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Burnout Remedy #1 – Sleeping

Burnout Remedy #1 – Sleeping

Many of us are on the verge or have already burned out in our occupations.  Law enforcement, firefighters, and especially healthcare providers have some of the highest rates of burnout among professions.  The pandemic exacerbated this problem.  As a result, people and...

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Eat More Humble-Berry Pie

Eat More Humble-Berry Pie

Need:  Eat More Humble-Berry Pie The Story:  Colossians 3:12  The Apostle Paul urges his readers that they should act according to their new identity.  Since they are in Christ, they are holy and loved, and they have a responsibility to act appropriately.  Paul tells...

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We Need More Kindness

We Need More Kindness

Need:  We Need To Show More Kindness The Story:  Colossians 3:12  The Apostle Paul urges his readers that they should act according to their new identity.  Since they are in Christ, they are holy and loved, and they have a responsibility to act appropriately.  Paul...

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We Need To Show More Compassion

We Need To Show More Compassion

The Story:  Colossians 3:12  The Apostle Paul urges his readers that they should act according to their new identity.  Since they are in Christ, they are holy and loved, and they have a responsibility to act appropriately.  Paul tells his readers that they should...

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We Need To Rest More

We Need To Rest More

The Story:  1 Kings 18-19  Elijah has a showdown with King Ahab and the people of Israel.  It’s time to make a choice:  follow God or follow Baal.  The prophets of Baal prayed to their god, and after hours of shouting, dancing, and grotesque self-mutilation, nothing...

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We Need A Proper Perspective

We Need A Proper Perspective

The Story:  John 18-20  The political powers of Jerusalem feel threatened.  A follower of Jesus betrays his teacher for money, and Jesus faces an illegal trial that will undoubtedly lead to his suffering and death.  It’s Friday.  It’s a horrible, dark day....

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Relieving The Caregiving Burden

Relieving The Caregiving Burden

Excerpts from Chapter 9, Sherry’s Key in Smoke Screening:Narratives to Navigate Caregiver Burnout Sherry's Heavy Burden Sherry sat alone in the conference room and faced an impossible task:  deciding when to disconnect her father from the ventilator.  Most people in...

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Why Vacations Don’t Fix Burnout

Why Vacations Don’t Fix Burnout

Question:  Why Did My Vacation Not Alleviate My Burnout? You save up your money.  You book a much-needed vacation at a luxurious beach resort where attendants pamper you in every way.  You spend two weeks playing in the waves, lying on the beach, and soaking up the...

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Be More Holy, Not Holier

Be More Holy, Not Holier

Need:  We need to be more Holy, not Holier Story: The events of the New Testament take place during the Pax Romana.  Latin for “Roman Peace,” this period from 27BC to 180 AD marked a time of relative peace and stability during an otherwise tumultuous reign of the...

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Jonah’s Smelly Search For Contentment

Jonah’s Smelly Search For Contentment

The Need: We Need To Realize Who’s In Control The Story: Jonah receives a direct call from God (wouldn’t that be amazing)? Go and preach against your enemy in Nineveh. Jonah hears the Lord, packs his bags, and… runs the other way. Jonah refuses to obey God. God...

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Why Didn’t Jesus Ever Burn Out?

Why Didn’t Jesus Ever Burn Out?

The Need:  We all need more guidance.  The Story:  If anybody in history had a reason to burn out, it was Jesus. Your friend has become cynical, distant, and doesn’t seem to care about anything. Everyone labels them as “burned out.”  It’s understandable. Stress mounts...

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New Year, New Blog, New Focus

New Year, New Blog, New Focus

I have designated 2021 as the Year of Contentment. Contentment is something everyone strives for, but few understand how to achieve it.  This year's blogs will focus on learning contentment, and many will use Biblical teaching as its guide. Why use Scripture as a...

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Burnout Challenge 1: Pike Stretch

Call it Covid Brain, Pandemic Fatigue, or Virus Mania; the lockdowns are causing people, especially caregivers, to burnout at an unprecedented rate.  Well, let’s do something about it.   The Overloaded Brain Covid is causing increased stress for many, especially...

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Top Five Causes of Burnout

In medicine, it is considered malpractice to prescribe a treatment without a diagnosis.  Burnout is not a diagnosis.  It's a symptom of a deeper problem.  The best way to mitigate and prevent burnout is to uncover the cause.  Here are my top five reasons why I think...

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Digital Roundtable: Pastors

How does a congregation maintain community when society is under isolation? How will Covid-19 affect how church is practiced moving forward? Find out the answers to these questions during this episode of Digital Roundtable. https://youtu.be/4CLgBimLSzo

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Front-line Covid-19 Coaching

Front-line Covid-19 Coaching

Published in © ChristianCoachingMag.com 05/01/2020 http://christiancoachingmag.com A virus spreads.  A pandemic declared.  States of emergencies enacted, and people maintain a strict six-feet distance away from each other.  Welcome to our current world...

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Learning Empathy From Falconry

Learning Empathy From Falconry

Can a bird of prey help us become better empathizers? YES. Recently, I had the privilege of trying the sport of falconry.  Falconry is an ancient art of hunting with a trained bird of prey.  It’s the only sport that uses a trained-wild animal (though that seems a bit...

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Make 2020 the Year of Community

Make 2020 the Year of Community

It’s that time. Time to make all the resolutions you’ll never keep! Time to think you’re a failure, time to get down on yourself, and time to perpetuate the cycle of negativity. Or maybe it’s time for something else. Every year thousands of people try to start fresh...

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Taking Freedom For Granted

Taking Freedom For Granted

Independence Day is a day America celebrates its declaration to be considered an independent nation.  There have been many figures in history that have spoken of freedom.  I will take this time to address some of the most famous quotes. [Independence Day] "ought to be...

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Prescribing Suicide

Prescribing Suicide

In 1983, a young woman drove home on a country road in southwest Missouri.  Suddenly, she lost control, overturned the car, and was ejected from her vehicle.  She landed face down in a ditch over thirty-five feet away from the scene of the accident.  Paramedics...

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Balance Under Pressure

Balance Under Pressure

Pressure causes strange things to happen to our bodies.  Our bodies desire to maintain balance, and they like the status quo.  However, emotional and psychological stress puts our bodies under internal pressure.  But pressure can occur externally as well.  Changing...

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Burnout Fakes and Facts

Burnout Fakes and Facts

We often hear that the media is full of fake news.  Agendas precede facts.  Recently three researchers pulled off a hoax to expose this reality when their bogus research was published in peer-review journals.  Seven of their twenty fake articles which included absurd...

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