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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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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Present: be not do

Be here. Be still. Be me. Be aware. Be intentional. Don’t… Do more. Do work. Do what you are “supposed” to do. Do everything. To “be” instead of to “do” is a unique challenge. It is something I didn’t even realize I needed to understand and to practice in my life until I started to […]

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31 Days: Present

October brings an annual writing challenge and in my fourth year the choice was obvious. Maybe not as practical as the past couple of years but here goes…. 31 Days: Present I chose the word “present” at the start of 2016 and believe it was ordained. I needed this word as my constant companion this […]

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