• Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    Hope

    Still here, friends and readers!  Ever had seasons of life where you are just barely hanging on? That’s where I’ve been living for the last month and a half.  At times our calling, work, character flaws and spiritual attacks create a perfect storm of discouragement and depression.  And it’s just hard.  Even though we know these seasons are temporary (please, let them be temporary, right?!), it often effects our productivity as our energy is focused on maintaining the basic foundations of life.  Hence my absence here on the blog. So I just want to let you know I’m still here and my purpose remains the same: to love, care and…

  • Life,  Spiritual Formation,  Stress Management

    H.A.L.T…What Is It Good For?

    Seems this topic of the connection between our emotional/mental and physical health keeps coming up lately, so why not write about it?   I’m more and more convinced that this is an area we too often overlook.  We don’t need studies to tell us that when we’re tired we feel more irritable, emotional, or forgetful.  You may have heard the acronym H.A.L.T., which stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired.  I first learned this acronym working as a family counselor for a drug and alcohol treatment center.  We all knew that if a person was dealing with any of these components it caused them to be more susceptible to a relapse…

  • Missions,  Spiritual Formation,  Team dynamics

    Leading When You’re Not in Charge: 3 Key Steps

    Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?  “I could do that better if I were leading”; “I know exactly what this agency/church/group/team needs, if they would just listen to me”; or “if only I were in charge…”  I’m certainly guilty of these thoughts at various points in my life and my guess is you are too.  Unfortunately, they are typically misleading and unhelpful thoughts.  You can find entire books written on this topic (and I hope you’ll find them and read them), but for today let’s look at three simple steps we can take toward being better “behind the scenes” leaders.   Be Positive Being positive doesn’t mean you have…

  • Life,  Missions,  Spiritual Formation

    Insecurity

    Hello! My name is Heath and I am insecure.  I work in a job that causes me to feel lots of insecurity.  I love my job and I don’t want to trade it for a more secure job.  Well at least most of the time, and besides, the NBA doesn’t want me anyway.  I am insecure as a missionary because I don’t always fit in, making friends can be hard, and being good at Japanese is a pipe dream.  I could go on but those are some of the things I struggle with.  I know that I am not the only one who struggles with insecurity. I am insecure, so…