Poetry

Our Vocabulary Matters

I heard one of my favorite quotes from Lara Casey. It was simply, “How you spend your time is how you spend your life.” How very true! I’d also venture to say how you speak is how you’ll spend your life.

Your words carry weight, become your thoughts, construct your personal rhetoric, and turn into your actions. Our vocabulary matters! So, what if we just started with our words?

Words for Women

Dear Broken Woman

Dear battered, bruised and broken woman,

This is your place, and I know that hurts to hear. You may feel stuck, left behind, and extremely alone. I know I have. This is a hard and thorny valley. And the end isn’t in sight. All your friends may be getting married, having babies, and reaching milestones you thought you’d have long passed by now.

This hard place feels like forever.

Do not despair.

The position you are in right now (single, barren, broken, or just plain fighting inadequacy) does not make you any less of a woman. You are not behind in life. Your loveliness is not based on your work, but in the wonderful work God is doing in you. You are a woman, full and beautiful, with or without a husband, a baby, or a “put-together” life. Continue reading “Dear Broken Woman”

Life & Learning

Are You a Christian Kid Afraid of Ministry?

I don’t appreciate when adults in ministry proclaim, “You better not say that you’ll never go into full-time ministry, because that’s exactly where God will send you! It happened to me!!'”

They say it as though they have been forced, coerced, or demanded to be in full-time ministry. It’s really damaging for a kid in the ministry to hear this kind of jibber jabber. It makes ministry sound so, so awful.

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It wasn’t until recently that I realized that I didn’t need to be afraid of full-time ministry. And you don’t either! You don’t need to be afraid of doing the thing that you currently can’t imagine yourself doing.

Why? Continue reading “Are You a Christian Kid Afraid of Ministry?”

Life & Learning

If I Could Go Back

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If I could go back, I would say–

Don’t worry about all the processes involved in growing up. It just happens. You get through it. You learn from it. You move on. You learn to enjoy the process, even the messy parts.

If I could go back, I would say–

Don’t worry about who people think you are. Just keep growing. Just keep making decisions that you know you need to make. Don’t think twice about an opinion that doesn’t matter. Opinions, I have since found, rarely matter.

If I could go back, I would say–

You aren’t at the top. I know you know that, but you’ll really understand how little you are the older you get.

If I could go back, I would say– Continue reading “If I Could Go Back”