Praying to Never Miss Opportunities to Serve

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Last night, I went to our local commissary for my weekly grocery shopping. It was not my normal day nor time. I’ve been so scatter brained busy lately, that I can’t seem to keep up with the day or the week. While shopping, I noticed a young lady. She was every bit of nine months pregnant and she was tired. You could read her face like an open book. She had two littles with her. They appeared to be around two and four years old. The four year old was giving her a difficult time.  The lady just looked at her daughter almost emotionless. She didn’t discipline her, but I didn’t feel it was from a lack of discipline in the home. I felt like … [Read more...]

Teaching Children To Follow God’s Will

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“When you wish upon a star…” “Dreams really do come true…” “Follow your dreams…” “If you dream it, you can do it…” We all know these quotes. We’ve seen the Disney movies and sung the songs. We live in a “Disney-fied” culture where children are told to strive for their dreams, to reach for the stars so they can be anything they want to be. But is that truth? Will they grow up to be princesses, or football players, or the President of the United States if they just wish hard enough, work hard enough? Or have these notions set up our daughters and sons up for a life of fruitless striving towards their own personal desires, … [Read more...]

Leave Room for Dust

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This spring, I was once again being asked at least once a week if not more to take on a new task or responsibility.  I had repeatedly said no, but they kept asking, and I had to keep saying no. Sometimes I would explain myself, why I’m saying no to a perfectly wonderful opportunity, but most of the time, I would just say that I’m honored to have been asked but I am not taking on any more responsibilities right now. This wasn’t always the case for me.  I grew up in a home where busyness was highly valued, filling every moment with a worthwhile and useful activity was encouraged and expected. Not only that, but perfectionism was prized. … [Read more...]

The Tongue Can Bring Death or Life

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“If you claim to be religious but don't control your tongue, you are just fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless.” James 1:26 NLT  I have a confession to make: I do not keep a tight reign on my tongue. I never really have. Growing up I believed that a strong woman said what she felt, and she didn't hide her ideas, feelings or thoughts. I wanted to be a strong woman and I didn't want to be pushed around so I learned to stand my ground and speak up for myself. I believed that meant speaking whatever was in my head regardless of what those words did to those around me. When I got married my husband talked to me a lot about how I … [Read more...]

What Do You Want Me to Do Today, Lord?

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There is a saying: I try to take one day at a time.   But recently, three days attacked me at once!’   I get it.   Does anyone else struggle with balancing of roles and the daily grind of how to make it (whatever “it” is for you) all happen?    Once I decided to blog my day in terms of the number of hats that I wear.   It looked something like this (roles in italics): Mom got up and after piddling around with personal business for a bit, made breakfast for the kids. Housekeeper cleaned and completed a few necessary household errands. Homeschool Parent reminded everyone that they still had math and an hour of reading to … [Read more...]

Tired Mom

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Moms are you tired? Our job as moms is never ending whether you are a stay at home mom or a working mom. There is always another load of laundry walking around. There is always another meal to be prepared, bought for and thought of. There is always some area of the house that needs to be cleaned. There is always something to put away or organize. There is always school work that needs to be check over. There is always not enough energy in a single day to conquer all of these.  These are the things that can get to us, stress us and make us feel like we are unappreciated.  These are also the things that in the scheme of … [Read more...]

Lord, Please Give me Patience! {Dairy Free No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheesecake}

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If my Mom said it once, she said it a thousand times to me, “Patience is a virtue”.  Sadly, it’s still not a virtue I possess. I struggle with patience.  Oh sure, I have lots of opportunities to be patient, but that doesn’t mean I handle them patiently.  I try to enjoy the many minutes (hours?) I sit in doctor’s waiting rooms; I really do.  I think of things to pray about, I pray quietly, but always, always, my mind drifts off to all of the things I could be doing, and, sigh….there goes my chance at finding patience.  Again. The other day I was simply feed up with myself.  Why can’t I be patient?  It’s not like that’s akin to scaling … [Read more...]