A Life Worthy of Calling

The following post is by Kelly J. Youngblood as part of the Life-Changing Scriptures for Writers Project. “Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called.” (Ephesians 4:1, excerpted, NRSV) It has always been a struggle, this writing vocation of mine. It’s been back and forth, up and down. I’ve wondered why I bother; I’ve wondered if I should quit. But I am always pulled back to the forming of words, Keep Reading…

Waiting on God’s Surprises

A few weeks ago, I finished an eight-week Life Keys class at church. I’d taken the class because I love personality and gift questionnaires–as evidenced by my very thick file folder full of that type of information that I’d collected over the years. This class was different than others I had taken because it encompassed more topics and also because it distinguished between “life gifts” and “spiritual gifts”. I didn’t expect to learn anything new about Keep Reading…

The Journey Begins…Again

© 2008 Edward Webb, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio Two and a half years ago, I had to quit a job that I loved and move.  Since then, I have been a full-time stay-at-home-mom.  It’s been difficult, as I enjoyed working part-time and I miss it.   A year after I moved here, I wrote this:  “And I love where I am now.  It is a new chapter in my life, that, although I Keep Reading…

Review of Jennie Allen’s “Restless” Curriculum

I received a free copy of this study after being contacted by a publicist, for the purposes of this review.  All opinions expressed are my own. The study is eight lessons (including one introductory lesson) that can be used in small or large groups, and there are different tools available (the video, the conversation cards) to allow the study be flexible. Leader’s Guide The Leader’s Guide is easy to understand and follow.  There is a Keep Reading…

Book Review: Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson

I received a copy of Your Beautiful Purpose by Susie Larson free from Bethany House for the purpose of this review. Calling/vocation is a topic in which I am very interested, so I was glad to be able to read and review Susie Larson’s book, Your Beautiful Purpose.  While I don’t necessarily think a book about calling needs to be directed only toward women (my favorite book on the topic is The Call by Os Guinness), Larson Keep Reading…

Split Personalities

I didn’t get today’s planned posts written, much less posted, so here’s something off the top of my head. About a year ago, I created a secondary Facebook account so I could join a blogging challenge group because I didn’t want to do it under the account I’d already had, for various reasons.  At this time I also created a fan page for myself but never published it. Today, that changed.  I am in the process Keep Reading…

Feminism and the Stay-at-Home Mom: My Story (and a linkup opportunity)

Edit:  this the post that explains why I am doing this linkup. Edit:  February 15, 2013 article from Christianity Today on work-at-home-moms that fits in nicely with this topic. I remember a time when I was attending a new church.  After the service was over, I was having a conversation with another woman who asked me a question that flustered me.  She asked, “do you work outside the home?”  I was confused because this woman Keep Reading…

Worth Reading Wednesday: Vocation

For today’s edition of “Worth Reading Wednesday”, I want to highlight a few posts on vocation by Caris Adel. Vocation is a topic I love, and I really liked the posts that she wrote.  This is a month-long, Monday, Wednesday, Friday series on her blog, so go there and check out the others! (I only highlighted three of them here). Identity and Vocation, Defined “What is identity?  What’s vocation?  Why are they important?  When you Keep Reading…

A Word to Live By

graphic by Melanie at www.onlyabreath.com One word to live by for a year. “One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live. One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.” This is an idea I came across only last week, and it intrigued me enough to pick a word instead of even thinking about attempting to make any New Year Resolutions. But what word? Keep Reading…

Book Review: The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn

I received The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.  The Gospel of Yes by Mike Glenn seeks to be a book that encourages people that “when you live in God’s ‘yes’ you find your identity, your true value, and your unique purpose on earth.  You can stop trying to be someone else and enjoy being yourself as you join with God in doing the work of his kingdom. Keep Reading…