Posted in Advent, Faith Formation, Seminary, Spirituality


“Blessed are the poor in Spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
– Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in Spirit

I’ve decided to participate in an Advent writing practice that I found via Facebook. Word(s) Becoming Flesh: Writing Our Way Through Advent sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Wesley Foundation. (Mad props to my Methodist friends – ya’ll have some great ministry going on!!!!)

I’ve been searching for ways to infuse Faith Formation and Spirituality into my life. (So it turns out there is not class for this in Seminary!) So it turns out that Pastors, Lay Ministers, Seminarians, & Church Leaders are often very spiritually depleted.  Every last ounce of our spiritual reserves goes into our ministries, congregations, and studies.  I thought coming to seminary would help renew my low spiritual reserves… instead they have become even more depleted. I’m exhausted. I’m frustrated. I miss God and it’s not always as simple as praying and feeling connection. I’m searching for a way to regroup and renew.

Writing seems like a good way for me to force myself to take some time for ME. Being a student, a mommy, a wife, a friend, etc… does not always leave a lot of time for being Ariel. My goal this Advent is to focus on my faith and spiritual life through family devotions, personal devotions, social media participation, and this – reflecting, praying, and writing daily.

So who’s with me? Who wants to join in taking some time to think, to pray, to listen, to write, and to connect as we anticipate Christ’s coming?



I spent most of my life living in the great Pacific Northwest (Oregon). I went to college in South Carolina. I have also lived in Arkansas, North Carolina, kind of Virginia, Texas, & currently Pennsylvania. I’m a single-mom of two amazing children (aka – “The Things”) who keep life very interesting! I’m a pastor-in-training. The snark is fiercely strong with me! #Javaluia #VivaMoreCoffee

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