I was thinking both about Martin Luther and Bon Jovi as I looked at my calendar this month, which is unusually full. I’ve been trying to cram in as much as possible before beginning a year-long sabbatical in January (only 85 days to go!:) Martin Luther is quoted as saying that if he felt too busy to spend an hour in prayer and devotion he immediately stopped everything and took two hours. He realized that the busyness of life could impede what would actually give him life- a connection to God through prayer. I’m feeling mindful that I need to be conscious of taking space to be with God and to ask for his strength because I’m sure there will be times, like Bon Jovi, that I’ll be livin’ on a prayer. Good thing that tomorrow kicks off our month of spiritual challenge- a time of focused prayer- more about that in tomorrows post!
I hate it when people list off stuff that’s going on in their lives like we’re living in a busyness competition, but I would love for you 1- to be praying for me during this busy month, and 2- to be an encouraging community to stay on track with body, mind and spirit goals during a busy month of travel.
Last week I began what I’m calling “rocktober” as in- “Rockin’ out with Jesus in October” by driving to Detroit to speak to students at Wayne State University in Detroit on the topic “about me” and the narcissism that can easily skew our perspectives.
I love my job working with college students- helping them reflect on how spirituality is intersecting with their daily lives and learning how to talk about Jesus in natural and relevant ways. I had never spoken at Wayne State before during my 9 years with InterVarsity, but I’ve always enjoyed meeting students from their campus at different events and conferences. They were so lively and eager to learn! It was a long, but very fun day. If you’re interested, here’s the talk the sound quality isn’t very good- I’m still learning how to record myself in Gargage Band on my mac.
This week I’ll be driving to U of M Flint and giving a message on “Is there Hope?” and speaking at Grand Valley State University on how Christian spirituality intersects with the issue of human trafficking. Next week I’ll be in Cleveland, OH for some regional meetings, at a writers conference that weekend back here in West Michigan, in Madison, WI for some national meetings the next week and then home-sweet-home to take some time to recover during a silent retreat. whew! I love my job but this will be an intense month!
What are some big things you have coming up this month? Things you’re excited about? Dreading? One of the biggest things I’m looking forward to is being there for the delivery and birth of my friend Gracee’s second son! I’m just praying I’ll be in town when she goes into labor. My husband Dave & I went down to help them get their house ready for baby boy #2, which Reuben has been calling “baby Steve” for some unknown reason. This is Gracee about a week ago when we went to Meijer to get groceries for dinner.
I could barely stop laughing at her driving the motor cart, but could totally relate to the pain of being on your feet for hours as a preggo lady. But that’s Gracee- still stylin’ and profilin’ even when she’s dead tired and still in her jammies 🙂