Monthly Archives: March 2012

Five Minute Friday – Gift

I am posting for 5 Minute Friday today. Won’t you join me? The challenge was to write for 5 minutes about the word “Gift…”:

Their faces twinkle, imitating the Christmas lights that dance on the window panes behind them. And, they can’t seem to stop smiling. Those grins are glued to their faces like the tape that holds the surprises at bay.

 
I have always loved Christmas, but when you get to experience it through a child’s eyes and imagination, it is exhilarating. It is all about the gifts.

 

We practice Advent and make ornaments each day to hang on our tree in anticipation of the Gift. My children can tell you Who we are celebrating when we make Him a cake for Christmas Eve celebration, but it is about the gifts under the tree. At 6 and 4 years old, who can blame them.
 

Living life through their eyes, gives me new perspective. This lens helps me unwrap the Gift with more anticipation than I have ever experienced.

 

Seeing them unwrap their gifts helps me experience Jesus in ways I could have never imagined. I am more thankful for the Gift of Jesus Christ than I have ever been. It is ALL about the Gift.

 

 

 

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Biscuits

 As some of you know, I am participating in a 31 day writing challenge. Here is today’s challenge and my offering below:

Today’s Challenge: Write a post involving a recipe or a process, but try to infuse the post with your personality or thoughts. Don’t over think this one. Brushing your teeth, cooking macaroni and cheese, and grocery shopping are all seemingly mundane processes, but they are intriguing when we see them from your perspective. Word to the wise, steer clear of the “and then I” syndrome. 

She never measured anything. I remember asking her how she knew how much to add. She confidently said, “When you’ve made as many biscuits as I’ve made, you just know.”

Hot buttermilk biscuits. Who doesn’t like them? Daily, my nanny would make dozens of them. And I would watch. And wait.

On the worn and creaky wooden bench, I had the best seat in the house. Directly across from the tan-colored “flour bowl”. She would place the unmeasured flour in the bowl and make a hole in the middle to serve as the well for the lard and buttermilk that came next.

I was mesmerized by her hands mixing and kneading the dough until it “all came together”. She would then form each ball of raw dough in her palms and roll it around until it was “just right”. She lined them up side by side on the oven aged sheet pans, and pressed them down, just a little, “to help them cook evenly”.

In the oven and out in 15 minutes. They were perfect every time. Hot, round, flakey masterpieces of flour, lard, and buttermilk. Three boring ingredients combined with heat, made our mouths water for more.

I have attempted to make them many times. And each time, they taste nothing like what I remember from my youth. I do believe she had a secret ingredient…love. I miss her buttermilk biscuits, but I miss her more. Maybe one day, I will replicate the best and make a “nanny worthy” buttermilk biscuit.

Makes you hungry for biscuits and jelly or a country ham biscuit, doesn’t it?

Not tonight for me. Maybe tomorrow, though! If you read my blog post from yesterday, Weekly Intentions: Change , you will know why I will be in bed by 10pm. Don’t forget to comment to for a chance to win a free coaching session!!

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Weekly Intentions: Change

“We find time for the things that are important to us. Period.”  
Scott Douglas

Welcome back! Last Sunday, gratitude opened our lives to being thankful for people in our lives. I was amazed by the impact of 5 simple “thank yous”! How about you? 

Today, I am interested in what you would like to change. I know there are several things I want to change. I have heard the quote above by Scott Douglas numerous times. And it slaps me in the face every time. I make time for those things and people who are important to me. If it is not important, it falls off my desk (literally!).

Here is a list of the top 5 most important things in my life: God, my family, my friends, my career, and recreation. Now, let’s pretend for a minute. I give you my calendar. I ask you to look over the past 3 months and make a pie chart of how I spend my time. We can stop pretending now. Back to real life. I know, beyond any doubts, that the top 5 most important things that I mentioned above, would not fit into the pie chart in any mathematically correct way to show that they are the top 5.

Embarrassing? No. Reality? Yes!

That’s how I know I want to make some changes. We make time for those people/things that are important to us. Plain and simple.

Are you hungry for change in your life? Are you ready to be intentional about making a change?

So am I!!

Okay…this is hard for me because I am a night owl. I commit to being in bed by 10pm every night this week. Oh, my. I can’t believe I put that confession in cyberspace for all who read this blog. For someone who likes to say up l.a.t.e., this is going to be difficult. But, whoever said change is easy? If that was the case, we would all be perfectly content and not have to be intentional about making changes.

Are you wondering why I want to make this change if it is going to be painful and hard? Yeah, me too!! However, I know that I need 8 hours of sleep. I would also like to get up at 6am before my kids and read, drink a cup of coffee, organize my day, etc. I am tired of the helter skelter rush to be in the car by 8am to drive to school. It causes me stress. I don’t have any margin in the mornings.

In other words, the pay off of going to bed at 10pm will allow me to get up earlier. This in turn will help me start the day better and not in such a frenzy. I am tired of the frenetic pace. I want to breathe in the mornings. Do you see the cascade effect? My friends, when you change one thing, you change everything!

What do you want to change this week?

If you make a comment on my blog or my FB page by Wednesday, March 28th at midnight, about what you want to change, I will offer one random commenter a free 30 minute coaching session to focus on helping you make this change. Life can be different. And it can start today.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great. When you are seeking to bring big plans to fruition, it is important with whom you regularly associate. Hang out with friends who are like-minded and who are also designing purpose-filled lives. Similarly be that kind of friend to your friends.”  Mark Twain

 

 

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Batman … my little man

He bellows from the top of the stairs, “Mom!!! Can I wear my batman costume to school?”

He doesn’t hear me answer, so he gets louder, “MOM!”

“Yes, son?”

“Yes, I can wear it?” he asks back with a certain unbelievable surprise.

It is his birthday and he will only be 4 once. I really don’t think his preschool teacher will mind.

Born on this day, 4 years ago, he entered into the world screaming. The volume has yet to be decreased. My, oh my.

In the midst of all my thinking about my batman, my little man, he comes springing down the steps, ready to save the day. I ask Batman what he wants for breakfast and he says the usual, “a fly on a log”. I know that doesn’t sound like Batman appropriate food, but he sure seems to love it.

Then he makes my day, maybe my year. “Mom, will you be Robin with me so we can save the world?”

Batman … my little man.

                         

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Please Pray for Allison

Oh, I am wrestling with God today. I don’t understand. I never will.

Ever since I found out about the condition of a former friend and teammate, my heart has been broken. I have felt physically sick. I can’t get her off my mind.

And, God is okay with me wrestling with Him. For he knows that is what will bring me into deeper fellowship with Him.

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” Romans 8:26

But, right now, today, my heart is broken.

I know she is a fighter and she will fight this tooth and nail. I recall a Saturday morning basketball practice when Allison was a senior and I was a junior. She dislocated her thumb. It looked awful. Imagine your thumb standing up on the backside of your hand. She was able to endure the pain of our trainer putting her thumb back in place. Oh, my word. I will never forget it.

And I have not forgotten about her recently. Not an hour has ticked by since I saw the Facebook status that broke my fearful heart that I haven’t prayed for her. I don’t know what to pray. I give her to the Lord and ask for His omniscient will be done. I know what I desire ~ complete and supernatural healing.

She is a fighter and she is being fought for. He loves her. I think about her precious family. Her three sweet boys. Her loving husband. Her mom, dad, and brother. Her co-workers. Her speech clients. My son is in love with his speech therapist. I know her clients feel the same way about her.

She is loved. Her Facebook wall is a tapestry of love and prayers from those who are fighting with her.

But my weak and wrestling flesh still wants to know why. Why her?

