Over the last year, I've become increasingly uncomfortable with being comfortable. I'm starting 2019 with a desire to do more things that the "old me" would never have considered. Discipline is exactly what I've been missing. My whole life, I've been focused on performance and perfection, instead of purposeful and practiced perseverance. Constant performance is exhausting; it leads me to give in to the old patterns of comfort that give me rest, but never bring about change. Practicing discipline results in progress I would never see from perfect performance.
I don't do this every year, but I've been in a little bit of a funk the last couple of weeks, so it's time. Time to take the Gratitude Challenge, once again. I know that when I look for reasons to feel grateful, I find them. And I stop feeling sorry for myself. It works,... Continue Reading →
A few nights ago I had an argument with my younger daughter. And I realized, the whole point of the fight was this - I saw something in her attitude, in her response, that I didn't like about myself. I wasn't just fighting with her about her actions or her tone of voice - I was fighting for her character. And mine.
I definitely think we need the encouragement to take care of ourselves. For too long, we've defined success as a destination we reach, milestones we hit along the way. But in that headlong rush to reach milestones, we lose parts of who we are as we're going. So I'm in favor of an approach that includes time to slow down and reflect, to truly engage with the people around us, to evaluate where we're going and who we're becoming at the same time.
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 →