Count Your Blessings

One of my all time favorite Christmas songs is a song that Bing Crosby sings in White Christmas called Count Your Blessings.  (My favorite version is sung by Diana Krall and you can listen to it here.) When I'm worried and I can't sleep I count my blessings instead of sheep And I fall asleep counting my blessings When my bank roll is getting small I think of when I had none at all And I fall asleep counting my blessings Whenever this song comes up on my playlist, I pause and smile as … [Read more...]

Embracing the Imperfect at Christmas

Since my 31 Day series is working its way into December, I would be remiss to not write about living with intention and grace during the Christmas season, as it is a time that many of us moms feel so much pressure to create the perfect Christmas for our families. Like I wrote yesterday, when we get too caught up in all of the doings of Christmas, we can find ourselves stressed out and irritable, and entirely miss out on what this time should be about for us and for our families. Last year, I … [Read more...]

The Little Things

For the last few days, I have been writing about the art of self-care as it relates to our journey to cultivating a life of intention and grace. I have talked about rest, nutrition, prayer, time alone, and creativity. Today I want to wrap up the self-care portion of the series talking about the little things that we can do throughout the day to lift our moods and our spirits. It is easy for women to get caught in the rut of the everyday. Whether you work a job or stay at home, whether you … [Read more...]

All for the Glory of God

As we come to the end of our first week of cultivating a life of intention and grace, I simply want to remind you and myself of the reason we strive for personal growth and greater self-discipline. It is not so that we can do more and be better, but it is so we can show the Father that we can be trusted to faithfully care for His great gifts. My prayer for this week is that we will see ourselves as worship leaders. Not on a great stage in front of a large crowd, singing beautiful songs with … [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...]

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...]