Who is April?
Welcome to My Sacred Sojourn. My name is April and I write most of the posts you read here. I am a thirty-something wife and Mama to 2 little girls. I love sweet iced tea, hot soup, and a piece of dark chocolate on a cool autumn day. I can listen to the same song on repeat for 3 days and I have a hoodie I'd be happy to wear everyday for the rest of my life. I'm a creature of habit who craves spontaneity; I am a lesson in contrasts. Most importantly, I'm a woman who loves Jesus and wants my life to be a reflection of His love and grace.
Why "My Sacred Sojourn"?
I love the word sacred. It always makes me think of cathedrals and chapels, which will forever be some of my favorite places on earth. We look at these spaces, built for the glory of the Lord and to house His saints as they worship, and we call them sacred. We hold them in higher esteem than the supermarket or classroom or kitchen because of their purpose. But are they more holy, more consecrated?
I remember hearing a sermon series years ago about seeking significance with our lives. The implication of the series was that significance is in the "big things". But where does that leave the rest of us, those who get up every morning and love our husbands and wives, serve our children breakfast, put in another load of laundry, drive to work everyday? If God, The Significant One, dwells in me, then aren't all of those ordinary moments made sacred? Aren't they holy and consecrated because He's here?
sojourn- noun and verb
1. a temporary stay;
2. to stay for a time in a place; live temporarily
Sojourn is a word that encourages my heart with just seven letters. It's a temporary stay, not a permanent dwelling place. My life is a sojourn, a process of growth. I'm "not complete, but somehow no less whole."* I strive to write about the journey, not some illusive destination. I choose to write because by weaving words and stories, my journey begins to make sense. I share what I write in the hopes that my story might help you make sense of your own.
Dear friend, I pray that what you read on these blog pages will encourage your heart, breathe life into the dry places and be a soothing balm for your tired spirit. I pray that these words will remind you that every moment is sacred and holy because He is here, in the midst of your messes and triumphs. And I pray that as you realize this, you will begin to see Him in every rough and broken place and your heart will be transformed.
*Song lyric credit: Artist Say-So, Still Waters album, Song: In Between, 1999