Detach to Attach

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Have you ever found yourself enslaved to something? Enslavement occurs for most of us at the level of habit.  Liberation also takes place at the level of habit.  There are two basic points of view that influence our choices.  We can summarize the first with the phase, “The one with the most toys wins.”  This is a way of life … Read More

Time to Retreat

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When the gridlock of your schedule is relentlessly controlling you, when your heart is beating against the prison walls of your enslavement to the task list, it is time to spend time with the Lord.  Is it time to step away and follow the pattern of Jesus’ life?  He sought times of quiet solitude.  “In the morning, while it was … Read More

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

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

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

Are You Only Halfway?

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There are plenty of us who are half-way Christians.  We will give up possessions, power, position, and friends and still not be able to submit ourselves in total obedience to God.  It is difficult for us to submit ourselves in complete unreserved obedience to the Lord. Luke 11:34 says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eye … Read More

Rhythm of Rest and Work

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A couple of weeks ago I was at a leadership retreat where we were to arrive on a Monday evening and meet with our small groups for dinner.  We were asked to come with a question that we wanted to present before God for the discernment of His will. I came into the retreat so tired I felt like an … Read More

Alert and Attentive

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Stillness as a spiritual discipline before God can be appealing and a bit threatening.  Stillness suggests a way of being before the Lord that might seem a bit alien to us. We go through our weeks with our minds occupied by all we have to do.  Our thoughts are so set on the to-do list that over time it seems … Read More