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Thoughts on ‘The Shred’

Thoughts on ‘The Shred’

Thoughts on 'The Shred'

In my last blog post I talked about goal setting and working towards things you want to accomplish. One of the things I wanted to do this year was read through the Bible in 30 days. My husband and I heard about The Shred, a 30 day Bible reading plan, last year and considered doing it, but we decided to wait. As it got closer to January this year we started hearing about it again and decided we would take the plunge and do it.

 

I struggled with the decision of doing it because I didn’t want to get started and then not finish. I knew it was going to be a couple hours of reading every day and it wasn’t going to be easy. If you know me you know I have a strong desire for reading the Bible and encouraging others to read the Bible as well. I try to read my Bible everyday because I truly feel like God speaks to us through His word and there’s a stronger relationship that’s created by being in His word every day. However, I knew that my Bible reading and journaling I do everyday usually only takes about 30 minutes, so this was going to be a commitment. 

 

I knew doing this plan was going to look different compared to my regular Bible reading. I often will journal my thoughts as I’m reading and if I want to look deeper into something I will cross reference verses, get out a commentary, etc. With this reading plan I decided to just read. I would sometimes make a note in my Bible, or I would write on a post-it note and stick in my Bible to go back to and look into later.

 

January is normally a slow month for our family and we were coming off a very busy season, so we intentionally decided to keep January as free as possible and have a month of rest. I figured this would be the best time to do it because I wouldn’t have as many things going on. I’ve read through the Bible in a year before, but never 30 days. I wasn’t sure how it was going to work, but when January 1st came around, my husband and I started the reading plan.

 

The Old Testament isn’t always everyone’s favorite to read. It’s easy for people to feel like God is angry and impossible to follow in the Old Testament vs the loving and caring Heavenly Father we see in the New Testament. The thing is, God is unchanging, His character is the same today as it was 5,000 years ago. He is always just and always merciful. The more I read the Old Testament, the more I see this side of God. 

 

Because I enjoy reading the Pentateuch(the first five books of the Old Testament), the first week of reading was pretty easy. I tried to get most of my reading done in the morning before the kids got up, but that didn’t always work so I would usually finish up my reading after we finished their schoolwork for the day. 

 

I never really thought of myself as an angry person, until I had children. My kids are not the reason for my anger, but having children has revealed just how selfish I am. Usually when I get angry it’s because I can’t do what I want to do. I have other people who have needs that they can’t meet themselves, so I am the one to do it. I hate how easily angered I can get. The first thing I noticed in reading this much scripture and always reading my Bible, was that I was not as easily angered. 

 

Reading the Old testament this quickly really showed me how many times the Israelites messed up, and how many times God was gracious and quick to forgive them when they repented. Seeing my children do things that frustrated me or being unkind to each other no longer made me instantly annoyed, it was a reminder that God was merciful and gracious to His children and I need to do the same for mine. The more I see God’s heart and learn about Him, the more I’m able to change my heart to be more like His. 

 

As I continued into the second week of the reading plan I realized that even though I was spending a couple hours a day just reading the Bible, I still wanted to read more when I was done. The more you do something the more it becomes a habit. The more time I spend on my phone, the easier it is for me to do throughout the day. This is usually by go-to when I have five minutes. However, the more I was reading, the easier it was for me to just pick up a book when I had a minute of free time. I love reading and often feel like I don’t have a lot of time to read. I quickly realized this wasn’t the case…I just wasn’t making it a priority and filled my time with other things instead. 

 

Going into the third week was my biggest challenge. I didn’t expect the Psalms to be that hard to read. You read Psalms over four days on the reading plan. I don’t often read poetry and when I do it’s usually no more than 1 or 2 poems at a time. This was where my discipline in finishing this really took over. I will say with reading so much of the Psalms at one time I easily recalled the stories David was referring to in his songs.

