mindfulness, weekend retreat, Bon Secours
Jun 4, 2021

We spend a lot of our lives busily going from one task to the next. We often miss the present moment. The present moment is where we meet God. The present moment is also where we find the space to respond in healthier ways to our experiences instead of reacting automatically. Mindfulness is paying attention to what is happening in the present moment, non-judgmentally, and with compassion. Paying attention to our experiences gives us valuable information ... Continue reading...

weekend grief retreat
Apr 23, 2021

Grief Retreat: Come Away Awhile ~ Allow ourselves time to more deeply experience the transforming, healing power of our God’s Grace. Through stories, writings of wisdom teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, and Rumi, through the poetry of Mary Oliver, Denise Levertov, Wendell Berry, and through delving deeper into our own stories of losing and(hopefully) finding, we will attempt to hold the whole of life with its joys and sufferings and feel healing, awe and gratitude. Quotes and ... Continue reading...

Aug 30, 2020

Before each of our staff meetings at the Retreat & Conference Center, we begin with a prayerful reflection. It isn't uncommon for that reflection to be read from one of Sarah Young's popular "Jesus Calling" books. These daily devotionals select a passage from Scripture and then share the author's wisdom on how Jesus is speaking to us, making it personalized. As we worship and rest today, we hope that you will also be comforted by ... Continue reading...

Breath prayer
Jul 16, 2020

Susan Boruff writes today's reflection and Kathy Anderson follows with a meditation video. Susan and Kathy frequently present retreats at our Center and we look forward to welcoming them back sometime soon. Let's take a few moments to quietly reflect on their thoughts. Let Us Breathe, Let Us Pray By: Susan Boruff And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 My nurse daughter Katherine, who lives in Washington DC, has been working ... Continue reading...

patience, pray for patience
Jul 11, 2020

Have you lost patience with the pandemic? Fatigued with the restrictions our daily life carries right now? Everyone is craving some sense of normalcy after months of living in a world with conditions like no other. Take a few quiet moments today. Write down your worries. Write down the things that make you feel frustrated and impatient. Then, breathe and pray with us. Let go and let God give you strength. Prayers for Patience: Give Me ... Continue reading...

hope
Jul 7, 2020

Kathy Anderson has presented many retreats at our Center, along with Susan Boruff. Their ministry, Take Twelve Today, emphasizes the importance of practicing breathing meditations daily. Kathy invites you to find a quiet place where you can sit and focus on this video meditation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnaKP6fRnHc&feature=youtu.be To learn more about their ministry, please click here. Continue reading...

finding God in the mess
Jun 30, 2020

Today's post is a relaxing music video that showcases beautiful images of God's creation. You'll notice that the images repeat after the first sequence. What can you notice within the same image when viewing it a second or third time? Taking a few moments to relax and connect with nature, even via technology, can provide a calming effect that lasts throughout our day. Be still. “Who covers the heaven with clouds, who prepares rain for the ... Continue reading...