It’s so nice to meet you!
Welcome to my little corner of the internet. If we were meeting in person, I’d suggest we go to the local coffee shop and get to know each other over some iced tea and avocado toast, and swap life stories. Since you’re here, I’ll go first…
It’s hard to remember my life, pre-Jesus. I was six or seven when my mom led me to the Lord over bedtime prayers. As I grew up in the church, I learned a lot about the Bible and what I needed to do to grow. I got the message loud and clear that there were some things I needed to do…
Regular church attendance. Check. 🗸
Prayer and fellowship. Check, check. 🗸🗸
And daily Bible reading and study…umm not so fast on that checkmark missy.
Like a lot of us growing up in the 90s, I was taught the value of an early morning “quiet time” with the Lord. Unfortunately, this proved to be a problem for me. Try as I might, I was just not a morning person. My good intentions resulted in one too many hits on the ol’ snooze button, and therefore, many missed opportunities to be with the Lord.
Over the years, my quiet time became less about getting to know Jesus, and more about a checkbox I wanted (ok, needed) to mark off each day. (Can we say, Type A personality?) It’s not that I didn’t enjoy learning and reading. I did! But I often felt guilty that my heart wasn’t always in it, or that I was so consistently inconsistent. My spirit was willing, but man oh man, was my flesh weak!
Then one day, I picked up the book Celebration of Discipline. (Are you noticing a theme? In my mind, my walk was suffering because of my lack of self-discipline.) To my surprise, I came across this quote,
“The church Fathers often spoke of Otium Sanctum, ‘holy leisure.’ It refers to a sense of balance in life, an ability to be at peace through the activities of the day, an ability to rest and take time to enjoy beauty, and an ability to pace ourselves. (Foster 39)”
That sentence stopped me in my tracks, it encapsulated everything I wanted and seemingly lacked in my life! I wanted to experience balance, peace, rest, beauty, and pace in my walk with the Lord. I knew this mysterious little Latin phrase was rich with meaning, but I couldn’t get over the pairing of the words holy + leisure together.
When was the last time I thought about my growing walk with the Lord as a pursuit of holy leisure? Sadly, I was way too legalistic with my little checkboxes, to realize that hanging out with Jesus, was like the ultimate coffee shop meet up – but better!
Hanging out with Jesus, is like the ultimate coffee shop meet up – but better!
This concept of holy leisure was a grace to my legalistically-prone heart. John Piper famously said, “God is most glorified in us, when we are most satisfied in him.” I truly get that now. It’s my hope that you’ll journey alongside me as we discover that pursuing a life of holy leisure provides us with freedom to enjoy God and find him truly satisfying.
So that’s me in a nutshell. When I’m not figuring out what this whole holy leisure thing is about, I’m busy shuttling kids around to practice, and running my own copywriting business. My husband and I are on a new adventure, in sunny Gilbert, Arizona, with our four amazing kids, and loving almost every sweaty minute of it.
Some other random things about me…
- I love the experience of going through a drive-thru for a Diet Coke. It seems like a special stop, and a necessary prelude to whatever boring errands I’m about to run. (P.S. I know all the things about Diet Coke!)
- I started my writing career by accident. I had a computer, and some contacts, and started doing some copywriting and website design jobs to make ends meet. It’s turned into something pretty awesome.
- Our family took a huge leap of faith, and moved out of state for the first time ever in 2019. This has been a huge season of growth and busting through comfort zones for the Rays!
- After a rollerskating accident in my mid-30s, I’m no longer “allowed” to be on wheels. (Cars and bikes are thankfully excluded.)
- I have never had a McDonald’s hamburger or cheeseburger. (This is quite remarkable since I’ve had more than my fair share of Diet Cokes from there!)
Ok, that’s my story…now it’s your turn!
Drop me a line and tell me some of your story, and how you’re learning to pursue more of Jesus through pursuing holy leisure. I’m all ears!