The Power of Remembering Grace

Dec 16, 2020

It’s very tempting to look back at 2020 and see only the hardship, trouble and scarcity of it. There has been plenty of that, for sure. Perhaps it is at a time like this that we especially need the wise guidance of passages like Psalm 103:1-5. I’ve often taken leadership teams to this passage at the beginning of trainings I’ve led.

 

Take your time as you read it. Let the words soak into your thinking patterns and your emotions.

 

1Praise the Lord, my soul;

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Podcast 153: The Power of Speaking Simply (Alan Fadling)

Dec 14, 2020

We live in a profoundly wordy world. I sometimes feel utterly surrounded by words: social media, emails, text messages, news feeds, websites, television, radio. And it seems rare that words are being used to simply tell the truth and describe reality. In his sermon on the mount, Jesus had some profoundly powerful words to say about how we speak. 

Alan Fadling, (MDiv),serves as a frequent speaker and consultant with local churches, national organizations and leaders internationally....

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Would You Prefer Relief or Healing?

Dec 09, 2020

An entirely new set of words and phrases entered our colloquial lexicon this year: 

  • Curbside pickup
  • Flatten the curve
  • Wash your hands
  • Social distancing
  • May I take your temperature?
  • Six feet apart, please
  • Wear your mask
  • Do you have any toilet paper?

 

We can laugh about it now (or not). But this is just the tip of the iceberg of changes we’ve had to make this year.

 

And like any good spiritual director or formation coach, I willingly and humbly propose the question I...

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Podcast 152: A Creative Process for Spiritual Growth: Inviso (Gem with Brenda Renderos)

Dec 07, 2020

We live in a visual culture. Just a few years ago the Internet Trends Report shared that an average of 1.8 billion images were uploaded to the internet daily. That adds up to 657 billion photos in one year. Every two minutes, people take more photos than existed in total 150 years ago.

With all of that imagery floating through our consciousness every day, how might we use intentional imagery to grow closer to God? If a picture is worth a thousand words, is it also conducive to prayer?

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Surrender and Identity

Dec 02, 2020

We live in a day when people feel pressure to establish their identity as though it were a frail, fragile thing. Will I be able to post something that goes viral? Will I be seen as an influencer for this reason?

 

I was recently re-reading a C. S. Lewis classic, Mere Christianity, and found this on the very last page in a chapter titled “The New Men.” (Forgive his male-centered language. I have a feeling he’d want to say the following to each of us reading).

 

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Podcast 151: Never Settle (Alan with Greg Holder)

Nov 30, 2020

Author, Greg Holder, in his book Never Settle, suggests that “while we don’t consciously choose a less-than-life, it happens.

Little by little, we start putting down roots in a land of less than: less than satisfying, less than interesting, less than helpful, and certainly less than hopeful. Before we know it our faith is lukewarm, apathetic, bland.

Never Settle is a tangible reminder that every choice in your day is crackling with God’s redemptive power...

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Happy Thanksgiving from Alan & Gem

Nov 25, 2020

You are likely already unplugged this week because Thanksgiving is tomorrow (in the U.S.) So we’re going to keep it very simple today.

 

We are so thankful for you, our email and blog friends! We know that we don’t know most of you personally. And yet you continue to let us into your email box and into your heart as we try to bring encouragement to you week by week.

 

Thank you for the honor of being a voice in your ear. Our deep desire is that you experience the love of...

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Podcast 150: : Live the Questions (Gem interviewed by Yohonna Smith on Girl’s Talking Life Podcast)

Nov 23, 2020

Can you believe that What Does Your Soul Love? released just a little over a year ago? With 2020 being what it is, that seems like an entire lifetime ago. Today, I’m sharing with you a bonus episode and it’s a bit different than usual. It’s different because I’m on the other side of the microphone in this conversation. And I loved this interview so much that I wanted to share it with you, here, on the Unhurried Living Podcast.

Enjoy other episodes of Girls...

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Thoughts on the Love of God

Nov 18, 2020

God is love. There is hardly a more meaningful sentence that short in the English language.

 

A while back I was reading C. S. Lewis about the love of God. He reminds us that for God to be love since before the beginning of time and creation, God has to be more than one person. Love is relational and requires at least two persons.

 

In fact, the Christian idea of God as three persons says that the love that the Father and the Son share is so substantial that it too is a...

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Podcast 149: Tempered Resilience (Alan with Tod Bolsinger)

Nov 16, 2020

Most of us would agree that 2020 continues to be one of the most trying years in our adult lives. So much change. So much pain. So much conflict. I’m talking to a lot of leaders these days who are just plain tired. They are struggling to be hopeful. We need a vision of how this year could actually be an opportunity and not just a challenge. That’s why I’m especially glad to be sharing my recent conversation with Tod Bolsinger about his book, Tempered...

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