I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions. I’m after something more positive, more empowering and more liberating! Sleepless in Virginia Less than two weeks ago—not long after all my holiday guests had left to go home—I woke up in the wee hours of the morning in a cold sweat. Tossing and turning, my mind […]
Stewardship is our management of time, talent, and treasure. Does the word “stewardship” get a bad rap in our culture today? If so, let’s redeem it! I spoke recently to our church congregations during the annual stewardship campaign. I share my comments here because I am convinced that our attitudes about money, giving, and generosity […]
Giving is good…until it’s too much. Let’s talk about setting boundaries. This is updated from an earlier post, but the message is even more important than ever for those striving to live the Heartspoken life. It’s important to remember that while generosity and giving of ourselves is essential, if we don’t set healthy boundaries, we […]
“How do I build a relationship with God?” is a question I’m often asked, and it’s tempting to make the process more complicated than it needs to be. This post is revised and updated from its first appearance in 2014. “Good things as well as bad, you know, are caught by a kind of infection. If […]
Who knew the story of Noah had so much to teach us about surrendering to God during our most trying times? Shelley Jarl, author, blogger, and Christian writer, is the administrator of the Faithful Bloggers Facebook group I’ve belonged to for a while. When she reached out to group members to help her promote her […]
Not only is it essential for you to take vacations and breaks from your normal routine, but there are ways you can ensure that those you take are more therapeutic and soul nourishing. This is an update to a post from the Heartspoken archives. Breaks are essential to our well-being As soon as we lifted off […]
[Updated February 2018] In light of yet another school shooting in Florida this month, I am so sad to contemplate the loss felt by victims’ families and the degree of despair the young shooter must have felt to seek relief in snuffing out the lives of others. Yet even the healthiest among us often find […]
I think you’ll enjoy and be edified by the short video about Lent below — put out by our Roman Catholic Friends at BustedHalo.com. Our Episcopal/Anglican traditions are closely related in many ways, and other than a couple of RC terms (e.g. “mass”), the overall themes conveyed here ring true for the way Episcopalians celebrate Lent.