Life in Stride Tag

Rest is one of those things we know we need but never get enough. No matter how much I sleep or how long I "unwind," I still feel exhausted.  But, if you're like me, you think rest is just downtime or sleep, but apparently, sleep is just one part of the rest requirement.  I've been reading the book Sacred Rest: Recover Your Life, Renew Your Energy, Restore Your Sanity by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, and she says that there are seven types of rest that we need: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, sensory, creative.  When we are missing or even just not properly utilizing any one of these areas of rest, it can cause us to feel off or exhausted.    Here are some snippets from her book: We've conditioned ourselves to disregard the signs our bodies give us and push through to the point of exhaustion or damage. Healing occurs when we...

The movie Evan Almighty takes the story of Noah and gives it a bit of a modern twist. It is a controversial movie among Christians. The portrayal of God and Noah isn't true to Biblical form; however, there are some great teachable points. One of my favorites is when Morgan Freeman, who portrayed God, poses the question, "When we pray for something, does God simply give it to us or provide opportunities to exercise that trait?" ...

In college, I had the opportunity to go to Belarus as part of a mission team. It was such a great experience. I loved being in a different culture, navigating obstacles like language barriers and cultural norms, and getting to share Christ with college students with whom I would not otherwise have crossed paths. I was reminded of this time in Belarus during my reading today. Our team boarded a trolley, heading across town to an evening event. The night lights were beautiful. I stood by the window, mesmerized when the stench of vodka-soaked breath permeated the air. I turned to see that I was cornered by an intoxicated Belarusian who was quite the close talker and really pouring his heart out to me...

If I had to pick one quote to sum up Tested and Approved: 21 Lessons for Life and Ministry, it would be this:  "The true foundation of success is to know and do the will of God." (p. 23) Doing the Will of God is our greatest goal as Believers and the ultimate marker of success as Christ-followers -- What is God's Will? -- that we love Him and love others.  That's what this book aims to help us do as it encourages us to trust God's character, value people more than progress, and be accountable to our Christian conduct. "Results without relationships are just noisy, busy activity that really amounts to nothing." (p. 13) ABOUT THE BOOK:  Tom Lane began this book over twenty years ago as a legacy for his children. He wanted to personalize some of the life lessons he learned over the years to one day share them with his children and grandchildren.  But,...

This time of year, it is easy to think about those less fortunate and have fallen on hard times.  There is more focus on food pantries, Angel Trees, and shelters as the temperatures drop and the push for Christmas gifts hits full tilt, which is all good stuff! We definitely should keep these things in mind all year round.  But, I don't want to talk about the Matthew 25 type of "least of these." I'd like to talk about the Luke 2, "least of these." The Shepherds. These guys are the lowly rabble in Biblical culture, yet God chose them, gave them a special Herald Dispatch announcement, if you will, to tell them that His Son was here. His promise was on track for fulfillment.  Why the Shepherd?  I think it's because they would listen, for one. They weren't so caught up in social status or even social etiquette, for that matter, that they'd miss...

"It's the little things."  Have you ever said this?  It's a very ambiguous statement. "It's the little things" can be what drives you crazy (which is more often my intention) or what matters most. I've been reading many stories recently where people are enjoying the little things more in this season. Some attribute it to having more time to take part in them. Others are merely noticing little things more in the reduction of noise.  Thing like:  Eating meals together as a family Enjoying nature for pleasure instead of sport Cooking/Baking Decluttering/Organizing Getting into shape or adopting healthier habits  Ok, well, some of those things aren't as much little things that need appreciating as they are things we don't make time for. But, people are doing more of these things.  There are also things you notice or appreciate because...

Over the years, my husband and I have established a few traditions with our family. Some were cultivated from our favorite childhood traditions, and some were established through new routines with our children. A few of my favorite traditions are opening one gift on Christmas Eve, Friday night family nights with games, movies, popcorn, and fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, and the birthday boy getting to choose dinner for their special day. Family traditions can be fun, give us something to look forward to, authenticate our experiences, and even bring us back "home" when we feel adrift. But what about religious traditions? Are they good? "Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter."   2Thessalonians 2:15 (HCSB) Tradition kept the Thessalonian Church anchored to Truth during a time of persecution and helped them stand firm.  But, be careful that keeping to tradition doesn't cross into an empty ritual....

Today is National Step Family Day!! So if you are a blended family, bonus parent, step-something, this post is especially for you. If you are not in any of these categories, please stay with us as there are universal truths here for you too. Cultivating new relationships is difficult in any scenario, but trying to merge two families takes an extra measure of care. Here to give us some "tried and true" advice are Your Morning Walk's own Magan and Derek. Both Magan and Derek parent in blended families and have graciously allowed me to ask them some questions about their experiences.   1) What is your best advice for families who are ABOUT to unite? Derek: Give grace. It's a learning process for everyone. There will be mistakes and lessons, so grace is much needed. Magan: Remember, this is a HUGE change for everyone. Even if it's a positive change, it can really throw us...

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