When You Struggle To Find Your Niche

There are some high school graduates that walk off the stage, diploma in hand, knowing exactly what they want to do with their life. They enter college, declare their major, and go on to have the successful career of which they dreamed. That was not me. There are some bloggers who start a blog knowing exactly what they want to blog about and they go on to have the successful blog of which they dreamed. That was not me either. Join me over at Allume today where I share about my … [Read more...]

When You Feel Like a Wannabe

For me, blogging has been a lot like running. Three years ago, I gazed out the window of my computer screen and saw the bloggers passing by, and thought, I want to be one of them. I started a little blog and began writing about this and that, trying to find my voice and figure out who I was as a blogger and a writer. Head down, I kept to myself, quietly tapping away at the keys. I slowly gained confidence and began venturing out of my little blogging neighborhood to join the real bloggers … [Read more...]

Goodbye, Hello {January 2013 edition}

January has been a fun and busy month! :: in the ministry :: We are settling in well at our new church and making lots of friends. Phillip and I have been working on redesigning our student center, and we turned the old game room into a cool coffee shop where I have had a lot of fun painting and thrifting and decorating. The boys love hanging out at the student center all day because the main room is a big as a gymnasium and it has concrete floors - the perfect place to ride trikes and … [Read more...]

Pause and Pay Attention

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and while you spoke, their eyes continually darted around the room or they kept checking their watch, or perhaps they changed the subject immediately after you were through talking? All of those things communicate a message that you and what you have to say are not important. It’s a terrible thing to be on the receiving end of that message, and an equally terrible thing to realize that you have communicated that message…to your … [Read more...]

What I Wore {and a Winner!}

Last week,I said that I was going to start linking up on Wednesdays with Lindsay at The Pleated Poppy and her What I Wore Wednesday series as one of my practices of intention in the art of self-care. Well, I should have known better than to commit myself to a regular weekly posting because, as you can see from my 31 Days series, I am not the most disciplined blogger. I spent all day Tuesday and Wednesday working at the church with Phillip, and the blog had to take a backseat to ministry, which … [Read more...]

Hello Monday!

Life was busier than usual last week, so things were a little bit quiet here on the blog. I thought I would join Lisa Leonard today with a Hello Monday post to give you a peek at a few things that have been going on around here. Hello newly staged playroom! We met with a realtor on Friday to show him our house and get an idea of the market and what price we should list our house at. He is pretty confident that he can sell it quickly and for a good price, so we are happy about that. We … [Read more...]

Be the Brand

If I had just waited 3 more days to post this, I could pretend that I am writing a 31 day series in November and that I am right on track. Except that November only has 30 days…so I guess I will just stick with the truth. I am going to complete my 31 days series on cultivating a life of intention with a measure of grace. It might extend on into 2013, but I will finish it. Before I jump into the topic of motherhood, I want to talk about one additional way that I try to be intentional in … [Read more...]

Ponder

I, like so many others, came back from Allume full of excitement about moving forward with my ideas, my blog, and my ministry. But I also came back from Allume having received wisdom from those who have “been there and done that.” And a word that I can’t seem to get off my mind is ponder. I feel like the Lord is telling me to still my restless heart and ponder for just a moment. He knows that I have a fire burning inside of me, a passion to go after whatever it is that He has for me. He … [Read more...]

Reflections on Allume

{Me and my sweet friend Faith. She's the reason that I went to Allume and I am so thankful for her encouragement.} I went to the Allume Conference with no plans, no goals, and no expectations, but with an open mind and an open heart to receive whatever God wanted to speak to me. And let me tell you, He didn’t just speak. In the words of Sarah Markley, He shouted. In fact, He even diverted my travel plans to allow me to spend 8 hours in a car with Sally Clarkson, who poured so much wisdom … [Read more...]

Praying Whatever

A few days ago, I talked about being intentional about going after our dreams and taking those first steps, however small they may seem. A few months ago, I sat down and listed some personal goals that I have for myself in the areas of writing, blogging, and ministry. One of my goals was to attend a blogging conference. When writing this goal down, I pictured checking it off the list a few years down the road. But here I am, typing these very words in a hotel room in Harrisburg, PA, awaiting the … [Read more...]