Inspiration

Living a Vibrant Spiritual Life

Here you’ll find writings from our staff and associates. In the pursuit of a Vibrant Spiritual Life, you might appreciate words of inspiration and encouragement. We update this page regularly with fresh words and ideas; please return frequently!

Re-Connecting, Re-Awakening

Re-Connecting, Re-Awakening

"ROB, WE HAVE TO STOP."   I was taking a walk with a friend, in some of the gorgeous weather we've had lately in Western N.C. She said these words as we walked near a bush, bursting with new blossoms. I'm so glad she stopped me! The flowers on the bush all looked...

Hope Comes Again

Hope Comes Again

  When it comes to faith, hope, and love, poets can express what the rest of us find hard to put into words. Here's what Emily Dickinson said about hope: Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops...

The Way of the Labyrinth

The Way of the Labyrinth

What exactly IS a labyrinth? Is it the same thing as a maze? I hope not…I am awful at mazes! A labyrinth is, in fact, quite different from a maze. There is only one path in a labyrinth, with no places to decide which way to go. You simply walk one way on the path to...

Winter Speaks: ‘Less Is More’

Winter Speaks: ‘Less Is More’

Winter speaks and whispers to the soul: Don't be afraid to turn inward. Solitude brings rewards. Slowing down & doing less is good for you. As I write, Western N.C. is experiencing more wintry weather. We've had a few dustings of snow in the New Year, and sleet...