Are you running away from God?

  Welcome to the second of six in a series about lessons we can learn from Jonah. When we run away from God, it doesn’t just affect us. It involves…

Wisdom takes her stand at the crossroads

  It seems everybody is at a crossroads today. Every time we’re some place as a shepherd deciding to go this way or that way, deciding to do what’s maybe…

Four-Fold Franciscan blessing

  At this time of social unrest, it’s important that we each, as shepherds in our homes, our work places, our churches, and our communities be reminded of this Franciscan…

Striving or Striding through COVID?

Over these last weeks of COVID-19, have you been feeling like you’re running a marathon? You’re not alone. Early on, many of us worked hard with the idea we could…

Being Present

Hey, shepherd parents, here’s a reminder you might find helpful! James Powell shares a story from his youth that reminds us of the importance of presence. May it speak deeply…

The Boss of Me

Oh, dear shepherd leaders, how we want to “be the boss” of ourselves, rather than letting The Good Shepherd lead, guide, and direct our lives. This blog by Dan Wolgemuth,…

Waiting

Waiting is hard. Not just when the result of a medical test is pending or when a college application is on its way … but in our everyday world. Let’s…

The Current

In Pursuing God’s Will Together, Ruth Haley Barton notes the following about discerning God’s will as a way of life… “Cultivating the habit of discernment means we are always seeking…

Indifference

I’ve always viewed indifference in a negative light, as being apathetic toward a cause or a person or an issue that’s deserving of one’s attention or support. To a person…

Lessons from Joseph

No matter what happened to Joseph – prison, lies, hatred from his brothers, he was not resentful, bitter or full of self-pity. There’s a beautiful lesson for shepherd leaders when…

Our eyes are the gateway to our soul

Yes, it’s 2020. No matter what country you live in, what work you do, what ministry you lead, or what household you organize, a brand new year is true for…

Ever dwell on negative thoughts?

As shepherd leaders, we all have times that we dwell on negative thoughts. In Scripture, Philippians 4 – 8, offers a way to change our thought process when we are…

House Guests

For nearly 15 years, we were privileged to have a guest area in our home. Pastors, missionaries, friends in ministry, the wife of a gentleman in a nearby prison, family…

The Crud at our Core

It’s a horrible moment when we realize that at the depth of our souls we’re depraved. When we think we’re connected to the Vine, in sync with the Savior, and…

Cheered by God

Take a moment. Read this slowly. More than once. Let it sink deeply into the depths of your soul. “Cheered by the presence of God I will do at each…

Fénelon Moments

Did you ever have a commitment on your calendar that seemed routine on the surface but in the end brought joy and wonder at what God can do? The intent…

Thrive

Thrive – the word itself brings visions of flourishing, doesn’t it? Of a person who is prospering, growing, progressing, and bearing fruit in such a way that the service they…

Requires

How often do we as leaders experience frustration and, at the end of our patience, become so exasperated that we look upward and scream out “What do you want from…
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