New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

FAB: Woman Overboard

How Passion Saved My Life

Jo Kadlecek • July 2009

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Do you long for more passion in your life? How do you define passion?

Many people associate passion with intense romance, adventure, creativity, vocation, or calling. If you ask a pastor or priest to define passion, he or she would likely link the word to the passion of Christ, to the events of Holy Week.

The definition of passion has evolved over the years. Originally the word came from the Latin passio, which means "to suffer."

Woman Overboard invites you to join an adventure of discovering

  • how to find out what you were born for
  • how to live out your particular calling in the context of your Christian faith
  • how to make sense of a broken world in light of the passion of Christ

The passionate life isn't easy, Kadlecek says. Suffering can come when we pursue our passions. We have to take risks; we must jump overboard. We need to recognize that jumping overboard could be hard, scary, and dangerous. But consider how dangerous it would be to just stay where you are.

When we anchor our identity in the passion of Christ, we are free to jump overboard. We are free to take the risks we've always wanted to take, to pursue the things we've always wanted to pursue.

So what are you waiting for? Dive into the journey of waking up to the passion and gifts around you!

Categories: Discipleship, Women
Jo Kadlecek is the author of Woman Overboard: How Passion Saved My Life. After living on the U.S. east coast in NYC and Boston for almost 16 years, she and her husband, Chris Gilbert, moved to Australia to be closer to Chris’s family and aging parents. They now live in Sydney, where Jo works as the creative director for Anglican Deaconess Ministries, a 127-year-old women’s foundation, theological college, and leader in Christian public engagement, helping Christian women flourish in, and for, God’s kingdom. Find out more about ADM at http://www.deaconessministries.org.au. Jo’s still pinching herself every time she crosses the Sydney Harbor Bridge and sees the opera house and beautiful harbor.

ISBN: 978-1-935205-06-7

Kindle ISBN: 978-1-935205-23-4

EPub ISBN: 978-1-935205-24-1

Imprint: Fresh Air

Pub Date: July 2009

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 8 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 192

BISAC Categories: BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth

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BISAC2: REL012040

BISAC3: REL012130

"Some people have the courage to examine their lives closely for the truth that is within them. Some people have the gifts to write so that others can more clearly see the truth in their own lives. Jo Kadlecek is one of those rare people who is willing and able to do both." Robert Benson Author, *The Echo Within**

"Jo Kadlecek writes about life's simple and poignant moments with humor, fleetness, and guts. She offers a lifeline for anyone whom life, in its heartache and struggles, has thrown overboard." Wendy Murray Author, *A Mended and Broken Heart: The Life and Love of Francis of Assisi**