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When You Feel Like Running

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I wanted a white vase, so I spray painted white over my shiny Goodwill find. I must not have prepped well enough as the white paint began to chip off around the edges after a while. The chipping didn’t look much like shabby chic or farmhouse decor or anything nice so the vase was relegated to the closet. Recently my husband got a hold of it. He sanded the vase down, added a little texture fixing where the chips were jagged and sealed it. Voila! I have an amazing vase now! “We all want to be a conqueror, but we don’t want anything to conquer.” – Joyce Meyer Click To Tweet We all want to be a conqueror, but we don’t want anything to conquer.” – Joyce Meyer That stings my heart a bit. Oh, how my actions, more often than not, reflect this statement. I want to learn, grow…

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Are You Feeling Out Of Sorts?

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My home is a work in progress as I am. I enjoy re-doing things, so it is awesome that we moved into an older home with a lot to re-do. Or that is what one would think, right? The problem: I do not like things looking undone or half put together. If you are “re-doing” with time constraints and a limited budget, then you will have a lot of undone’s or not yet started projects. That is reality. Learning to be content with undone’s and half-done’s while keeping motivated to continue with one project at a time and actually finishing the one, before starting another, is not always easy. So I am still peeling wallpaper in the kids bathroom as I get time. It’s taking sooooo long and the bathroom looks like a fight broke out in it. Patience, oh patience and time where art thou? And why do I…

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Plan For The Impossible

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I cut Magnolia leaves off of the branches of three magnolia trees across the street from our home and piled them in a grocery shopping bag. I hurried back across the street hoping the neighbors did not notice or if they did notice, that they did not care. So funny, doing this at the age of 43. Three Magnolia trees right across the street. Check. I had wire & wire cutters. Check. I bought the grapevine wreath for a whopping $3.88 on sale. Check. Why had I waited so long to make a simple magnolia wreath? I made assumptions and didn’t take into account what I had, what I needed and what I could do with what I had. There is value in planning for what you desire. Without a plan or a determination to get there, most likely you won’t. What are you determined to have or do or…

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So Not A Green Thumb And Parenting Is Not Easy Either

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Purchasing hanging planters to put flowers in can be risky at my house. I confess, I often kill living green things. See I have this love-hate relationship with living greens. I love the way they look, but I often can’t remember whether I’ve watered them or not, or if they have had enough sun or not. This California born chic now lives in the south. Spring comes early, last only a few days and morphs straight into hot, long summer days that stick beyond their welcome. With the heat, my interest in all things outdoors wanes fast, unless I’m at the beach or swimming in a pool. Let’s just say plants are not my natural gifting in life and humid, hot weather is not my forte. You can imagine my excitement when plants not only survive me but experience growth in spite of me. When they thrive, I can usually count…

Hope Out Of Nowhere

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Have you ever looked up and it was just there? An amazing sunset, spread across the horizon – it takes your breath away. You didn’t earn it or strive for it, it was just there, and you were privileged to look up and see Heaven’s painting. We’re caught off guard by sickness, by hurtful words or wrongful actions, an unexpected bill, or a flat tire as the rain begins to pour. Yeah, we all have THOSE days. We come down with the flu in the midst of a chaotic season in our lives, and have family dinners that are anything but peaceful; days of delays. Other times, we’re caught off guard by a unique spark of hope; it is just there! It appears like the sunset we didn’t expect. It shows up in the midst of routine or the “normal” cereal eating kind of morning, but make no mistake, it is…

Grab Hold Of The Impossible This New Year

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The second day of 2017 is here. There is a bubbling up inside of me, like when you know a surprise is coming, but you don’t exactly know what it is or what it’s going to look like. For each one of us the future will look different, “yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you (to me, to us)”. Isaiah 30:18 NIV There has been a lot of deep digging in my life in the past seven years. I’m happy to report there is water at the end of all the digging, this “well” is not dry. I’m claiming the gifts that God has spoken over my life, over my family, and over my friends until I see them come forth. Join me this New Year as I believe God for the impossible. I recently heard a minister, Paul Manwaring, say this, “Grab hold of the impossible until…

Here’s A Happy For You

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She sat a small orange on my desk with the words, “Here’s a happy for you”, and kept on walking. I stopped working and sat for a moment as I breathed in those words, “Here’s a happy for you”. Did my sweet friend know how much my heart longed for happy? I peeled the orange and tasted the sweet, tangy juiciness and the deep parts of me settled down in that space. A heart heavy, begin to feel a little lighter. Was I THAT worn down and empty? If I was, how could a simple orange and a five little words move me?     The orange tasted lovely, a smile began to emerge from the inside. I needed a “happy” busting into my normal routine where I felt stuck and stale. I needed reminding of the sweetness of friendship, the treasure of thinking of others, and the beauty of the…

Shut Your Eyes To Chaos And Fear

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I shut my eyes just as my son pulled the car out into oncoming traffic. He took off and there was nothing I could do, short of screaming, which would have been disastrous. So . . . I shut my eyes, clinched the door handle, and prayed. Funny how I think that if I close my eyes, that maybe . . . just maybe, what is happening will be less traumatic or dramatic or maybe it will disappear. There is truth snuggled in between these silly thoughts of mine. Shutting my eyes gives me an opportunity to stop staring at what I see. Yeah, there are times I just need to take a pause. You? There was no screeching or crunching of metal that day, but my blood pressure may have come close to exploding. My son pulled out of the grocery store parking lot. The truck that looked as…

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