Welcome to my blog about living as Apprentices of Jesus. I have spent the last several years of my life reading, thinking, absorbing, practicing, and writing about what it means to be apprenticed to the Master. For me the term “apprentice” is a specific reference to the Apprentice Series, three books by James Bryan Smith about The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, and The Good and Beautiful Community. From those books I have gleaned several statements that have become my creed:
I am one in whom Christ dwells and delights.
I live in the unshakable kingdom of God. No matter what happens to me I am safe. I live under Kingdom Economics. God will provide for and protect me and mine. Therefore I am free to seek his kingdom and invest the resources he gives in his endeavors. If we all share, we all have enough.
The goal of my life is to put on the character of Christ so that people will see Jesus when they interact with me.
Christ-in-me transforms the world.
My personal journey of spiritual formation has been a long and sometimes rocky one. I have been in and out of the organized Church, looking for a body of believers that would acknowledge and preach the radical Jesus I found in the Bible. My formation has been influenced by many people, mostly writers.
I have learned that one of my gifts is to read widely and share with others my own “take” on what I am learning. So in this blog you will find sentences, paragraphs, and thoughts from many others who have helped me in my long and winding spiritual journey. Occasionally I blog about the act of writing. I have formed a writing group for people who understand that writing is a spiritual gift as well as an act of service and another group in my apartment complex. I also love teaching – especially about how the Twelve Steps can be a training for spiritual growth. Check out the category Breathing Under Water and The 12 steps and Spiritual Formation.
I am a widow, a mother of two adult sons both of whom are college professors, a grandmother to four girls and one boy, ages 15 – 20. I live in Holland, Michigan, famous for Tulip Time and piles of snow. I love police procedural novels, memoirs and biographies, plants and flowers, deep conversations, popcorn and ice cream. In 2014 I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood cells which is treatable but incurable. It is now in remission, but I have blood tests every three months.Having cancer as a constant companion adds a new dimension to my journey.
Recently, in a post on the Inward Outward blog, Kayla McClurg described my understanding of of being an apprentice of Jesus.
We must dare to grow up, to stand steady before the powers, to pester and provoke them when necessary, to be a wedge under the foundation. Even though our efforts might be as small as the widow’s [Luke 18:1-8], the wall does shift. Justice depends on our being adult enough to act on our small part.
My “small part” is this blog. I invite you to join me in the adventure of living as apprentices to Jesus every day.
P.S. Check out the page on the menu bar called What’s New for the latest information about my blog and the “Best Of” page for samples of posts throughout the history of of the blog and Book Recommendations for suggestions on really great books.