[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?
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
Laughter, gratitude, compassion and purpose – these are the keys to a more resilient life. But now, this is what the Lord says – he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through … Continue reading 4 Ways to Be More Resilient in 2019
Worry cannot add a single moment to your life, but it can certainly take moments of joy away. Continue reading A Sabbath Rest From Worry
This column originally appeared on baptistnews.com on February 5, 2016. What can you offer on Ash Wednesday if your jar of ashes is empty? What do you give when you’re feeling empty? When the thought well is dry, when compassion is spent? I opened the box that had been sitting on the pastor’s desk for weeks. “Ashes for 500” was scrawled on the top in … Continue reading No Ashes for Wednesday
For those who are on some rugged sections of the trail of life right now, concerned about what is over the next ridge, carrying a pack that’s far too heavy. Continue reading Three Tips from the Trail for Those Who Are Struggling
When we get to the end of what we think we need, life becomes overwhelming and exhausting. Continue reading The Spiritual Practice of Load Shedding
The line is often long at Beau’s. Today it was spilling out the door onto the sidewalk. But I was happy to wait in it, blessed even. You see, while the coffee and pastries at Beau’s are terrific, that is not the draw for me. I dare say it’s not the draw for most of the folks in line with me. We’re all patiently and expectantly waiting to be received by the person behind the counter. Continue reading Is God Worth the Wait?
Decluttering our spirit this Christmas. Continue reading All I Want for Christmas is Rest
When we allow our eyes to adjust in the darkness instead of squeezing them tightly shut with fear, God’s promises become so much clearer. Continue reading Embracing the Darkness
It’s hard to ‘let it be.’ To stop trying desperately to fix everything or make it better. Continue reading How do we ‘Let it be’?
It’s challenging to be instruments of God’s peace in a highly charged world. Continue reading Being an Instrument of Peace