Sharing the Journey

In this second episode on discernment, I explain a process of discernment related to number of kids and involvement with ministry. I outline my approach to discerning in this particular season of life and some of the perceived fruits of that discernment 6 years later. 

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, podcast, Prayer & Growth

September 18, 2021

Season 1, Episode 3: Discerning Kids and Ministry

This episode is the first in a series of episodes on discernment. This one focuses on career boundaries and reeling in passions. It outlines factors that led to me being in need of setting solid boundaries, the process I used to discern and lessons learned from the process.

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, podcast

September 16, 2021

Season 1, Episode 2: Discerning Career Boundaries

Multiple years of longing for significant growth in the areas of career and family balance, desires for simplifying my life, and craving more space for silence positioned me to engage with core as my one little word for 2015. I had considered play as my word for the year, thinking about being more playful, a […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

July 24, 2021

Core 2015: Then//Now

Early in our marriage, it was evident that I am future-oriented, while my husband is more naturally able to focus on the present and not worry as much. I have had to learn to recognize that worry to trust is a continuum and to intentionally work on shifting towards trust, which supports living in the […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

June 28, 2021

To the Roots of Desires

JOY – I wrote across the top of every page of my weekly agendas for the term in a bold pink sharpie. At the end of the term prior I had made some drastic moves to strip away commitments in order to focus on the core – that which mattered most. I was determined to […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood

May 7, 2021

Transforming the Calendar

As I looked ahead to 2013, front and center in my mind was that after having our two daughters out of diapers and daycare for over a year, we were going to be starting over again with our third baby girl in April. I also knew that we might have another major life transition layered […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

April 7, 2021

Nurture 2013: Then//Now

My natural inclination is to want to know all the details, to know what to anticipate and start planning away accordingly. If I am trying to discern something, I desire to “just know” and move on into whichever the ultimate direction is going to be. However, recently God has been leading me on a journey […]

Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

January 24, 2021

The Beauty of Patience

Selecting embrace as my word for the year in 2011 strengthened a foundation for mindsets critical to growth.

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

January 16, 2021

Embrace 2011: Then//Now

Because I had my first daughter when I was 22, right after I graduated from college, navigating continued education and career choices has always included family as a factor. It has been an on-going journey to recognize different motivations impacting my decisions and to refine how I discern. Over the last 17 years, I have […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood

January 9, 2021

Career & Family Discernment

Back in 2010 when I began the practice of choosing a word for the year, simplicity was the first to speak to my heart. I noted, “With my definition, it means that I will be focusing on always evaluating and reevaluating what I can do to get back to having the simple things in life […]

Career & Service, Marriage & Motherhood, Prayer & Growth

December 14, 2020

Simplicity 2010: Then//Now

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)