• fashion,  inner world,  Uncategorized

    Thrifty Thursday- shop the trends for less

    This week’s Thrifty Thursday is all about finding the current trends for a fraction of the price. A lot of people think that if they shop at thrift stores they’ll end up looking like this:   But you can actually shop the latest trends at thrift stores for a heck of a lot less.  Think about how often you buy a shirt and then decide it just doesn’t fit you right, the color isn’t flattering to you or you should have bought a different size. What do people do with those items? That’s right. They send them to the thrift store, often times with the tags still on. And that’s…

  • inner world,  jesus,  justice,  prayer,  spirituality,  Uncategorized

    This is How We Fight

    This is How We Fight  We dance because we believe in the one who makes all things new We sing because our voices cannot be silenced amidst the screams of terror around the world We bake bread to nourish our bodies because just like Elijah- the angels around remind us; “get up and eat. the journey is far too much for you.” We go to sleep because the one who made the day and night holds us in his powerful hands. We love. And keep loving. And then love some more. To the porn-addicted man in his clean oxford shirt at church on a Sunday morning. To the gay teenager…

  • books,  Uncategorized,  writing

    Bird by Bird? More like Turd by Turd

    As I’ve been getting up early to work on my book Beautiful Feet, I was reflecting on Anne Lamott’s book- Bird by Bird, which, if you’re a writer or an aspiring writer, it’s a great place to get some practical and inspiring tips.  The title of the book comes from a project her brother was working on about birds while he was in middle school. He had waited until the night before to write a report about various kinds and birds and was freaking out that he wouldn’t be able to get it done in time.  Their dad, encouraged him-” just take it bird by bird, buddy.” A little bit at…

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    Where there’s a Crowd…

    …There’s usually a party. At least that’s my opinionation. In college my friends and I would roam the student housing streets (Beal, Gunson) at Michigan State University looking for one thing primarily: a crowd. Loud students sitting on sagging porches with red cups in their hands, the door thrown wide open.  It was only logical that a keg of crappy icehouse beer and some dude DJing would also be present so we could get our groove on. Though I am far from my student days of showing up at random people’s homes to consume their beer for free and possibly throw up in their bushes from said crappy beer, I…

  • inner world,  jesus,  justice,  parenting,  Uncategorized,  women

    When a man loves a woman- he will be an advocate

    In the immortal words of singer Percy Sledge “when a man loves a woman….he’d change the world for the good thing he’s found.” My friend Rob from California loves women- and is changing the world because of it. He loves women so much that he has dedicated a significant part of his life and leadership to being an advocate for women and girls in his life.  Today, he graciously agreed to share his thoughts to use his power as an advocate for women. Check out his blog and leave him a nice comment. We bloggers are a comment hungry bunch. Show us some love! ADVOCACY: WHAT’S IN IT FOR ME Over the…

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    What the Duck?

    As if your newsfeed isn’t already cluttered enough with Duck Dynasty rants one way or another (Christian’s are hate mongers!! Liberals are taking away free speech! Make him cut his beard off as punishment!!!) here is a post that expresses my thoughts on the whole matter. Since I’m on vacation busy drinking egg nog and eating way too many cookies I didn’t want to take the time to ramble through my thoughts on the whole thing. Instead here is Jen Hatmaker’s grace and love filled post  sums up my thoughts pretty well.  I don’t want to be known for what I’m against as a Jesus follower. I want to be known…

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    Five Minute Friday: Reflect

    I spent a good chunk of the week in the car this week- driving to and from Canton, MI to participate in a National Speakers Cohort with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Though some people comment how they would hate to have a job that requires the kind of travel mine does I really enjoy it. I enjoy the promise of what going to a new place holds, with new or old friends. I like getting a rental car to try out that’s different than my normal mom-mini-van. We have one car so when I take trips I just rent a car from the lovely people at Enterprise. The thing I like…

  • friendship,  inner world,  jesus,  kids,  mom blogs,  MOPS,  parenting,  spirituality,  Uncategorized,  working moms

