I am an over-committer. I say yes to everything. I say yes to anything. I say yes if it sounds fun. I say yes if it sounds boring. I say yes if I am bored. I say yes if my calendar is packed. I say yes if I think I am capable. I say yes if I think there is some shred of hope I could figure it out. And this week I hit my wall. I’ve hit my max. This morning while trying to get it all done, I had to swing back by our house to pick up something [...]
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Taking a break from our regularly scheduled Wedded Wednesday… I decided to post a video blog today. Click on the video below to view a quick message on keeping it simple during this Christmas season. Every year I tell myself that my focus is going to be where it should be, but it seems that I always seem to fall short! Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed? Too much to do? Wrapped up in details? God didn’t make Christmas complicated, but it sure is easy for me to make it that way. My hope is that I keep my eyes [...]
I can’t even count the number of books I’ve read since becoming a parent. My night stand used to be filled with books that challenged my soul and mind. Now they range from breastfeeding to discipline to yes, even, potty time. But there is one thing I’ve learned that books can’t tell me: Only Chris and I will know how best to raise our kids. I don’t say that to sound prideful or conceited. I certainly don’t say it because we are experts in all things parenting (or even a few things). But I have been convicted that at some [...]
Have you ever noticed how easy it is to speak kindness over others, but faced with just yourself you come up with nothing? Last week I went in for what I call my oil change with my counselor. I’m not in a season where I need intense and regular counseling, but I like going every so often just to check in. Mainly because she is one of the wisest, godliest women I have ever met and I love getting her insight on my life. After a while of chatting she got this smile, the kind that makes you feel like [...]
Okay how many times have you day dreamed about sitting with your feet up and doing absolutely nothing all day? Perhaps you’ve longed to just watch TV or old movies all day. Maybe there is a book series you are anxious to dive into? The dream vanishes, and you are snapped right back into the reality of 4 loads of laundry to wash, a pile of clean clothes to put away, a dishwasher that’s waiting to be unloaded, and toilets to scrub. As I journey through the mundane, the little glimpses of lounging around still pop into my head and oh how [...]
There has been a situation in a close friend’s life that left me feeling so helpless. Since I’m a doer, I especially hate this. I’ve already run through all the ways I could help. But it hasn’t made a real difference. Yesterday morning while I was sitting on my back porch with my hot cup of coffee and spiced pumpkin bread (yummy), the Lord got me. It seems ridiculous really, I should’ve heard His leading before. But His message was simply to pray. To pray like I mean it. So right there I prayed hard for this person and the [...]
She had been under the care of many doctors. All of her money went towards finding a cure for her condition. However, instead of getting better, she was getting worse. She had been bleeding for twelve years. This condition isolated her, as she was considered ceremonially unclean. Anyone who touched her would have been considered unclean as well. The story of this woman is found in three of the four gospels in the Bible (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) and has always fascinated me. When I was younger, the story was intriguing to me because she was healed by simply touching the [...]
The one thing I don’t get Is why they had to do it that way Why they had to hurt me that way I mean if you’re going to hurt me Then hurt me But do you have to throw a grenade And blow everything up on your way out? That’s how I felt back then Like it wasn’t enough for them to pierce my heart They had to shred every piece of my life first Blow it all up Until nothing is left Until there are just pieces of you Walking around But mostly it’s just that PIECES And [...]
Do you ever think: “Where do my passions and my gifts fit?” You look around and see hundreds of women doing what you want to do and you find yourself discouraged. This is something I’m struggling with right now. Where do I fit in? What’s the purpose of me going after my dreams when there are already so many others doing something so similar? Our passions might be different, but our journey is similar. My passion is women’s ministry, maybe yours is to be a musician, social justice crusader, mother, lawyer, doctor, teacher, artist, missionary, etc. We all want to [...]
The first time my dad taught me a lesson on giving away was horrible. He felt like I had too many things. I was eight and didn’t agree. But he was in charge and said make your giveaway pile. So in an attempt to convince him I didn’t have too much stuff, I spent all day long re-organizing my room.