Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Hope

I had a favorite verse in high school. It was Proverbs 19:21 — “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” I knew what was going to happen next. I was going to college. Just like my brothers. Just like many of my friends. This was one …

Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Identity

Last week I left you with this question: In what ways could I enjoy life now without giving up these simple dreams forever? After my thirtieth birthday, I began to consciously work through this question. I reframed how I viewed my current life and dug out these expectations I was holding onto. I expected specific simple dreams to be filled and …

Breaking Through Barriers: Letting Go of Expectations

Thirty. It wasn’t about the number. It was what the number represented and how everything came to the surface as a day of celebration approached. I didn’t want to turn 30. I was a mess on the inside. That birthday reminded me I was not where I wanted to be. I had expectations. My heart knew them well, even if …

Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one

Facing my limits isn’t something new for me. However, life with a physical disability looks and feels different as an adult in a way. I’m not hopping on a school bus every day. I’m not interacting with many of the same people I knew in childhood. I’m no longer living on a college campus away from my hometown. All of that …

When Rest is Good

When it comes to napping, I’m often one who fails. I don’t like sleeping during the day. I’m not saying I’ve never napped because that’s what you do as young kids. And you always sleep more when you’re sick and try to make up for a lack of sleep in college by catching naps in the morning or afternoon. So …

Ready to Let Go

The topic of letting go could point to a number of things. For now, we’ll talk about sorting again. I’ve mentioned it off and on this year because I have a strong desire to get rid of stuff. Not in a bad way, like I don’t care about my belongings. No, this is just another way to more freedom. I …