Born and raised in small town, Virginia, I have since lived all over the world. From Richmond to Philly, Jackson to Melbourne, Macon to Burlington, Clarksville to Oahu, Columbia to Gambrills, Johnson City to Nashville, the Carolina coastline, and now full circle coming back home, it’s been quite the journey. I have two 20-something girls and one growing teenage boy. Probably my biggest weakness is what I like to call ‘too many things’. Sometimes I overwhelm myself with the sheer magnitude of everything I enjoy doing from puzzles to gardening to reading, with lots of crafts, tennis/pickleball, and theological
arguments discussions in between. Did I mention that working full-time has put a cramp in my TMT style?
Although I led worship for over 25 years in at least 4 different denominations (many more if you consider the military ecumenical model), raised 3 kids, home schooled for 15 years, successfully work in customer service/sales, managed to stay married for 28 years before calling it quits, and have tons of wonderful friends, I still struggle at times with the feeling that I haven’t done anything meaningful with my life. Welcome to my mid-life crisis.
An avid reader, I am consistently in the middle of 5+ books at a time (some people call this a symptom of codependency, but I call it an obsession with words). I read mostly fantasy/science fiction but also enjoy theology and self-help books (usually health-related, both mental & physical, and now delving into the metaphysical realms).
I also like to talk – a lot (‘wordy’ is an accurate description for most of my writing; I am working hard at becoming more concise). Talking is my way of processing what’s going on in my head/heart.
My reasons for keeping a blog have changed right along with my personal journey. Today, I have come to the conclusion that connection is the key to life, and love is the only good criteria for anything. But because it’s nigh unto impossible for us to connect outside the boundaries of our own personal grids (past experiences that shape the way we interpret language and thus the way we think about any given topic), real connection with others requires learning to think beyond the edges of our own boxes. I used to call it “taking beliefs out to their furthest conclusion to see if they still make sense there”; but really, I just enjoy crashing against envelope flaps, consequences be damned.
No wonder a friend once nicknamed me “controversy”.
As to why I picked the blog handle Judah First …
In the Book of Genesis, Leah had three children in an attempt to win her husband Jacob’s love. When her fourth son was born, she said “Now I will praise the LORD!” (Judah means ‘praise’ in Hebrew.) I imagine this meant she had finally decided to look to God for her self-worth. The Tribe of Judah was first in everything amongst the twelve – first to battle, first to break camp, the worship leaders, and the line of kings. To me the screen-name ‘Judah First’ is code for ‘Praise First’, and reminds me to live a life of gratitude no matter what circumstance I find myself in.
I love a great conversation and welcome your comments. I hope you’ll feel free to think out loud with me. Please be aware that comments personally attacking me or any of my other readers will be deleted. And do me the honor of acknowledging your source if you wish to copy any of my work.
Many thanks for reading!
Peace, Love, and Light,