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 My most recent blog was published: Jul 28 2017 11:07:56am

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In the moment
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I was looking at my 3-year-old daughter the other day, a thought suddenly hit me. I mumbled to myself in amazement “We made it through the baby years!”. A little back story, I had my last baby when I was 36, much older than when I had my first. The doctors joking referred to this pregnancy as a “geriatric pregnancy”, which did make me smile a bit. It was a bit harder, but God blessed us with a healthy baby girl! A baby girl who refused to sleep more than 3 hours at a time! I remember being so exhausted! There were days when I didn’t know how I would ever make it through those 8 hours at work. (I am sure my husband felt the same way) Not only were we drained from lack of sleep, we were pulled in many directions between the other kid’s extracurricular......
The challenge of change
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We all have plans. Plans for the day, the week, the month. Plans for our future, our children, our retirement. Oh, the plans we make, and Oh, how quickly they can change right before our eyes. I remember being in high school, thinking that one day I would go on to school in some area of psychology. I was sure I was going to have a successful career, hopefully one day get married, probably not have kids (I really wasn’t a “kid” person)….. I had many plans back then, not a single one of them worked out the way I had anticipated. My plans changed in many ways, because of many events, because of choices I made, some good and some bad, but in the end God’s plan came together just as He had planned. I am married now, for the second time, not as I would’ve......
A reason for richard
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Recently I learned a valuable lesson from my little one. A lesson to slow down, to appreciate the small things, and most importantly a lesson in God's Grace. This weekend we made a big transition, we moved our 2-year-old daughter from a crib to a “big girl bed”. I think the transition was much more emotional for me than for your little peanut. This transition brought to mind a poem I had read a few years back, the author, though unknown, surely pulled some heart strings with this one: The Last Time From the moment you hold your baby in your arms, you will never be the same. You might long for the person you were before, When you have freedom and time, And nothing in particular to worry about. You will know tiredness like you never knew it before, And days will run into......
Leading your legacy
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What makes a good leader? How do YOU define a good leader? Is it someone who is successful themselves, or is it someone who makes others feel successful? Is success defined by how much money we have, how many friends we have, or is it something bigger? Lately it seems that I have spent a lot of time mulling over these and many other questions surrounding what makes a leader more than someone who is “in charge”. For the past year, my husband and I have been blessed to be entrepreneurs of sorts, but before that, for 19 years, I worked for a very large corporation as a manager. The company went through a phase where they felt a strong desire to train us to be more than just mangers, they wanted us to be great leaders. They didn’t only want us to go through the motions, but......
My little secret
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There’s and old Hymn written by Charles Tindley in 1916 entitled, Leave It There. I relate deeply to music and this song has a dear place in my heart. The course goes like this, "Take your burden to the lord and leave it there. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. Take your burden to the Lord. Leave it there." I have something weighing heavy on my heart. An issue that will probably be nothing. Through experience I have found that God has a magnificent way of quieting my cares in HIS glorious time. So today when I was told something that bothered me I made a commitment to God and to myself. I made a promise to Him. I promised Him that I was not going to make this a public concern, it would only be a topic of conversation with him. (This is going to be......
Faith over fear
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4 “say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution, he will come to save you.” Isaiah 35:4 I have been doing quite a bit of thinking lately about fear or in my case, lack of. About how powerful fear can be. How emotionally and physically taxing fear can be on both our mind and body. If you spend any time on social media sites such as Face Book, you are well aware of the fear the last presidential election stirred up in many people. I see many people who are emotionally overcome with fear of where the county is going and how our new president is going to impact our lives. Then I think, am I so naive that I have no fear of the future of this country? Should I be more up to date on media? Am I......
A different perspective - a cancer story
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I went to visit a close friend for a few days who inspired me more than I ever could have imagined. She gave me a different perspective on life, an inspired perspective. In the midst of a stage 2 breast cancer fight, she picked me up at the airport with a beaming face. (I haven't seen her in a few years) During our three day visit we talked about all the things we've missed over the last few years. Jobs, babies, friends... .. The conversation went on and on as if a day had not passed since we'd seen one another. We also talked about the "C" word. About chemo and upcoming treatment plans, about being sick and Gods plan. I learned what chemo port is and how the medicine is delivered to her body. How the days during chemo were hard, but she pushed through and rested......
