Freedom In Me

There’s a difference between being a good person who considers themselves a Christian, and truly living a life for Jesus Christ. I learned this difference in college. Prior to that time, I had asked Jesus into my heart, I was nice to others, and I tried to be a “good girl.” However, living a life dedicated to God, studying His Words and His ways, is what brought me to a true realization of Who He is in me, and who I am to be in Him.

With the recent celebration of Christ’s willingness to die for our sins, and subsequent rising from the grave, I am reflecting upon what that victory means to me. Too often we minimize it to only meaning victory over sickness, sin, and death. Jesus’ dying on the cross did give us victory over all of those things, praise God. However, there is so much more that His death did for us.

Finish reading at:
http://www.gospeltoday.com/blog/2015/04/21/jesus-resurrection-means-freedom-in-me/

Impact … that will never be erased

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Today would have been Dr. Myles’ Munroe’s 61st birthday. He was a true man of God, a visionary, and the incredible depth of knowledge God gave him will continue to mold future generations. As I reflect on his life, I think about the words that came to me upon learning of his death…. impact.

It wasn’t just that he was a great spiritual leader. He was. It wasn’t just that he was a best-selling author, and world-renowned. Again, he was. But the profound depth of sadness that I felt, and now surge of thankfulness for what he left, was due to his impact.

Impact. The impact to show God’s love and compassion to a hurting world. Impact. The impact to help me stretch beyond the limits of what I thought was possible … to believe in me because of the limitless God within me. Impact. The impact to change the thinking and mindset of a generation … to help us see the Lord Jesus Christ is indeed an Almighty, Awesome God! Impact.

That is the word I choose now to describe Dr. Munroe, and his wife, Ruth, whose imprint was surely a part of his ministry.

And now his impact transcends even his death, in his children. Thank you, Dr. Munroe, for becoming all that God created you to be, and dying empty.

Thank you, for your impact.

Summer Camp Time Already?

Yup. Sure is. And for me, as with everything else, it becomes a part time job and a full time adventure. I am the type that thoroughly – and I mean thoroughly, researches every endeavor for my kids. From ratio of camp counselors, to time for breaks and lunches, to exact camp agendas, and of course are scholarships available – I check out everything. I’ve had many parents ask me how I begin research to find the best places for my child to spend their time during the summer.

1) I check out places I like to visit with the kids. I find out if there is a summer camp available. Then I look into whether they offer a scholarship/financial help. After all, camps typically run $200 or more per week, and that ain’t cheap.
2) I google areas of my boys’ interests. My oldest is into science (especially Magic School Bus). My little guy loves art and soccer. So I see what camps focus on those areas.
3) My local rec centers are places to look. They could offer great activities for the boys – and a reprieve for me – for about half of the price of ritzier locales. And they still have fun.
4) Vacation Bible School, anyone? VBS is one of the best ways for the boys to get a great learning week of fun! We are blessed to have a number of great churches holding VBS sessions in our area. And the cost is minimal – if any! A win-win for all of us.

I then reference, cross-reference and triple check dates. Parents, start your engines. Let the sign ups begin!

That’s What I Hate About You . . .

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Flowers blooming. Warm weather. Cool breezes. Birds chirping. Having fun outdoors. To me, spring signals a renewing of sorts … goodbye dreaded winter, cold weather, and being trapped indoors. Hello sunshine smiling down on my skin! I get giddy at the thought of getting those toes painted with a little Nail color. I’m also excited to watch my little ones run out some of that pent up energy. Yes indeed, I love springtime except for …

POLLEN! Ugh! Sneezing. Coughing. Itchy Eyes. Oh my! And pollen is so sneaky. For a day or two, my sweet little boy and I were walking around feeling sick. I attributed it to long days, working hard, late nights, and recent projects. Then I got a glimpse of our local pollen count – yikes! Through the roof! And though for years I’ve been blessed to not need allergy medicine to make it through, it doesn’t look like this year is one of those times.

I take a few precautionary steps to fight the pollen …
1) As soon as we enter the house, change clothes and bathe. It doesn’t work all the time, but we try.
2) Limit outdoor activity to after a good rain. Again, not always possible.
3) Masks. We haven’t gotten there yet, thank God. But . . .

Goodbye freezing cold, hello Allegra.

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Letting It Fall In My Lap

I’ve tried to open doors for years. Freelance writing, production work, speaking requests, teaching opportunities. I’ve searched. I’ve prayed. I’ve hustled. And all of those things are good. And necessary. But I am finally … finally … seeing things come together. To an outsider, it would seem like all of these great opportunities were offered overnight. Ha! The truth is I decided to stop stressing, worrying and trying to force things to happen. I calmed down. And decided to let them fall into my lap.

