Archive for September, 2008

We Are Called & Equipped

+ + + Please join us for the “Called & Equipped” Christian Conference in Greensburg, PA, on September 20, 2008, a F*R*E*E Legacy Inspirations event!+ + +


*Date: Saturday, September 20, 2008

*Time: 9 a.m. – 12 noon (8:30 a.m. registration and free continental breakfast)

*Location: First Reformed United Church of Christ, 312 South Maple Avenue, Greensburg, PA  15601


Scripture lessons from 1 Samuel and Ephesians.


God has called and equipped every one of us. In our daily lives, in our professions, in our ministries, we are called to glorify God and help others by spreading the Word. Just as Samuel listened to God’s call, so must we listen and obey. God has equipped us, through the Armor of God, to do His work.


Each of us has a unique way. Hear how others are following God’s calling in their lives and how you can, too!


Please join Legacy Inspirations and friends for a wonderful time of fellowship and glorifying our Lord! Bring a friend!


Program Speakers:

– Rev. Alice Lindsay-Bignell, First United Church of Christ, Harrison City, PA

– Rev. Blair Morgan, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Glenshaw, PA

– Michelle Kunkle, DCEYM, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Irwin, PA

– Christina Downs, writer, editor, and author of Simply Balanced: Bible “Contradictions” Teach Balanced Living

– Michael & Juanita Pardus, Caregivers

– Kristina A. Rugh, Householder Lifestyle Consulting, LLC

– Dr. Timothy Strittmatter, Keystone Spinal Care

– Pilgrim George Walter


For more information, please contact Christine (724-244-4003), Kristina (724-561-7460), or Christina (724-532-3669).



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It’s been far too long since I’ve posted to my own blog. Somehow, it didn’t seem so long! I don’t know if life has really been any busier or if I just got off focus a little. Sure, the kids being home in the summer probably played a small part. But, if I had really stayed focused, I still could have posted. I apologize to those who have been interested in reading about balance in life.


In the months I’ve been “away” from posting, I’ve actually learned some valuable lessons about being calmer and living in the moment. Lessons that, paradoxically, may have contributed to my lack of focus. Learning to live in the moment has helped me worry less, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, I’m still learning how to combine that with continuing to move forward. Not worrying doesn’t mean you stop achieving your goals.


That’s a lesson I believe God wanted me learn. How I can worry less and live in the moment while, at the same time, move forward with enthusiasm doing God’s work. I got stuck for a little while in the “la la land” of hearts and daisies, being happy and accepting whatever happened in my life. That’s wonderful, to a point. It’s wonderful to appreciate every moment – feeling both more alive and more at peace simultaneously. I can still do that but add goals back into the mix. I can enjoy each moment of moving toward a goal.


This time being off focus also actually helped me figure out the right things to be focusing on in the first place! Even though God taught me that each person is different and no one person can do it all, guess what I was still trying to do? Yep, you guessed it – I was STILL trying to do it all! Partly, I think I just hadn’t refined my purpose or narrowed my goals sufficiently. I left them wide open and impossible for any single person to fulfill.


So, this time of not worrying and living in the moment has helped me. God had a purpose for the time. Now I know I can add goals again and STILL be able to live in the moment.


Thank you so much to my wonderful book club friends (Bunny, Betty, Maggie, Joan) and others who have helped me learn this lesson. We read Eckhart Tolle’s book The New Earth last spring leading into the summer. Now we are starting on The Power of Now to continue our exploration into living in the moment.


God bless!


– Chris


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