On Tuesday mornings I meet with a group of interns who are investing in kids from low income housing during the summer. Just like during the school year when I love Thursdays because I get to be with visiting Chinese scholars, I love Tuesdays in the summers because I get to be with the interns and talk about ministry and life and God.
We’ve spent a couple of weeks unpacking With: reimagining the way you relate to God by Skye Jethani and what it means to do life with God. The other are options are to live life under him, over him, expect life from him, or to live for him. If nothing else, this is would be my huge take away from them this summer.
Shout out to Hannah for sending me the book. It articulated what I’ve felt and now can explain in relatively few words. Thanks friend!
Today we are going to start a two week series on Vulnerability and Shame based on the work of Brene Brown. Fantastic. Fan-Tas-Tic. If you’re not familiar with her, watch the video below (and if you’re reading this in an email, click here). My two favs of her books are The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
If you’re the praying type, you could pray for me (and if not, I’ll take your warm thoughts!). I am swimming in tedious work. Editing is vital to/for my book, and seeing more than ever before I am big picture, creative. Much of what I’ve been doing since April has not been big picture, it’s been details level. I’m decent with details. But under too many of them, I wilt. I’m wilting. My goal is to finish the editing process by the end of July. If it were only the book, I’d be okay. Other areas of my life need adjusting.
Will you water my wilting leaves with your prayers?
In the midst of wilting, I’m also thriving. (Do I contradict myself, very well then. I do. Walt Whitman said something along these lines. My translation: whatever.)
Don’t you love the color of summer? I’ve become a flower addict. And love lady bugs.
I’m going to see Inside Out this afternoon because. Just because. Because I want to and Tuesdays are $5 at the movies. I’m wilting because I’m swimming in minute. Movies in the summer in the middle of the day seem decadent. And live giving.
Where are you wilting? Thriving? Any prayers or warm thoughts needed from me?
P.S. even writing this randomy post has been good for me. What helps revive you?
I love lady bugs too..my prayers are red today with spots,God bless the little ones.
What a beautiful picture, Scott! Thanks :)
I’m praying for you Amy! I’m also more of a big picture person and less of a details person but I work in a profession that is all about the details most of the time. I feel your pain!
Thanks Ruth! I’m hoping to figure out a more life sustaining way to approach that which I need to do :). I’ll be praying for you too as you come to mind!
Mark Allman says
I am a big fan of Brene Brown and her work on vulnerability. She is so good on describing how vulnerability is integrated in our lives. None of us want to appear vulnerable but if we allow some to see our vulnerability then it allows those relationship to grow deeper.
I’ll pray that you’d be watered today.
David Rupertg says
Prayers for strength and wisdom for my good friend!