Ready your heart

April 16, 2014

Good Friday is in just two days.  Easter is late this year, but it feels like it has come so quickly.  On Palm Sunday, my pastor challenged us to get up early (he suggested 6:30) Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week to pray.  Pray for the city; pray for people in our lives; pray for God to move and work.

At first, I thought No problem! I’m up for work anyway.  But then I remembered that this week is spring break.  I can sleep in and get a late start.  Last night, I met with my connect group and we went out after for chicken wings.  I didn’t get home until late.  So I thought to myself, Well, whenever I wake up I’ll pray.  It doesn’t have to be 6:30 on spring break.  This morning when I woke it was light out.  I checked my phone that I keep in the bed with me since I can’t see the clock on the nightstand without my contacts: 6:32.  I rolled over and thought Next time I wake up.  Then I remembered hearing myself say to my connect group, “God deserves the first fruits of your time.”  Dang.  Caught.  Up, up, up.

It was worth much more than the sleep I lost.

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Meditation

April 11, 2014

This is the final #SheSharesTruth of the lent season.  Today, we’re going to simply meditate on God’s word.  We’re going to mull these words over and let them rest on our minds so they can burrow deep into our hearts.  This is a time to reexamine priorities and to remember Who is most important.

1 Corinthians 2:1-5

And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.

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30 before 31

April 9, 2014

Run a race in Richmond Day hike Compete in a CrossFit competition Food festival Visit Charleston Submit something for publication once a month Try a yoga class Send letters Blog more Take more photos Try something new once a month Create a writing schedule and deadlines Go to a concert Visit another country Watercolor Art […]

Heart of Virginia

April 8, 2014

Sundays are already one of the best days of the week.  I usually sleep in a little, go for a jog, and get to go to Wave RVA.  This past Sunday had an added bonus of the James River Winery Heart of Virginia Festival.  It had vendors from all over the state: Lake Anna, Spotsylvania, […]

hello april

April 1, 2014

Hello, April. Hello sunshine and finally warmer weather.  Hello neon baby leaves and daffodils.  Hello new decade and new season.  I’m excited for both of you.  Ready to start something new, even though everything has felt new so far this year.  Also, so ready to finish something.  Stick with something.  Make something complete.  Hello fresh […]

Jonah: Part 2

March 28, 2014

  Jonah 3 & 4 Our God is the best.  He is right and good and perfect. In Jonah 4: 2, Jonah is complaining to God about His saving the people of Nineveh, “I knew that You are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents concerning […]