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.

A Call to Prayer and Action: Nonviolence and the Power of God

Posted by on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog | 4 comments

A Call to Prayer and Action: Nonviolence and the Power of God

I was 11 years old when I realized not everyone thought everyone else was just as human as “we” are. That was the year I began volunteering with my then best friend and her mother at summer school for children of transient fieldworkers.  The children were so cute!  From the youngest 3-year-old to the sixth graders, these children just sought a safe place to be and a place to increase educational and language skills while their older siblings and parents worked in the fields.  Just like every other child they craved attention and hugs, enjoyed words of affirmation and liked to celebrate how important their life was to God and others.

Spiritual formation is a leveling discipline across racial, socio-economic, religious and gender divides. Spiritual formation assists (more…)

A Parable in the Potter’s House

Posted by on Aug 10, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

A Parable in the Potter’s House

It was a rainy day.  We walked quickly through the first few drops which threatened to soak us.  Our destination was just a head, if only I could remember the directions.  And then we turned the corner and there it was. The Potter’s House.

I have been to St. John’s Abbey three times. And each time I am there, my heart yearns to go to the Potter’s House.  And this year my visit to the Potter’s House was the greatest gift of all.  My friend and I slipped in, and there we encountered (more…)

Holy Leisure, How will you play with God this Week?[i]

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Holy Leisure, How will you play with God this Week?[i]

It was one of my greatest joy!  I wore my little red jacket.  My mom pulled my long hair into a ponytail, and as a small child I soared to the sky as I swung.  Back and forth I went as my little legs pumped, higher and higher I rose to the sky.  It felt like true freedom, soaring like a bird. Delight filled my soul. In retrospect I know my soul danced with God in holy leisure.  Joy was bursting from within me, I knew nothing but the enormity of God’s spaciousness as thanksgiving and gratitude sprang from my heart.

Why does religion, loving God and (more…)

The Divine Dance Through Creativity

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

The Divine Dance Through Creativity

Are you a creative person?  Many of us will first react no, not me!  Somehow it has been deemed that only the “professional” artists can truly be creative people. The remainder of folks strive to live from neck up.  Meaning that only the intellect, reasoning and logical abilities get energy and nurturing while creativity falls to the side and playfulness is left behind in the childhood years.

Yet I am awe inspired by God’s choice to incarnate humanity and be born in the body through (more…)

How will you Shower the People you Love this day?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

How will you Shower the People you Love this day?

One of my favorite songs from when I was younger, in fact I still like it! Is by the artist James Taylor.  The song is Shower the People You Love with Love. The refrain states: Shower the people you love with love, show them the way that you feel. (full song found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfWQS5fWxxU )

My question this day is how does that work for you?  Do you shower the people you love with love? My wonder is, why is it that so often the folks we love (more…)

Into the Chaos …. Living Possibility … How will you Respond?

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

Into the Chaos …. Living Possibility … How will you Respond?

Instinctive human response to chaos, confusion, and terror are to power up and fight or to shy away from the distress and hide in fear. I believe those who call themselves Christ followers are called to discover the third way in the midst of chaos.

Recall with me the response of Jesus in one of his most stressful times of life.  As they came to arrest Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus instructed the quick flight response of Peter to put away his sword and Jesus healed the ear of the solider that had been cut off. (John 18:9-11).

I was speaking with a friend of mine who lived in the Netherlands for several years. She recounted a story for me. Do you remember (more…)

Spiritual Footprints and Invitation of Examen

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Spiritual Footprints and Invitation of Examen

When do we begin encouraging folks to be their most authentic God-self?  I was with my grandson the other day.  He is in the process of learning to walk.  An interesting observation: If I held his hands he stood up straighter and carried his weight.  If I was behind him, he attempted to walk but leaned more on me than standing on his own.  Each little step that he took provided an opportunity for new learning, strengthening of his inner core and gaining new balance for life.

It is so very important to strengthen our (more…)

Opening Space for God

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Opening Space for God

Day after day it seems life is filled with chaos and uncertainty.  From the nightly news to personal life, folks are wandering aimlessly as the yearning for more than they currently experience in life is threatened to be extinguished from their eyes. Hope eludes the masses of refugees, homeless, folks living behind the mask of “normalcy” while withering into despair in the privacy of their lives.  Children and teens wander the streets of the world hungry and homeless. Lethal use of Opioids is extinguishing life at a rate that exceeds other causes of death.  Bullies power up and provide a show of force intimidating others into thinking that they alone have power and others are left to feel vulnerable at the hands of tyranny.  And many, all too many folks wonder if their existence has meaning. Is there (more…)

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…)