January 3, 2016


Last summer, I found myself burned out and feeling dry spiritually. I knew I needed a break. I took a couple of months away from my own church and spent that time visiting others. While it was not my intention to change churches, I was fully aware that God might be using this time to call me elsewhere.

I stayed involved at my church, attending Wednesday night classes. Most weeks my pastor, Deron, checked with me to ask which church I had visited that Sunday. He even suggested some churches he had liked when he visited during his sabbatical the year before. I was fortunate that both Deron and our worship minister, Jeff, were supportive of my time away from serving on Sunday mornings. Being able to take a break and step back into service when it was over was not something I took lightly, but it was something I knew that I desperately needed to do.

It would have been easier to just sleep in on Sundays and avoid any possibility of change but I knew if I did that, it would have made it all too easy to just walk away from church altogether. So all but a couple of Sundays, I got up and visited a new church. It was a reminder of how hard it is to walk into a new church, particularly when you're walking in alone.

As the weeks went by, I established a routine. Most Sundays, I attended an early worship service and then made it home to sit out on the deck and watch my own church online at 11:00. Throughout July, I felt like I was just going through the motions, still suffering from burnout and feeling drained. At the beginning of August, that changed. I don't remember if I attended a church that morning -- I think it was one of the Sundays I stayed home. While I sat on the deck watching my church online, I felt the beginning of healing. I felt enveloped in the presence of God. At one point in the message, as a beautiful cardinal perched on a branch just a few feet away, Deron suggested that we ask God to give us one word. As I looked at that cardinal, I knew the word God had for me was peace.

If there is only one moment in time that I will remember from 2015, it's that one.

Until next time . . .

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. ~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16

January 1, 2016

Yikes! It's 2016

Time truly flies.

I can't believe how long it has been since I have posted here. Eighteen months ago, I planned to get back to writing but life got in the way. I'm hoping that will change in 2016.

Life will still be there, and some days my life will be more hectic than others, but I hope to write more. I hope to read more. I hope to be present more.

I hope to be more open to God's prompting, and I am feeling His prompting to write again. I'm not sure what I should write about, but that will come.

Until next time, Happy New Year!


May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. ~ Romans 15:13