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Transitions

What do we do when the time comes to transition?

Transitions can take us

to a new home

to a new career

to a new city

to a new home

to another country

to new relationships

to new experiences

to new foods

to new shopping

to new streets to navigate

to new customs to unravel

to new

I wrote this blog post almost 2 years ago when we were in the midst of transition. Since I am also considering the words of Jesus, “it is finished,” I thought maybe I should look back at those blog posts that I didn’t finish or publish.

So what is true about transitions?

They take time…

…and while they take time, you discover new transitions that you have to make like

new ways of doing things in a new living space

what you keep and what you lose in a new living space

what relationships you keep and those you lose

new learnings all the time

connecting with people in new ways

new structures for community like online Bible studies

expertise that looks for new outlets

daring to be brave in city driving

showing friends your new city and life

discovering a new world that makes yours bigger

trying to figure out how to live every day as you grow older

and maybe figuring out joy in all transitions in this life

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Jesus’ words, “it is finished,” have stuck with me during Holy Week and now after.

When I think about all the things that I have not finished, I’m intrigued by the idea of this act of completion of Jesus. I haven’t delved into commentaries to see what Bible scholars say about this sentence. I’m on my own personal pilgrimage to consider what it means to be able to proclaim “it is finished”.

I’m not sure where it will take me, but I have considered those things that I haven’t finished…

continued writing on this blog

I began this exercise to practice my writing skills – to see if I could become better at putting my thoughts to paper and being understood.

lots of craft/decorating projects

I began them with good intentions. Many were finished, but many were not.

…finding an ending to this blog…or just publish as is for now…

got sidetracked before an ending was found…it…is…not…finished

so many things begun…

It is finished.

Easter was this past Sunday. This is the sentence that I am stuck on.

It is finished.

…and yet it is the beginning, because it is finished…

death conquered death

freedom is possible

new life is possible

Jesus said, “It is finished,” for you and me.

Jesus conquered death and lives…

“It is finished” is not the end…

it’s only the start or beginning of something new…

you see, there is so much more…

after “it is finished”

What will you do knowing that “it is finished”?

You will find God when you seek him with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

We’re on pilgrimage…

We’re on pilgrimage…

religious journey or expedition

I read Matthew 2:2 from the Message

“We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

Simple words yet they echo through the following days…

words to guide

mission to undertake and understand

Those who said these words may have thought that finding the Christ would be the end of the pilgrimage only to discover that it was the beginning..

I would love to know the ongoing pilgrimage of the wisemen who were on a pilgrimage to worship Him.

Finding Jesus was only the beginning of their pilgrimage…

What does my pilgrimage look like?

Have you started looking for Jesus?

Have I found Him?

Is my pilgrimage one of ongoing worship of Jesus?

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#GrowingYoung

Growing Young #1

From Growing Young:  Six Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love Your Church

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IMG_1092    Growing Young:  6 Essential Strategies to Help Young People Discover and Love your Church

Authors:  Kara Powell, Jake Mulder, and Brad Griffin

I’m so excited to be digging into this new book filled with research and strategy to help young people and congregations.  This week it all begins as I join new friends in conversation about the church and growing young.

I’m thankful to receive an advanced copy.  #growing young

You will be hearing more about it from me soon.

I hear the roar.

It’s coming from everywhere and everyone.

Everyone has a message and something to say.

Something important to say

Something I need to hear or so they say

Something that will help

Something that will heal

Something that will make me better

smarter

faster

famous

stand out in the crowd

Do I need to hear it all?

I need to block it out so that I can hear

God speaking to me.

And I can’t

unless I choose

to sit…

to be still…

to listen…

quietly…

for as long as He speaks…

or as long as I am still…

God, please make me still…

at least a little longer…