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5 Ways to Make Stress Work in Your Favor

Stress is an alert system. Stress is your built in warning system that something needs your attention. Just like your car has warnings that alert you that something may be wrong, or needs maintenance soon, stress alerts you that you need to pay attention to your body & environment. It gives you a chance to react to it before things get potentially worse. Letting stress go uncontrolled leads to more emotional chaos, physical symptoms and illness. Left unchecked, small stresses [...]

The Waiting

“…Because His compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness…Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” Lamentations 3:22-24 Waiting. The pain of infertility is often found in the waiting. I waited 4 years to get pregnant with my first. I waited a year before I was pregnant with my second. And now, I’m at 15 months. Almost a year and a half of waiting to get pregnant with our [...]

RSVP

Ah, those dreaded initials that scream commitment.  Do they make anyone else instantly sweat?  What do they even mean?!  According to Wikipedia , “It is an initialism derived from the French phrase Répondez s'il vous plaît meaning 'Please respond'” Many times these initials are at the end of an invitation of some sort be it a wedding, baby shower, or party.  For me, often times they are a source of indecision and stress! An invitation is a request for us to be [...]

Hello, my name is…

Hello!!!  My name is Kelli Best and it is great to meet you!  I wanted to introduce myself to you.  Bill and I currently serve as lead pastors at Bethlehem Chapel in Ephrata, WA.  We have been here for the last eight years.  I serve as the team leader for BONDED Women’s Ministry, serve on the worship team, and help teach the three and four year olds on Wednesday nights.  Bill and I have been married for 28 years and [...]

Turtle Like Tendencies

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the old adage, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”  I get the heart of this message and agree with it, truly this world does not need another voice joining the chorus of negativity, whining, complaining or insult throwing.  Beyond that, I try to be a person that if I am speaking I am hoping it is to add to the equation and not subtract. A couple of months of [...]

I am sorry I interrupted you but I had something important to say…lessons I have learned about silence.

How would you like to “read” 12 books this year without even owning a book?  Each week we post videos of our reflections on the book of the month a. This month, we are learning the “9 Arts of Spiritual Conversations”. Here is one of the videos we posted this week on the equipHER Facebook page – the art of listening. Please join us anytime, you are an important part of the conversation! “I was just trying to be encouraging.” [...]

Belonging

We are connected. We all have a place in this vast, beautiful tapestry called Humanity, and we are all connected through the sustaining threads of relationship and belonging. We become woven together in our tightly-knitted communities built on Story. We share our stories of where we are, where we have been, and where we long to go so that we can be known, be seen, and belong. Within all of us is a longing for connection and purpose. We yearn [...]

You were made for Sabbath

Sabbath is not a list of rules, regulations or legalistic steps to follow. It is a requirement for human survival, in the same way that we must have oxygen and water. We must partake in Sabbath. We need rest for our physical bodies. We need renewal of our minds. We need to care for our souls within the context of an abiding relationship with God away from distractions and demands. We must remember that Sabbath was created by God along [...]

How to make a Sabbath Box…

In one of my favorite books on Sabbath, Wayne Muller writes: “Sabbath requires surrender. If we only stop when we are finished with all our work, we will never stop, because our work is never completely done. With every accomplishment there arises a new responsibility… Sabbath dissolves the artificial urgency of our days, because it liberates us from the need to be finished.” I ask myself, Do I remember weekly, daily, hourly, who my source is? Am I in charge [...]

Even If

How do you view the future? Are you like me, wondering about your future? constantly thinking what if that happens? What if I can't go? What if…?\ Driving in the car listening to the radio Mercy Me's song Even If came on. I was singing along and found myself really taking in the words and what they meant. I thought about the verse the song draws from, Daniel 3:16-18. 16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered King Nebuchadnezzar, “Your threat means nothing [...]

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