One year from now, I want to be able to look back on 2019 with a sense of satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment. That sounds like a vague answer, but truthfully, I think it’s just as simple as that...
I began to develop a new perspective on relationships and community. Instead of something to be feared, I started to see them as a blessing and gift from God. I got the sense that, for the first time in my adult life, God wanted to establish me in a community of my own where I could feel like I belong—where I was a part of a family.
Sweet Avra, these are just a few of the ways that the intersection of our lives has changed me forever. You have, without a doubt, made the biggest impact on my life this year…
Today, a friend and I are starting a journey through a book called 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs. Every day we will read an excerpt that is designed to help us unlock our “most courageous selves.” I’m excited! And I’m hopeful. But I am also a little bit nervous! Choosing to be … Continue reading 100 Days to Brave: Day 1
I've had an emotional day, and I'm not really feeling a blog right now. Instead, I'm going to share a beautiful song that is giving me hope today and encouraging me in the midst of my anxiety and fear. It is Well (Bethel Music) Grander earth has quaked before Moved by the sound of His … Continue reading Let Go My Soul, and Trust
And just like that, spring is on hold. I woke up this morning to a gentle flurry of snowflakes falling on the earth. I don’t know when the snowfall began, but I can tell that it has worked quickly to blanket my backyard in a thin layer of white. And while the springtime sun is … Continue reading Turning on the Sun to Melt the Snow
Have you ever heard of someone who has experienced total recovery in their life and thought to yourself, “Wow, they’re so lucky”? Maybe you were struggling with the mental illness or addiction that this person had overcome, but instead of finding hope in their story, you just looked at them as though they were one … Continue reading Recovery: More than Luck
“Those who have a strong sense of love and belonging have the courage to be imperfect.” – Brené Brown I came across this quote on twitter this morning (tweeted by @theparentcue), and it deeply resonated with me. Just last night I was talking to a close friend about how insecurity connects all of our fears … Continue reading Foundations: Finding the Courage to be Imperfect
What does being brave mean to you? Yesterday, a fellow blogger shared a post with me after reading what I wrote in Fears, Phobias, and Fresh Starts. The post she shared was all about a woman who was actively working on overcoming her phobia of snakes. I couldn’t believe this woman's bravery—it was amazing what she had … Continue reading 3 Reasons You Can Be Brave Today, Despite Your Circumstances
“I’m sorry.” This is one of the most commonly used phrases in my life. I am constantly apologizing. And I find that the closer my relationships become, the more these two words make their way into my everyday vocabulary. It’s not that I’m constantly walking around offending people or doing things wrong. It’s that I … Continue reading Apology Not Accepted