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4 Lessons I Learned From Doing Less

Sometimes less is the only means to more. In his beautiful book, The Rest of God, Mark Buchanan penned words that landed in my heart like a long-awaited invitation: The end of striving makes room for dwelling. {pg. 154} Today marks my first day back online after a...

My Recommended Summer Reads

You've heard it said: Leaders are readers, and readers are leaders. I'm now one month into my summer sabbatical, and you can bet that I've voraciously devoured a plethora of books. Often many different ones in a single day. I'M IN HEAVEN. Recently, a member of my...

Summer Sabbatical

It is rest that revives the soul for real life. And it is often rest we neglect while trying to live. As I mentioned in last week's post—Finding Life in the Fallow—I refuse to sell my soul for the sake of distorted definition of success. For that reason, I'm...

Finding Life In The Fallow

I came close to murder. Blinded as I was by brown brittle branches, I didn't see any signs of life. Thus, I reached for a shovel and gloves, ready to rip its lifeless form from the fallow ground. But when I pushed the mulch away to get a better grip, I noticed tiny...

When You Need to Find Your Way Home

[guestpost]ANNOUNCEMENT: For the month of May, the e-book version of I Am: A 60-day Journey To Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is is only $1.99! Can you believe it?! An easy idea for a graduation gift or your summer book club or Bible study. Get your copy at...

The Unexpected Gain of Giving Away

It was my dream for as long as I can remember, back when a girl imagined a Prince Charming and a palace full of children: I’d be the mom who baked homemade chocolate-chip cookies for her children every day after school. I knew my children would giggle with glee at the...

The Fragrance of Resurrection

The fragrance stopped me mid-stride. Flowering crabapple blossoms resurrected from winter's grip. White with soft pink centers, dripping off woody tree branches, blanketed the cement at my feet. I was a woman on a mission, needing to clock my forty-five minute walk...

4 Steps to Defeating Self-Doubt

The criticism waited for me when I woke up. I didn't recognize the email address, but I recognized the tone. The sender intended to shame, deliver self-doubt and put me in my place. I read the message, carefully, more than once. I tried to understand her point of...

My Daily Practice For Facing Down Fear

How do you deal with fear? This is the question I'm asked more than others. It makes sense. After facing my mortality, fear became a regular—albeit unwelcome—factor in my daily life. It paralyzed me. I couldn't eat. Couldn't sleep. Couldn't think or function beyond...

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