It's amazing the difference two weeks can make. It's been two weeks since my last post, and life looks a lot different today than it did then. Two weeks ago, we were still in the clutches of winter, hunkering down for one of the worst winter storms to hit our nation, bringing record-breaking cold, snow, and power outages to most of us. Two weeks ago, players were just beginning to arrive at their spring training facilities to begin preparation for this coming baseball season. Two weeks ago, I was preparing ashes and words of mortality.
Two weeks later...
Today, I am telling stories of spring! I have been taking pictures of tiny green shoots poking through the soil, listening to birds singing their praises, and readying my home and yard for warmer temperatures. This afternoon my phone will buzz with declarations of, "Play ball!" Today, I am making preparations to celebrate resurrection and new life. I look at my closet and I'm tempted to move those short sleeves and cropped pants to a more accessible shelf. Sure, the temps will dip again, and it may even snow, but those things don't hold the grip they did two weeks ago. A new season is emerging.
What two weeks can do
There have been other times in my life when two weeks have made a world of difference. After delivering my son, I wondered how my body could ever recover. After a knee surgery, the same... Two weeks make a huge difference! When I went to Basic Training down in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina and Advanced Individual Training in Ft. Rucker, Alabama, the first days in those trainings were eye-opening to put it mildly. But after two weeks, there was a level of confidence, an understanding of rhythm, and a knowledge that this little engine would make it up that hill.
Looking back over the last year, we have seen, experienced, and adapted so much. I look back at what I have learned and accomplished; it's a lot. The first two weeks look much different than the subsequent ones.
What could you do in two weeks?
I want you to find out!! And - you don't have to do it alone. I'll be your biggest cheerleader and encourager. Let me know your plans...
Your Partner In Spiritual Health,
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Hi, my name is Melissa Ebken, and I'm so glad you found your way here.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
I started the Pursuing Uncomfortable Podcast to share the stories of people who have faced life's most difficult challenges, to inspire you to lean into and overcome your own. It's helpful to know that you're not alone in your struggles and to see how others have navigated similar circumstances. You can listen to it here.
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