24 08, 2017

You were made for Sabbath

By |August 24th, 2017|Categories: equipHER, Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

17 08, 2017

How to make a Sabbath Box…

By |August 17th, 2017|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

27 07, 2017

Tell Your Story – August equipHER

By |July 27th, 2017|Categories: equipHER|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Sabbath Day of rest was very much a struggle for me. Life got in the way with kids, church, events, ministry, birthday parties and such. My to-do list never seem to end. By the end of the day I am wiped out asking God for a break. As I was praying one day, the scripture in Exodus 29:8-9 came to mind. The mandate God gives to keep the Sabbath day holy with NO work. My Sabbath was not on a [...]

8 12, 2016

I’m Not Perfect

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |1 Comment

By Gail Johnsen   “I’m not perfect, you know.” She squinted her eyes a bit with exasperation in your voice. As if I thought she should be. Often such a statement has to do with the mistaken belief that the spiritual life is a static state of moral and virtuous personal achievement. Claiming we are not perfect is a way of giving ourselves a break for not measuring up to this perceived standard of moral excellence. Of course, no one [...]

18 12, 2014

The Dangers of Sabbath Keeping

By |December 18th, 2014|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

By Melisa Turner It may seem strange to say that a place of rest could be dangerous. But I have encountered not one but two ways that Sabbath keeping is a threat to my soul. They both have a lot to do with my attitude and my perception of what Sabbath is really for. DANGER #1 - Enduring instead of Enjoying This puts our focus on getting to the end of an obligation and not reveling in the presence of [...]

6 11, 2014

Dress What You Got and Make it Hot!

By |November 6th, 2014|Categories: Her Voice|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

By Kelli Best Well, my birthday is this week! Now, this isn't a shameful way to prompt well wishes, although I will gladly receive them, it’s just that I have been thinking. Birthdays are just numbers, or really accomplishments. This week, I have achieved the number 48 and it doesn't scare me one bit! Oh, I realize I have now progressed to my “late” forties, but who cares! Well, actually, I do! Like most women, I have yet to attain [...]

4 08, 2014

How to make a Sabbath box…

By |August 4th, 2014|Categories: Bible Study, Coaching, Spiritual Formation|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

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 [...]

8 07, 2014

Tuesday Talk…Say NO to the GO…

By |July 8th, 2014|Categories: Bible Study, Coaching, Purpose, Tuesday Talk|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Tuesday Talk is about YOU… Every Tuesday we engage in one big question, topic or idea. You are invited to write in with a suggestion you want to share. I surely do not have all the answers but know that together we can generate some great conversation and have fun in the process. (Feel free to post your topics, questions, and your great thoughts in the comments below!) Together, we will stay informed and equipped about topics that matter! Tuesday [...]

7 01, 2014

The Illusion of Balance – Part 3

By |January 7th, 2014|Categories: Coaching, Leadership, Pondering, Purpose|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

In the Illusion of Balance – Part 1 I noted the principles of balance as: motion (forward movement), focus, intention, purpose, an end goal, courage, and contentment. Balance has a rhythm of give and take. Balance requires a personal awareness of one’s priorities, life mission, and season of purpose. In the Illusion of Balance – Part 2 we determined the difference between balance and busyness. Today, we will discuss the necessity of periods of rest and Sabbath to maintain balance. [...]

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