Author: JanineDilger

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

I’m taking a mulligan on January… a.k.a. fresh start, take two

It’s been a quiet month here. I didn’t start the year intending to take pretty much all of January off. But, to be honest, it began a little bumpy and instead of persevering, I crawled back under the proverbial covers. Have you had a hide-under-the-covers kind of month? Maybe you need to follow my lead and take a mulligan on the month? New mercies, fresh starts… these are ours for the taking every moment of every day. Read on…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

Happy New Year! And now for something completely different…

In a few hours, people in my little corner of the world will be bidding 2017 adieu and ringing in the new year with hope and optimism. I will always remember 2017 as the year I shrank my life. Contrary to society’s norms and expectations, I walked away from almost everything I used to define my identity for the past decade and came away with some surprising insights about myself in the process. If you’re thinking you need to re-evaluate your priorities and make some sustainable changes in 2018, there might be something here for you. Read on…

Merry Christmas: preparing our hearts for the gift that remains all year long

Merry Christmas: preparing our hearts for the gift that remains all year long

Christmas Eve is finally here. The long, slow wait of Advent has led us to the big event. But, sometimes, the reality doesn’t always match the anticipation. Today, in whatever way you celebrate Christmas, simply remember that although we fuss in preparation for the event, we don’t prepare our hearts just for one day; the gift remains all year long.

Monday Morning Musings: On reclaiming the Joy of Advent

Monday Morning Musings: On reclaiming the Joy of Advent

“Consider the things that bring you joy; then do those things.” It’s great advice until you realize that it doesn’t take into account the whole picture. The good news is that joy is an inside job; it’s still ours for the taking regardless of what Christmas looks like on the outside.

Monday Morning Musings: On holding the reins loosely

Monday Morning Musings: On holding the reins loosely

My inner control freak learned a few Advent lessons this past week. It turns out that one key to managing expectations during the holiday season is “holding the reins loosely.” Do you feel like you’re hanging on as tight as you can, letting the season drag you along at warp speed? Maybe there’s something in here for you today?

Advent: taking a breath in a season that tends to leave us breathless

Advent: taking a breath in a season that tends to leave us breathless

It’s December, which means we tend to start racing the clock and the calendar to the finish line. Christmas Day. What if we simply paused each day of Advent to take a deep breath?
What would it look like to focus on preparing our hearts instead of our homes, and anticipating the Gift, instead of the gifts? Read on…

In search of contentment: moving towards good. and enough.

In search of contentment: moving towards good. and enough.

Blaise Pascal wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which can’t be filled by any created thing, but only by God the Creator.” A recent trip to Target shone a glaring spotlight on my heart, and I didn’t like what I saw. Do you struggle with discontent? Read on…