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Envision

Welcome to June, summer has arrived! After ending May with a first-time/out-of-state/extendedfamily trip (insert exclamation mark and heart emoji), I am looking forward to a slower pace andtime to reflect on further Envisioning. The idea is to imagine not only what your current lifelooks like, but also imagine what it could look like with deeper […]

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Rest

Welcome to May—undeniably one of the busiest months of the year! From my inboxoverflowing with requests and demands, it feels like an onslaught of our time, resources andultimately our lives. God designed us to live out of a place of Rest, every month of the year.Because May is not an exception to His way, how

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Why a Rest Stop?

Each one of us is traveling on a different road, but on the same journey known as life. It bringsme joy to know I am sharing the roadways with you. Over time, it is life-giving to get off at aRest Stop. The original purpose of a Rest Stop by the Illinois State Highway Department in

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Help!

Last week, I woke up with my pillow lodged underneath my shoulder blade and as soon as I stood upright, I could feel the tightness in my neck and shoulder setting in. Fast forward 48 hours later—I was keenly aware of the reality that I needed help. One of the hardest things in life within

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Let’s Dream!

When you enter a Kindergarten classroom, it is not uncommon to find the idea of “what do you want to be when you grow up?” Parents, teachers, and students are inspired by this idea—it is the essence of dreaming. Just recently, I popped into my nephew Miles’ Kindergarten classroom, and apart from running to give

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Context Counts

Staring out the window of my Midwestern dorm room in college, I distinctly remember my roommate (from Minnesota) saying, “Erin, it isn’t going to rain; just head to practice.” I grew up in a place known as the Sunshine State and when it clouded up mid-afternoon and looked charcoal gray—it was going to rain. And

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Let’s Execute!

After Eliminating the trivial in your life, it’s time to Execute. This is the moment when an Essentialist mindset really makes a difference. McKeown suggests four steps; as a Christ-follower, I would add a fifth. First and foremost, living in a culture that is 24-hour and 7 day a week available in regard to scheduling

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Let’s Eliminate!

After Exploring, it is life-giving to Eliminate. To start with, if it’s not a clear yes, it’s a clear no. In order to laser focus on what God is calling you to do is answering the question: what will I say no to? This uncovers our true priorities in life. McKeown highlights a helpful five-step

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How to move forward  

Have you ever navigated a challenging season and recognized God’s hand of faithfulness in your life? After 7 years of caretaking, my husband and I buried my mother-in-law, and that season of my life suddenly came to an abrupt end. I knew God’s grace and faithfulness during that time, but the circumstance had suddenly changed.

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