Sustenance for The Spirit

There was a book I used to own called Messies Manual by Sandra Felton. I’ve lost track of it during the years, can’t remember who I loaned it to, etc., because it was a favorite to recommend to others who were not naturally born to keep a clean house. For some of us, we have to intentionally plan, and carry-out said plan, doing a lot of self-motivating, rewarding and goal setting along the way, to achieve a consistently clean home environment. I don’t like to live in a messy house, but like I said, the cleaning…


Sustenance for the Spirit

As was discussed in Part I of this two-part series on sleep, we often keep ourselves awake with disturbances like worry, concern, conflict and stress. We’ve been encouraged to read the scriptures that tell us to give these forms of mental anguish to God, who is the giver of peace and in turn, rest. There is truth to all of the above, but let’s not end there.

A counter-point should be considered. There just might be a good reason for our “disturbed” sleep. We see in scripture that to grow, we must go through periods of…


Sustenance for The Spirit

Getting a really good night’s sleep, one from which you awaken feeling fully rested, seems to be a universal challenge. I recently listened to a portion of a book written on the subject of sleep, and the author relates at the beginning that the information so carefully written and expressed culminates twenty-five years of research. There are many books written and a great deal of research on this subject. Sleep has been discovered to encourage healing, memory, the immune system and a myriad of other health and body issues. It is something we long for, and…


Sustenance for The Spirit

Ever have that moment when you thought you were alone…in your kitchen…about to sip a fresh cup of coffee, and you hear it…the buzz. Then you see the culprit. A fly has dared to invade your home. Your hunter instincts kick in, searching for your best weapon, be it the traditional fly swatter or a handier substitute (like a cookbook or wooden spoon, which I wouldn’t recommend due to possible residual damage). You stop and listen again. You look for sticky spots on your countertop as they’re always a likely lure for any respectable fly. This…


Sustenance for The Spirit

Although we say that “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder,” I’m not sure we really believe it to be true. This is where we sometimes lie a bit. We want to believe that everything can have some measure of beauty, but I’m not sure it can be so. Kindness kicks in, thankfully, and we don’t have to succumb to brutal honesty, but denial isn’t always the best policy either. If I’m referring to my friend’s new haircut, kindness is always best. But, if we’re referring to pieces in life that we would rather ignore…


Sustenance for The Spirit

When we read the fourth Commandment in Exodus 20:8, we typically skip quickly through it, mainly because we don’t revere the Sabbath Day like the Jews were instructed to do. We meet on Sunday, their Sabbath was traditionally on Saturday, and they instituted some pretty strict rules about what they could and could not do on the Sabbath; some imposed by God, and some evolved from human control-ism we call legalism. As protestant Christians, we consider Sunday a day to re-focus and worship God, taking some time to rest and prepare spiritually for the week ahead…


Sustenance for The Spirit

I distinctly remember that feeling of relief after turning in my final research paper. It was pure euphoria. Then a very short time later, I found myself facing my college advisor, listening to words I did not want to hear. He explained that from what he was looking at (grades and such) I should minor in English. Seriously? I would have said it out loud in that moment had my mother and father not taught me so well to keep such comments to myself. I reluctantly agreed and said hello to more research papers. It’s funny…


Sustenance for The Spirit

I enjoy a good mystery. I read them, I watch them and I often dissect them. In good crime drama, you can be sure that at some point the “motive” will become an issue. As the detectives gather forensic evidence and begin to make a case for this suspect, or that one, if there is no motive, it’s back to the drawing board. I’m learning to assess motives as I read a mystery, and see if I can put facts together to name the killer before it’s revealed at the suspenseful climax, when all becomes known.


Sustenance for The Spirit

Since I’m old, I remember a time prior to many of the technological advances we depend on each day. This often spurs conversations among my similar-age peers whereby reflections are discussed, replaying images of lives lived with limited knowledge and sparse accessibility. The world was smaller and in our memories, slower and simpler.

Today’s world is fraught with the capability to make connections previously thought impossible and a sense that anything can be discovered if we just know the right search words. I believe this has built within us a belief in perfection, or at least…


Sustenance for The Spirit

Small town living has advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes the disadvantages become advantages, and vice versa. I enjoy living in a small town, even if there is no hope of a large shopping center or a variety of grocery stores. Something I have often heard mentioned more in a negative light is that in a small town, everyone knows everyone else’s business. And while that is often the source of contention, it can also be a good thing. This small town phenomena could be translated into a form of accountability, which is something we all need…

Xan Holub

A skeptical baby boomer, a Christian woman with a desire to share honest messages from a heart shaped in a life of stability, yet facing a world on the edge.

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