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...]

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...]

Getting down and dirty with Jesus

I am a girly girl. I am quite certain that is why God made me the mama of three active boys {proof of God's sense of humor}. I don't "do" certain things: dirt, bugs, scary movies..did I mention dirt? My hubby and boys laugh at the amount of luggage I take on a camping trip.  And, most people that know me have heard me say how grateful I am that I was born where I was, when I was. Suffice it to say I would not have done well in the frontier days. Suffice it to say that God is s-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g me in ministry lately. I have visited places that literally make my skin crawl {and have made me physically ill}. The amazing thing is that God gives me this peace that surrounds me when I am in a "dirty" situation and I don't think about it until I leave {and bathe myself in hand … [Read more...]

Much ado about mums

So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor?  The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church. ~Radical, pg 111 Radical.  Weird.  Over the top.  Extreme. Those are all words that people close to us have used to describe the changes in our family lifestyle over the last six months.  I have to admit that the opinion of others, particularly my family, matters to me.  It hurts my heart that they don't understand the level of radical obedience we are prayerfully subscribing to. It scares me that we … [Read more...]

Lessons from a tree

I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. ~ John 15:5 What do You want me to see? This is the question I asked God over the weekend.  My attention was drawn several times during our camping trip to a rather odd looking tree. I knew that the Spirit was drawing my attention to the tree for a couple of reasons: I'm not a woodsy, outdoorsy type of gal {big surprise, right?}  Sunsets are pretty, I think the Chesapeake Bay is the most beautiful place on earth {I could be partial} but the woods- they do nothing for me.  Trees are trees.  I felt a catch in my spirit each time I walked past the forlorn looking tree.  I would look at it again, trying to figure out what I was missing. No one else with me … [Read more...]

Is God enough?

God's Word is enough for millions of believers who gather in house churches just like this one.  His Word is enough for millions of other believers who huddle in African jungles, South American rain forests, and Middle Eastern cities. But is his Word enough for us? ~Radical, pg 26 This chapter {Chapter 2 for those not reading along} is convicting with a capital C.  Is God's Word enough for me? If I am completely honest, I act like the answer to that question is oft times, "No".  Is God's Word enough for me?  Absolutely.  It is all we need.  But, I forget that far too often.  I allow the busyness of this American dream pursuing existence to push out the soft whisper of God's Spirit, reminding me that the answers I seek are waiting for me in the pages of His Word. I allow myself to … [Read more...]

How do you feel about youth group?

This post by Sarah Mae {and the ensuing discussion in the comments} really got me thinking {as most of her posts do} about something that had already been on my mind.  A few weeks ago, during Teen/Tween Thursday I wrote about parental responsibility in our children's spiritual development.  Our role as parents in our children's spiritual and character development has been heavy on my heart for several months.  Recognizing the sense of entitlement that this generation feels scares me.  Reading books like Radical has exposed the yucky truth to me that I have contributed to that sense of entitlement in my own household.  My husband and I have been in prayer about ways to combat this in our home and in our family life.  We have come up with some life changing decisions: One way is that we … [Read more...]

Back to submitting

I spent a lot of time broken before God (and my hubby) last night and this morning.  It is a long story but it boils down to my flesh wanting something (really bad), rationalizing why it would be a great thing for me to do (for my blog, for my ministry, for ME, ME, ME), resenting my husband for not supporting it. Is going to a blogging conference bad? No!  I am going (with my hubby's blessing and support) to three more this year. But, EVO was not meant to be for me (even though I won a ticket, won a site redesign and had a partial sponsorship).  And, instead of submitting to my husband's wishes about this two weeks ago, I dug my heels in.  I was stubborn, determined and wasted so much time and energy pursuing something that in the end was for naught. You see, God knew (and my husband's … [Read more...]

Giving kids their space

"Leave me alone" "I need to get out of here" "I can't stand being here with you" These are all things that I hear on a regular basis in a house full of testosterone teen boys.  Now don't get me wrong, my boys are usually respectful and obedient children.  But, lately, they seem to really need their own space.  Especially when they are angry, hurt or need to think. So, how do you handle it when your kids don't want to be around you?  My nature as a mama is to want to hug them, talk it out and make everything better. My nature needs to take a back seat to their needs.  Aside from the fact that hormones and chemicals in their brain are surging at an all time high, making it hard for them to control their emotions, they are also dealing with a natural desire to handle things on their … [Read more...]

Think on these things

As our children get older, it is important to place decision making in their hands more and more.  Where better for them to make mistakes or missteps then under the umbrella of our authority and guidance? While it is easier said than done for this mama to relinquish control (hello?  I am a recovering Type A) it is imperative for their growth so I am committed to doing so.  An opportunity to do so presented itself this week and it developed into a great learning opportunity for both of my boys. Picture two teen/tween boys standing at the Blockbuster Express kiosk, being allowed to rent any movie they want on their day off school.  They chose a movie that was, to me, going to have questionable content.  They even gave me those sideways glances to make sure I was aware that they were … [Read more...]

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