Your Calling Is To Be Present In Your Story

We were seated in the middle of a couple hundred folding chairs, under high ceilings built together with wooden beams, with windows opened around the perimeter to let the summer breeze bring any refreshment it could afford. My friends were on the stage in front of me, playing their instruments and singing to the Lord. […]

September

Freedom ~ When Motherhood Doesn’t Need A Label

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She wasn’t able to rip the annoyance out of the seam without my help.  I find the scissors mingled into the silverware drawer ( the first miracle of the day – finding an item with out an all out man-hunt), cutting along the edge of her sweater,careful to not catch the attached threads – all […]

September

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

Small Stuff

My shirt was inside out through the entire visit with the ballet moms on the waiting bench.  While on a Target run after ballet, and through a speedy – in- store chat with someone who recognized me, and then while zipping through the check-out. It wasn’t until my weary body could stand not one minute […]

September

My Husband Just Can’t Get It Right

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I waited.  I waited for a long time, after I was married for my husband to “get it right.” I was waiting for Him to pray daily with me.  I waited for him to rally our little family around and have daily devotions with us.  I waited for Him to lead. He was able to […]

September

What Does Your Wall Look Like?

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A newly painted wall does not hold its beauty for a very long time in this home. Fingerprints and scratches, fresh handwritten names in capital letters from the kindergartener births the recognition that a family lives within these walls.  And that is the beauty in it. Just yesterday, I came down the steps to see […]

September

Falling In Love With Your Spouse (all over again)

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The silence was so thick, it pressed on my heart like a vice.  I would sit at the dinner table and inwardly fume at all of the imperfections I felt were looming in the man at the head of our table.  Hearing him rise and leave in the morning turned to relief for me, giving my […]

September

Daring To Discover The “Me In Motherhood”

Me in Motherhood

The reality is – there is this struggle in allowing yourself room to breathe. Who is that woman in the mirror today?  Are her thoughts even seeing the beauty God has given her, or the gifts that peek out at her day to day? The tasks and to-do’s can take over the brain as simply […]

September

The Apology That Broke Down Walls

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                  This week I wrote  a post on taming the tongue for the Mom Heart site.  I uploaded the post, went to bed thinking about the years we have been teaching our children to think before they speak and the power the tongue has in our lives […]

September

7 Things Your Children Need To Hear You Say

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Often overlooked, and somewhat under-rated. Speaking simple words to their heart.  Perhaps a little uncomfortable if you have never done this. Speak to their hearts – from the depths of your own. Our children cannot read our minds.  It is time to speak up. 7 Things Your Children Need To Hear You Say:   1. […]

September

Fumbling and Floundering

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Almost all of my God moments – are when I am fumbling and floundering.  It is not a pretty sight.  In many ways. I have been parenting for 21 years, and I am so far from getting it right.  But, this month has taught me something I have never quite discovered in motherhood before.  Maybe […]

September