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Thankful for What You Don’t Have

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24th November

Autumn is one of the most interesting seasons to me. You come full force out of long summer nights filled with carefree wonder and rolled down windows, and suddenly the freedom collapses and you are piled under leaves and pumpkin spice lattes. It’s a beautiful shift, but it can also be cold, dark, and uncertain. Colors change, days seem shorter, and responsibilities soon return. I do enjoy this time of year, but as we all know, to everything there is a season. As you stand there by the bonfire, apple cider in hand, disembarking from another hayride, remember that change is not always a bad thing.

Thanksgiving is a very special time of the year that lands itself in this season. Families gather around tables with each other and share stories smothered in turkey and pumpkin pie. There is coolness … Read More »



Learning Not to Share

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10th September

From the time we were toddlers, our parents, teachers, grandparents, and any other choice adults have pushed the concept of the importance of sharing. “Sharing is caring” and other catchy phrases have inundated our vocabularies since before we could walk. Sharing is so important, but allow me to spin your worldview just a bit. Picture a society where in some instances we did not share. How beautiful life would be if sometimes we just kept some things all to ourselves.

This is almost oxymoronic to say since it is making its presence on the web, but take a step back and view this in light of how simple things used to be. I’m trying to remember what life was like before smartphones, social media, and filters. I remember it was good. I remember I didn’t worry, even at a young … Read More »



Recharge

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9th July

Summer has arrived and is in full swing. The beaches are crowded, the malls are jam-packed, and every night is like a sleepover. I remember those months as a school-aged girl well. You count down those minutes as the time drags by slower than water boils. Finally the clock signals the school bell and you run out of the double doors rejoicing and searching for the nearest ice cream store.

I am far removed from high school, but working in a school for a period of time had me reliving all those memories. This year has been especially hard for high schoolers. Perhaps you have been part of a terrifying lockdown that was only a drill, but in the moment you had no idea what was going on. Maybe, even worse, your situation was not a drill and you are … Read More »



The Rain Reveals

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5th May

“The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

I’ve experienced many spiritual droughts in my life. I cannot tell you how those times are both debilitating and strengthening all at the same time. I have learned exponentially the closeness of God as well as His intentional silence in desert seasons that seem relentless.

A stark contrast we know to be true of desert wanderings is intense rain. I recently read this quote that made me stop and think: “I asked God to help me grow, it started raining.” Just like in nature, when it comes to spiritual growth, there cannot be development without watering. Droughts dry up what does not belong and banishes what need not be there and what is hindering us from progressing. These dry stages take time, but once … Read More »



The Timeliness of the Tomb

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3rd March

In about a month we will once again celebrate Easter. This is a time of remembrance and sorrow followed by immense rejoicing. I have always loved this time, even before I really grasped the true meaning of it. The spring weather, the family gatherings, and the love felt all around. Mixed in is the miracle of it all. Lately I have found our faith is often cultivated in the waiting.

Jesus was crucified for my sins and yours, buried, and three days later rose again. We rightfully put extreme focus on His death and resurrection but what about what happened in between? What was going on in that three-day waiting period? The answer in short is nothing and everything.

For three long days, the guiltless Christ rested in a grave. He lay there still and blameless, wrongfully accused, yet without regret. … Read More »






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