Watching the Harvest from My Empty Field

Watching the Harvest from My Empty Field

The persuasive words of his smooth talk slid into my thoughts like butter. Go on, take a look – just a quick look, what could it hurt?

Over the other shoulder, a gentle whisper quietly rebuked it. There’s no need to click that link – you know exactly what… 

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The Backstory

If you’ve followed this blog from the beginning, you know how I used to be a complete workaholic, spending every waking moment on my side business (read it here). It was only when I recognized that I had lost sight of the most important things in life – serving my Savior and loving on my family ­­– that God gave me peace about leaving my job and launching my business full time.

I had tried to quit that position before, coveting companies that had half the commute or more desirable hours. With each threat to leave, God confirmed I was to stay. A full-time offer with a raise, a bonus, a gift card – all in perfect timing.

But this last time was different. There was no counter offer from my boss, no promotion or salary increase to keep me in my seat. No closed doors. Just peace. 

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Escape the Desert, Find Freedom

Escape the Desert, Find Freedom

Freedom. It’s a word I know, yet don’t understand.

As I sit here in the air-conditioned comfort of my spacious home office, typing on my Macbook Pro, with a full belly, and clean water at hand, I’ve realized I don’t know anything but freedom. Sure, sometimes school felt like an entrapment. Or perhaps I’ve felt chained to my desk at times, but I’ll never truly comprehend the enslavement that the Israelites went through in Egypt, or what thousands of children mining for diamonds or picking vegetables are going through worldwide today.

I feel like the Jews who were talking to Jesus. He had told them, “Then you’ll know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32). But their response showed their lack of understanding: “We have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” (John 8:33).

Yet, the Lord has shown me this week, in multiple instances, that I am not living in the freedom I’ve been given. It’s hard to know what freedom looks like for someone who has been “free” my whole life!

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5 Stages of Balance – And Which One to Aim For

5 Stages of Balance – And Which One to Aim For

If you search YouTube for “juggling” you’ll find countless acts of people juggling multiple of the same item. It doesn’t seem too hard when everything is the same weight, shape and size. Then there’s Michael Davis. He starts juggling a bowling ball, an apple and an egg, taking a bit out of the apple every time it’s tossed. Michael starts juggling faster and faster, continuing to eat the apple, until — smash — raw egg ends up all over his face.

I think this is an accurate picture of life. When we try to take on too many things at a rapid pace, we’ll end up with a mess. But if you’re trying to find “balance,” I don’t think it should look like a juggling act. Work. Sleep. Husband. Cooking. Church. Laundry. Friends. Rest. Trying to toss all of those around at the same time would cause anyone to crash! 

Instead of a juggling act, picture "balance" as a wheel, or even better, a bike ride. Which rider are you?

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Find Your Purpose - Part 3: Distinguishing Passion from Purpose

Find Your Purpose - Part 3: Distinguishing Passion from Purpose

In 8th grade, my dad dusted off his acoustic guitar and taught me a song. One simple, 4-note song. I’m totally meant to be a guitar-player! I taught myself a few chords, printed out some worship songs, and by high school was starring in my youth group praise band.

The only problem: I was horrible at guitar! If I didn’t know a chord, I’d substitute it with one of the four that I did know – close enough, right? Our band sounded like a broken record. Laura played slow, I played fast. Laura sang pitch-perfect, I sounded like a howler monkey. (Good thing it’s, “make a joyful noise to the Lord,” not a pleasant noise)!

Although I loved playing guitar and singing worship, I was not created for that purpose!

So how can we tell the difference between passion and profession? Get out a pen and paper and follow these steps...

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Find Your Purpose - Part 2: Living Out Your Roles

Find Your Purpose - Part 2: Living Out Your Roles

Growing up, my dad loved interviewing my siblings and I on camera. When my sister was 4, dad asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She stood on her tippy-toes, stretched her hands toward the ceiling and giggled, “a tall mama!” Well, she got the mama part down… is 5’4” considered tall?

My sister had a sense of purpose even before she could ride a bike, just like my friend’s son in last week’s post (if you haven’t read it, we spell out exactly what your main purpose is, so click here… don’t worry, we’ll wait).

While my friend’s son wanted to attend college to become an elf, my sister wanted to grow up and become a mom.  What roles do we have covered here? Student. Employee. Mom.

These are what I call “circumstantial purposes.” Being an aunt, employee, daughter, mom, student, boss, wife. Each carries its own responsibilities. Whether you like it or not, you’re called to live out your roles, and to do it to the best of your ability. No pressure.

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Find Your Purpose - Part 1: Living a Meaningful Life

Find Your Purpose - Part 1: Living a Meaningful Life

5-Year-Old: Mom, when I get to college can I decide to become an elf? 
Mom: Why would you like to major in becoming an elf?
5-Year-Old: I think it would be fun to play with all the toys that Santa does not pass out. The next year I would help make toys for Santa.

That was a real conversation between my friend and her son. Pretty. Darn. Adorable. It's crazy that at the age of five, we're already thinking about college and careers. I’m sure you could tell me exactly what you wanted to be at that age!

My career choices looked like this: age 5 – paleontologist; age 7 – artist; age 8 – author; age 10 – architect; age 16 – youth pastor; age 18 – graphic designer; age 28 – blogger. I never saw that last one coming, but here I am! Every little girl also has the desire to one day be a wife, and most often, a mom.

Going Deeper

I think this goes deeper than just our career or status, it’s a search for purpose, and something we’ll never grow out of. Our God is a purpose-filled God, and we’ve been created in His image with a desire for a meaningful life. 

If you’ve ever wondered what your purpose is, I have good news for you. Today, I’m going to tell you! 

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