It’s easy to put work first, to put our family first, and sometimes to put our friends, ministries, and even ourselves first. What doesn’t come easy is doing whatever it takes to put our faith first. This poem was inspired by my pastor’s sermon on pursuing God in the New Year.
I hadn’t considered the transition into a new decade as being that important until people started asking me, ‘did you know that we just experienced the last full moon of the decade?’ and ‘what life accomplishments did you experience in the last decade?’ I hadn’t considered how to navigate change in the New Year in exactly this way.
We live in a microwave, Wi-Fi hotspot culture. We want it now; we want it fast; we want it yesterday. Thanks to many technological advances like the Internet, smartphones, Netflix, and yes, even the microwave from the 80s, most everyone, including me, has lost patience for the process of many aspects of life that just can’t be rushed.
It’s hard to imagine your life being altered beyond all recognition. From your schedule to the way you handle sticky situations, starting a family kicks off growth in unfathomable ways. If you’re a parent, you know this to be true. Having children changes nearly everything about your life—without being fully prepared no matter how much you spend at Babies R Us.
Sometimes companies and corporations, banks and businesses– but this is when two come together for hope and love and life and gift.
It was one of those nights. A night when I should have been happy to drop right off at 10 p.m., a night I should have had no problems falling…
Come in. Come on in. I’m right here. The door is open.
For a holiday that is known for leprechauns, wearing green, and drinking to excess, I like to take time out to pause and celebrate this patron saint of Ireland, who…
We all have rough days. You know, those days you wish you could push away and leave behind. As I parent my kids, and especially as I walk through adolescence with my seventh-grade daughter, I’m frequently reminded of the heartache, the unkind friends, and those disappointing moments you wish you could change but can’t.
I’m writing the open letter to myself because I really couldn’t sit by passively any longer. I’m very disappointed in you. I’m sad that you don’t treat yourself with more care, that you don’t buy yourself the best and do the very best for YOU. You don’t take time to think through every part of the scenario, but hey, I guess that’s how you learn about YOU.
I love this Crowder worship song, Come As You Are. We sing this during communion at our church and it always blesses me greatly. I pray it blesses you.
I recently had the opportunity to share some original music and it inspired me to do some simple video recordings to share with people. This song, which I wrote in 2012, is very special to me for a number of reasons.