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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery

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Writing on The Gospel Coalition

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I’m excited to be writing on The Gospel Coalition about what I’m learning about “maximizing my season.” Here’s the article:

It seems there are always more opportunities than hours in the day. Always more people to see, more needs to meet, more work to do. It’s easy to identify with Bilbo Baggins in The Fellowship of the Ring: “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”

Are we supposed to feel like that all the time? Should our planners be continually overbooked? Should the normal pace of our lives yield overwhelming pressure and exhaustion? Is that what Jesus meant by abundant life (John 10:10)?

If not, how are we to manage our seasons and schedules? Saying no to everything isn’t “living on mission,” and saying yes to everything isn’t a recipe for God’s glory either. The extremist in all of us must be wrangled according to Scripture. Which leads to an important question: How did Jesus maximize his season?

The best way to maximize your current season is the way you maximize most things in the Christian life—by imitating Christ himself (Eph. 5:1). It’s easy to forget that Jesus’s public ministry was only a fraction of his life.

How did he maximize the three years of his public ministry? Here are a couple ways.

Continue reading on The Gospel Coalition.

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