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Did you ever feel like starting all over again? Wait, what I’m really asking is, Did you ever not feel like starting all over again?
I’m sorry. That’s not right. Please let me try it again. Have you ever known deep in your heart that your only hope is for a brand new beginning? (There, that’s better!)
The Gospel is always about beginning all over again
New beginnings. That’s the hope and the joy of the gospel of Jesus Christ, isn’t it? That’s why we’re open every Sunday, for new beginnings, fresh starts in the wondrous gift of Christ’s love and forgiveness. But isn’t Sunday too long to wait? If you’re like me, you’re ready for new beginnings all through the week! Read More
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The Wellness Wheel
Indulge me for a moment, would you? Set the alarm on your phone to go off a couple hours from now, at a point in your day when you have a little quiet time, a free moment or two. Hey, thanks!
Yesterday my granddaughter spontaneously gave my leg a hug. Nice. I needed that! A moment ago I was given a cup of coffee and a huge smile on a dreary, rainy day. Everybody needs a small blessing once in a while, a moment of affirmation, care, love, concern.
I want you to have a moment like that when your phone alarm goes off in a couple hours. (You didn’t really set your alarm, did you? That’s okay. You will in a minute!) Read More
Melissa Hower, Mission Advancement Officer, and Randy Fauser, President/CEO, representing Grace Place Wellness, attending the 175th Anniversary Celebration of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis on October 10th, 2014 Thank you Concordia Seminary for a great party!… Read More
This year’s gala took place at the downtown Missouri Athletic Club — a monumental building — fitting for the celebration of a monumental year at Grace Place Wellness. We were humbled by the opportunity to join in camaraderie with 280 supporters on the night of September 19th in celebration… Read More
Grace Place Wellness President/CEO, Randy Fauser, was interviewed on KFUO. http://youtu.be/wvmAbLJlKqk… Read More
The 4th Annual Soup for the Soul was a ‘Souper’ success! So many of our friends – old and new alike – joined us for a wonderful evening of sipping soup from 20 fabulous restaurants and enjoying many delicious homemade desserts! And the fellowship was amazing!… Read More
If you have a family, you likely have financial worries — especially this time of year as the kids get ready to head back to school, whether they’re starting kindergarten or college.
But your total net worth can’t buy your fiscal well-being, according to a Gallup study. Instead, research shows that our financial wellness is more closely tied to our perception that we have enough money to adequately care for ourselves and our family without the burden and stress of debt. Read More
While most of us equate well-being with being happy, a book from the famed Gallup organization, Well Being, The Five Essential Elements (Gallup Press), sheds incredibly helpful and even surprising insights.
Well-being goes far beyond happiness. Gallup surveyed the people of more than 200 nations and populations representing about 98 percent of the world. Researchers discovered five key areas of “being” that reflect humans’ health and wellness: career, social, physical, financial and community well-being. Read More
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in his concise text, Meditating On The Word,* begins his preface with the following paragraph:
[su_quote]Word and sacrament are at the heart of our worship and our life together as Christians, yet it is my experience in the church that we keep ourselves close to the sacrament but at some distance from the Word. This is commonly seen in the small attention paid top-reaching, the trivial nature of so many sermons we hear, the absence of Bible study in many congregations, and (one imagines) the infrequency of personal reading of the Bible. I believe this is an imbalance that needs correcting, although I think I understand at least some of the reasons why it exists.[/su_quote]
As we look at the spiritual elements of our lives as church workers and laity alike, could it be that we are Word-impoverished? Read More
Community well being
You might be a person who recognizes all the variations to Wellness Wheel diagrams that are showing up all over health literature. The LCMS even has its own Wellness Wheel that was created out of a joint effort of the members of the Inter Lutheran Coordinating Council, Concordia Plan Services, the Commission on Ministerial Growth and Support, and even with Grace Place input. They’re all well thought out, colorful, useful… and round!
However, what is not showing up on most wheels is “Community Well Being.” Yet, our friends at the Gallup Organization found that most of the folks in the world feel that community well being is essential to being whole.* Why might this be true? Read More
Physical well being
Eat a good breakfast; brush and floss twice a day; work hard; exercise daily; make nice friends; eat your vegetables; go to bed early; don’t smoke; avoid salt; eat fish; drink your milk, and call you mother…often! All of this is probably the best advice anyone can give regarding physical wellness… no really, anyone, including Mom, Dr. Oz, or a super-double-board-certified-best-doctor-in-America. Just do it!
As we approach this New Year, this season when, despite our good intentions, all seems to get tossed out the window, are there a few caveats that we can post on our limbic system that might possibly alter our physical (and for that matter, our whole-being well-being) enough that we can launch into the new year with veritas and gravitas? Yes. Read More