Present: hiatus


  The weekend in San Jose was a physical hiatus. I was pulled out of the beautiful chaos that is our life with busy schedules, a house in upheaval, and three little boys, transplanted into a warm, sunny environment where my biggest responsibility was to feed myself. Glorious! But what I was reminded of was […]

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness: October 15, 2016


In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan declared October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month saying, “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses her or his partner, they are called a widow or widower. When parents lose their child, there isn’t a word to describe them.” […]

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Present: connectedness


Connectedness is a gift.  As I’ve seen connectedness in my relationships but also between my mind, body, and spirit I am reminded what a blessing it is to see God orchestrate our lives. Our weekend came to a close and I sat with Maggie on the airplane pouring over our weekend’s notes. I was struck […]

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Present: focus


When we are present we can pursue our purpose and as we fulfill our purpose we are able to be present – it really is a beautiful cycle. How do we do this though? I keep coming back to that question of “how?”  One thing I know for sure is that focus is a key component. […]

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Present: escape


I’m off on an “escape” and it’s amazing to me how perfect God’s timing is. This trip was booked many months ago and fell not only during one of the craziest times I’ve experienced as an adult, but also right smack dap in the first week of this series. In the words of Patsy Clairmont, […]

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Present: abide


To edit means we prune. As we cut away the less valuable, less important, and not necessary we can truly start to bear fruit. Not all fruit is “good fruit” and just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should or must. Can you tell that this is said out of complete experience with […]

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Present: edit


  If my purpose and the reason for being “present” is my people then I need to edit, prune and decide. Even Jesus didn’t do everything, because He wasn’t supposed to. If He had to prioritize, know His purpose and calling, and therefore make edits then it makes complete sense that I will too. I […]

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Present: with


  Why “present?” My reasons were specific. Moments when I felt spread too thin, moments where I was crazed, missed moments or overlooked opportunities all because I was committed to completion, efficiency, and capability. When reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, I already mentioned in my review of the book, that despite the fact that […]

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Present: Sabbath


  “Busy” and “tired” seem to be worn proudly like badges of honor on our scout sash. But where is the meaning in busy, in tired? As I have really thought through the “why” behind my desire to be present I’ve started to ask more about the “how?” How do I stop the busy? How […]

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