As I have browsed online articles, and scrolled through my Facebook news-feed over the past few days, I couldn’t help but notice an overwhelming sense of fear, anxiety, frustration, anger and in some cases, hopelessness, reflected back at me. Tensions are high right now.
Transitions are hard. It’s especially hard, if you aren’t a fan of the changes unfolding around you.
As I was thinking about this, a scripture popped into my mind. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” Continue reading
The other day when I was looking online for some home décor items, I ran across a cute sign with the phrase: “Be the kind of woman who when your feet hit the floor each morning the Devil says, Oh Crap, She’s Up!”
I didn’t buy the sign, but the phrase has stuck with me. I think it’s because it speaks to the heart of who I WANT to be. Unfortunately, it’s not always the way that I actually live my life. I can get derailed so easily. Continue reading
A few days ago, I was grocery shopping at Aldi with my 3-year-old daughter. The store was busy as usual. It was filled with men and women, elderly couples, and lots of young mothers with carts overflowing with groceries and little kids. As I shopped, I found myself smiling and making casual conversation with a few of the other customers in the store. (I just can’t seem to help myself… I’m an extrovert!)
When it was time to check-out, I ended up in line behind a mother with three little boys. Her youngest was seated in the cart and trying desperately to “help” his mom. Unfortunately, when things didn’t go quite how he hoped they would, he got upset. As his frustration level rose, it appeared his mom’s anxiety level did as well. Continue reading
This past weekend my family embarked on a spontaneous excursion to Interstate State Park. It was a gorgeous, 70-degree October day in Minnesota. The sun was shining bright in the blue cloud-streaked sky. Red, orange and yellow leaves were just starting to dot the dominantly green landscape.
My husband, Chad, and I agreed that we couldn’t waste this opportunity to get out and explore with our three kids. After-all, picture perfect autumn days can be sporadic in the land of 10,000 snow-fLAKES
So we packed our little crew into our mini-van and drove the 52 miles to get to Taylor’s Falls Minnesota. Continue reading
Last week, I had a conversation with someone in passing that left me feeling incredibly frustrated. It actually sparked my last blog post (read here). This brief interaction left me questioning myself and my abilities.
Now I’m sure that the person that I spoke to probably had NO IDEA how I was feeling. And let me be clear, they did absolutely nothing wrong! The topic of our conversation didn’t even deal with me directly.
But for some reason, our little chat left me feeling overlooked. Passed over. Rejected..
Ever been there? Continue reading
I have been traveling through life, navigating a winding road of what feels like never-ending transitions…
Graduating from College.
Starting Graduate studies and a ministry internship.
Marrying the man of my dreams. (Sigh)
Graduating from Seminary.
Starting my first professional ministry job. (YAY!)
Becoming a mom for the first time.
Being a working mom.
Becoming a mom again!
Choosing to stay home with my kiddos.
Becoming a mom AGAIN!!!
Sending the first kid to school (mom tears up a bit)
Sending the second kid to school (mom does the happy dance!)
Feeling pulled and called into something more… but what?!
And yet… maybe this restless angst is the beginning of something new.
I guess that’s what life is. It’s a series of new experiences. It’s learning how to live in and through these new experiences until they are no longer new. And then repeating the process over and over and over again. Continue reading
The wind gust blew hard against my tired body. My feet felt clumsy and heavy, almost as if they were encased in cement blocks instead of snug inside my trusty asics running shoes. To make matters worse, half-way through my run, I started to feel a cramp in my side.
This was supposed to be an easy run! It was a mile shorter than my last trek. I didn’t even have the usual added resistance and weight burden that came from pushing my 2 ½ year-old-daughter in our jogging stroller.
When I was a young girl, one of my favorite things to do in the summer was to explore the ravine behind my best friend’s house. She had a huge backyard filled with what seemed like an endless forest of trees. We spent a lot of time building forts, eating sticky peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and navigating the trails that wound through the woods.
The main avenue into her woods was a wide and easy to follow trail that had been landscaped into the property. It was a large U shaped path that started on one side of the backyard and if you followed it completely around, would bring you right back to the grassy lawn behind the house. Continue reading
I was able to catch this beautiful picture on a walk with my kiddo’s. I am constantly in awe of God’s amazing handiwork.
Have you ever wondered if God really sees you or cares about your circumstances?
There’s a beautiful story found in the gospel of Mark about a woman who suffered with an unfortunate medical condition. The condition caused her to bleed continually and she lived with this burden for twelve long years. During this time, she spent all the money that she had visiting multiple doctors and undergoing numerous medical treatments. However, instead of finding relief, her condition got worse. Continue reading