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The Presence Project Podcast

Dec 13, 2019

We’re headed into the holiday season, a season of feasts but also of family stress.

We’re all aware that joy rarely stands alone. We can be all over the  emotional map even on Christmas morning. The older I get, the more I realize we are complex, a daily mixture of pain and joy. The question is, can we invite Jesus...

Nov 14, 2019

Psalm 78 confronts us with how easy it is to speak against God and ask, “Can God set a table in the wilderness?” On the hard days we struggle to remember. It’s human. But, what if we kept a journal, like Ann Voskamp’s 1000 gifts, and on the hard days, we perused the pages and found the goodness of God printed in...

Nov 1, 2019

"Sometimes we get a glimpse of a soul and we want to take off our shoes.


Whether it’s looking into the eyes of the checkout clerk surprised someone truly wants to know how she’s doing or a spiritual directee who lets me see the pain underneath her socially accepted story. Like all of us, she’s become adept at...

Oct 18, 2019

How centering prayer teaches our brains to release compulsive thoughts into the hands of God.

Oct 3, 2019

Hurry clamps down on creativity.

Hurry makes decision-making nearly impossible.

Hurry leaves us weary.

Hurry divides our focus.


And usually, Hurry is driven by anxiety. 

Overwork. Overfunctioning. Overscheduling. They’re rarely if ever driven by joy or trust. And if we follow the train back far enough, we find...