• When You're Too Sick to Work
    Health

    What It’s Like To Be Too Sick To Work

    When I was a kid, I loved a good sick day. Of course I didn’t like being sick. But there’s a sweet spot where you’re just sick enough to stay home from school, but not too sick to watch daytime TV in your pajamas. That’s when it was really fun. Or so I thought. When I was twenty six, I developed Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Β I started having bouts of fatigue and muscle weakness that would last for days or weeks on end. Gradually I developed more symptoms: swollen throat, burning ears, stomach pain, brain fog, dizziness, and more. I always felt like I was one day away from the flu. Not really “sick” sick,…

  • introvert in missions
    Faith

    Being an Introvert in Ministry

    There’s no question that I’m an introvert. Take me to a party, and within two hours I’ll either be doing dishes or making friends with the household cat. I love people, but I can only take so much socialization before I begin to feel exhausted and claustrophobic. To be honest, I likeΒ functioning this way. I like that I’m sensitive and that I know when to step away from the noise of life to process and recharge. I contribute differently than an extrovert, but have just as much to offer. Or so I like to think.Β In my field of work, introversion can seem like a disability.Β Ministry is often a parade of meeting new people,…