Summer Love

 

summertimeSummer finally hit the U.P. and it seems there’s hardly been a quiet moment since! I’m really loving it, outdoor activities at home – pool, trampoline, sand table, swings – park days, holidays, birthday, grilling out with friends, and now we can add soccer to the list! The kids are enjoying every second and it makes me wish I could pick up all our family and friends and move somewhere that had much shorter winters…like a week or two would be fine  : )

Things around the house are stacking up a bit more than I would like and blogging, studying, reading and sleep are distant memories that are sure to revisit in a couple short months. Seems they’ve been replaced with sand, water, sunblock, and I-know-I-must-be-forgetting-something.

 

 

In the midst of all the fun and craziness my heart has been pulled in so many directions and  I’m awake almost nightly with the need to pray for something that just can’t wait until morning. The needs of others are plentiful, some closer to home than others. Even in the midst of loss I am reminded daily that God is good and that He is on our side. Not just in the way that mom makes you eat veggies because she’s on your side and wants what is best for you (although that, too!)  But also in the way the cheers us on, celebrates our lives, gives us the tools we need to succeed and allows us to come alive in the desires of our hearts.  With a heart submitted to God we get to do all these amazing things and in the process we are giving Him glory. I love it.  And no matter how hard I try I could never exaggerate the goodness, the kindness, the love or the faithfulness of the Father, King Jesus or Holy Spirit.

Hope that summer 2013 finds you content and resting along still waters, even on the craziest days.

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“Supernatural Homemaking”

I stumbled across this blog today and I absolutely loved it, so I had to share! I wish I had written in myself : ) I’m looking forward to reading more of her blogs in the near future.
 Check it out here – http://www.tips4mom.com/2013/06/supernatural-homemaking/

“Homemaking is a Declaration
Being a homemaker doesn’t have to be boring or bland. An occupation we are ashamed to admit on an application. It’s a declaration!

We are declaring we are co-laborers with God’s supernatural presence and power in our home- a place where Heaven invades earth. Because if Jesus goes before us to make a home for us in heaven, there must be so much more to this occupation than meets the eye (John 14:2-3)!

Jesus, give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so we can know and release your heavenly home in ours today!

How have you experienced His partnership as you go about the business of making your home?”

 

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Marriage 102

I’ve been seeing so many great quotes, blogs, lists and pieces of advice on marriage lately, I love it! For me as a mother of a one yr old and three yr old (both super active boys) sometimes I feel like every ounce of energy that I have goes into keeping the three of us happy educated having fun alive during the day. A good marriage day means that I send out a text to tell my man that I’m crazy about him and I serve him by taking care of his laundry, house, meals, etc. Real communication and quality time together often “have” to wait until I have “more time”.  I know you’re laughing right now, because that day never comes! All that to say, I’ve really appreciated these little reminders – deep, silly, fun, basic, profound – to remind me to put more time into this thing that means everything to me. So I compiled some of my favorites so that I can reference them in the future and so that you can enjoy them as well!

Marriage is a lifelong bond that is stronger than your feelings or your circumstances. It’s a commitment to love someone even when they’re being unlovable, respecting them even when they’re not acting respectable and seeing the best in them even when they can’t see the best in themselves.

http://davewillis.org/the-5-most-common-mistakes-in-marriage/  <– short n sweet, check it out

“The List That Saved My Marriage”

While I wouldn’t look to this man as a roll model for my marriage, he really hit the nail on the head with guarding your heart! : )
“I keep a close watch on this heart of mine, I keep my eyes wide open all the time…”

“I have never been hurt by anything I didn’t say.” Calvin Coolidge

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I would love it if you would share some of your favorites! I’ll write again later this week and add the goodies that you share!

