Monthly Archives: February 2011

Dear monday: why do you blog?

 

Why do you blog?  I know…deep question right?  One that I am really digging deep to answer.  Asking your help at the end…

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Here are TWO questions I am asking.

Why did I start blogging

I started this last October to just start writing my heart about the changes that God  was doing in my life.  Laying down the heart words on paper.  I have always journaled but the problem is when I went back to read the journals…10 years later I am still in many of the same situations. Not much change.  That is a big problem.  for me.  I am walking the middle right now waiting for direction on which way to go … right or left.

Warning: Vulnerable Confession!

I have NO background in writing, crafting, design, photography anything. I didn’t even finish high school.  I was married at 16 and had my first three children by the time I was 22. I did later go back to get my GED.  That being said – I’ve been a stay at home mom since I was 16.  So 26 years.  I am blogging for ME first…to sort myself out…HA!   I would love to write some kind of book.    I have a few ideas.  I will need an editor as you all know I don’t know the grammer rules etc.  I just write how I talk….lol?  works for me but not so much for a book:)

It has been 5 months?  now what?  what is my niche?  I really want to know!

I have no idea. I know – not a good answer but an honest one.  I am definitely a beauty hunter this I know.  My heart is deep and complicated.  I love to write the heart dialogue down and I look for God to answer them.  I am wanting to find out who I am, my purpose and how to live securely and …….I have a heart for women who’s hearts are hemorrhaging, women in abusive relationships and are locked in prisons of fear and do not know how and/or do not have the tools and support to live life fully. How to take care of themselves and their children. How to find healing for the lies that were laid down with the wounds.

I do enjoy decorating, cooking and all of the things that encompass being a woman.  Just not sure what the blog should be about.  Maybe it can be all these things… I just don’t know.

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this is what has been on my heart for my blog…His blog really.  I really do pray very much about this blog and the direction He wants me to take it.  He initiated this and I am want to follow hard after it.  I think of you all often as I write.  Three of my five children are grown.  The younger two are 16 & 11 and I feel it is time.  This last 10-11 years have been tumultuous to say the least. Lots of changes.  If I’m going to write a different future I am going to have to get off the fence and go right or left.  I don’t want to look back in 10 more years and STILL see the same thing.  It is like deep dreams that I have buried and or never believed inare now saying ” It is time” .

 

What is your niche? do you know?  how did you know?

Why do you blog? Honestly?

I would love ANY constructive criticism on what you all may see as my niche.  What I might do away with and what I should do more of.  I would love very much to hear your words.

Thinking your Monday is the first day of a brand new dream

xo


Linking up to Jen @ Finding Heaven this Tuesday. . . hoping you can stop by:)

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chalkboards..sushi..bursting

 

The Lord willing I will be ready to share my new heart direction with you next week. I am bursting to share it!

 

Guess who is doing Meatless Mondays now? NO – not me...Cooking with my Kid! I just love her & the kid!  Monday should be her first post.  I am beyond excited.  over food…I know.  I think about it 24/7.  Sad but true.

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I found this chalkboard menu @ Finding Fabulous that I think would be a fun addition to my kitchen.   I’ve made several myself and a chalkboard border in my eat in kitchen you can check out here. What a cute way to share your menu for the week yes? Notice she has Wendy’s/Subway?  I would replace with Siki ( sushi), Chipotle or Chikfila ( if I HAD to do a drive thru).

 

 

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over the last 2 weeks or so I have fallen in love…with Sushi. Before I brag to much I must confess I’m a wanna be.  My plan is to work my way up.  It is not the raw fish – it is the nori.  The taste of the seaweed that makes my throw up reflex coil.

I am so in love with soy paper wrapped around cucumber or avocado… THEN – I will work up to the raw fish in the soy papers.

oohh..the Edamame.  I have Grace hooked on it now.  Steamed w/ salt.  I am blogging while Grace is in dance and I am thinking I may just sneak down to Siki and grab some.  My sister Amber tells me it is liberating to sit at the bar alone.  Me – not so much.  Not there YET.  Soon:)

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Have you ever craved food so bad you had to eat it for the next two weeks or something?  I know I am not the only one:)

Praying extravagant crazy grace over each one of  you this weekend

xo

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How to get motivated to simplify

 

community… that’s how

I am going to join Simple Mom for this project.  I think it may help us in the process of moving ( yes, I’m moving – another post ) to organize and simplify.  I have written on it here and here.

For five weeks, we’ll work together and tackle different areas of our homes. Be encouraged and inspired, knowing that there are other families around the world rolling up their sleeves and working alongside you!

Begins March 7!

project simplify

Would you like to join me?  Just click on the graphic and it will take you to all the information you need. This is a big link up but it would be kinda fun to share our own experiences with our ” smaller ” group as well?  Let me know:)

Plus – it is just THAT time of year: Spring Cleaning

I also had this sweet little post delivered to my email and in case  you haven’t seen them yet I wanted to share.

I know some of you are writers and journal and would appreciate this.  You might just have to buy one of these lovelies:)  Why don’t you go on over and meet Katie @ Gadanke.

