3 Ways to Combat the Stress of Being “Alone Together”

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Who would have thought things would progress like this? Solomon did say, “There is no new thing under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9). None of this is new, but nearly all of this is new to us. Because it’s new to us, it’s also scary for most of us. And without mitigation, fear can quickly become overwhelming. That said, well-intended precaution against the pandemic can turn into preoccupation with the effects of it. Maybe you’ve noticed.

Some people are preoccupied with the constant notifications, news alerts and updates of confirmed cases and associated deaths. And some people are preoccupied with developing ways to stay connected while we’re staying apart. And yet many others are preoccupied with the economy, how to maintain their standard of living in the face of unforeseen financial hardship. These are just a few stressors, because there are many others—like being physically at risk yourself or caring for loved ones who are ill or at risk of becoming ill themselves.

But there is help! There are practical tips that we can employ to help leverage our time alone together and lessen the stress.

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2020 – The Year of Reflective Possibility!

Possibilities - 2020 New Year Blog PostWhat’s possible for you in 2020?

This question requires some serious thought. You can’t answer it on a whim.

There are some things that seem impossible to accomplish. But because this new year (and new decade) has come in with great expectation, we will not focus on what seems impossible; instead, we will focus on what is possible according to God’s promises.

For me, 2020 is the year of reflective possibility! It’s not just the year of possibility . . . but reflective possibility! Continue reading

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.

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2019: The Year of DECREASE

blog - decrease - no wordsThe way up is down! 

Humility is the road to exaltation!

A step back may be a step up!

Each one of these statements may be familiar, but are they also counterintuitive? Do they oppose common sense? How can the way up really be down? How can a step back really be a step up? In a natural sense, they may seem counterproductive, but they are exactly how we must govern ourselves, if we are going to be instrumental in the kingdom of God. This year is my year of dedicated decrease! While most people want to increase their money, status, possessions, I have made it my quest to embrace great decrease in my life in four primary areas. And here’s how I plan to do it!
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