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Thriving Devotional - May 5, 2020

When you enter a stillness…when you’ve ticked every box on today’s to-do-list…when the children are sleeping…when the television is off…when boredom strikes…when the stress of tomorrow is put aside and you can simply be…what is it that your heart finds wanting to do? I ask to get to the bottom of your interests. If you’re anything like me, you have a hobby, a passion, or an itch you must scratch. If we found ourselves with a magical two hours, able to do anything our heart de

Thriving Devotional - March 23, 2020

What is the role of habits in your life? In her book Better Than Before: What I Learned About Making and Breaking Habits, Gretchen Rubin calls habits “the invisible architecture of daily life. We repeat about 40 percent of our behavior almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future.” It seems like the word “habit” is usually used to describe something we do, but know we probably shouldn’t: I bite my fingernails, I crack my knuckles, I spend too much time

Thriving Devotional - March 19, 2020

A teacher once gathered his students around him as he poured milk into a bottle and screwed the lid on loosely. He began to shake it violently. Mayhem ensued, as students dove for cover from the milk-storm. He gathered his class around him again, and asked, “Why did milk go flying everywhere?” “Because you shook the bottle!” cried one student, wiping her face. “Nope,” the teacher replied. Another student said, “You didn’t screw the cap on all the way.” “Uh-uh.” The class