Just Be. 

It’s okay to stop doing and just be. 

I can’t seem to help it. I start every school year, every calendar year, every break (Christmas and Spring), and ever summer vacation with a to do list and a plan. It’s just how I roll. I know it’s annoying to some, but it’s bigger than me.  I. Can’t. Stop. 

This summer break feels different, though. God is definitely up to something, but I’m not going into the why today… I am simply excited about the results. This year, for the first time, my goal is simply to be. Be still. Be quiet. Be happy. Be. Just Be. 

We canceled a vacation and decided to just take each moment as it comes. This is so foreign to me. You know what? I think I like it! I’m sleeping better, laughing more, and hanging out with my favorite people. More time on the patio, more time talking to my people, more cooking, more reading, more music, more going with the flow- – this may just be my favorite break ever. So, to all of my friends who have begged me to calm down already…you were right. This is good.  Will this last? I can’t see this continuing when school starts, but I’m willing to try. 

What are your summer plans? I’d love to hear. As always, I wish you MUCH joy! 

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Love Your Neighbor 

Our world is aching to be loved, valued, and acknowledged. Everyone is fighting a battle the rest of us don’t see. Love your neighbor. It comes down to that. Simple. Profound. 

I’m blessed by the people I see loving, caring and fighting the good fight. I’m sure you’re thinking of some of the same dear ones I am. Doctors and nurses going about their work with great love and compassion. Teachers loving their students, pouring themselves into their kiddos. Strangers letting you go first in line at the grocery store, paying it forward at the coffee shop, tipping generously. Pastors, parents, neighbors, store clerks… no one is exempt from this command to love others and no one is unable.  We’re all in this together.

I want to love and be loved. I know you wish for the same. Let’s BE love to this sad, broken world. Let’s BE the hands and feet of our Jesus.

As always, I wish you MUCH joy!