Lisa Schmidt

Stay In The Pocket and Guard Your Heart

Jesus taught in parables. So let’s use a football analogy to make a spiritual point as we near Super Bowl Sunday. Your heart is a well; neglect the well and your heart will run dry. How do we, as King Solomon instructs in the Book of Proverbs, guard our hearts above all else? That’s the topic of this week’s 5-minute reflection.

I Will Not Be Silent {5-Minute Reflection}

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“For Zion’s Sake I will not be silent. For Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet.” – Isaiah 62:1

The Gospel is to be proclaimed and celebrated. It will not always be accepted, but it must be told. The good news is the same breath that filled John the Baptist with the Holy Spirit in his mother’s womb, breathes in us, too.

Let us be Baptized in the Holy Spirit {5-Minute Reflection}

(Please excuse the erroneous email delivered on Thursday. This one is the real deal!)

With the Baptism of the Lord this Sunday we will hear St. John the Baptist proclaim, “He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” Baptism in the Spirit is one of the few themes written about in all four Gospels. But what does it mean to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? To get to the heart of that question, let’s pose a different question first. How is it possible for a person who has received the sacraments to not be living a dynamic life of faith? This 5-Minute Reflection explores both questions. 

Epiphany, Irish “Women’s Christmas,” and Spiritual Friendships

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A lot of what we know about the wise men is from the gifts they brought. In this sense, the wise men’s story can be ours, too. One of the best gifts we can give, to not only Jesus but others, is the gift of our own heart. And when we think of giving hearts fully and freely, we can think of authentic spiritual friendships.

Love Never Fails: A Christmas Version

The holidays can create unique pressures on us. There are a dizzying array of demands and decisions to make: travel plans, family preparations, finances, shopping, cooking and cleaning to name just a few. It’s no wonder uninvited guests called stress and depression can find their way into our hearts and homes during the holidays. Today’s five-minute reflection gets to the heart of it all.

See, I Am Doing Something New!

A bite-sized, short and sweet weekly reflection you can listen to under five minutes. This week’s question to ponder: Have you asked God to do something in your life? Are you still waiting? While you wait, ponder how God is doing something new within you – right here, right now.

Weekly Wisdom from The Well: Begin Again

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Adding a bite-sized weekly reflection to our podcast rotation that you can listen to under five minutes. Our first question to ponder together: Where might God be asking you to begin again?

Podcast 12: Root and Bloom Forever and The Gift of Advent

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This episode welcomes Joanne Kuster and Mary Shell, the mother daughter team who created the fabulous lifestyle blog RootandBloomForever.com. Joanne and Mary both live in the greater Des Moines area and aim to connect busy women with new ideas, amazing stories, and tips to make our lives intentional, meaningful and rewarding.

Podcast 11: The Dignity of Work, Eye Contact, Music and the Liturgy, an October Playlist, and a Surprise Ending!

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Tune in for your monthly dose of faith, friendship, and fun as Heidi Lepper Barrett, Rachel Brown, Emily Schmid, and Molly Myers all join Lisa Schmidt on Episode 11. Heidi ponders the spiritual importance of eye contact, and Emily shares how music can assist us in experiencing liturgy more fully. Rachel stops by with her pithy Drop by Drop wisdom, and Molly shares an October music playlist to accompany our fall days. Finally, Emily has a very special surprise for us. Tune in and hear the *world debut* of her original song Pour On Us based on the woman at the well (John 4:4-42)!