Full disclosure moment #2: Just as we shared with you our story of pickpocketing while touring lovely St. Petersburg, and how a rat chewed through some wires in our car while we were gone–here is our next installment of “Keeping it Real.”

Alan and I have been thoroughly enjoying building our new non-profit, Unhurried Living. We are doing exactly what we love. We are building a community, and we are training and resourcing people, just as we have dreamed.

AND – starting something new is hard. It’s like getting a train moving. The inertia of beginning takes a lot of energy. So, my confession to you is that I evidently ate my way through my stress last year.

I just took a screen shot on the app I use to track my weight (below). Look at the up-curve for 2016. I know, right? The chart measures from December 2015 to February 2017. That nice downhill line on the far right was thanks to my journey with Whole30.

weight-chart

I’ve regained healthier patterns this year, but I just wanted to share that stress is real, even in people who lead something called “Unhurried Living.”

One thing I know we can promise: We are in the trenches with you. Yes, we have taken great strides in our own personal, formational, and spiritual health. And we are still a work in progress.

Our struggles do not keep us from continuing on in our process of becoming more unhurried inside. The desire to live and lead from a place of contentment moves us forward. And we will share with you everything we have learned in the process.

One of those ways is through our new Podcast. This week’s episode features Todd Hunter, Bishop of Churches for the Sake of Others. You will learn much from Todd about servant leadership.

Subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher. Please subscribe to and rate the podcast. It will help us be seen by more people.

We’ve also created another free resource for you to use over the course of a week in your time with God. You can also use it for an upcoming Unhurried Time with God. You can download it below.

Isaiah 40 makes it clear that if you find yourself in a place that is crooked, low, humbled, or rough, you will find access to the Sovereign Lord who tends you like a shepherd.

Whatever is going on in your life that makes you want to resort to any type of coping mechanism, we pray that you find encouragement in Isaiah 40:11:

He tends his flock like a shepherd:
He gathers the lambs in his arms
and carries them close to his heart…

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