We live in a consumer-driven, debt-ridden, advertisement-saturated culture, and it will require nothing short of total transformation to adopt the heart and brain of Jesus.
Father God, You know all of me, and Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with You; having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then, with the breath of kindness, blow the rest away.
What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable?
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Here’s the link to this week’s show notes. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
I haven’t done one of these in awhile, so here goes…
These are a few of my favorite things:
- salted caramel mocha frappuccino
- Pilot Hi-Tec-C pens
- Stabilo markers
- my Erin Condren Life Planner (click here to see how awesome they are and set up an account to get $10.00 off!)
- reading on the patio in 70 degree weather
- Tasha Alexander’s “Lady Emily” historical mystery series
- Caramel Cinnamon Churro coffee creamer
- pineapple face scrub
- project life cards (I use them for notes, to write verses on, for lists and more!)
- VBS music (yes, I’m still listening to it)
- New favorite songs: Greater, Do Life Big, Oceans, You Make Me Brave, Wake
- The BBC Musketeers
- The new iPhone (finally!! my battery is has been mostly dead for months!)
- Grilled Cheese sandwiches
- A Clean Office - after VBS that area was a toxic dump! But it’s all clean and neat again. Yay!
I’m excited to start of new year of Women’s Ministry at Littlestown Chapel. I love teaching and I can’t wait to begin my new class on Thursday. I’m due to pick up the workbooks from the printer later this afternoon and I can hardly stand it, I’m so excited!
I have had an exhausting few weeks after a really busy and stressful summer. I pray that things calm down a bit and we can settle into the new normal around here. My life has been a little too chaotic these past few months. I desperately need some routine!
It’s difficult to wrap my mind around the fact that it’s September 1st. It seems only yesterday I was stressing over two Easter services, the 100,000 Meals Challenge and my Visa for Russia. But it’s all over. Russia. VBS. Summer Vacation. The Leadership Summit. All the things I was looking forward to (and a bit anxious about) through the summer are behind me and it’s time to move forward into the fall.
I don’t really have all my thoughts in line about where the summer has taken me. But I do know it forever changed me. I experienced several life-altering situations that have turned the very core of me into something else. I see the results now in some ways and I know they will seep out of me over time in the days and months ahead.
Here’s a few things about the summer that surprised me:
• My time in Russia taught me a lot of things, but one of the biggest ways it changed me was to settle me down a bit. I’m stressing over things less. I’ve had the hardest summer workload of my life this year. And I haven’t lost a moments sleep over it. I’ve been in bed before midnight every night since early July and I’ve slept well. I haven’t worried over how it’s going to get done and I haven’t obsessed over unimportant details like I used to. I didn’t make this conscious choice. I just decided while in Russia to let God lead and do the best I could. And as I saw it work out time and time again, I felt so free and happy letting these things go that I haven’t picked them back up since I returned. I don’t want to go back to that grasping, stressing, sleepless, anxiety-driven way of life.
• I actually read quite a bit this summer. I expected that most anything fun would get put away for the summer months due to the intense schedule I had. But that wasn’t the case at all. I did lots of fun stuff with some friends and took a week off at home to rest, journal and read. I read 21 books this summer and I was quiet pleased with that.
• I made some boundaries and stuck to them. Late in the spring I realized I was going to have to make some changes if I was going to survive the summer. I decided to decline all social engagements unless they were for my family or members of my small group. Everything else got an automatic “no.” That was hard because some things I missed would have been fun to do. But in the long run, it made my summer richer. I didn’t worry about wether to say yes or no to things. If it fit in the boundaries, I said yes. And I enjoyed it because I planned for it and took the time to be in the moment with friends and family.
Here’s what I’m looking forward to in the months ahead:
1. A new theme at the Chapel. (It’s a good one and I’m excited to see what God does with our church.)
2. New opportunities to teach my own lessons. I love writing lessons and I haven’t had the time in recent years. I have three classes to write for this year!
3. Evan’s Black Belt. He is hoping to meet the requirements and get his black belt in November.
4. Writing. I’ve had a renewed desire to write and have already been filled with ideas for blog posts, articles, books, etc. I don’t know where any of these will lead, but I’m eager to give them a try.
5. Podcasting. I love to listen to podcasts and am excited to be joining the podcast arena. I think I am going to love this medium. I worry no one will listen, which is likely the case. But I think I’m doing it for the right reason and I’ll leave the rest in God’s hands.
6. Growing in my leadership platform. God has given me a lot of opportunities to stretch my leadership this fall. I’m nervous about most of them because I worry they are out of my area of expertise. But at the same time, I excited to give them a try. I know I’m in a safe place to fail right now so why not try?