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

Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

I did a double-take when I first read the title, The Radical Pursuit of Rest---isn't "pursuit" the opposite of "rest"? Author John Koessler definitely sparked my interest, and his subtitle added to the intrigue: Escaping the Productivity Trap. In his introduction, Koessler says that while his book contains practical suggestions on how we might pursue … Continue reading Enter to Win a Free Copy of The Radical Pursuit of Rest

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

How to Procrastinate and Be Productive

To celebrate the release of Four Gifts: Seeking Self-Care for Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, my friend, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, invited me on her blog to write an article on self-care for writers. I was eager for the opportunity, especially since I loved Andi's Love Letters to Writers and had previously featured her book on my blog. I wanted … Continue reading How to Procrastinate and Be Productive

Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake

One of my friends lives in another town about an hour’s drive away, and at least once a year, she makes the trek out on a Sunday morning to hear me preach. After worship, we usually have a long, leisurely lunch followed by a not-so-leisurely walk in a nearby park so we can burn off … Continue reading Self-Care, Friendship, and Chocolate Cheesecake