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.

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…)

Stop, Look, Listen and Live in Unity

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Stop, Look, Listen and Live in Unity

Stop! Look! Listen! That is what they teach us when we are in kindergarten.  Stop at railroad crossings, street intersections and times when life is overwhelming.  Look both ways, first to the left then to the right and back to left for oncoming traffic, look for the dangers, the pitfalls, the temptations of this life which threaten to (more…)

Heart Hospitality: An Invitation to Prayerful Conversation

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Heart Hospitality: An Invitation to Prayerful Conversation

I am a ballroom dancer!  The conversation between partners, the Lead and the Follow is one of wordless articulation.  The Lead initiates the story: go here, turn there, twinkle left, spin right then pause … and go, while the Follow listens intently with the entire body for nuances of inward expression to match the Lead’s steps. The dance of dialogue through storytelling and holy listening is breathtaking to behold.

As the Lead weaves the story through movement, soul-deep listening attunes (more…)

A New Day, New Prophetic Action

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

A New Day, New Prophetic Action

It was a new day! At first, Martin Luther didn’t even realize just how new the day was going to be.

I was totally intrigued as I watched a PBS special on Martin Luther.  As you may remember Martin Luther was the voice which energized the Protestant Reformation.  The day he nailed the 95 thesis to the church door, was a serendipitous time of the newly invented printing press.  Those in the printing business were looking for something to reprint that would generate controversial interest in the printed word to quickly (more…)

All Shall be Well

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Blog | 6 comments

All Shall be Well

It was a particularly difficult day.  Weariness set in.  The mind was on overload.  The storm clouds over head reflected the mood of the day.  Gray.  There seemed to be no good solution. What was God going to do? How could circumstances turn around?  The slippery slope into the abyss loomed before the day.  Than as if out of nowhere it appeared. (more…)

Do Not Fear, Divine Doodling is Here!

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Blog | 3 comments

Do Not Fear, Divine Doodling is Here!

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
    and the flame shall not consume you.
For I am the Lord your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.  Isaiah 43:1b-3b

Why? How can God make such a promise?  During our times of deepest grief and loss it seems as if these words (more…)

Get Ready, Be Steady, Go to Prayer

Posted by on Aug 24, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

Get Ready, Be Steady, Go to Prayer

The alarm went off and jogged my senses.  I was buried deep in thought as I worked on my upcoming class.  Why would an alarm be going off at 7:00 pm? I didn’t schedule one of my clients at that time, did I? As I picked up my phone to turn off the alarm, I read the topic of the alarm.  Oh, my stars! I had better hurry and get myself outside.  After all I was the one who called us to step outside on Sunday evenings for the next several weeks to pray invoking the Holy Spirit, the presence and power of God to anoint our nations.

After coming in from prayer, my heart kept wondering: “How (more…)

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…)