Seriously, Is This All There Is?

Seriously, Is This All There Is?

If you enjoy the first three levels on Maslow’s hierarchy, every day, almost without thinking, who is better equipped than you to help someone who doesn’t even have level one?

Whether across the world or across the street, those people are everywhere, and you - middle to upper class American women - are in a position to send your elevator back down help them up.

And actually, that’s where your own joy and esteem is found.

How To Live a Very Good Life

How To Live a Very Good Life

There are lots of reasons I drive myself so hard - perhaps you do the same - but wise, free women get to the bottom of that well asap, because it’s for freedom we were set free. We ought not be slaves to our made-up stories.

Ultimately, a good life is nothing more than a long series of days, deliberately made good. One after the other, strung together like pearls on a necklace. After years of this, you look back at what is, in fact, a very good life.

It's a Process.

It's a Process.

Three Things:

  1. If you are going to choose courage over fear and do the thing God designed you to do, it’s going to cost you things you can’t imagine. However, most of those things, you were never meant to have anyway.

  2. The fire is painful. Ask me. Ask Billy Beane. Ask Elon Musk. Ask any artist or creator who has decided to make something out of nothing but a wispy curiosity.

  3. The pain is normal and is critical to your growth and refinement.

Stop Waiting. Make a Move - Intermissionary Part II

Stop Waiting. Make a Move - Intermissionary Part II

I knew when the time was right - not too early, not too late - Girl Catch Fire would hire an operations manager: Someone who could catch the vision, sort it out and action it in fun and innovative ways. Even when I was first starting the company, KJ’s name was on my dream list.

Well, the time is right and KJ is now officially on board at Girl Catch Fire.

Big Changes Coming for Intermissionary - Part One

Big Changes Coming for Intermissionary - Part One

First, the most consistent pain we observe among the people we work with, is the crushing loneliness and loss they experience after leaving the field. “I miss my community” is the most frequent comment we hear.

The second thing is, when people have to choose between rent and a debriefing retreat, they choose rent. Financial pressure is a thing. We get it.

So we’re changing our model…

It's Time to Do Your Work.

It's Time to Do Your Work.

“But I don’t knowwwwwww what my work is,” I hear you moan. Yes you do. That work you see someone else doing on Instagram, which secretly makes you seethe with jealousy, don’t dismiss that. Pay attention, it’s a street sign on your path. The pitiable “I just don’t know” story is a lie.

ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS BEGIN.

What Do You Want From Your Life?

What Do You Want From Your Life?

On Tuesday, I got back from Montana after hosting the FIFTH Intermissionary Retreat. I spent a whole week listening to people tell their REAL stories; you know the ones that live just behind the masks we all wear. Life is so much harder and more beautiful than we let on to each other. It’s no wonder people love retreats.

Anyway, here’s my hunch: It’s not that we don’t know we want to do with our lives, it’s just that our purpose is usually buried under a pile of crap, and 90% of that crap comes in the form of old, bad, lying stories we tell about things that have happened to us. We don’t even realize we do it.

God Still Speaks & Here's How I Know

God Still Speaks & Here's How I Know

On Friday, I was lying on my couch icing a pulled psoas muscle and crying when Sam called and said,

"Hey, a poster tube came in the mail for you."

I stopped crying, bolted upright, cried again and said, "there's only one place sending me a poster."

Sure enough, in the tube were the two posters I asked for with note that said, "Thanks for liking our wine!" 

Whoa. Jesus. More crying.

The Bonfires Are Purifying - But Painful

The Bonfires Are Purifying - But Painful

The reality is, I'm going to be too much for some people and situations. So what? That doesn't change my allegiance to Jesus or my identity as His beloved daughter.

And frankly, if I'm getting heat from all different corners - church and state - I'm probably doing something right, because that's how He got it.

Come what may, I'm just going to trust him to lead me right where I need to be.

Need a Little Good News Right Now?

Need a Little Good News Right Now?

I admire teachers like Chris because I came to Jesus as a skeptic and a doubter, so for better or worse, my b.s. meter is super low tolerance. Even a hint of game or manipulation or bad theology from the pulpit and I'm out.

So when people preach the gospel, as Chris does - straight up, double shot, no chaser - it burns so good, and I'm reminded how revolutionary Jesus actually is. Truly, the gospel, properly rendered, is crazy good news.