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Deb Turnow  // Posts published by Deb Turnow

Helping Students Unplug

Helping Students Unplug

Note from the Editor: For the month of May, we’re focusing in on the idea of cultivating spiritual formation in the lives of our students. We’ve spent April reflecting on the spiritual disciplines that have been of personal benefit (Intentional Space, Welcoming Prayer, Solitude, and Sabbath), but now we want to ask the question, “What […]

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14 Apr Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

Welcoming Pain as Our Teacher

About 15 years ago, I found myself struggling with fatigue and with pain in my muscles. After several months of trying to figure out what it was, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. It took me some time to accept this diagnosis. I searched for another reason for why I felt so bad, something I could […]

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17 Mar Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

Leading vs. Living Spiritual Formation

As we continue thinking about caring well for the souls of our co-workers in the month of February, let me paint a picture of a conversation at a recent board meeting of a new not-for-profit ministry: Executive Director: “I’d like to propose to the board that we close the center on Fridays. I know that […]

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17 Feb Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

I am not a fan of airports, and not for the reason many of you might think. I actually don’t mind a layover. I don’t even mind a delay. I have come to the place of taking these things in stride. So why don’t I like airports? Because they reveal to me where I am […]

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Start the New Ministry Year off Right…

Start the New Ministry Year off Right…

Start Right by Looking Back Intentionality is such an important piece of the Christian life. Without it, you can easily find yourself adrift. Coming out of the busyness of the Christmas Ministry season, the beginning of the New Year can feel like we’re just trying to catch our breath. In the effort to “catch up”, […]

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04 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Child-like Faith, pt. 2

Child-like Faith, pt. 2

Child-like Faith, pt. 2

About four months ago, I was babysitting my 2 year old granddaughter, Caia. I watched her as she walked across the kitchen and grabbed a small step stool. She struggled as she walked across the kitchen floor, half lifting, half dragging that stool that was almost as big as she was. She took it over […]

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28 Oct Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Child-like Faith, pt. 1

Child-like Faith, pt. 1

Child-like Faith, pt. 1

I was several years in to exploring this contemplative life. I would often just sit with God – being in his presence. One morning, I went into my sacred space – a comfy chair in a quiet corner of our house set aside for simply being with God.   I found myself dwelling on a particular […]

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11 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Adventures with God, pt. 3

Adventures with God, pt. 3

Adventures with God, pt. 3

Editor’s Note: Today we hear part three of Deb Turnow’s series “Adventures with God.” Deb’s been challenging us to think about what we’re doing with our one wild and crazy life. What have we been willing to say, “Yes” to? To read part one of this series, click here. To read part two, click here. […]

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03 Jun Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Adventures with God, pt. 2

Adventures with God, pt. 2

Adventures with God, pt. 2

Editor’s Note: Today we hear part two of Deb Turnow’s series “Adventures with God.” Deb’s been challenging us to think about what we’re doing with our one wild and crazy life. What have we been willing to say, “Yes” to? To read part one of this series, click here. “I never rode a bull – […]

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Adventures with God, pt. 1

Adventures with God, pt. 1

Two Truths and a Lie “What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” – Mary Oliver Have you ever played that game, “Two Truths and A Lie?” It’s the old, familiar icebreaker game where everyone in a group shares three things about themselves. The challenge for everyone else is to guess which […]

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