Monthly Archives: November 2010

3 things I'm doing … { Intentionally Brave Mondays }

to become Joshua’s warrior woman

I’ve been studying Joshua’s life this week
I like Joshua..God told Joshua many times to be strong and courageous
He’s telling me to be strong and courageous
Here’s what that is looking like for ME


I replaced the old with the new

2003 with 2010  not that the verses are outdated…just the season of my life has changed.  So I am writing quotes and verses that He is speaking to me now.


I am intentional about time with Him 

in the mornings..afternoons..night

I have lots of hurt walls up
and I know I need soul medicine 
medicine that is readily available from the only Medicine Man
It takes trust to lay under the knife
His knife cuts down the root
tenderly cauterizing the sin
binding up the broken pieces
Open the door of the tent where His glory dwells

enter into Him

My question for REAL life is this one…lately
I know forgiveness is the answer for the bitterness that eats away the soul
and here is the big BUT
How do you forgive when something has happened over and over for the last
10 years and will continue to happen?
How do you turn the pain into power to move forward in life?
when you are a woman who’s cared for her children all her life?
when there is no degree to fall back on or no job history for a resume?
Father can bring help from the other side of the world if need be…

There is purpose in pain…YOU know what it is…open the eyes of my heart



lastly this…

Hands off Tiff!  No More Fixing..No more running
I am trusting
When pain is present…don’t run…draw near
parakaleo…the One who “comes near”
He is that to us

and SEE what I will do in your midst
I can take away
and give back all that is best…for you…for your children

the ground is moving..I look back and the ground is breaking up
and He whispers ” I know what I’m doing”

Watch and join Me
Listen and I will speak
Look…I AM here

I have to lay my soul open..naked and bare to the One who can…
if I want to be brave…if You want to be brave…if we want to be on the frontlines
He will do everything else
will I/we be still and let Him?

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as if you have no Helper
You are my daughter

{ 3 Things all summed up }

Write down what He says to me and look at it often
Spend Time with Him – Draw near..pull close in you pain .. whatever that is for you
Watch for where He is working and then…only when…He asks…DO IT!

This is what I’m doing to train for battle…what are you doing?
my foot is in the water

Brave Girls Club

Sources of some pictures:  Dave Ferguson  Snap Shot of the Nature


Looking like Christmas ::: Coffee Filter Topiaries

 I want to take just a moment and thank all of you that take time to hang out with me from time to time…it has been a fun journey thus far and I am enjoying meeting such
lovely women AND kindred spirits…thankyou:):)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
everywhere you go…
at my house it is starting to look like this

We made music sheet paper page chains and coffee filter flowers and placed them before putting on the ornaments
I purchased Jones Design Christmas tutorial here for some ideas.
I will show you the whole tree later this week…do you see the ONE white tissue flower??  that is before i changed it to coffee filter flowers…lol!

I had two topiary’s sitting around and since I am working A LOT lately with coffee filters I just thought ” what the heck ” and glued them on!  I painted the pots in chalkboard paint…nothing original:) 
Here is my tutorial on how I do coffee filters…:)

Here is a picture I took of one of the coffee filter flowers I made…this one I glittered the edges.  I just make about 30 and stuck them randomly throughout the tree.

Here is a sneak peek at the two chalkboards we cut and painted and hung to the right of the fireplace.  I will do a post on this very soon.  I will show you the whole wall.  I am still tweeking a few things.  I am going SIMPLE this winter.  Nothing to much…just enough:)

Here is a picture of the topiarie’s outside…before putting them on mantle and tying some ribbon on..

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and another… I got fresh evergreen for the mantle and front door.  I am still looking for another candle holder for  my candle.  Gosh –that surround sound stuff REALLY bugs me:):)

I’ve also been working on some lampshades…what do you think?

We got Grace’s room painted and trimmed and finished the formal dining room walls that I am posting this week too!!  I can’t BELIEVE the change in her room with just what we did!! Amazing!!

Intentionally Brave Monday will be tomorrow…then back on Monday next week:)
The 30 day Challenge I am moving to begin on Monday December 6…due to I have been sick and it just didn’t coincide with my plans…go figure?  can’t control when your sick…lol!

Have a beautiful day…I am LOVING looking at all the Christmas decorations…it is my FAVORITE time of year!



Coloring Outside the Lines….Intentionally Brave Monday { Tuesday } :)

You think being different is bad
but it’s not
you don’t worry about coloring outside the lines
you know

YOU are your own person

you don’t care what other people think

IT’S BRAVE being who you are

Sometimes I color inside the lines
it depends on the picture
Source:  Ramona & Beezus

If being brave is being who you are
then I choose to be brave
it is the stock I was simmered in…fear water
it has been passed down from generation to generation
it’s in my family tree

I am tired of treading…
that my seed may fall into the ground and sprout a new tree
a new family lineage
one of

warrior women

women of Joshua
who dare to put their foot in the water
will you..will I..DARE?

to be continued…

Joining Emily at Tuesday’s Unwrapped .. please join us:)

Dreaming of a Red or White Christmas?

or maybe both;)
This is what I’m working on this weekend…
Our Saturday morning chocolate chip pancakes…it is 6 am and Grace has to be at gym at 7:30 and she has a friend spending the night and they want PANCAKES!  Their wish is my command of course:)
decisions – decisions
pulling out the trees
making the ornaments
preparing for the week of thankfulness
there is definitely a hum in the air
getting excited…what about you?
What colors are you using this year?
Here is just a little eye candy I found for my decorating inspiration this week!


I am doing those pattern stockings…they are adorable!  I LOVE working with paper and old paper at that!
Old patterns are everywhere at the thrift stores…cheap decorating…:)
Who doesn’t love all white…sigh
I LOVE this bed and bedding and the headboard…I love it all!
sweetness is glass wrapped in organic material – red berries…the wreath and even a K!   
another fav…simple…organic…might do something like this??
BLACK LETTER M Vintage Style 2 ft tall Wood Cut Out Signs Shabby Cottage ANY LETTER A - Z
I know it’s black but I love letters and black:)
Pillows…who doesn’t love them??  Especially with words…yep
Have a blessed Saturday…I’ve gotta go paint and hang a mirror:)
Source: all else  Country Living – Southern Living

Time Spent { Season of Simplicity } #3

What is ONE simple thing do you do with your kids during the busy holiday season to slow down and spend quality time?
Here’s ONE of mine
my favorite 11 year old girl
Ramona and Beezus+ popcorn+ cozy blanket = Simple Perfection
Its coming
that day when this will not happen much
she will be sharing her space with her husband
if I could stop time and just breathe in her smell
and share her love
just to marvel at HIS creation – that He gave ME to
its good – its right
my heart heaves with emotion
time starts again…be present each minute
i heart you….
push play
love mommy

Enjoy your weekend:)