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Deb Turnow  // Posts published by Deb Turnow

22 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Let All Creation Sing

Let All Creation Sing

Let All Creation Sing

Deep in the rainforest, my husband and I followed our guide, Francisco, as he gently and quietly shared his passion for nature with us. He was like a little boy at Christmas when a Quetzal, a rare bird in Costa Rica, was spotted before we even left the parking lot.  He took great pains to […]

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04 Mar Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Worry and Presence

Worry and Presence

Worry and Presence

A Series of Unfortunate Events Several years ago, what should have been an awesome time with my adult children turned into moments of panic and fear.  We had given them tickets to a Broadway show for Christmas.  The day before we were to go to New York, I looked for the tickets and guess what?  […]

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Talk Less This Year

Talk Less This Year

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls.” – Mother […]

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19 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

The Spirituality of Missing Spoons

Several years ago I went to a women’s retreat.  It is a huge event.  I was there to learn, but also to teach an afternoon workshop – on spiritual formation.  Remember that fact – it will be important as my sad story unfolds. There was a Starbucks close to our hotel, so during a break, […]

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08 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

How to have a Spiritually Formative Conversation

A few years ago, I was talking with a good friend on the phone.  She was co-leading a support group and told me she was considering dropping it.  I knew she was gifted and that she had long looked for a place to serve, so I asked her if she knew why she wanted to […]

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10 Sep Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Loneliness vs. Solitude

Loneliness vs. Solitude

Loneliness vs. Solitude

“Our language has wisely sensed the two sides of being alone.  It has created the word ‘loneliness’ to express the pain of being alone.  And it has created the word ‘solitude’ to express the glory of being alone.” – Paul Tillich My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania when our children were 5 and 3 […]

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30 Jul Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Out of Empty Tombs

Out of Empty Tombs

Out of Empty Tombs

“Leave yourself alone.  Enter solitude.  Be silent.  Do your good deeds in secret.  Make dead space into holy ground. You will become less, it’s true.  But you will also become more: you will discover your true self and meet more often, lose less often, the Lord of the holy wild.  For out of empty tombs […]

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Connecting the Dots

Connecting the Dots

As a kid, did you ever play ‘connect the dots’?  You know – the game where there were numbered dots on the page and you began at one, drew a straight line to two, then to three and so on until you completed it and the picture emerged. I loved doing that.  I would always […]

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