Category: ‘Vocation’

Writing Days

5 January, 2015 Posted by liascholl

Tuesdays are staff days.
Wednesdays are office days, bulletins, newsletters and people stopping by.
Thursdays are meetings.
Fridays and Saturdays are my “days off.”
Sunday is hectic and often unpredictable. Not to mention exhausting.

But Monday. Ah, Monday.

Monday is my writing day. And so on Mondays, I write. I write newsletter articles, sermons, and thank you notes. And I try to read. The Bible. The commentaries. Twitter. Anything that interests me.

So my office on Monday moves from the bed to the sofa to a coffee shop. And my view ranges from a computer screen to an ereader to a group of strangers.

How does your week go?

Unfettered and Unencumbered

21 September, 2013 Posted by liascholl


For the first time in my adult life, I am without keys. No keys to a home, no keys to a car, and no keys to a workplace. All of that, with a purpose.

As you probably know, I’m heading to Bali for six months to serve with some wonderful new friends in a congregation called Gateway Community Church. My tickets are bought, my visa is applied for, and my bags are packed. Before I leave, though, I’m traveling around the South seeing friends and family. Today’s stop is in Durham, North Carolina.

You would think that being without keys would somehow be liberating. And it is. Unfettered and unencumbered is a great thing for now. But it’s not without some pain, too. While I’m not tied to any job or any housing situation, I am still tied to people. Letting loose of the binds that tie us is tough. And while I’m not letting go of those
bonds, they will not be so tight for a while. The hymn, “Blessed Be the Tie that Binds” comes to mind.

We share each other’s woes,
Our mutual burdens bear;
And often for each other flows

The sympathizing tear.
When we asunder part,
It gives us inward pain;
But we shall still be joined in heart,
And hope to meet again.

Cootie Catcher

23 May, 2012 Posted by liascholl

I’ve been asked to write my call story for Jennifer Harris Dault, @jennintheattic on twitter. She’s editing a collection of stories, with a working title,  Priesthood of ALL Believers. You can help fund it here.

I’ve said before, and written before, that I think that women’s callings are come as an unfolding. It dawned on me today that the Cootie Catcher (those origami paper fortune tellers) are the perfect analogy for how the calling on women’s lives happens. Our futures are told a little at a time.

The Cootie Catcher

Just to make sure that I COULD still do it, I folded a Cootie Catcher today. I’ve still got it.

Learning by Applying

6 April, 2012 Posted by liascholl

It’s amazing to me how much I’m learning about myself in applying for jobs. First off, putting down all my skills really focuses me on the fact that I’ve got MAD skills! It also shows off my rather renaissance quality about my skills—I do a lot of things, all of them pretty well, but I’m not too focused on one thing. I like that!

I also have learned a lot about myself in job interviews. First, I realize that I really don’t ask very many questions. I think I don’t trust the answers. Instead, I learn by watching people, hearing how they share with one another, how they treat each other. Often the questions they ask say more about the organization than about me. Second, I’ve learned that my viewpoint has softened over the years. I used to go into interviews trying to prove my point. Now I realize that my point isn’t so off from anyone else’s. It’s just by degrees.

Finally, I’ve learned a lot about what I want. I want to work in a place that honors my faith, rather than feeling like I have to apologize for it, or soften it, or even make excuses for it. I want to work somewhere where I can say, “I feel like God is leading me…” or “I learned today in my prayer time…”


22 March, 2012 Posted by liascholl

You’d think by the time you get to be my age, things would be a little less uncertain. But they’re not. As I feel myself being uncertain, and see my friends being uncertain, I have a few things I do to make it not seem so bad:

Be Here Now It seems like focusing on the future or on the past would make more sense, but it doesn’t. Focus here and now. Because right in this moment, you know exactly what’s happening.

Trust Our God has promised to never let us down. And that’s certainly true, as long as you have very low expectations. However, know that God is with you and will be with you through it all. Seek God through prayer, Bible study, church, and talking with friends.

One step at a time Uncertainly immobilizes. Stay mobile. Having options makes uncertainty seem more fun. So search for options. Write, stay current on the news, walk or run. Do things that will keep you interesting, at least to yourself.

And remember, certainty is really an illusion. We’re all uncertain. You’re just feeling it more.


30 January, 2012 Posted by liascholl

I had a mentor once. Actually, she was more than a mentor. She was a friend, just a few years older than me, with a lot of life experience.

Her name was Jan. She sang in an a capella band, with radical feminist roots, which I didn’t even understand. She taught me about money, making a living wage, listening to myself, and the scourge of waitresses. She was smart, funny, fiercely protective and used to make me laugh.

Most of all, she was kind. Thank you, Jan. I needed you and you were there.

I’d like to tell her that, but I don’t know where to find her. She worked with me in a sports bar in Hillsboro Village, back in the day. She has a pretty common name, so finding her in the white pages and on facebook seems to elude me.

Life Beckons

17 January, 2011 Posted by liascholl

For the last year, I’ve been working during the week in Washington, DC, and living weekends in Richmond, VA. I worked 40 hours a week and was on call 24-hours-a-day. The commute was about 16 hours a week. In addition, I was pastoring a church in Richmond.

And trying to have a life.

The downside to the life was that I didn’t have enough time for myself. And I’m not talking about alone time, or time to get my hair done, or time to get all the errands of normal life done. I had that.

But I didn’t have enough time for my self.

My self requires spending time alone. My self requires spending time with the people who I love. My self requires that I have time to think through my principles, time to act as I believe is right, and time to build caring relationships.

I am regaining that time now.

We had a guest preacher at church yesterday. He shared this with us:

St. Teresa’s Prayer:

May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that
has been given to you….
May you be content knowing you are a child of God….
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.

May it ever be.

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