Thursday, January 24, 2008

Girls Night Out!

Tuesday night was a rare treat for me! I had dinner with a friend, who was doing the no-carb thing. I, on the other hand, was doing the "let's not eat today, because tonight we feast on Italian and dessert" thing! Dinner was great and even better was the conversation and catching up we got to do without all the distractions of motherhood! Later we met others at my church for our Women's League Kick-off. Micca Campbell was the speaker and what a treat she was. (check out her blog at had heard her last summer at She Speaks in Charlottoe, NC. It was fun to have her at my home church and just enjoy hanging out with friends and hearing a great word of encouragement. That Word by the way came from a simple equation....No to self, Yes to God equals a Surrendered Life. Micca used great examples from being a mother to remind us to say "no" when we want to blow, be impatient, have a fit or in my case have another brownie to solve the problems! Yes to God, a surrendered life, is not a black abyss of I can'ts, but a life that lives above the chaos and confusion in God's presence. One of my favorite scriptures is Acts 3:19 and it commands us to repent so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord! Thanks for the reminder Micca!

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


I have been praying for snow...and it is snowing at my house right now! Yeah God.
After watching the Packers game last weekend, I was begging, pleading with God to give us a little snow here in the South. Just missed it and I sincerely think it is one of the neatest things that our very creative God does. Thank you God!

See Spot, See Spot Grow

On Monday I decided to make some muffins. Nothing to extravagant, but some chocolate chip muffins for me and my kids. In attempting to make them a little more healthy I added some ground flax seed. 1/2 of them got walnuts also! Anyhow, they were done and when the kids got home from school we enjoyed our treat! Well, then the spots started! At first I didn't notice the spots, because I was just itching all over and ALOT! The kids weren't itching they didn't have spots, but their mother did...everywhere! By Tuesday afternoon with no changes from a few doses of Benadryl, and more spots, we trekked our way to the doctor. Three hours later, a mammoth size shot and some drugs, we're never eating flax seed again!!

It's funny that after travelling this life, everyday for over 40 years,I'd never found anything that I was allergic to. Now that has all changed.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Looking Back

Before moving on in 2008, I thought I would take a look back on 2007. What happened, what changed, how did God impact my life everyday?

The year began with my husband taking his first mission trip and for the first time in our marriage we were not able to communicate for about 10 days. I realized very quickly that I expect my husband to be God or at least God-like much of the time. Truly depending on God and not having unrealistic expectations of my husband was a defining moment for me in 2007. That same week would bring the death of our 12 yr old Collie named Coty. I would have never admitted how much it affected me and how much I would miss him. But it did....

Our kids would play baseball and softball. Our daughter's spring team would be the season winner and tournament winners in their age group! Go Blazers! Realizing that competitiveness takes on a whole new level for me when it involves my children was a lesson it and of itself!

The summer brought a couple of vacations with our families and an attempted break in at our house. Long story, but my valiant husband chased the would-be robbers and broke his arm. It was serious enough to have an operation and physical therapy. That brought about some strong emotions with us and it was challenging to be thankful that it wasn't worse.
This fall I had an incredible opportunity to teach a Bible study in an office setting. Something I had only dreamed of doing during my corporate years, but it finally became a reality in 2007. I also started studying the book of Acts, on my own, at an intentionally slow pace. More on that later....
School started and it was bittersweet. My youngest joined the ranks of Kindegarteners and I joined the ranks of an empty home during the day! Thought that would be exciting and fun and it was for awhile. Realized quickly that I thrive on routine and busyness! Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God." would resonate in my head as I would struggle to say no and not commit to everything that came along.

Probably my most favorite time of 2007 was early in the summer when I attended the She Speaks conference in Charlotte. This was an incredible conference for me and really encouraged me as a budding speaker. It is where I felt God saying start a blog, write down the things I'm teaching you, share them now. Yes it took me awhile to obey, but we're off and running in 2008 and that's enough looking back!