Archives for September 2012

Be Intentional

The big picture of your life and who you are is made up of millions of tiny snapshots of moments and decisions. If you do not like the picture you currently see, you have to start changing the types of snapshots you are adding each day, and slowly the bigger picture will begin to shift and change, taking on a new look and feel. For the next 31 days, I will be writing about cultivating a life of intention and grace. To form better habits and see real change and transformation in your life, you … [Read more...]

Intention, Meet Grace

Grace, allow me to introduce you to my good friend, Intention. I think you two will really hit it off. In fact, Intention is desperately in need of a friend like you. You see, Intention is a good girl but she tends to hang out with the wrong crowd. When Perfection and Over-Achiever saunter her way, she is enticed by the way they flaunt their accessories. But they are not good influences on her. Like I said, Intention is a good girl, but she goes a little overboard when she hangs out with those … [Read more...]

Behind the Blog {Sept. 2012}

Books I've Read... The Quotidian Mysteries: Laundry, Liturgy and Woman's "Work" by Kathleen Norris I read this book based on recommendations from Sarah Bessey. I have to say it wasn't quite what I expected, meaning she didn't write about the everyday in oversimplified terms, but the book read more like a memoir with great insight in many areas of life. I enjoyed her writing style and will definitely be reading more of her books.  Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith by Ann … [Read more...]

With Faith Like a Child

We sit on the blanket in the warm September sunshine sharing what we are thankful for and what we would like to pray about. This circle time that we do has quickly become our favorite part of learning at home. Stacked next to me are Bible storybooks and Scripture songs to help me teach them about God and His ways. They listen with eyes of wonder, pray sweet prayers thanking God for trees and butterflies, and ask Him to help the flowers grow again. Emma tells me that God doesn’t talk to … [Read more...]

Yes to the Little Things

There is a note card taped to my bathroom mirror that says the following... Say YES to the little things. Say YES to inconvenience so someone else might be blessed. Say YES to doing the unseen, the unnoticed, and the underappreciated. Say YES to overlooking faults and inconsiderate slights. Say YES to patient listening though there's much to do and more to say. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much." Luke 16:10 My prayer this week is that we will … [Read more...]

Arms Wide Open

Me and God have a history when it comes to houses. Newly married, my husband and I were building our dream home nine years ago. Mid-construction, God opened up the door for us to go into full-time ministry but that required us to give up the house. And we said, “Yes God.” After living with my parents, moving in and out of a roach infested apartment in a three week turnaround, and living in a cool, but tiny loft in the city, we finally purchased our first home. Certainly not my dream home, … [Read more...]

The Supermom Myth

As the mother of two little boys, I am up to my eyeballs in superheroes. I step on a tiny Iron Man on my way to the dress up box where I stuff capes, masks, and gloves packed in so tight the lid won’t stay shut. I fold Batman shirts, and stack Superman underwear, and overhear vintage 1967 Spiderman episodes playing in the living room while I stand in the kitchen cleaning up after dinner. I think their obsession is adorable and I don’t mind a bit if they wear their capes to church. I let them don … [Read more...]

Open Up My Eyes

Lately I have been listening to Hillsong United during my runs because most of their songs are high energy and upbeat. But there is this one song on my playlist that is quite the opposite. Every time it plays, tears sting my eyes and my lungs begin to burn, as the sidewalk becomes a place where my heart cries out to God. The song is called "Hosanna" and you can view the full lyrics here and listen to it here. This is the part that gets me... Heal my heart and make it clean Open up my eyes … [Read more...]

Focus

A few months back I decided photography wasn’t my thing, so I sold my fancy camera and set out to learn all I could about my iPhone camera and how to make the most of it. There is this nifty little feature that allows you to touch the screen to choose which part of the image you would like the camera to auto-focus on. This worked out great at the restaurant last night when I pretended to take a picture of my son, but was really taking a picture of the girl at the table behind him who had really … [Read more...]

32

Thirty found me fresh with grief, arms full with a new baby and an attached two year old, being passed the torch of a ministry with big shoes to fill and even bigger expectations of how much I could handle. It was a hard year. Thirty-one found me sandwiched between a family wedding and my women’s retreat directorial debut, a little overweight and a lot unhappy, searching for myself and unsure of a lot of things. It was a hard year. Today I turn thirty-two. And the winds are … [Read more...]