Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Unexpected Blessings of God – Sweet and Juicy Every Time

This morning I am giving thanks for the many blessings of God and for the unexpected ways in which they come to us.  A couple of weeks ago I was moaning because I did not think that any of our beautiful big brandyboy and brandywine tomatoes would get ripe this year.  Summer seemed to be […]

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Why are We Making Soap?

Yesterday I posted that Cindy Todd MSA team member and founder of Snohomish Soap Company will hold a workshop on Spirituality and Soap  at the Mustard Seed House and I know that some of you are asking – Why make soap and what does that have to do with following Jesus or with Mustard Seed […]

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The Spirituality of Soap

The Spirituality of Soap

For months now I have been trying to convince Cindy Todd the founder of Snohomish Soap Company and MSA team member that she needs to hold a workshop on spirituality and soap here at the Mustard Seed House.  And now it is happening.  I am so excited.  I love Cindy’s soap and a great idea for […]

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World Population – 7 Billion and Counting

The world’s population is about to hit 7 billion.  And it seems only yesterday since we hit 6 billion (actually 12 years).  So what does this all mean.  Here is a helpful video to give an over all perspective of the trends. And for those that find 7 minutes a little long to sit and […]

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God’s Managers – Balancing Finances in a Changing World

Life will never be the same.  We are not going back to the economy as it was.  There is a new normal in town and it isn’t just a radio network.  Some are predicting an economy beyond jobs.  Others feel that the vacuum left by the upheavals of the last few years are fertile ground […]

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Is God Really A Generous God?

This morning I was meditating on two gospel passages.  The first is the parable of the landowner who hired workers, some early in the morning, some at lunch time and some late in the afternoon.  (Matthew 20: 1-16)  The second was the gospel reading for the day from the Book of Common Prayer – Matthew […]

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Prayers for the Journey

Here are the prayers that I have posted on facebook this week.  I have also added a couple of prayers that come from the post I wrote yesterday on silence and the wisdom of Benedict ____________________________________________________________________________ God may we worship you today Building community, practicing hospitality, sharing generosity Christ may we seek to know you […]

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Learning from the Silence – Words of Wisdom from St Benedict

Tom & I are just back from one of our quarterly retreats at Annacortes.  These are always good times for us to focus and reset priorities for the next three months.  A time like this always reminds me of St Benedict who uses 2 words for silence: quies and selentium.   Quies is the silence […]

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MSA Happenings – We are Building a Networking Hub

MSA – A Networking Hub A couple of days ago a local pastor told me that he saw MSA as a community hub and matchmaker that networked like minded people and ministries.  This summer has certainly exemplified that.   We have been both encouraged and blessed by the many opportunities to bring like minded people […]

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