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What To Do When You've Lost Your Holy Awe

As followers of Jesus, we are meant to toss back the covers, climb out of bed, and drink in the fullness of life God intended for us. We are called to live alert to the wonders all around and within us that expand our desire to know God more.

Yet the focus on the functionality of ministry combined with the increased sense of familiarity can numb us to the marvelous work to which we’ve been called—encouraging people to walk in the fullness of all God has called and created them through Jesus Christ.

Here are a handful of things that can pull us away from living wonderstruck and experiencing the daily splendor of knowing Jesus as we lead:

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5 Secrets to the Best Night’s Sleep Ever (And Why It Matters)

Some days I miss being a teenager. Not the acne or the awkwardness, but the ability to sleep well into the afternoon.

Do you remember those days?

Maybe you’re reliving those day with teenagers now.

With each passing year, I’m finding it harder to secure a really good night’s sleep—the kind that leaves me stretching like a well-rested cat in bed. All too often I find myself staggering out of bed, hair looking like a sprinkler head, stumbling for the coffee.

So I decided to do something it. Not only did I commit to discovering the wonder of rest (as described in Wonderstruck), but also being intentional about getting the kind of zzzzz’s that leave me energetic instead of empty in the morning.

Here are a few tips I discovered along the way:
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Could Lack of Sleep Be Ruining Faith?

As I've been proofing Wonderstruck: Awaken to the Nearness of God (from Worthy Publishing and Lifeway) book and working on the accompanying Bible study, I've found  myself welling up with tears and prayers that the Holy Spirit will well up in you as you read each chapter.

Years ago someone asked me, "What's the biggest thing that causes you to sin?"

I thought about that question for awhile. I considered the temptation to overeat at a fancy buffet, the advertisement of that sexy shirtless guy, the juiciness of gossip, the enticement of breaking the rules, the pride that so easily creeps into our hearts, and much more. Temptation takes so many different forms. But as I reflected on the thing that causes me to sin the most, I only had one answer: Continue Reading...

What You Don't Know About Daylight Savings

I started to wonder this week: Where did this practice of "spring forward, fall back" come from? Continue Reading...

What You Can Do About Daylight Savings & Daylight Cravings

My least favorite hour of the year is daylight savings time in the fall. I think they should call it daylight cravings, because afterward it seems like every day is shorter (and for someone who loves to play outdoors, boo!)

But I'm trying to make the most of the one hour I gain from switching back to Standard Time. Continue Reading...