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Barefoot & Preaching

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In the metaphor of bare feet, I find my spiritual home. I have been looking at the ordinary, and looking again at the same reality to see the extraordinary The Ordinary, The Great Outdoors, Barefoot, Spiritual, God, Fashion, Dios, Moda, Fashion Styles

Stepping into the world, and God, with bare feet - Leah Perrault

I love the way that God appears in ordinary things, so easily missed and miraculously found in plain sight. Since I first read the story in a children’s picture bible, I have been fascinated by Moses and his burning bush. Watching the sheep, going about his work, Moses sees flames and bushes, just has he has every day before. On this day, this graced day, he sees them together, a bush burning, but not consumed by the flame.

Several years ago I found myself face down on my office floor crying, trapped in a darkness of depression only I could see. Office Floor, Give Thanks, When Us, Giving, Barefoot, Gratitude, Darkness, Thankful, Clouds

On giving thanks: practising gratitude when we are desperate for grace

Several years ago I found myself face down on my office floor crying, trapped in a darkness of depression only I could see.

On a particularly strange day this spring, three separate voices brought me the same message: “God is delighted with you. Did You Know, Knowing You, God, Barefoot, Separate, Flowers, Plants, Dios, Pull Apart

Do you know that God is delighted with you?

On a particularly strange day this spring, three separate voices brought me the same message: “God is delighted with you.”

What if we are made to thirst for a timelessness that cannot be satiated in time? What if this restlessness does not need to be rejected? What if I can love myself and others and be loved even when I have ridiculous expectations that are not being met? Open Hands, Hold On, Country Roads, Barefoot, Naruto Sad

Trusting time: holding on with open hands | Leah Perrault

Somewhere along the road I walked to this moment, I picked up the expectation that my life is supposed to fall into place, that I ought to arrive at some “happily ever after” in which everything I want or hope for is in my possession and stays there...

As a way of embracing the imperfection of gradual growth these days, I am doing the one thing that lies before me, and trying to do it with gentleness. Finding The One, Gentleness, Barefoot, Im Not Perfect, Celebrities, Face, Celebs, I'm Not Perfect, The Face

Finding the 'one thing': on embracing and celebrating growth.

As a way of embracing the imperfection of gradual growth these days, I am doing the one thing that lies before me, and trying to do it with gentleness.

This week a friend reached out to me with an overwhelming situation. Flippantly, I said, “Sounds like you have some letting go to do. Art Of Letting Go, Let God, Sounds Like, Barefoot, Let It Be

"I will let God" - Practising the art of letting go

This week a friend reached out to me with an overwhelming situation. Flippantly, I said, “Sounds like you have some letting go to do.”

Comparison is a fence I lock myself in willingly, rejecting outright the freedom that I was created for and creating a false sense of safety by isolation. Barefoot, Freedom, Fan, Liberty, Political Freedom, Hand Fan, Fans

Fanning the flame of freedom in the face of comparison

Comparison is a fence I lock myself in willingly, rejecting outright the freedom that I was created for and creating a false sense of safety by isolation.

That particular morning was the seed of my Advent call, a call for more peace. No Way, Barefoot, Advent, Peace, River, Outdoor, Outdoors, Outdoor Games, The Great Outdoors

Plowing the way for peace…with mercy | Leah Perrault

That particular morning was the seed of my Advent call, a call for more peace.

Fumbling words for wandering in the darkness… Wander, The Darkest, Sunset, Words, Barefoot, Darkness, Outdoor, Outdoors, Sunsets

Fumbling words for wandering in the darkness… | Leah Perrault

Isaiah’s words have been preached and proclaimed from pews and pulpits ever since they were first put to paper, and the darkness not only precedes the light in the sentence: the darkness is not destroyed by the light either. The darkness is real, and it is overwhelming, and even with the impending birth of a Saviour, I am finding myself wandering in the dark.

Embracing the holy work of [Christmas] Incarnation Holi, Barefoot, Christmas, Xmas, Holi Celebration, Navidad, Noel, Natal, Kerst

Embracing the holy work of [Christmas] Incarnation | Leah Perrault

This work — this daily work of rising and eating, growing and learning, holding hands and hearts. It was Jesus’ work and it is also our work. The work of humanity and God, getting groceries and giving grace. From conception and birth, he lives like us and he shows us how to live.

Hope is an elusive thing. My soul needs it like my body needs water – hour after hour and day after day. Sometimes I forget where hope is. Barefoot, Hold On, Hands, Naruto Sad

Holding onto hope and mittened hands | Leah Perrault

Hope is an elusive thing. My soul needs it like my body needs water – hour after hour and day after day. Sometimes I forget where hope is.

For a long time, just the word gentle made me uncomfortable. Gentle sounded like a noun, whose synonym was doormat. Gentleness, Doormat, Barefoot, Dandelion, Flowers, Plants, Dandelions, Door Mats, Plant

The surprising power of gentleness | Leah Perrault

For a long time, just the word gentle made me uncomfortable.... Gentle sounded like a noun, whose synonym was doormat. Thanks, but no.

There’s a lot of talk about mercy in the church right now, and in all generations, but especially this year, thanks to Pope Francis. Pope Francis, Barefoot, Waves, Outdoor, Outdoors, Ocean Waves, Outdoor Games, The Great Outdoors, Beach Waves

Stepping willingly into the waves of mercy

There’s a lot of talk about mercy in the church right now, and in all generations, but especially this year, thanks to Pope Francis.

I remember being an eager child, dying to practice all the things I was learning, from math to music, skipping to science. Barefoot, Sconces, Wall Lights, Canning, Lighting, Live, Home Decor, Chandeliers, Appliques

Dying to practice: Living when I do not know and cannot see

I remember being an eager child, dying to practice all the things I was learning, from math to music, skipping to science.