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Summer – Where did You go?

Every summer I fall for the same lie – summer is synonymous with a slower pace of life. School is out. Things will slow down. We can catch our breaths and relax.   Then I blink and the days of summer are over as quickly as they began.  Gone is summer and the illusion that life would…

Small Beginnings

I recently heard Bob Goff quote Zechariah 4:10a on his Dream Big Podcast and it has been on my mind for weeks: “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin,” Zechariah 4:10a NLT This verse ties in beautifully with his Dream Big theme, but the more I reflect…

Behind the Scenes

Unless we are uber famous, most of our lives are lived behind the scenes.  Out of the spotlight.  Unseen.  Unrecognized.  Often unappreciated.  In fact – behind the scenes – is the perfect job description for motherhood, especially for stay-at-home mamas.  If we manage to do behind the scenes well, life is seamless.  We appear put together.  Food is…

When Blessings Annoy

Annoyed by blessings?  Let me explain.  As I pulled one item after another out of the dryer I felt annoyed.  Laundry seems endless and futile at times.  I know I am washing, sorting, and folding just so I can repeat the process next week: 30 shirts 20 pairs of socks 7 pairs of pants 2 Leotards 16 pairs of…

Flipping the Script – Comparison

”Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt Comparison.  Sometimes it bolsters our ego, but more often than not it leaves us feeling deficient, disappointed, or discouraged.  Feeling like we just don’t measure up.  Especially in our Pinterest-worthy Social Media highlight-reel world. We’ve all been there.   We see a friend’s trendy new home or remodel and think, wow…

Rethinking Blessing and Favor 

In the The Princess Bride Vizzini repeatedly describes the relentless pursuit by the dreaded pirate Roberts as – “Inconceivable!”  Finally, after his fourth inconceivable exclamation, his accomplice, Inigo Montoya remarks: “You keep using that word.  I do not think it means what you think it means.”  We can relate to this revelation.  So often we use terms…

Surrender

We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9 – NLT For the past four years in lieu of setting New Year’s Resolutions I have selected one word and an accompanying Bible verse for the year.  The word and verse are meant to be a focus, an encouragement, and a theme for…