Here I am – completing yet another chaotic work cycle – another insane push to meet a crazy deadline. (Actually – I missed my deadline by about 13 hours – my perfectionist self declares with disdain…) Continue reading
It is still cold outside, the ground brown and bare. Yet my 8-year-old is anxious to get back to church camp! We’re 6 long months away from that warm July week when he gets to live in a tent. I think the monotony of winter is wearing and he’s eager for the camp experience. As his new camp sweatshirt declares, my son is “truly camp-sick!” Continue reading
I had a church finance board meeting one night this week. To be honest, these meetings have been difficult lately. I get it – it is important to responsibly manage the funds of our church. That light bill needs to be paid every month! But during our long meetings (often held after a full day of playing with numbers at work) I struggle to remember how this conversation is advancing God’s work in the world. Continue reading
During December, our little family made a conscious effort to serve others and focus less on our own wants and desires. We were not perfect – but we were better. We not only gave more, but we also talked more about what we have which others don’t, the difference between a want and a need, and our role in treating all people with kindness and respect.
There were many moments when I was in awe at how unselfish my kids can be. Sure, they enjoyed their gifts under the tree, but they never made it seem that Christmas was only about them. It was about laughter, time with family and seeking new ways to bring joy to others! Continue reading
The new year has arrived! Each year I become more amazed at how quickly time moves.
This weekend was my last chance to “live” before the overtime nightmare that is year-end accounting begins. Family was in town. We had plans for fun, games, a nice dinner out, time to celebrate a new year. Yet on Saturday morning, I sat in my dark living room buried under blankets watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. I was struck by the last line of the movie:
“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Continue reading