Have you ever had times when God put something in your Spirit that He wanted you to do that seemed daunting (at the least)? The kind of dream or assignment that you know is bigger than something you could come up with on your own? The kind that you can’t wrap your mind around so you try to reason it away and forget about it, but you can’t? If we’re quite honest, many times those assignments He drops in us, those dreams and visions we just can’t shake, seem insurmountable when looked at through our own understanding. The magnitude of what He calls you to can leave you wondering where to even start, let alone know how you’re going to finish. But I’ve learned something in the last two years that has changed my perception about those “too-big-for-me directions” God gives me. Read more
Well, here we are. Mid-August and mourning the end of summer. I know, I know…those of you with “real” jobs (ahem…Micah 😘) get so tired of people like me mourning the end of summer or any school break for that matter. But…anyway. Today is the last day of summer break. On Monday my kids & I head back to school. Our eleven weeks of no alarms, no packed lunches and no routine are over. Needless to say, I kind of wanted to relish Read more
Happy summer to you! An entire season has passed since I last sat down to write. At my kids’ ages, our spring gets extraordinarily busy. Couple my husband’s regular work craziness with the end of school activities of my preschool and my kids’ elementary & middle schools, then add in soccer and gymnastics and church and — VOILÀ — people like me tend to say they’ll write later when things aren’t so crazy busy. So, see ya later, Spring. It was nice seeing you. Moving right along….
And here we are at the first day of July already. Before I blink, summer break will be half over. I can say that I’m pleasantly surprised Read more
I promise I’m not going to share tales from the loo with you every time I write. I promise. I really do. But…
My family and I recently spent a few nights in a hotel. This was a familiar place, a hotel with our preferred chain that we’ve actually stayed in multiple times before. The first morning we were there, I lost my balance a little as I was getting out of the shower. No biggie. No slips, no falls; all was well…just some loose footing on a slippery tub surface. I warned my family about how slippery it was Read more
My kids never cease to amaze me. They’re funny, stubborn, helpful, smart, kind, goofy and sometimes just plain weird. Sometimes they make great choices and other times their decision-making skills need a tune-up. Whether it’s my girl’s balancing act across the top of the church’s playground equipment on about a 4″ wide beam…like 7 or 8 feet in the air…over gravel…not a moment I care to relive! She called it gymnastics. I called it a circus act without a net. Or my tweenage son’s reasoning that it’s perfectly ok to play in the pouring monsoon rain while he’s waiting in the school pick-up car rider line on the day I had told him we were going shoe shopping for him RIGHT…AFTER…SCHOOL. Just when I start questioning where in the world these crazy kids came from, they turn around and do sweet & caring things like when my son took care of his sister the day she got sick in the backseat on the way home from school. With no place for me to pull over quick enough, he instinctively held the bag so she could “relieve” her nausea, then helped her clean her face & get a drink, all after spontaneously praying for her to feel better. Funny thing is, all of these things happened in the same month!
Recently, I had one of those moments that was half amusing, half “what’s up with that?” Read more
So many starts and so few finishes.
I’ve been trying to write this blog for three weeks. Several different ideas crossed my mind…a deep thought here, an alleged good topic there…but every time I sat down and started typing I’d stall out and backspace more words than I can count. I have multiple blogs started that pootered out after just a paragraph or so. I even fell asleep a time or two (or twenty) while writing. And now here I am. Totally frustrated.
On the surface it seems like standard writer’s block but I know it’s more. Read more
So here it is January 2, 2017. Already.
It’s kind of unreal, honestly. Every new year I’m amazed at how fast the last one literally flew by. This one was no different in that aspect. Last Saturday, the last day of 2016, I was reflecting on the year and God spoke to me, “I answered your prayer.” When I wasn’t sure just exactly which one He meant since He answered more than one last year, He reminded me it was the one I had prayed at the beginning of the year when said I wanted to know Him in ways I’d never known him before. I then remembered how I had been nervous to pray that one–knowing it would probably mean experiencing things I hadn’t before–but my heart ached to know Him deeper. I knew I didn’t want to go through the year the same way I was.
So just a few days after my cautious but heartfelt plea He gave me a life changing word, Read more