No!! Don’t Change A Thing!

Change.
Oh, I shudder to hear that word. I like to say I’m open to change, but then a kid gets sick or my car breaks down or a new acquaintance connects with my life, and I crave the return to my safe routines.

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Isn’t life filled with those struggles, though?

Are you in a position where life has changed around you? A different town, a busier schedule, an unexpected crisis, a nagging illness…

Richard Rohr poses that this is the spiritual position humans hate to be in, but where God, throughout history, is always leading us. We have left the tried and true (often not of our own accord), and have not been able to replace it with anything else. We are attempting to have faith when we cannot staunch the flow of change.

Ruth Haley Barton writes of it this way:
“This is Abraham leaving his home country and his father’s house for a land he did not yet know.
It is Joseph in the pit.
It is the Israelites wandering in the wilderness between Egypt and the Promised Land.
It is Jonah in the belly of the fish.
It is Mary weeping at Jesus’ tomb.
It is the disciples huddled in the upper room.
It is Cleopas and the unnamed disciple on the Emmaus Road betwixt and between the life they had known and whatever was supposed to come next.
This was a time for intimate emotions and dangerous questions. Maybe something new and wonderful was in the works, but who knew? And just when they had gotten about the business of trying to adjust to their new normal, they were unnerved by the unexpected, pushed off center by intimations of the unimaginable.” (Life Together in Christ, p 24-25)

 

I remember being a college junior, fresh off an amazing season of growth in faith, complaining to a friend that I wanted God to just stop for a bit and let me catch up with all the changes. Thankfully, that friend asked, “Why would you want to slow your relationship with God?” Changes lead us into tense and uncomfortable situations, yet God provides us with companions for the journey—both in the Holy Spirit and in other believers—as we grow in holiness.

How are you connected and cared for in this season of change? Who will you encourage in faith-filled companionship?

 

My hope meet with my moms group most weeks of the year, share connections monthly with my 2 clergy groups, and keep a couple close friends in the loop more regularly. Change is hard, how will you hang on in the unknowns?

Share your plan in the comments!

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Things to do before I’m 30

🎤It’s my birthday today, yes it is, yeehaw!🎉

Today I’m 29, and in honor of that utterly boring number, I’m making a list of all the things I’m determined to do before I’m 30. I asked around to friends and family, and most of their suggestions involved my two greatest fears (free fall and drowning) or were entirely too expensive for me to accomplish is year (all sorts of crazy road trips and adventures). But, with all the suggestions, I’ve narrowed down my list to the following items that match my current budgetary and life stage constraints:

Before I’m 30, I will…

  1. Finish 3 crochet projects
  2. Take a ballroom dance class
  3. Learn a new dance routine
  4. Take a “hot yoga” class (Hot as in temperature)
  5. Revist my pointe shoes (that’s as ambitious as I can get til I try them again. It’s been years!)
  6. Learn to play drums (at least a little bit)
  7. Climb a mountain, or at least part of one (it’s been far too long since I’ve hiked and climbed)
  8. Go rock climbing (if I’m going to mountain climb, I might as well clip in an climb some real rocks again while I’m out there)
  9. Visit Disney World with my family- November 2016!
  10. Run an entire 10k (no walking)
  11. Lose the baby weight from kid #2
  12. Be a part of a flash mob. Yes, I’m a millennial who’s never done this. Shocker.
  13. Sing karaoke
  14. Sketch out plans for writing a book (maybe even write it!)
  15. Start a DMin degree program
  16. Visit San Francisco. Hopefully, this and Palo Alto are happening in summer 2017.
  17. See a musical (even if it’s a local production)
  18. Plant a tree
  19. Finish all of my sewing projects (mainly patching holes, but my sewing basket has gotten a bit out of control)
  20. Go ice skating again
  21. Go white-water rafting (oh river of death, it has been too long!)
  22. Finally revisit my Greek textbooks, and finish them!
  23. Keep up with my blog! That means regularly scheduled posts, and hopefully create a bit of a following
  24. Write my will. And my husband’s. Just in case some of these adventures go awry. I mean we’re trained on high ropes and rapids, but still…
  25. Prayer walk my community once a month for the entire year

 

29 sounds like a spectacular year of fun and personal growth. Check back for updates on my adventures.

Feel free to comment with other suggestions! I’d love to keep adding and at least make it to 30 before 30. Just remember-

  • no free fall
  • no strong possibilities of drowning
  • if it’s over $100, suggesting the activity means you’re offering to pay for it

 

Ready, go!