Joanna May Blog

Showing Mercy

The Catalyst I’ve been working in non-profit organizations, churches and ministries for about 7 years now and recently, I have been SOOOO frustrated. It’s been hard! People get bogged down with politics, lots of...

Living with an Open Heart

Right now, I’m out in California in a dorm room as I’m spending time with some kindred spirits. For two days, I have been with friends (and moms) tackling the deep things of the...

Into Great Silence

It’s 10 o’clock on Thursday evening. I’m sitting at home alone watching a 3-hour documentary on Carthusian monks called Into Great Silence. Before you make assumptions about my piety, let me tell you that...

An Introduction to Christology

I am taking a class at IHOPU called "Christology II" instructed by Stephen Venable. Last spring, I led worship for his class "Mystical Life of Communion" and it was amazing. I think it should...

First Steps in Articulating Adoption

Many of you out there know that I am adopted. Maybe you’ve read my previous blogs on the spirit of adoption (if not, read Some Day I’m Still an [Adopted] Prodigal), or maybe you...

Discovered In Conversation

In conversation, I have realized that perhaps my thoughts on God are a little unorthodox. I just assumed that all "believers" felt the way that I do. Perhaps this is not the case.  ...

Getting a Word in Edgewise

I am in a spiritual community in which the common, subconscious assumption is that a prayer environment [read prayer room] changes things deep within our hearts by osmosis. The idea is that you can...

He Heard Me

Sometimes there are moments in life where I feel so lost. Now is one of those moments. It’s not a hopeless lost, just more of a disoriented wandering where you wake up one morning...

If Anyone Thinks He Knows Something

"The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought." I’ve been searching through the Greek and Hebrew, breaking out commentaries, diagraming sentences, perusing the midrash and Talmudic writings and...