Prayer and Rest

So often, summer vacation becomes busier than any other part of the year. We’re trying to fit in trips and visits and host people visiting us. Or there’s the home improvement list and the extensive garden, church picnics, summer sports, etc. This busyness is reason enough to practice prayer that helps us rest. Prayer we do sitting still. Meditation in a quiet place. Centering prayer during an unhurried time of day. I believe that even […]

A Prayerful Environment

It’s summertime, and for many of us, summer means time at a beach somewhere. What a great place to pray! What a perfect place in which to blend our prayer with play. Might we allow ourselves to get lost in the activity of building things with sand? Might we create homey spaces with umbrellas, chairs, mats, and towels? Might we gaze into clouds or across the water and allow that gaze to be a prayer […]

Summer Pilgrimage

We’ve talked about walking prayer. We can take walking prayer further and make a pilgrimage. Actually, summer could be an ideal time for pilgrimage if you tend to take vacation during summer months. Many of us use vacation time to journey to hometowns and visit family. A hometown can be the location for profound pilgrimage. For instance, your parents or aunt may still live in the town where you spent your childhood years. Childhood holds all […]

Five Lessons in Summer Camp Spirituality

Walking past a group of day campers on my way to work, I was inspired to consider some thoughts that I’ve deemed Summer Camp Spirituality. Rule one of most summer camps is to get outside and enjoy nature. Nature is full of spiritual lessons. Arts and crafts invite even the non-artistically inclined to create something to save long after the camp session ends. Art can invite us into a deeper experience of imagination and prayer. […]

Take a Walk and Breathe

I was fortunate to grow up in a family that understood how to dwell in outdoor space. We lived in a small town in the middle of farm country; most people had big yards, many of them filled with flowers, vegetable gardens, trees, swing sets, treehouses, and pets. I can remember sitting in our backyard with my parents, and all we did was watch the various birds that flitted in the trees and visited the […]

Praying When Your Routine Changes

Summer’s here! As a mom, I love summer because of the slower routine in the morning, the lack of homework and projects, and a pause in my kids’ extracurricular activities. With summer, though, comes a change in routine that can often impact my prayer life. While I hate to admit it, the routine change can sometimes cause my prayer life to be rather bumpy until the desolation that crops up serves as a reminder from […]

A Prayer to Begin Summer

In June, July, and August, we’ll be “Praying Through the Summer” here at dotMagis. Each Monday we’ll explore different ways to pray inspired by the season, the warmer temperatures and, perhaps, vacation time. Today we start with a prayer. A Prayer to Begin Summer For more light in the day, we thank you, For gentle mornings, we thank you, For nighttime conversations, we thank you, For friends and family, we thank you, For gardens and […]

Four Ways to Rest This Summer

Summer is here (or almost, depending on your counting). I confess to over-planning at the beginning of summer because the weather’s right and I feel energized by the extra daylight to get a lot done! But let’s consider another worthy goal for these months: rest. Here are four suggestions out of many possibilities. 1. Create a comfortable space, away from television, computer, and other distractions. The best anniversary gift my husband ever bought me was a […]

Seven Kinds of Vacation: Which Suits You Best?

Say “vacation” to seven different people, and you will trigger seven different ideas of what a vacation is. When summer arrives and the kids are out of school—or, when summer arrives and folks in the second half of life feel motivated to emerge from winter cocoons—it would help if, first of all, we define what kind of “vacation” we need, want, or see as possible. Here are a few categories to consider. 1. Sightseeing You […]

Summer R.E.S.T.

We count “sleeps” in our house to mark the time left until an anticipated event occurs. There are officially five “sleeps” left in the Eldredge house until summer vacation, and I am not sure who is more excited this year—the kids or me. While they await the days of swimming, friends, and hours of playtime, I am looking forward to a slower rhythm of life and a looser schedule. Instead of alarm clocks waking us […]

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