When I was growing up, I remember my mother going through very busy seasons. She worked a full-time job, had various volunteer commitments at church, went to exercise classes twice per week, and was part of a singing group that traveled around our area giving concerts at churches (with mid-week rehearsals). I remember her being... Continue Reading →
This isn't the testimony I would have chosen for myself. But every year I come back around to this pile of days and have a choice - will I be reminded, or will I remember?
A life that doesn't look perfect can still show progress. If you're overwhelmed by the work it takes to "clear the weeds" in your life, it may be time to take a step back.
I mean, actually, when in history did we decide that reading through the Bible as fast as possible was the best way to go about it? Hi, I'm Andrea, and sometimes I forget to write soft, friendly introductions. Also, this post will be way shorter than the last few weeks. I've been thinking about this... Continue Reading →
This is the blog post that will probably make some of my friends mad. Maybe. We'll see how we feel at the end haha I feel like I need to just jump right in to telling the bad news to all my friends with the wall hangings and mugs and phone lock screens with pretty,... Continue Reading →
Last week we were in the cave - finding temporary shelter and making a plan to move forward. This week we've somehow made it to the strong, fortified city - the Psalmist doesn't tell us how that happens. But after the first Selah, the tone of the song changes. Psalm 46:4-7 (NRSV) says: There is... Continue Reading →
Research credit for this post goes to my pastor, who preached a sermon on Psalm 46 this past Mother's Day. He pulled out some nuances in the text of this Psalm that made the geeky parts of my brain happy. And I haven't stopped thinking about what it might mean for my life. Selah. As... Continue Reading →
I don't know about all of you, but I'm not always comfortable with the slowing down and thinking deeply. I speak quickly, I write quickly, I think quickly. I like to think deep thoughts, sure, but I prefer for them to come in a flash of insight. Pondering is work. And the reality is, for me, there are some things I don't want to stop and think about. I avoid reflecting, on purpose, because I know where the Holy Spirit wants to direct my thoughts.