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Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver

Don’t Hesitate by Mary Oliver

“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this...

Review: The Lightest Object in the Universe

Review: The Lightest Object in the Universe

Normally I don’t write stand alone book reviews, however occasionally a book comes along that is so striking and thought provoking that I want to talk about it...a lot. The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eilese is the first book of 2019 that completely...

Five Books to Encourage Self-Reflection and Growth

Five Books to Encourage Self-Reflection and Growth

As I mentioned in my post earlier about healing from a broken (pastor) heart, seeking ways to grow and do self-reflection on your biases, blindspots, trauma and history is an important part of healing as a pastor. I encourage clergy to seek out a professionally...

How to Heal a Broken (Clergy) Heart

How to Heal a Broken (Clergy) Heart

It took me seventeen years of ministry and five congregations before I had my heart broken by a church. It is one of the risks of the vocation. When God calls you serve people, to walk alongside them, getting to know their stories, dreams, and fears, when you dare to...

Summer Reading Recap 2019

Summer Reading Recap 2019

It seems strange in Texas to do a summer reading recap when it's still hot as an over outside but this weekend is Labor Day, college football has started and everyone is back in school so it's time to take a look back. Summer and winter are when I consume the most...

Fighting Fear with Connection

Fighting Fear with Connection

Blessed are the poor in spirit,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn,     for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,     for they will be...

Book Release: Prepare An Advent Devotional

Book Release: Prepare An Advent Devotional

There are roughly fifteen weeks until the start of Advent, the season that leads to the celebration of Christmas in the Christian liturgical calendar. It may seem incredibly early to be thinking about Christmas and Advent, but many pastors and church leaders begin...

Books to Help Children with Grief and Emotional Intelligence

Books to Help Children with Grief and Emotional Intelligence

I am not a “prepared mom”. If you are looking for the mom that keeps a sewing kit tucked in her purse for emergencies or the mom with a well planned summer activity schedule and playdates, I am not her. Heck, if you are looking for the mom that shows up on time and...

Finishing #the100dayproject

Finishing #the100dayproject

I was out with friends last weekend and we were all catching up. I mentioned to my friend who’s a painter and who introduced me to #the100dayproject that I had finished all 100 days. “Whaaaat?!” she replied, “that’s a huge deal, how come you haven’t talked about it...

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