• Limits

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | January 14, 2020

    “Just be patient with me please. I need to step up with my good leg.”

    My mother was always calm and insistent when others tried to hurry her along. She paid attention to the challenges of stairs and steps. When I was two years old, she contracted polio, which left her weak in one of her legs. It also robbed her of the active life she had lived up until then. Bowling, golf, enthusiastic dancing were all part of her past life, a life I had never witnessed.

  • Megan Pacheco

    The Habit of Laziness

    Blog | Megan Pacheco | January 09, 2020

    Once in a while all of us want to be “lazy”— even if just for a little bit: Do nothing. Veg on the couch. Stare at the TV screen without having to engage much of our body or mind.

    Needing time to recover, decompress and renew isn’t true laziness. We all need rest, and our heavenly Father has modeled rest as a necessary practice that should not be overlooked or undervalued.

    Resting involves ceasing, for a short period of time, from a season of activity and productivity.

  • A Future With or Without God

    Blog | Paul Swamidass | January 07, 2020

    “That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, ‘If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! Why is the Lord bringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?’ And they said to each other, ‘We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.’” (Numbers 14:1-4).

    Fear-induced rebellion

  • Imagine...

    Blog | Karen McGuire | December 10, 2019

    Do you like to think about how things might be rather than remain as they are? Do you imagine what it will be like when your children or grandchildren become adults and are out on their own? Do you imagine how your current work assignment might become your dream job rather than your drudgery job? Do you imagine what your next career move might be and the adjustments it might require? Most of us imagine things regularly.

  • Messaging and Tone

    Blog | Christine Vogelsang | November 28, 2019

    “So how did you think my first year of teaching went? Any suggestions?”

    My young colleague was looking for my feedback now that the school year had ended and we were leaving for our summer break. I’d had a good view of his overall style and manner since we taught the two fourth grades as a team. He had experienced many of the pitfalls of a new teacher. However, he had a wonderful knowledge of his subject matter and conveyed it well. He had high expectations for classroom behavior. The message was good. It was his tone that was lacking.

  • Let Every Heart Prepare Him Room

    Blog | Sheryl Giesbrecht | November 26, 2019

    Are you counting down the days before Christmas? Whether we use a wall calendar with openings for each day or read a daily Bible verse to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, observing Advent helps keep Jesus at the center of Christmas. As believers, we wait and watch for the arrival to celebrate the date of a man who came to earth more than two thousand years ago. Jesus Christ came to earth and changed everything. But why focus on waiting for someone who has already come? So glad you asked. Perhaps you’re wondering “what is Advent all about?”

  • Work-Life - Is There a Balance?

    Blog | Kim Rider | November 21, 2019

    A little over 10 years ago, I welcomed my 40’s with a stressful work environment, lots of overtime, neglect of my family, elevated blood pressure and a few other health issues. When I was sitting in the doctor’s office feeling horrible and getting my prescription for blood pressure medicine, it became real to me. All these years of “I can handle this”, “I’ll do that”, “I have to work late”, and “I’m too tired to (fill in the blank)” had caught up with me. It was affecting my health, my time, my family and my life.  I knew I was the only one who could fix it. So, I did.