Life, Spiritual Walk

Just do it.

This weekend has been meaningful encounter after meaningful encounter, and this morning, after saying “yes” to many an upcoming coffee date, phone conversation, and upcoming meeting, I thought to myself:

Am I going to have any time left for me?

As an introvert, this is a question I think about frequently and is actually a point of anxiety. I crave my solitude and recharge time.

When is my next alone time?

I found myself overwhelmed by this question, And immediately knew I had to hand my schedule over to God. I know He is calling me to be open and available in this stage of life, and I trust that He won’t give me more than I can handle. It’s important to balance self-care and ministry, but when God says go, trust that He will also prepare the rest and recharge that you need.

Just a thought!

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How to Find a Mentor

It was October 2016 and I was preparing for a conference that my department was hosting that month. My coworker and I were talking about last-minute details, specifically an area I was in charge of in the main hall with programs and resources for the delegates provided from our department and the main speakers of the event.

“One of the speakers wants to share a few resources. Could you print them and make sure they are available to everyone?”

Of course I said yes, so I proceeded to print out 400 copies each. And when I saw what the first resource said, I was irritated.

The speaker was discussing mentorship, and I still didn’t know what to do about a spiritual mentor in my own life.

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A Time of Preparation

The summer can be a time of relaxation: kid’s are out of school, days are longer, the weather is nicer. On the Sundays my husband and I have been able to go to our home church, the pews have been mostly empty (which I attribute to summer camps and vacation, not a general godlessness with the warm weather). I was watching a Jim Gaffigan comedy special and he summed it up perfectly: we spend all fall, winter, and spring in our hometowns, only to leave them and travel elsewhere when we finally have weather at home to enjoy.

Well, for my husband and I, this summer has been anything but relaxing. We’ve had a constant stream of what are we preparing for next? First, it was our jobs, and the large event that is commissioning in The Salvation Army. Once that weekend was over, it was getting ready to be guests at a music camp in New Jersey. We’ve now been back from that for a little over a week, and next Thursday we leave for Camp Meetings in Old Orchard Beach, ME. As soon as we return, we go our separate ways, with my husband working and teaching at another music camp and myself going to visit my parents and then going to a prayer ministry training in PA.

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