When Encouragement Comes Full Circle

When Encouragement Comes Full Circle

After several months of intense ministry, I took a deep breath. Although I could feel I was almost maxed out and something in my soul was off kilter, I continued to do what needed to be done. Because that is what we do. Because the needs are so great. I didn’t realize...
Assumptions, Judgment and Chai Tea Lattes

Assumptions, Judgment and Chai Tea Lattes

The only time I treat myself to one of those specialty drinks at the famous coffee shop with the green logo is when someone gives me a gift card. During Christmastime, one of my clients did just that, so I saved it until the perfect time – a cold day in January when...
Two Troubling Phrases that Keep Us from Abundant Life

Two Troubling Phrases that Keep Us from Abundant Life

As another coaching client left my office, I wrote a summary in her folder, then sat for a while in reflective thought. Five manila folders stacked like cardboard warnings of the two troubling phrases I heard that day. As I reviewed each client’s goals, progress and...
Isolation Means Death (A Lesson from My Dog, Rocky)

Isolation Means Death (A Lesson from My Dog, Rocky)

Our Yorkshire Terrier, Rocky, was 15 years old and blind when he started looking for his place to die. Animal instincts kick in when they suspect death is near. They will often search for a quiet and isolated place to lie down and stop breathing. Rocky searched in...
Finding My Pace in Life

Finding My Pace in Life

As I flipped through another page in my planner, I wondered how to accomplish all my tasks in a mere 24 hours? With three part-time jobs, I lived the proverbial juggling act. Yet I needed the income in order to pay bills and all my jobs were classified as ministry, so...