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. HowRead More →

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 itRead More →

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

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 oneRead More →

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,Read More →