Tyranny of the Urgent

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t The demanding moments in life can crowd out more important priorities that ultimately are of greater consequence.  When we are in a constant state of emergency we can find it difficult to step back and make thoughtful decisions. Urgency was the culture of the company in which Deb worked.  She was very task oriented and reacted to the demands … Read More

Power of the Positive

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Mental energy is derived from positive thinking.  Negative thoughts can help to direct our attention to important needs that are not being met.  It could be a need for food, rest, or an imminent threat of danger that is presenting itself to us. Amanda had a very negative way of looking at the world. It robbed her of satisfaction and … Read More

Your Life Giving Story

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The stories we tell of our lives and those that are told to us can shape who we become.  Each of us absorb our stories from many different sources; the families we grew up in, our culture, and our faith traditions to name a few.  It is not the things that happened in our past that define us but the … Read More

Transforming Traditions

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There are traditions or spiritual disciplines for our time with the Lord that can be restfully transformative. Before we begin our set aside time with the Lord or as we call it a Sabbath, we must allow ourselves to experience excitement, a sense of anticipation, or just a feeling of peace at being one who “walks with God.”  If we … Read More

Sabbath Compass

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We have a desire to succeed, to meet every growing expectation.  We do not rest and lose our way.  We miss the compass points that would show us where to go.  We miss the quiet that gives us wisdom.  The pressure of frenetic activity is corrosive and has an effect on us and others.  We push our bodies beyond what … Read More

Be On the Alert

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In our church circles today we speak more often about personal sin than we do about evil. In our culture we fear to speak about how systems perpetrate evil on vulnerable people. Underlying the trauma of abuse and violence lies evil; and the result of evil is suffering. We must address this topic with a deep sense of humility to … Read More

Discernment

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Interest is growing among Christians who want to deepen their experience of God and to discern their life choices in a prayerful way.  We need a method for discerning major life decisions and noticing God’s presence. In counseling we are often asked to assist people facing major life changes.  They want to make a decision congruent with God’s call on … Read More

Lost in Exhaustion

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One of the most common reasons for being exhausted is always being plugged in, available, and scheduled.  We are striving too hard, competing too much, and putting more on our plates than God has ordained for us.  In order for us to rest, have balance, and recover we must recognize the sources of the exhaustion. Reasons why we are so … Read More

What Do You Reflect?

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Going for a walk at the twilight part of the day is one of my favorite things to do. The light can take on a golden glow that is glorious to walk in. I can enjoy the walk and lose track of where I am and not realize how quickly it is getting dark and that I am going to … Read More

Inadequacy to Serenity

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In our culture does everything seem to depend upon our competing and performing?  If the value and significance of our lives is not bestowed on us prior to and independent of our performance than everything will depend on our performance.  We forget we are not the sole creators of our destiny.  As Christians we do not become who we are … Read More