The Art of Spiritual Conversation: “What brought you joy?”

“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”  (I Thessalonians 5:16-18) My friend Bill shared this story with me.  He was on the phone with a friend that he hadn’t seen in some time. They were (of course) talking about the pandemic and … Continue reading The Art of Spiritual Conversation: “What brought you joy?”

Fight Catastrophe Thinking With The Discipline of Praying the Psalms

Perhaps you’ve wrestled with the beast of Catastrophe Thinking. It seizes on you in vulnerable moments and taunts you with possibilities of the worst case scenario. A vaguely worded text like “Can we talk later?” becomes a nightmare house filled with the phantoms of possible conflicts, arguments, and disasters. A fledgling idea is murdered before … Continue reading Fight Catastrophe Thinking With The Discipline of Praying the Psalms

The Art of Spiritual Conversation: Active Listening

“To answer before listening - that is folly and shame.”  Proverbs 18:13 “Fools find no pleasure in understanding, but delight in airing their own opinions.”  Proverbs 18:2 In last week’s post, we talked about asking good questions. The other side of asking good questions is active listening. Active listening is a very important skill for … Continue reading The Art of Spiritual Conversation: Active Listening