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On Noticing

Today I am thinking about the word “notice,” as in “to become aware of something” or “to take notice” (Merriam-Webster). Searching the term quickly in the New Testament, I find variations of the word to mean: Consider; contemplate; observe fully; behold; consider; discover; perceive See; look at; behold; look; perceive; visit; behold; look (upon) See; observe; to be a spectator; discern; experience; acknowledge; behold; consider; look on; perceive Hold fast; fix attention on; hold upon; retain; detain; pay attention to; give (take) heed unto; hold forth; mark; stay I’m seeing common themes like seeing, observing, perceiving… Thinking on these things…

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God Will Break Through: Reflections on Psalm 42

The Bible App’s verse of the day today is Psalm 42:11. I don’t typically use the Bible app for the verse of the day. I’m currently working through The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions, along with other study here and there, which keep me busy alone. I opened the app to look for another Scripture I wanted to read, but this one caught my eye: “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” (NLT) The psalmist begins. I can relate. Now that the verse has caught my eye, I want to read it in…

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Take a Nap and Be Okay With It

It's just after 12:30 PM, and I'm feeling some anxiety. Why, you may ask? Because I'm tired. Yes, tired. Being tired means there's potential for me to doze off this afternoon. Dozing off, to me, means lack of productivity. It means leaving things undone. It means that I might need to try to catch up tomorrow. To my mind, it means laziness, and laziness means feeling ashamed. I hate that feeling. But I think today might need to be different. As in...maybe it's okay for me to doze off? Maybe I don't need to feel as though rest is holding…

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On Discouragement

I'm feeling a bit distracted this week--I mean, it's not terrible, but it's significant in comparison to last week. I've been thinking on why this might be--and it could be anything really--but I think it's a combination of things, one being that I'm exhausted, as I haven't been able to sleep through the night due to shoulder pain. (For those who don't know, I had shoulder surgery in late July and am still healing.) I also tend to get distracted and off-track when I'm not sure what I want to do. I generally try to stick to a schedule with…

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Processing My Job Loss

Today was the day I decided that I would take the time to just "sit" with the fact that I am no longer employed. Today I said I would "process." I think what I really meant was, "I'll read books and listen to podcasts and do all the things to see if something stands out to me." But what I actually needed was to stop the noise. Today isn't about defining what's next but about being in the present and understanding where I am right now. It took me until 2:30 PM to figure this one out. Lord, help me.…

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