soulful healthy living COVID-19

I am a recovering self-care skeptic. My love-hate relationship with the concept spans two decades. In the twilight days of my mothering, I confused self-care with selfishness. I thought a much-needed respite was a trademark of weakness. Self-care cultivates a vibrant spiritual life, manages stress, prevents burn-out, fosters a lifestyle of healthy living, and helps…

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saying grace

{This post contains affiliate links} It’s lunchtime at the orphanage, and about 50 girls clamor to the windowless, concrete structure and take their seat. There is nothing more sobering than to watch a child in a developing country saying grace. I fixed my eyes on a frail, quiet girl who whispers a humble prayer of…

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walking managing stress

{This post contains affiliate links, which means that I make a commission from certain links within this post, thank you.} Do you associate exercise with a gym membership? There’s no doubt that a spin class or weight lifting offers a host of physical benefits.  But maybe the idea of membership to your local gym doesn’t…

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stewardship, creation care, environmental care

It’s calving season on our farm, and the other day at dusk the last heifer gave birth.  We watch the attentive bovine mama nudge her baby to a far corner of the pasture several times throughout the day. Safely hiding, the calf dozes on and off in the warm spring sun.  It’s a snapshot of…

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eat, food, christian

  On a crisp early autumn evening, our family finished a few last minute dinner preparations just before our guests arrived. We wove strings of last year’s Christmas lights through the branches of the fuschia crepe myrtles that surround the brick patio. We adorned our weathered outdoor farm table with a simple bouquet of blossoms…

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