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6 Ways to Make Sabbath Realistic for Ministry Leaders

August 28, 2014 8:00 AM

Finding the middle spot in the dim room between round tables draped in white, I push high heels into the carpet under a ceiling of twinkle lights and speak to women seated around china tea cups and glass plates...

Soul Care, Part 2

March 3, 2014 8:00 AM

What are the top three things women leaders need to know about soul care? On thing is they just need to decide what they want. That may sound a little too simplistic, but a lot of times we think...

How I Rediscovered Joy

February 20, 2014 8:08 AM

When I became a Christian, the biggest thing that changed about me was my self-centeredness. Before becoming a Christian, I mistakenly thought I was an extrovert because I befriended people who I thought would be useful to me or...

When Family Pressures Threaten Your Ministry

February 10, 2014 8:00 AM

“Does your family demonstrate a spirit of peace?” I heard the preacher say. “No!” I yelled inside myself. Little did anyone know, our family was in a state of crisis. Our oldest son’s behavior was getting worse every day;...

Word of the Year: Healthy

January 23, 2014 8:00 AM

Before a new year begins, I choose a one-word focus for the year to come. For me, the chosen word serves as a declaration of sorts: “In the new year, no matter what, I will be/will have ___.” For...

Caring for Our Souls at Christmastime

December 7, 2011 11:37 AM

The emails flying back and forth create a picture, comical yet somehow sad: “Would love to see you all, but can’t do tomorrow, maybe the 10th?” and “I can’t do the 10th, how about the 19th?” Five of us, my...

The Cure for Influence-itis

October 19, 2011 4:00 PM

“I understand how to tell people that I can’t meet with them soon,” I said to my pastor over coffee several years ago, “but how can I possibly tell them I can’t meet with them ever?” I was experiencing my...

Hitting the Wall

September 28, 2011 10:22 AM

Every once in a while...especially in busy seasons of life or ministry, I hit the wall. I know I’ve hit the wall when: • I’ve reached my compliant quota. When one more complaint, question, or criticism will put me over...

What Shape Are You In?

June 22, 2011 1:41 PM

When I start to feel drained of energy, or when I snap at people or feel resentful when I'm asked to help, these are my clues that my life is out of shape. Usually saying yes to too many opportunities...

Rest

June 13, 2011 8:00 AM

As Christians, we live in a performance-based culture that measures success according to how much you can cram into your life. The more you do, the more you're doing, so to speak. This mentality has, by and large, infiltrated the...

Multi-Tasking God

April 20, 2011 11:19 AM

This week I received an email that began, “I know you must be crazy with Holy Week....” The writer, of course, was referring to the phenomenon of church leaders fried by the frenzied business of leading a church during Easter....

The Art of Rebinding

August 11, 2009 8:48 PM

I recently had my Bible rebound. I’ve had it for more than a decade, and it’s literally travelled tens of thousands of miles with me—physically and spiritually. Its pages provided comfort during the long dark winters in Alaska, hope during...

Unintended Consequences

July 17, 2009 6:54 PM

One thing I've been discovering is the role of unintended consequences in my life. My husband, Leif, and I talk about this a lot. He tends to look at people and think that if someone chooses something, then it's their...

Confessions of a Finite Follower

June 2, 2009 6:16 PM

"How long will it be before I am better?" I asked a trusted mentor and advisor. He thought for a moment and replied, "If you are really careful, I expect you'll be somewhat recovered and almost back to normal in...

Taking a Sharpie to Your List

December 19, 2008 9:21 PM

No offense, but I'm crossing your name off my list with a big black Sharpie. I'm not crossing you out of my life—just off my list. It's not crossing you off because you're unimportant or because I don't care or...

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