Olivia Was A Spiritual Guide

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I am thoroughly convinced that paying attention is the greatest spiritual practice in our lives.

It looks different for all of us, but usually it means putting down the phone, looking at the person next to us, and seeing what happens.

This was the case on a recent flight home. Marissa and I sat next to a young woman named Olivia. And Olivia happened to be a spiritual guide.

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Why Lady Bird Was The Movie We Needed In 2017

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Every year, Marissa and I watch as many movies as we can, especially as we move closer to the Oscar season. Admittedly, I’m not a movie critic or a film aficionado. I just like movies, especially ones that impact my heart and soul.

Lady Bird is a film that I fell in love with instantly. This coming of age story was hauntingly real in its portrayal of the early two thousands and some of my experiences in school and growing up.

It took me not only back in time, but deeper inside time. And that’s a story I won’t soon forget.

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On Travel

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There’s something about travel that calls to us in the deepest part of our being. It’s the mixture of adventure, new discoveries, and rest that happens in our souls.

Of course, time and money and obligations keep all of us from doing it more. I’ve found that when I can travel, though, it unleashes something in me. It reminds me of the gift of life.

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The Presence In The Absence

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Lately, I’ve been acutely aware of both the presence and absence of God. There are days when God feels present in the whole thing, like I couldn’t escape Him if I tried. Other times, however, He seems aloof and nowhere to be found.

It’s like David Crowder once sang, “Sometimes you’re further than the moon; sometimes you’re closer than my skin.” How do we reconcile this feeling of nearness and distance? Partly, I believe, is a recognition that there is a presence even in absence.

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