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

Three Friends, Three Books

Today I'm excited to introduce three books from three friends that are making an impact on me. Each touches me in a different way: poetry that stirs my heart, mind, and soul; missionary stories that inspire me; and a devotional book that I'm already planning to use next year. The first excerpt is a poem … Continue reading Three Friends, Three Books

Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

I paid a visit to one of our church seniors who has not been able to participate in worship as she once did. Yet while she feels physically weak in some ways, her spirit remains as strong as ever, for when I asked, "How are you?" she said, "I'm so grateful that I hardly know … Continue reading Thanksgiving Sunday Gratitude Journal

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

May Jesus Walk with You from One Creative Step to the Next

Late last night I returned from a fantastic few days connecting with people in Mennonite Church Eastern Canada (MCEC). My sincere thanks to everyone who so graciously hosted me and for the opportunity to share with you in so many ways both formally and more informally! The invitation I received to speak at the Spring … Continue reading May Jesus Walk with You from One Creative Step to the Next

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