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Happy almost weekend…oh also – I applied to go through volunteer training @ a domestic violence safe home that our community has.  I looked at this last summer and just kind of shelved it.  Well – I got another email and I applied.  We’ll see.

 

xo

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word women wednesday & Brooke Mcglothlin

Reaching hearts of boys for the Gospel & preparing a generation of men to love the Lord…

I didn’t ask God to give me a prayer ministry. I inherited it when God gave me two little boys.

In my eBook, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most, I share that I’ve always wanted boys. For as long as I can remember I’ve dreamed of the opportunity to raise boys who would be different…who would love God, their family and others.

I look back now and see so much self-righteousness in those dreams. Keywords? I wanted to raise boys who would be different. I did.

As if I could do it by myself.

It took God a whole 72 hours after my first son was born to show me how much I needed Him. Nursing was going great until the lactation consultant came in and told me I was doing it wrong…right before we left. She moved him around and moved me around and irritated both of us. By the time we got home he refused to eat at all and I found myself unable to feed my own child. For the first eleven days of his life at home with us he was fed through a syringe while I pumped and wept thinking that giving him a bottle would eliminate all chances of being able to nurse.

Thus began a series of life lessons on how little control I have over anything.

*Struggling to nurse my firstborn. *A wreck that nearly took my grandmother’s life and two others. *Stroke after stroke that left my grandfather blind…now fading into eternity. *The Virginia Tech shootings – a friend full of potential killed that day – shot to death. Husband a first responder. Rebellious second pregnancy that leaves me contracting in stress all day long. *Father’s older brother dies on my son’s first birthday. *Father’s younger brother dies 10 months later – same genetic lung disease. *Grandmother fading away in her memories. *Two sons born 23 months apart driving me to the edge and back every single day…stripping my pride…leaving me literally begging God for a miracle of the heart. *Husband who works shift work – people telling him they hope his family dies out of their own anger – and the stress? It follows him though he loves Jesus and he loves us.

This has been my last five years.

And I’ve learned this: life as a Believer isn’t about having control…it’s about letting it go.

From the book:

There are so many good books out there today on the topic of parenting that I can’t count them. Nor do I have time to read them all. But even if I did, reading these books and putting the solid tools in them to work still doesn’t come with guarantees.

Knowing this, it becomes quite clear that there is only one thing we can do…

Plead with God.

Pray.

“The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” ~James 5:17

It’s our hope.

I’ve been praying the Word over my sons now for over two years. And what, might you ask, has it accomplished? I’ve seen God soften my sons’ hearts in specific areas over time, but honestly, I think praying the Word over my boys has done as much for me as it has for them. It reconnects my heart in faith that God is able to be true to His Word. It reminds me of what He’s truly capable of and that ultimately, He is the one most responsible for the hearts of my sons…the part I play is really so small.

No, I didn’t ask the Lord to give me a prayer ministry. He brought it to me out of my own desperation for Him. Along with it came freedom from self-righteousness. Freedom in submission. Freedom in His Truth. Freedom to give up control. Freedom to trust and hope and believe.

I still dream that my boys will be different…lovers of God…others. But now I have freedom in my dreams. Freedom to be who He dreamed I would be…and trust in the dream He has for my sons.

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Brooke McGlothlin began Warrior Prayers as a way to connect moms to the heart of the Father in prayer on behalf of their sons. Every weekday she offers prayers formed from the Word of God targeted to areas where boys need prayer the most. You can follow her daily prayers on Twitter (#WarriorPrayers) and Facebook or you can pick up her brand new eBook, Warrior Prayers: Praying the Word for Boys in the Areas They Need it Most and join her in her upcoming prayer challenge, 21 Days of Prayer for Sons.

Brooke is a homeschooling mom of two young boys, wife of the man she’s had a crush on since the 3rd grade, lover of Hokie football, co-founder of the M.O.B. Society, and offers hope for change to the hearts of women at her personal blog, A Life in Need of Change.

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All I can say is buy the Ebook! I have 2 boys 16 & 20 and it is just important to wash them in the water of prayer.  Even our grown sons, our husbands and any men in our lives!  Overflowing with meat and worth the 5 dollars!


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bloom

Bloom where you’re planted

Mary Engelbreit

we’ve all quipped “bloom where your planted”… but am I?  blooming I mean.

have I broken the pot and loosened the soil and dug a hole and planted myself here?

In my present tense

kristilynnmcd:  theoreticalknitting:  I really want to make a blanket soon.  I’m also wanting to make a blanket pretty badly.

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I am always striving – straining – perfecting and controlling every area of my life…uprooting my souls

shriveling roots making it harder to take root in soil anymore?

I think I am bloominglately..choosing to spend time gently patting the soil around these old roots

…and

I love cowboy boots and lately I am having an

apron fetish…wonder if I could sew one?

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to share words with Brooke McGlothlin!

connecting hearts & words with the SDG girls and Jen at Finding Heaven…what do you have to say?

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and Michelle @ Graceful

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