• blog update,  Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    Uncomfortable

    We are approaching an anniversary that none of us want to relive. We are coming upon a year since the pandemic forced us into lockdown, and took away what was once normal. Last week, I began to feel anxiety, but I couldn’t put my finger on the depth of the emotion. I was feeling overwhelmed, but not necessarily stressed. I was feeling sad, but not hopeless. I was feeling helpless, but not of any less value. And then this weekend, as I was engaged in a coping method of watching reruns of my favorite shows: I named it. Uncomfortable. I feel uncomfortable. If I try and look too far forward,…

  • blog update,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    My Word for 2021: Endures

    We have made it to the last few days of 2020! It’s hard to believe and a relief all wrapped into one! I love how this last week of the year is one of reflection and planning. I love the hopefulness and energy to start fresh. God constantly reminds me that I start fresh each day as I wake up to His new morning mercies. Whether it’s a new year, a birthday or just a new season, God provides all that we need to start anew. I looked back and discovered that I’ve been selecting a word for ringing in a new year since 2014. This has been a wonderful…

  • Advent,  blog update,  Faith & Life,  unexpected blessings

    What if Jesus was born in 2020?

    Many of us are ready to put this year in our rearview mirror and look forward to 2021. Yet, each of us could also name so many blessings that God has provided. If we look at the whole, it’s an overwhelming mess, but let’s look at it through the lens of our Savior, Jesus. What was it like the year Jesus was born? Was the year as hard as what we have all experienced in 2020? I venture to say it certainly had its challenges. King Herod was ruling in Jerusalem. Herod and his family were domineering despite being practitioners of the Jewish faith. And when Jesus was born, the…

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  One Word,  unexpected blessings

    Savor 2020: Christmas in July?

    In early April, I shared this update on my 2020 word, Savor. It’s been three months, and so much has changed as we continue to navigate this strange season of life together. If you are catching up, here’s the first post, as in recent years, I’ve picked a word or Bible passage to focus on throughout the year. We are halfway through the summer and over halfway through the year and we’ve reached the consumer driven celebration of “Christmas in July,” even in the midst of COVID. I think about the amazing news and celebration of Jesus’ birth, and how much Mary must have treasured being a new mom and…

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    Moving Forward

    I began writing this post back in May, and as I contemplated sharing today, I realize that I can just add to what I began to say here. I am proposing that the following statements are true: God is our Creator. Jesus is our living Savior! The Holy Spirit is with us and lifts our prayers to God. God’s love is bigger than all of our fears. We aren’t going back to the normal we once knew. That last one is probably the least popular of all the statements I just made. I’ve heard so many people say, “Well when we are back to normal…” or “I can’t wait until…

  • blog update,  Introversion

    3 Weeks

    In 2006, I traveled to New Orleans with my college classmates to participate in relief efforts post a hurricane known as Katrina. Three weeks later, in early April, I was back at school and struggling with some emotions. As I showered, as I did on a regular basis, I broke down in tears. What was wrong with me? Where did this passion and anger and sadness come from? I realized, as an introvert and extremely slow processor, that all the mental and emotional anguish of what the Katrina victims had experienced, and what we had assisted with, had finally caught up with me. Fast forward to last Friday. It had…

  • blog update,  Faith & Life,  Holy Land,  Inspired,  unexpected blessings

    “Welcome Home!”

    I am excited to share with you about my trip to the Holy Land, which I experienced just about a month ago.  This weekend was my first one back with my local community of believers. It’s the best way to explain how I plan to approach what I share with you.  While “Welcome Home” is a sentiment many of you have and will say to me, it’s actually the first thing our tour guide said to us when we got on the bus in Israel.  The Holy Land is where God created humanity, therefore it is our home. It’s the place where Jesus was born, taught and died, therefore it’s…

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    Savor the Savior

    “ But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19 (ESV) Pictures are powerful. They evoke memories of experiences. They take you back to the time and place and people who were/are a part of your life. This must have been one of the first pictures I took and posted on social media in 2005. It takes me back to my college days and the friends I made. But at the time, I didn’t who care who saw the photo. It was just the new trend to post it for others to see. Remember a time when we lived life, took photos and enjoyed the moments?…

  • blog update,  unexpected blessings

    Stress

    I went to a new doctor this week for a regular check up, and when I got on the scale, the number was one I had never seen before. It wasn’t bad, it just confirmed how stress has wreaked havoc on my body for the last several years. I came to the realization that I can’t casually discuss this concern with just anyone in my daily life. Many people that know me, have made assumptions that because I look a certain way, I don’t have to do anything to take care of my health. In casual conversations, many times, I am told I can eat whatever I want, wear whatever…

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    2019: Time to LIVE

    As I reflected on 2018 and began thinking about what word and Bible passage I wanted to focus on in 2019, the word, “Live,” came to mind. I spent a lot of 2018 worrying about how I wanted to change things, instead of living in the moment of each day. I haven’t had the energy to truly live the way God intended me to. I’m ready to live out the life gifted to me in 2019. And not just living ,but living like Jesus. What does that look like? It certainly won’t look perfect, but as much talking that has gone on in these past years, I am ready to…