I would say that we struck a chord with last week’s blog. It was by far one of the most read Notes this year, and I heard from many of you that this is an area that you are struggling with. Take heart that you are not alone. There are people in your facilities and offices that are facing similar challenges in balancing work, relationships and rest. There is also a hunger to live life differently - to be fully alive. One area that is going to take some work in order to get there is rest & learning how to recharge the batteries.
Why do our homes and workplaces become hotbeds for anger? Do we have a right to be angry? What are the roots of all the anger and hostility that we see in our world today? Is anger a normal human trait? Is there a time and place for anger? Can I ever get my anger under control...?
There are those who suffer blows from others such as criticisms, insults, and slanders and are deeply wounded with painful and devastating hurts. These invisible, emotional injuries are sometimes undetected by family and friends. Every community is full of people with such type injuries. This could describe you...
There are five basic prayer types: Praise, Thanksgiving, Confession, Petition, and Intercession...
I’m guessing that most of us know that worry is not good for our health, takes up time and energy that could be better used for something else, and is just in general the overall “bad guy” in our minds. So, how do we “stop it?”
When was the last time, when you acknowledged the presence of God? When you read this verse, what do you feel? For some, it will be peace and joy. Others, it will be fear and shame for if we can “never escape from your Spirit,” that means that what I do when no one is looking is seen by God.
When was the last time you truly rested? I’m not necessarily talking about sleeping, or taking a nap, though physical rest is certainly part of what Jesus was talking about. What about spiritual rest? What does that even look like? What does it mean to take a “real rest?” What does He mean when by “unforced rhythms of grace?”
There are circumstances that will often come along that can steal our joy if we let them. When we allow the negative things to crush our spirit, it takes away our positive attitude. When our day doesn’t go as planned because of circumstances that happen we had not counted on, we can become disappointed or even frustrated.
Some people seem to drift through life headed in no specific direction. They are clearly without defined objectives, and it is not surprising that many adopt a lifestyle that lacks meaning and purpose. They just drift through life like a tumble weed being blown by the wind, first one direction then another.
When I was in the army, part of my tour was spent in Germany. Often, my duties were to drive one of the commissioned officers. One day I was driving the jeep for Colonel Reed. As we were coming into town, we came to a cross walk and a German civilian had already started across, so I had to stop...