Words I’m loving today

Have you ever felt like nobody was there
Have you felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere
Have you ever felt like you could disappear
Like you could fall and no one would hear

Well, let that lonely feeling wash away
Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay
Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand
You can reach, reach out your hand

And oh, someone will come running
And I know they’ll take you home

Even when the dark comes crashing through
When you need a friend to carry you
And when you’re broken on the ground
You will be found

In which a single woman talks about sex (eek)

Guys, my pulse is racing as I type this.  I am literally afraid to write the word sex.

No one talks to single women about sex.  Maybe they’re scared that just saying the word ‘sex’ will cause singles everywhere to descend into a world of corruption? Or maybe it’s not just single women.  Maybe none of us are talking about sex.

It just feels like we’re not supposed to say that word.  Especially if we’re christian.  And single.  And women.  (so I’m like a triple threat).

I don’t know.  Here’s what I do know:

5 things I’ve learned from my pals

Two of my favorite people in the world had birthdays this week.

Here are 6 things I learned from my two pals:

1. Faithfulness in the details matters

My friend Rachael is a mom of three crazy boys, (I’ve written about Ben, the middle kiddo, before).  Here’s what I know from watching her life: motherhood is hard.  But, if the heart is faithful, there is glory in every detail.

Rachael believes that investing her full heart and energy in whatever is in front of her will change the world.  I have never known someone who fights so deeply to do all things to the glory of God.Screen Shot 2013-08-20 at 1.48.07 PM

The mundane magic of ministry

Last Wednesday I shared a quote about believing that there is relevance and significance even in the mundane tasks.

Timely.

What a week.

Some days, I just want ministry to feel different.

I want magic.  I want to feel possessed by the Spirit of God.  I want mountaintop moments. I want angels who will bust down jail cell walls.Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 5.39.14 PM

I’ve experienced those moments.  They’ve been real and powerful.

But more and more I’m starting to see that much of deep discipleship rests its head in the mundane.

In my life, development has rarely felt romantic or inspiring.

How to encourage others

Yesterday I shared three books I’ve been reading this summer that have significantly challenged and grown me in my faith.

One of them was A Call to Spiritual Reformation by Carson.

So great guys.  So great.

It’s had me processing a lot about the way I encourage others.

I tend to pendulum swing between these two tendencies:  Screen Shot 2013-06-23 at 5.38.42 PM

(1) encouraging people in a way that makes much of them

The backslapping flatterer constantly compliments everyone.  Regardless of the quality of the work, this extrovert comes alongside and bellows “terrific job!” “Wonderful piece of work.” “Never seen flowers better arranged!” “I don’t know how the ushers would get by if it were not for your contribution.”