Welcome to PRN – Pause, Renew, Next, a blog/podcast that encourages soul care. The blog can be used as a devotional, and the podcast seeks to share stories of faith. I hope it serves to challenge, renew, and inspire you. Let’s spend time reflecting, resting, and being renewed, so that we are better prepared to do that next thing.
What makes music profound and interesting to listen to? The rests. It helps us appreciate what has been played and anticipate what is coming.
The same is true in life. A pause is what gives us time to reflect, meditate, and rest. Without pauses, life becomes chaotic and overwhelming.
I hope the Pause section of this blog serves as an encouragement to pause in your day: a place to set aside a few minutes and come away renewed and encouraged.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NIV
Renew: to replace, to re-establish, to give fresh life or strength
Our culture is full of information, tips, and self-help tools, but how often do we meditate on any of that information and allow it to really permeate our thought-lives? Honestly, not often.
What if we took that knowledge and worked it down into the soil of our souls, allowing it to take root and grow? What if we soaked it in, allowing our thoughts to realign and our perspectives to shift? That doesn’t happen naturally. It takes work and time… mostly time.
In each blog post on this site, there is an exercise that will encourage you to dwell and meditate before moving on with your day.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV
The Dead Sea is stagnant because water flows in, but there is no exit route. Too much of a good thing with no outlet leads to lethargy. So, although dwelling and meditating are excellent practices, without a way to work them out, no change may ever be seen. Knowledge without action remains purely thought rather than behavior.
The Next section of each blog post has a challenge to help take the information discussed from simply a thought or feeling to an action step. So, what are we waiting for? Let’s get on with it!
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:17 NIV
My friend Betsy is small in stature but is a powerhouse of the faith. It is my joy and privilege to share her story on this week’s podcast episode. In our conversation, Betsy discusses ways that disability and weakness have affected her life both physically and spiritually. She is honest about her daily struggles, but …
Unlike my usual blog posts, that focus on 3 principles: Pause, Renew, and Next, this blog post centers on the Next part: practically putting faith into action. Specifically, this post is about how to put faith into action in our homes, and nurture a love of God’s Word in our children. One of the most …
In this podcast episode my guest, Marti Ahlman, eloquently recounts her experiences of grief and loss. She shares how the Lord has provided for and sustained her through each loss: from losing material possessions, to the loss of her husband. As a retired English teacher, Marti appreciates fine literature, and she uses the poem, One …