Hey friends, I’m not going back! Are you?

Crises have a way of teaching us what really matters and what doesn’t. The problem is we learn those lessons and we make a ton of promises, and when “normalcy” comes we stumble right back into the old junk.

I don’t want to go back. 

So, how do we avoid that? We replace empty promises with a plan. It won’t be perfect. We’ll tweak it along the way, but if we make a plan we have a chance of holding on to the good we carried out of that not-so-great season.

In today’s More Than Small Talk podcast, Holley, Jennifer, and I share the lessons we are learning about ourselves in this pandemic.

  • Holley has discovered that her inner critic is a lot quieter in quarantine. She’s reflecting on that, trying to figure out how to hold on to that beautiful, unexpected gift.


  • Jennifer is learning that hustle doesn’t equal holy. She can serve God without trying to do it all. In fact, she’s finding ways to serve him that are unique and new.

And me?

  • I’m learning that standing 6-10 feet from people I care about is painful. I need face-to-face community. I need touch and hugs and lots of people. While that’s not possible right now, I have to be honest and admit that I let a lot of things get in front of this “need.” If this is a way that God fills me up, why am I constantly putting everything else above that?

So, I’m making tangible plans — putting priority on some things over others — so that when normalcy returns, it won’t be the same ‘ole, same ‘ole.

What are you discovering during this season? What is one thing you’ll do different in the future?



Resources and Giveaway

I hope you’ll tune in to today’s More Than Small Talk podcast. You can find all the ways to do that right here.

I also want to offer a giveaway just for fun.

If you follow either my FB ministry page, Instagram, or the More Than Small Talk FB group, let me know in the comments.

I’ll draw three names next Monday and send you (or a friend) an autographed copy of my Come With Me Devotional or my book, Come With Me: Discovering the Beauty of Following Where He Leads.