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Burning out for Jesus

(Note: I wrote this a few months ago on Deeper Story as I was on the brink of burnout. This summer I’m taking a Sabbatical to help me reframe and rethink my life. Prayers appreciated!)

I wish I didn’t have to write this post. It’s a bit embarrassing, hard to admit to. I’ve often prided myself on being the girl who Gets. Things. Done.

This has worked for me most of my life. With the exception when I lived overseas on the southern shores of France and I lost my personality, my wherewithal. There, I struggled against PTSD, ushered in…

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Spring Free by Grieving Well

I’m grateful to have Jonalyn Fincher here today talking about a very important subject, one that I think we all need to consider. To live an uncaged life, we must grieve well. She is a philosopher, wife and mother who has grieved the death of close family members and life long dreams. She and her husband Dale lead Soulation, a non-profit equipping Christians to be more fully human.

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I’m delighted that Mary has given me a chance to talk about life uncaged. With the stories from #YesAllWomen, we know…

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Sabbatical and my Burnout

“A bird flying, never nesting, is soon plummeting.” Mark Buchanan (Click to tweet)

I’m the Live Uncaged lady. The soaring girl. The bird without limits.

Except that I’ve hit a big, fat limit, looming ominous limit in seven letters: b u r n o u t.

I can’t think straight, can’t strategize, can’t slow my mind down. My thoughts are at that critical point where I cannot make them do what I want them to do. I cannot focus. (And focus was my word for the year!)

I need rest, friends.

I spent time with some dear friends in…

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The problem with {my crazy} Imagination

If you are blessed/cursed like me, you have an active imagination. This can be good when you’re writing novels and creating storyworlds. But it has its dark side. (Cue Darth Vader music).

And for me, this always means cancer.

So I checked my voice mail, something I do about every three months on our home phone. As predicted, there were several political campaign ads, a few floor cleaning pleas (we must have dirty floors), and only two important messages. (Oops). One was from the place that did my mammogram, and it instructed me to call them back.

On my run that morning,…

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We’re all Kittens on the Overpass

I drove up the high overpass crossing from one behemoth Texas freeway to another. I usually love the ascent, as it’s the only time I have a mountain-like perspective in Texas, a land (at least where I live) of little topography. So we climbed.

In the corner of my periphery, I spied a black clump on the cement guardrail to my right. I slowed slightly, keeping an eye out for the car behind me.

In a split second the clump morphed into a frightened black and white kitten, mewing and frightened on the apex of the overpass. I cringed, then gasped….

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05 – You CAN Love Enemies (and even yourself)

The beautiful truth: love involves sacrifice. And God exemplifies that sacrifice. He continually gives to others and seeks their benefit. And because He so beautifully loves us, we can lavishly love others.

In 1 John 4:7-10 NLT, we see simple instruction about loving others:

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the…

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Fretting Awareness Month

You may remember that, ahem, I gave up fretting for lent.

Except that I realized that fretting is part of my worrisome DNA. I jokingly referred to this time as Fretting Awareness Month. Instead of ceasing to fret, I realized just how tangled my soul had become in the task of worry. I wish I could tell you that I’ve mastered joyful, carefree living. That when money troubles come my way, I happily give those stresses to Jesus and go on my Mary way.

Nope.

I still fret.

I disobey this verse by stewing about what happened yesterday and worrying about what…

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I LOVED Hope Runs. Wow. (Win it!)

I am SO VERY EXCITED to introduce you to my friend Claire Diaz Ortiz and this amazing story. Comment to win a copy. You’ll be changed, I promise.

It’s all about your story.

Mine starts in Africa, in a place I went for a day, but stayed for a year.

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Kenya was the end of a nine month journey on the road. A trip of trains and planes and automobiles across nineteen countries. A voyage of hundreds of margarita pizzas and hundreds of books read and hundreds of runs in…

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Why Affection is Hard for Sexual Abuse Victims

I have a picture of my cat Scout here for a reason.

She is a typical feline, aloof, set apart. She can take or leave my affection. (According to the picture, she would rather ponder nature and read the ESV Bible). Her indifference makes me want to pursue and pet her. This creates some funny antics–me chasing, she horrified, running away.

It’s strange that I long to be affectionate with an aloof cat, and yet when it comes to those I love the most, I struggle deeply with showing my love via touch. It’s been a conundrum many years. And I’m…

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That One Time I Was Insecure

Truth: Actually that One Time = My Whole Life.

Ever feel that way?

I often feel small. Overlooked. Unhinged.

One event sticks out. There were Important People milling about. Gatekeeper folks who could make or break my career with one word. And like a typical insecure girl, I secretly longed for approval. Sure I knew my security was based solely on the completed work of Jesus Christ, but that truth had yet to make the trek from head to heart.

I needed to be recognized. I wanted someone to champion my talent. I believed that Important People held the key to my sweet…

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