Enter to Win a Copy of Four Gifts

I used to think that self-care was all about adding something to my life, like adding some time to read, or going to the art gallery, or taking a Sunday afternoon stroll around the park. But to add in self-care meant that I also needed to stop some other things, like watching less  television, or … Continue reading Enter to Win a Copy of Four Gifts

Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

It's three weeks and one day until Four Gifts officially launches into the world! I have a wonderful launch team helping to spread the word, and some of you dear readers have also asked how you can help: let your friends, church library, local library and bookstore know about the book by downloading this Four Gifts information … Continue reading Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength

On Being Silenced and How to Speak Up

Kathy Khang's new book begins with a powerful personal story of being silenced and speaking up. There had been some conflict brewing behind the scenes at a staff leadership conference, a conflict that included racial, gender, and cultural dynamics. When the situation was finally brought up on the last night of the gathering, Kathy felt … Continue reading On Being Silenced and How to Speak Up

Walk With Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus

While I love being busy and actively engaged with other people, I also love my moments of solitude and silence. So today I'm sharing a letter written by Jenny McGill about how all of us might steal away from whatever daily dramas we face and be refreshed. I had to smile at one of her … Continue reading Walk With Me: Learning to Love and Follow Jesus

Teaching Children to Pray

last updated August 16, 2019 I was surprised to learn from a parent in my congregation that sometimes her young children would repeat phrases from my prayers at church in their own prayers before bed. On Sunday mornings when we thought they weren't paying attention to worship--when they were looking at a kids' book, or … Continue reading Teaching Children to Pray

Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

When I first heard the title of Amy Simpson's latest book, I was immediately intrigued: Blessed Are the Unsatisfied: Finding Spiritual Freedom in an Imperfect World (InterVarsity Press, 2018). Of course, our world is imperfect. And who wouldn't want to find spiritual freedom? But how does that relate to being unsatisfied, and where is the blessing … Continue reading Blessed Are You Who Live Intentionally Unsatisfied

From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Given the choice between reading a book that is new to me and one that I've read before, I would most likely choose the new one. After all there are so many books to read, and so little time! But I made an exception recently and re-read Hannah Hurnard's classic Hinds' Feet on High Places. The … Continue reading From Much-Afraid to Grace and Glory

Four Gifts Cover Reveal

Have you seen the cover of my soon-to-be new book? It's not scheduled for release until September 4, 2018, but I can't resist sharing it! The book started as an article about self-care on the job: Is Self-Care Part of Your Paid Employment and Should It Be? But it's become much bigger than that, for … Continue reading Four Gifts Cover Reveal