Rest

“I’m sorry, not sorry I’m late, I slept in today” is one of the best things I ever heard my friend Cathy say. Cathy is a well planned, uber-organized, high-level corporate assistant, and a newly divorced single mom. The arrival of this pandemic increased her workload in many departments. She now works from her new at-home office, as does her team, all while caring for her three dogs. Did I mention ...

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Comfort in Suffering

Do you know someone who is suffering?  Most of us can only say "yes" to that question.  It may even be YOU who is suffering.  So many people in my life come to mind, people who have lost jobs or had their hours cut, people who are struggling to balance working from home and helping their kids learn online, and more.   Yet struggles that seemed insurmountable before the pandemic continue, including ...

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No Mask Required

What a weird year 2020 has been. And here we find ourselves in the middle of a cultural battle over whether to wear a mask or not. Pro-Maskers want everyone to wear masks to prevent the spread of Covid, while opposition opinions range from personal freedom to the legitimacy of wearing a mask actually working. You’ve probably had these conversations yourself or at least seen the heated debate on social ...

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Possible

‘It’s that kind of a year’ is my new go to for explaining the feelings I call angst about how everything is different and often harder than I want it to be. The I want it to be part of that is what makes me switch gears to what God wants for me. I stand loved and corrected. The musicians in the group  ‘I Am They’ are very representative of ...

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Phase

As the world tries to quickly unfold out of a time of quarantine, the word phase is often used to denote who can do what. Haircuts are a hot commodity, gyms are tricky , and a dining out experience is appreciated more than ever. Every person and family is in their own different phase, regardless of the CDC requirements. It's a comfort level thing.  Even shopping for essentials can be a challenge. I ran into ...

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Social Distancing and Jesus

Things look so different now from just 2 months ago, don’t they?  We are having to stay 6 feet apart, go only one way down the grocery aisle, wear masks, work from home, and attend church online.  Yet, some things are very much the same – just amplified.   A friend asked me when all the COVID-19 precautions started, how it had changed the prayer requests I get here at The Fish Atlanta.  The short ...

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Empty Shelves Bring Hope

Being quarantined has forced  us to use this time to look within and deeply contemplate, and live with a new daily normal. Perhaps, the most unexpected, and challenging change: the lack of available  toilet paper.  Toilet paper is bulky and takes up a lot of shelf space, once it's gone the shelves look desolate. Then, seeing empty shelves put people in a panic mode.   The same is true for hair dye, sugar, flour, ...

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The Space Between

Nobody would have even predicted or chosen the ‘new normal’ that we are all living in here in 2020. Words and phrases like ‘shelter in place’, ‘toilet paper shortages’ and ‘face masks’ are now a part of our daily vernacular. But in the midst of all of the turmoil, we do have an opportunity to grow and draw closer to Jesus.  In life there is always a ‘space between’. It’s a ...

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Love Stretched Out

On New Year’s Day of this year, who would have thought that by mid-March some new terms would have taken over our vocabulary?  Words like Coronavirus, COVID-19, and social distancing.  Welcome to the new world of working and doing school from home, fighting for toilet paper and being isolated in a socially connected world.  This is a time where fear and uncertainty can easily take over our minds; and while it’s ...

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Territory

My fascination with wells in the Bible continues to grow… The Bible is full of references to wells.  I originally learned why in a devotion from Brad White, “…After people heard God speak, they would often dig a well and give it a name.  As a result, whenever they took water from it, they would remember God’s words and goodness.” Well, consider my mind blown, when Pastor Banning Liebscher, mentioned another purpose of wells.  The wells dug by The Israelites were ...

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