The church can organize specific times of prayer, when women (young mothers, especially) can come together with child care available—even for an hour, once a week. There, women can gather and have coffee and chat, knowing that for that hour, they can just relax, be refreshed, and then go back home and feel uplifted—not just emotionally and physically, but spiritually as well. The fellowship of other Christian women can certainly uplift you spiritually.
The Wingfeather Saga short film
Seriously guys, this is fabulous:
Overwhelmed. Exhausted. Depressed. Panicky. Stressed. Burned out. Broken. Paralyzed. Drowning. Empty. Recognize yourself in any of these words? Maybe in all of them? You’re not alone. These are the most common words I’ve heard Christian women using to describe themselves and their lives.
Whatever happened to the words peaceful, calm, joyful, content, quiet, rested, refreshed, and fulfilled? Wouldn’t you like to exchange the second set of words for the first?
Everyone loves free time, the time we have left after working and doing the things we haveto do (sleep, bathe, do laundry, take care of the kids).
“Free time” is when we can finally do what we want. No one is telling us what to do; no one is demanding our attention. We can give our attention gladly to the things we love, or we can set leisure aside and keep working to get what we want. Whatever we decide, we’re in charge.
We feel free.
Deina Warren explores a religious liberty issue in my homeland:
Who is thinking about summer when we haven’t even celebrated Christmas? The Federal Government is, and as a Christian you should be too. Why? Because next summer many Christian churches, charities and para-church organizations will be unable to hire summer students. This is because of government changes to eligibility for the Canada Summer Jobs program.
In light of the cultural conversation (onslaught?) today, I’ve found myself feeling more than a bit like Mr. Wordsworth. Maybe you can relate. As beliefs in God and His decrees in Scripture are increasingly marginalized, even ridiculed, in the public square, I’ve found myself more than a little discouraged and angsty in the face of opposition. Is liquidation coming for me? As a pastor, I’m a marked man just as Wordsworth was as a librarian. When words no longer mean anything, can men and women who live by the Word long endure?
A favorite from the archives:
My day job exposes me to a great deal of literature and communication from “activist” Christians—folks who are very (VERY) heavily concerned with social injustices, sex trafficking, poverty alleviation, and other causes (which, y’know, we should be concerned about). However, whenever I read books coming from this group, or written by people trying to appeal to them, I get a little squeamish about the language used, which usually sounds something like this:
We’re to be world-changers, partnering with God in redeeming this broken world and building his kingdom.
But if that’s true… why doesn’t it ring true to what the Bible says?