Brenda’s Blog

Welcome to Living Streams Flowing Water.  I am delighted you are here!

Living Streams Flowing Water is a ministry to quench the thirsting of the soul and empower authentic life and leadership. My great joy is to open space within the human heart for the life-shaping, energy-empowering presence of the Holy Spirit. Living Streams Flowing Water provides many opportunities for spiritually forming ministries. Check out our upcoming classes, retreats, spiritual direction and life coaching opportunities. And be sure to sign up for “A Weekly Drink to Quench the Thirsting Soul.” These brief daily devotions will inspire contemplation and rumination gifting the reader with tidbits of wisdom.

Join in The Movement of New Prayer Disciplines

Posted by on Dec 14, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Join in The Movement of New Prayer Disciplines

My favorite cookie is sugar cookies.  Each one is cut from the same mold.  The shape can be angels, snowman, Christmas trees, stars, sheep, or a whole host of images.  The choice of the image is the baker’s, but the stamp of image always looks the same.  Then once baked, the creative fun begins.  As the colored frosting brings the images to life, each unique design is enlivened with beauty. With my very limited frosting and decorating ability, not one cookie looks exactly the same.

For me baking cookies is one vital step in preparing for Christmas.  The joy and love that goes into preparation, anticipation and creating from scratch reminds me of the process of God -forming, (more…)

God is Faithful!

Posted by on Nov 30, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

God is Faithful!

My favorite season is upon us!  Every since I was a little child and my mother first led us in “at home” advent-wreath-lighting worship, I have loved advent.  The glow of the candles around the advent wreath.  The wonderful stories. The songs which stick in the mind but even more intensely, songs which remain in the heart.  For me all these things create an intentional season of watching and waiting with great hope in what God will be and do through our lives.  How (more…)

Giving Thanks: Humbled by God’s Word

Posted by on Nov 23, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

Giving Thanks: Humbled by God’s Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

My mind and heart are blown away! The creative Word of God which spoke all of creation into being (Genesis 1 and 2), is the same creative, energizing powerful Word of God which became Incarnate in the man Jesus. This life-giving, life-shaping formational Word of God was then crucified upon the cross and raised from the dead. Then just as God would have it, this powerful, compassionate, strong Word of God walked again upon the earth as the resurrected Jesus appeared to his disciples.

One of the most powerful resurrection accounts for me comes from (more…)

A Matter of Perspective: How Could you Expierence a God’s Eye View?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

A Matter of Perspective: How Could you Expierence a God’s Eye View?

As I gazed out the window a wide expanse of white sea stretched out before my eyes. The brilliance of light glistened as the sun shone illumining the 3-D configurations. From 36,000 feet above the earth with a planeside view of the clouds the perspective was endless beauty. And then it shifted.  As the plane landed in the midst of thick dense fog, the engulfment of the clouds left a dismissal feel to the dreary day.  The clouds remained the same, but my perspective (more…)

An Invitation to Intentional Community

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

An Invitation to Intentional Community

Oh, the wonderful joy, that feeling of truly being loved and knowing that one is embraced in the heart by others. The great delight of claiming relationship in belonging to community.  There is a sense of identity and grounding of life that comes from living deep rootedness within communal heritage.  This depth of community influences one’s choices, mannerisms, attitudes, and our entire foundational character. It is in community that the inner core of our being is formed.

The communal sense of belonging is so central within people tethered with (more…)

The Miracles of God

Posted by on Nov 2, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Miracles of God

Do you believe in miracles?  How do you define a miracle from God?  Have you experienced a miracle?  If so did it transform the entirety of your life or was it on a smaller scale? Since I have been working Living Streams Flowing Water, I experience miracle upon miracle.  God is so very gracious in providing for me.  From personal needs to expansion and expression of ministry, God leads the way.  I am humbled by such amazing love, energy, and creativity lavished upon the ministry and me; that we may be one tiny part of “Thy Kingdom come on earth.”

The wonder that noodles at me this day (more…)

The Unfolding Story

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

The Unfolding Story

It is a cliff hanger!  The book I have just read didn’t end.  The author entices the reader to read the next book.  I took the bait and rushed to the library.  As I gazed upon the other books in the series I could not tell which one is to be the next book.   So many choices. How is one to know which way to go, which book to read next.

Each of our lives is filled with choice.  As the chapters of our lives unfold (more…)

Turning Prayer into Action

Posted by on Oct 20, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Turning Prayer into Action

It must end!  And yet it has been around since the time of Cain and Able.  Violence is inflicted upon individuals.  Threats restrict freedom of speech. Those suffering at the hands of dominance often blame themselves, turn away in silence trying to stave off even greater offensives or perhaps expend much energy seeking to truly live God’s words “You are my beloved.” Others who have suffered at the hand of violence and injustice rise up, (more…)

From Fragmentation to Community

Posted by on Oct 11, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

From Fragmentation to Community

It happens in interpersonal family relationships, with groups of people, and on a nation level; we have become a generation of fragmented people.  Relationships are easily strained as folks slip into our own individualist ways of living.  Parents and children drift away from community as they live separate lives in differing geographic locations. Groups of people, even when they find commonality with others through identify by race, language, religious affiliation or political ideology hang together and yet are separate from those not homogeneous to their preferred group. Deep divides from years of (more…)

For God So Loved the Kosmos

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

For God So Loved the Kosmos

My mind goes in so many directions this week.  When the mind jumps from thought to thought, and emotions fill with compassion, sorrow, sadness then for sure it is time to heed the call to prayer.  So together we prayer.

Most Holy God, so many, so many events swirl, violence rages, death tolls; haunting humanity, terror strikes. Lives are (more…)