This book felt like fresh spring air.💐 Beautifully written, challenging yet grace filled, full of soul and wit. I’m thankful for writers like @shannanwrites who encourage me to dig roots into my daily life and love a little harder. This book was a timely reminder of 1) my love of a beautifully written sentence, 2) the wonder of the life right in front of me and 3) the power of staying put. I’d highly recommend this gem!💎 #livreads
I will always be learning the balance between adventure and contentment.💛 My heart loves airplanes & road trips & new places & fun accents & murals & restaurants & views & new people. My heart needs quiet & steadiness & sticking it out when it’s hard & mundane & discipline & perseverance. Both and. Not either or. There is beauty to be found in simple actions on repeat, but that doesn’t mean I have to always deny my wild side. There’s enough room in life to hold both. Never in fear, always in love. Because the why matters more than the what.🖤
I went through a friendship slump this year. I found myself categorizing relationships in my life into mentee, peer, or mentor and wound up feeling really lonely because 75% of my relational energy was spent with people younger than me & in a different life stage. (Specially: early college years) This was super unhealthy. It put way too much pressure on myself, especially when I wasn’t formally someone’s “mentor.” So I’ve been working of valuing the friendship of those younger than me and embracing the fun, not the sense of responsibility I feel to big-sister everyone more than 2 years younger than me.😂 BUT ALSO... friends in a similar life stage are gold. These post-college years are wild, full of weddings and grad school and career beginnings and figuring out how to adult. I’ve needed to prioritize people who are in the thick of it with me too. We all need a balance of people in our lives. If your only friends are people who are in the same life stage as you, you are missing out. But if none of them are, go out of your way to connect with someone people facing similar challenges. I’m truly thankful both for my younger friends AND the wonderful, wild women who’ve been in my life for 5+ years sharing this adulthood journey with me. The balance is beautiful. Does anyone else struggle with this weird categorizing too? Do you tend to have friends younger, the same age(generally), or older than you? • P.S. Shoutout to @karalidberg & our tea date last week. Thanks for moving back to Fargo - best surprise of 2019 so far😍
Last week, he officially became a pastor.💛 When I was in high school, a youth leader told me that he saw me being a pastor’s wife. I audibly laughed and swore that “I’d never do that to my children!”😂🙈 God laughed back. When I met Caleb, he had a similar heart for ministry, missions, and nonprofits but he didn’t want to be a pastor. And I thought I scored! God laughed some more. The truth is - I did score. I got an awesome husband who loves Jesus and people really well. He is a man of integrity. He is a man of friendship with God. He just so happens to also be a pastor.🤷🏽♀️ So I’ll take it. In fact, I’ll rejoice in it! Did this transition trigger major pain from my 10 year stint as a pastor’s kid? Yep! But I’m so thankful the junk is coming out now, not 10 years down the road. Also so thankful for counseling and a safe place to hash out all my emotions + fears. God has better things in store than I can comprehend. My past experiences don’t dictate my future. We will have a healthy, thriving marriage and family in the midst of church-work life. In fact, I’m believing that we will be better BECAUSE we were true to this calling than we ever could have been running from it.🙌
“I will see heaven reach down to heal the places hell has marked.” I wrote this in my journal last summer and oh wow, talk about a prophetic declaration.🙌 Honestly, this last year I HAVE seen wild healing in my life. I have had experiences with God that have been life changing. It hasn’t been easy. It hasn’t been perfect. The healing journey is a rollercoaster, not a straight path. I’ll be real honest - God even brought a moment of instant healing from panic attacks, but do you know what? I STILL had to walk out the journey of living in peace, not fear. You still have to do the work to renew your mind. You still have to take care of yourself. You still have to learn and grow and change. Yet that’s where we find heaven - on the ground surrounded by sweat & mud. We find the divine in the mundane, in the daily choices and in learning to be brave. Friend, if you are in a place where you need some heart healing, please go for it. All in. The end result of the tough inner work is worth it. It WILL change everything. It WILL mark generations. It WILL bring freedom to the world around you. ARISE AND SHINE. It’s what you were made to do.