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Rest: Come to Me

What are we to do? Overwhelm. Anxiety. Uncertainty. Fear of the unknown—all are very real right now. Stress is elevated to unprecedented heights. Mental illness is plaguing many we know and love—including ourselves. And we’re walking on eggshells, afraid one misstep will cause the chaos, destruction, and mayhem to erupt again. What are we to… Continue reading Rest: Come to Me

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Take 5: Our Attitude. Our Choice.

Where we fix our thoughts is our choice. And it’s a crucial choice. Why? Because what we fix our thoughts on, is what we invite into our heart. And what’s in our heart determines our attitude. When we have a bad day, when things aren’t going our way—where is our focus? On our irritations. Disappointments.… Continue reading Take 5: Our Attitude. Our Choice.

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Take 5: What is Your Underlying Motive?

Has Satan deceived you and robbed you of the gift of work? Oh he has me! I was lured in by his lie, “It’s all about me.” When God called me to this ministry I believed I was 100% responsible for my success or failure. It was my job to “build my platform.” If I… Continue reading Take 5: What is Your Underlying Motive?

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Rest: Work is a Gift

God demonstrated the pleasure and joy found in work done with excellence. (read more about that here) And then… He passed that same pleasure and joy onto us. As creatures created in God’s very own image, we were always meant to work. And work was intended to bring us pleasure and joy—total satisfaction from a… Continue reading Rest: Work is a Gift

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Take 5: Make Your Plans. But God Directs Your Steps

The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps. (NASB) According to Proverbs and the rest of Scripture, we’re commanded to make plans for the future knowingour plans may be altered, redirected, or nullified by God’s purpose. All my life I’ve believed this is because God knows our future, the end… Continue reading Take 5: Make Your Plans. But God Directs Your Steps

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Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People

Colossians 3:23 is easier said than done isn’t it? Sadly, this verse has been relegated to the “trite sayings of the Bible.” But what if we read it in context? Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them… Continue reading Take 5: Work for the Lord Rather Than People

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Rest: Do You Know What Facilitates Your Rest?

I’m writing this post on the heels of our first family vacation in 5 years. During our time away, I learned 3 things about rest We need to know what relaxes us and facilitates our rest—and what doesn’tSabbath is a discipline, a holy habit that needs to be cultivatedHard work is a gift and a… Continue reading Rest: Do You Know What Facilitates Your Rest?

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Rest: The Work-Rest Imbalance

When is the last time your perspective about something changed dramatically? In other words, when is the last time you had a complete about-face after an in-your-face confrontation? For me, about two weeks and continuing… I shared in Running on Empty God recently confronted me about the work-rest imbalance in my life and ministry; exposing… Continue reading Rest: The Work-Rest Imbalance

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Running on Empty

One of this Minnesota Girl's fears is running out of gas and being stranded on the side of the road--especially in the winter. So when my gauge approaches 1/8 tank, I start searching for a gas station. Unfortunately, I'm not as careful with my physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual energy. I push them as far… Continue reading Running on Empty