Tired much? Join the club.

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I don't know about you, but I am tired... alot. I wake up at 6:00 am to have my quiet time (to  plan, to study God's word, to pray), have a little breakfast, get my little guy out of the bed and off with his Dad to school and then... I am ready for a nap. Only my day is just beginning. I still need to do a few chores, exercise ( I am trying), maybe blog, and assign school work to my teenager who home schools. Oh, and then there's the need for a shower (let's not forget that!) and I am off to work. I love my job -- I plan on writing about it soon, but let's just say I mobilize people for ministry. After a day of ministry (three days a week) and preparing supper and playing taxi driver to extra-curriculars, I. am. exhausted. I bet your day looks very similar. Maybe different to-do items. Maybe different circumstances. But one word that most people use these days when asked the automatic greeting question, "How are you?" is BUSY. I have talked about my full plate. I know how to simplify, prioritize, and balance. Problem is every time I empty that plate... it is full again a few months later. Mark 6: 30 - 45 … [Read more...]

10 Ways Running Affected My Walking, Part 2

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I just started running a few months ago. It hasn't been easy, but it has been good. My goal was to be healthier, but God had more than just my physical health in mind. He has used running as a great analogy for my walk with Him. (For more on this and for part 1 and the first 5 ways, read here.) So, here are another 5 ways that Running for God has affected my walking with God. 6. Stay hydrated. And not just on any liquids... WATER. WATER. WATER. And you can't' wait until you run to drink water. You need to be drinking the day before and then be sure you drink after. So it is with life and walking with God. The Living Water (Jesus) is the only hydration source to face the challenges that life brings. And we can't wait until the challenge comes! We need to be drinking in the Spirit daily so that we are ready when difficulties do come. And they will. 7.Don't forget to stretch. Though there is great controversy in the running world as to whether or not you should stretch before or after a run, the point is to keep those muscles soft and pliable. It's when our muscles our stiff that we run the most risk for injury. In our walk … [Read more...]

Scheduling A Stop

  Almost every Thursday at noon for the last 4 1/2 years, I have done the same thing. And no, it is not eating lunch. I stop. Literally. At 12:00 noon on Thursdays, our church staff ceases work and striving and phone calls and meetings and important ministry work to do the MOST important thing... stop to spend time with God. We call it CRAVE... and we spend an hour with some quiet music, a few verses and our journals and we just sit with the Lord. No agenda. No to-do list. Just a heart ready to hear. Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. Matthew 11:28 - 29 MSG This time - just one hour a week - has proven to be one of the most critical parts of my week, my life, and my ministry. Sometimes I have a profound experience and get an answer on something that I have been waiting for. Sometimes I weep over a loved one, or a situation, or a bad day. And sometimes, I just REST. (I have even fallen asleep a couple of times. Must … [Read more...]

I. Am. Exhausted.

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I don't know about you, but I am tired... alot. I wake up at 5:40 am to have my quiet time (to  plan, to study God's word, to pray), have a little breakfast, put my little guy on the bus at 6:35 am (yes, you read that right!) and then... I am ready for a nap. Only my day is just beginning. I still need to do a few chores, exercise ( I am trying), maybe blog, and assign school work to my teenager who home schools. Oh, and then there's the need for a shower (let's not forget that!) and I am off to work. I love my job -- I plan on writing about it soon, but let's just say I mobilize people for ministry. After a day of ministry (three days a week) and preparing supper and playing taxi driver to extra-curriculars, I. am. exhausted. I bet your day looks very similar. Maybe different to-do items. Maybe different circumstances. But one word that most people use these days when asked the automatic greeting question, "How are you?" is BUSY. I have talked about my full plate. I know how to simplify, prioritize, and balance. Problem is every time I empty that plate... it is full again a few months later. Mark 6: 30 - 45 recounts the story … [Read more...]

Balancing Life Series: Not Bound by Time

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I look back at the last month and wonder how I did not go crazy. (All those who think I did, please do not correct me.) It is amazing to me how we managed to juggle everything. In the midst of normal family duties, taking care of my mom during chemo and the aftereffects, continuing ministry, I had a writing deadline for a magazine. I was so excited about the opportunity, but freaked out that I was not going to finish not one, but FOUR articles for this magazine. I sent in my first article on time. Done. I did my research for the other three that were not due for another couple of weeks. It's a good thing. Because right after that, life went full speed throttle. My deadline for the other three articles was quickly approaching. It was my mom's chemo week and I felt quite certain that while she was receiving chemotherapy, I could work on my articles on my laptop. Plan fail. She needed me. During her long day at the cancer center, I managed to open my laptop for 20 minutes max. My other attempts that week to finish the articles failed. I had to take my daughter to an out-of-town science fair. My laptop stayed in the car the … [Read more...]