choice of Intentional or Forced Resting

Always with the New Year there is a sense of starting over, of new beginnings, hope for the coming year, and examining the past with an eye to the future. I don’t make resolutions any more, and I’ve not really stuck with the “One Word” practice for the year. Still, within me is a desire

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Smell Like Eternity

Recently, I needed a series of bloodwork done. I arrived at the laboratory, hungry, but ready. The lab technician called my name and I followed her into the lab. She directed me to where I could sit, and as she was getting everything prepared, she made small talk, as only one who deals with people

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Advent Made Simple

Every year at the beginning of Advent, I am perplexed. How do I practice Advent? Is there something I can do to make Advent more meaningful? What Is the significance of Advent and how can I put it into an intentional practice? I grew up in a Liturgical church where Advent was an important time

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God’s Calling: His Work, My Work

The most frustrating thing in the Christian life is trying to determine our calling. I’ve often wondered, pleaded, and sought God in agonizing prayer for the kind of assurance that what I am doing is within His will and calling. I cannot be alone in this. How many of us have taken Spiritual Gift tests?

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Navigating Change, Again

-Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director   I am in the midst of change. Again. One of the most consistent things in my life has been change. Moving here, moving there. New churches. New jobs. New people in my life. Constant change. Here’s the latest story: My husband and I decided to sell our house. It’s

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Rest Without Guilt

-Rebecca Preston, MA, Spiritual Director   My husband works from home, but his offices are in San Diego, California.  San Diego happens to be one of his most favorite places in the world.  He goes there several times a year and this last time, he invited me to come along to have a mini-vacation.  His

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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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