the stirring

“I’m looking for someone with whom to share an adventure” ~Gandalf from The Hobbit
It was one year ago yesterday.  I didn’t have a blog but I had thoughts, big thoughts and I needed to put them down in order to understand them better and reflect on them later.  Looking back, I see the start of an adventure forming, come. . .

Sunday July 21, 2013:

A nervous unsettling is enveloping me.  Reminiscent of the background music that slowly builds matching the approaching crescendo of tension in a thriller movie, I’m on the edge of my seat tapping my toe to non-existent music.

The events of the past month have all borne the consistent theme: let go, reduce, release.  My online business of ten years: sold.  Our black SUV with dark tinted windows that once made a man nervously approach me at the library and question if I was a government official and if I was perhaps following him: sold.  Our extra truck that has been listed on Craig’s List forever: sold.  Our trailer for hauling firewood out of the forest: sold.  As we wait for someone to come look at our camping trailer (someone who heard from a friend that we might be looking to sell it) I am wondering if I should expect anything but the same to end this day.  Moreover, as we empty things out of our life, I am left wondering what great adventure is hiding out behind the veil of God’s grand plan.

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Are you iron deficient?

Proverbs 27:17 says

As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.

I love that.  A beautiful thing happens when we allow ourselves to be used by God and when we are able to speak into the lives of others in a way that edifies and encourages them.  This last year I have been sharpened by a number of women though their words and examples.  A few of them I have never met, but yet their impact has been profound.  Allow me to make a few introductions: Continue reading “Are you iron deficient?”