    MOMcon 2013- Amazing happens here

    This past month I flew to Kansas City to attend MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) MOMcon. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, or at least picturing….something like this…. Frumpy Mom- who has gone un-showered, forgotten that she is a woman and is still wearing her clothes from high school because, well, her kids wipe their ranch dressing covered fingers on her sleeves and there is spit up on her shoulders from carrying the baby around. Why buy new clothes when that Alanis Morrisette t-shirt from 1997 still fits? or you picture this….. Perfectly coiffed moms who look like they bounced back postpartum like 2 hours after giving birth… like the ones from…

  • inner world,  jesus,  social media,  spirituality,  Uncategorized

    cigarettes and carrot sticks- my facebook fast

    I decided to go on a facebook vacation recently.  And then I felt this huge void in my soul. Well, that might be a little dramatic but I definitely felt like a smoker who reaches for a cigarette only to remember that tough decision to quit.  Those addictive little puffs of affirmation, feedback and likes feel like they’ve begun to turn my insides into black goo and distract me from pursuing what I really want from life. So on my facebook vacation I decided like a smoker that it isn’t enough just to get rid of what I keep coming back to- I need some carrot sticks to replace my…

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    I see him everywhere

    I had been composing a blog in my mind while pruning the branches of my weeping cherry tree, a blog about white privilege  and all the cross-cutural training I’ve received through the years from Universities, scripture, the organization I work withInterVarsity Christian Fellowship or being willing to engage in difficult conversations about ethnicity with friends who look different than me. It was a blog that was going to explore the privileges I have simply because I’m white- even something simple like coming from a family of plant loving gardeners who have passed along their knowledge of dividing hostas, putting in sod and what kinds of berries are poisonous….   To keep reading this…

  • inner world,  jesus,  spirituality,  Uncategorized

    Tell me about your friend

    “You talk differently about God now.” Curious, I asked him what he meant- “you used to talk about Jesus, now you just say “the LORD” like you have to use his professional name now that you’re a campus minister.  My husband Dave made this comment about six months into my ministry with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. We laughed about it but it also made me wonder what had changed.  I had been learning all kinds of cool things about the Bible, theology, relationships and prayer but I realized that it made me think about God in a professional way rather than as a friend.  God had become knowledge to attain rather…

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    Welcome to Jessicafick.com! (psssst….this is the big unveil)

    Hey blog friends! Welcome to my new site! I invited Maury Ballstein from Ballstein Models to provide appropriate fanfare: http://youtu.be/dGxWLonv2T4 At least that’s the sound that’s been going through my head today as I’ve tweaked away for the big unveil….at 5pm…on a Friday…at the beginning of summer….best time ever!!!  Sigh. I’ll take what time I can get when I’m home with my kids. The good news is the site is here to stay. Check out some of the new features: Evangelawesome- Just a little taste but there are juicy stories to come of people boldly sharing their faith as well as stories of people choosing to follow Jesus. Got a…

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    Welcome MOPS mamas!

    Hi! If you’ve clicked over to my blog from MOPS mom-email welcome! Take a look around, read my #momlife post- I’m sure many of you can relate to the gangsta’ life of a mom living hardcore in her minivan, arranging playdates like a pro, and buying goldfish like they’re going out of style. Feel free to subscribe to my blog- I post on a weekly-ish basis about practical ways to share your faith, stories about life and culture, tips on being a frugal fashionista and stories of people choosing to follow Jesus. Enjoy & Welcome! Jessica  

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    Who is My Neighbor?

    When something horrific happens in your hometown it gives you pause to wonder how safe you really are.  Cleveland made international news last week with the story of the three women who had been abducted and held prisoner for 10 years in the home on the West Side of Cleveland.  Like most people I’ve had the feeling of horror, amazement that the women were found, humor at the candid interview of Charles Ramsey and been left wondering- “how can this happen?”  Most of all I’ve felt like the neighbors to Ariel Castro  grateful that the girls were rescued and horrified that it happened. “Charlie Czorba, a Caribe customer who lives…

  • art,  jesus,  kids,  mom blogs,  parenting,  Uncategorized

    Care for the Little

    “Will you read that poem to me mom?” This literally came out of my son’s mouth recently. No, I am not living in some sort of utopian world where my children request poetry instead of watching another episode of Superhero Squad- and now Thomas the Tank engine has made his dreaded return now that Oswald is almost 2 and is allured by a smiling, talking train. But yes, my son Reuben did as me to read him this poem we have posted at the bottom of our staircase. In time of Silver Rain by Langston Hughes In time of silver rain The earth puts forth new life again, Green grasses…

