About leona

Leona Bergstrom is a writer, speaker and consultant. She currently directs the ministry of Re-Ignite, a division of ChurchHealth. Passionate about inspiring her Boomer peers, Leona has written and developed Re-Ignite curriculum, co-authored Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, manages a weekly blog, and contributes articles to magazines and newsletters. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Richard.

A Large Amount of Gratitude

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude. (From Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne)  I’m envious of Piglet. Even though small, his penchant for giving thanks fills his little heart and life. Since I have six grandchildren, I read a lot of Winnie [...]

By | 2017-11-20T09:59:59+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|0 Comments

The Destructive Power of Comparison

How does it feel to stand next to the prettiest girl at the prom? My poise deflated like a punctured Mylar balloon. The question may sound like an old high school memory, but no, it was asked a few days ago while I was standing at our Third Calling book table. As participants of a [...]

By | 2017-11-06T13:29:49+00:00 November 6th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|0 Comments

The Harvest and Grandma

Autumn is the wonderful season of the year when the world vibrates with the Creator’s colorful artistry. I love it. I love the challenges presented by the fall season as children head back to school and ministries start new programs. The air is electric with anticipation and hope. The autumn also is the time for [...]

By | 2017-10-26T10:58:28+00:00 October 26th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|1 Comment

I Don’t Know

It was his last day on the job. Standing at center stage, mic in hand, Pastor Ryan attempted to answer his congregation's obvious question–what was he doing next? His answer was simple and transparent: I don't know. Pastor Ryan, leaving a staff position he held for seventeen years, is loved and appreciated. He is going out [...]

By | 2017-10-24T08:31:21+00:00 October 24th, 2017|News|0 Comments

The Story of the Prodigal’s Father

Author's note: Last week we had the opportunity to see the recently released movie, The Heart of Man.  The film's tagline: "Our brokenness is a bridge, not a barrier," summarizes the story of a father's relentless pursuit of his wayward son. Both the prodigal's story and the message of the film are about grace–grace dispensed in [...]

By | 2017-09-20T14:20:37+00:00 September 20th, 2017|News|Comments Off on The Story of the Prodigal’s Father

An “Unfortunate and Tragic” Outcome

An unfortunate and tragic outcome.. These two words seem woefully inadequate. They were used by the Hollywood police chief to describe the recent deaths of eight individuals who lived in a rehab center in Hollywood, Florida. Their names and exact causes of death have not been announced, but the images of frail, vulnerable adults being [...]

By | 2017-09-14T13:41:17+00:00 September 14th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|4 Comments

Believe long life is a gift from God

In our recent book we discuss 10 aspects to living out our Third Calling: #1: Believe long life is a gift from God–to be stewarded with wisdom and imagination. I don’t really think long life is all you’ve cracked up to be. It actually seems pretty depressing. This was our always-very-spiritual friend talking. How could [...]

By | 2017-09-13T13:39:26+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life|Comments Off on Believe long life is a gift from God

Ten Aspects to Living Your Third Calling

In our book, Third Calling: What are you doing the rest of your life?, we outline 10 important things to consider as you seek to live with purpose. 1. Believe long life is a gift from God to be stewarded with wisdom and imagination. 2. Listen to the voice of the One who calls. Be [...]

By | 2017-08-28T10:32:56+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Third Calling|Comments Off on Ten Aspects to Living Your Third Calling

Get in the Car?

I wanted to tell them to get in the car. It was time to go. But, they just stood there, waving me farewell with smug grins on their faces. My adult kids don't come home with me anymore–especially after a 40th birthday party. In fact, they have to get into their own kid-safe, kid-equipped SUVs and [...]

By | 2017-07-17T15:24:43+00:00 July 17th, 2017|News|Comments Off on Get in the Car?

The Wise Accusers

This morning I sat in my new quiet reading corner contemplating two thoughts slamming simultaneously into my mind and spirit. The messages came from different sources, yet they have coalesced throughout the day to remind me of a profound and important truth: I am wiser in the second half of my life. The first message [...]

By | 2017-06-13T10:23:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|2 Comments