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Healthy Lifestyle, Passion & Purpose, Personal Journey

Running in Circles: a case of identity

The stories and photos are literally at our fingertips, especially in light of social media. People who are making a difference. Organizations that are running effective programs that impact thousands. Problems being solved. Lives being changed. I love reading stuff like this; it’s inspiring. But I’ve also come to realize that, if I’m not careful, it becomes a slippery slope. It’s easy for me to compare myself to others, especially those working with other non-profits or ministries. Not comparing in a way that is judgmental of them, but condemning of myself. “I’m not doing enough” or “they are way more effective than me” run through my head more than I’d like to admit. And so I begin the mental checklist that can basically be summed up in two items: Do more. Be more. And so I strive, oh I strive. I aim to help more people, listen to more sermons, read more inspiring books, learn new skills, pray more, do more things that make me feel like I’m doing more and being more. Check. Check. Check. The list gets marked off. But really, I’m running in circles because checklists don’t get to the root of the issue (shocking, I know). […]

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Encouragement for the single in a new town

Perhaps you got a job in a new town, moved to work with a ministry in another country, or are in school far from family and friends. Whatever the reason may be, you are now in a new place and quite by yourself. To the single who moved away from everything familiar and is feeling a bit lonely, I get it. New chapters and new locations are exciting, as it usually includes the unfolding of things you’ve planned for and dreamed of. But let’s be honest, while traveling somewhere on your own can be a bit intimidating, moving on your own to a place where you have no close friends or family can be downright scary. As a single girl who moved to South Africa, I understand. There are rough days. Sometimes you just want to go to a coffee shop with your best friend and talk about life (because let’s be honest, a FaceTime call just doesn’t quite do it). Sometimes you wish you could drive over to your parent’s house for the evening. But the reality hits that you can’t. And it’s hard. Please don’t give up. I wish I could sit down with you over a cup of […]

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5 Ideas for life-giving rest + recharge

Life can be a little crazy at times. I want to live a life of passion and purpose, but even (and at times especially) when I’m doing something I’m passionate about, I easily get caught up in the to-do lists and tasks of the day. I run myself dry. I’m human and don’t function well in a 24/7 work mode. Know the feeling? If I truly want to thrive, not just survive, I need that time to reset. I know that I need time to reset, but recently I was challenged because I realized that many times when I needed to recharge, I found myself just randomly filling the time. But when I take that time to stop – with hopes of resting and recharging – I have to ask myself, “Am I filling that time with things that are truly life-giving?” Now, I realize that not everyone can carve out huge chunks of time, but to get you started, here are some ideas that I personally have found helpful… 1. Spend time with the Lord This is the space where I can find true rest and peace amidst the craziness of life. It’s here that I am reminded of who […]

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Living With Passion & Purpose

South Africa. If you would have told me a few years ago that this is where I would be living, I probably would have shrugged and said, “Well, I guess if that’s where God leads.” But in the back of my mind the answer would have looked more like, “Nope…that’s not happening.”  But God has a way of lovingly working in our hearts and growing us in ways we wouldn’t have imagined. I’ve never had a “5 year plan”. I knew that ultimately, as a daughter of God, I wanted to live a life that glorified and made much of Him. I didn’t have the faintest idea of how that would be playing out a few years down the road, but there were two words that came to mind a lot: Passion & Purpose. I don’t want to get to the end of my life only to realize that I lived it without passion or purpose. That’s a scary thought. Living with passion and purpose sounds nice in words, but how can we intentionally act upon that? We’ve got to start with vision. Long term vision is important, even vital, but I find that the little details rarely go as […]

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Open Hands

I didn’t fully realize how many things I was thankful for in this season until it really began to set in that I’m moving. Honestly, I think it usually works like that. Change makes us stop and appreciate the blessings we hold. Each day I look around and see more and more things I absolutely love about this chapter of life. And each day I’m reminded that this chapter is coming to a close – it’s a bittersweet feeling. I love my morning quiet time with God on the front deck. I love that I get to see my family so much. I love the colors of Iowa sunsets over acres of farmland. I love late night talks with sisters. I love the chilly fall mornings that call for scarves and sweaters. I love the precious kids that I’ve had the joy of watching for the past 6 years. I love my amazing church family. I love wonderful talks with dear friends. I want to cherish these things. I want to remember these things. But I want to hold them with open hands. God has blessed me so richly in this season – I don’t deserve any of it. But I’m […]

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