Monthly Archives: September 2010

Stopping Short of Wilderness

Another common mistake that causes leaders to miss wilderness learnings is an unwillingness to go it alone. They refuse to take the inward journey, preferring instead to cast about for others’ support and insights. They talk to family, to friends, … Continue reading

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Some things you only learn in the wilderness…..

Moses. David. Elijah. Paul. Jesus. God used wilderness then, He still uses it now. The Discipline of Aloneness is often born in the wilderness. Reggie McNeal reminds us that wilderness always involves a crisis, that it can last years or … Continue reading

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Not the first time…

Solitude is a spiritual discipline. It is learned and cultivated. It will feel unsettling the first time, the second time, and maybe many times after that. It involves emptying your pockets, and that can take awhile. Believe me, I know. … Continue reading

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Listening and Hearing

Good morning! And welcome to a brand new week. We’re heading into the last of the seven disciplines proposed by Reggie McNeal in his book Practicing Greatness. From my perspective, this final one – the Discipline of Aloneness – creates the most … Continue reading

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Friends Define Each Other

I came across these thoughts in my current book A Fragile Stone by Michael Card. They seem so connected to this Discipline of Belonging that we’ve been studying together, I had to share them with you here. If Jesus can … Continue reading

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A Friendship Garden

 Our family circle is important. When we cultivate the Discipline of Belonging, we need to address our intimate circles of family – how we live in shared space with people, how we share meals, how we cultivate the relationships there. … Continue reading

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Belonging

We’re in the midst of a study on Deep and Wide Solutions for Children. As part of that, we’ve been working our way through a series of disciplines that Reggie McNeal outlines in his book Practicing Greatness. The sixth discipline … Continue reading

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Cast your nets in deeper waters…..

Good morning! I’ve been a bit off balance all week – the adjustments to a new school rhythm, a commitment to be “present” throughout the school day, the first ever Trellis conference, Costa Rica’s independence celebration. Very grateful for a Friday … Continue reading

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It Counts

Does it count? Does it count when you’re running a million directions? Does it count when you’re about to head back to the kitchen and put the final touches on a dinner for 12? Does it count when you’re folding clothes … Continue reading

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And so we begin again…

A bowl of apples on the table for the teacher. Homemade cinnamon rolls. Egg sausage casserole. Daddy taking pictures. A new school year begins.

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