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A Biblically Balanced Life – 7 Posts for Perspective and Wisdom

A balanced life is not an impossible ideal. Here’s some resources on focus, what it takes, and living Biblically while seeking a balanced life.

Gaining and having a balanced life is not an impossible goal. Of course, it’s not easy. It requires a lot of intentional focus and Biblical wisdom. Continuing in our Year of Listening up, here’s 7 resources. They’ll show us how to focus, what it takes, and living Biblically while seeking a balanced life. What a Balanced Life Requires Does Life Balance Even Exist? (Glynnis Whitwer at Proverbs 31 Ministries) – Life often gets out of hand and we want to tell the world to just pause for a while. In this post, Whitwer uses Psalm 16:5-6 for showing that God […]

Finding Work Life Balance in God’s Glory and Our Worship

Reframing our work life from what we do into why we do it has a great impact. Drawing on verses from first Corinthians and Colossians, we can properly balance our understanding of God’s glory and our worship, and then apply it. Soli Deo Gloria.

Our personal work life is a key area that can quickly get us out of balance. Because of that, I’ve really examined and prayed over this post. I hope it finds you at just the right moment and that you prayerfully consider all that it entails. Our work life gets out of balance in many ways. It might be because we work too much. Or, it might be because we are feeling underpaid or unvalued. There might be a co-worker (or multiple co-workers) that are causing you undue stress. We might get our work life out balance because other things […]

Gaining a Heart of Wisdom – a Review of Street Smarts from Proverbs by Mitch Kruse

What does a life marked by wisdom look like? Does wisdom just happen, or must it be intentionally pursued? How is wisdom best applied in one’s life? What the heck is the purpose of wisdom? These are all questions I’ve personally pondered and they all are addressed in some form or another with Mitch Kruse’s book, Street Smarts from Proverbs: How to Navigate Through Conflict to Community. Hachette Book Group provided me with a review copy, and I am happy to share this review with the 1Glories Swarm. Also, in full disclosure: I grew up in the community where Kruse […]

The Life Balance Myth and What You Can Do About it

When your life balance is teetering, spiraling, fluctuating, and doing whatever it does for creating unbalanced realities, prayer to the one who restores should be our first action.

Balance, life balance in particular, is something I am personally pondering during most of my days. It’s something I’m always aspiring toward and am always hoping to achieve for many reasons. Yet balance, life balance in particular, eludes me. I have pursued it in many ways. I’ve attempted to create a formula. Like many people, I have kept a journal hoping to analyze it and fix everything that’s out of whack. When nothing else is working, I attempt mental exercises. Still, none of it works. So I do what I always do when I have no other options: I pray […]

How Phil Vischer’s Second Act Rises Above the Loss of Veggie Tales

Veggie Tales had a legendary rise and just as legendary fall. Phil Vischer, through the experiences of it all, learned about setting our motives rightly on God and serving God’s will over our own. It’s a lesson he takes into his second act, focusing on deeper discipling and inspiring focused ministry.

As my home church was launching a young disciple’s study from Veggie Tales creator, Phil Vischer, I was reminded of his Vischer’s own tale. It’s one of brokenness, challenge, triumph, defeat, loss, sorrow, regret, and coming back. I thought more about it and concluded it would be a good contribution to the Year of Listening Up topic of Finding Value In Disaster. I’m particularly struck about his realization of God’s goodness after having lost everything. His realizing that God gave him the loss to refocus the motive for dreams and earthly work. The Rise and Fall of Veggie Tales Phil […]

7 Posts About Finding Value in Disaster and Life’s Trials

Today I am offering you seven posts teaching us that, first, God is in control of your disaster; that you indeed can recover from disaster; and that your trials - even disasters - are not without reason.

It’s not easy to find value in disaster, especially as it’s going down. However, I have no doubt that we can learn from every experience in life. That’s evident in the take-a-ways from today’s “7 Posts About…” post. Today I am offering you seven posts (okay, eight, but two are from the same blog). Through these links, we can see three things. First, God is in control of your disaster. Second, you indeed can recover from disaster. And finally, your trials – even disasters – are not without reason. God is in Control and Can Bring Value to Your Disaster […]

There’s No Healing a Wounded Spirit When You Run Away

When we seek healing to our pain, we have to know that hiding is not healing, that our response can determine how well we heal. And, even though scars usually will remain, we must ultimately release our pain before we are able to truly heal.

When we need healing, we search all sorts of places to get the relief we seek. Of course, healing some events can be a more grueling process than others. Living in a culture where we expect immediate relief from merely taking a pill or syrup, it means we can be quite impatient when our healing doesn’t happen on our timeline. Sometimes, though, the pain we experience is cut so deeply, we might think there is no healing to be had. In those cases, we might even perpetuate the pain because it becomes an actual part of our identity. In other […]

God Salvages a Silver Lining from All Your Adversities

Are you facing trials or experiencing adversity? Have you found a silver lining or are you feeling desperate and hopeless. Take courage, beloved. For it is in our trials that we find meaning, we are refined, and - oh yes - God is glorified.

Let’s face it: some things happen where there is no obvious silver lining. Sometimes, things just plain suck. Whether it is a one time event or a series of decisions or events that lead to it, life will have trials. We do and will continue to face adversity. And, in the wake of adversity, we will – at times – experience loss, trauma, fear, disappointment, discouragement and failure. We’re going to feel like the world is against us. And there is going to be temptation to give in. To give up. On the playground, that’s called “taking my ball and […]

Present the Gospel to Kids with WOW! The Good News in Four Words

Author, Dandi Daley Mackall’s book, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a fresh and whimsical way for presenting the Gospel to kids in a way they can understand and will set a foundation for lifelong discipleship.

How do we present the Gospel to kids? More importantly, how do we present the Gospel to kids in a way they can understand? Oh yeah, and how do we use it to set the foundation for lifelong discipleship? These questions, and many like it, are common among children’s ministries in pretty much all churches and homes. Author, Dandi Daley Mackall has a new kids book, Wow! The Good News in Four Words is a fresh and whimsical way for presenting the gospel and all of God’s work to our kids. Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy, […]

7 Posts About Trusting God in Every Season of Life

Trusting God means trusting his work in life and the lives of others within our homes, cities, countries and our world - even when bad things happen.

Trusting God is a concept that runs the gamut from trusting his work in your life to the work in the lives of others. That means in our homes, our cities, our countries and our world. It means trusting God to bring non-believers to know him – and on his time. And even with that trust, bad things still happen in our lives. Here are seven posts that are aimed at furthering our understanding of this oft-discussed concept. If you have one you’d like to share, please feel free to add it in the comments. Are We Trusting God? Are […]