Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Are You Listening?

A stranger approached me at the store recently and said she had something she felt like she was supposed to tell me. One by one she began encouraging me in things that she couldn't have known have been on my heart and mind. She might not have known I needed that, but God did!

What if she hadn't been listening to that inner voice?  What if she had paused and thought "No, that will sound too weird.  It will be embarrassing."

What if I hadn't been willing to hear from her?  We make up reasons all the time to disregard what someone says.

I'm glad she was open to God speaking.  I hope that I am.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Start Journal #1

I won't share every part of the Start Experiment, but I wanted to share today's assignment, which was to start a journal and list things I would like to accomplish today.  

This is a huge time of change for our family and this project came right when I needed the boost.  I love the encouragement and accountability.  

Monday, July 15, 2013

What's In A Name?

I think we can all agree- names are important.  We've all heard funny but (hopefully) untrue stories about twins named Orangejello and Lemonjello and there are other, not funny at all, true stories about children being burdened with worse names than that.

Your name is one of the first gifts given to you by your parents.  The things we speak over our children are so important, why would their name not be part of that?  We choose to speak life and encouragement and good things over our kids.  We will be calling them this name countless times.  It matters.

So today, I had a parenting smackdown moment where I realized I had been doing something I didn't want to do.  And I hadn't even realized it.

I was sitting with Philip and I said, "I love you, ______ _______ ______ (first, middle, last names)".

He looked at me in surprise and asked "Am I in trouble?"  I said "No, why would you think that?"

He replied "Because you usually only use my whole name when you're upset."

WOW.  This name that John and I prayed over and excitedly whispered about and that I drew surrounded in loops and hearts on every scratch pad around the house for months- he associates with trouble!

I definitely want to find a new attention getting phrase for when my kids need a warning.  Their name was a gift and is too special to be used in that way! 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Perils of Pinterest #2

I solemnly tell you when I have tried something found on Pinterest or online that doesn't work.  Or, does work.  But in this case, didn't.

I tested out an Internet 'beauty tip' that has been floating around. I will save you some time. Black tea will not give your skin a 'tanned' effect. I soaked in a tub full of coffee and black tea for a half hour. The results: I smelled really good. My tub got a ring. I was still pale. Thankfully, the price of this experiment wasn't too STEEP.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

New- Free Trial Of Amazon Prime!!!

Why do I love Amazon Prime?  Over 40,000 free movies and TV shows, free books through the lending library and FREE two day shipping with no minimum purchase!  We have been Prime customers for a long time and it is worth every penny.  AND, I just found out they are offering a FREE trial!  Check it out here!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Are You Ready For An Adventure?

Author Jon Acuff recently put out a call for people wanting to take a risk and go on an adventure.

I answered.

I have been wondering recently what I am supposed to do with my life.  The kids will be going to school in the Fall and it finds me unemployed and home alone.  Should I go back to school?  Try to find a job?  Finding a job gets tricky with Philip's medical issues and their school schedule, but there are things I could do...

Anyhow.  I am ready to take some risks and go on an adventure.  I don't know what it means yet, but I'm excited.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Don't Wait.

If you have a difficult decision to make, and know you have to make it, don't wait.

Don't have days or weeks or decades of pain and difficulty to spare yourself a little bit of discomfort now.

In fifty years, will you be stuck in your situation, wishing you had just done it?   Or will you be so blissfully free and joyful and peaceful that you won't even remember that you'd had this painful decision to make?

Do you think it's too late?  It isn't.  It is never too late to live the life you were called to live.