31 Days · Intentional Living

Bravely Encourage {#write31days}

This world we live in is hard, isn’t it? Every day we face things that strive to bring us down, and sometimes we wander through whole seasons of life where it feels like everyone is taking, but nobody is giving. I daresay we could all use a little more encouragement, right? At the same time,… Continue reading Bravely Encourage {#write31days}

31 Days · Intentional Living

Overwhelmed {#write31days}

Life’s hard, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Tell me I’m not alone in this. You know how it goes. Our schedules are crammed crazy-busy-full, and still there’s more waiting to be done. Stress on top of stress, and suddenly we are overwhelmed. Whether that means blowing your top and losing it, or freezing up,… Continue reading Overwhelmed {#write31days}

31 Days · Intentional Living

When Brave Means Go {#write31days}

This spring, I was reading my way through “Let’s All Be BraveĀ ” by Annie F. Downs. It was being talked about by many bloggers and received impressive reviews, and I praised God when I found out my local library had it. I consumed the book, clinging to Annie’s brilliant wit and beautiful honesty. And it… Continue reading When Brave Means Go {#write31days}

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Bravely Embracing Change {#write31days}

Today I’m thrilled to welcome my friend Julie into my writing space. Julie and I got to know each other through Five Minute Friday, and since we’re both Iowans, living only a couple of hours apart from one another, we’ve gotten to meet up a couple of times. I’m constantly overwhelmed by Julie’s kind, gentle… Continue reading Bravely Embracing Change {#write31days}

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We Are Not of Those Who Shrink Back {#write31days}

It’s so easy to shrink back. It’s easy to say “no”. To hide in the masses. Or to avoid topics you don’t feel like discussing. I think it’s part of our nature to hide when we disagree, or fade back when our opinion differs from another. And it takes a whole lot of brave to… Continue reading We Are Not of Those Who Shrink Back {#write31days}

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Grieve the Loss {#write31days}

It’s never easy to face loss. It’s a natural part of life, and yet we do anything to avoid it. Even when we know we need to accept the loss. I’ve written about moving to South Africa, and how I resisted coming back to the USA, even though God was calling me to return. And… Continue reading Grieve the Loss {#write31days}

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Brave in the Small {#write31days}

Most people think being brave happens when we make a big decision, something so completely out of the ordinary that people can’t help but say, “Wow, you’re brave! I couldn’t do that.” That’s the most common response I get when I speak of my Peace Corps experience. However, I’ve already written about how that wasn’t… Continue reading Brave in the Small {#write31days}

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Live Your Season {#write31days}

In the last year or so, I’ve really started looking at my life in seasons. If you’ve read a Bill Hybels book, you’ve probably encountered this notion. But the whole idea is that our life is made of seasons, and there are times of leaving a season, entering a season, or being fully in a… Continue reading Live Your Season {#write31days}

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Unmade {#write31days}

It’s natural to want to hold it all together. In this society of appearances and perfection, it has become ingrained in most of us to smile and hide the unpretty things. Even when life isn’t pretty, we soldier on, sometimes barely hanging onto this facade of normal. To me, brave is allowing others a glimpse… Continue reading Unmade {#write31days}

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Brave the Stay {#write31days}

Brave scares me. It makes me dig into times I’ve been brave and times I haven’t, and look at the choices in front of me now. As crazy as it sounds…right now the “unbrave” choice in front of me would be packing a bag, boarding a plane, and heading back to Africa. The brave decision?… Continue reading Brave the Stay {#write31days}