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The Sweetness of Slowing Down

The Sweetness of Slowing Down

The Sweetness of Slowing Downglanced at the clock while beating the eggs. Everything was on schedule for our summer brunch. The oven was pre-heated and dry ingredients sifted. I just needed to add the buttermilk, applesauce, and honey. I would set...

Quieting the Busy Mind

Quieting the Busy Mind

Quieting the Busy Mind So far in this series, the articles have covered why rest is important, what type of rest suits you best, and how to distinguish your worth from the things that rest keeps you from completing. But how do we actively practice restorative rest...

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silence

Enjoy the Silenceost summers we vacation at the beach with my entire family. That’s 23 people in one house. It’s loud, it’s chaotic, it’s unpredictable, it’s fun. I have so many good memories with my wife and my kids and with my family as a whole...

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth

What We Do Versus What We Are Worth Recently, I found myself sitting across from my boss in a meeting to discuss my goals and projects for the upcoming quarter. “Before we get started, how are you doing?” she asked kindly, looking into my eyes. I hesitated a moment....

Grueling But Glorious

Grueling But Glorious

Grueling But Gloriousast year, my husband hiked a portion of New Hampshire Appalachian Trail called the Pemi Loop. The hike took two days to complete and is described as “31.5 glorious but grueling miles.” True to its description, my husband came...

The Batteries That Work Best

The Batteries That Work Best

The Batteries That Work Best This summer, we’re taking a close look at how we can feel restored and refreshed. As our bodies, minds and spirits continue to recover from the incredible stress of a prolonged, world-wide pandemic, it’s important to be intentional about...

Plans For a Slower Pace

Plans For a Slower Pace

Plans For a Slower Paceefore we even became parents, my husband and I dreamed of a life where he would bring home the bacon, and I would quit my job as a teacher to raise however many children God gave us. Before we knew it, there were two little...

Big Dreams and a Bigger God: New Property for Down Guatemala

Big Dreams and a Bigger God: New Property for Down Guatemala

Big Dreams and a Bigger God: New Property For Down Guatemala In 2002, when their son Manual Alfredo was born with Down Syndrome, Alfredo and Irene Salazar saw the desperate need to provide support, schooling, and therapies to children with Down Syndrome and their...

Survival of the Sabbath

Survival of the Sabbath

Survival of the Sabbath God’s purpose for weekly rest and the importance of incorporating it into our lives. In the beginning, God worked for six days. He created the heavens and the earth: the sun and the moon, oceans and land, velociraptors and squirrels. He then...

Experiencing the Ocean

Experiencing the Ocean

Experiencing the Oceanespite having regular access to my mother in law’s house in Fenwick Island, Delaware, my kids were far from beach babies. As small children, they steadfastly refused to dip even a toe into the salt water as it rushed onto the...

Bearing Good Fruit: The Miracle of Medical Missions in Haiti

Bearing Good Fruit: The Miracle of Medical Missions in Haiti

Bearing Good Fruit: The Miracle of Medical Missions in Haiti In 2011, Keeley Murphy, then in 9th grade, approached her father Sean with a simple request. She really wanted to go on a mission trip. Sean wanted to honor his daughter’s request but was reluctant to take...