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How Does A Beehive Reveal the Kingdom of God?

I asked my sweet friend, the Rev. H. Elizabeth Back, an Episcopal priest and beekeeper to share what she’s discovered God through her beehive. I hope her words will be as much of a blessing to you as they are me:

Jesus first made himself known to me when I was four years old looking at a blooming spring bouquet.

As the bees foraged, I heard God say the words, “This will be your life.”

You’ve heard of the burning bush. God spoke to me from a buzzing bush.

In that moment I understood God was calling me to be a priest in the Episcopal Church.

Forty years later I would accept another call: to become a beekeeper. After careful research and preparation of a hive I purchased a three-pound box crammed with 10,000 honeybees, a tin can filled with sugar water, and one virgin queen in her cage. Continue Reading...

When Singing “Let It Go” Is Far Easier Than Doing It

Some days I feel like I live Frozen.

Frozen in time.

Frozen in relationships.

Frozen in boiling emotions.

Frozen in confusion.

Frozen in between the spiritual place I reside and the latitude and longitude I long to be.

Maybe you know about the winter less-than-wonderland of the soul. Continue Reading...

What to Do When You’ve Done the Unspeakable

I was furious with Leif last week. Continue Reading...

3 Ways to Celebrate Yom Kippur as a Christ Follower

Just as Christmas and Easter are the most popular Christian holidays, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Each year, Israeli airports, buses, television, and radios are shut down in honor of Yom Kippur as people all over the world celebrate the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people.

Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur mark the High Holy Days or Days of Awe:

10 days where Jews forgive others, give to those in need, and confess sins in order to secure their names in the Book of Life for another year.

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5 New Year’s Resolutions Worth Making (and Keeping)

I don’t know about you, but I don’t always do the best with New Year’s Resolutions. I go strong… for about two weeks. By the time February rolls around, the goals I made in January are far gone from my mind.

Instead of making a resolution you won’t keep in 2014, resolve to lay hold of joy every day.

Resolve that every day will be marked with laughter and happiness and levity and winsomeness and mirth and gladness and gratefulness. No matter what adversity you are facing, will you choose to lay hold of joy each day?

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