Category Archives: Journaling

When You Don’t Know What You’re Waiting For

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“What do I do, God? What would You have me do in this situation?” 

I wish I could tell you those questions, repeatedly and sincerely prayed, were met with a booming voice from heaven that said, “This is My beloved will in which I am well pleased; go and do it, honey child,” but, alas, that hasn’t happened.

Instead, after writing those questions in my journal, I read Psalm 27 and was met with words that have become as familiar as my afternoon cup of coffee:

“Wait for the Lord;
    be strong, and let your heart take courage;
    wait for the Lord!” -Psalm 27:14

Scripture, man. It’s like yeast: alive and active. It’s like a fog light: searching and exposing. It’s like a sword: sharp and piercing.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 159 – Made for Greatness

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And we’re not talking about another human.

The Olympics are great and I adore every part of them, but even the best athletes were made for more greatness than a piece of plated metal on a pretty ribbon.

Don’t put your identity in anything that will not outlast you. Stake your life on what will matter 30,000 years from now.

 

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July Reads

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“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.” — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

In June, I shared what books I had read for the first six months of the year. It felt appropriate to publish July’s reads today, as I’ve been told it’s National Book Lovers Day (also, who comes up with these holidays? Asking for a friend).

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Monday Morning Munch No. 153 – How to never let the heart rest

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“Most of us go through life praying a little, planning a little, jockeying for position, hoping but never being quite certain of anything, and always secretly afraid that we will miss the way. This is a tragic waste of truth and never gives rest to the heart.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 152 – We Were Made to Run

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“We were not created to stand still, even though that is safe and familiar and you are guaranteed never to fall or stumble or grow weary…” -JH

Do that thing you’ve been wanting to do but are too scared to do. Don’t stay in the cocoon when you were made to fly.

Take the step. Visit the friend. Make the thing. Ask her out. Make the investment. Take the trip. Write the book. Chase the dream.

Run your race.

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Learning to Dream Again

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I’ve been a dreamer my whole life. 

My parents are probably the biggest influences in this. They are extraordinary and I, ashamedly, don’t tell them that enough. Say what you want about the Dallas Cowboys, but my parents are the best cheerleaders the world has ever known. They have fought for me, pushed me, and believed in me when I didn’t even know what that meant or looked like. They taught me to dream, to hope, to drain every ounce of life from each day, and to strive for more than could be attained in this life.

Like Gabriel Oak, who told Bathsheba Everdeen in Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd, “I believe in you entirely. I don’t believe there is anything you can’t do,” my parents reverberated that message my entire life. Their love for me and confidence in the Lord created a space safe to both dream and fail and dream again.

But here’s the thing about my dreams: none of them happened.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 146 – No Typos

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We may now only see blank pages, or maybe nearly-empty pages marked by what appears to be a few scribbles with no pattern or meaning, but take heart—the Master Author is at work.

Even now He is crafting and honing a story for your ultimate joy and His supreme glory.

He’s writing a history for you that is not only preparing you for a future only He can see but one that is establishing a track record of His faithfulness. A perfect track record we can cling to when times are less than perfect and the pages of our story are muddled with coffee stains and what we are sure are typos.

God has never made a typo in your story and He won’t start now.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits…” -Psalm 103:2

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Missing what’s in front of me

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In the Oxford Botanic Gardens, where J. R. R. Tolkien would go to write. Be still my heart.

I’m a journalist. I document things.

It’s my job. I went to school for it. I love it. I do it when I don’t have to.

My daily life consists of taking photos, filling journals, compiling stories, transcribing meetings and interviews, writing lists and making observations.

During our recent trip to England, the documentation game was strong. I wanted to (surprise) document everything (is that a leaf? Is that an old hot dog wrapper that’s been trampled? WE MUST PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING). But from time to time, Haley would make me stop and look without taking photos and you know what? The world kept spinning.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 138 – Brokenhearted but not broken

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“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
    and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones;
    not one of them is broken.”
Psalm 34:18-20

Your heart may be broken,
your spirit crushed,
but you will not be.
Not because of you but
because
Jesus was broken in
your place.

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