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    We Saw Your Boobs (and so did God)

    When Seth MacFarlane did his song “We Saw Your Boobs”  about Oscar winners and female actresses who no matter how accomplished are reduced to their boobs  I thought to myself that though that song would never have been sung in a church it too closely echoed a sentiment among too many churches about women in ministry. When I read this article Hey John Piper Is my femininity showing? it echoed sadness and frustrations I’ve had for years about how women are often viewed in the church. It reminded me of the question once asked to me by a pastor when I invited him to help me with my preaching. Wearing a then…

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    broken world baby, broken world

    My friend and colleague Rick often uses this phrase “Broken world baby, broken world” when things feel so horribly jacked up in life and in the world. Since the bombing in Boston it’s been running through my mind and is coming out in beatnik-type poetry. Feel free to give some cool-kid snaps at the end of my attempt to poetically process pain. Or just amuse yourself by picturing me reciting this while looking like chicly-baby from Pee-Wee’s playhouse. I see pictures of friends cheering runners on in Boston. Hours later cheering has turned to screams of terror bombs exploded, lives are ended and the city mourns I bake bread, check email, read NPR…

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    How Do You Preach the Gospel and Breastfeed?

    I pulled into the McDonalds parking lot with my 5-month old son Oswald crying in the backseat because he was hungry. On a cold November afternoon I was driving to Detroit to help the InterVarsity chapter Oakland University chapter with an evangelistic outreach.  A colleague Nicole who had flown in from California was traveling with me to see an example of a female evangelist with a family and I was grateful for her company to give Ozzy his pacifier if it fell out and have someone to talk with on the three-hour drive from Cleveland…. To continue reading this post check it out at Jenny Rae Armstrong’s blog who graciously invited me…

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    Twenty minutes alone feels like…..

    Torture. Guilt. Awkward. Confusing. These were some of the answers shared in response to taking 20 minutes to reflect on self-care this morning at my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) meeting this morning.  “I don’t know what do do with myself” one mom commented while others nodded in agreement. The preschool years are insane in the membrane- we were joking this morning about things like these expressed so greatly in these ecards. We watched a video together about taking time for self-care- whether it’s making sure to drink enough water, take a nap if you’re cranky or just getting out to exercise with a friend.  I gave us some space- 20…

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    Radioactive Writerman

    This coming Monday I am going to look a little bit like this picture of Spiderman.  Not slinging webs, not fighting bad guys or upside-down kissing anyone while I hang from a building.  Just sitting, writing and being radioactive. Recently I found out that my thyroid was messed up with hypothroidism and that I’d have to undergo radioactive iodine treatment to cure it.  Basically I have been unable to make it through the day without taking a nap, going to bed ridiculously early and having crazy mood swings. Most mornings I wake up feeling hung-over because I’m so sluggish. I have just felt like a giant loser because I can’t…

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    Priesthood of All Believers?

    This has been a difficult post for me to write.  I feel caught between what I read in scripture. What I have been told is normative and what I have personally experienced. A few years ago I read Alan Hirsch’s book The Forgotten Ways. It blew my mind for about six months and I was reeling from the implications he outlined in one simple phrase- “the priesthood of all believers.” To continue reading this post, hop over to Release the Ape for my guest post.

  • jesus,  spiritual conversations,  spirituality,  Uncategorized

    You Don’t Look like a Christian

    It’s Ash Wednesday. And likely that you’ve seen some folks around town who appear unhygienic but in reality have had ashes imposed on their foreheads to signify the beginning of Lent- the 40 days leading up to Easter.   A friend recently commented to me- “If I saw you in a crowded restaurant I wouldn’t guess you were a Christian. You don’t look like a Christian.”  This gave me pause to wonder- “what do people think a Christian looks like anyways?”  On Ash Wednesday it might seem a little more apparent than usual. A Christian- Catholic or Protestant could look like this:   Or this: Possibly this: And yeah, this…