Holy Spirit

“How do you speak about the Holy Spirit in such a way that it is clear and has something to do with my concrete life experience?” -The Genesee Diary, Henry J.M. Nouwen It’s six O’cock and it’s still dark. It would have been five in the morning just a couple of weeks ago before the…

Every day is a new day

Every morning, new flowers pop up everywhere. Hello, they whisper, like new friends arriving at my open door. I greet with my wide open heart, embracing each of them just the way they are. They come in many colors and shapes with many different names. I don’t even know most of their names, but I…

Daffodils

  *** *** Today, I bought a small pot of daffodils. I picked one with two flower bulbs just shy of peek. I could tell they were eager to bloom but were holding it off just in case something wonderful happened to them. I brought my new plant into my warm living room. It’s 35…

How to Live the Best Day of Your Life

  When you are in a meaningful and significant relationship such as marriage, it is most likely that you spend A LOT of your time with that person. Not only the quantity of time in each other’s presence increases significantly- and hopefully in a meaningful manner- but also you reveal so much of yourself on…

The Yes to Life

  Starting a new day with a yes to our inner experiences takes a lot of courage. Tara Brach, a clinical psychologist, lecturer, teacher of Buddhist mindfulness meditation, and author, explains in her book “Radical Acceptance” many ways of sending the message of yes to our inner life. She says a message of acceptance is…

If You Can Dream It

After a failed job interview, I sit here wondering and asking: Am I cut out for a traditional employment type? Making data entries that have no personal meaning for 8 hours a day or working within the boundaries of certain systems created with high rate of production in mind? Is that really what I want?…

The Prayer of Jabez

This is a quick post to remind my readers that this blog is still an active presence. I am waiting for God to allow me to write here at Lilyboat again. I have been quite busy for the good reasons- mainly for my graduate school and child-rearing tasks. I often come here on the sleepless nights…

The Jump Start

* * * When you feel like losing your grip, that is the best time to pray. Clasp your hands and hold on tight. Kneel on your humble knees, turn off the light and look inward. Hear your heart crying out… HELP!!!! And start to engage in the conversation between the heart of your soul…

His Mission

Alarm rings at four. My biorhythm has changed, and this winter, I find it very hard to wake up early. Aggravation and irritation take over my mind in an instance. ‘I’d rather join a military… I’m going to die of waking up early one of these days…’ I murmur in frustration, still half asleep. I feel…

How Wonderful

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank On writing about equality and fairness of the quality of the human life in her essay “Give!”, Anne Frank had this inspiring message to give to the world. She found hope in that everyone, great and small,…