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The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

Sitting in the counselor’s office after months of brutal treatment, I felt exasperated by the loss of strength, energy, clarity, sanity. As soon as I finished one treatment, I entered another. Chemotherapy. Radiation. More and more surgeries.

The counselor slapped me across the face with the following words:

Resilience is finite.

The Bible Says Jesus’ Yoke Is Easy, But Some Days I Doubt

The statement caught me off guard. I’ve always thought of resilience as endless. The spring always bounces back. The well always renews.

The counselor revealed that overused metal springs can wear right through. Some wells run dry. The bounce never returns. The place remains barren.

Thirty years of counseling experience, and he’d seen this again and again.

People burning through their resilience. Empty. Lifeless. Former shadows of themselves.

Sometimes the sparkle never returns to the iris.

I didn’t want to be among them. Continue Reading...

 The Secret to Reigniting Your Faith

Over the years, I’ve discovered a secret to reigniting your faith—even when it seems impossible:  Continue Reading...

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Over the last few years I’ve slowly been learning and relearning the power of rest, the gift of the Sabbath. In Wonderstruck, I confessed:

“Most days, I felt like I was running on a fuming treadmill on full incline. Exhausted and burned out, I was running with an empty gas tank and no energy. In embracing the wonder of rest, I’ve learned that freedom isn't found in tossing the treadmill, but in finding a maintainable pace.” –from Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God

Over the last few years, I’ve been discovering and rediscovering the wonder of one of God’s most gracious and delicious gifts: rest.

Maybe, like me, you’ve allowed this gift to slip through your fingers like sand. Or maybe, like me, you’ve had rest ripped from your grasp because of the adversity you’re facing.

Whatever the cause, here are 3 things to remember if you’re feeling burned out or just flat tired: Continue Reading...

The Quality of Your Life Depends on This One Thing

I used to think rest meant taking a nap or getting a few extra hours of sleep. But rest isn’t a purely passive activity. Rest invites us to actively engage with the world around us and #LIVEWONDERSTRUCK by what we experience.

You see, the quality of your life depends on this one thing: Continue Reading...

A Prayer When Your Tired of Waiting

Grateful for the words of Walter Brueggemann today. Read through this poem as you reflect on the Advent season: Continue Reading...