2021 has been wild so far. So wild. We always felt a bit skeptical at everyone saying how 2021 was going to be so much better than 2020, knowing what was coming at us. For those of you who don't know, in September last year, when Intan was 20 weeks pregnant, we heard how our baby has HLHS. We wrote about how we dealt with it back then. Now, after our daughter has spent her first month alive in the intensive care at LUMC, we wanted to write an update. This is more of a personal update, containing less reflection and lessons learned.
The end of the year is a time to reflect and I try to reflect on the books I have read too. Every year I try to read 20 books. Yes, I have a book-reading target. I find that it helps me keep reading - I know I enjoy it, I know it helps me grow, but life can happen and keep me from reading. These are some of the books I loved reading in 2020.
This is for sure the most honest, personal and vulnerable post I have written to date. This year we received the wonderful news that my wife Intan is pregnant. We had not been trying for very long so it felt like a huge blessing that it worked out so quickly. I'll never forget when and … Continue reading How we are dealing with adversity
You go through so many phases in your twenties. In all areas of life. My twenties were great and full of new experiences, fun, failures and growth. Now, I have the privilege of mentoring, coaching and pastoring people in their twenties. Here are some lessons, some of which I had to learn and some I find many people in their twenties are challenged by.
It has always puzzled me that there is very little education on how to deal with money. We spend very little time teaching the next generation how to deal with their personal finances. So here are some tips, and they are not just for the next generation. I did not come up with these myself. They are not groundbreaking. They are not new. You can find them all over the web. But when you start applying them, you will really notice the difference. Click the link to read the full post.
Earlier this year we did a series on Hope at church. Here's some thoughts about our the difference between hope as we use it daily and hope we find in the Bible
In The Netherlands, this is tax-return season. Many people who filed tax-returns on time, have already received either the bill or the return. So I might be a little late with this post - but better late than never, right? And if the word “taxes” bores you, maybe that is exactly the reason for you to keep on reading! I’m not a tax-expert, so this will be an easy post for you to understand for sure. But it will help you!
It seems to me that everyone is faced with challenges currently, and for most of us they look different than those we face during 'normal' times. Right now, we all have to learn and we have to learn different things. That's why I asked five different people, with different backgrounds, occupations and lifestyles to recommend a book each. Because what is useful for us to read right now is different for everyone!
This blog is written by Jamie Baker, our social media and marketing guru in our church. In this time where meeting physically is restricted, we still want to continue building community. Maybe you are an entrepreneur and you are looking for ways to keep on engaging with your clients and audience. Maybe you are not religious - but I still think you can get some really good ideas from Jamie's insights! Enjoy this guest post!
It's been an interesting week! From tumbling oil prices, volatile financial markets and quarantines and lock downs caused by COVID-19. Last week and the coming weeks will be different from our regular weeks. In this post I talk about three considerations that can help you win - as much as possible in times of crisis.