When Henri Nouwen Couldn’t Feel God’s Love

The warmth of God’s presence can be elusive. In his secret journal, Henri Nouwen is vulnerable about a dark season in which he couldn’t feel God’s love.  He’d helped millions of other people around the world into a more tender and intimate experience with God, but he was in a Dark Night of the Soul.…

God Cares for Your Emotions (Psalm 139)

Many Christians are stunted in their spiritual growth because they don’t understand or express their deep emotions and desires. As pastors, ministry leaders, caregivers, or parents we may get so busy or so focused on other people that we become disconnected from our own emotions and needs. But being self-aware is crucial to our abilities…

You Are Enough!

During the fourteen years that I was fasting from publishing books, Kristi and I were on a retreat with a group of church leaders. As I was quiet and still before God, some inner emotions surfaced and I became aware of feeling inadequate and deficient. I felt I was not doing enough with my life:…

How to Expand Your Spiritual IQ

There is one soul care practice you especially need. Incorporating this spiritual discipline into your routine will bless you greatly and help your personality to flourish. You discover your key soul care exercise when you learn your Enneagram intelligence center or spiritual IQ (usually called your triad). Last week in our Soul Shepherding blog and podcast we talked about…

Awakening Your Intelligence Center

You have a spiritual IQ that is brilliant and powerful, but it’s largely hidden to you. As we’ve been sharing in our recent series of blogs and podcasts, in Soul Shepherding we use the Enneagram as a coaching tool to help you understand your personality and how you can grow in the grace of Christ…