Getting the most out of a day

Yesterday on Facebook, my tip for the day was to keep a time log for a few days so that people can identify where they are spending time passively {AKA wasting time}.  A major complaint I hear from coaching clients is there just aren’t enough hours in a day to get everything done.  While I can't get the day any longer than it is, there are simple strategies you can employ to make the hours in your day more productive.  Here are a few: Delegate.  There is no rule that we, as busy parents, have to do it all.  That is a myth that we perpetuate.  If there are things that are taking time away from tasks that only you can do, let someone else do them. That someone else can be your spouse, your kids or a professional. Swap.  There are plenty of things that you excel at that your friends … [Read more...]

Controlling Holiday Clutter

Start a holiday binder (a 3-ring binder from an office supply store will suffice).  Create dividers for different categories, such as recipes, gift lists, store sale flyers, Christmas card list, etc.  Then get a flat plastic pencil pouch to put in the binder to hold all the holiday receipts, including gift receipts.  The cool thing about Pinterest (are you following me there yet?) is that it can serve as your binder for many projects including decorating, crafts and recipes. Incoming holiday cards- find creative ways to display incoming holiday cards.  Some ideas include finding an attractive holder (they sell some at www.lillianvernon.com as well as other places)  You can also use scotch tape and tape them around a door or onto kitchen cabinets.  Punch a whole in the corner and use red … [Read more...]

Gratitude in Hard Places

Living with chronic illness has taught me many things. Utter, complete dependence on God. {Psalm 70:5} The finite nature of our life.  {James 4:14} How our bodies are designed to need true Sabbath rest.  {Isaiah 58:13-14} That everyone has a thorn in their flesh, mine happens to be dressed up as lupus.  {II Corinthians 12:7} Knowing all of these things doesn't make the excruciating pain go away.  It doesn't remove the bone deep fatigue that plagues my day.  Knowing doesn't help me remember appointments or be less distracted. But, knowing helps me maintain perspective.{Colossians 3:2} And being grateful for the everyday little things {like the opportunity to sneak in a nap} and the miracles {I'm still alive} keep me focused on what is truly important. Seeing the good can be hard … [Read more...]

Preparing for Thanksgiving

I love autumn. It is my favorite time of year and Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Sometimes, we are in danger of losing the celebratory nature of this holiday in the there-are-only-SIX-weeks-until-Christmas madness that accompanies this time of year. I fight that temptation hard in our home.  A posture of gratitude is crucial to living a happy and fulfilled life. What better place to start than the holiday named Thanksgiving? Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For his mercy endures forever. ~Psalm 136:1 Here are some things we do to commemorate this holiday and make it a special time for our family: Decorate the house. Yes, I bring out the Thanksgiving decorations for a week and then put them away until the next year {every year my husband thinks I'm crazy when … [Read more...]

Breathe In, Breathe Out

Overwhelming to-do list. Unsatisfactory grades from the lanky boy who can do better. Cranky moments from a teething and first-time-ear-infection-suffering Sweet Pea. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Sanctuary filled with God's people, lifting up one voice in a cacophony of praise. Teaching a class about the power of communicating with Elohim through prayer. Breathe In. Breathe Out. Deadlines loom, some pass unattended.  Life seems to be quickening the pace, or is it me? Why can't I keep up? Breathe In. Breathe Out. Encouraging email arrives.  Confirmation through a text that God is at work. Breathe In.  Breathe Out. Don't want to waste a single breath on worry, anxiety or doubt.  Don't want to miss a chance to practice gratitude for the good, the God. Casting my cares. Breathing in, … [Read more...]

Little bit of everything

Hi friends: I have been a busy bee this week!  I wanted to let you know of a few places you could find me: I was honored to be interviewed by LaTara Ham-Ying about the Bible study I recently wrote, Cutting Through Money Clutter on her blog talk radio show.  You can listen to the show anytime by clicking here.  I would love to know what you think. I also am continuing my monthly series, Tackling The Talk, over at The M.O.B Society this week. Then, I never thought I would do this EVER!!! but I joined Sarah Mae's Frumps to Pumps challenge.  For 31 days I am going to get up and get dressed {for myself, for my husband and to see if it increases my productivity}.  I have to admit I spend way too much time in yoga pants and sweatshirts. So, just for your viewing pleasure {and … [Read more...]

Remaining Relevant

The Lord has reminded me {through circumstances and great friends that hold me accountable} that I am gifted to teach and write.  Sometimes I let good things get in the way and to be honest and transparent, I have not written {nary a word} in my personal journal or for my manuscript in almost three months!!!!!!!!  Teri Lynne is going to get me =) But God! He knew months ago when I bought my ticket that I would be headed to a place of refreshing and renewal for my writer's heart this very weekend. He knew when I bought my ticket that I would be in this place of competing commitments and neglecting my gift. He knew when I bought my ticket that my soul is thirsty for the water that writing provides. And, so I am headed to Relevant.  At exactly the right time.  Isn't God cool like … [Read more...]

Open letter to family court system

This is an actual letter I wrote after an interesting and eye opening experience with one of the teen moms I mentor.  Names have been left blank to protect privacy. August 13, 2010 Dear Judge ________, I had my first encounter with the family court system on August 11, 2010 when I accompanied ________ _________ to a hearing to extend an emergency protection order filed against her mother's boyfriend, ___________ ________.  I wanted to share my takeaway from the experience with you in hopes that I can provide you with a different perspective.  I can only imagine the dysfunction you see in your court room on a daily basis.  As a resident of this county, as a woman and as a mother I appreciate all that you do for families in our area. However, __________ left the courtroom that day … [Read more...]

Just along for the ride…

The Lord foils the plans of the peoples: He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.  Psalm 33: 10-11 I am pretty sure that God sits in heaven, watches me make my plans and laughs.  Not just a chuckle, but a deep belly guffaw. Yup, He finds my insane desire to "have a plan" hilarious and uses the changing of my plans to grow me on a daily basis. Allow me to illustrate: There were several blogging and  writing conferences as well as other trips I wanted {and planned} to attend this year.  Blissdom was fabulous in February and apparently on God's agenda too.  It has all been downhill since then. The next was EVO '10.  I was excited about that one.  Not only because I won a complete site redesign … [Read more...]

Silent Inflammation- Interview with Dr. Sears

Yesterday, I had the privilege to interview Dr. Barry Sears (MD), author of several books including New York Times bestseller, The Zone.    As someone that lives with autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus), which have been linked to chronic inflammation, I had a lot of questions for the doctor and looked forward to hearing his perspective.  Other common illnesses with a connection to chronic inflammation are diabetes, heart disease and cancer. I started by thanking Dr. Sears for voicing the theory that the mantra of "eat less, exercise more" does not work for everyone when it comes to weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle.  Instead, Dr. Sears believes that an anti-inflammatory diet is the key to being healthy. He talked about the cultural attitude that those … [Read more...]

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