129 – Family: Ministry as a Single Person

The Apostle Paul says that being single is better because it allows one to be fully devoted to the Lord. How does one deal with feelings of loneliness? Is there a difference between loneliness and solitude? Join Bill and Kristi as they explore what Paul said and other challenging questions that come up surrounding the life of ministry as a single person.

Relaxing Your Monkey Brain

Our thoughts can be “like monkeys jumping around in a banana tree,” Henri Nouwen writes. (The full quote is in our article on “Solitude and Silence”.) Have you noticed any monkeys jumping around in your brain? Do you find yourself over-stressed, distractible, irritable, judging yourself or others, or anxious? That’s the impish monkeys! They screech…

Rest: When Rest Doesn’t Feel Restful!

When we try to rest, it is so easy to be overwhelmed with the things in our life that feel undone! We begin to judge ourselves and feel guilty for even trying to rest, and are tempted to get busy to make ourselves feel better. Join Bill and Kristi in a honesty conversation on the challenges we all face when learning to enter into real rest.

Take a Shower of Living Water

Kristi and I are leading a five-day long TLC (“To Love Christ”) retreat/training this week for a group of pastors and wives. (I wrote and scheduled this devotional ahead so I can keep a technology fast.) Often when people go on Christian “retreats” what that means to them is great speakers, dynamic worship bands, and…

Notes From “An Unhurried Life”

Readers of our Soul Shepherding Devotionals will know that being unhurried with Jesus is a theme I often write about. That’s because hurry is such a problem for many of us. So I was thankful to have Alan Fadling, a friend and colleague of mine, give a talk for a group of pastors and leaders on his new book, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest. Here are my notes.