A Nap & A Snack

I’ve been taking naps lately. I used to nap a lot when I was younger, but have since gotten out of the habit – until now. I think some of it has to do with the letdown that has come with the end of the-year-like-no-other. Some of it has to do with my recalibration to a more extroverted, scheduled life. At first, I struggled with allowing these naps. In a way, I didn’t think I deserved them. I…

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Motivation

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 NRSVMotivation. It’s a big deal and I don’t think I’m alone in spending time thinking about it. I’ve often struggled with understanding the motivations of others or being able to tap into some sort of internal well of motivation within myself so I can get the thing done that I…

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Incarnate Wisdom

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” – Matthew 22:37-40 NIVToday’s devotion is going to be something more than just a moment to pause and read. I invite you to give yourself twenty to thirty minutes to…

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Witness in Full

A few weeks ago I was taking an early morning walk. As I walked down the street, I noticed dark, ominous clouds ahead of me. It was windy. I found myself reflecting that it was going to be a gloomy day. It looked like the darkness wouldn’t end. “Just one of those days,” I grumbled to myself. Isn’t it strange how one day can be bright and warm, infused with the scent of spring and possibility, and the…

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Everything I Know for Sure?

We are the star of our own personal movie called Life, but everything we know is not ours alone, for us alone, or discovered all alone. Everything I know is bound up in the people who make up the We, the Us, of my life. I know what I know because of who they are, what they have modeled for me, what we have experienced together. I can reflect alone, but my reflection is always in conversation with…

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Receive the Good

Last month I led my Young Disciples Ministry Team through a weekend workshop to give us time to remember who we are, the mission, goals, and purpose of our work together, and where God is leading us. In preparation, I sent each of them a single page reflection sheet. On this reflection sheet, I asked them to list one to three words they thought of when thinking of the different people on our team. I had a feeling…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 7

Everyone gets lonely. It is normal to feel lonely, even in a crowded room. But we don’t need to leave people with that feeling. We can notice each other and pay attention to each other. We can introduce ourselves and ask each other what we are thinking or feeling. Feeling lonely can be really hard when it seems like everyone else is happy, especially during the holidays. This Advent, keep an eye out for the people on the…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 6

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:7Peace is something we can experience whether we are alone or with a group of people. It is a gift that has more to do with our state of being than rational understanding. It is a gift exemplified and promised by Jesus.Share one way you will practice peace today.Pray: God, make me an instrument of your peace,…

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Celebrate Advent Simply 5

Nothing is better on a cold day  than sitting with one or some of your favorite people and enjoying a hot drink. It’s a way to feel warm, inside and out, not just because of the drinks you share but because these people remind you that you are connected, loved, and safe.Make some hot chocolate and drop marshmallows on top. For every marshmallow, name a person who makes you feel loved and safe. Close with a family prayer,…

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