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May 25, 2016

A Sucker For Unexpected Gifts

A sad face, toilet paper emoji awaited me. A facial expression made out of toilet paper, placed on a roll of toilet paper, so I could not miss it. My daughter left me this creative gift, with a clear message, in a place she knew I would go. The next day I found another gift. Apparently I had redeemed myself in her eyes, as the sad face had now morphed into a smiley face. Children know how to give gifts, where to place them, and exactly how to get their message across to us don’t they? I am a sucker for unexpected finds, the kind that imply someone thought of you and wanted you to know that they thought of you. Maybe a note of thanks left in the room where guests recently stayed in your home. Maybe a photo printed, framed, and wrapped (of a memory you shared with…
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EncouragementFaithScripture
May 4, 2016

Roasted Faith Series – Part 2: More Faith

Each month more and more homes foreclosed all around us and we lowered the asking price of our house to no avail. Thirteen long, stretched-out, warren-out months passed. The economy crash had sucked the life out of our business and my husband had taken a job out of state. The kids and I stayed behind to finish school and sell our home. We envisioned the house selling quickly and joining my husband under one roof in no time at all. That “short” faith turned “long” and more difficult than we anticipated. The caffeine buzz wears off and it seems our faith buzz can too. We know, that we KNOW God can do all things, but this time the situation is larger in scope; it’s more complicated; and the process is moving slow. Faith should come easy right? Not for me and maybe not for you either. I struggle between the…
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EncouragementUncategorized
April 6, 2016

Keep Showing Up

With each move over the past seven years we have sorted, cleaned out, and packed up in preparation for another life change. Each location represents a move, a transition, an adventure, a new season, and an inner longing to be home again. The deep wrestle within, over “what’s next”,  intensified in my heart as time edged forward towards another crossroad in our lives. The questions flooding my mind: What is next? Another transition God, really, how many do you think one can handle? Circumstances mixed with frustrations can make us question where we are, what God is doing, and then blind us to what he’s given us right where we are at. In my quiet time with God I could hear the whispers, “You’re Next”. Next for what? What does that mean? "You prepare while I work." Ok God, I will prepare, but what are you working on? “I will give you…
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EncouragementScripture
March 11, 2016

Truth Is We All Have Cracks

Stepping on a squishy, gritty surface with bare feet, it took a minute to register the sensation. The stamped concrete floor in the hallway was hard and cold, where I placed my bare foot was strangely cushioned. Looking down I saw that I had stepped on a crack in the cement with sandy colored clay, broken up in tiny morsels, exploding in little mounds over the edges and . . . there were ants crawling all around.   The crack was not new; living in Mississippi you soon find out that many homes have foundational issues due to the expanding and contracting Yazoo Clay. What was unfamiliar, the earth under the house, now inside the house. The culprits: fire ants.   Before we moved from Colorado to Mississippi I was not privy to the ways of fire ants or Yazoo Clay. In the fire ant community the ants work for…
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Encouragement
February 24, 2016

Don’t Opt Out of Trusting, Opt In!

When we chose to focus on our issue, we opt out of trusting and we opt into second guessing ourselves and God. We rehearse earth’s language instead of what our Heavenly Father is speaking to our hearts. We find ourselves awake at night; pressure increasing mentally and physically; running in mind circles, we are spent. In an effort to grasp answers we were not meant to define or capture ourselves, our energy is depleted. Avoid this fitful exhaustion by repeating heaven’s language; the Word that was made flesh, that came to dwell among us. Rehearsing the Word of God calms our spirit, delivers heaven’s truth to our hearts, and replaces grasping, for what we cannot quite reach on our own, with a trusting peace that is accompanied by REST. Don’t opt out of trusting, opt in. “Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises SHAPE your worries into prayers, letting…
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Encouragement
January 23, 2016

Be Brave and Wise

The next time a strange male voice says, “you’re brave . . .”, I will think twice before proceeding. Kids waiting in the car, my fourteen year old and his sister, I ran quickly in the store needing two ingredients for soup. You know how that goes; once inside the grocery store you always think of a few more things to grab, since you’re already there and . . . they’re on sale. The emergency broadcast system alerted us that a storm was approaching, as we left my son’s school a few minutes earlier. Onward to the store and then home before the storm kicks into high gear. Inside Kroger’s I gathered up what I needed, plus a few extras, and zipped through self check-out. The wind began to blow and the rain, pouring down. Through the automatic glass doors I saw a few people standing, waiting with carts full…
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Encouragement
January 17, 2016

Take Time to Recharge!

Feeling out of sorts like the snowman art hanging on the wall into the New Year. Remnants of white lights, a shiny candlestick red, and candy cane stripes left behind. Another tub of decorations to pack, can’t quite wrap Christmas up; decorated in stages, now the putting away in stages. Tired. The crush of busy, a list of to-do’s, and must-do’s. Longing for the quiet, the refreshing, the more of God that I desperately need. Reality nudges hard; juggling schedules, kids stressing and fussing, time escaping faster than I can slow it still, and the knowing that I’m not enough. Looking, longing for that deep, strengthening joy. Learning to find a heart of thankfulness in all things, even in the “not-enough’s” and my failures strong. Sharpening the skill of seeing the good, the lovely that only God can make out of all things. The end of the week, I take…
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Encouragement
November 7, 2015

God Loves Us Backwards

Dirty clothes, stinky diapers, and paperwork piling up left me feeling guilty.  This was not the vision of “momhood” I had in mind when I was longing to have a family. A tight budget, caring for a newborn, chasing a 4 year old and learning to live with temporary house guest, left me balancing more than I could juggle at times. My world felt tilted in the wrong direction as things kept sliding just out of my reach. I longed for that “normal” life - the one with the Hallmark movie kind of ending - not the current script that was unfolding before my eyes. I desired “me time” away from little ones who held my deepest affection while keeping my hands, arms and feet in constant motion. The bathroom became my haven - a few moments of peace - maybe, if my prayers were answered. When a good friend…
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Encouragement
September 5, 2015

What Are You Hiding?

Let's just say I have more-than-a-few secret hiding places and I'm always creating new ones on the fly. Staying one step ahead of my children is a must during certain seasons of parenting. I developed the "never put the prized possession in the same hiding spot" strategy when I take away privileges due to their less than great behavior. This keeps everyone on their toes or maybe I'm a mom leaning on the crazy side. Once my sweet one has earned the prized possession back, by completing chores, homework, or exhibiting good behavior - my life gets a little messy. Depending on the transpiring events, the latest hiding spot has been known to slip my mind from time to time. The search begins... my kids and husband say, "if mom put it away - it could be anywhere". Cleaning the house falls under the same category. Have you ever straightened up in a hurry, stashing things here…
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Encouragement
August 28, 2015

A Treat For The Soul: Sandwiched In No’s, I’m Learning To Say, “Yes!”

Life can deal out a lot of "no's": challenges that stretch us in many ways. In the midst of challenging times will you learn to say, "yes"? Yes, an incredible word with simple, yet profound power: power to change the course of a moment, a day, a week, a year and even a lifetime; to change the direction of our hearts; to remove heavy weights so that we can skip again; and the ability to rest and rejoice in the God who says, "Yes!", to each of us every day. Sandwiched between no's, I'm learning to say, "yes": a treat for my soul. I have been wading nose deep in a long season of transition that has triggered a kind of "survival mode" style of living. I have become accustomed to slicing and dicing things out of my life - that I desperately have longed to say, "yes", to - in order to juggle what…
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