time to pack

“Some of the best living, the most valuable living, happens on the side roads.

The world is not going to come to you. The sooner you realize this,

the more time you’ll have to pack.”

~Curly Girl Designs

Choosing Community.

This week I am heading out east to a writer/blogger conference.  Allume is a three day gathering of women, with keynote speakers like Ann Voskamp and Jennie Allen.

I’m not sure what to expect.  I will be Laura Parker‘s back up as we promote her book, talk about The Exodus Road, and do a session on blogging for rescue.  The rest of my time will be about meeting interesting people and creating new connections.

The Challenge:

Just show up.  This is one of those times when it’s important to simply be present and available, without an agenda — open to what may come, even if it’s a little nerve-wracking. Plane ticket in hand, I’m headed out!

We’ll see what is in store …


Do you have something ahead that makes you jittery even though you know you should do it?


Image by Curly Girl Designs


4 thoughts on “On the Road.

  1. Melanie Duke

    It seems I am constantly coming up with ideas on how to connect with friends, family, co-workers and neighbors. But that is usually where they stay…in my head. The reality of working them out in real life often leaves me feeling jittery. I get busy. I get distracted with life. I feel overwhelmed by the duties of life and work. I could blame the lack of support…but it really starts with me. The other day walking into work I was rehearsing a lunch conversation with a co-worker about how to engage co-workers in conversations on spiritual things. Her comment was \”Just be sure it is God who wants you to do this and it\’s not just your idea\”. I wondered it I was \”pushing\” God into something that wasn\’t ready. Then God reminded me of Peter getting out of the boat to Jesus. Was Peter really ready? Was Jesus prepared for Peter to get out of the boat? Peter took a huge risk. The revelation that came to me was that Jesus met Peter\’s faith with provision. Because Peter was willing to get out of the boat Jesus responded. Jesus responded to Peter\’s faith. Jesus has already told me to \”go\” as he told Peter to \”come\”. The evidence of stepping out may not be there…the solid ground on which to stand. I look out over the edge and see nothing firm…nothing definitive except rolling water. Jesus says \”go\” and trust Me to meet you on the other side of the boat. Here I go.


    1. Kelley J Leigh Post author

      Melanie! First of all, what a total joy to have you here! Yay!
      And second, I love this part … “Jesus says ”go” and trust Me to meet you on the other side of the boat. Here I go.” So I say in response — go, go, go! I love how you describe this process pulling the idea out of your head into action because of the story of Peter walking on water. Did you know that Egyptian hieroglyphic for the word “Impossible” is the symbol of a man walking on water? What you are describing feels impossible as water walking some days, right? But I love how you describe that God will meet us when we risk what is ‘impossible’.

      Thanks so much for your insight, Melanie. Go girl.


  2. Jan

    Something ahead that makes me jittery? Oh, yes…. I know I should and I will – because I know pretty much how to do “shoulds”… I will travel with my disabled husband to Gettysburg, PA for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg address and “since we’re so close and may never get out that way again”, go to Washington, D.C. Being there will be fine; travel and navigating strange Interstates and highways make me jittery. Add this time the challenge of bringing a new motorized scooter along… God delights to make me cling to Him…


    1. Kelley J Leigh Post author

      Wow. A trip to honor great words and the amazing man who spoke them, and ALL that comes with it. Sounds like something very worth the effort — and the included practice of clinging to a loving God. I hope it is a great time, Jan!

      ” Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

      Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

      But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us — that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion — that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain — that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom — and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”


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