The blessing of disappointment
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Disappointment is described as "the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one's hopes or expectations". (Macmillan, 2016) I felt a need to write about disappointment today. Disappointment surrounds us daily, we can be disappointed in our children, or our spouse, our job, our life... ... .. I could go on and on, and most days I am guilty of feeling disappointed about something. Most often by things, events, and outcomes that are beyond my control. I waste a lot of energy focusing on the things I cannot change. When my kids come to me with this overcast feeling of disappointment I tell them that it will all be okay, that they may feel sad now but that sadness will subside and the events eventually become life lessons they can look back upon and grow......
Bestowing our burdens
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Today I'm reflecting on how much I've learned as a mother over the last 15 years. How far I have come, and how far I have to go. And most importantly, how I find it easier and easier to put my "mom worries" in God's hands. I think for the most part, the worries of a mom are much different than those of a father. We, as moms, spend a good deal of time stressing about things that are beyond our control. And why? It must be one of our earthly flaws that make it difficult to rest in Him, (sometimes rest at all) knowing full-well He will sort everything out. Unfortunately, I have always been one of those people who cares too much about what other people think, especially when I was younger. As I age, I have learned to find contentment in who I am, who God made me. I have......
It's up to you
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Last week I had a doctor's appointment to talk with my doctor about all the fun things, you know, like cholesterol and triglycerides. I lean toward the high side when it comes to overall cholesterol so we had a long discussion about ways to help lower the levels. She said something that made my mind wander for a few seconds. She said, (I will paraphrase because I'm not sure of her exact words) “as doctors we can give you all the tools and even prescribe medications to help you, but ultimately, it's your choice to use these tools and take medications, we can't MAKE you do anything” . To me this was a simple yet profound statement that can certainly be applied to my faith. I think many times I get caught up in the idea that if I just pray hard enough, things should......
Transcending our talent
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A few Saturday's ago my mom and I took a trip to a little gift shop in our town, my husband gave me a $40-dollar gift certificate for Christmas last year and I figured I better use it before Christmas was here again. I wasn't sure what I wanted, but I figured I know it when I saw it. As I was walking around I found a wall hanging with a quote I had never heard before, by a lady I'd never heard of either. Her name is Erma Bombeck. I looked her up and although she wasn't a lady who necessarily dedicated her life to ministry, her quote ministered to me, “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.” . (Bombeck, 2016) My first thought when reading......
It's not promised
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Weekday mornings in our house are a bit of a whirlwind. With myself, a 15-year-old, a 10-year-old, and a 2-year-old all running around like crazy people, trying to stay ahead of schedule, the house sometimes gets a bit messy. Okay, most mornings when we all dash out the door it looks as though a tornado had come though. The beauty of my life is that my home, my job, the school, and the daycare are all within one-half mile of one another. Most days I get an hour for lunch and I am able to go home and spend the duration of that time picking up the mess we left behind that morning. There's nothing better than to come home to a clean house after working all day! I depend on this lunch time to make sure the house is in order not only for my own peace of mind, but just in case we have......
It's just a stage
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It's Just a Stage Living the real life stages of our relationship with Christ. We have a beautiful 2-year-old daughter. A beautiful, strong-willed 2-year-old daughter. Like most little ones, the word NO can send her off on a tangent of fits. You know, the laying on the floor kicking and screaming kind of fits. (Sometimes at our local grocery store) She has two older siblings so I know from experience that this stage in her life will pass, but when you're a mom trying to tame your toddler in a grocery store full of locals, it's undeniable that your face will turn red as you scramble out the door with the little one over your shoulder. We have a 9-year-old daughter who is also beautiful. A bit over dramatic at times but we can't imagine life without her. She's at astage......
The art of surrender
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Matthew 16:24-26Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You're not in the driver's seat; I am. Don't run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I'll show you how. Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self. What kind of deal is it to get everything you want but lose yourself? What could you ever trade your soul for? (MSG)"Surrender: to give the control or use of (something) to someone else". (Merriam-Webster) It should be easy. He has proved to me time and time again that He will provide, He will care for me, He will help me through the rough times, the dark times. And yet, there a many times when I find it difficult to "surrender",......
