How to Live in This Economy

by Ann Voskamp On a Monday during piano lessons, I just sit with the dead at the cemetery. Is there such a thing as a sustainable economy of the soul in this industrial world addicted to speed? Only a wind from the west moves through the granite stones. Leaves fall soundlessly, right to the ground [Read More…]

Resting in the Nap Zone

by Cheryl Smith A few years ago, I had three surgeries within an 18-month time frame, followed by a fourth surgery a year later. During each of my pre-surgery appointments, I talked with nurses about what I could and couldn’t do following surgery. Rest was always on the list of do’s. In fact, I distinctly [Read More…]

The Surprising Key that Opens the Gift of Work

by Keri Wyatt Kent I am currently training for a half marathon. Today, my training consists of not running. I am writing this from the couch. That’s right. Any training schedule for long-distance race will recommend days to run, cross train, lift weights—and at least one day per week of rest. The resting allows the body [Read More…]

[VIDEO] Plug Into Silence

It’s the vacation that defines the meaning of vacation for me. Our family went to a timeshare cottage in a small beach community on the Gulf Coast of Florida nearly every Summer. We only lived about an hour away down the coast, but the trip always took us to an entirely different world. These trips were completely different than the times we visited places like Disney World, Sea World, and Cape Canaveral. [Read more…]

[VIDEO] Why Should I Observe the Sabbath?

It’s become counter-cultural for us, hasn’t it? This idea of stopping and resting isn’t part of our core beliefs anymore. I don’t know about you, but between my work, family events, and volunteer ministry, it’s not often when I actually get some time off to just… be. When I do (occassionally) get a Saturday free [Read More…]

The Rest of Your Life

by Ed Gungor Learning to work well is great, but working well is not sufficient to create a balanced life; we must also learn how to stop working. That’s called rest. The Hebrews called it taking a Sabbath, and it was on God’s Top Ten List. Scripture says: “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it [Read More…]