"When we are perpetually tired, it is hard to find peace in our body, mind, and spirit. The longer we go without rest, the harder it is to enter into it. We can become like little children who, despite crankiness and fatigue, resist taking a nap." This week, Laura Beach provides a mini-retreat to help us enter into that much-needed rest.
Augustine famously said, "You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you." In today's Seven Minute Seminary video, Christopher West shares how God wants to heal all of our sexual brokenness by inviting us to find our deepest longings in Jesus Christ.
Are you feeling displaced? Marilyn Elliott shares the hope of presence and how to fill the loneliness we all feel.
We constantly evaluate the value of resources. So, sometimes, we tend to treat people like they are resources and make judgments about their value to us. Jim Kinder shares a sermon about what happens when we choose to value all people.
Henri Nouwen's book suggests that solitude and silence are two integral parts of unceasing prayer. Kathy Milans reviews this important writing on the desert fathers and their lives of communion with God.
Have you taken the chance to rest and enjoy the completion of something in your life? Allow this weekly breather to help you do just that.
How do you escape the hustle and bustle of Christmastime to focus on the real reason for this holy day? Ben Snyder shares about our frantic pace and a trip to Bethlehem.
Recipe for chaos: Three kids and one cat, One 1100 square foot bungalow with two small bathrooms and a half finished basement, A calendar schedule too full; two full time jobs, Mix with meals and fun and fights and dirty clothes and science experiments. Leave out for a week to ripen.
Formation is not only about the spirit. Human persons are embodied spirits, and as such, we cannot separate our spiritual selves from our physical, emotional and material selves. When you have a sick heart, your whole world likely feels sick, and vice-versa. Proverbs 17:22 says it pointedly, "A crushed spirit dries up the bones." To over spiritualize our formation and distance it from the bodily experience of life is to foster deformation.
Resistance. [...] Maybe it’s the addict who has been court-ordered to participate in therapy, the teenager whose parents are “forcing” him to talk with a counselor, or the child who is reluctant to process her past trauma. Knowing how to respond effectively to resistance can mean the difference between a positive treatment experience and the helping relationship being left more bruised and battered than the desk in my office.