Posts by mandi


If my first year in DC was about strengthening my emotional health, then my second year was building on my professional and financial health. As I said previously, it’s been a great boost to my confidence to have a job I can excel at while also making a difference (bleeding heart over here) and paving my own way. “But DC is SO EXPENSIVE!!!” They Said When I first moved to DC from the Midwest, the most common refrain I...

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Is Despair a Sin?

Is Despair a Sin?


Posted By on Oct 26, 2015

I’m not going to get into a theological discussion here. I’m not going to compare and contrast every Bible verse I can find and try to discern the Spirit to interpret meaning. That’s another post. Another day. For now, suffice it to say that lately I’ve been feeling some despair. I have endless personal experience with God’s answer to my prayers. I even have countless examples of God answering prayers I didn’t even know I had prayed....

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Does your congregation include many single adults? Or is your church membership comprised mainly of married couples and families? Or maybe you’re facing an ever-aging population and wonder how you can get young adults (many of whom are single) integrated into your church membership. This infographic provides a scale of immersion singles may or may not be experiencing in your church. Depending upon where your church’s culture falls on...

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What Are We Doing?


Posted By on May 14, 2015

Two times in my life I’ve gotten star struck. I got sweaty. My words tripped over my tongue. I was too shy to maintain eye contact. In short, I looked like a fool. The first time was when I met Jennifer Buffett. She was speaking at a Greater Milwaukee Foundation event and I was working at a non-profit at the time. I attended the luncheon with my Executive Director, who knew Jennifer, and introduced us after her speech. I was struck...

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Don’t You Ever Get Lonely?

Don’t You Ever Get Lonely?


Posted By on Mar 27, 2015

I just spent a few days in heaven, a.k.a. Camp Luther in Three Lakes, Wisconsin, cottaging with friends. We spent our days kayaking, swimming, hiking, frisbee golfing, and eating. We spent our evenings playing board games, glow-in-the-dark bocce ball, and staying up way longer than is smart. My friends and I usually find a few hours each day to get deep into conversation about our lives and our faith. It was during one of these...

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I hate to start out writing with a cliche, but in this instance the “Merriam-Webster’s defines ‘idol’ as…” works so very well. So…Merriam-Webster’s defines “idol” as: a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, revered an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship one that is adored often blindly or excessively. The first definition isn’t bad, right? But the second we have a problem with. This is the what God...

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A few weeks ago I wrote this post about despair. I’ve been having trouble praying in any meaningful way because fear got a hold of me. As I told a friend at church, the despair stemmed from fear. Fear that God wouldn’t answer my prayers. Fear to pray because I had lost hope that He was capable and willing to give me good things. So I didn’t pray. Or when I did I copped out and prayed the “God you know what’s in my heart” prayers. Or I...

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I’m Moving to Washington DC

I’m Moving to Washington DC


Posted By on Nov 19, 2014

I’m moving to Washington, D.C. on Sunday. It’s both incredibly exciting and slightly terrifying. I applied for a dream job never thinking I had a chance, but then I got an interview and then an offer. So here I am. Packed up and ready to ship out in 4 days. Despite the anxiety, the excitement, the sheer amount of logistical planning that’s taking up my brain space right now, I can’t help but consider the pros and cons of a...

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