As we continue to celebrate Christmastide (and begin 2024), we want to thank everyone who has joined us on this new endeavour. Ordinary Matters is still a young project, we’ve only written a few articles, but we have been so deeply encouraged by you. Thanks for following along and supporting us! We are grateful.
But before we sit down and hit record, we want to hear from you. Is there a topic that tugs at your heart, something you’d love us to delve into? It could be theology or psychology or marriage or kids or church life or anything you desire to share. We will consider your ideas! Please take a moment and share them with us.
P.S. We will give away a free copy of Rhythms for Life to two people who engage in this Thread!
This is a thought that has been germinating recently. It's a crossover from a photography network I'm involved in that focusses on ICM photography. We work with prompts rather than more typical photographic assignments and then see where the prompt leads us - photographically. I can see using a passage of scripture - say a Psalm or (since I'm currently reading Heschel's The Prophets) a passage from The Twelve and then working on building a short series of images that express the passage. No, I'm not suggesting turning this into a yet another photography podcast/blog! Lol. But how about an episode or so on arts expressing the Church and the message in the ordinary?
Not sure if this would be helpful to others, but I've recently done a deep dive on my life experiences - the good bad and ugly, and wrung out the following lessons which I hope to carry with me. Hearing discussion around these topics would be great:
- God often allows me to move first and then he moves in and through the paths I've chosen.
- Pursue that which delights the Lord (avoiding the things that won't) and invite him in to bless you.
- God is with me. Don't let obstacles, real or perceived, get in the way of taking risks and pursuing the Beautiful, Good and True dreams which he places in my mind and heart.
- God will present himself through others. Prioritize connection with family and friends, it's important.
- Never stop exploring who you are, there is much to discover and it'll help you stay grounded in Gods view of you.
- God created beauty in much of his creation; look for it and embrace your passion to create it yourself.
I'd love to see a conversation about how to integrate spiritual direction and therapy, if integration is even wise or possible. Maybe I'm asking about how spiritual direction or companionship stays attuned to the emotions and temperament.