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Fifteen Self-Care Activities That Can Fit Into Anyone’s Schedule

Last week I wrote about the ministry of presence —presence with God, with ourselves, and with others. Self-care is a critical piece of living out the ministry of presence because we cannot effectively fulfill God’s call to love, serve, or care for others without it.  We’ve all heard the term before, but many people dismiss the idea of self-care because it seem too time-consuming, or just one more thing to add to our daily checklist.  

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The One Thing Your New Year Needs Most

The busyness of the holidays is over. 

The tornado that has been swirling since October is beginning to dissipate and I feel like I might just be able to come up for air.  Exhale —inhale.  

New endings and new beginnings.  Just like that.

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The Key To Being The Light and Becoming a Grace-Giver This Christmas

That one lone candle burning, multiplied by hundreds across the auditorium singing, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night,’ almost as if the flames flickering together whispered that enough light could change the whole world.

 

When Believers stop being the light, what else is left to shine into the darkness? 

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When You’re Scattered and Longing For Something Different This Holiday Season

Scattered. 

 

The pieces of my heart and mind can become lost in a whirlwind of confusion this time of year. 

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When We’re Searching For Purpose In Every Season of Our Lives

My birthday’s coming. It’s right around the bend.

 

My husband threw me this beautiful shindig to honor the occasion.  On a perfect late summer evening with the perfect sky, he gathered my favorite people along with some beautiful music and food, to help celebrate.

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Three Ways To Reject Entitlement and Reclaim a Heart of Abundance

I’ve never seen barns so full while hearts are so empty.  Never believed one could have everything and nothing at the same time. Yet they do.  We do.

 

Scarcity is all around us. In the middle of a field of crops so big and wide and deep, souls everywhere are starving, empty, hopeless. 

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When You’re In The Deep And You’re Too Blind To See Anything But The Storm

My eyesight is bad, really bad.

My husband once asked me to identify the smallest letter I could read on the doctor’s eye chart. What chart?I asked as he stood in the darkened office pointing at a fuzzy light reflecting dimly on the opposite wall.

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For the Weary and Wounded, There is Always Room in the House Called Mercy

His eyes were piercing. As we sat down, he began to tell me his story —of growing up in a small town in east Texas, of doing meth, dealing meth, of living life in the darkness of racism that hung as a heavy shadow over his Aryan community.

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Because It Takes a Warrior Mindset to Win The Spiritual Mind War #BattleReadyBook

It steals in quietly before the first flicker of dawn.  It’s grey shadows move across my unconscious mind, hovering overhead, bearing down on my disquieted sleep.

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Finding Your Purpose and Your Place As a Martha Girl

I’ve always felt a little ashamed of being a Martha.  Recognizing the deep satisfaction in my hideous to-do lists, my overwhelming love of busywork, of checking things off as done, I always felt a slight tinge of guilt, like I was slightly less than Mary, subtly less mature, less Christian, less like Jesus wanted me.

 

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