The Next New Year

August 12 rang in a new year for me, and for some reason this birthday has really felt like a new year.  I usually only feel like a new year starts in January, I know for some the start of school brings the feeling of a new year, but my birthday doesn’t usually invoke those…

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Per(severance)

Recently my Facebook memories have been from a season of perseverance 10 years ago, when I was laid off in January 2009 and spent most of that year without a full time job. I often tell people my Facebook posts are mostly for my own memories sake, the goings on of life I want to…

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February Loves

Happy February! This month gives lots of feelings to lots of people. If you love red and pink, February might be your favorite! Maybe it’s a re-start to the beginning of the year because the resolutions of January didn’t happen. Some dread February because of Valentine’s Day.  Maybe there a painful memories attached to February.…

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Book Review – ’18-’19 Winter Edition

Welcome back! How is it already half-way through January!? Or really, more than halfway through January and next week is already February?  I have been reading lots through the holidays and thought now is a good time to share my recent winter reads.  In case you missed my last Book Review, you can click here…

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2018: Begin

Yesterday we were singing a hymn in church and the lyrics struck me in a new way. A hymn I’ve sung for a long time and know the words to, but as I was thinking on the year wrapping up and a few other things going on, these lyrcis pierced my heart: “How I’ve proved…

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Ennea-ME

The Enneagram test is a currently a hot topic in personality testing and group dynamics studies. I’ve done the test (paid for version) and I took a simple free online test and got the same results, so I would say I’m pretty consistent in my personality type. I do think these types of tests are…

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#write31days | October 31

Here I am at the 31st day of writing for this year’s Write 31 Days series.  This year of writing has been a little different for me.  Last night I read back through every post of this month, the topics that I was in the weeds over the last couple of months, a few things…

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#write31days | October 30

Last night in my small group we were discussing Nehemiah and the calling he had been given to rebuild the wall of Jerusalem. This was no small task and one of the things that stuck with me most in this week’s lesson was how he had been a caretaker of the plan God put in…

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#write31days | October 29

I wrote earlier this month about saying “no”, but the flip side of “no” is when to say “yes”. This is another area of my life I often find myself circling in prayer. In the big and the little things I choose to say “yes” to.  I read Lysa Terkeurst’s book The Best Yes several…

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#write31days | October 28

Friday afternoon I had a rare treat of happy hour out with friends, specifically this week the friends I used to work with.  Since changing jobs this fall I’ve missed my work friends the most.  My new job is going really well, but coming from a large team to virtually no team has been an…

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