This Is My Story

"If this is how my story is going to go, so be it." I wrote that in my journal about two weeks ago, and I've both said it aloud and thought it to myself many times since. Sometimes I have a resentful tone, sometimes simple resignation, sometimes restful. I don't know really know what I'm…

Not a Waste

That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good. psalm 104:28 April is over. Truthfully one of the oddest months I've ever experienced. April 2020 is a month I'm sure I'll tell my babies about someday. Why? Because April was our first complete month of shelter-in-place. (Hopefully the last full…

These Are Simple Days.

These are simple days. Sleep in, slow wake up.Read the Bible, sit on the couch for a few more minutes petting the dog.Put kettle on for coffee or tea.Breakfast.Put away clean dishes.Load dishwasher with dirty ones.Listen to an audiobook.Light a candle.Play the piano.Put in a load of laundry, listen to the rumble of the washer…

growth

I've been learning two things that may sound like opposite concepts but can both be applied simultaneously. It's OK to do things that feel a little crazy, that seem too hard, too big, too complicated. & Living an ordinary, unbusy, unhurried life is OK too. It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life.…

grace upon grace upon grace

Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings. - Psalm 36:5, 7 I have fallen massively short recently. It probably doesn't sound like a big deal, but it…

The Social Media Epidemic

"I release myself from the obligation or expectation to share with the world what is going on in my life." That was what I wrote in the back of my sermon notebook a few weeks ago in the middle of the service. I had deleted Instagram off my phone the previous night, Facebook that morning…

GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS

About a month ago, Josh and I got to spend a few days in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. While we were there, we got matching stickers that say: GO OUTSIDE AND DO THINGS. The irony is that we put them on our laptops. But they serve as a two-fold reminder to us. First of…

sometimes: a reminder

Sometimes life is hard. But sometimes, life is harder. Sometimes you make mistakes and have to go back and apologize, and hope they forgive you, no matter how much you think they won't. But sometimes you do everything right, and they still hate you. Sometimes you recognize you did something wrong and restitution has to…

The Mess of Ministry

I've been a part of ministry since I was a baby. First I was just the child of a traveling preacher, then a YPK, PK, Sunday School teacher, missionary, camp counselor, youth group leader, part-time worship leader, pianist, mentor, nursery worker, small group leader. . . and while there have been countless things I've learned…

The Talk: For Singles

I want to broach a topic that, in my personal opinion, is not discussed enough among Christians in a scriptural way or in a safe environment. Sex. It is time we stop acting like this is not an issue. It's time we start acknowledging that it is a struggle to remain pure in any capacity…

Meal Prep: Worth the Hype?

a step toward mindfulness: part four My eyes have been opened, y'all. Two words for you: MEAL. PREP. I finally get why this fills my Pinterest feed and everyone talks about it! Meal prep has made our lives so much simpler. We decided back in January that we wanted to attempt meal prep and see…

God is my Defense, pt 2

In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Prov. 14:26-27 I've been thinking quite a bit about this concept since my last blog post. It really spills over…

The Time-Eater

a step toward mindfulness: part three There are countless things endlessly vying for our attention. I've blogged about a big one here but that is just one distraction. Today I want to share with you how going without something we used almost every day impacted our lives, and how it continues to. We went without Netflix for…

The “Unmentionables”

a step toward mindfulness: part two Just being honest here: I struggled to start writing this because I couldn't decide the format. The original plan was to have several "steps toward mindfulness" in one blog post; but that ended up being way too long for anyone to sit down and read in one sitting. Then…

In the Dark Moments

It's just been one of those days. Well, it started last night. I was getting ready for bed, doing my usual nighttime routine; and as I washed my face, it just hit me in the gut. That sudden nagging feeling of sadness, almost loneliness, for no reason. This morning was fine, but then it just…

Do Just One Thing

I was taking a walk with the little guy I watch every day, and pulled my phone out to call my sister. She didn't answer, so I tried to think of who else I could call. Then I thought, "Well, maybe I'll listen to some music." I couldn't think of anything I wanted to listen…

Impressed.

This past Sunday, Joshua and I stopped at Starbucks around 2:30 to treat ourselves to an iced mocha and iced chai latte. The plan was to get our drinks and chill inside, reading or journaling until choir practice. After I got my drink and sipped the spicy almond milk deliciousness, I mentally wrinkled my nose…

“Check your heart!”

How many of y'all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says "Check your heart" in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I--and all of us--need…

True Feminism

(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended)   fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com)   After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve…