Mommy Break

Oh, the joy of Starbucks...

I'm sitting here at my favorite place to relax, just enjoying some "me time". It's amazing how a $4 cup of coffee and my computer can give me the feeling of so much freedom, as if there aren't dishes to wash, laundry to take care of, and mouths to feed.

I have always been a loner, even venturing to take short trips by myself. There is a feeling of deprivation if I don't get at least a couple of hours to myself each week. :) But how does this time need to be spent? It's different every time. Sometimes I write, sometimes I spend time with God, sometimes I read and sometimes I just like to enjoy the time with my coffee.

We all need a "mommy break" sometimes. I believe it helps us to become better mommies, because we are able to break away for a while and see what we really have waiting for us at home. It helps me to appreciate the fact that God has blessed me immensely, and my precious family deserves the best that I can give them.
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Stir Constantly

As is becoming a tradition in my household, tonight we planned to do our Christmas baking... fudge, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, chocolate mint squares, sugar cookies, and snowball cookies... Sounds like a big fun mess, huh? Well, tonight ended up in a bigger mess than just some powdered sugar on the floor and food coloring spilled on the counter.

When making fudge, there is a sugar mixture that must be boiling hot when it is poured over the chocolate chips. Cooking this mixture is a very delicate process, and the recipe says to "stir constantly" while it is heating up. Well... not realizing the REASON for this rule (thinking the mixture would just get a little tough to stir), I turned my head for a moment to eat a pumpkin muffin and heard this loud sizzling behind me. Scared to death of what I was going to find, I flipped around to see the sugar mixture boiling over on my beautiful glass cooktop! Smoke immediately started pouring, and I mean POURING, throughout the kitchen and into the living room. I panicked and screamed for my husband, who has now realized that I am not a good person to have around when there is a disaster.

If you have a glass cooktop, you know that sugar is the ONE thing you have to clean immediately to avoid ruining the surface. Long story short, I now only have three burners. Yet another reminder that there are reasons for directions, especially those that include very specific rules.

The same is true in our Christian walk. God has reasons for the directions He gives us, even though sometimes we think we know better than He does. I don't know about you, but when I go my way, it usually ends up in a "boiling-over" mess. Staying close to our Heavenly Father is the only real way to know what He wants from us... and the best way to keep our fellowship sweet is to "stir constantly"...
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Whatever You're Doing...

It's time for healing; time to move on
It's time to fix what's been broken too long
Time to make right what has been wrong
It's time to find my way to where I belong
There's a wave that's crashing over me
And all I can do is surrender

Whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something Heavenly

Time for a milestone
Time to begin again
Reevaluate who I really am
Am I doing everything to follow Your will
Or just climbing aimlessly over these hills
So show me what it is You want from me
I give everything
I surrender...

to whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace
It's hard to surrender to what I can't see
but I'm giving in to something Heavenly

Time to face up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out
That I've wanted to say for so many years
Time to release all my held back tears

Whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but I believe
You're up to something bigger than me
Larger than life; something Heavenly

Whatever You're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but now I can see
This is something bigger than me
Larger than life; something Heavenly
Something Heavenly

It's time to fix up
Clean this old house
Time to breathe in and let everything out...

-Sanctus Real

Music is so much a part of me that sometimes it takes a lyric from a song to really get my attention. This song tells where I am right now... Life is chaos, but there is a peace knowing that God is up to something. No matter how far you may have moved from the Lord, it's time for a MILESTONE, time to begin again, reevaluate who you REALLY are IN HIM!
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Life is Short

I just found out that a close friend of mine from college died last year.

Kellie was actually my roommate during my sophomore year at ECU. We lost touch over the years, but I remember her as an amazing person, one of those who always has a way of making you smile. Dance was a true passion of hers and she literally seemed to dance through life.

So many thoughts have run through my head… how God brings people in and out of our lives during different seasons… how we must live each day to the fullest… how we must tell our friends and family how much we love them every chance we get… how I want to leave a legacy of love… added to all of this, I have been questioning how I am living my own life... dancing or just existing…

We must cherish every day. We must cherish those who have been brought into our lives. Though most are with us for only a season, each one helps to form who we become. Kellie definitely influenced my life in many positive ways, and that is how I want to be remembered…

How will you be remembered...
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Plastic People Syndrome

Sometimes, you will find me writing about what a particular song has meant to me in a day. So many songs have and continue to speak to me everyday… why not share?

Casting Crowns has a song for just about anything you may go through in life. Stained Glass Masquerade is one that my friends and I lovingly call "the plastic people song." In thinking about the words, I make a mess of it myself. Here is the chorus to this incredibly true song:

Are we happy plastic people
Under shiny plastic steeples
With walls around our weakness
And smiles to hide our pain
But if the invitation's open
To every heart that has been broken
Maybe then we close the curtain
On our stained glass masquerade

Doing life together should be about sharing with each other. Someone said to me just the other day, “it’s good to hear it from someone who has been there…” People don’t want or need to see perfection; they need to see REAL people with REAL problems.

Think about it… if the world only sees people who look perfect, and they see themselves as imperfect, what does that tell them? It’s only when we are transparent with each other that God can really reach in and begin to work in our lives.
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It's All About You...

(written 10.20.08)

It’s All About You…

Help me to remember, Lord
That You are in control;
No matter what this day may bring
Or how life takes its toll.

In every circumstance, I pray
That YOU will lead me to
Your precious arms that hold me tight
And take me safely through.

And may my goal always remain
Eyes fixed on You alone
After all, I’m only here so that
Your glory may be shown.
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It's the Little Things...

(written 11.18.08)

Last night, i was in a place of total appreciation for the little things in life... dinner out with my family (as a treat), a good cup of coffee, things like that. It was refreshing. I could literally feel my eyes sparkling.

Today, I am reminded that we need to always write down precious moments. Instead of telling yourself, "I will write about this later," actually stop and take the time to write it down. Even this morning, as I write, I can't remember all of the little details that made that moment in time so special. You know, it was one of those "life is good" moments that we should never take for granted. God is definitely in the little things. My life has been so overwhelmed lately with details that just seem to make me crazy!!! It is nice to sit for a little while and just remember some of the things that make life worth living.
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Just As We Are

About a week ago, I watched a friend's son sing his heart out. What a blessing to watch someone who has completely turned over his life to be used by God. Someone so gifted, who has decided that he wants Jesus to be the reason for his song... Tears just flowed from my eyes as I watched and listened to what God can do in a life surrendered. God is so good! And to think that He has chosen me? How awesome and humbling! May we accept His GRACE, not waiting until we are "good enough," but knowing that He wants us to come literally just as we are...
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Time, It Is a Movin...

I went into my 8-month-old daughter’s room this morning to find her standing up in her crib, holding the rail. In shock, I thought to myself, “where did the time go?” I can remember being in the hospital delivering that little miracle just like it was yesterday. Time passes so fast, and we miss it in our day-to-day worries.

One of my favorite John Lennon lyrics says, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” How true! How often do we sit down in the middle of the day just to play with our kids or enjoy a good cup of coffee instead of worrying about “tomorrow”? My challenge to everyone reading this is to take an hour today and just enjoy “where you’re planted”. We only get one chance to live each moment, and I don’t want to look back and wish I had taken more time to notice the little things.
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The First Post

1 Timothy 1:16 says, "...I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life."

We all have a story.

After 35 years, I have finally come to the realization that God has given me a story to tell. Although I have made my own choices down the path of life, He has always known what those choices were going to be. My testimony is a GIFT that He wants to use as a blessing and encouragement to others. The place where I am "planted" is a true miracle, a clear example of what God can do in a life.

Why "grow where you're planted"? God does not want us to "run" to try and find greener grass. If we are living for Him, within His will, we are to allow Him to use us right where we are. Life is hard, but God is always only a prayer away. There was a time in my life when I thought I could find greener grass, and God set me straight. The plan for this blog is to be a continuous story of how we can grow and be used exactly where we are at any given time.

This blog is a work in progress, as we are all works in progress. My desire is for it to be a ministry, ever-changing, constantly growing toward stronger fellowship with our Maker and Savior. If you saw the movie, A Walk to Remember, you will recall that Jamie wanted to "witness a miracle" in her lifetime. I want to witness many miracles of how God can change lives.

Again, we all have a story...

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