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“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) If you listened to the Power of Prayer series on Study With Friends, you may remember Holly talking about how we minimize our prayers. In our humanness we often pray as if in expectance of […]
Our Cat has a Hashtag
Our cat has a hashtag. It all started when we noticed him laying flat on his back, completely relaxed, in all sorts of random and odd places: the middle of the kitchen floor, at the foot of the stairs, up against a hallway wall, next to the freestanding oven range, under the dining room table…just about anywhere. #upsidedownPurrcy
I have been stuck in the “be still” place. You know that place, between something that you are not happy with and the “what do I do now” place. My husband had an affair 8 years ago for 3 years. I’m just finding out now, 8 years later.
Why Do We Pray?
We had prayed so hard for the miracle. We rattled the gates of heaven for our mom. She was on so many prayer chains I can’t even tell you how far that reached. So when she died, I got to thinking, what’s the deal? Well, let me try to capture my feelings a little better: WHAT’S THE DEAL?????? I wanted to know, if God is just going to do what He’s going to do anyway, why do we pray?
Pray and ask God to fill you with a desire for His Word and for ways to help you stay in the Scripture daily. You can make excuses about how busy you are, how many kids you have, how close it is to Thanksgiving/Christmas/Festivus and/or the baby is teething. But you and I both know that we always make time for the things we truly want to do.
You’re All My Favorites
Does God have favorite children? Is it possible that we are all His Favorites?
Faith vs. Fear: I Decide
Everything shifts after a cancer diagnosis.
Kid’s behavior can be so chaotic sometimes. As an elementary school teacher, random outbursts of flailing arms, haphazard body movements and silly noises are actions that I witness on a daily basis. Most of the time they are typical childlike behaviors. Sometimes they just need to shake their sillies out!
Seasons of Change
My identity as a mom has indeed changed as my kids have grown. Now that I am raising 2 teenagers and one tween, I am no longer perceived as the wonder woman-mom they idolized in infancy and toddler hood. Mothering used to be sweetly characterized by singing songs in the rocking chair, playground swings and glittery art projects; now it involves chauffeuring, arguments, whining and drama.
The Chores Got Done (and other astonishing things happening in my house)
“…Be real with me, lady. Tell me about the days you slumped against your door and cried for 45 minutes, completely sure you were screwing it all up. Then we can talk.”