 

During this time our children were realizing just how much time we were spending reading the Bible. Our oldest said he didn’t even think he could read his Bible in a year. We encouraged him to just pick it up and start reading and he would probably be surprised at how quickly he went through it. Our children watch everything we do, so I’m not really(or shouldn’t be) surprised when my kids quickly get angry…this is, after all, what they’ve witnessed from me time and time again. Reading the Bible helped with my anger and I also noticed a change in my children. That alone was enough for me to continue, but after seeing how they took an interest in what we were doing and wanting to do it themselves, that was the ultimate reward. 

 

I was so happy to be almost done with the reading plan and thrilled that I had stuck with it. The last week we read through the New Testament. The New Testament is so full of hope. It fulfills the prophecies of the Old Testament and we learn about the new covenant, Jesus’ ministry, the sacrifice He made for us, and the eternal life we can have through Him. I love reading the New Testament and seeing how it connects to the Old Testament and shows how the Bible comes together as one overarching story. 

 

I learned so much during those 30 days and felt like God worked so much in my life. I think I’m going to start making this something I do every January. Now that i’ve done it and seen how it touched my life and all that I learned from it, I want to do it more.

 

I think that’s the point, right? Creating a desire to learn more about God and read His Word. The more we read the Bible, the more we should want to read it. You don’t need to read the whole Bible in 30 days, you just need to read it. The more you read it, the more you are going to want to read it. I encourage you to open it up and read it every day, even just one verse. It will change your life!

Here is the link for the reading plan I followed if you’re interested!

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Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

New Year, New Goals or New Year, Same Goals?

New Year, New Goals or New Year, Same Goals?

New Year, New Goals or New Year, Same Goals?

This year I think most people were more anxious for the start of a new year than ever before. Everyone wanted to leave 2020 behind. The year that was supposed to be filled with vision and clarity quickly became the year that no one could see the end in sight. 

It seems like as soon as December 31st hits everyone starts thinking about the new year and goals they want to make. Eating healthy, a new exercise routine, be more productive, etc. I am guilty of this myself. I love making lists and planning things out, so the New Year feels like a perfect excuse to do those things and set goals. 

I feel like there’s also an added pressure of doing this because you expect people are going to ask you what your goals are for the new year, when they see you. So you have to have something good to say, right? 

While I love new planners and setting goals and all the things that come with the New Year, one thing i’ve learned is that the new year is not the only time you’re allowed to set goals and restart.

I’m writing this with only a couple days left in January(I’m really trying to make sure I stick to my goal I set this year of posting every month) and this is about the time where the excitement of the goals you set are starting to wear off. Maybe your exercise plan was consistent for the first couple weeks, but now it seems hit and miss. 

You might be a few days behind in your Bible reading plan. Maybe you don’t even set goals because you are afraid of not completing them. 

 When we set goals and put things in writing it makes us feel vulnerable. It’s almost easier to not set a goal because if we aren’t successful with it and keep at it, there’s no written record of it. I used to not set goals because I was so afraid of not completing them or following through. I didn’t want to feel like a failure. Putting something in writing doesn’t have to be scary.

By not setting goals for myself I was hindering my ability to grow. I love learning, whether it’s something new or just a more in-depth study on something I already know. I never want to become content with where I’m at and stop learning. I want to learn and grow my whole life and part of that includes setting goals for myself that I’m working towards. 

 It doesn’t matter if you set your goals in January, April or June. It doesn’t matter if it takes you one month or two years to complete. What I think is important is that you are consistent. If you have ideas of things you want to do and accomplish, go after them. Be consistent in pursuing them. You don’t have to set goals, but I think we should always be seeking to better ourselves, and having a vision or idea of what that will look like is so helpful.

Our lives are constantly changing, so if you have a goal or plan for something and it’s not working, change it. Don’t wait until next January, change it now. There’s no rule that says we need a new year, new month, or new week to make a change in our lives, but when we think like that we usually end up using it as an excuse to never make the change.

This year I’m using the Cultivate What Matters goal planner. It’s been so good in helping me see the big picture of things that I want to accomplish, but it helps me break them down into manageable monthly tasks. You reassess at the beginning of each month so if something isn’t working you can change it and move forward. 

