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Tired? Read this.

Margaret —  June 22, 2016 — Leave a comment

Tired? Read this.

More often than I'd like to admit, I wake up feeling run down, spent, and empty.

Maybe you know what that feels like. Maybe you’re even feeling it today.

A few years ago, I quickly discovered that in order to lay hold of the rhythm of rest I needed, I had to make some pretty dramatic changes in my life.

I had to set a bedtime, commit to taking a day off each week, and lower my workload.

In the process, I began to discover the wonder of rest. Continue Reading...

4 Ways to Reignite the Wonder of God In Your Life & Ministry

As passionate followers of Christ committed to serving others, we must be intentional about nurturing a sense of wonder in our lives and discovering God as “Wonderful” each and every day. That's why I couldn't be more thrilled that to be part of Catalyst whose theme is Awaken to Wonder.

The Gospels ground us in the truth that those who encountered Jesus were left in wild amazement. Those who encountered Christ were awestruck by His teachings, healings, and mind-bending miracles.

Words like “awe,” “wonder,” and “marvel” followed Him almost everywhere He went (particularly in the Gospel of Luke).

If you’ve misplaced your sense of marvel somewhere along the way, or perhaps you just want to nurture an even greater sense of awe, here are four ways to begin living wonderstruck as a leader: Continue Reading...

Are You a Treasure Hunter? Find out about the Wonder of Restoration!

My friend, Veronica Johnson, from Canby Oregon, recently shared with me some of the hidden riches she’s discovered. Looking at items others would pass by or toss in the trash, she sees potential and worth.

Veronica loves to restore old things. Consider some of her pieces: Continue Reading...

The One Thing to Add to Your To-Do List Today

Job and his friends ask God a laundry list of “Why?” questions.

Why did this happen? Why did God not prevent it? Why does God allow such pain and loss?

Those ancient questions are much different than the ones we ask God today.

Situations. Circumstances. Experiences. Many of them leaving us asking, “Why?” Continue Reading...

How to Nurture Wonder

In our modern culture, we aren’t really taught to nurture a sense of wonder.

Yet from the very beginning of Genesis, we get a glimpse creating endless surprises in the sky, sea, and land, all the way to the closing of Revelation where we see God seated on the throne with peels of lightning and thunder and creatures beyond description, we serve a God who is full of wonder. Indeed, our God is Wonderful.

I'm so excited to be part of the Catalyst Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 7-9--an event that attracts more than 10,000 pastors, leaders, and ministers from around the world. Gifted teachers, gurus, and my personal heroes including Andy Stanley, Louie Giglio, Brene Brown, Erwin McManus, Christine Caine and many more will be exploring the theme of Awaken to Wonder. Plus, on lab day, I can't wait to be part of the If:Gathering Track.

Why is wonder so crucial?

If familiarity breeds contempt, then religious familiarity breeds cynicism. 

All of us, if we are not careful, can lose the wonder.

The wonder of...

being a child of God

of having our name on the lips of Jesus

of sharing the name of a holy nation, a royal priesthood, a gathering of precious saints

of walking among those who are broken but made whole, sinful but redeemed, imperfect but deeply loved

Hebrews 12:28-29 says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Do you see it?

Our worship of God, in part, is to be fueled by a sense of awe.

And so if we, who claim to be followers of Jesus, lovers of God, and aren’t experiencing any wonder of who God is in our lives, then maybe we need to ask some hard questions: Continue Reading...