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For most of my adult life, I’ve never felt like I fit squarely into the American church. My stance on political issues is always too liberal to fit neatly with that crowd. I struggle mightily with evangelism, legalism and the American church’s definition of patriotism. Plus, I cuss like a trucker which is both not very “Christian,” or ladylike.

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What would Jesus do right now if he were living in our nation during these days?

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This year, it's more important than ever to take time to reflect. 

What a year it has been. In the spring, when the initial stay-at-home orders were issued, once the initial shock of it lifted, I used some of the newfound free time to interview my 90-year-old grandmother (I wrote about that here). As we talked about her life, she reflected on the country’s response to the pandemic as being reminiscent of her memories of WWII. The way people came together to do what they could, the way people gave to others who needed help, the way we cheered on people on the front lines.

Think about a season in your life when you were truly thriving. In those seasons, you’re operating on all cylinders: eating well, sleeping well, my energy is positive, my work is strong and my relationships are healthy. All of those elements work in synchronicity, each influencing the next as you operate at your full potential. 

Over the past year, I’ve been on a journey to lead a healthier lifestyle. My relationship with my body, food and exercise has dramatically changed for the better as I’ve learned what nourishes my body and how much my physical health impacts the health of my mind and spirit.