Worth the Read {volume 9}

  It's been a good week here at Casa Smallwood.  Work is becoming {a tad} more manageable.  My younger boys got their impressive interim reports. I've lost 6.8 lbs as I am embracing a healthier lifestyle {with the help of a fabulous health coach I will introduce you to soon}.  Just good stuff. And, there is good stuff on the internet this week as well. Here are some posts and articles I enjoyed reading: Me and God, a post by Kelle Hampton at Enjoying the Small Things blog.  I had a similar church experience growing up and it took me a long time to trust God after that.  I know many struggle with reconciling the God of their past with the God they've come to know later in life. I look forward to reading more of her journey. I love Holley Gerth. When she writes it is like … [Read more...]

Worth the Read {volume 8}

I am slowly getting my new groove on here in the Sunshine State.  Time to write, time to read.  It's a good thing.  So, I'm back with my weekly round-up of blog posts and articles I've enjoyed reading. The big things are the little things.  I couldn't agree with Shauna Niequist's post more. The moment is now- are you living in it? I write about my marriage frequently and enjoyed the perspective of this post at Deeper Story. My dear friend, Teri Lynne, wrote a great post about teaching our children by what we do, not what we say.   Did you read anything good this week? This post is linked to Jess' Saturday Linky Love at Vanderbilt Wife. … [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...]

Exciting things are happening!

Can I just tell y'all that God is amazing? Sometimes I am tempted to throw in the proverbial towel with this whole writing/teaching thing, especially when I start listening to the lies of the devil.  And then God will show up in a sweet and powerful way {or two or three} and remind me that I am doing what He has asked and that my only calling is to obedience. This week, He affirmed that in my Bible reading.  For those of you that don't know, I chose to do the chronological Bible reading plan this year in my personal quiet time.  I was reading in Exodus when God is calling Moses to go deliver His people from Egypt.  Just read this little exchange between Moses and the Lord: But Moses pleaded with the Lord, "O Lord, I'm not very good with words.  I never have been, and I'm not now, even … [Read more...]

I am…

I am….. a child of the Most High King. I want….. to wake up with no pain, just one morning. I have….. to laugh at the antics of my teenagers so I don't scream. I wish….. we had a maid. I hate….. injustice. I miss….. my kids being little. I fear….. losing my husband. I feel….. content with my blessed life. I hear….. my fur baby jumping up and down in her crate. I smell….. fresh coffee brewing. I crave….. quiet, still moments with God. I search….. for good books. I wonder….. what God has in store for our lives this year. I regret….. that I didn't take better care of myself last year and vow to be different this year. I love….. to curl up with a good book and a mug of hot tea. I ache….. when I see children that don't have families. I care….. less and less what others think and more and more … [Read more...]

Sounds of Silence

  In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life. It goes on. ~Robert Frost   Sometimes, the blog is quiet because I don't have much to say. Other times, it's quiet because I have a lot to say but nothing that should be shared here. And right now, it's quiet because of the latter statement and it's quiet because there is much writing going on other places....finishing my ebook, working on a special project and getting ready to debut a new site for mothers of teens/tweens. Bear with me? … [Read more...]

Hello there

Life, with the frenetic rhythm of busy, has kept me from writing the past week or so. My soul is parched without the outlet. Then, my computer got fried by bad storms and my bad choice of outlets to leave it plugged in to. My fabulous hubby surprised me with a shopping trip for a new laptop this afternoon. My soul exhaled. And, I am back! Not that I have been bored. With Miss S. and Jason graduating from high school in the next month and our ministry's second largest fundraiser of the year and physical therapy and....I have been anything but bored. Sweet Pea has two teeth. Jared will be 15 this month! Matt got a much needed haircut. Life is good. Hectic yet blessed beyond measure. And having a son with a job has it's perks!  Tears welled up in my eyes when he asked for "the … [Read more...]

Where is our sense of urgency?

If people are dying and going to hell without ever even knowing there is a gospel, then we clearly have no time to waste our lives on an American dream. ~Radical, pg 143 "I'll get to it tomorrow". How often have you said that to yourself?  How often have you thought about when will be a good time for you and your family to serve, to share the gospel with others? When the kids are grown? When the hubby retires? When life slows down? Those are all statements Mike and I have used as {seemingly} valid reasons why  RIGHT NOW is not the time for us to be focusing our lives on missions. This chapter of Radical points out how selfish that socially acceptable school of thought truly is. Consider this: If people cannot come to God apart from faith in Christ, and if more than a billion people … [Read more...]

Heart change

Stacks of small paper cards, with names, faces and personal brands. Every other conference I have attended would be about the business cards. Not Relevant.   Recalling divine appointments at dinner tables, in elevators going the wrong direction. Sally Clarkson's  hallowed words of wisdom on how to be a message maker after God's own heart. Pondering where what I read makes me want to run, desiring the answer to be the arms of Jesus as Angie Smith reminded me. Allowing my heart to feel the weight of conviction from the words of Serena Woods, when you hoard what God has done for you, you kill it.  Sister moments, squeals of delight, arms of love wrapped around this non-hugging type of gal {who enjoyed every one},Reese's pieces sundae filled conversation with new soul friends, gratitude … [Read more...]

Road to Relevant

I started blogging in June of 2008, a few months after my diagnosis of multiple sclerosis and in the midst of a period of being bedridden.  Prior to that I had no concept of what a blog was, let alone the idea that it was something I could do or would grow to love. My blog grew from something I did for myself to something the Lord does through me.  It has been a humbling experience to write in a way that helps other women and their relationships with God, their spouse, kids and themselves. I attended my first blogging conference in July 2009.  I went so excited to meet people I interacted with online and (I thought) to learn ways to grow my blog.  I left that conference disheartened, discouraged and not even certain if blogging was for me. Since then I have attended four other blogging … [Read more...]

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