Jessica’s Hope

Yes, I’m talking about hope again. And it won’t be the last time : )  My beautiful friend Jessica is expecting a baby any time now. While I’m sure this comparison is nothing new, it was the first time that I considered how pregnancy is such a wonderful picture of hope.
Hope. Confident, joyful expectation.
She knows this baby is coming, even though she doesn’t know exactly when. She knows it, even though she can’t touch mr. or miss baby. She knows it well enough to be preparing- spending time, money and precious energy (and let’s not forget the knitting!) to make sure that when this baby comes there will be a place ready. She feels it from the inside in a way that other people cannot. The changes in her tell others that there is probably a baby coming (although the wise ones will not assume anything!). The closer it gets the more discomfort she feels, but that will not sway her. This thing that she is hoping for is far greater than what it will cost her to get it.
Hope seems to grow in us in a similar way. The more I get to know the character of God the more this hope grows in me. Hope for the lost, the broken, the sick. Hope for my family and friends. Hope for my kids to go further than I can in this short life. Hope is a beautiful thing and I’m as excited to see the things I hope for realized as I am for Jessica to hold her hope in her arms ❤

Isn't she lovely?
Isn’t she lovely?

A special thanks to this incredible woman of God who let me use her for this! Her love, compassion, tenacity and hope have changed my life and I’m so very privileged to know this precious woman. Pray for perfect peace, rest and comfort as she waits with joyful expectation!

Crayola therapy


Sometimes life gets stressful and you just need your kids and some crayons to put everything back into perspective. I highly recommend the smell of crayons, the smiles of little humans and the chance to transform a coloring page into whatever you can dream up… Image

Bourn(e). Again.

2013-01-09_10-52-50_717My last post sparked some interesting discussion, which inspired me to follow through a little more. This topic of being either a sinner or being saved has taken me down quite a few rabbit trails of study, most of which I will completely avoid today : )  I’ve included Scripture by adding links, rather than spelling each one out so follow along with your mouse if you like. It’s all there, I’m not making it up!

So here is what I’m not saying – I am not claiming to be sin- free. Is that the goal? Absolutely! Is that what Jesus paid for the on the cross? Yes! Am I there yet? Nope. But I press on…

I’m not saying that having a new identity in Christ is a free pass to pridesville. God is our source, and everything that we have access to in Him (which is everything!!) is because of the price that He paid, not because of anything that I’ve done. There’s nothing more humbling than seeing the King of kings paying the price for my sin. He’s so holy and I am nothing when I’m separated from Him.

Now that we’ve cleared that up, check this out. You know those spy movies where someone gets made so they go to a super secret spot, pick up a big envelope, dump the contents on a frumpy hotel comforter and begin the process of creating a new identity? Passport, driver’s license, social security card, credit cards, done and done. Then with a new haircut, some wash in color and a burn of his old papers George becomes James and makes his way to a sunny beach without a trace of the old man.  C’mon, you know you think it’s pretty cool. : )  Well here’s the thing – we get that too! Sinner becomes saint. Orphan becomes son or daughter. Reject becomes beloved. Stranger becomes family.  These aren’t just words, they are Truths that change everything.

Whenever I’m studying something I always look at the life of Christ to see what truths lie hidden (or not so hidden) there. This is what I see when I look at the way Jesus carried Himself here on earth – He knows who His daddy is.  When my dad was still alive he managed the parts department at a GM dealership and he pastored a church.  It wasn’t something I had to constantly remember, but as Brian’s daughter, it was just another part of my identity. Even when I was young and surrounded by the men at the dealership, I never felt too intimidated to walk into the parts department and hang out behind the counter. The level of authority that my dad had gave me confidence and access that I would not have had otherwise. And even though he’s been gone for six years the man who now runs the part department still gives me a discount because of who my dad was. All that to say, how much more confidence, authority and access should we be walking in because of who our heavenly Father is? I don’t walk with my head hanging, eyes to the ground, shrugging my way through life because I’m a sinner. I (try to) walk with my head high, looking for people with whom I can share the endless resources that have been entrusted to me because I am the daughter of the King. I strive to live as Jesus did and serve with the heart of a king and in the areas I’ve been given authority, to rule with the heart of a servant.

That’s all for now…