• A Life Poured Out

    A Life Poured Out

    You know those times where it just feels like certain themes keep popping up all over the place? That’s been happening to me for the last few months. This time the theme is the idea of living a life poured out. Though, I didn’t realize the theme until last week when we were finishing studying 2 Timothy in church and verse six in chapter four jumped out at me, Paul says: “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering” . . .     Let me back up about four months, to when I was reading A Body in the Library by Agatha Christie – I promise this…

  • The Power of Friendship

    Lessons in Friendship from Mark 2

    I love it when I come across a passage in the Bible that I have heard or read numerous times but suddenly something jumps out at me that I hadn’t noticed before. That’s exactly what happened the other week when I was reading through Mark. I am going through the book very, very slowly, after about a month of starting the book I am only on chapter 3, but it was last week while going through chapter 2 that something jumped out at me. The story at the beginning of Mark 2 is of Jesus healing the paralytic man. In this case Jesus doesn’t just happen to pass the guy and…

  • Is there a point to a restless season?

    Is There A Point to a Season of Restlessness?

    You can say these last few months have been a restless season. Restless as in the feeling that God is preparing me for something but I don’t know what that something is. Life feels unsettled. It’s like I’m trying to reach something that is just out my grasp. I’m pretty sure this isn’t just a discontentment type of restlessness. It feels like more than that. It feels like I just woke up from a dream but I can’t quite remember what it was about. Like if I just think a little harder I’ll be able to remember it. That kind of restlessness. As a result I’ve been thinking a lot about…

  • A Cup of Hot Cocoa - An Intentional Life Newsletter

    On Faithfulness

    Have you ever felt like you’ve heard from God? Like really heard from Him? There have been things that I have done because I feel like God has put them on my heart (hello, adoption!) but I wouldn’t say that I really heard God speak to me on that topic. In that case adoption was just something I wanted to do ever since I was a teenager and watched those World Vision episodes where the African kids had malnourished bellies and flies buzzing around their face. I don’t think we need to hear from God in order to take action. I’m of the mindset that if we are doing something that…


    Restlessness and Thought Bubbles

    Have you ever felt like God was calling you to do something; He gave you the desire, some gifts to help you with it but it feels like He forgot to give you the map to get there? This is the space I have been in lately. And by lately, I really mean the last four years. It has me completely restless because I feel like I was made for more (which is pretty much the title and subtitle of the book, Restless). This “normal” western life is not the kind of life I feel called to live. I feel as though I am supposed to make a difference somewhere…

  • Lessons from the book A Man Called Ove

    Five Lessons I Learned About Being a Good Neighbor from A Man Called Ove

    Last week I read the book A Man Called Ove. I’ve heard of this book floating around for awhile now but I’m not usually big into contemporaries so I didn’t think much of it. But then, a few weeks ago I read And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by the same author and it moved me to tears so I was ready to give A Man Called Ove a chance. It turns out it also moved me to tears. And I learned some lessons on how to be a good neighbor in the process.     SPOILER ALERT! If you plan on reading this book in…