There is something rewarding about putting things to paper and being able to see growth in different areas of your life. You don’t have to become a new you in the new year, but there’s always something we can be working on. 

Take time to think about things you want to accomplish and set a plan in action to achieve that. Who cares if January is almost over, who cares whether you’ve already tried and failed, so what if you feel like you should change your plan in February. But pick something and be consistent in working towards it.

Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

Having Peace in a Loud World

Having Peace in a Loud World

Having Peace in a Loud World

I’ve been thinking a lot about the peace of God lately, and I wanted to share with you guys a little bit of what has been on my heart. At the beginning of the year someone prophesied over me that I would remember that I have the peace of God that passes all understanding. I remember in the moment thinking..ugh..really? That’s what you got? It seemed so typical and basic, like it was an easy thing to say in the moment. I didn’t realize just how much I would need to be reminded of that this year. 

 

So I started thinking, what is peace? Specifically what is the peace of God and how do we get that? If I were to give you my description of peace it would be something like, sitting on a beautiful sandy beach by the ocean, reading a book and just relaxing(or maybe sitting at a lake house on a weekend getaway with my husband like the photo below). That’s my idea of peace, but that’s unrealistic. That’s not my life and that maybe happens a few days out of the year if I’m lucky. It may happen if I’m on vacation, but it’s just not reality. We often think peace means quiet and restful, everything in our life is perfect, but that’s not always true. Peace doesn’t necessarily mean quiet. If I only felt like I had the peace of God when everything was quiet and calm in my life, I would rarely experience it. It just doesn’t happen that way. So let’s look at a couple verses about peace. 

 

 Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Isaiah 26:3 says, “you keep him in perfect peace whose mind stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

 

Looking at these verses we can see that peace has something to do with our minds. It’s a mindset. You have peace when your mind is fixed on Christ. A pastor who came to visit at our church a few months ago was talking about how we discern the Holy Spirit’s voice more when we have the same mind as Christ, we’re thinking like Christ, we’re saying what Christ is saying. It’s the same with peace. I’ve had this tug of war going on in my mind, lately. A struggle between what the world is saying and what God is saying. When I listen to what the world is saying it just feels so loud and chaotic. The more I listen to the world the harder it is to hear what God is saying. The more I listen to the world the more anxious and frustrated and fearful I become. The world doesn’t have peace because the world doesn’t know God. Because the world doesn’t know God, it’s not going to have God’s peace. This is such a reminder to me that I need to turn off social media, the news, whatever it is that’s becoming louder than the voice of God in my life. We don’t need to listen to the world all the time, but we need to listen to God. It’s ok to tune it out and just sit and listen to God. 

 

I also think it’s easy to have peace when we feel like we can control the situation. We tend to only feel peace when we know everything that’s going on in our lives. As long as we can control the situation and know when it’s going to happen and how it will play out, we have peace. But if something is out of our control or we don’t know the outcome we feel more fearful and anxious. But that’s not what the Bible says, we don’t need to understand everything to have peace. The bible says, “ and the peace of God that passes all understanding” meaning God’s peace can surpass any understanding we have. We may not understand everything, but God does and He is in control of all things. If we can trust God and believe He is in control we can be filled with His peace. 

 

In Mark 4 we have the story of Jesus calming the storm. There’s a huge storm happening, the boat is taking on water, everyone is freaking out, but what is Jesus doing? Sleeping. The disciples frantically wake Him up and what does He say to the waters? “Peace.. Be still..” Why was Jesus able to be so calm during a storm like that? Everything was absolutely chaotic around Him. He was able to be calm because He had the peace of God, He had the Holy Spirit. Just like we do. Everything can be chaotic around me, but I can have peace, because I know God.  

 

I’m not saying that as Christians we are not allowed to be afraid or have days of chaos where we really don’t feel peace. We are human, even the disciples who literally had Jesus with them had times of doubt and fear.  But when those days happen those are times that I need to remind myself of God’s peace and that as a believer I have the mind of Christ and I have the Holy Spirit in me so I have access to that peace.

