Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tick, Tick, Tick... Time Flies Away

What happened to the days when you could stay outside picking wildflowers and playing house in the woods for what seemed like hours and still the sun lingered above the clouds?

It seems like I can barely make it out of bed before two months has gone by, and I'm behind on EVERYTHING! I can remember all the "old" people telling me to slow down as a kid and cherish childhood because it sure flies fast. I would sigh and put aluminum on my teeth to pretend I had braces or wear red lipstick to pretend I was an older woman.

Now I find myself wearing side pony-tails and wanting to take naps during the day. I want to hold on to that child inside me - with everything I've got. You should never get too big for your britches. And you should never get too grown up to run wild through the woods or ride your bike down the street or play "My mother went to Europe..." on a long, long road trip.

Micah, my fiance, and I are in the process of buying a house, our first home together, and my first step outside the nest. It's a bit surreal to think I'll be all grown up soon. But it's refreshing to know that I can always be a kid inside. It's not how old you are. It's how old you feel.

I'll keep jumping on the trampoline and sliding down slides. I'll keep getting lost in mystery novels and try on frilly dresses in the mall. I won't let life get in the way. And time will be on my side.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Pressure Makes Us Stronger

I heard those words in a song on 89.7 Power FM this morning on my way to work.

"Pressure makes us stronger."

I've heard this particular song more than once, and being the rock star I think I am, I'm belting out the words in my car. But I've never stopped to think about what that line really means. It's easy to talk about how a blessing can come from something hard - when it's over and done with! But what about when you're right in the eye of the storm, gripping on with all your might, digging your fingernails in to stay on top? Do you always feel... stronger?

Heck no! I know I don't. Actually, I usually feel rather hum-drum and weak and loose and sore and hungry and tired... I tend to be a complainer. What if we had the same mindset during those struggles as we do after they're over?

As I grow up a little bit more every day, I learn a little bit more of who I am and who I want to be. Sometimes, I sulk in every task I need to get done or something I did that I regret. Staying afloat in a storm can be like drawing a perfect circle. You can't do it without some sort of help, some kind of professional equipment. I want to be equipped with the grace of God and the knowledge that I will always be victorious because He is Lord of my life.

So next time you're feeling pressured, know it will make you stronger. It's just the dark night before the bright and glorious dawn.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Who's a Working Woman?

Me? No... Couldn't be!

Yes. The rumors are true. I did in fact begin working at FaithVillage on Monday, Feb. 21. And it rocks!

The 10-hour days drag a little long, but it's SO worth the Fridays off. Brad, Senior Editor/COO of FaithVillage - slash, my boss, couldn't be more talented and hip. He's already brought me up to speed on his profound vision for creating an online community of Christians with faith resources. I'm so excited to be part of a plan that engages culture and glorifies God at the same time.

Please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @faithvillage. We're real easy to get along with! :)

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