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.
Confession: I am someone who can be offended pretty easily. It's not like I walk around angry all the time. I don't enjoy the negative feelings that come with it. But sometimes I forget to look for the good, and I get caught up in the reaction to the bad. In an online world, this... Continue Reading →
We have all kinds of milestones to mark progress for our kids. But for parents, how do we measure our growth and success?
I'm not a fan of dirt under my fingernails, or even the sensation of dirt on my hands at all. But there was time, not very long ago, that I walked around with dirt on my hands, just hoping no one would notice it. I knew it was there; I knew why it was there. But I definitely hid it from everyone. The last thing I wanted to do was talk about what I had been doing (or not doing) that made my hands so dirty.