hello monday: vol. 19

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking about waiting.

I'm not exactly what you would call a patient person. I like things to happen quickly and I'm much more of a "take action and get it done" type than a "wait and see" type. Our current culture of instant gratification only aggravates this affinity for getting what I want now, rather than patiently working toward a hard-earned reward.

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hello monday: vol. 18

Hello Monday. In January, I started counseling again.

I say again because about five years ago, I went through counseling for six months. The previous year I'd been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder after going to the ER and in the fall had two severe panic attacks, one of which absolutely terrified me. Something was clearly going on and I didn't feel capable of figuring it out or handling it on my own.

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hello monday: vol. 17

Hello, Monday. I've been thinking about the Lord's goodness lately.

This isn't anything new, necessarily. It's something I've thought about a lot over the last several years.

You see, I found myself in circumstances that had me asking big questions. Big questions about God and His goodness and whether or not that was really true. Because intellectually, I knew it, but emotionally I didn't, and I wanted that to change.

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hello monday: vol. 15

Hello, Monday. I never considered myself a fearful person.

Over the years, my life has been filled with its fair share of crazy adventures and giant leaps of faith. My bucket list includes items like bungee jumping and skydiving. Many have called me brave; few have called me fearful.

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hello monday: vol. 14

Hello Monday. Today is a special Monday.

Known as Easter Monday, it is the one Monday each year that we celebrate the resurrection of our Risen Savior.

This year, as I have for I'm almost every year since 2002, I participated in my church's Easter production. It's quite the elaborate affair with full-blown costumes, set, and a crucifixion scene that still gives me chills, even after watching it — on stage or off — for almost two full decades.

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