There are a few things that we can do to help remind us of God’s peace when our life feels like it’s getting out of control. 

  • The first thing would be prayer. Verse 6 in Philippians 4 says do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Taking our worries to God is a great way to take the burden off of ourselves because we cannot bear them for long. 1 Peter 5:7 says, cast all your cares on Him because He cares for you. When we pray about them we’re giving them away.
  • The next thing would be reading scripture. There are so many encouraging verses that let us know God cares for us and He is in control. Reading the Bible helps bring our hearts and minds back into focus and remain grounded in Christ. When we pray it’s a way for us to pour our heart’s out to God, but when we read scripture it’s a way for God to speak and transform our minds, bringing His peace into our lives.
  • Lastly, finding people to share your burdens with. Paul says that we should bear each other’s burdens. We weren’t made to carry them alone. When we share our burdens with other people it gives them an opportunity to help us. Maybe it’s with encouragement because they’ve walked through the same thing or maybe God gives them a word for us to encourage us. When we share our burdens with someone we are physically speaking and letting out our anxious thoughts, fears, worries. They’re no longer inside of us after we share it with someone. We don’t have to carry it anymore.  It’s like with the story in mark 4. Jesus spoke out peace, be still and it came about. The disciples spoke out their fears and Jesus was able to fix it. They gave it to Him and he was able to help.

The more we share our burdens whether it’s through prayer, reading Scripture, or sharing with others the more peace filled our lives can become. These are things that I do when I find myself losing the feeling of God’s peace. We all want to live peaceful lives. The world is in chaos right now and people should know just by looking at us that we have an unexplainable peace about us. They should see us and ask what it is that’s different about us. We have the unexplainable peace of God that passes all understanding in our lives.

I’m praying that you’re experiencing God’s perfect peace in your life today. If you aren’t please leave a comment and I would love to pray for you. We are in this together.

Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

Closed Bible: Closed Heart

Closed Bible: Closed Heart

Closed Bible: Closed Heart

A few weeks ago, I felt like I was going through a ‘dry’ spell. Not just in my spiritual life, but in all areas. I was walking with a friend and I was sharing with her that I didn’t feel like reading my Bible. I didn’t feel like putting in the energy it took to be a good wife and mother. I felt very closed off to everything. I didn’t want to justify any of my feelings, I just wanted to be numb to everything.

If I’m being honest, I’m feeling very ‘over’ it all. All meaning this pandemic. I’m ready for things to start opening up again and life to start feeling like it has some normalcy to it. I’m tired of people not looking at you or saying, “Hi” in the stores, I’m tired of wearing masks that reveal to you everything you’ve eaten since the last time you brushed your teeth. It was all just feeling a bit frustrating to me at this point.

During this week of letting myself feel all the emotions, I had stopped feeding myself spiritually. I didn’t want to open my Bible in the morning(or anytime of the day). I spent a lot of time just sitting and thinking. I let my prayers be real and felt very raw to God. 

I always feel a little weird in this part of my relationship with God. Should I really be sharing the anger and frustrations of my heart to the one who created me? Shouldn’t I just be happy and thankful all the time to God? My deepest relationships with people are the ones where I can open up and let them know my true thoughts. The ones where I can share my frustration and anger and they still love me. If I don’t open myself up and become vulnerable with them our relationship doesn’t grow. So yes, I should be sharing this part of my heart with God. Sharing everything with Him is going to allow my relationship to grow deeper with Him. Sharing my heart with him like that allows me to open myself up to Him, be vulnerable, and let Him root out those things that shouldn’t be there and replace them with truth. 

I had spent a week letting the things of this world consume me. I was letting news articles and Facebook posts consume my heart, not the Lord. The things we consume ourselves with and fill our minds with are the things that start to become the meditation of our heart. When we don’t have the right things consuming us, our minds can start to get in a scary place. 

One morning I decided I had had enough and I was going to get myself out of this mindset. I was going to stay off social media and read my Bible. I opened my Bible and out fell a journal entry from a retreat I was a part of last year. In this journal was a devotional I wrote on our heart’s desire. This was exactly the reminder I needed at that moment. 

