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Announcing The8thyear!!!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2015 in Blog, Blog | 1 comment

The 8th Year! For years, people have finished The 7th Year and immediately asked, “What about an 8th Year?”  Well…we’re excited to announce The 8th Year is beta-launching in 2016, and it’s all about hope and new beginnings! (It’s SO new that we are still developing online info.) The 8th Year will be a series of online intensives focusing on specific topics to help strengthen, shape, and support the soul of a leader. You can register for all or just for those you are most intrigued by. Find out more...

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Tides, by guest blogger Stephanie Smith

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

by Stephanie Smith, guest blogger “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” Ecclesiastes 3:1 Tides come in. Tides go out. Tides, guided by gravitational pull and planet rotation, provide both the ebb and the flow necessary for a balanced, natural life cycle. Paradox. In literature, two seemingly contradictory ideas often work in tandem. Writers call this literary device paradox. Sometimes in life, unlikely combinations make compatible companions. True in friendship. True in marriage. Also true in our...

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Dunes, by guest blogger Stephanie Smith

Posted by on Apr 23, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

by Stephanie Smith, guest blogger “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5 The Outer Banks is a beach lover’s idyllic destination. Ribbon candy skies at sunrise. Sand the color of white mocha.  Waves breaking over the shoreline, creating foam art a barista would proudly claim. Yet, fascinated photographers capture one iconic feature of OBX repeatedly—the dunes. The Outer Banks region has a special relationship with its dunes. These sloping walls frame the beach and create a wall between homes and the...

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Rising, by Guest Blogger Laura Demetrician

Posted by on Sep 7, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

by Laura Demetrician, guest blogger  Acts 10 simply fascinates me.  We meet Cornelius, a Gentile centurion.  Cornelius was an influential man and I imagine that his presence was commanding and his influence was far-reaching. Cornelius was a devout man. He prayed during the daily hour of prayer. He gave generously to those in need.  Cornelius influenced his household to fear God.  He longed for a God more powerful that the pagan gods that his neighbors worshipped. One day while praying, an angel shows up in Acts 10:4 with this message to...

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Clenched Fists, Open Hands – by Guest Blogger Mary Yerkes

Posted by on Aug 14, 2013 in Blog | 1 comment

by Mary Yerkes, guest blogger  In Week 4 of the 7th year, Alicia writes, “A clenched fist displays the delusion of ownership.  An open hand reveals the realities of stewardship.” This post illustrates what living with open hands has looked like for me over the last few weeks. By sharing my story, I hope it will inspire you to sit quietly in God’s presence, opening your hands to release all that you’re holding onto receive God’s good gifts. “God takes issue with clenched fists, Alicia explains. “Releasing is a form of deliverance.” The truth...

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The Power of Presence, by Guest Blogger Mary Yerkes

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

by Mary Yerkes, guest blogger  In Week 3 of the 7th year, Alicia invites you to fill in your Life Scroll with moments of “severe bruising and disappointment.” This post is an snapshot of a healing encounter I had with God during a silent retreat.  At the time, Alicia had not yet created The 7th Year, and I had yet to experience the fullness that comes from 52 weeks week of intimacy with God.  I share this experience because I believe it mirrors the experiences of many who find freedom and fullness on their journey toward wholeness through The...

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Inviting God In To Our Hurt and Disappointment, by Guest Blogger Mary Yerkes

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

by Mary Yerkes, guest blogger  In Week 3 of the 7th year, Alicia invites you to fill in your Life Scroll with moments of “severe bruising and disappointment.”  Many people taking The 7th Year Journey tell us this exercise is very healing.  Still, when painful memories and deep disappoints come to the surface, it can feel overwhelming. This post attempts to answer the question, “What do I do with the pain?”  It is the first in a series of posts that addresses some of the questions we receive during the Life Scroll exercise. “What do I do with...

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A Quiet Heart in a Noisy World, by Guest Blogger Mary Yerkes

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Blog | 5 comments

by Mary Yerkes, guest blogger  Quiet. It had been in short supply last week, and it showed. I was cranky and critical—sure signs I needed to get away. So I planned a quiet day tucked away in my parents’ basement reading and writing.  Shortly after the sun rose yesterday, I piled into my car and drove the winding country roads to their home. Surrounded by wide, open fields and farmhouses, the tension ebbed out of my back and shoulders, and I felt myself relaxing. A harried week at the office had left me numb. Circumstances beyond my control...

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The Work of our Hands, by Guest Blogger F. Elaine Olsen

Posted by on Jul 20, 2013 in Blog | 18 comments

  She asks me a question, my Alicia-friend. “How has God architected you to ‘soak him up’?” (The 7th Year, Week 27) Her prod lingers in my heart, as I busy myself with the details of a Saturday. No big agenda on tap. Just a little housekeeping, a little laundry, and a little time that belongs to just my Father and me. The rain gently raps against the windowpane, as I put my hands to the task of creating art—a favorite t-shirt now soiled in bleach, rescued from the trash heap, and repurposed into a frame. Sow extravagantly. No longer...

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Leaders and Suffering, by Guest Blogger Mary Yerkes

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

by Mary Yerkes, guest blogger  “Does our theology of spiritual growth and leadership development include weakness that opens up space in our life for God’s power?” This question, posed by author Alan Fadling in his book, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus’ Rhythms of Work and Rest, is one every leader must wrestle to the ground. It is one I’ve done battle with for years. Why would God allow us to suffer in ways that are beyond our ability to endure? What possible good could come from feeling pushed to our limits? As we look to scripture, we...

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