Something Simple: Pour Out Your Heart

This morning I read this in Psalm 62:8:

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. 

I think of the simplicity of trusting in God at all times, of telling Him everything, and of taking refuge in Him—at all times. All times!

I think of David’s circumstances and what he must have poured out from his heart to the Lord. I know I would complain, worry, and live in fear. But when I’m trusting in God, I can pour out my heart differently. Instead of complaining, I can ask for what I need. Instead of worrying, I can ask for what I need. Instead of living in fear, I can ask for what I need.

I love the “all times” idea. David doesn’t say to go to God only in suffering or only in prosperity. He doesn’t tell us to go to God at only important life moments. Instead, we go to God at “all times.” All times means we trust Him for power, wisdom, joy, and peace while we are emptying the dishwasher, grocery shopping, or cooking dinner. We pour out our hearts while driving down the road, while going about our work, and while sitting there in a boring meeting.

No matter what’s happening, we think of trusting, pouring out, and taking refuge today.


Remember Hydration

A nurse tells me today how hydration makes all the difference when you receive a vaccine. We talk about electrolytes. We talk about drinking more than you think you need. Just keep drinking water and electrolyte replacement beverages. You’ll feel so much better. 

I find it fascinating how we have to remind ourselves to drink water. We treat it like a chore. We don’t naturally want to do it. I think if we committed to drinking water every time we checked our phone, we’d all be fine in terms of hydration.


Pause and Listen

I’m learning to talk less. Surprise! If you remember this gem of an essay ( about my excessive talking, you’ll know that learning to listen more stands as perhaps one my greatest challenges.

If you’re also struggling in this area, here’s a simple skill to try: We can wait 3 seconds before we jump in to share our thoughts in a conversation. Let the other person completely finish talking.


What You Remember From Yesterday

I’m learning to ask students what they remember from the last lesson as a way to enhance their learning. As I read the research about memory and helping people retrieve knowledge, I think about applying this to my own life.

Do I remember what I learned yesterday? What did I think about? What mattered? What was my favorite moment? 

Taking time in the morning to reflect on the day before builds all those connections and helps me celebrate and remember the good things in my days. To further solidify something I want to remember, it’s also good to begin this activity at night, right before bedtime. What did I love about this day? What am I most thankful for? What memory do I wish to treasure?


Your Promise to Take Care of Yourself

This coming Wednesday, Penn State scheduled another “Wellness Day.” Students might use the day any way they wish as they take a break from classes.

My Name Game today involved the promise they would make to the class about how they intended to take care of themselves on Wednesday. I know that stating our intentions and having some accountability often makes us more likely to uphold our promises.

“So what will you do? What’s your promise to us about how you’ll take care of yourself?”

Hiking, going on picnics, sleeping, going for a run, meditating, watching 80’s movies, cooking, getting a hair cut (that was mine!), laying in the sunshine, painting, starting a novel. . . 

If you had a day just to take care of yourself, what would you do? It’s a great question to journal about, tell someone about, and then do.



Just as He Said

Happy Easter! This morning, I read the words of Matthew 28: The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.”

Just as He said!

I wonder if that’s the phrase we’ll say most of all in heaven. We’ll claim over and over again that all was just as He said.