[This post originally appeared as a column for the Center for Healthy Churches.]
Since 1944, Hallmark greeting cards have been advertised with the famous tagline, “When you care enough to send the very best.” Whether encouraging soldiers overseas, cheering up the sick, celebrating the graduate, or expressing your love to the one you’ve chosen to spend your life with, Hallmark promises to help you to be the kind of friend or parent or spouse that you truly want to be… when you care enough to send the very best.
What about the kind of church staff team member that you truly want to be? I don’t think I’ve seen a card for that in the Hallmark store. Not yet, anyway. Give it time.
Until then, there are other ways you can be intentional to C.A.R.E. enough; to take the time and the energy to do the things that deepen relationships and build the kind of trust that is foundational to everything else that you do as a team.
Continue reading “Do You C.A.R.E. Enough?”
[This post originally appeared as a column for the Center for Healthy Churches.] Who knew it was such an exhausting commute from the coffee pot in the kitchen to my office in the upstairs bonus room? Just 16 steps. Each way. I counted. It’s one of the quirky things you do on Day 89 of quarantine. It’s got to be the commute. How else can I account for feeling so … Continue reading Why Am I So Tired?
It may be difficult to spot a Five during the pandemic. They’ve been doing social distancing their whole life so not very much has changed! Continue reading Enneagram Five & COVID-19
when it comes solely to the experience of being quarantined at home, Fours are living their best life. Continue reading Enneagram Four & COVID-19
Threes are upbeat, creative go-getters. They are goal oriented and like to get things done. If they are in a good place, Threes are figuring out how to rock this social distancing, using their creativity to start side hustles, build sheds or nail their new wellness regime. Continue reading Enneagram Three & COVID-19
If you have found a bag of treats on your front porch during the ‘Stay at Home,’ it is probably the work of a Two. Continue reading Enneagram Two & COVID-19
You’ll know the Ones around you. They have used this ‘Stay at Home’ time to organize the pantry, clean out the attic, and rearrange their library by book color. Continue reading Enneagram One & COVID-19
In these challenging days, we know how important hand-washing and social distancing are for physical well-being, but we must also pay attention to our spiritual well-being. Here are three simple practices to help care for your soul; to keep your spirit grounded and your heart open in a time of social distancing. Continue reading Soul Care in a Time of Social Distancing: 3 Simple Practices to Keep Your Spirit Grounded and Your Heart Open
Respite is a gift of stillness that we can give to others. Those brief moments that allow the whirlwind of life to die down, even for just a little while, and remind us of the peace we carry within us; the divine gift of stillness that never leaves us. Continue reading Carols of Stillness & Peace
Stillness is a time when we make room to hear the voices that we need to hear, even the ones that disturb us, that challenge us to be who we think we are. Continue reading “It Wasn’t My Turn”
There is something counter-cultural about stillness. For all of the apps and articles helping us to focus on mindfulness and being present, the caroler’s refrain that “all is calm, all is bright” continues to elude us. Continue reading Why Stillness for Advent?
I want more from Advent, this season of preparation. I want the stillness of waiting, of expectation. I want the peace of resting, of trusting. I want the wonder of hopeful imagination. The true gifts that Christmas offers.
Not instead of the celebrations, but in the midst of them. Because that’s where faith is found… along the way. Join me in Growing Still this Advent. Continue reading Growing Still This Advent