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FMF - Unforced Rhythms

Walking in Unforced Rhythms – It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint!

FMF - Unforced Rhythms

 

// The restaurant was abuzz with the pleasing sounds of people eating and friendly discussion. I was having breakfast with my pastor and mentor, Edna, a precious moment of having her all to myself. (It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, I soak it up.)

The food had just arrived, so we jumped past the pleasantries and dived right into the task at hand. “I need help. Here’s my life—help me navigate this season.”

I laid before her a notepad detailing the six quadrants of my life. Do you get the irony there? Quadrants come in fours… I’ve been so busy that I had six quadrants on my page, all demanding my immediate attention and energy. No wonder I’ve been tired and stressed.   Read more

What to Do When Tragedy Strikes

What To Do When Tragedy Strikes

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, like another friend, you’ve just received an astronomical repair bill that you have NO way of paying.
  • Or maybe there are relationship tensions that are filling your life with unimaginable stress.   Read more

Battling the Christmas JOY-Stealers

Have you ever felt that joy is simply escaping you? I mean, in this season that should fill you with warm fuzzy feelings, are you ready to hit the “eject” button? Let’s be honest, sometimes circumstances just suck.

I’m there right now. “Joy to the World” …whatever.

And that’s not normal for me. I have always been a huge Christmas lover. You know, the kind of person who would listen to Christmas carols in July and hang Christmas lights in September. In fact, we have fairy lights hanging year round in the kitchen just because there’s just something special about washing dishes with ‘mood lighting.’

Even now as I write this, the house is quiet, the tree is keeping me company, and the smell of turkey is coming from the kitchen.

What… so early? Are you crazy?

Yes, yes I am. But let me tell you what’s going on around here.    Read more