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A Time for Silence

I talked so much this weekend that I’ve lost my voice! (Or it might be allergies!)

I realize the blessing in it. After a time of reconnecting with so many treasured friends in a truly treasured location of Camp Greystone, it’s time to reflect. A little silence is good. I turn off the radio and drive in silence down the country roads away from Camp Greystone.

I worship in gratitude and in the deep silence that’s necessary when you wouldn’t have words anyway.

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Like Old Times

I’m at the Camp Greystone reunion, and it feels just the same.

Pictures forthcoming! We’re not supposed to use technology, but I could not miss reflecting on this day.

Sometimes, you return to where you’ve been. You meet yourself again—the girl you were and the one you were becoming. You let her catch up to you on the road. You walk on, gathering all the pieces of yourself you can.

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One Way to Ease Your Insecurity

This weekend, I return to Camp Greystone for the 100th year celebration of the founding of camp. I served as a counselor at Greystone from 1994-1999, so this reunion gathers together friends of mine I haven’t seen in 25 years.

Do you find yourself nervous to go to reunions? Most people I’ve talked to go to reunions with as much excitement as dread. We all worry about how we look. We review our accomplishments and wonder if we’ve done enough. We don’t know what others think about us. Some of us feel like failures and realize many of our dreams never came true and people somehow know this and judge us for it.

We are so hard on ourselves!

But guess what? Joy of joys! I thought I’d be overcome with the same old insecurities as I journey to camp, but this time, I’ve grown. Praise God! I’ve grown! Instead of worrying about all of the above things, I shifted my mindset to think about others. I began to pray for those coming. I think about how to serve them, not myself.

Imagine walking into reunion in order to ease the insecurity of others. Imagine speaking words of encouragement and blessing over people. Imagine God sending you there as an agent of blessing and proclamation.

Everything changes when you take your eyes off of yourself. Instead of thinking, “What will everyone think about me?” try asking, “Who here can I encourage and get to know better?”

PS: It’s a “tech free weekend”, so I might double post on Sunday night. You know I write my blog every day, but this time it might be on good old fashioned pen and paper in my journal during the rest hour in my camp cabin!

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In Over Your Head

I’ve shared this quote from David Bowie as recorded in a Rolling Stone article about Harry Styles.

Apparently, David Bowie said this to Harry as his career launched:

“If you feel safe in the area that you’re working in, you’re not working in the right area. Always go a little further into the water than you feel you are capable of being in. Go a little bit out of your depth. And when you don’t feel that your feet are quite touching the bottom, you’re just about in the right place to do something exciting.”

–David Bowie

I share the quote with students who feel overwhelmed or in over their heads with job interviews or new opportunities. When you feel like you can’t quite get your footing and that you’re out of your depth, something exciting just might happen next.

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Make the Way Straight

I loved reading a little prayer of David in Psalm 5 just now. He writes, “Make your way straight before me. . .” in verse 8.

In translation, it’s a cry for a smooth, pleasant, clear, and prosperous plan ahead. I realize I’m not always sure what’s next or where I’m going, so I ask God to make the way straight.

And He will. He does.

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In Praise of Rainy Days

It’s our first truly rainy, chilly day in Pennsylvania after a sweltering summer. And it’s glorious. I find myself find in cozy socks with a warm beverage. I dream of a hot bath to fend off the chill. I hear the rain falling and the water gushing from the gutters and drains around the house.

It’s an invitation to write, to think, to pray.

The rain keeps us inside. I’ll make a warm meal, light candles, and nest in the living room as the night settles around us.

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Two More Great Questions

This weekend I learned how a friend asks this question: “What’s the greatest thing that has ever happened to you?”

I cannot wait to ask this question! (Of course, this means I can share about knowing Jesus as the Greatest Thing!)

I also learn how much it helps people feel loved to ask how you can pray for them. At a conference at a table with new friends, my husband asked people this: If you had just one prayer request, what’s the most important prayer we could pray for them? I loved the crystalized and deeply focused conversation that followed.

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Taking Notes

I love taking notes. I’m learning to keep a journal in my purse to write down moments of insight, words of wisdom from others, passages of scripture that the Holy Spirit is using, and any notes for future books.

Take notes. Record truth and beauty. Then, you can reflect later and even pass on wisdom.

Take notes. I think living with flair has everything to do with taking notes.

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