Reverend Jill

Last week was a big week for our family.  Mr. L was in his first “stage play” as he calls it. He did a wonderful job!  My dear husband taught a breakout session at a conference which I thought was an honor and super wonderful.  And I finished a 15 year journey.

On Thursday night I received my credentials as a licensed minister.

Although I had finished the required schooling to get my license 11 years ago I had not pursued them.  As a woman, I thought that since my husband was licensed and we were doing ministry that I did not need to follow through with this step.  Over the past two years I have been challenged that not only does my husband have a calling on his life, but I do as well.

Last July my grandpa passed away.  He had battled cancer for 7 years so it was not a surprise when he passed.  Weeks before his passing I was at work when I was inspired to write the words coming to my mind.  I began writing what would become his eulogy.  That moment has defined me.  The inspired writing of the eulogy, stepping up when asked who was going to do it, and delivering it.  I changed that day.  July 25, 2012.

I remember distinctly my dad coming up to me afterwards and saying how proud he was of me.  He believed God had a plan for me.  I was inspired by my grandpa’s life and my dad’s words of encouragement.

We had just moved to a new town to be apart of a church plant (actually on the day my grandpa passed away).  God has changed me over the last year.  I work with great leaders who love me, challenge me, and help me grow.

My steps of obedience are just that.  God told me last year that he had something for me to do but that I had to follow through in doing what he had told me to do…to get my license.  So here I am.  Ready for the new journey God has for me.

S.A.D. in Minnesota

I’m not gonna lie, this spring has been a bit of a killer.  In fact, I think it is my #2 worst spring ever only second to my senior year of high school and the tornado that changed my life forever.

We happen to really enjoy sun and warm weather in our house so enduring April Winter Weather Watches has been more than upsetting, it has been depressing.  I believe 3 of the 4 of us have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  Long, cold winters (and springs!) in Minnesota are not helping us at all!  The last 4 weeks have been rough.

So, how can we deal with S.A.D or even just really frustrated with this Minnesota Spring?

#1 Spend time reading and learning more about God and then praying for His help.

#2 Eat Health(ier)

#3 Exercise!

#4 Do something different than your current norm!  Even if your Dave Ramsey budget doesn’t allow you to spend money for a grand event you can find ways to get out.  Combine two envelopes to drive somewhere new and eat out someplace different.  Be creative!

#5 Go tanning…ok, I haven’t used this one lately, but I know it has worked in the past.

These are not profound ideas, but when a person is depressed it takes a lot out of them to even do one of these things.  If you know someone dealing with depression, give them grace.  If you yourself are having problems, please know there are small things you can do to start working through this icky spring.  Try today to just do one thing to help yourself.

Fighting this battle with you.