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A Wellness Plan Is Simple

Don’t overdo it. We’ve helped people write wellness plans at our retreats for over 20 years. Most people, on the final days of the retreat, tend to overdo it. They try to plan to do way too much all at once. I try to say over and over, “Just this… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Mission Focused

Timing is everything. In the Luke 14 Parable of the Great Banquet, when the Master called, “Come, for everything is now ready!” the invited guests all had excuses. The call to ministry is sort of like that. God creates opportunities for mission. He calls his servants to respond. A church… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Biblical

Advice is cheap. And abundant. Everybody has an idea about what’s best for you. When God’s children respond to the Spirit’s urging to make healthy life choices, they turn to the Word of the Lord. Most advice we’re bombarded with is faulty at best and corrupt at worst. The way… Read More

A Wellness Plan is Realistic

Let’s get real. By wellness plan, I’m talking about how you will approach the daily and weekly disciplines of balanced self-care. By “realistic,” I mean two things. Your plan is not something you read in a book that you “should” do. It’s not imitating what someone else does. Realistic… Read More

A Wellness Plan Is Comprehensive

It’s all connected. I’ve been reading Ezekiel. The dry bones get connected and there’s life. Paul wrote, “The body is made of many parts.” You’re the same way. Your physical condition affects your spirit and your vocational efforts. A broken relational life impacts your health, your emotions, and your life… Read More

Intentional Wellness Plans Are Christ-Centered

Decay happens naturally Our natural state is atrophy. Last week we discussed how important it is to be intentional about safeguarding your spiritual, relational, physical and vocational health. When untended, wholeness in each of these aspects of life is jeopardized. But a wellness plan that… Read More

Sincere Faith

A Word from the Lord I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5 A Word of Encouragement What discipline would be of the greatest benefit to… Read More

Intentional about Healthy Choices

A Word from the Lord For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7 A Word of Encouragement Intentional self-care requires exercise of the Spirit’s gift of self-discipline. How is the Lord calling you to care… Read More

Who Knows What You Need Today?

A Word from the Lord May the Lord show mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he searched hard for me until he found me. 2 Timothy 1:16-17 A Word of… Read More

Grace, Mercy and Peace for YOU!

A Word from the Lord To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. 2 Timothy 1:2 A Word of Encouragement Baptismal renewal is an intentional welcoming of God’s grace, mercy and peace. Take a moment to remember God’s working of… Read More

The Joy of Friendships

A Word from the Lord Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. 2 Timothy 1:4 A Word of Encouragement Which of your friends would offer you the most joyful conversation? Renew yourself. Make a call. Be intentional about your need for… Read More

Fan into Flame the Gift of God

A Word from the Lord I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6 A Word of Encouragement You are gifted and called for ministry. Be intentional this week about acknowledging and finding confidence… Read More