Category: Spiritual Formation

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 […]

love-your-neighbor

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 […]

hiker-sheep

I always imagined that someday I would be one of those people who younger Christians look at with a wistful expression and say, “She is such a pillar of strength. Nothing shakes her. She’s a prayer warrior…it’s like she has some kind of God Bat-phone.” So far that hasn’t happened. I’m waiting for the Seismic Shift, […]

church-concert

The lights dim, and the band takes the stage.The worship leader welcomes the crowd with a boisterous “Hey, how’s everyone doin’? Great to see you all!” before the band slips into a booming, clever cover of a pop song, then segues into a couple of modern sing-a-long worship standards pulled right from heavy rotation on […]

bible-pulpit

At a social event last weekend, I ran into C., a woman I used to know when our kids were young. C. and her family were long-time, active members of a well-known megachurch in our area. Her nest had been empty for a couple of years now. C. and her husband were in the midst […]