My Journey Out of Burnout

In July and August I wrote about burnout and the relational issues that contributed to my own journey. This month I am sharing my third and final installment of this series. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. When burnout hits, you come to a fork in the road where one direction…

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The “Warning Signs” I wish I’d seen before I hit rock bottom

Last month I shared how I had to quit the job I loved. Ignoring the signs of burnout landed me in a medical leave of absence. You can read Part 1 here. How did I get to such a dark place without knowing what got me there? Over the course of a few months to…

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Twelve Signs of Burnout in Life and Ministry

In December of 2009, I sat across from my boss in a hotel lobby and said, “I am done.” I couldn’t take another minute of continuing to do a job I once loved. For years I had given the job all of my best energy and care, until what felt like an out-of-the-blue, 180 degree…

Moral vs. Spiritual Formation

I want to share about moral formation versus spiritual transformation. Exhaustion and the path to slow burn out begins when we begin to live morally vs. spiritually. Moral formation is any attempt to grow or fix yourself to rid yourself of guilt or shame, trying to be good and pleasing to God. It’s always behavioral.…

The Wilderness

March 26, 2019 I recently posted on my personal Instagram account about the struggle of my time in the wilderness. The response was so overwhelming that I had obviously hit on something that needs to be talked about. Here’s what I shared, “The deconstruction process with me and the Lord around the topic of “c”hurch…

25th Reunion

To my Sullivan Central Cougars Class of 1993, I wish I could be with you Friday night as you meet once again in the cafeteria lined with age old trophies and concrete walls that contain more secrets than the FBI. I remember the first time we were all together was on a hot August day…

Home and Away

“Do I really have to go to the cookie swap?” I complained to my friend Jordan. He laughed and I shook my head. In many ways, I am starting over relationally. Life has been about saying goodbye and starting over. Mostly due to the fact that I worked with college students for 17 years and…

On Advent and Hope

Hey everyone! I (Beth) am so excited to welcome my dear friend, Casey Lewis to the blog today.  Casey and I met in grad school and she has become one of my closest friends.  She’s a Marriage and Family therapist in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Welcome, Casey. This Advent season is really my first. I’ve heard of…

#MeToo

If you happen to be living in a bubble away from all social media, television or news, let me update you. Harvey Weinstein, a prominent and influential Hollywood film producer and Miramax studio executive, has been front and center of the news. So far, over thirty women have shared their experiences of being victims of…

A Word from the Chairman of the Board

I wish you could have been at the last With Inc board meeting. Part of our mission is to be able to tell people in an elevator in 15 seconds what this ministry is about. We looked at each other, said “ Hmm” a lot, stalled for time, then asked Beth, our Executive Director, to…