• Is there a point to a restless season?
    FAITH,  LIVING

    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
    FAITH,  LIVING

    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…

  • ADVOCATE,  FAITH,  INTENTION,  LIVING

    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
    FAITH,  HOSPITALITY,  LIVING

    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…

  • ADOPTION,  FAITH,  LIVING

    As the Waiting Continues

    I’ve questioned many times in the last three years why God seems to like to make us wait. There have been days where I have felt like I honestly could not handle the weight of waiting any longer, it felt like a physical pressure on my chest, one that was affecting my ability to breathe. In the last year there were many days where I wondered if the road towards adoption would close to us again, for good this time. I was starting to doubt that it would actually happen. To say the last few months have been a struggle would be fairly accurate. When we finally got that call…

  • FAITH,  LIFE

    My Life Vision Statement

    I have been working lately at coming up with my life vision statement, inspired by the book Organized Simplicity and this post by Whitney. I didn’t get my vision statement as concise as I would like it and I am sure it will change and evolve over the next few years (because had I made one a few years ago it would have looked completely different). But for now my life vision statement is as follows . . . I aim to bring glory to Christ in all I do by: * investing in family and friends * loving and serving in my community * living simply * being a life long…