longing

Is It Supposed To Be This Hard?

Once a month my staff meets on a virtual site for our soul care hour.  We call in from around the world. I like seeing glimpses of each person’s backdrop:  Ruth Ann led us from Japan last month; Lorrie came on line from Berlin; Cristina called from her car, where the internet connection is better than in her apartment.

While our literal backgrounds shift each month, we’ve been sharing a common theme lately: suffering.

Betrayals, [...]

Why Can’t I Hear Angels Sing? The Twelve Labors of Christmas

By Dr. Penny Freeman

  1. List everything you think people in your life want that will bring them ultimate joy.
  2. Try to find these items cheaper (anywhere) by checking all the search engines and local merchants within a five-mile radius.
  3. Stop and drag out all the decorating stuff. Trim the tree to surprise your spouse. Put all the boxes away to keep house tidy.
  4. Maintain a good attitude.
  5. Create a Martha Stewart-type menu to feed eight hungry adults and three [...]

Holidays Make Me Blue for Something…

By Dr. Penny Freeman

I am still full and none of my pants fit. The table was lovely and the food came out perfectly. We drank eggnog, consumed food we only see once a year, and everyone was in a good mood and on time (except for a two-year old who can’t help being two right now).

Leftovers were abundant, and people went home to sleep off the food coma. My weary body crawled towards bed. [...]

How Do We Experience Inner Soul Rest?

Is it possible to live with rhythms of work and rest in today’s society? More importantly, how do we experience inner soul rest? These questions surfaced after my last blog post, “Too Much.”

We’re not the only ones asking these questions. Time’s cover story last week was dedicated to the rising depression and anxiety in teens. The drama in junior and senior high school is magnified to a tipping point as teens struggle to [...]

Too Much….

This summer I began writing on a life-long interest, survival and resiliency, only to discover that my friend Penny Freeman was doing the same. Here are her thoughts:

I am learning about resiliency for my new life stage (sixth decade of life, fourth decade of marriage, having less energy, a weaker body, and grandchildren who expand my heart and my desire to run until I am dead).  Resiliency fascinates me because I am staring down [...]

What is Bothering You Today?

Are you overwhelmed? Anxious? Are there too many pending deadlines weighing on you?

I went on vacation this summer intending to work several hours each afternoon. We arrived at the beach Saturday afternoon. I planned to begin writing on Monday. For years, I’ve been reading and meditating on rhythms of work and rest. Sometimes I even practice what I’m learning. It took me a full day and a half, however, to recognize the humor of [...]

By |September 27th, 2016|Shari Thomas|3 Comments|

Lymphedema as an Open Platform

I received several emails after I posted the blog about struggling with lymphedema. Thank you for sharing so openly, trusting me with your stories and encouraging me in mine.

While I write openly about health issues, areas that I find much harder to navigate are ones that can’t be talked about publicly. Suffering is increased when we are alone, when others don’t understand or belittle our difficulty.

Entangled lawsuits, [...]

What Do You Deeply Long For?

Ruthann Batstone, a counselor who is also on Parakaleo’s staff, asked us this question on our last staff call. We were asked write down our answer and to do the same for the next two questions:

What would happen, how would your life be different, if you got what you longed for? What would happen if you didn’t get what you long for?

We then shared how this simple experience of longing impacted us.

Some of [...]

By |December 24th, 2014|Shari Thomas|3 Comments|

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

That’s how the song goes and perhaps it is even what we expect in December.   But what really goes on in your heart as the month speeds quickly past?  In spite of its star-billed cast, December’s performance can be highly over-rated and for those in ministry, a month of living close to exhaustion! It’s almost 2014!  That makes it a good time to see where our hearts are headed.

A few weeks ago our advent [...]

By |December 25th, 2013|Guest|2 Comments|