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05/03/2021

Grace reset

What I learned from two weeks of physical and spiritual careWritten by Ulla MiaFor years, I’ve struggled with my mental health. I was diagnosed by a medical professional with anxiety and depression. It’s a battle I’ve been fighting for as long as I can remember. I honestly can’t imagine a day where

  Ulla Mia
05/03/2021

Balancing act

Uniting our bodies, minds, and souls in ChristWritten by Shawn NaylorRecently, I played a board game called Newton’s Tree, where you place apples onto a tree, trying to prevent the tree from falling over in the process. Essentially, the objective of the game is to maintain the tree’s balance.The sam

  Shawn Naylor
05/03/2021

The power of self-compassion

Accepting our God-given identities brings healingWritten by Sarah EvangelineWhen I was a young girl, I played in the forest and wildflowers, pretending I was a princess on my unicorn, coming to save people from an evil villain. I’d get bruises and scrapes all the time. But I always got back up again

  Sarah Evangeline
05/03/2021

Waiting

Poem and art by Sarah EmtageIt’s okay to wait.What you need never really comes late.Red lights are alright.Take a breath. Take a break.You’ve got time;time to bake patience from scratch,time to plant seeds,watch eggs hatch,time to be stilland to know,and time to be readywhen the green light says go.

  Sarah Emtage
05/03/2021

Small steps of transformation

How slow habit-building has deepened my faithWritten by Natalie LantzI find it inspiring when people maintain habits on a daily basis. Like actually getting out of bed on time and eating more than a granola bar in the morning before rushing off to their early morning classes. I, on the other hand, c

  Natalie Lantz
05/03/2021

Carving out time in a fast-paced world

Christ’s model is a guide to the life of prayerWritten by Lisa HanashThe culture we live in is oversaturated with messages. We’re not always given the messages we are looking for or the ones we need. Our focus and attention are being threatened by this cultural noise—often coming from our screens. A

  Lisa Hanash
05/03/2021

The pandemic and mental health

Youth around the globe are struggling during Covid-19Written by Laura Heming PhillipsCovid-19 has taken an enormous toll on millions of people around the world. Under the weight of fear and unknowns, many have also suffered with their mental health—dealing in silence with feelings that suffocate. “I

  Laura Heming Phillips
05/03/2021

The practices of Jesus

Moving from burnout to joyful freedomWritten by William DmytrowI sat on a staircase thinking, Is this really who I’m meant to be? I had two jobs and was volunteering, on top of being a full-time college student. I worked approximately 80-90 hours a week, seven days a week. I felt restless, anxious,

  William Dmytrow
05/03/2021

Savouring is an act of thankfulness

A slower lifestyle can start with simple things, like how we eatWritten by Kristy LoewenA huge problem in our world today is the pace. Everything must be done quickly. I want my package to arrive tomorrow. I’m going to run to the store. I need to quickly finish my work so I can go to that meeting, w

  Kristy Loewen
05/03/2021

The daily practice of releasing worry

Written by Katie Pezzutto“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).We’ve all

  Katie Pezzutto
05/03/2021

How Jesus embodied selflessness

Three rhythms every Christian should imitateWritten by Josiah PiettWhat does it mean to follow Jesus’ way? Many followers of Jesus—including me—reduce our response to an abstract statement of loving God and loving people. True though it is, this teaching needs to become practical and detailed so we

  Josiah Piett
05/03/2021

Prayer in the desert

What the Desert Fathers and Mothers taught me about bringing pain to GodWritten by Jesse KaneEver since I heard about the Desert Fathers and Mothers, I’ve been fascinated by them. They isolated themselves amid the sands of antiquity to commune with God. They gave up family, friends, and wealth to sp

  Jesse Kane
05/03/2021

Calling all pioneers

An invitation to take initiative within your communityWritten by Layton and Jerrica MacCabeIn 1952, a 19-year-old named Willard Moyer moved from Pennsylvania to northern Ontario, to the outskirts of a small, rural First Nations community in response to God’s call on his life. There, he built a house

  Layton and Jerrica MacCabe
05/03/2021

Beautiful redemption

J.M. Bergman on the journey of forgiveness and the healing power of fictionInterview by Ilana ReimerQ. Could you begin by describing what your exposure to reading and writing was like growing up?A. When I was a kid my mom would always read my brothers and I bedtime stories from our children’s Bible

  Ilana Reimer
05/03/2021

Breaking mental health stigma through music

Written by Emily RuthFive years ago, I was in a much different place. Consumed with grief and pain, sinking deeper into anxiety and depression, it was hard to imagine a way out.I like to think of my life in seasons—I always have. So when I look back, I see chunks of time, rather than individual even

  Emily Ruth
05/03/2021

Freedom from unhealthy standards

True health isn’t about what we look likeWritten by Abby CionaIn the past year, I made a goal to live a healthier lifestyle. It started well. I formed a daily exercise routine and focused on eating natural, fresh foods from all food groups. But over time, my health began to consume my thoughts. A sw

  Abby Ciona
05/03/2021

Holistic spirituality

Finding new ways of connecting with GodWritten by Jayda HoogeWhat stirs your heart toward God? This question has bounced around my mind and heart for the last few years. Sometimes it’s a driving force for how I spend my time. Other times it’s a whisper reminding me to check my prioritities.I first

  Jayda Hooge
05/03/2021

A slow waltz

Finding new ways to nurture friendships during a pandemicWritten by Cindy PalinIt was the spring of 2020. I felt led to make plans with friends—in coffee shops, picnics in the park, and homemade dinners in our cozy kitchen. I was just beginning to feel the rhythm of a beautiful dance, the ebb and fl

  Cindy Palin
03/02/2021

Issue 44: Staff picks

Want new recommendations for books, podcasts, or other resources that will nourish your soul? Check each issue to see what the LIM team has been reading and listening to. Joel Gordon: The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie James JenningsThis book provides a deep dive i

  LOVEISMOVING
03/02/2021

Rethinking our response to death

Written by Mike GordonJust before Christmas, I officiated two funeral services. Both families used similar words to describe how they were feeling after their loved ones passed away.“We knew this day would come, but nothing prepared us for it.”Death is a weird thing. We turn on the news and see how

  Mike Gordon
03/02/2021

The tender mercy of God’s pruning

Cutting out the dead and dying parts of our lives makes room for holinessWritten by Jayda HoogeI love plants! I relish going to greenhouses and selecting a new addition to my houseplant army. I enjoy lovingly taking care of each one. My boyfriend recently told me, “I didn’t realize plants could be a

  Jayda Hooge
03/02/2021

Adulting during a pandemic

Two university students facing uncertainty with hopeWritten by Winnie LuiOne theme in my journey is being okay with the unknown,” says Laura Kim. A South Korean now living in British Colombia, she graduated from university this past spring, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.Laura grew up in Sou

  Winnie Lui
03/02/2021

A leader’s first response amid a global crisis

Written by Cindy PalinEach follower of Christ chooses to live out God’s plans instead of their own. What does this commitment mean during a global crisis? What should a Christ-like leader’s first response be?Regardless of what it should be, fear is often our first response to any crisis. Fear becaus

  Cindy Palin
03/02/2021

Our weaknesses exposed

Difficulties cause our pride to crumble, leaving room for new lifeWritten by Shawn NaylorSnowboarding used to be a major part of my life, and recently my sons have also discovered it. Thank you, YouTube.After an intense amount of nagging, pleading, and negotiating I got them some used snowboards and

  Shawn Naylor