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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

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

Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

After 27 years as the voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire is out of a job. Following Jim Henson’s unexpected death in 1990, Kermit was recast with Whitmire as his voice. In many ways, he became Kermit. For Henson, the voice of Kermit wasn’t just a role for which to audition; it was an [...]

By | 2017-07-26T19:18:48+00:00 July 26th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Finding Your Voice with a Frog in Your Throat

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

The Anguish in Downsizing

In the next few weeks we will move to a smaller home. It is the perfect size–at least for this new condensed version of us. Downsizing is critical and practical; we won’t have the space to store piles or files. This is a painful process. We’ve cleared out “stuff” multiple times in our lives as [...]

By | 2017-05-12T09:45:39+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on The Anguish in Downsizing

Guest Post: Never Retiring from God’s Work

By Lari Kennedy Northshore Community Church, Kirkland, WA My husband, Erik, and I are working professionals and empty nesters. We’re the youngest of the baby-boomer generation, which means we’re not necessarily young, but neither are we old. Our kids are known as Millennials and we’re excited to be new grandparents. Besides everything else that we are, [...]

By | 2017-05-08T07:31:53+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|News, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on Guest Post: Never Retiring from God’s Work

A Sad and Uncertain Saturday

written by Leona Bergstrom, Director, Re-Ignite Easter weekend is when Christians memorialize the death of Christ and celebrate his resurrection. Saturday is a particularly perplexing day. Sandwiched between a dark and solemn Good Friday service and the glorious dawn of Easter morning, Saturday is when communities hold lively egg hunts; offer photo ops with the [...]

By | 2017-04-15T08:40:02+00:00 April 15th, 2017|News, Re-Ignite the World, Re-Ignite Your Life, Third Calling|Comments Off on A Sad and Uncertain Saturday