Taken and Shaken

I cried in the shower that day hoping no one would hear my sobs. It felt silly to get upset over a canceled work project. People have more significant problems like diseases and difficult relationships so my emotional reaction felt unwarranted. I had spent hours working on this idea, but it was a task – not a person. I think what I experienced at the time was the principle that when something is taken, it can leave us feeling shaken. I wonder if you can relate to investing in something that didn’t last. Perhaps you unexpectedly lost a job, relationship, or a physical item and experienced confusion. We can allow …

Getting Motivated

I sometimes wonder why I can’t get motivated. I want to develop good rhythms when it comes to my mental, physical, and spiritual health. I set goals, learn strategies, and sometimes feel like I’m getting my groove on. Until I don’t. Just this morning I thought of ten productive things to do but couldn’t seem to will myself off the couch. I’ve read books on why good physical habits are important. Daily moving of my body and limiting sugar are truths I know but I wonder if anyone else has been struggling with less movement and more cookies lately? I know how critical thought life can be – taking thoughts …

El Shaddai

When I breastfed my children, I knew how dependent they were on me. I also knew I could quiet them when they were fussy by feeding them. I was their sole source of nourishment. As strange as it sounds – Scripture uses this picture of breastfeeding to illustrate how God wants to take care of us! The Hebrew word shad means “breast”—specifically a woman’s breast. It is the root word for the name of God El Shaddai. His name reveals God as the pourer of life, nourishment, and blessings. While the Hebrew word is associated with nourishment, I also want us to consider the English translation “all-sufficient.” Webster defines sufficient …