Sunday, February 21, 2010

Holed Up

Today has been a wonderful day. My Christian and I have been "holed up" in a hotel room in Albuquerque. He has an MRI in the morning, so we stayed over the weekend. My husband and Lance came up and we hung out and had a great time.

They left this morning, so he could go preach, and me and Christian have been on our own. His ankle needed a break so we have stayed in and had a nice day.

Reading magazines, coloring, playing choo choos, taking naps...sometimes you need those kind of days.

I try to not let my mind begin to worry about the MRI. I am insisting that I only be "concerned" with what they may find.

More to come.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. Corn Nuts
2. the Olympics
3. clipping articles
4. coloring books
5. chunky crayons

Friday, February 19, 2010


Yesterday was not pretty.

My Christian had an ankle bleed Wednesday night, so he wasn't walking and I had to stay home to work on Thursday. I had to get both of us ready to travel to Albuquerque for his treatments Thursday evening and Friday.

My Lance is struggling in math.

My husband is stressed with school and being a pastor, so I have to bring balance to our lives.

Work is driving me crazy (too many projects and a presentation coming up). And I just could not focus.

I was in tears.

Everything seemed to be coming down all at once and I could not breathe.

We did make it to Albuquerqe. Treatment is going well.

I did raise the white flag and took off a couple of days at work.

My husband and Lance are coming up for the weekend since we have to stay for an MRI on Monday, so we can all go play!

I am breathing again.

The Lord never gives us more than we can handle. Why is it that we begin to doubt ourselves? Why do we let the worries of the world take over?

It's okay to have concerns, but

What concerns do you have that take over your life?

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. plums
2. standing my ground with the doctor
3. peanut butter crackers
4. Cheese Nips
5. familiar faces at the hospital

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oozing with purpose

As I am in my early forties, I have struggled with many things. I'll admit, I've had a bit of a midlife crisis. But the one thing I often question is, "What is my purpose in life?"

I've come up with many things:
to be a good mother
to be a good wife
to bring as much as I can to my job
to make sure my children are taken care of medically (hemophilia)
to support my husband in ministry
the list goes on.

But isn't the ultimate purpose we should all strive for the same? To bring glory to God in all that we do! To ooze the spirit of Christ in all of our comings and goings, to ooze through the words we use, the love we share. That should be the way we live our lives.

We will be good mothers and wives. Everything for the glory of God , even if we don't get the results we are looking for, our intent and passion to serve Christ will shine through.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my prayer journal
2. button down shirts
3. freshly, polished fingernails
4. grape juice
5. shined boots

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


"Loneliness can be God's call to fellowship with Him."

My mind is a dangerous neighborhood to walk by myself. You know what I mean? It's a great place for Satan to take root.

I was cleaning the kitchen, no one else at home, and I started to travel into some negative weitht, doubt, loneliness. Then I did something pretty great...I stopped and started talking to God. I was washing the dishes and just started talking to him in the midst of my negativity.

Within a few minutes I felt so much better! I was so excited that I didn't travel down the thought path that Satan had prepared for me.

It's the little victories that mean so much.

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. homemade cookies
2. greasy fingers
3. raffia
4. curtains
5. bare feet

Monday, February 08, 2010


I am traveling to Kansas City today for a team meeting. I work with an amazing group of people who are spread out across the country. We meet in person quarterly, but talk as a group daily.

I always get nervous when I am about to see everyone. I begin to doubt what I bring to the table. Am I good enough? Do I measure up to the standards of our team?

Ugh! Doubt will kill your spirit if you let it.

I have to remember that God doesn't ask out of us what isn't already in us. That I am in the place (and job) that I am in for many amazing reasons...even if I don't have a clue what they are :)

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. coffee
2. short security checkpoints
3. ladies stepping forward in ministry at church
4. fried chicken
5. crystal platters

Wednesday, February 03, 2010


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29

So many things happen to us on a daily basis. The little things add up. The big things take our breath away in an instant. Regardless of how insignificant we may think our problems are, God is there for us. For every single thing.

This verse from Matthew is very comforting to me. I especially like "will give you rest." Knowing that God is there for me in all things allows me to rest for a breathe knowing that His will is going to be done.

We can live our lives "weary" or in "joy."

I have a friend ("J") who recently lost a young daughter. To lose a child must be beyond devastating. I am amazed at "J" because she has shown up to Bible Study, shares in class and looks better every time I see her. She has given up everthing to the Lord and is healing. She has chosen joy. She has given her sadness and grief to the Lord and He is carrying her.

What are you struggling with? What has become a burden so heavy that your joy has disappeared? The Lord is big enought to handle anything you give him!

Today I Am Thankful For:

1. my little one walking (healed from a bleed)
2. toy tools
3. cards from old friends
4. ceramics
5. emery boards

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