By Brian White Because of constantly changing times, as leaders we might find ourselves or our teams tired and in need of rethinking how we find rest. My husband Brian is going to share today about this. Recently I read Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport and was challenged by it. I have had a … Continue reading Rethinking Rest in Our Digital World
One thing I wish was a constant in life is peace. On a superficial level, I just wish it wasn’t so busy during this season (and every season) of the year. I have to fight for moments of stillness and reflection. That sounds peaceful, right? Fight for peace! On a deeper level I think we … Continue reading Need Peace?
Life is crazy. I just expect this time of year to be this way. There is the shopping, the decorating, the bombardment of emails, the hosting, the baking... Unfortunately, often the Christmas season equals busy. To sidestep this I have been turning Psalm 23 over in my mind. Yes it is familiar, but timeless and … Continue reading Need Rest?
As a leader we solve problems. It is discouraging though when too many issues need a solution or need our attention. It can be a challenge to know which holes to fix. As I mentioned in the previous post, Identifying the Big Rocks, I came to to the end of the year and into planning feeling this … Continue reading Creating Solutions with Prayer
Think about when you are most satisfied. Something important to you makes you feel good or happy. Yet this may not be the thing that actually satisfies our soul. We need "soul satisfying." Soul Satisfying The satisfied life is a content life. Content does not equal happy, but rather it is a full life with … Continue reading The Beauty of Surrender: the Satisfied Life
Part 2 in the Satisfied Life-Practically, in our everyday life we often treat God like a distant relative, or He is "up there" somewhere. We go for periods of time without talking to Him, consulting Him or thanking Him. We have more of a contractual relationship; if we do our part, He will reward or do … Continue reading Confession, the Gateway to the Satisfied Life
30.30.30. Day 20 The Passage: Luke 11:1-131 It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” 2 And He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be Your … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 20: Our Good Father
30 minutes. 30 days. 30 passages. Here is the challenge: spend 30 minutes each day, for 30 days, in 30 Bible passages. Over the next 30 days I will post passages, along with different questions and ways to meet with God. I think as we do this for 30 days it will more likely become … Continue reading 30.30.30. Day 1 – A 30 Day Challenge for Weaving Consistent and Transforming Time in God’s Word into our Daily Life
In my upbringing, Lent was a time of the year when I ate fish on Fridays and I gave up something like chocolate. In my mind, Lent was about self-denial -- and this was just suppose to be good for me. So, sometime like on the Tuesday before Lent commenced, I tried to decide what … Continue reading What Should I do with Lent?
Anxiety is such a nuisance. It is a thief that quietly finds its way in, going unnoticed, lurking around finding an assortment of things to disturb. Unlike a thief that quickly flees, anxiety steals peace and then easily makes itself at home. Soon the unwelcome guest takes up permanent residence. My chest is feeling a … Continue reading Detoxing Anxiety and Busyness with the Sabbath
There are parts of my life that I am well-aware, and other parts that I am not so aware of, that I would rather not talk about. I would rather not address them because it feels rather embarrassing or difficult to change. There is a dichotomy in my life. I would rather keep up the … Continue reading Detoxing Pride through Solitude and Silence?
I feel really, really full -- and not the good kind of full, like you feel after a good conversation, a hug from your child or a nice compliment. There is the "full of contentment and peace" and then there is the "full" that feels like a stuffed turkey. After all the yummy baked goods … Continue reading Detoxing my Soul of Gluttony with Fasting
There are times I just wish I could start over; I wish things went differently. No one hopes for a bad ending. This may sound strange, yet could really pay off in the long run -- before starting, try stopping. That sounds counterintuitive. What runner would stop after the gun is fired? When the proctor says, “It … Continue reading Stop, and then Start
Day 29 of Lent, Psalm 35: I always prided myself as one who had very good eyes -- eagle eyes I would think. When my doctor told me as a child I had 20/10 vision, I gave myself a little pat on the back (as if I had anything to do with it!). However, something … Continue reading Oh Yeah, “Why am I giving this up for Lent?”
There have been summers in large East Asian cities when my family would look up and rarely see a blue sky or a white puffy cloud. The pollution, dust, and haze blocked us from having a clear view. It seemed like a great rain was needed to wash it all away and open up the … Continue reading Meeting with God 101: Seeing Clearly