Running to Virginia

If you follow me on social media, then you already know our big news. We are moving! It would be so easy for me to leave it at that. Three simple words. We are moving. But this decision has been anything but simple. Behind those three words is a big story and I am going to do my best to write it. I. It was months ago, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was leaning on the doorframe of our laundry room, tears streaming down my face. Phillip and I were having the same conversation … [Read more...]

Intersections

Hello friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer. I have missed being here but my time away was intentional and profitable both personally and spiritually. These past 10 months I have blogged my way through a very introspective personal and spiritual journey and I appreciate you sticking around. Sometimes I wish I had just kept this all to myself so I could appear more together than I really am, but I want to be authentic and if I wait until after I have it all figured out, there will never … [Read more...]

Distracted By Fear

During the IF:Gathering, the Lord showed me three specific ways that I have been allowing myself to be distracted from fully being the Woman of God and leader He has called me to be. Last week I shared how I am easily distracted by others when I allow too many voices to influence me or when I spend too much time looking at what others are doing causing me to lose sight or confidence in what God has called me to do. Today I will be sharing my third distraction. Distraction #3: Fear of Not Being … [Read more...]

Distracted By Others

During the IF:Gathering, the Lord showed me three specific ways that I have been allowing myself to be distracted from fully being the Woman of God and the leader that He has called me to be. Today I will be sharing two of those distractions. Distraction #1: Too many voices. "You don't even realize what a secular world you're living in as a young mom. And part of that reason is the internet. The problem is that online, every voice carries equal weight." ~ Sally Clarkson, Mom Heart Conference, … [Read more...]

The Call

Okay, I realize I have been building up the anticipation a bit and you are probably waiting for me to reveal some type of big "Aha!" moment where the heavens opened up and God audibly spoke to me and told me that (you can fill in the blank) is what I am supposed to be doing and that it is something big and fancy and important and has an easy to define title. He didn't. I hope I have not let you down and that you will keep reading because He did speak to me. He spoke to my heart and gave me … [Read more...]

Stuck

Before I can really begin to share what God spoke to me last weekend during the IF:Gathering, I need to back up a little bit to share where my head and my heart have been for the last year or so. Last spring, Phillip and I began working through Donald Miller's course called Creating Your Life Plan. We were watching the videos and working through the modules until we arrived at Module 4 and I got stuck. It seemed like such a simple assignment, to list the roles that I play in life and to keep … [Read more...]

IF God Is Speaking, Then I Will Listen

Three weeks ago, I sat in Starbucks and listened to Ella Fitzgerald belt out some of my favorite ballads as I eagerly filled out the pages of my Powersheets. I walked out of there feeling so energized and focused and excited about all of the things I was going to make happen in 2015. Ten days later I arrived home from an unplanned trip to Ohio that began as a visit to be with my sick grandfather and ended with me standing by his casket, holding a white rose and saying goodbye to him and to MY … [Read more...]

On Grief and Motherhood

Two weeks ago, Phillip and I spent Friday afternoon at Starbucks followed by a dinner date. I worked on my plans for the local IF:Gathering I’m hosting and had some great conversations with Phillip about our family, our callings, and our future. I spent that Sunday afternoon working on my Powersheets and left the coffee shop feeling so energized and focused and excited about 2015. It was a great weekend! Later that night, I received a call from my sister that our grandpa was ill and had been … [Read more...]

Stepping Out of the Dressing Room

I guess you could say that I've always been a window shopper of sorts. Not of brick and mortar stores in a quaint town square with an iced latte in hand, although I have done that and it is wonderful and needs to happen again very soon. But no, in this I am speaking metaphorically of those times in which my window shopping looked more like hands and face pressed up against the glass outside the shop of womanhood. Some little girls are intentionally raised to be strong women with a secure … [Read more...]

Permission to Dream

A change is in the air. On my front door hangs the big letter M that my boys painted and glittered last year, the yellow flowers in my entryway have been replaced by a bouquet of sticks collected from our yard, and a pumpkin spice candle flickers in my bathroom. Fall has arrived. I am busy packing away the sandals and shorts and swimsuits, hanging up sweaters and hoodies and still searching for that perfect fall shoe to replace my beloved Gizeh sandals I have worn all summer. A gentle … [Read more...]