We have about three functional work weeks between the long Thanksgiving weekend and Christmas. There are a ton of things to do – some which are tedious and many that are quite enjoyable. In the hustle, it all feels like chaos! That first week after Thanksgiving flew by, as I knew it would. Friday came, and I drove home after work feeling overwhelmed – consumed by the open tasks and decisions to be made before the end of the year. Tasks at work just piled up, the clock counting down way too quickly before year-end. I felt further behind in meeting my goals than I had when the week started! Continue reading
My husband and I are helping guide the weekly Wednesday night adult study at church. The subject was assigned, and the group is currently trudging through Old Testament stories of judges and kings, wars and a seemingly spiteful God. The Old Testament comprises the bulk of our Bible, but at times is the most challenging to relate to within the context of the Christ-following journey we find ourselves on today. Continue reading
I hit a milestone birthday this weekend. For months, people have asked how I planned to celebrate. No one seemed to believe that I would be quite content in my pajamas at home, watching a movie with a glass of wine in hand, to honor the moment 40 years of existence passed. Continue reading
I arrived back home yesterday after a week out of country, traveling the UK for a work trip. The work was good, the travel went well and overall it was a great opportunity. I will admit it wasn’t all good… My body never quite figured out the time difference. We had long meetings in small, warm conference rooms. There were many late nights and early mornings, and very little time for sightseeing. In those few moments I did have to be a tourist, I was reminded of a post from just over 5 years ago. My thoughts have not changed… Continue reading
In a small group bible study this week, we talked about the call of Gideon. We spent our entire 2-hour study focused on only a few verses (Judges 6:11-14) which catapulted an obedient Gideon into a leader for the Israelites. Continue reading
As I mentioned last week in Part 1 of my two part series… I am taking an 8-week online class about the writings which provide the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice. As this posts, I have two weeks to go – a bittersweet thought. How can you be eager for the homework to be done for a class you intentionally chose to take because you like doing the homework?? Continue reading
I am 5 weeks into an 8-week online class on the Lutheran Confessions, a study of “the collection of Reformation-era writings that provides the scriptural and theological foundations for Lutheran faith and practice.” This may sound tedious, but it has actually been an enriching opportunity, with real life application!
In the middle of an online class, the thought of writing more words about faith – words I actually have to let other people read – is exhausting! I’ve written all these things for class – weekly posts, papers, peer responses – all carefully constructed! Why can’t I use one of those? Yet every time I try to go the easy route and “steal” a writing from class for my blog, my husband will inevitably tell me… “It’s good. But it doesn’t really tell any stories about faith in our family.” Continue reading