I wrote about the meditation of our hearts and asked questions about where our hearts were, and what was consuming our hearts. Even though I wrote this over a year ago, it was so relevant to my situation right now. Often when I’m writing things or planning speaking topics for events, the Lord uses what I’m writing or learning about to work on my own life, even more than for other people. I decided I was going to do my own devotional and reevaluate my heart. 

I realized that in a short span of a week I had let my heart get hard. I allowed social media and the world to get into my head. I let the world have a bigger impact on me than Christ. I had closed my Bible and in turn, closed my heart to the only one that matters. 

Working my way through the devotional allowed me to redirect my thoughts and open my heart back up. I allowed myself to be vulnerable with God again. God calls us to guard our hearts, but He doesn’t call us to have hard hearts. When we harden our hearts we’re no longer allowing anything to filter through, whether good or bad.

Opening my heart back up to Him allowed me to realize just how much He cares for me and the desires of my heart. God is always in control, He is always on the throne. And I need to seek Him, and meditate on His word constantly. It is the only thing that can fulfill me and pull me out of the pit of despair. Seeking Him is the only way I can allow my heart to be consumed by Him. And that’s really all I want- a heart that is consumed with Christ. 

I think it’s good for me to go through these kinds of weeks from time to time. It reminds me who I’m putting my trust in and what my focus is on. I don’t think that feeling this way means I have a weak faith, but rather, I think it shows just how much I need a Savior. 

I’m going to share my devotional with you. Feel free to print it off and work through it if you’re feeling like your heart and mind could use a reset.

Our Heart’s Desire Devotional

Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

You Have A Living Hope

You Have A Living Hope

We are living in a very strange time right now. There is a lot of uncertainty and a lot of fear going around. I would be lying if I said I hadn’t experienced any thoughts that created fear or worry in my mind. I feel fine one minute and then the next I feel like I may lose it. It’s natural for us to worry when we don’t know the outcome of a situation. Times like these can easily make us feel hopeless.

 

I’ve been thinking a lot about hope. Who or what is my hope in? What does hope mean to me? I think that hope is an expectancy I have for something to happen, or something to be a certain way. This worldly vision of hope I hold can work for some things in my life. I can hope my life turns out a certain way, or I can hope a meeting goes a certain way, but when things don’t go the way I thought it would, I can feel like all hope is lost. 

 

When I think about the biblical definition of hope – the confident expectation of what God has promised, and its strength is in His faithfulness – I’m reminded of what I want my own view of hope to be. I want my hope to be in Jesus and the eternal life I have in Him. Placing my hope in Christ sets me up for success, He will never let me down. 

 

A phrase that keeps going through my head is, “You are on the throne.” Every prayer and every whisper is laced with this thought, reminding me that He is on the throne. When I forget Jesus is on the throne, it’s because I’ve put something or someone else there. It’s easy for me to let fear be on the throne, or to let my thoughts be on the throne. I need to put all of those aside and let Christ sit on the throne as He was intended to do. When my focus is on Jesus sitting on the throne nothing else can rule over my life. He is on the throne and He will reign forever. 

 

We don’t know what is going to transpire over the next few weeks, but one thing we do know is God will still be on the throne. It’s ok to be worried and have doubts, but let’s hold onto the hope we know we have in Christ and let go of worry and doubts. Use this time to draw closer to Him. Spend time daily in prayer and in the Bible. We can come out on the other side of this stronger in our faith than we’ve ever been before. So let’s fix our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith(Heb 12:2). Remember He is our living hope(1 Peter 1:3).

 

Here are some verses that I find encouraging. If you begin to feel hopeless or overwhelmed, spend some time meditating on the Scriptures and in prayer. If we direct our focus on Him we don’t have time to give our attention to worry and fear. 

