Oh goodness, breakfast with a sweet friend just warms me right to the soul. When my heart feels heavy or I feel overwhelmed, it’s absolutely quality time with loved ones that picks me up. My work weeks are only four days long, but boy are they a marathon, and between grading and switching campuses, I’m worn out long before Thursday. Always being on, you know? Always answering questions, being the expert source, the teacher, the one who guides. I love it so so much. But these days when I’m low on relational energy, I look to my sources – quiet times in scripture and prayer, and coffee dates with good friends who lift me up and make me laugh. Between a God who provides all strength and friends that love like family, well, my cup overflows.