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Harnessing the Power of Place

Harnessing the Power of Place

Not long ago, during a time when stress and fatigue had taken their toll on my body, I booked a weekend away at a local bed and breakfast. Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I watched breathtaking mountain sunsets, delighted in deer frolicking in the...

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Holy Listening as a Spiritual Discipline

Holy Listening as a Spiritual Discipline

What if our greatest gift to others is how well we listen not the wisdom of our words? "Christians have forgotten that the ministry of listening has been committed to us by Him who is Himself the great listener and whose work we should share.” ~Dietrich Bonheoffer,...

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Living from the Inside Out — Huh?

Living from the Inside Out — Huh?

“What does it mean to live from the inside out?” people ask me. First let me tell you what it's NOT. It is not about trying harder, and it’s not about praying more, serving more, doing more. It is not which church you attend or whether you tithe or give to missions....

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Rule of Life: Part 1 of 2

Rule of Life: Part 1 of 2

*This is a first draft. Grace please. “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him . . . fix your attention...

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Rule of Life: Part 2

Rule of Life: Part 2

*This is a first draft. Grace please. If you've not yet read part one, you can read it here. “Your personal rule of life is a holistic description of the Spirit-empowered rhythms and relationships that create, redeem, sustain, and transform the life God invites you to...

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Coming Home: Part 2

Coming Home: Part 2

I've been taking a class on essay writing that has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, self-reflection, and a world of fun. This is part 2 of a draft, written for my first week's assignment. In more ways that I cared to admit, I had embraced an expression of...

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Coming Home: Part 1

Coming Home: Part 1

I've been taking a class on essay writing that has opened up a whole new world of possibilities, self-reflection, and a world of fun. Here's a first draft of my first week's assignment. As a side note, it's interesting that three or four of us in the class...

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A Place Called Home

A Place Called Home

Jennifer Lauck opens her memoir, Blackbird, with these words, “The only house I’ll every call home is the on Mary Street.” It led me to ask the inevitable question, “Where or what is home for me?” It is a question I’ve been asking myself since childhood, because as...

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Christian Coaching for Life and Leadership

Enrichment Journal's spring 2012 issue focuses on coaching for life and leadership. To learn more about Christ-centered coaching, the power of coaching in the local church, why great ministry leaders need a coach, and more, check out these helpful articles: Biblical...

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Pain as Invitation

Pain as Invitation

Life's pain is rife with invitations. Paradoxes of life and death, joy and mourning, hope and despair, invite us to spiritual and emotional growth, if we will only stop to listen and respond. The sun peeks over the horizon as I drive into the empty parking lot at...

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