Of Maps and Models

I wish there were a map for life. Wait…what am I saying? Let’s bypass the map; I want a GPS…on my phone with a posh woman’s voice telling me exactly where to go well in advance before any big changes... in complete sentences.
“In 2 weeks sign up to teach that kick boxing class.”
“Do not buy the ice cream. Go to the gym.”
“Go on that date with Kurt! And do not talk about galloping down hallways.”
Unfortunately, no such GPS exists. I seriously would like at least a map. We all respond differently to searching for direction.
Option 1: make your own map. From my experience, this never works. Life rarely works with our plans, and even if it did, the self-control needed to follow a self-made map is similar to eating healthy all the time. Cringe.
Option 2: try life with no map and no direction. Yeah, this is a bad idea. You know…go wherever the wind blows you: for example, college, dream job, and your parent’s basement.
Option 3: follow someone else’s map. There is some wisdom in modeling our…


Being thankful for people is a game changer in relationships.
The antonym for being thankful for someone would be taking that person for granted.
Warning: personal/ridiculous story about to come from my very distant past.
When I was about 5 or 6 years old, during one of the cold months (pre my understanding of the calendar), my sister and I had a massive fight. Not exactly a shocking experience. Anyone who knew us at that point will probably snicker, or maybe grimace.
She was an over attentive, bossy take charge type, and I was that annoyingly stubborn, lazy daydreamer type. We rarely agreed on anything, and when we did we would agree so forcefully/loudly that we still got in trouble for fighting.
Anyway, back to my story. I don’t remember the exact events or what was fought over. I just remember a quick conversation with my grandmother over the situation. My parents were out on a romantic date, and my grandmother was watching us. The conversation happened in her house in Rochest…

Building Bridges

The backdrop of Leviticus is explaining purity from God’s perspective to a very impure and rebellious group of people. It lays out the Jewish laws for two types of purity: moral and ritual. Reading through the chapters on ritual purity can feel laborious since they symbolize something that has already been completed, Christ’s blood being spilt and therefore purifying us and cleansing our sins. There are also sections on moral purity though, which points to God’s heart on how we should be living day to day versus a future cleansing of our sins.
In the middle of Leviticus 19 there is a section on loving your neighbor as yourself. As we’ve already seen in the New Testament (Matthew 22:36-40), of the 613 laws recorded by Moses, Jesus declared that loving our neighbor as ourselves is second only to loving God with our entire being. As I was reading this chapter in my devotions yesterday, this section stood out to me since this was the law and portion of Scripture He was referring to.
First …

Generational Relationships

Titus 2:1-5, 10b But as for you, teach what accords with sound doctrine. Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled, sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good,and so train the young women to love their husbands and children,to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 10b. so that in everything they may adorn the doctrine of God our Savior.
Recently I have had the privilege to go to two ladies’ conferences. I LOVE attending conferences. I love having set apart time to listen to speakers and learn. The social aspect of conferences has never been my favorite part, but these last two conferences have changed my perspective on that too.
The first conference I went to was the Revive Our Hearts conference in Indianapolis. I went with my close friend, Bethany, and th…