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.

The Transforming Power of God’s Grace

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Blog | 7 comments

The Transforming Power of God’s Grace

I was driving along I-70 recently, relatively early in the morning – and that was the day the weather shifted.  In a heartbeat the beautiful sunny day which was stretched out before me transformed into a magnificent rainbow.  Its bans of color were wide accentuating each color.  As I gazed at that rainbow my soul was reminded of the first appearance of the rainbow when God set the rainbow in the sky as a sign of God’s abiding covenant of love and care for God’s people and all of creation.

I was mesmerized (more…)

How do I love you? Let me Count the Ways

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

How do I love you? Let me Count the Ways

As each petal is plucked from the stem, the young girl recites the rhythm. “He loves me!”  “He loves me not” “He loves me!”  “He loves me not.”  “He loves me!”

Hoping beyond all hope the young girl seeks to be loved.  Even if she goes unnoticed by the one in her thoughts who may not even know her name, the young girl’s hope is not dissuaded.

There is joy and laughter as the little rhythm, “He loves me, He loves me not.” is chanted with each dropping petal.

All too often the serious business of Life weighs adults down.  We are burdened with decisions. We let our attachments to people, places and things pierce our heart (more…)

The Dance of The Holy Spirit

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

The Dance of The Holy Spirit

“When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.” Acts 2:1-4

The Dance of The Holy Spirit

Can you image the party?  Not just celebrating a graduation or a birthday, not just honoring an accomplishment achieved by human talent; but having a group of folks transformed from the inside of their beings by the Holy presence and energy of God.  The unleashing of the Holy Spirit, filled each heart and joy overflowed with such great enthusiasm that the folks couldn’t help but speak of the miracle and mystery of God’s life-giving empowerment.

To be “filled with the Holy Spirit” involved full body, mind, and emotional participation.  I can image the folks (more…)

Power of Pilgrimage

Posted by on May 25, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Power of Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is much more than a good vacation.  Vacations are wonderful “down times” without the “have to dos” and the busyness of daily routine schedules.  Vacations provide opportunity to restore the mind, body and spirit.  And often bring much needed family and friends time for joy and interaction.

Pilgrimage is an intentional journey with a goal of (more…)

Widening the Welcome

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Widening the Welcome

We live in a uniquely opportune time for extending hospitality and peacemaking in our personal relationships, communities, nation and global village.  It seems to me that there are unprecedented random and calculated acts of violence. Harm inflicted because of inability or lack of desire to control anger, mental health concerns, and an escalation of abuse of drug in proportion to a restlessness deep within abound.  Whether this interior yearning is from feelings of lostness and loneliness, the desire to find community or financial angst, uncertainty of national and global leadership, breakdown of respect for the other, religious extremism or just the assertion that “might is right”; it seems that every evening on the nightly news there are highlights of dishonesty and violence often leading to the harm and even death of another.

The questions which haunt my heart are how do we intentionally choose (more…)

Wrestling with God

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Wrestling with God

Do you ever have sleepless nights?  These may be times when your body aches to sleep and yet your mind races; thinking of one thing after another. Are those nights of anxiety, nights of planning for the next day, or possibly are they times of wrestling with God?

I used to wrestle with God.  Even when I heard clearly the invitation of God for my life-mission and work, I wrestled.  I could think of all the seemingly exceptional valid reasons why not to follow.  The longer I resisted, (more…)

Beyond the Surface

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in Blog, Uncategorized | 6 comments

Beyond the Surface

Have you ever noticed how there is power in words?  Relationships and attitudes are made and broken by the power of words. For example when one tells you that he or she loves you, this is not just information to be received.  Being told that one is loved by a beloved friend or family person conveys much more than the surface level hearing of the words “I love you.”

There is power and presence conveyed in the words “I love you.” When these words are spoken, (more…)

A New Creation of Resurrection Possiblity

Posted by on Apr 27, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

So Many losses!  Sometimes it seems as if human life is filled with one loss after another.  Loss of family security when a young child goes off to school for the first time.  Loss of friends, loss of job, loss of dreams as life twists and turns and we find ourselves living circumstances we never expected to live.

When loss effects our life we often are tempted (more…)

Resurrection Blessings

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

Resurrection Blessings

It has been nearly 20 years and I still can recite the rough prayer of blessing I wrote that day.  “My Blue Pen” was the name of the prayer.  I wrote it for a Celtic Spirituality workshop.   That day my heart was smitten with the earthy spirituality of the Celts.

Here is what author and renowned scholar of prayer, Richard Foster writes about Celtic spirituality.

As we researched and studied these saints [Celtic Saints Brigid, Patrick and many others] (and the Desert Fathers, who were their spiritual predecessors) we found that many of the lessons they [The Celtcs] taught gave us hope and coherence on our own journey: that people matter more than theings, and relstionship more than reputation; that prayer and action, contemplation and involvement, all belong together.  Whilst resisting the temptation to hark back to some mythical ‘golden age’ (which probably never existed)…[1] (more…)

Entering Into Jesus’ Passion – A Maundy Thrusday Prayer Experience

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Entering Into Jesus’ Passion – A Maundy Thrusday Prayer Experience

Today’s blog post is a bit different than usual.  To prepare for the prayer experience that follows you may want to first read through this blog.  Then set aside at least thrity minutes today for prayer. You will pray with Jesus story from the Last Supper and the garden betrayal as well as look to your own life experience and discern how Jesus’ story inspires new insight for your living.  When you are ready, so we begin.

Stories are amazing.  Each one of us has a story.  The facts and activities of our lives are all different. Yet there are themes that run through each story of each life that is similar such as happiness, joy, delight, surprise, illness, sorrow, suffering, pain, sadness.  Today I invite you to enter (more…)