Baseball and grace
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"Grace (from the Greek New Testament word charis) is God's unmerited favor. It is kindness from God that we don't deserve. There is nothing we have done, nor can ever do to earn this favor. It is a gift from God." (Mary Fairchild, Definition of God's Grace) How many times have you've seen God's wonderful grace displayed in your life? Me? More than I could ever count and for this I am extremely grateful. He loved me when I was unlovable. He blessed me when I deserved no such blessings. He helped me when I didn't deserve help. I cannot imagine what my life would be today without His grace. I try my hardest to afford this grace to those around me. I also try to teach my children the importance of God's grace and the importance of them passing this onto......
Mixing the meatloaf
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My mom loves to cook. Not only does she enjoy cooking, she's really, really good at it. If you know her, she'll be sure to invite you over for her fall-off-the bone BBQ ribs. In addition to being an excellent cook, she's an outstanding mom! Along with teaching me how to be a great cook, she has also taught me how to be a compassionate mother and wife, how to make a positive impact on those around me. Moreover, she has taught me the importance of a solid relationship with Christ. She doesn't do this by telling me how to live, but through her actions, through her unselfish servant nature, through her unshakable faith. If I have become even half the mother and wife she is, I am truly grateful.As a child I remember watching her make meatloaf. She made it look like the simplest......
What a friend
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A month and a half ago I had a surgery to correct some heartburn issues I've had for many years. I had high hopes that with surgery on Friday, I could rest over the weekend and be back to work on Monday. (I am self employed so paid time off is not an option). Well, my recovery definitely did not fall into my plans and yet, a month and a half later my life is exactly as He had planned. Perfect. After the surgery I was good for about a week, but then everything went down hill. Trips to the emergency room and medication that basically debilitated me. I found myself in bed for most of a month. It was a tough time with many different issues that extended my recovery. During this time I had a substantial amount of quite time to talk with God. My husband, the one who kept everything together......
Asking for help
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“So be content with who you are, and don't put on airs. God's strong hand is on you; He'll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you” 1 Peter 5:6-7 (MSG) Sometimes, we all need help. And sometimes, this is difficult to admit. Maybe because asking for help can make us feel inadequate, maybe insecure, maybe it makes us feel as though we're just not good enough. Recently my husband and I changed phone systems at our small business. It really shouldn't have been a big deal, we have 7 phones and 3 lines coming in, a simple change. But, For some reason I wanted my husband to be there the day of the change. I normally run the store and he works another job so he had to take the afternoon off to be there. (I really......
A perfect forgivness
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This morning mom lost it. (mom being me)Sometimes, our little blessings have a way of finding that last nerve we have and stomping on it. Most days when this happens, when I feel a scream coming on, I can put myself in a timeout. Maybe just a few moments in my bedroom, or the bathroom, or even the closet. These few minutes help me toregain my composure. I can be the person I want my children to see: patient, kind, loving, happy. But, sadly, today was not such a day. It was a crazy, chaotic morning of clothes that didn't fit right, socks that were missing, hair that simply had too many snarls, noses that would not stop running, and a toddler who I couldn't please no matter how hard I tried. We finally got ourselves loaded in the minivan, late of course, and everyone is still......
A weight lifted
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Back in 2008 I found myself divorced and raising two children basically on my own. My ex-husband was always struggling financially so I figured forcing him to pay child support would only make everyones situation worse. For years after our divorce I struggled financially to make ends meet. I really wasn't able to buy my kids they things they wanted but they did have everything they needed. Going shopping for new clothes rarely ever happened and when it did I always found myself worried about how I would pay off another credit card bill. Thankfully I have been blessed with wonderful parents who could help me when I was in dire need, but I didn't like the idea of them paying my bills. I worked hard at a full time job and we survived, we always had a roof over our heads and food to......
Embracing the inconvenient
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“In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9) My husband and I own a small auto parts store in a rural community in the Midwest. As part of our services we deliver parts to customers and garages that work on vehicles. One of the vehicles we use to deliver these parts is a minivan with automatic rear sliding doors. Automatic doors are wonderful, when they work but when they don't these miracle doors turn into a major hassle. We have an issue with one of our van's, the back door on the driver's side will not open, simply put its broken and we are not able to use it at all until we get it fixed. So in order to load the vehicle we have to manually open the large door on the back of the van. It's not a permanent problem, but......
