Last week I attended a gathering with sixty other pastors, priests, and worship leaders. It was beautiful, inspiring, and also sad. These were highly intelligent, productive, thoughtful leaders, but they all shared something else in common. We began our time by each offering three words describing how we were arriving at the gathering. Some arrived hopeful. Many arrived curious, but almost all arrived with some variation of the following words: Tired. Exhausted. Worn out. Faint. Threadbare. Never mind that these were all people who worked in church world. I suspect the exhaustion isn’t limited to church. In fact, I more than suspect it. I know it. We all do.
When I first saw this recipe I immediately burst out an operatic, “These are a few of my favorite things!” I prepped the batch of oats that night, and the next morning was bliss—all kinds of goodness layered up in a bowl. Sweet and salty, creamy and crunchy… it all comes together perfectly to start your day with sunshine in your belly and hearts floating around your head.
Wait! Please don’t go! Don’t think, “ah, another kale recipe” and scoot on by. This one. This is a keeper.
First things first: double this recipe. Always. It’s that good, and you’re always going to hope for leftovers. As a family of four, we eat a good portion for dinner, then I sneak a bowl as a late night snack, a small bowl for breakfast the next morning… and then generally inhale the rest straight from the Pyrex when I return from the gym. YUM.
I’ve always loved fashion, even from a very young age. I remember when I was five and six years old, sketching and designing my own line of funky and unique pieces that I aspired to create once I was tall enough to see over a sewing machine. As an adult, I've created The Lovely Sewjourner, my very own clothing line... and those childhood dreams are becoming a reality.
I must warn you, Pilates is habit forming.
Once you start, you won’t want to stop.
I teach, and have taught, a variety of different classes in my career, but no class compares to Pilates. Practicing Pilates has brought me closer to Christ, while moving me beyond the place of physical pain and emotional discomfort. He is my shade in the deserts of this world. Taking time to be still in His presence, while exercising, has allowed me to stretch spiritually and strengthen my core physically. Resting in His shade, while going through each exercise, shields me from anxious thoughts and worries, and helps me enjoy the peace of his presence.
- Renae Wortz NP-C
As February comes to an end it always seems as though Spring should be just around the corner. Unfortunately, if you live in a northern climate like I do, winter is sure to endure for weeks if not months longer. While wintertime is certainly beautiful in its own way, the dry, cold air is not always kind to our skin.
- Renae Wortz NP-C
The new year is finally here...which means we are in the thick of cold season! As a Nurse Practitioner, I treat many miserable patients suffering a multitude of respiratory ailments, from simple runny noses to full-blown pneumonia at my family practice clinic. Most adults will experience at least 2-4 occurrences of the common cold throughout the year, though it is most pervasive during the fall and winter months.
- Stephanie Sample
I love beginnings. The first day of school, first day of the week, a new book, new message series at church, even the premiere of a new television series finds me filled with optimism. For many of us, there is no greater beginning than the first week of January and the accompanying New Year’s Resolution.
- Stephanie Sample
If you are anything like me, you could use a few more hours most days. You multitask as much as possible: folding laundry while the pasta water boils, responding to email while participating in a conference call, even referring to leaf raking as quality family time by roping your kids into picking up a rake and helping. Between all our obligations (as spouses, parents, employees, friends, family members, committee members, etc.) daily workouts can be a frequent casualty of the “too little time” problem. But they don’t have to be.
- Jared White
Most would agree that a healthy diet is vital for good physical health. The connection food has to faith, however, might seem a bit more tenuous. Yet food is an intimate part of daily life -- there isn't a day that goes by when food consumption doesn't affect how we feel, move, or plan our schedules. We eat for enjoyment, and we eat to live.