Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Have you ever been on a vacation and had trouble relaxing?  Women especially seem to struggle with this.  Our minds are planning what our family will eat every meal, what time we should start getting the children ready to go have some fun and how to keep the sink from piling up with dirty dishes… Continue reading Making Intentional Changes to Our Human Tendencies

Becoming the Boss of Busyness

What if busyness was an actual muscle in our bodies? Like a bicep that thrives with weight resistant curls. Or the heart that strengthens with consistent cardio activity. What if the need to be busy strengthened and grew each time we flexed this muscle? If busyness were a muscle we would have to work it… Continue reading Becoming the Boss of Busyness

Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Driving home the other day from work, I could hardly keep my eyes open. The week was coming to an end and the days of an alarm clock buzzing in the dark were catching up with me. I contemplated whether I would come in and make myself a tall iced coffee...or stretch out across my… Continue reading Resting Shouldn’t Be This Hard

Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

There is no greater fear than when it seems all hope is lost. Have you ever felt this way? Hopeless? John Maxwell has an acronym for hope... "Holding On, Praying Expectantly" When we are holding on to hope, we are waiting...and waiting...and waiting... That holding on part can be tough. I picture myself standing in… Continue reading Remaining Hopeful When You Feel Helpless

Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

As we sat in the snow covered cemetery under a big flapping tent in folding metal chairs, I watched as her hand gingerly reach over to brace herself on the nearby headstone.  She used it as leverage to push herself up out of her chair, into the cold wind, and stand to speak. My mom.… Continue reading Finding Strength When You Feel Shaky

Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

Real Talk About the Beating We Can Take When We're Trying to Find Direction   We've all been there. Decisions need to be made.  Clarity is elusive.  Discernment is on vacation. What school should I send my kids too?  Where should I work?  Should I work at all?  Should I start that business?  Should I… Continue reading Bumper Cars and Closed Doors

Finding Hope In the Hallway

We've all stood in the proverbial hallway.  Waiting on doors to open.  Not knowing which door to choose.  Putting our hand on the handle only to find that it's locked.  Listening to what's going on behind closed doors, trying to discern if that's our cue to move on or move in. Waiting...waiting...waiting...  Crickets. What do… Continue reading Finding Hope In the Hallway