My love-hate relationship with traveling

I hate traveling. Pretty sure I just unpacked my battered suitcase from somewhere. Now, I sit in the passenger seat for my monthly trek to Chicago. We don’t get Chicago Pizza, watch the White Sox or shop on the Magnificent Mile.

Did I bring my toothbrush? Never fails, I usually forget something. I wish I were better at this travel thing, but I’m not. I way OVER pack shoes, clothes, etc. because I just never know what I might need or what doesn’t fit this week!

I bring my own pillow because I hate the thought of putting my face on someone else’s drool. I would pack my bed if I could. Make sure you don’t watch 20/20 to find out what’s in the world of public bedrooms.

I miss my coffee (Blossom and Sons) my bathroom, my deck, my books and my own office. I like my own cooking and knowing who cooked it and if hands and veggies were washed.

Oh and the worst part, I miss my kids and grandkids. It’s not that I see them everyday when I’m home but just knowing I can’t, makes me long to see their beautiful faces. As soon as I get in the car, I’ve got McD’s or pizza party plans for them when I get home!

Do I sound like a whiner? I’m not, I’m just saying…

Why do I go to Chicago? I go to Listen. I listen to the stories of leaders who are on an intentional spiritual journey with the Transforming Center transformingcenter.org. Each group of leaders spends 2.5 days each quarter practicing their faith, deepening their relationship with God and strengthening the souls of their leadership.

Really, I love traveling, especially to Chicago. Providing the service of Spiritual Direction to pastors and leaders as they navigate the journey is pure joy for me. I know their lives are experiencing profound transformation. How do I know? I took the trip for myself at a critical time in my life 15 years ago. A Spiritual Director helped me hear my truth and discover where God was through it all. Now I do that for others.

So, with my broken wheeled suitcase in the back I sing with Willy Nelson, “On the road again.” Extra bonus- this gorgeous dude is my traveling companion.

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I love traveling.

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About Scott & Clare

Scott and Clare Loughrige are Co-Founding Lead Pastors of Crossroads Church. With a vision of starting a dynamic life-filled church, Scott and Clare were sent from a pastoral team in Downriver Detroit and came to live in the Marshall area in 1992. They are deeply committed to building a community where spiritual transformation is the norm and from a place of transformation-- take action in the world. They serve in local and worldwide missions devoted to social justice issues and find no sacred secular split. They believe that social change emerges from a place of deep connectedness with Christ and a community of faith."We have chosen to stay at Crossroads all these years and live into a longterm commitment to a local church. We have enjoyed watching this church continue to transform into the image of Christ and feel deeply grateful to have served this community in that process. Crossroads has been and continues to be a community that is transforming for the sake of the world Jesus loves. Everyday this community challenges us to grow in faith, hope and love. We love our church!" In addition to their commitment to ministry in their own community, they speak at conferences, seminars, and retreats and have a deep commitment to strengthen the souls of Pastors and ministry leaders and the churches they serve. "Our friend who is a psychologist for pastors in crisis said "Do you know what a miracle it is that after these many years in ministry you still love God, the Church and each other?!" We realize it is a miracle and a grace but it has not been without intentional effort. We have given our lives to train and continue to form as Christ's ministers. We have not wanted to give a message that we couldn't experience ourselves. As the pastors of this communnity, the parents of wonderfully developed adult children and growing grandchildren we have HOPE for pastors and leaders and whatever they may be facing". Scott and Clare offer trainings and resources to help you form in the image of Christ as you "navigate the journey home". http://www.ccmonline.org/pastoral-leadership-missions

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