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17 Dec Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on A Tradition of Love This Christmas

A Tradition of Love This Christmas

A Tradition of Love This Christmas

I love the Christmas season and the traditions that come with it. Every year, the day after Thanksgiving our family wakes up early in the morning to get our Christmas tree, come home to make skinny pancakes (a Norwegian tradition of my husbands) and decorate our home all day long. We crash in the evening […]

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19 Nov Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Giving Thanks in Every Season

Giving Thanks in Every Season

Giving Thanks in Every Season

Giving Thanks When Its Easy We have all read books and listened to sermons about having joy and giving thanks through devastating circumstances.  We have heard great stories of how God has changed hearts and captivated souls in the midst of tragedy.  But what about before that, when things are easy?  Can we love God […]

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Returning from Retreat

Returning from Retreat

This past weekend nine youth workers stepped away from the busyness of life and ministry to simply be present to God and each other for a few quiet days in the woods of Western Pennsylvania.  It was a youth worker retreat – not to talk about ministry or strategy, but rather, to simply disengage and […]

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Living Simply

Living Simply

Big Blue She was a 1980 powder blue skyline mobile home.  Never in a million years would I or Naomi have dreamt that we would be living in a mobile home.  In the summer of 2001, Naomi and I set out on an adventure, moving our young family 500 miles away to Columbia, South Carolina […]

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4 Tips for Loving “Difficult” Teens

4 Tips for Loving “Difficult” Teens

I’ve got to admit I was disappointed when I read an article the other day intended for youth workers dealing with teens that have bad attitudes. When the writer questioned, “Have you ever dealt with a teenager that has had an attitude before?” I was puzzled. Who hasn’t dealt with a challenging teen before in […]

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Embracing Silence and Community

Embracing Silence and Community

The Need for Silence A few years ago during a really busy season in my life I was desperate for silence. The pace of life and ministry, living on a busy city street, and healthcare needs of family members began to wear away at my soul. The endless noise of activity and demands produced a […]

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