Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Hi friends.  I’m in the hospital. A blessing.  I am finally able to get the medicine I need.  We are dealing with a system though so I would deeply appreciate your prayers for the 2 , 4 and 6 week induction to happen.

Give yourself a free gift today…a way to organize all of your beauty hunting.  Seriously, it is the one of the easiest things I’ve found of late. Next week, God willing we will head back out the the deep waters but for now enjoying a respite in the shallows.

The giving of time to think of all of you and all of mine and always pointing to… the all of Him.

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Happy Saturday,





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another midnight awakening throwing off the covers and the chill of night air raises goosebumps as I make it just in time. I writhe over the wiping of blood..the fissures…I fold over and cry waiting for it to be done only to get settled back in bed only 5 minutes later to run again.

I fill a tub of numbing water.take a pill and wait.  One of my ongoing battles is the system of a free hospital.  This is a new frontier and one I am learning is unjust to human hearts.human lives. It is where we do business though..this shadowland.


This hospital is a  gathering place for brokenness.  Yes I can judge.   I leave and can’t stop wondering what their stories are. Are they really that much different than my own? If I could sit with them would I see them through a new set of eyes?  I’m drawn to the story.   If we could all just strip off our skin and show who we really are what would that look like?

Jesus offers us this ” If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.  Rivers of living water will brim and spill out of the depths of anyone who believes in me this way.” ( John 7:37-38 msg) Not just give eternal life but for each pang of want He gives.  In this shadowland we have to fight for medicine sometimes.    I am grateful that He has already fought the battle and won.  Tomorrow I am going to fight at a hospital.  Learn that I am worth asking…for help.  I am worth asking for help and I will be scared.

I wrap backup and close my eyes  telling Him I feel so alone and He says…Come and I will give … so I drank until I thirsted no more…of  Him holding me and slept.  In the middle of darkest night there He is.  Go.

I wish I had a comment section where your emails came to my emails so I could respond right back.  I had that on Blogger but not with WordPress.  Always know how much your support, encouraging words and prayers mean to me.  You are my community and I’m thankful.

xo happy friday,




**I suffer from and IBD disease Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis.  If anyone deals with this or knows of someone I would love to talk with you about it.


Click here to still enter for the Word woman sign giveaway.  I will choose the winner on Sunday with a random number thingy and let you know on Dear Monday…


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hairballs and easter

yesterday I picked my acrylic off my nails..I’m going without that little indulgence for awhile.  For me – right is unnecessary.

Simplify..yes Father

I’ve been in what I slept in all day.  I think on Him often today..a  ” I love you” here and ” help me ” there.

I cleaned out my 16 year old son’s room and retrieved 3 trash bags of Dr. Pepper cans he has been ” collecting” for a tower.

then went to vacuum his newly cleaned room by me…and the vacuum was clogged.  With guess what?  tons of dog hair…way yuck! but the room is clean and the sheets smell good… thank you for the strength to clean.

moved my desk around and opened the window beside it…it is almost 70 here today!   thank you for warm weather.

did lots of laundry…spent time outside with Him today ( do you ever do that…sit with Him outside?) Sitting in the sun watching Bella and Grace play…hearing the airplane high in the sky.  Thank you for the hearing.

I made some Annie’s mac & cheese for lunch and watched a little Ina Garten…{ her Big Breakfast link;)  confession:  we caved and got the next step up…from basic cable.  I was momentarily happy watching Food Network…I know….sad.


I am inspired to have an Easter ” Big Breakfast “. I thought it was time for the family to get together again and I want to cook!

Are thinking of getting your family together for Easter?  I know it is early still… If so – what are you thinking for food?  Ideas:)  Sometimes life gets well…consumed.  Today…I just unraveled a little…because He is there for us in the tiniest ways…nothing is to small to enjoy with Him.

There may come a day when we are less and less able to participate in life and we find ourselves mostly just watching…live today  in whatever capacity you are able.  Remember with me how much we are treasured.






Don’t forget to click here to leave a comment for the Word woman sign giveaway ok?  I will be drawing on Sunday and sharing on Monday!

Wasn’t yesterday just a blessing? How I pray so many hurting hearts that think they are all alone would be moved to know they are not alone.


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Humble Pie-Word women wednesday-a giveaway & linkup

Laced with love we go serve.  Let’s humble ourselves today and pray that through Lissa’s heart… He speaks.  It is Him we see..we serve…and lets all get on our faces and pray praise words…because the battle is already won.

