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Is the place where you dwell increasing or decreasing your quest to live life out loud?

Where we choose to make our homes has an overwhelming effect on our daily living.  Our communities are filled with creativity, energy, peace, and connectivity but not every community is for every person.  Do you find yourself living in a community that is made for you or are you living in a community where you are questioning your belonging?

Walking the city streets, one might be overwhelmed by the largeness or captivated by the creativity.

Driving through large patches of green, another might find endlessness while her companions chest begins to slow its' pace. Our hearts are all designed to beat but the rhythm is uniquely our own.  Finding a dwelling place that brings comfort without hesitation invites security and confidence that you are being who God made you to be.

  Order my first book   Invited   and begin living a life of #connectionnotperfection. 

Order my first book Invited and begin living a life of #connectionnotperfection. 

Whether God made you to be a city or town dweller - only you can answer that question.  But, might I challenge you to do so?  Because, until we each find the sweet spot where we are to camp, we can't become fully content to live harmoniously within the realms of our communities.  Communities are about the very breath, life, and living of the people inside of them and if we are suffocating instead of breathing deep...then what good use are we doing to anyone?

  Order by first book   Invited   and begin living a life of #connectionnotperfection. 

Order by first book Invited and begin living a life of #connectionnotperfection. 

Living Out Loud is about being engaged in community.  With your neighbor, the girl next to you on the bus, or the farm boy that wakes before dawn.

Once we begin to live loudly in our communities, we start the chain of impactfulness:

-Your story makes a differenceand spreads to those in need of a happy ending

-Your call to action will encourage followers to follow and dreamers to dream

-Your boldness in declaring that this is the land that you love sparks a fighting spirit of preservation

If you aren't living in a space that you are content to dwell in, have you considered the option of moving?  Are you willing to step out in faith - whether it be across the nation, across the sea, or across the street - to live where God is calling you to serve your community?

How lovely is your dwelling place,O LORD Almighty!

My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar,

O LORD Almighty, my King and my God.

Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. "Selah"

Psalm 84:1-4

Till next time, let your light shine!

Blessings, christen

  Do you ever feel like you are chasing perfection?    Perfection is passion, an ideal that makes us feel so strongly about the matters of our hearts that we act in ways that make us later feel shame and unworthiness, like we will never quite measure up. Passion doesn’t always lead to positive results. How can we pursue perfection without becoming undone?  In   Invited  , I share my personal struggles with perfection when I moved home and began to build community. My desire for perfection caused me to experience anxiety and meltdown when parties (and life!) didn't go as planned. Read more about how I managed to build a life of connection, not perfection  here . 

Do you ever feel like you are chasing perfection? 

Perfection is passion, an ideal that makes us feel so strongly about the matters of our hearts that we act in ways that make us later feel shame and unworthiness, like we will never quite measure up. Passion doesn’t always lead to positive results. How can we pursue perfection without becoming undone?

In Invited, I share my personal struggles with perfection when I moved home and began to build community. My desire for perfection caused me to experience anxiety and meltdown when parties (and life!) didn't go as planned. Read more about how I managed to build a life of connection, not perfection here

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