The Gratitude Gift That Keeps on Giving

In July of this year, I decided to cut back on writing in this space from weekly to every second week. By doing so, I hoped to make more writing room for my new book project and to ease what sometimes felt like a relentless pace of blogging. Today I'm making an exception with this … Continue reading The Gratitude Gift That Keeps on Giving

What is the Secret to Flourishing?

Two years ago, I wrote my 22 best practices that have helped me survive and thrive through 22 years of pastoral ministry. Last year I added one more practice to the list which should have been there from the start: taking regular sabbaticals which have been generously provided by my church and have also been … Continue reading What is the Secret to Flourishing?

Holy Listening with Breath, Body,and the Spirit

Curious, Puzzled, and Holy Listening for God

When I heard that Upper Room Books planned to publish a spiritual formation resource that combined lectio divina, prayer, yoga, aromatherapy, and journaling, I felt both curious and puzzled. Curious, because I've written for the Upper Room daily devotional guide; because the Upper Room publishes A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants which is a classic … Continue reading Curious, Puzzled, and Holy Listening for God

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How to Inspire a Rather Large Amount of Gratitude

Last year I started a gratitude journal, so every evening I would reflect on five things that made me grateful and write them down. I tried to be specific and not repeat myself from one evening to the next, and I came to love the practice as a way of reviewing my day and giving … Continue reading How to Inspire a Rather Large Amount of Gratitude

5 Reasons Why I Love My New Journal

I love my new gratitude journal from Tyndale Books even though I haven't written in it yet. I'm only about half-way through my current journal, so I'm not ready to start a new one, but that hasn't stopped me from feasting my eyes on Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal. Here's how I'm making good … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Love My New Journal