Finding Peace Through Self-Care

What is the Christian perspective of self-care?, asks Amelia Warkentin in her award-winning speech for the C. Henry Smith Oratorical Contest. I love the way she frames her answer with her own experience, research, and reflection on Scripture, including her reading of my book, Four Gifts: Seeking Self-care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength. It's an … Continue reading Finding Peace Through Self-Care

Asian American Women on Leadership

Last year I was invited to guest post for Asian American Women on Leadership (AAWOL), and this year I started blogging regularly with this group of women in ministry. We are from the U.S. and Canada: pastors, writers, communications managers, therapists, spiritual directors, full-time moms, students, administrators, single, married, first-, second, and third-generation Asian North … Continue reading Asian American Women on Leadership

25 Self-care Ideas for Strength: for our bodies

Welcome to the final part of this series on self-care for heart, soul, mind, and strength: Part 1 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Heart: for singles, widows, married people, and everyone Part 2 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry people, and everyone Part 3 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for Strength: for our bodies

25 Self-care Ideas for the Mind: for intellectual and mental health

Welcome to Part 3 of this series on self-care for the heart, soul, mind, and strength: Part 1 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Heart: for singles, widows, married people, and everyone Part 2 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry people, and everyone Part 3 - 25 Self-care Ideas for the … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Mind: for intellectual and mental health

25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

I had been invited to lead a session on self-care for a group of ministry leaders, but my host repeatedly referred to it as a session on "soul-care." After all, the "soul" and "self" can both refer to our inner being, and in the Bible the same word may be translated as soul or inner … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Soul: for students, ministry leaders, and everyone

25 Self-care Ideas for the Heart: for singles, widows, married people, and everyone

I had a lovely weekend in Alberta at Camp Nakamun, where I had been invited to speak on self-care for a spring get-away for Widow to Widow, which is a Connecting Streams ministry of Power to Change in Canada. Since I was speaking, it was a working weekend, but in many ways it felt like a getaway for me too: in a beautiful setting … Continue reading 25 Self-care Ideas for the Heart: for singles, widows, married people, and everyone

Butterflies, Psalm 27, and the Beauty of the Lord

When I first heard of Rachel Held Evans, I was already publishing books and articles and pastoring a church. We weren't the same age, of the same ethnicity, from the same country, with the same background or church experience, and of course I wasn't even a speck in her huge following. Yet when I retweeted … Continue reading Butterflies, Psalm 27, and the Beauty of the Lord

How to Tell When You’re Taking on Too Much

Question: When it comes to self-care, how do you know when you're taking on too much? Answer: Unfortunately for many of us, we often don't realize we're becoming overwhelmed until it's too late! When you start skipping meals because you don't have time to eat, or skimp on sleep because you're answering email late at … Continue reading How to Tell When You’re Taking on Too Much