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Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Handling the Busy Seasons of Life

Does anyone else feel like they’re spinning plates in the air, trying to keep them all going at the same time? That’s how I would describe what I’m feeling these days. Life is busy, and I feel stretched and pulled in many directions. My fear is that all the plates will come crashing down because I can’t keep them going much longer. How do we get to that place? How do we get so busy

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Reflections on a Stay-at-Home Thanksgiving

Reflections on a Stay-at-Home Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Many of you are enjoying a fun-filled day with family and friends in the kitchen and around the table, watching a good movie or football game, or playing your favorite board games. Some of you have chosen to make this a low-key day, not spending the day in the kitchen, but picking up food somewhere or even going out to eat. I purposely chose to take this week as a “Stay-cation.” I took

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A Day of Rest

A Day of Rest

Several years ago a godly woman reprimanded a friend of mine for ironing on a Sunday morning. She was told, “Today is the Lord’s day, and we don’t do any work on the Lord’s day. So you shouldn’t be ironing on Sunday.” I used to work in open-heart surgery and would often get called in for an emergency on a Sunday. One day a friend told me I should find another job because it was wrong to work

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When God Has to Slow Us Down

When God Has to Slow Us Down

Oh, no! The one thing I was hoping to avoid happened this past weekend. I guess I was way overdue. I’ve been faithful every year in getting the flu shot, and I was planning to get the shot this Friday when I had my regular appointment with my doctor. The only problem – I got the flu last weekend – before I could get the shot. It wasn’t what I had planned for this week.

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Putting Things in Perspective

Putting Things in Perspective

Sometimes, I just need to get away from the daily routine and get a fresh perspective on ministry. I did that last week by attending the Speak Up Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan, hosted by Carol Kent. This conference is focused on helping women  grow in the areas of speaking and writing, but I came away with much more than that. This conference pointed me to Jesus. The message that penetrated my heart most: What

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Starting the New Year With Rest

Starting the New Year With Rest

If I could be anything other than a human, I’d love to be a cat. I live with two cats, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that cats have mastered the art of rest. My cats leisurely walk over to eat from their bowls. When they’re satisfied, they find a comfortable spot where they can lie down to rest. They may play for a while, but then return to a cozy spot to

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The Gift of Rest

The Gift of Rest

As I talk with people, I hear a recurring theme: “I’m worn out. I need rest. Life is spinning madly out of control!” It seems we’re all running on empty and in danger of burning out. But, surely, that’s not God’s plan for our lives. Is it even possible to find rest when life seems to get busier every day and the demands just keep piling up? How can we find rest when we are

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Time for Rest

Are you worn out and need a break from a hectic schedule? Do you need some time to rejuvenate and replenish in the midst of a difficult season of life? Last week I could answer yes to both of those questions. I didn’t take a vacation last year or get away for a time of relaxation and rest. (I don’t describe leading a mission trip or going to a conference as venues for rest. I

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Wasting Time or Relaxing?

I’ve been thinking lately about how I spend my time. As my days seem to be filled to the max, and deadlines loom, how do I get everything done that needs to be done? I had to stop and acknowledge some time wasters and evaluate how I’m spending my time. Some of the time wasters in my life are: 1. Social media – predominantly Facebook However, let me preface that by saying I see the

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 2)

In my last post, I began a five-part series on how to minimize stress in your life by avoiding five things, using Psalm 23 as a guide. Last time we looked at how worry affects us and how to avoid it. The second thing to avoid is running on empty.     Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” David gives us a picture of nourishment

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