Even though I'm not a member of the launch team for Jen Hatmaker's forthcoming book, For the Love, I did get a sneak peek of one little section. In an essay about a balance beam, Jen describes all of the "tricks" that we women like to include in our beam routine (aka our balancing act)- family, friends, work, ministry, home, hobbies, etc. Even though all of our tricks are good in and of themselves, some do a better job of keeping us balanced than others. In an online community devoted to promoting Jen's book, the hashtags #onthebeam and #offthebeam have become commonplace, and I've found myself using the phrases when I'm deciding how to allocate my time. Daily walks around the neighborhood- on the beam. Making homemade salad dressing- off the beam (even though it's what my taste buds prefer). Chick-fil-A's new frosted lemonade- SO on the beam.... and so NOT on the diet. (But that's okay because diets are #offthebeam, no?)
Unfortunately, blogging and most forms of social media are also off of my beam in this season of life. I'm in the middle of some big writing projects, and since I actually have deadlines (as in actual people waiting to read my stuff), I've had to set some things on the mat because my beam was becoming way overloaded. Too many tricks does not make for a steady landing.
Still, it's been a while since I've posted and I thought you guys deserved a bit of an update. As I said, I've been busy writing, primarily a youth Bible study on the book of Isaiah. It's coming along nicely, and I'm SO excited to get it out into the world (hopefully by early fall... God willing). I also have some fun things planned for the blog when the time is right- some book reviews, giveaways, and perhaps a few other surprises, so stay tuned for those! Thanks for stopping by, and until next time... keep your balance, folks.