Sunday, December 1, 2013
So it has begun, we have turned the calendar page and finally have arrived on December 1st. How does December make you feel: excited, giddy, awestruck, childlike, stressed, overwhelmed, sad, longing, desperate?
I will tell you a secret, Christmas season has made me feel all of the above. I have seen Christmas through the eyes of a child, I have celebrated Christmas with a heart that has missed a loved one who is no longer with us, I have gone through the season worried about how I was going to purchase or have time to make gifts, I have felt stressed trying to do it all, trying to do everything. Well let me tell what I have learned.
1) Martha Stewart is not still married, & I have never seen an interview done with her & a best friend. No one relates to perfect and perfect appears to be lonely.
2) Do you remember every gift you received last year? How about the year before? It's not all about the gifts.
3) Honor those who have passed, by being "here now" with those you love
And care about
4) Focus on why we really celebrate Christmas! Set time aside to read the scripture, choose to listen to Christian Christmas music, and keep your that in mind when choosing how to decorate your space.
5) Take control of your schedule, plan ahead and make sure you do the things you & your family enjoy doing. Put it on the calendar, & learn to tell other people "no, we already have plans".
6) I polled my kids & found out what traditions were important to them & and what to let go of. DON'T Over schedule you or your family. Plan in downtime
7) find a great bible study or book that focuses on the real reason we do Christmas (examples: shereadstruth.com or Ann Voskamp, & Liz Curtis Higgs has new Christmas books out) keep your thoughts centered on that! (And I fast forward through commercial's on TV this time of year. They can sabotage my sense of contentment)
Hope you enjoy celebrating Advent this December!!
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
How do you show love? Some people we know how to show love to. Our kids, our husbands, our parents they are the easiest to show love to and we have had the most experience at giving them love. However, how do you show love to a neighbor, a co-worker, a judgemental in-law, the cranky mom you bump into at your kids practice?
I believe Love is a verb, an action. So how do you show love? I think reading the book "the five love language" helped me not only to understand how I receive love but also understand better how others receive love.
A thoughtful gesture of bringing baked goods, sending a card or letter, works for some but so does the gift of having a listening ear, giving a hug to a widow, to letting someone go first in line ahead of you. Offering the gift of forgiveness, or the gift of friendship.
Sometimes love is just showing up for someone else. Even if you have nothing really in common. Has someone surprised you with a gift of love or have you worked on giving someone else love even if they were unlovable?
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Friday, November 8, 2013
This book explores and verbalizes the exact same questions about God that you have at least thought about, even if your quickly brushed it from your thoughts or even felt a little guilty for wondering that about God. This book connects with at & on your most vulnerable level and then after you gasp and think "you to ?!?" This book will change your prayer life and make you not only awe struck of our God but also leave you with the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing you are loved by this amazing God. So go ahead get you that hot cup of coffee or tea and sit down and read this book!
Give away time: I am giving away a copy of this book, a starbuck's gift card, 3 flavored of chap sticks (cake batter, candy cane, & gingerbread) 3 coffee cozies (thankful heart for thanksgiving, winter wonderland sparkly white, and an IG cozy), a box of Twining Chai spiced apple tea, and some other goodies as well!!
Just leave a comment here or on IG to be entered for the giveaway, telling me what you are thankful for this November.
I will announce the winner on Sunday, good luck!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Our phones have become so smart & there is so much I can do now on my phone, that I confess I find myself more and more on my phone.
How much time do you spend on your phone? Do you have any personal guidelines to keep yourself in check? Our pastor said a few weeks ago that a study showed that kids are most frustrated about the time their parents spend on their phone. Hum, good food for thought!
How much of a good thing is a bad thing? I've notice that some people take off Sunday's from their phone, sorta of a "siesta" off. Please share what you do!!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Hello!! I am so excited about my favorite season of the year: Fall!! I've been busy decorating the front porch, putting out the fall flowers, changing over the bunting to fall colors.
My front porch is one of my favorite places to sip coffee or tea, or Coke Zero & pray, watch the world go by or just visit with a friend. However, not in high 90 degree temps!! Whew, makes me start to glisten just thinking about being outside today.
The weatherman is promising that the temps are going to start going down this weekend. Yeah!!! (I feel like the Target clerk in the SNL skit. "Yippee!"). It's more seemly to drink a pumpkin spice latte in cooler weather!!
Happy Fall Y'all!! What are you loving or looking forward to this time of year?
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Well after being home for 15 years I have ventured back into the work force working about 24 hours a week. I am learning the "key" to my sanity is prep, prep & more preparation.
So when I was gathering my thoughts to blog I decided to look at the definition for "preparation", I was shocked. It is listed as a noun! A noun!! It really should be a verb!!! Preparation takes work, time, it's action oriented!
- 1 : the action or process of makingsomething ready for use or service or of getting ready for some occasion,test, or duty
- 2 : a state of being prepared
- 3 : a preparatory act or measure
- 4 : something that is prepared;specifically : a medicinal substancemade ready for use
For me to be "prepared". I lay out my clothes the night before (just like I have my kids do!). I make a menu for the week. I've planned crock pot recipes or casseroles that are put together ready to bake for the days I work. I set my alarm really early so I have time to do my quiet time & eat breakfast, then get around and leave in time where I don't have to rush to get to work. Peace is key to me enjoying my little job.
It's been a change, but one I enjoy. I think as long as I prep and keep it stress free it will be something I really enjoy!
We have all known people that have high self esteem, good self esteem, and low self-esteem. Self-esteem I have learned has nothing to do with how you look on the outside.
It's odd, I have meet some really beautiful women who have the lowest self esteem. Then I've meet some ladies, who the world would not classify as beauty's yet their self esteem us good.
I think part of it is personality type, and Zi think part of it is "what you value" about yourself. If you "value" is based on "your" looks & "your" deeds. I think we might all struggle with low self-esteem at times. However, if we find our value & base our "value" o. Who God says we are. Well then I think we will have healthy self-esteem.
As a mom of 3 daughters I am constantly reminding them "who they are" in Christ, and what the bible says about them. Yet in the teen years, and with hormone fluctuations good self esteem tends at time to come and go. I pray that my girls would not have to struggle so hard with knowing their value.
Any mom's of girls out there that have any advice? Or seen their own daughter's struggle with this issue?
Yet, I know as a women it hard to keep good self-esteem being barraged day after day, with what the world says is pretty, competent, and what others say about us.
Please leave any advice, comment on how you deal with this issue personally or as a parent!