Category: Spiritual Formation

by Kim Post Watson Sing to the shadows, sing and do not fear But sing them into love little by little. Begin the song exactly where you are. And so I start again here in the middle. – Malcolm Guite, The Singing Bowl  Some people can remember the exact moment they entered what the mystics […]

A recent study found that there has been an alarming spike in suicides among midlife women. I am neither scientist nor statistician, but I am a midlife woman. Some have called mid-life “Prime Time.” but few midlife women in my circles are crowing that they’re living their best life now. Most of my friends tell me they’ve experienced […]

I was in a room with a bunch of young pastors-in-training, and commented to a friend that I could feel the testosterone in the air even though there were a number of women present. “That’s not testosterone you’re sensing,” he told me. “It’s ambition.” As I observed the body language among the group (so many […]

The language of “seasons” in our lives is a familiar and useful, if tired, metaphor. If familiarity doesn’t breed contempt, it certainly does cause us to stop thinking about what we might really be saying when we throw it out there. When we talk about the seasons of our lives, it is a way in […]

As we finish up this month’s focus on faith shifts, I’m including some words from my book If Only: Letting Go Of Regret here because they apply. Midlife started for me with confronting a regret I thought I’d successfully ducked for years. I suspect it might have to do with launching the process of coming to […]

by Melinda Schmidt From the time our brains click in as little kids, we just can’t wait to “be a grown up!” The seemingly magnificent rewards and freedom that come with adulthood motivate us to do all the tedious learning of early life stage development. But internal, or spiritual growth is an option, and it’s […]

by Anita Lustrea I once told an author before recording a podcast that I’d faith shifted my way out the door of my previous employer. I’m not even sure that’s what happened, but his response helped me wake up to some deeper truths. He said, “That should happen to all of us. You should have […]

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A few years ago, author Margaret Feinberg penned a kind and genuine expression of concern for those who have left the institutional church at midlife. (Click here to read it.) She affirmed the types of issues that typically push those at midlife and beyond out of the spiritual roost, then pleads with leavers to return […]

Poet Christian Wiman penned these words in his book My Bright Abyss about how faith shifts as we move through life: In fact, there is no way to ‘return to the faith of your childhood,’ not really, not unless you’ve just woken up from a decades-long and absolutely literal coma. Faith is not some half-remembered […]

I’ve had a faith shift. I hope you have, too. Our theme this month at The Perennial blog has been “Faith Shift”. While the words may conjure images of abandoning the faith of your youth at midlife to some readers, it is just as likely that if you’re growing spiritually and emotionally, you’ve moved beyond […]