Podcast: Carry Prayer - An Effective Way to Pray for Others

Feb 26, 2018

Many years ago, I (Gem) was having a conversation with a very dear friend. As we interacted, she shared some insights about me that I had not directly told her before. No one could have known, because I had not shared with anyone. She was quite observant, but I was still surprised when she shared with me her thoughts. I asked her how she knew. She said, "I know you because I pray for you."

I didn't really understand that fully at the time, but over the years I began to learn what she meant....

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Podcast: Emily P. Freeman - Small Moment Living in a Fast Moving World

Feb 19, 2018

Today, it is my delight to share a conversation that I had with Emily P. Freeman. As I’ve followed her on Instagram, read her blog and enjoyed her podcast – I’ve found her to be a true kindred spirit. She is singing the same song as as Unhurried Living - as she shares the message of small moment living in a fast moving world.

In our conversation we talk about: story, process, spiritual practices, small moment living, making connections between our outer world and our inner...

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Ash Wednesday: The Gift of Lent

Feb 14, 2018

Today is Ash Wednesday. It's the first day of Lent. For years, that would have been completely lost on me. “What in the world is Ash Wednesday?” Most Baptists like me back in the day would have seen it as a “them” practice. Definitely not for “us.”

But now I am an Anglican. Next month, Lord willing, I’ll complete my ordination process and become an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others under Bishop Todd Hunter. This has...

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Podcast: Managing Our Expectations - Seasons, Stages, Transitions

Feb 12, 2018

Today is the last in our five-part series where we’ve been responding to your answers to our poll question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?”

We received a whole grouping of answers that were all about life’s seasons, stages and transitions.

  • We have the mom with young children at home trying to figure out how anything resembling unhurried time is even possible.
  • There’s the student who is away at college, who...
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What is the Season of Your Soul?

Feb 07, 2018

Most mornings I walk our dog, Lex, up and down our neighborhood street. A while back I noticed that one of our neighbors was getting rid of some shrubs in front of her home.

As time progressed I saw the dirt being prepared as dark plastic went down and bark chips went on. Then one day small plants were laid in a couple of nice rows. It was the start of something lovely.

However, soon after the flowers were planted, we had an unseasonable cold snap and more than half of the flowers wilted and...

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Podcast: Priorities - Keeping First Things First

Feb 05, 2018

This is the fourth in a five-part series sharing answers to the question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?” Here are the questions on priorities that arose from our community:

  1. I want to be able to serve without overdoing it.
  2. How do we deal with the impulse to procrastinate as it relates to priorities?
  3. How do I deal with urgent things that aren’t all that important?
  4. What about my relationship with time - managing time and...
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Podcast: What the Monks Can Teach Us (JK Jones)

Jan 29, 2018

Thanks for joining us today. I’m glad your listening to this episode. You’re really going to enjoy what our guest, JK Jones, has to share about what he’s learned from the Monks. He wrote a book a while back titled: What the Monks Can Teach Us. We enjoyed sharing some of the ways that monastic writings, monastic communities and monastic practices have been a source of grace and wisdom for us in our journey with Jesus. You’ll also appreciate his gracious, humble,...

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Podcast: Distractions and Soul Busyness

Jan 22, 2018

Today is number three in a series where we are sharing answers to our survey question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?”

This week, we’re talking about “Distractions and Soul Busyness.” Let’s take a look a look at five of the questions that came up within this theme to see if we can find a little more freedom in our everyday lives.

#1 - The internet and social media can eat up my time so quickly. How do I...

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Practicing Silence in Church

Jan 17, 2018

When we gather as the church, we have sometimes placed more value on speaking the words of our heart to God than we have on cultivating an attentive, listening heart before God. Many struggle with any silence in church. We might do well to let the wisdom of James guide us when we gather as God’s people: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak… (Jms 1:19).”

For the first couple of decades of my life in the church, I was part of fairly typical Evangelical...

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Podcast: Dealing with Workplace Stress

Jan 15, 2018

Over the course of our first few episode of the new year, we are sharing answers to our poll question: “What is the biggest challenge you face right now in living a more unhurried life?” Dealing with Workplace Stress is the second podcast in that series.

Last week, we talked about “Nine Practical Challenges to Living Less Hurried.” This week, we’re talking about “Dealing with Workplace Stress.”

Your primary workplace may be a corporate office, a home...

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