Entries by Shauna Blaak

What To Do When Tragedy Strikes

Have you ever had one of those weeks… or months… or years… when you CAN’T handle one. more. thing on your plate?

“This is enough now. I need relief.”

“I can’t do it anymore. God, You need to help me now.”

“I’m finished.”

We’ve ALL felt those emotions at one time or another, haven’t we?

Perhaps, like some of my friends, it’s been a week with sick kids and little to no sleep. Perhaps you’ve just received an astronomical repair bill that you have NO way of paying. Or maybe there are relationship tensions that are robbing you of joy, and filling your life with unimaginable stress.  

Or perhaps, like my husband, you are currently at the bank trying to track down the source of fraudulent charges made on your credit card. Hundreds of dollars stolen in seconds, but the repercussions may last for days and weeks to come.

When Work Becomes Fun – Glorious Creativity

“Ok, guys. Go! You’ve only got 8 seconds to catch your reader’s attention. Write!”

The room was a mix of expression… some faces furrowed in concentration, desperate to finish their thoughts before the five-minute timer ran out. Some showed panic, realizing that original ideas were lacking and ‘imagination muscles’ were out of shape. And then there were those who looked like deer in headlights—“What are we doing?”

The fury of scratching pens and pencils followed for the next five minutes. You could almost hear the wheels turning and smoke rising.

Creativity! Beautiful, glorious creativity!

Get out of your box. Break free from of the practical. Dream. Stretch those muscles. Force yourself to think bigger, brighter, bolder.

What you Need to Know About Making Decisions (plus a bonus video)

Do you have some big decisions to make? In the past few weeks, I’ve spoken with so many of you who are asking yourselves (and those around you), “What do I do now?”

That’s a good question.

I suppose you could always go back to traditional decision-making techniques such as making lists of pros and cons, weighing out the good and the bad.

Or you could look for an external ‘sign’ that could show you which way to go. You could put out a ‘fleece’ as Gideon did. (Isn’t that the go-to-story that people use when trying to make decisions?)

But my friends, Gideon’s example wasn’t a sign of his faith; it was actually a sign of his unbelief. God had already spoken to him, but he was too scared to obey.

No, there must be a better way to make decisions.

Here’s what I know…