White Space

Blog - White Space We need it! But most of us don’t have it.  

WHITE SPACE.

Most of my days are jammed-packed. It seems like the lists and obligations have no reprieve.

Yesterday, I started preparing for this week’s obligations. Though I do try, it’s hard to leave blank areas in my planner, because there is so much work to be done. But I’m learning that if I am going to continue in the work, leaving some white space is critical. Continue reading

Distraction Free Zone

Blog - Do Not DisturbTrouble concentrating?

Difficulty freeing yourself of distractions?

Having a hard time holding up the Do Not Disturb sign?

We’ve all been there. And if we’re honest, the saga continues. . .

Every day we begin again. This time with a sincere resolution to finish what we’ve started without the interference of social media and text messages (my vice), crises that really aren’t crises but failures to plan, and the subtle interruptions of our own disconnected thoughts. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to excel in a completely distraction free so we must limit the amount of distractions that hinder instead.

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Adding Value

Blog - Added ValueIf you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?

It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.

God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.

Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental, spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading

Bearing Burdens

blog-burdened1Troubling times will come. It’s inevitable. Jesus did say that in this world we will have tribulation (John 16:33).  There is not much that we can count “for sure” in this world, but tribulation is a certainty. What’s so comforting, though, is the Savior’s next statement to His disciples, and therefore to us as His present-day disciples. He encourages us to be of good cheer for He Himself has overcome the world.

Because Jesus conquered (nikaó) the world, His disciples have become conquerors in Him. For this reason, we can take purposeful aim at living in and walking according to the peace that He has afforded us. But sometimes we need a little help in order to grasp the eternal perspective regarding the difficulties that surface in our lives. We need others to come alongside to help us shoulder the burden.
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The Jonah Experience

He ordered our steps. We followed through with His plan. Initially, we were glad because we heard His voice clearly; we had confidence before Him. But later—the next day—we were angry. Why?

Delight and Desire

blog-jonahHe was angry after he did the right thing. How does that happen?

Jonah ran from God the first time. But God’s resolve  was greater than Jonah’s stubborn nature. The assignment was still waiting, and God hadn’t changed His mind about who was to fulfill it.

So, “The word of the Lord came to Jonah a second time” (3:1). This time Jonah followed the Lord’s command. He went to Nineveh and proclaimed His message to the people. According to verse 5, the people of Nineveh believed in the God as a result of Jonah’s preaching.

But in chapter 4, Jonah wasn’t excited, ecstatic, or enthusiastic because the people believed in God. He was angry! He did the right thing and the right thing rendered the right result, but he was angry. Jonah wanted the Assyrian people to be destroyed. He knew that if he preached God’s message of repentance to them, they would indeed repent and…

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