 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.  Romans 15:13

 

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

 

But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43.1-3

 

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

 

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

 

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

A Heart for Community

A Heart for Community

The world makes it seem like we can do everything on our own. We don’t need anyone else in our lives to help us, or to give us advice. “I got this!” is a phrase thrown around a lot. I’m guilty of saying this myself. I always think I can handle all the things, until all of a sudden…I can’t. Why do we think we can, or should, do it all by ourselves? The truth is, we were not meant to do life alone. There’s so many benefits to having a community of people in our lives and creating lasting friendships. 

 

The dictionary defines community as:

A unified body of individuals: such as people with common interests living in a particular area.

 

Community is so important in our lives. Without community we can often feel lonely and discouraged. If you have people in your life with the same interests as you and who live in the same area, you can learn and be  encouraged by them. It gives you a sense of belonging.  

 

Surrounding ourselves with people who can encourage us, and help us love one another well is so helpful. I didn’t grow up with a large community of people. I had a few friends, but it was never anything really substantial. When my husband and I got married we were attending a small church that didn’t have very many people and community seemed almost non-existent. There were many times where I felt lonely or discouraged and just wanted to have people to do life with. People I could learn from and be encouraged by. 

 

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

 The definition of encouragement is- the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope. I love that. I pray that you all have people in your life that encourage you. Someone who supports you, gives you confidence and gives you hope. As believers we can get all of these things from Christ, but if we don’t have other people around us to support us, it can still be tiring and hard.  Having someone offer you hope or give you support in a tough situation can be exactly the encouragement you need to get you through that hard time.

 

Accountability is another important piece of community, and maybe one we don’t want to entertain as much. The verse says, ‘let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.’ Having good spiritual people in your life who help you stay accountable in your walk is great. We are all human, we make mistakes, we make bad decisions. But I appreciate the people I have in my life so much, who remind me in difficult situations that maybe I didn’t act or respond in the best way I could have. People who ask me hard questions and get me thinking about what I really should be doing, or who just flat out tell me I’m being dumb. There’s something so comforting about having people in your life who will help you be the best version of yourself.

 

My husband and I are now a part of a large community. We have so many people in our lives who encourage us and support us. When we were going through our season where we didn’t have community in our lives and many friends, it was difficult. I am an extrovert and thrive on doing things with people, so when we didn’t have people in our lives to do things with it was hard. Maybe you find yourself in a similar situation right now, where you don’t have community, or you just don’t know how to create friendships.

 

 Becoming a part of a thriving community didn’t come without effort. My husband and I made intentional decisions that played a big role in developing friendships with people. We had to invite people over, go to events where we didn’t really know anyone. Create conversation with people even if we didn’t know who they were. It took(and still does) a lot of time and effort. You can’t expect to move to a new town or go to a new church and just all of a sudden have hundreds of friends without putting in any effort. 

 

The Bible talks a lot about believer’s meeting together and people inviting others into their home. We are not meant to walk this life out alone. One of my favorite verses is Acts 2:46 which says, “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.” My husband and I have this verse printed on a canvas and hanging in our dining room. I love hosting people in our home. One of the ways we’ve been able to build some of our strongest friendships we have right now was through having people over for dinner. Inviting people into our home and breaking bread together has brought some of our best conversations. 

 

We don’t have to have the perfect home, or best meal to invite someone over. If you’re worried about cooking, just invite them over for coffee. Buy something pre-made at the store. Sometimes I think we can put too much pressure on ourselves to make sure everything in our lives is perfect before we can have people over. My home is much too small to be hosting large groups and somehow we still find a way to fit 20 people in here. If you’re waiting for the perfect season in your life, perfect house, or meal, it will never happen.

 

You can cultivate friendships and community no matter what season of life you are in. It’s ok if your friendships and community look different than someone else’s, do what works best for you. The important thing is you’re putting yourself out there and allowing other people to be a part of your life. 

 

“Alone we can do so little; together, we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

 

Hi, I’m Hannah.

I am a lover of Jesus, wife, and mom to 3 kids. Occasionally I like to share things that are on my heart and you’ll find them here. Thanks for taking the time to check out my site!

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