 Here’s Lissa…a real servant’s heart and one I am so thankful God has put in our midst..sharing her story.

bring us into the calling that you have predestined for us…Romans 8:30 

We are all watching the news with hearts broken for Japan. I was so touched when I watched that poor pregnant girl on the news who was exposed to radiation. I can’t even imagine the worry that she’s feeling at this time. I also was inspired by the man who was so determined to live in order to get back to his family. He was badly bruised and banged up but Thank God! He made it!! I would love to have a sneak peek at that family’s reunion! They thought they had lost some thing so precious and instead they will be together again.

I remember that day when I thought I had lost something precious and that my marriage was over. The grief I felt and feelings of failure. I was getting a divorce. My husband and I had left our two girls with my parents and flew to Arizona for the weekend to try and work on our marriage. I was angry and unforgiving. How could he do that to ME??!? RIGHT?? I let satan get into my head and feed my pride. That’s it! “it’s OVER! I announced.”

That is until we returned home.

We walked into Azteca of all places where my parents had taken my girls to lunch after church. When those precious little faces (7 and 5 at the time) saw their daddy walk into the restaurant they RAN to him and THREW themselves into His arms.

That’s the moment my heart changed. If for no other reason than those precious girls I was going TO FIGHT for my marriage. I was going to do whatever it took! It meant forgiveness and humility, and brokenness but I was ready to go there. After all, we had been broken for a long time and it takes TWO to get there.

We were lost. I think of that verse in 2 Chronicles 20:12 when King Jehoshaphat felt overwhelmed by the battle that was being waged against him. All he knew to do was to turn to the Father and cry, “I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you.”

And that’s what I’ve learned through the healing of my marriage. I DON’T know what to do! I had NO IDEA where to start BUT my eyes were on the Lord. Every time I felt myself begin to take my eyes off of the Father is when I began to slip. So I would FORCE my gaze BACK ON THE FATHER and watch where he would lead me. He took care of me! He restored my joy! And in the end he RESTORED my marriage!

If you find yourself in the center of a hurricane whirling around you FIX YOUR GAZE on the Lord! HE WILL take care of you! Don’t let your gaze drop! For NONE of us knows what to do in those difficult situations but I ASSURE YOU that GOD DOES! I’ve learned in every situation to look to God and say again like Jehoshophat, “I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you! He CAN move mountains!! I am PROOF positive! Don’t take your gaze off of him! He will take care of you.


We invite you to linkup any post ( the exact URL ) that you feel might encourage our hearts in this journey..a post that talks about serving..your story of how God restored something in your life.  Please link back here if you would so we can all share.  You can copy/paste the button if you wish.  We are working on a button for WordPress that has a code.  Until then, it’s there if you would like it.


To enter the giveaway

Please ya’ll leave a comment so I’m not here hangin..I went out on a limb with my artistic ability…which is NOT very much:) Click here to see the Word woman sign.  Leave a comment and for a second & third chance you can Facebook and or Tweet it.  Just come back and tell me you did please:)  I will close it on Sunday at 5 pm and choose the winner with a random number generator.  I’m excited to see who wins.  I’ve been working on signs for my house and since we all participate in Word Women Wednesdays I thought it only fitting.




Eph 5:15-17 – Help her to be careful how she lives her life. May she be wise in her choices. Help her to make the most of every opportunity for doing good. Help her not to act thoughtlessly but to understand what You want her to do.


word women sign giveaway


I’ve S L O W L Y been working on signs. words actually.  I was inspired by Tara and her Family Rules Sign.  I feel so strongly about words and the power they have over us.  I’ve got more but I wanted to offer this one as a giveaway tomorrow on our Word Women Wednesday…to one of you. My friends.  Fellow Word Women.

and here are the purple tulips that I have been enjoying….


and here is ” my version ” of the Family Rules sign. When I look at the words my heart is reminded of their meaning and I smile.

Come back tomorrow and visit for a chance to enter for the Word women sign and sit a spell with Lissa @ Humble Pie. I highly encourage you to read her post from today.  It is SO true! I feel this way myself.  You can get so wrapped around this blogging thing that you are not living life anymore. Please…go read it. See you tomorrow:)


Sharing over at Jen’s with the Soli Deo Gloria Sisters…hope to see you there:)

Finding Heaven

and Kellie @ This Blessed Nest

this blessed nest

and JRU Studio!

sneak peek