I’ve decide to trust God to lead me in the direction He wants me to go. I’ve decided that putting unnecessary stress and pressure on myself, is just that . . . unnecessary. And I’ve decided that some of those great opportunities that I missed … simply were not for me or it wasn’t the right timing. And it feels so good to feel God’s peace when I’m in the right flow!

Do I still make mistakes? Come on. Of course. Do I still get anxious? Occasionally. Am I excited about what God has in store? You better believe it. Let Him place it right into my lap :)

Celebrating Me!!

Happy Birthday to me! What a fun day to put out a blog. I appreciate all the wonderful well-wishes that I have received. I’m taking time today to enjoy and also celebrate me and all the things I’m thankful for! As I take a look back over this past year. . .

– I’ve definitely grown stronger and wiser
– I accept people for who and what they are, good and bad
– I love my family even more than before
– I love and appreciate me, even more than before
– I am pregnant with a passion for my purpose
– I want my timeline to be God’s timeline for my life
– I am wealthy with family and friends, and rich relationships
– I can’t see what more is in store!

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Back to celebrating . . . ;)

Staying Above Water

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Some days I think I’m drowning. I get that feeling … everything seems blurry, all running together, and all I can try to do is survive and head for shore (in this case, rest). I occasionally would love to have a camera follow me around all day. Not because I want to be a reality star – but because I don’t think people would believe how crazy my days are. From running around for my boys, special projects, meetings, article deadlines and interviews, helping hubby and an evening event, then sprinkle in a once in a lifetime opportunity for the kids – it’s all I can do at this point to type and think straight.

Especially at times like these I am thankful for God’s grace. I am thankful for His peace. And I am thankful for His provision. There is no way I could live my life on my own strength – honestly, I don’t think anybody could! (My life is not for the faint of heart, lol). But eventually, things will slow down, I will get the rest I need, and I’ll wonder how I made it through. Only by the grace of God . . . as He carries me to shore.

Is Your “House” In Order?

Experts say it takes anywhere from 21 days to 66 days to form a new habit, depending upon what you read. Bottom line – it takes time to phase out with the old and in with the new. As you read this, we’ll be in the third month of the year and close enough to consider any new habits solidified. That’s exciting! Or is it? It all depends on what those new habits are. Perhaps you’ve made some progress towards achieving your goals, but things still don’t seem to be flowing as smoothly as you thought. Springtime is right around the corner. Maybe now is the time for a little “Spring cleaning.”

The beginning of the year is the traditional time for deciding what areas you want to work on in your life. Setting goals, of course, is productive. But so is a time of pruning. John 15:2 of the New Living Translation says, “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” Simply put, after a couple of months of effort, it’s a great time to examine your progress, and any changes that need to be made. Here are just a few areas you can review to determine if you are doing all you can to move towards achieving your goal, or if a little tune-up might be in order.

Continue reading at: http://www.gospeltoday.com/blog/2015/03/20/is-your-house-in-order/

Don’t Underestimate the Simple

Sharing again because I need it right now :) Enjoy . . .

I was stressed. Neck tight, lower back ache, and head hurting. I hadn’t been this stressed in a long time, after months of carefully structuring my schedule and my life to avoid being overwhelmed. But somehow, this situation snuck up on me. And here I was, in a battle to regain the orchestrated simplicity (or organized chaos)  that has been working so well. Just wanted to share a few very simple methods I used that did a world of good….

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http://andthatsmyreality.com/2014/03/24/dont-underestimate-the-simple/

Exposure

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(Us with Governor Nathan Deal)

A couple of years ago, we were in the doctor’s office, waiting for the boys to get their regular checkups. My youngest, 2 at the time, started playing with another 2-year-old and they were having fun. My oldest son, then 6, was there too. The other mother remarked about how well-mannered my boys seemed to be – how well they spoke, how well they acted. She then expressed concern over her son …. and the way he would swear. Huh? Yes, she was concerned about her 2-year-old swearing, and asked me how I kept my kids from doing it. Once my surprise wore off, sadness set in for this young lady, who truly wanted her child to do better, and seemed lost to the fact that she was probably the very reason for the swearing. What I mean is, any child, especially one that young, is going to reflect whatever he is exposed to. You, as a parent, are responsible for that exposure.
That interaction caused me to think … about what I expose my boys too. Of course I consciously avoid the bad. But I want to make a pointed decision to expose them to the good; to expose them to:
– People who make them think, and make them express themselves
– People who have achieved great things, from whom they can learn
– Situations where they may be unsure or “out of their element”, so it can become their element
– Those who are less fortunate, to maintain a heart of compassion and love

Here’s to seeds of greatness being shown … through exposure.