In my internal struggle, I am also wrestling with what I know to be true: ALL that we are given, whether we perceive it to be good or bad…is only good. I know that it is not in God’s character to give us bad things. I know He allows these things to happen in His sovereign will. I know I can trust Him because He has proven Himself to be trustworthy! But it is hard to walk in this minute by minute. I have to depend on Him.

Please don’t misunderstand my heart. I am fighting to believe this myself.

Cancer is a VERY bad thing. But, God is VERY big and He is bigger than anything that ever happens to any of us. I can’t see the end. He can. I can’t see through to the other side. He can. He is using and will continue to allow Allison’s life and faith to be a lighthouse, a beacon of hope to a lost and dying world.

Please join me in praying for Allison and her family. She is an amazing woman. I humbly bow low and thank you for lifting her to Him.

God, help me trust you. I am trying. I am trying to believe. Deeper still. Lord, I am choosing to place Allison and her family in your capable hands. Protect her. Love her well, Lord. Let her know and experience peace and joy unspeakable. And for those precious boys, her sons, grant them many more years with their mama. That is the part that tears me apart, Lord. I confess my inadequacy and fear to you. I choose to trust you, Jehovah Raphe, in this today.

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Goodbye College Foundation

This little yellow envelope found its way to my mailbox every month for the past 9 years.

After many years and payments, College Foundation and I are no longer hitched. We ditched her this morning when we paid her off.

My Appoinment This Morning

Good-bye. Good riddance. Get out of here. See ya later. Don’t let the door hit ya where the good Lord split ya.

And there will be no meeting again, so I dare not say: Hasta la vista baby!

But, you get the idea. I am pretty much beyond excited. Thank you Lord, we are now debt free, minus our mortgage.

But no fear, Dave Ramsey would be so proud. These gazelles are on the hunt. Our mortgage will be the next one on the chopping block.

What steps are you taking to eliminate debt? Do you have a plan that is working for you? If not, I highly recommend Dave Ramsey’s stuff. However, nothing will ever work if you don’t take an honest inventory of your situation and get all the skeletons out of every closet. Don’t lie to yourself.

The best gift you can give yourself and your family is to own your stuff. Quit blaming and complaining. Be intentional and start today.

Here’s our shout out Dave Ramsey style:

“WE’RE DEBT FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Weekly Intentions: Gratitude

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Howard Thurman
Happy dance!! That’s what that quote makes me want to do … all night long! But before I sign off to go do my happy dance, let me introduce you to a new series that starts tonight: “Weekly Intentions”. God gave me this idea this weekend and I can’t get it off my radar. Every time my mind is quiet, the ideas rain down like torrents. Let me explain by sharing some of my heart.
 
I believe that most of us live on autopilot. We snooze through our life without much thought to where our plane might land. We are rarely aware of what is happening in the moment. We react instead of respond. We are merely spectators in the game of life and don’t want to be bothered with things that will require us to get off the bleachers.
 
However, I believe there is a better way to live … with intention. When we are intentional in our choices, we are aiming for something instead of shooting in the dark. When we take time to design our life instead of live it haphazardly, something inside of us changes. We become fully alive. We unearth the desires of our hearts that have been there all along.
 
When we come alive, we become dangerous. Dangerous to our enemy, which is why he would like for us to remain dead.
 
You are not here by accident. Are you ready to wake up and live intentionally? I love dangerous people!!!
 
This week’s intentional challenge involves gratitude: Contact 5 people in your life and tell them thank you for something that they did or are doing for you. You can call them, send them a card, email, send them flowers, etc. I already have my list of 5 people … who will be on your list?
Every breath, every step we take comes from God. I am thankful for you, my readers. You have blessed me so …
 
I can’t wait to hear about your week filled with gratitude. Contact me in some way this week and let me know what happens when you start to live intentionally with a gracious heart.  
 
“Awareness requires a rupture with the world we take for granted; then old
categories of experience are called into question and revised.”
Shoshana Zuboff

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