A moms prayer
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A Mom's Prayer "Direct your children unto the right path and when they are older they will not leave it" Proverbs 22:6 My son is 14. A wonderful young man (his 9 year-old sister may not agree) but he makes me proud. I'm not saying there are not times when he makes me want to scream, or shake my head, or SHAKE HIS HEAD. But I'm still proud of him. Im proud of the young man he's turning into. Tonight we were talking at the kitchen table, I sing in a small bluegrass gospel band and he was talking about the music we sing and urging me (via YouTube) to learn some new gospel music. My kids have been raised listening to their mom sing "The Old Rugged Cross", "I Saw The Light", "It Is Well With my Soul", and so many other great gospel hymns.......
Things i can't imagine
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Things I Can't Imagine At 23 I found myself pregnant, unmarried, and scared out of my mind. I had no idea how to be a mom. Now I can't imagine life without the young man he has become. I was divorced 7 years ago and left to raise my two kids mostly on my own, but I had my parents.I can't imagine going though that time in my life without the support of my parents. During that time I was lost and desolate but I can't imagine what my life would have been like if I hadn't gone through those dark days. I made many bad decisions in that darkness, but with the help of some true friends I realized where my focus needed to be, on my children. I can't imagine what life would be like today if I hadn't had those friends to support and gently show me the way back when I had......
Lessons from losing
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Lessons from Losing Thoughts on Being the Loser I have never been very athletic. I played a few sports in middle school but I didn't have that "natural ability" so after 8th grade I didn't participate in any extracurricular sports. When my son decided he wanted to play basketball I was excited for him and yet a bit nervous. I thought being on a team would be a great opportunity for him to learn how to work well with others, but really, I think this experience is teaching him a lot more than just how to be a team player. He's only been playing for a few years but I have learned a great deal about the character of many parents, coaches, and athletes just by witnessing their support (or lack of) during games. I have learned what kind of parent I DON'T want to be.......
When i'm wondering why
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Wondering WhySo many times in life I have wondered "Why"? No matter where I have been in my faith, life events have often made me wonder "Why"? But, I can say, as they years have gone by and my relationship with God has grown, my wonder has decreased a bit and turned into trust. But if I'm completely honest there are moments, hard times that still make me ask Him, "Why"? I think for a long time I believed that we were not to question God, we shouldn't ask "Why", we are simply supposed to trust Him. And I do, I trust Him completely, but there are times when I get distracted, discouraged, or disoriented. It's easy to do, ask any believer, sometimes we just miss a beat, we get off track. That's why we focus on His word, His plan, His......
In ten years
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In Ten Years Having children taught me a completely new meaning of the word love, raising them has helped me gain a completely new respect for my own parents. Over the years I've learned the impact of gaining and retaining the respect of my children. This is a task in itself and I think I get better at it daily. Our children are beautiful, we have a son 14, a daughter 9 and our littlest, a daughter 1. When I talk about gaining the respect ofour beautiful blessings, personally, I have learnedit's very important to stand by the motto of “pick your battle” . I'm not sure when or where I first heard this; probably years ago from a book that promised to teach me to be the perfect parent (I am still waiting to achieve this). I don't think I'll ever forget one of my......
A gift in a snuggle
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Saturday I was blessed with a gift that many mothers experience daily, but for me it was a first with my 1 1/2 year old daughter. A gift that happened at just the right time. You see she is a very independent sleeper, she gets her blanket and pacifierat 7 o'clockevery evening and she's ready to be tucked into her crib for the night. No rocking, no cuddling she just settles herself in for a full night's sleep. Nap time or bed time it doesn't matter, she's just really good at putting herself to sleep. This is blessing because it gives my husband and I some uninterrupted one on one time with the older kids and each other. With this said, there are times when I really desire snuggle time with baby, I know from experience she's only going to be little for such a short......
Good morning mommy!
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Good Morning Mommy "This is the day the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it." Psalms 118:24 It starts at about 5 am. Just a few faint noises through the baby monitor that is set on the dresser next to our bed. Just giggle or a "mamamama", a small noise to wake us up. We wait for the little giggles to turn into impatient whines and mild screams of "dadadada!" Then as we try to capture our last moment of peace it happens, the cute little cues she's been giving us turn into screams, screams that can make one of us jump out of bed to quiet her (especially if we have an overnight guest or the older kids have friends over). I'll be honest, it's usually dad, he's the one who sits up on the edge of the bed and sighs... . Then I say "I......