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

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

When You Feel Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. I've been there too. And not in a good way like being overwhelmed by the beauty of a spring day, or overwhelmed by soaring music, or overwhelmed by love that fills your heart to bursting. It might not be a 9-1-1 emergency -- no need to panic and act quickly, but how to get … Continue reading When You Feel Overwhelmed

Wherever You are in Your Journey, Walk in Faith

Last spring I shared with my congregation that I felt a new wind of the Spirit blowing me to complete my pastoral ministry and to invest more deeply in my writing while also remaining open to ministry in a new setting. At the time I had a new book releasing in fall, another book contract … Continue reading Wherever You are in Your Journey, Walk in Faith

Fast from Complaining, Feast on Appreciation

Ash Wednesday has come and gone, the first Sunday of Lent was yesterday, and I still haven't decided what to give up or add for Lent this year. One year I gave up listening to the car radio, and learned to appreciate the silence as I drove. Another year I added a jigsaw puzzle, although … Continue reading Fast from Complaining, Feast on Appreciation

Who Would Be My People?

As my conviction grew to complete my pastoral ministry with my congregation, my questions grew too. While I felt more and more certain of the Spirit's leading to shift from my pastoral ministry to focus on my writing, I wasn't at all sure how that would work. As members, would my husband and I continue … Continue reading Who Would Be My People?

Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

I have just four more days as lead pastor of my church where I have served for over twenty-five years. I've already preached my last sermon. I've already been blessed by many prayers, cards, hugs, gifts, fun surprises, and beautiful words. These last few days are actually vacation days for me, but they and the … Continue reading Saying Goodbye with Hello Just Around the Corner

If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long

"We discovered your blog post that includes a range of prayers related to mental illness. Is there one of these that you would see as particularly appropriate for a hymnal and worship book? If not, would you be open to selecting or writing something else? Although space limits us to one short prayer on this subject, we hope that it can serve as … Continue reading If We Want to Love Well, We Must Love Long