welcome to the hike!

Working out the call!

I currently living in Millersburg or as God whispered in me ear four years ago in PA, "the land of my Fathers!" MILLERS - burg! OK! The best way to describe my life of late, is simply "Pastor-at-Large" I live "outside the box" of our usual expectation of life, family, employment and even culture. I live, breathe, and weave around a four county area as a local missionary and have learned of so many supportive faith communities. I meet people who contact me where they are in their 'hike 'o life."

The hats I wear are that of Life Coach, Writer, Speaker, Retreat Facilitator, Pastoral Supply, Prayer Counselor and well, whatever God calls on me to do (I actually get paid to do all of these things, which is awesome, unless you are helping me with my books!) I also work to "tent-make my mission work" as a church secretary for a sweet fellowship pastored by one of my favorite seminary prof's.

So what do I want to be when I grow up? Stay tuned! The goals are big and staying solvent month by month is a huge victory, but as I see my own heart and others hearts change and grow in my daily walk, I realize, I am not working for treasures on earth....I have direct deposit above. Guess that's a pretty sweet ride! Lacing up my hiking boots...on the hike o' life!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Homemade Soup - Random Disney Songs - and my MMM Cheese girls

It's a cold but sunny Saturday afternoon and my mentoring group, are gathered in my living room randomly chatting and dreaming. We all came from different places, a lunch date with the boyfriends on a work break, buying make-up, clothes shopping and child birthing class!

I had a pot of soup on and on this day where the thermometer climbed to 14 and it "felt warm"  we all were glad to grab a mug and some crackers as we gathered.   I love being able to make random things and have people enjoy them!

The coffee pot was perking and the last of the chocolate rolo Christmas cookies jumped on a plate with some chocolate wafer, some buttery crackers and dark chocolate covered raisins!  The plate is nearly empty and we are warm and thoughtful as we linger.

Thanks to technology we are "facetiming" the member of our group who had to go back to school early.

The topics are creativity, boyfriends, parodies of Disney songs, and fun and serious names for our co-leaders coming child.   Gertrude Meriwether and Spaulding Wrangler are our fun names!  How do you feel about that!

Other names we have come up with are Harry Francesca, Sarah LeeAnne, Nakeirah Pickle, Nakookah Cucumber, Elisa Angelina, Luca Diego, Gotham Wright, just to name a few.

The important thing is we are all together, intentionally and we are being creative!   What will we remember is the laughter, the connection and depending on how good we came up with names - the names!

The photo says it all!  The time that we spend together purposefully investing in others lives, plants seeds of positivity.

Will we ever sing those Disney songs again?  Will a child ever be named those things?  Probably not...

Will our relationships with each other continue to grow in depth and intimacy?  Yes, I think so! 

No matter where this finds you on your weekend - extract the best and make it memorable!  Blessings, on the Hike of Life!

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