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Get Ready for Summer and Refresh Your Mom-i-tude

The end of this school year has screamed by like a Jet Ski stuck at full throttle. Sucked under the wake of a busy schedule, I’m ready to get off this ride and slow down. I’m feeling frazzled and need to refresh my mom-i-tude so I can enjoy this summer with my family.

Enjoy today.

Juggling schedules and sports, homework and the countless things that mom’s do in a day, it’s easy to feel exhausted by the end of the school year.When busyness crescendos into chaos, frantic moms can feel a little nuts. I’ve been there, and I’ve had days when I was camped out next to crazy.

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Transformation Keeps Coming

Keep in step with the Spirit.

God’s timing is not our timing.

We push and rush, but His timing is best.

Keep walking.

Keep pressing.

Keep seeking more of God with every step.

Let’s keep in step with the Spirit rather than race ahead,

pushing to become what we THINK we should be.

All that we seek can only be done by Spirit.

Let’s cultivate faithfulness with every step.

Don’t give up and don’t give in.

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Trying so hard to make ourselves, we measure progress in this place of becoming.

Eyes fixed on what we lack, preparation and practice can feel like failure rather than progress.

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Am I Willing to Learn From Jesus?

Jesus tells us to serve one another through love.

 Jesus… got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself. Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.–John 13:4-5

Am I willing?

Acts of service require that we get up from the table. Service begins with a willingness to stop and serve others.

Laying aside his garments…Jesus prepared to do the menial work of a servant, washing the feet of his disciples. As I read these words, the Holy Spirit quietly asks, “Are you willing to get up and lay aside in order to serve?”

I remember times that I grumble inwardly when I am interrupted mid-project.

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Get Ready for Spring: Fertilizer for the Soul

Faith grows through seasons;  just as nature’s rhythm marches through winter, spring, summer, and fall.

 

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We are right in that transition from winter to spring that is marked by the season of lent on our spiritual calendars. The first day of spring is coming right up on March 20.

Ready for spring.

Let me tell you, I am ready for spring. It has been a winter filled with snow and cold weather, with spring’s blooms dead to my eyes. I have trimmed the summer-beautiful rose bushes down to nubs of prickly branches, seemingly barren of the blaze of life and color that the coming season will bring.

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Love Lives Here

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“Mama, I NEED the glue stick,” my daughter hollered from the kitchen table.

“Mommm…she took my sticker. I wanted the big heart,” whined Big Brother.

I remember standing at the sink, looking out on a yard that needed cutting and toys scattered in the driveway. Hands in hot suds, I sighed and wished away the irritation.  Couldn’t the little people in the other room just get along? Did they have to argue about everything? This was supposed to be a fun Valentine’s Day craft.

We are GOING to feel the LOVE.

Like it or not.

I hurried to finish the task before Big Brother decided to give someone a hair cut with the sissors.

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The Possibilities This Year

There is something profound about stepping into a new year. Stretched out before us are months, fresh and unwritten as the blank pages of a new calendar.  Waiting for us are experiences yet to be lived, adventures yet to be enjoyed, and blessings yet to be discovered.

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There is such possibility in the start of a year. Some of us jump into all of this open possibility with the best of intentions and maybe even some resolutions and goals. We race into plans to organize, improve, shape up, slim down…or whatever happens to have made our hit list.

But sometimes we can get stuck.

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The One Gift We Really Need

 The One Gift We Really Need

Good things come in small packages. The gist of this cliché reveals that value is not measured by the size of the box, and true treasure is often disguised in small ways.

For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace.

In this short verse from John 1, rich treasure is relayed in 12 simple words. Uncontainable worth in a small package—this is the one gift we really need.

Everything we could every need is provided for in this one sentence. Every lack, every problem, every resistance, and every emptiness we’ll ever experience is filled in Christ. Let’s back up just a verse or two:

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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Blessings: Windows to see God’s Goodness

November is a great time for cultivating an attitude of gratitude.  November has become synonymous with thankfulness in our associations.

Thankfulness is our response to the countless ways that God expresses His goodness in our lives.

Because God is good, and chooses to shower us with blessings, we have lots of reasons to be thankful. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I can get so caught up in enjoying my blessings, that I forget to express gratitude to the giver. When my first child was born, I remember rocking him and wondering, how do I love God first when I hold the wonder of this child in my arms?

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