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When You Wonder Why

When life smacks you upside the head, do you ever wonder why? Why is this happening to me? To my family? To... whatever!
I took some time to reflect on this in a recent post I wrote for Seedbed.com.
There are four things I identify that help me during seasons of "why."
Hold on to what is good and true.Relax and know that He is still God.Watch for the little, gentle reminders of His love.Guard your mind.
There are ways to get beyond the spiral of the "why." You can find peace. You can find hope. Most often, it takes being a bit intentional.
For more detail on each of these,  I encourage you to read my Four Steps to Take When You Wonder Why.
Blessings on you friend!
Michelle (a.k.a. piano girl)

Stillness in Times of Trouble

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Perhaps you've heard this famous verse from the Bible a 1000 times like I have:

Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
I even have it on a beautiful piece of art hanging in my kitchen. This framed photo captures a bare tree in the winter surrounded by snow, cold and complete stillness.



In the past year especially, this verse has taken on new meaning for me as our family has been through the ringer. We have endured trials of many kinds; including personal betrayal, slander, rejection, moving to several different states in one year, job losses, death of a close family member and more. All of this, on top of a previous year of burnout and major medical issues. 
Not whining, just being real with you.
Honestly, it's been hard to be still through all of this turmoil. How does God expect me to do this? There are problems to be solved here! There is justice to be had here! God, where are you?
It was one of those moments I was asking Him this very question when this picture came into …

Showing Love and Honor to Your Pastor's Wife

Recently I wrote about something that is near and dear to my heart: ministry spouses. 
Being one myself, I've observed how people often are unsure how to relate to them, so I offered a few tips in my new blog post called5 Ways to Love Your Pastor's Spouse. (click on the title to read) 
This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but a good start... and really, these are things anyone would appreciate!
How do you honor your pastor's spouse? I would love to hear about it!

6 Things to Know About Burnout Recovery- A Starting Point

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About a year ago, I shared with you about hitting a wall and realizing it had a name: burnout. You can read my description of it here.
Honestly, I felt pretty stupid. I thought it couldn't happen to me. After all, I'm a nice person, I try to live right. I have an interesting portfolio and am a hard worker with ethics and integrity. I'm a Christ-follower, minister, wife and a host of other things... and a work in progress.
Then, a wake-up call.


It did happen. It hurt in ways I can't describe. I'm still in recovery, but seeing the light again and for that I'm so grateful.
Writing about my journey is not only cathartic, but also in hopes that I may help someone out there who is also grappling with the same burden. I've absorbed a lot in the past several years, and I hope to share some of that insight with you through a series of blog posts. If this is you, hold on. It will get better. If this is not you right now, perhaps you could pass these on to someone who nee…

Check Out My New Posts on Seedbed.Com!

Hey Regular Readers!

I'm happy to announce that I'm back to writing... with another ministry venue!

I'm thrilled to now be writing as a regular contributor for Seedbed.com, as well as my regular personal blog and Creative Ministry Group as script writer and author.

If you've been blessed by what you've read here over the years, please check out some of my new Soul Care Collective posts on various topics, such as Finding Balance in the New Year8 things Everyone Should Know About Life, An InterviewSetting the Stage for Your Day and Worshiping in Song Through Brokenness & Pain.

You can subscribe for email delivery on Seedbed to receive new posts in your inbox for the Soul Care Collective, as well as the other ministry related collectives they offer. You choose which ones you want to receive, and only that collective will be delivered. 

Posts that appear on Seedbed cannot be duplicated here on my personal blog. I will, however, continue to write posts here from time…