Podcast 180: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison (Richella Parham) (Summer of Unhurried Favorites)

Jun 21, 2021

Over the summer, we are sharing ten episodes of our podcast we’re calling “Unhurried Favorites.” Today we’re sharing “Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison with Richella Parham.” Richella is a wise and trusted friend and I you’ll love the reminder to step out of the comparison trap and learn to more fully express your true self. 

We also wanted to let you know that beginning in September, Unhurried Living will give birth to a brand-new...

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Psalm 27: An Unhurried Heart

Jun 16, 2021

How do we learn to live an unhurried life in such a busy, anxious world? How can I cultivate an unhurried heart when there is so much on my plate? I (Alan) recently found some wise guidance while reflecting on Psalm 27. Let me share what I learned.

 

Remember Who God Is

 

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
      whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1)

 

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Podcast 179: Intentional Soul Care (Summer of Unhurried Favorites)

Jun 14, 2021

Over the summer, we are sharing ten episodes of our podcast we’re calling “Unhurried Favorites.” Today we’re sharing “Intentional Soul Care.” I’ve often said that one of the greatest challenges for men and women of influence is the care of their own souls. It’s rare when someone asks another who is leading them about how their souls are doing, so intentionality about soul care is key. 

We also wanted to let you know that beginning in...

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Very Married

Jun 09, 2021

My husband, Alan, and I are very married. In fact, last month we celebrated our 36th anniversary.

 

I first laid eyes on Alan when I was 17 years old. It was the summer of 1981, and I was sitting in the back row of seats during an evening service at church. My cousin whispered to me out of the side of her mouth, “Gem, Gem, look over there.” Her eyes motioned to the right.

 

Evidently, we were there to check out guys. I know this because the next words out of her mouth...

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Podcast 178: How to Plan a Restful Vacation (Summer of Unhurried Favorites)

Jun 07, 2021

Over the summer, we are sharing ten episodes of our podcast we’re calling “Unhurried Favorites.” Today we’re sharing “How to Take a Restful Vacation.” This may seem odd considering we are still knee deep in the dynamics of the pandemic. And yet we are seeing people becoming more active than before. So whether you are planning a getaway or a staycation, we hope you’ll find these insights useful as you make your way toward some rest.

 

In this...

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Good at Being Bad?

Jun 02, 2021

There are lines in Scripture that make me wince when I (Alan) read them. Here’s one I read recently:

 

My people are fools;

they do not know me.

They are senseless children;

they have no understanding.

They are skilled in doing evil;

they know not how to do good. (Jeremiah 4:22)

 

What a tragedy when someone who identifies as one of God’s people is so foolish that they (1) don’t actually know or understand the God they claim to belong to, and (2) have instead...

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Podcast 177: The Deeply Formed Life (Alan with Rich Villodas)

May 31, 2021

Here at Unhurried Living, we are often trying to find any number of ways to invite you into the depth of the work God wants to do both in you and through you for the good of others. One of Paul’s prayers has him asking that God would powerfully strengthen us inwardly through his Spirit so that Christ might dwell in our hearts more fully. Doesn’t that sound inviting?  

Well, today I’m glad to be sharing a recent conversation on this theme of depth that I had with Rich...

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Managing Your Inner Fixer

May 26, 2021

In March, I completed the process of becoming a certified life coach. My training included some timely reminders of my training as a spiritual director, such as active listening, asking powerful questions, and holding sacred space. I also learned some new techniques that I have found helpful when meeting with coaching clients as well as practicing in my own life.

 

The idea of “managing the fixer” is a standout coaching skill that I think might be helpful for all of us....

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Podcast 176: Embodying our Faith (Gem with Sarah Panther)

May 24, 2021

The connection between our minds and our bodies is undeniable. And even though the scientific world confirms this, practically speaking, we don’t always know how to make the most of this God-designed connection. Our guest today is Sarah Panther and she is going to talk about this connection by sharing her story of ongoing chronic illness and how she has moved to greater healing. Welcome to the Unhurried Living Podcast. 

Sarah Jackson Panther is a health coach and writer. She works...

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Acedia: Help for the Weary Soul

May 19, 2021

In An Unhurried Life, I talked about an unholy form of unhurry the ancients called acedia. I said,

 

“Derived from the Greek a (for “not”) and keedos (meaning “to care”), acedia is ultimately a failure of love. It’s a place of apathy toward life and a kind of spiritual boredom; it’s that umpteenth lap somewhere between the enthusiasm of the starting line and the celebration of the finish line. Whether midday, midlife, halftime or halfway through...

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