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Feb
07

A Less Anxious Presence

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sun soakingI recently heard someone say their goal for the year was to have a “less anxious presence”. I immediately loved that phrase and found it came from a book called The Leader’s Journey by Herrington, Creech, and Taylor.  I didn’t recall having heard of the book but jotted down the name, intending to check it out later. However I quickly forgot all about the book.

A few days ago I finally got around to unpacking some books from a week away last October. One of the books was The Leader’s Journey. I had bought the book but not gotten around to reading. it Not yet making the connection, I began reading the book and this morning I saw it. That phrase, “a less anxious presence”.  An aha moment! Once again, my soul and spirit inside me felt the yearning to connect to all that phrase represented.

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Oct
19

Unplugged

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2013-10-09 08.44.20Feeling distracted, exhausted, and depleted, I pushed past my old guilt-ridden default of not doing things for myself and pursued a vacation. A no-kids, no-Mom, no-dog, no-work vacation. Not that those things are bad. They’re not. They’re great; I was just tired. My human limitedness was saying, “You’re out of fuel.”

There were all the normal things to work through. Expense. Work schedule. Kid’s schedule. But with help from my husband, I did it and he and I got on the road to a much needed time away. 

We talked through our expectations ahead of time, what each of us needed to have a great time away.

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Sep
28

Come Away With Me

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Rest. The very word can evoke feelings of guilt for the average busy American. While we Americans may claim to be living in the land of the free, we often are enslaved to our driven, gadget-dependent, distracted lives. Our culture places much value on producing, working, multi-tasking. We can find ourselves so deeply entrenched in the busyness that we no longer even realize that we are living at a deficit.

Sadly our American churches reflect this philosophy. We applaud one another for being busy and fail to give priority to our souls. Quiet time with God is largely non-existent as we have committee meetings, small groups, and multiple services every week, etc. These things are not wrong. What is wrong is when we allow them to exhaust us and allow them to contribute to our disconnecting from our life source.

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May
22

Finding Balance in a Busy World

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My life has been busy, very busy, the last few weeks. I seem to have hit one of those whirlwind seasons when all the hats that I wear are asking to be worn at the same time. I am trying to keep the balance but the demands of being a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, friend, pastor, counselor, etc., consume me at times.

One of the most difficult lessons of my life has been how to live well, fully, and stayed anchored to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit who teaches me when to say yes and when to say no. I find that this ‘lesson’ requires constant revisiting.

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Nov
29

The Garden Party: Pleasing Yourself

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(This blog is part two of The Garden Party. In part one of this blog, I referenced Ricky Nelson’s performance at Madison Square Garden and his inspiration for writing the hit song, Garden Party. Be sure to read part one for the context of this blog.)

While it might sound selfish, after all, pleasing oneself….is that godly? But what if pleasing yourself means that you are listening to your heart? Being comfortable in your own skin? Being authentic? Being who God made you to be? Loving yourself?

Does the sound of that set off alarms in your heart? Yet Jesus clearly told us that we were to love others AS WE LOVE OURSELVES (Mark 12:30-31). What can that possibly mean? Is that self-centered?

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