Distracted By Others

During the IF:Gathering, the Lord showed me three specific ways that I have been allowing myself to be distracted from fully being the Woman of God and the leader that He has called me to be. Today I will be sharing two of those distractions. Distraction #1: Too many voices. "You don't even realize what a secular world you're living in as a young mom. And part of that reason is the internet. The problem is that online, every voice carries equal weight." ~ Sally Clarkson, Mom Heart Conference, … [Read more...]

Stepping Out of the Dressing Room

I guess you could say that I've always been a window shopper of sorts. Not of brick and mortar stores in a quaint town square with an iced latte in hand, although I have done that and it is wonderful and needs to happen again very soon. But no, in this I am speaking metaphorically of those times in which my window shopping looked more like hands and face pressed up against the glass outside the shop of womanhood. Some little girls are intentionally raised to be strong women with a secure … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Having a Daughter

A few weeks ago, Phillip and I sat in a little booth at Chili’s for some late night appetizers and made some baby predictions. Ironically, each of us picked November 7th as our predicted birth date. Well, today is the 7th and if labor doesn't begin in the next few hours, he and I plan to go out on another little dinner date and make new predictions and relish this last bit of alone time we may get. Phillip has been so sweet over the last few weeks to take the boys along with him a little more … [Read more...]

When You Struggle To Find Your Niche

There are some high school graduates that walk off the stage, diploma in hand, knowing exactly what they want to do with their life. They enter college, declare their major, and go on to have the successful career of which they dreamed. That was not me. There are some bloggers who start a blog knowing exactly what they want to blog about and they go on to have the successful blog of which they dreamed. That was not me either. Join me over at Allume today where I share about my … [Read more...]

Quiet

I am feeling very quiet these days. Introspective. Contemplative. I am a person that very much needs to have a strong grasp on the who and the why. Who I am and why is it that I do the things I do? When life brings major changes as it has for me these past few months, I often feel the need to retreat, to pull back so that I can think and evaluate and make sure that I am not losing myself and sight of my priorities amidst the change. Right now, I don't feel that I have much to … [Read more...]

When You Feel Like a Wannabe

For me, blogging has been a lot like running. Three years ago, I gazed out the window of my computer screen and saw the bloggers passing by, and thought, I want to be one of them. I started a little blog and began writing about this and that, trying to find my voice and figure out who I was as a blogger and a writer. Head down, I kept to myself, quietly tapping away at the keys. I slowly gained confidence and began venturing out of my little blogging neighborhood to join the real bloggers … [Read more...]

Embrace Your Story

I have always seen my life as sort of like a board game in which I am constantly sending myself back to GO. GO brings a fresh start, a clean slate. I can try once again to do it right, to do it perfectly. But I never make it very far around the board, because no matter how hard I try, I keep turning over cards of flaws and imperfections that send me back at least 3 spaces, if not back to the very beginning. When I was younger, I thought that I would eventually reach a certain age in … [Read more...]

The Comparison Trap

In her book Daring Greatly, Brene Brown talks about the two biggest areas that women feel insecure being 1) in our appearance and 2) in the kind of mothers we are. And because of this, these are the two areas where people will usually judge or insult a woman first. And when I say people, I mean other women. And when I say other women, I mean me. “Can you believe that haircut? What was she thinking?” “I can’t believe she doesn’t have her kids dressed warmer. She’s just asking for them to … [Read more...]

Be the Brand

If I had just waited 3 more days to post this, I could pretend that I am writing a 31 day series in November and that I am right on track. Except that November only has 30 days…so I guess I will just stick with the truth. I am going to complete my 31 days series on cultivating a life of intention with a measure of grace. It might extend on into 2013, but I will finish it. Before I jump into the topic of motherhood, I want to talk about one additional way that I try to be intentional in … [Read more...]

Circle of Influence

Whether you realize it or not, you are influenced everyday by things all around you. The music you listen to, the television shows that you watch, the books and blogs that you read, the people you hang out with. All of these voices contribute to the voice in your head and help shape your views. When you were a teenager, you probably heard a lot about avoiding the wrong crowds and not giving into peer pressure. If you attended church youth group or Sunday School, you probably heard a lesson or … [Read more...]

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