I took a deeeeeep dive into medieval history these past couple of weeks. 😛 I don’t really know how it started, but it ended with me reading a historian’s complete dissertation (300 pages long!) on the life of Mathilda of Flanders. I was engrossed. This medieval queen, whose name I [...]
When the ideas that turned into Feminine Foresight first started churning in my mind, one of the clearest thoughts I had was, “We need to move past the “Women’s Leadership” conversation.” By that, I mean that I so wish female leadership wasn’t an issue that needs addressing. To move past [...]
You know that feeling of finally being asked on a date by someone you’ve been crushing on? When you feel elated and shaky nervous all at once? That’s the feeling rushing through my veins right now as I hit the ‘send’ button. Today I’m announcing Feminine Foresight, a project that’s [...]
Yes, it’s true! I am in the middle of writing a real-life book.
A book that someday soon you will be able to hold in your hands or read on your Kindle wherever you like reading best. Maybe that’s in a favorite chair, on the beach or at your desk on your lunch break.
I really did not know what to expect at all. I knew that any expectations I had would be shaken once I got to Uganda and would most likely leave me broken and disappointed. So I decided to, as much as I was capable of, have no expectations of my semester abroad beside expecting for God to work in those four months. It was incredibly difficult most days but I truly believe it left me more free to experience my semester for all God intended it to be.
As I stood in a circle of friends my last night in the city, I was sad and emotional, but also so aware the Lord was showing me direct evidence of the fruits of my labor. That he was whispering, "Well done. This is how it's supposed to be. This is how life is meant to be lived. It's going to hurt sometimes, because when you invest, it does. But the fact that it hurts so much means you did it right."
One of the biggest changes for me has been shifting the focus from just teaching the stories of the Bible to teaching kids about the real hero of each of those stories, God. Even though we see Noah, Abraham, Joseph, David, Daniel, Paul as the central figures in their stories, God is the person central to everything including our story. Kids need to see God in all His greatness, complexity and wonder.
Beauty for me is when people trust each other, when people smile at each other, and when people help each other. Beauty is honesty. Beauty is truth. Beauty is the sensation of being present in the world, fully encompassing the past and the present to understand exactly where you are.
I genuinely believe that God is the answer for every problem but not everyone is going to come to the church for help. I think that it could be God’s mercy that biblical concepts can be used to help people, and in secular counseling centers perhaps without quoting chapter and verse.
I believe excessive guilt is toxic to a healthy, balanced life. Somewhere along the way we learned that if we just make ourselves feel bad enough about our bodies, our choices, our looks, etc. we'll finally have the motivation to make a change. We've learned to use guilt as a motivator. But this rarely works and if it does, it's a miserable path to take.