Several months ago someone asked me to describe how I was feeling in only one word. I mulled it over for a moment, and then it occurred to me: overstimulated. I was moving rapidly in what felt like many different directions ... transitioning to a new team, trudging through continuous graduate classes, leading a Bible study (a first for me), planning a major event, plus tending to other … [Read more...] about Summer rhythms + reading list
A small (cyber) celebration is in order because … It’s my blog-iversary! If we were together, I’d throw some confetti and pop some bubbly. Cheers to one year! I managed to write 12 posts in 12 months. Admittedly, I started off strong and then lost some steam as my life began to lose its order last fall. (I’m still adjusting to the abnormal non-rhythms of working in church ministry and … [Read more...] about One Year Wonder
Seven months ago I stepped off my career track to become an intern. I’m 32, and let me tell you, my life looks nothing like I thought it would. Intern. Honestly, it bothered me anytime that lowly moniker slipped out of someone’s mouth. Hello, pride and insecurity. When my job title changed, along with my stable income stream, I suddenly felt less than, like I lost my sense of self. … [Read more...] about We can do hard things
I got sick last summer. This isn’t shocking news. But really, who gets sick in the summer? Me! I came down with a nasty cold twice in a two-month period -- both times when I was traveling. I hadn’t been sick in years and was beginning to think I was invincible. The second bout of sickness came on suddenly during our family beach vacation. I woke up to find the sun shining and my nose … [Read more...] about Taste and See: Experiencing God’s Goodness
One of my dreams is to be Justin Timberlake’s backup dancer. Seriously. I love me some JT. I’m especially smitten with his song “Don’t Hold the Wall.” It’s about a guy inviting a girl to dance. He calls her from the comfort of a dark corner to the dance floor. Gripping the wall and its false sense of safety, she’s reluctant to follow at first. But finally, she steps forward, and before she … [Read more...] about Don’t Hold the Wall
I recently returned to CrossFit after a five-month hiatus. When I decided to take a break, following a reproductive specialist’s recommendation, I’d been a regular CrossFitter for several years. It’s an amazing way to work out and relieve stress. Plus, fitness is more fun with friends. So is showing up and having someone else tell me what to do. Anyone else struggle with self-discipline at … [Read more...] about Faith, fertility, and fitness: What am I giving my strength to?