Author: Kristen Mudrack

Indescribable Peace

Quiet, except for the chirping of birds and patter of the squirrels. Calm, a light wind blowing through the trees. Peaceful, a stillness settling over me. On top of the mountain, looking out as far as I could see, I was overcome with a sense of peace. It wasn’t that things were perfect – there were rain clouds hovering in the distance. It wasn’t that all of my problems were fixed – not at all. It wasn’t that things were all in their place – they weren’t. It wasn’t that the world had stopped fighting – there was still...

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Waiting For The Resurrection

We’re in that period of time right now – Lent, where we spend time preparing for Easter.  In the church calendar, Lent is a time of preparing, a time of waiting, a time of purpose. The days leading up to Jesus’ death on the cross were full of passion and teaching and sacrifice.  His years on Earth were full of the same as the days leading up to his death.  His purpose never faltered, even in the face of an horrific death on the cross. Our preparation for Easter is different.  We know what comes on the other side...

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Opposites Attract

My husband and I are complete opposites.  When we took the Myers-Briggs personality test as part of our pre-marital counseling, we were nearly 100 points apart on some categories.  If you wanted to see two opposite people get married, we’re it.  We didn’t look at these differences as bad things, though.  We saw them as the complement to our own inadequacies. I’m a rather introverted person and would prefer my day to be neatly scheduled out, while my husband would rather fly by the seat of his pants and can talk to anyone, anytime.  He has pulled me out of...

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Relationships Are Messy

Relationships – friendships, marriages, siblings – are hard.  And we women have the tendency to make them even harder. As women, we tend to be compare ourselves to others constantly – whether it’s that our body isn’t as good as hers, or that our job isn’t as glamorous as hers, or that we aren’t as good of a mother as her, or that we don’t have as clean of a house as her…. the list could go on for hours.  By comparing ourselves to others, we are robbing ourselves of our own calling, and we’re making everything harder for...

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Holidays

If you’re anything like me, the holidays bring with them some pretty serious busyness.  But then again, I’m a college professor, and the most stressful time of the semester is nestled right in between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Whose bright idea was that?? Regardless of the busyness at work, though, my guess is that the month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is also busy for you too.  The malls are packed, the traffic is terrible, your mom keeps bugging you about what you want for Christmas, and you’re really not looking forward to spending Christmas Eve with your strange Aunt Winifred....

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