A Step In Obedience

I must admit, it is more than a little intimidating to be publishing a post for the first time in 13 months! For many years, this space was where I came to share my heart, to process the goings-on of my daily life and to (hopefully) inspire other women. Then, for a myriad of reasons, it became increasingly quiet here. Eventually, I didn't know how to break the silence, nor did I have a desire to. I even contemplated saving my favorite posts and just deleting this ole blog, as I felt I had run out of things to say. The reason I didn't just delete the blog and close this chapter of my life was the nagging nudging of the Holy Spirit, continuously saying I wasn't yet done here. I could list the reasons I stopped writing, but it would just be an attempt to justify my disobedience. When I … [Read more...]

Potpourri

I always feel like I need to apologize when I haven't written here in a while. So, I'm sorry I've been absent the past six or so weeks.  Life has been a bit hectic.  The best part was welcoming our new grandsons to the world.  Zaeven Michael {our daughter Shayla is his mommy} was born on February 13, 2014 and Micole Joseph {our son Jason is his daddy}was born on February 25, 2014.  Two beautiful, bouncing boys and this Mimi could not be happier {well, unless Micole lived closer so I could squeeze him as often as I do his little cousins} Very, very cool! I'm also in the middle of a job change or two, had my laptop crash and traveling back home to West Virginia for a long weekend, etc. etc. I have been writing for other sites and posting devotions as often as possible over at … [Read more...]

Typhoon Relief- Easy Ways to Help

My mind has a hard time comprehending the devastation caused by the catastrophic typhoon that occurred in the Philippines.  In addition to our fervent prayers, there are things we can do to assist in aiding the tens of thousands affected by this natural disaster. Here are some links: Compassion International World Vision The Salvation Army- Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 Samaritan's Purse … [Read more...]

A God Sized Dream Update

  I will be on a train to Florida in three days. Three days!  A dream that has lay dormant in my heart for YEARS is coming to fruition. When I invited y'all on a God sized dream journey with me this year, I was referring, mostly, to my speaking and teaching aspirations.  While those are still on my heart {and I have taken exciting steps toward them} the real dream that God was going to propel me towards was something I had shelved a while back. But, God! My two favorite words. After the hubby said "why don't we go this year?" and I picked myself up off the floor, we started taking short trips to Florida to look at homes and get a feel for the job market.  In late March, we decided that I would start applying for jobs in the hopes that I would find one before the … [Read more...]

Worth the Wait

  Take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 Have you ever prayed for something for such a long time that you started to wonder if God was listening?   The longer the wait, the shorter my faith. Shame on me. It was 17 years ago this spring that I had to make the incredibly difficult decision to stay put while my dad and brothers moved away.  I was a scared 17 year old girl, about to become a mama for the first time.  I didn't want the type of life for my baby that I had grown up with.  Letting my little brothers go without me literally tore my heart out and took me years to get past.  Looking back, I know I made the right decision but a piece of my heart traveled with them and I have never gotten it back. I have prayed and longed to … [Read more...]

Sacred community

She had left her body about an hour earlier. Twelve of us stood around her hospital bed, hands clasped, lips forming the words to Amazing Grace. Scriptures read, stories shared, tears shed. It was one of the most sacred experiences of my life. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------   I had unknowingly entered a sacred sisterhood.  A band of women caring for a dying friend. They called themselves Donna's Angels and I, out of a desire to be kind to the gravely ill mother of my son's friend, became a member.  I had no idea the magnitude of blessing I would receive. Friends that gave up their nights and weekends with their families to … [Read more...]

When You Need a Real Life Friend

Today, I had a medical procedure that caused me immense anxiety.  I asked for prayer on Facebook and was touched by all those that responded.  But, I needed more than the reassurance that someone, somewhere was praying for me.  I needed someone to look me in the eye, tell me to calm myself down and to pray with me and over me.  So, I drove to a dear friends house and she did just that.  And, it helped. In real life friendships are invaluable.  We are designed to need each other, to crave community. I am beyond blessed by the women God has brought my way over the years that have spoken truth into my life, lifted me up when I was down and encouraged me to let loose and just laugh sometimes {something I wouldn't do without prompting}. That is why I am excited to host an (in)RL get … [Read more...]

I have a {God-Sized} Dream

A few months ago, I hit send on an application to be a part of Holley Gerth's God-Sized Dream Team. I didn't expect to make it through and literally squealed when I was one of the 99 women chosen. The program has blessed my socks off over the past few weeks and we are just getting started!  I even found an accountability partner for my 5k aspirations and we ended up living close enough to each other that we are going to run together monthly and {how God is this?} run our first 5k together in April!! I love the way God ordains connections {and if you don't believe He uses social media for good, you are missing out!} We are supposed to share- unveil- reveal our God sized dream today. Confession time- I am scared to death to type it out. I live it out every day but to type it … [Read more...]

I’m Not a Runner…..Yet

I have many friends that have taken up running. And, they LOVE it. Like, it has changed their life, their health, their physique for the better and they can't imagine not running type of love it. They post pictures on Instagram and Facebook. Sweaty happy faces after running a 5, 10 or 15k.  Running in inclement weather, on purpose. And for most of 2012, I watched their transformations from the comfort of my couch, shaking my head and thinking "bless their little running hearts". Meanwhile, I huffed and puffed at the very thought of running.  A brisk walk could leave me breathless. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- As I prayed for my … [Read more...]

When Worlds Collide

Many of my blogging friends (or should I say friends that blog?) are participating in 31 days of... the brain child of popular blogger, Nester Smith.  I had every intention of participating via In Be'Tween Moms, even had a cute little graphic made. But real life happened. My husband and I went on a 10 day vacation to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary! Then my daughter got married (I didn't plan those things to happen in such quick succession on purpose!)   Then I had the baby while they were on their honeymoon.  Then we went househunting for their first place.  God allowed a few doors to close so we could find the perfect little house for them. Now, we are packing and painting and planning for their move-in date of November 10th. I also squeezed in a trip to the EWomen … [Read more...]

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