https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYRgB26rPIs “What are you thankful for?” In the weeks and days leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m usually asked this question more times than I can count. However, this year, I haven’t been asked this question once. And it makes me wonder why. Are we too immersed in the dailiness of our lives to stop and… Continue reading How Have Your Blessings Changed the Trajectory of Your Life?
Growth means changeAnd change involves risk,Stepping from the known to the unknown.~ Author unknown Few things are as disquieting as transition. Even when the transition is exciting, beautiful, and joyful—such as a graduation, marriage, or a new job—it’s still hard, unsettling, and messy. Why is that? If you read my last post, A Graduation (Times… Continue reading When Transition Becomes Transformation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcNB_EUao8 You’re not going to believe where I’ve been these last few weeks! Actually, I can’t believe where I’ve been. Some major changes have taken place in the Olson household this month.Changes that were known, planned for, and anticipated.Changes rocked my world in profound ways…and, yet, my joy knows no bounds. So pull up a… Continue reading A Graduation (Times Four). A Wedding. And a Mama’s Heart.
This is a poem I wrote during my Valley experience while God had me in Deuteronomy. I don't typically share my poetry because it reveals my rawest self. But in this case He changed my mind--again. I pray this one encourages you or maybe helps you put your feelings into words. 💜 Jesus, I come… Continue reading Poem: I Don’t Like Who I’ve Become
When God says everything. He means EVERYTHING! As soon as I started studying Deuteronomy 1, verses 3b and 5b caught and held my attention—the word “everything” radiating from the page. Curious, I went to my lexical aides to see if there was more to these verses in Hebrew. There wasn’t. What’s stated in our English… Continue reading Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: You Mean EVERYTHING?
When I started sharing the story of my wilderness season, it didn’t occur to me to share what God taught me during my 5-6 month stint in Deuteronomy 1—my transition from the valley to the wilderness. But then a friend changed my mind. Exasperated she said, “You don’t know who needs to hear what God… Continue reading Lessons from Deuteronomy 1: How 11 days became 40 years
The Isolation Did you notice the longer you were in the valley, the more you lost sense of time? Don’t get me wrong, you knew the days were passing. You knew the date and time. But you lost sense of the duration of your time in the valley. That’s how it was for me. At… Continue reading The Long Road Back: The Isolation. The Dialogue. The Group.
I thought I was doing God’s will God’s way. But I was wrong. What I was doing was God’s will my way. And, as I was about to learn, there’s a difference. Quick Rewind. When I first embarked on this God-given adventure called writing in November 2015, I had absolutely NO IDEA what I was… Continue reading The Long Road Back: How Would You Respond?
Think back to your last wilderness experience. (Or your current one) How did you get there? What were the circumstances that led you into the wilderness? What “territory” did you cover while you ‘wandered’ with your Savior? What did Jesus teach you and how did you grow while in your season of isolation? Keep your… Continue reading A Long Road Back: Are You a Wanderer?
It was going great! Until it wasn’t. I was on the mountain top. Excited! Euphoric! Hopeful! Full of anticipation! Then…without warning…I found myself in a deep, dark valley leading to a vast, isolating wilderness. That was almost three years ago. You’re probably nodding your head because you’ve had a similar experience. Or, maybe this is… Continue reading A Long Road Back: Has This Been You?