When My Heart is Overwhelmed

August was a stressful month for me.

My mechanic was unable to do an inspection and repair on my vehicle due to unforeseen circumstances, and I had to scramble to find someone else who could squeeze me in before the end of the month on a day that would fit my schedule. They ended up needing my Jeep for two days, partly because my engine light decided to turn on for them. At least I was already planning on working from home the second day anyway.

Every single person at my workplace took a vacation at some point in August (including myself). My boss actually took two trips. Which meant that for a week-and-a-half, as his Lead Developer, I had to field his emails & phone calls, manage & delegate tasks to my coworkers, and try to keep up with my own tasks. Thankfully, there were hardly any phone calls, and no real emergencies to handle. Continue reading

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I am Yours

Lehigh-Valley-Hospital.xA change of position, followed by an intense pain. “Oh God help me!” I gasp over and over. Legs trembling. Nausea. The pain is more severe than anything I’ve ever felt before. Something has to be wrong.

I feel like I’m going to pass out as I get in the car. “Oh God, what’s wrong with me?” The ride is bumpy. My mom’s voice soothes words of encouragement, “It’s going to be okay.”

I get a hospital bed. My parents just have chairs. We’re all tired. So tired. Everyone is asking the same questions. “Where does it hurt? When did it start? What is your name and birthdate?” Continue reading

Prince of Peace

jesus_donkeyAs I listened this morning to our pastor read from Luke’s account the story of the Triumphal Entry, some details stuck out to me that I had never noticed before.

The first thing I noticed was the crowd’s declaration of praise in Luke 19:38, “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

Something about that last part sounded familiar. Continue reading