About This Space

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Reflections from My Lanai

The words of Isaiah about “speaking to the weary a word that will rouse them” (50:4) resonate with me and have for several years. I wanted to write a book that would incorporate Scripture readings, reflections, photographs, music, and quotations. At first, I concentrated on Advent and Lent, but each time I got serious about writing this book, I would discover that so many publications – more prayerful and inspiring – already existed.

At the church where I lead the adult education ministry, we initiated a monthly program called “Telling Our Stories: Creating a Spiritual Legacy.” Facilitating this group encouraged me to begin to write more personally, without relying solely on the words of published authors. Most of the stories I shared came from the journals I have been writing for more than 15 years. I facilitate a second program, called “Photography as a Spiritual Practice,” in which we focus on seeing and receiving images more than on technical camera knowledge.

When I am not traveling, I begin most mornings taking in the sunrise from my east-facing lanai. This is my time and place for prayer, reflection, and writing in my journal. I intend Reflections from My Lanai to be a space for words from my journal and images from my travels that I want to share with you.

I will try to commit to weekly posts, possibly more often at the beginning.

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14 thoughts on “About This Space

  1. Doris,

    I found the first one to be beautifully peaceful in image and soul-smiling in words – my soul looks forward to more posts! (Also tempted me to make travel plans to come sit on your lanai with you – lovely!)
    Diane

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  2. Doris, your pilgrimage books and retreat echoed deep within my heart. I, too, love the pilgrimage theme. Thanks,

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  3. Hi Doris, First thing I want to comment on is the view from your Lanai. What a beautiful and serene place. I can see why you chose this place to pray and get your inspiration. I love the idea of your book that might now be on the back burner. I have not read a lot of “spiritual books that have contained all the above you have mentioned. Your Photography along with music,quotes,reflection, etc. would make a wonderful book. I especially think the photographs that you have taken all over the world along with a reflection would be soothing reading. Jane F.

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    1. Jane, thank you for your comments and your encouragement. When I said the book was on the back burner, I meant it was “off the stove.” Your kind words are encouraging me to give the idea of a book of reflections a second thought.

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  4. DORIS, I WANT YOU TO BE AWARE, THAT I AM FAMILIARIZING, MYSELF WITH YOUR BLOGGING, AND I LIKE WHAT I SEE. KEEP IT UP AND I SEE THIS GROWING, A LOT OF PEOPLE NEED TO READ AND HEAR THESE BLOGS. I’LL BE READING

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