2018 January

SPEED UP, SLOW DOWN

SPEED UP, SLOW DOWN

The books on the shelf have similar titles: Slowing Down the Speed of Life, The Culture of Speed, What Price the Pace of Modern Life? Most everyone agrees that contemporary life is lived in the fast l... Read More »

ESCAPE STRESS

ESCAPE STRESS

How often do we finally reach a state of peaceful contentment and then wish we could hang out a sign that says, “Do not disturb”? Of course we can’t prevent disturbances or stressful situations, but w... Read More »

CREATIVE SILENCE

CREATIVE SILENCE

India, where I live, is a country of wide, sweeping farmlands; huge mountains jutting their peaks into the sky; broad rivers lazily moving over rocks. The land is as peaceful as it always has been, bu... Read More »

ANTI-FEAR THERAPY

ANTI-FEAR THERAPY

I was cleaning up my brushes and paint cans after some volunteers and I finished painting a large mural for the local Sunday school when Maxim passed me a note: I was really encouraged to meet and wor... Read More »

LAUGHING WITH ABANDON

LAUGHING WITH ABANDON

How easy it is to listen to the advice of others and change ourselves into something we are not. To quit being our unique and wonderfully made selves. To base our worth on what others think instead of... Read More »

THE SECRET

THE SECRET

Oh, how divinely sweet it is to come into the secret of His presence and abide in His pavilion! —David Brainerd (1718–1747), missionary to the Native Americans Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for... Read More »

DEATH OF HORSESHOES

DEATH OF HORSESHOES

I vividly recall the men in our neighborhood gathering every evening after work in a vacant lot next to my house for a game of horseshoes. The pace of life was more relaxed when I was a child. Work wa... Read More »

A PERFECT DAY

A PERFECT DAY

Today was perfect!I t wasn’t a perfectly lazy day, or perfect in terms of accomplishments, or without problems. Still, it was so perfect from start to finish that I now feel compelled to retrace my st... Read More »

GETTING THE BEST RESULTS

GETTING THE BEST RESULTS

When you have so much to do, slowing things down and taking time to meditate, getting your mind off the work at hand and onto Jesus could be the last thing you feel like doing. Even if you try, you ma... Read More »

SMOOTH SAILING ON STORMY SEAS

SMOOTH SAILING ON STORMY SEAS

For a good bit of my life, I’ve been a worrier. My take on the “power of positive thinking” / “look on the bright side” philosophy was, “Bah, humbug! That kind of advice is for wimps. I’m a realist. W... Read More »

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