Being Christ in the world.

Two things I love? Brunch and friends who inspire me to be a better person. I was able to enjoy both of those things this morning. We talked about Haiti, living out our charisms, saying goodbyes, embarking on new beginnings, and the ways the Lord works through us.


“Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.”
Matthew 25:34-26

Scripture clearly outlines how we should allow the Lord to work through us… Feed the hungry. Give drink to the thirsty. Welcome strangers. Clothe the naked. Care for the ill. Visit the imprisioned. I mean, He gave us the instruction manual. Why, then, is it so darn difficult?

Because I value the order of my life. My schedule. My comforts.

How often do I allow myself to be humbled and led by God?

How often do I place other’s needs above my own?

How often do I let my life get messy?

Not. Often. Enough.

Sure, I got to Mass every Sunday. Sure, I volunteer in my city. Sure, I serve in Haiti. But how often do I let God out of those compartmentalized areas of my life?

I’m looking for some inspiration, friends. What are ways we can all act as Christ in our daily lives?

Women's Group

Our best year yet.

Last night, my Women’s Group reviewed some highlights from the Influence Network’s Casting Vision for Your Best Year Yet.

We discussed the four main steps in casting our visions:

  1. Begin in submission
  2. Cast a vision
  3. Move forward in action
  4. Continue in grace

After prayerful reflection, we defined our hopes for 2015 by outlining:

  • What we’d be delighted to do in 2015,
  • What we’d be bummed to miss out on, and
  • What we’d be unwilling to sacrifice.

Honestly? The piece that spoke most to me was identifying what I’d be unwilling to sacrifice. It spoke to my heart more than anything and helped me define the other pieces. In 2015, and generally in life, I’m unwilling to sacrifice:

  • Quality prayer time
  • Traveling to Haiti
  • Vulnerability with my friends

What does that mean? This year, I will “sacrifice” my vacation time to lead trips to Haiti, work to learn Haitian Creole so I can communicate better, prioritize time with my friends, and intentionally carve out time in my day to spend with the Lord.

Creative Mornings

Freestyle, that’s how I do. I’m talking through a didgeridoo.

Thanks to my friend, I quickly completed the first of Twenty New Things Before I Leave My Twenties. On December 5, I attended my first CreativeMornings/BAL event. I have wanted to check out one of these events for the last five years, since I first found out about them in New York.

Creative Mornings

It was my birthday week and the theme was Education… perfect! I was hoping to find new ways to engage the children at the homeless shelter and for tips to encourage creativity in the children when I travel to Haiti. The event did not disappoint. Max Bent and Jamaal “Black Root” Collier, from Young Audiences, started with beat boxing and shared tons of ideas. Some of my favorites were:

“Don’t just teach at them. Create an experience.”

“Beauty for selfish reasons is not a virtue, it’s vanity.”

“The difference between something cool and something corny is the popularity behind it.”

And my favorite…
“If you expect a different outcome, you have to provide a different input”

A video posted by Jen King (@jennifre) on Dec 5, 2014 at 9:55am PST

And to make things even cooler, they pulled up traditional Haitian song. I love when Haiti pops up in random areas of my life…

Creative Mornings