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.


Mark your calendars…begins April 1…go sign up!!



Valerie - What a great reminder that we need to constantly be grateful for all the little things that are blessings to us everyday.

Genevieve Mama Natur - Love how you're incorporating communing with the Father throughout the day. I find when I'm really busy, I go into my own zone and rely on my own strength :(.

Thanks for reminder.

kenadl - i will get together with the extended family for easter. and i will love.

kendal - yeah. so. spelled my name wrong!

Mama Zen - Beautiful!

Eileen - spending time outside with Him is so much fun!! By the way…I love your puppy dog!

Susan DiMIckele - So your dog looks so much like our old dog Maddie — wow…..

Michelle DeRusha - I love that you did this today…that you were completely in Him all day. I don't think I've ever truly done that — but I am inspired by you!

Stephanie - The story about your sons room cracked me up. My daughters room is much the same, LOL!

jeana - I love days that are spent with Him walking right beside us, because we invited Him! When I was little I would walk around our block after dark just talking to Him. It's a wonderful memory!

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog yesterday. I appreciate you taking the time and your kind words!


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.


Stephanie - Tiffini! I had no idea you were so artistically inclined! Would love to win this! You are so talented, in so very many ways!!!

Jen - Did you get my comment on the other post about wanting to win it? Because I do and girl, you should not doubt your artistic ability. He gave you this!

About today's post, my heart resonates both with the restoration and the joy. So glad you shared here today!

tkilgore - I did Jen…lol! I would have thrown you in anyway;)

Glenda Childers - Thank you for sharing this part of your story and thank you for trusting God and doing the hard work to save your marriage.


Suzann - Lissa – your words are so true and powerful!!! They have helped me so many many times.

sheri - Awesome post – I love Lissa's blog and now I have yours to follow too. Thanks so much :)

Kim - Very cool. I would hang this in my house for sure!

Eileen - Great reminder. God is in the heart changing business! All He asks is that our eyes stay firmly fixed on HIM!!

Peg - Count me in!

Thanks for sharing from your heart!

Lisa Smith - I needed to this encouragement today!! If I don't linkup today, I'll be back next week. Love your sign!!!

Paula - Tiffini,

I am so encouraged by your Word Women Wednesdays. I patiently wait for my WWW's. I am enduring an illness right now and focusing strictly on Him because if I didn't, it would drive me absolutely nuts while trying to get an absolute diagnosis. Your encouragement, in the meantime, is a nice bridge. For that, I am grateful!

I would also be grateful for a Word Woman sign! I loved it when I saw it!


BIg Fat Mama - 2 Chronicles 20 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible! I loved reading this inspiring post!!

kenadl - beautfiul story of redemption. thaks for sharing!

Mrs.B - Love this post, Lissa's story is amazing.

Cindy - This is such a great word…I missed your link-up because I kept getting interrupted in writing my post (it is spring break week at our house)…I haven't even taken time to go see your art work…but I hope I win it anyway and I am going to go take a look next!


Cindy - Ok, the sign is totally awesome and inspiring…come by my place and see my post – I really would like your feed back on it (you can email me that feedback if you would like) : )

Susan DiMIckele - Yeah! Count me in! Thanks for feeling so strongly about the words that heal us.

Brenda - I am so sorry for your distress and suffering. But you know Him and His words and comfort are there 24/7 and you have our words to Him on your behalf.

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


Jen - Tiffini! I love your art — it is such a pure expression of your heart. Don't you worry — I'll be back tomorrow to enter the giveaway!

Christy - Oh my. I absolutely adore your art. It is gorgeous!! Sometimes I wish my creativty extended past the computer but alas He knows my gifts and I do too and I love them just as He has give.

LOVE your header too ;) So fun!

Robyn Q - Lovin that sign! Whoo Hoo!

Jodene Shaw - What a beautiful and personal sign, tiffini!

Your blog is a lovely place to visit. i adore your banner/header!

Makes me think of TobyMac's song, "All In".

Love & grace,


Amy Sullivan - T,

Coming here always puts me in a good mood. You always have something fun happening and kind words for those around you. Plus, I love how you dig up all these good writers and cool things. It keeps me from having to click all over the place!

Nancy - Love, love, love the word sign–almost to the point of coveting it! I DO covet the art skills that so many of you and my friends have. Thanks for stopping by my place with your encouraging words. Now, off to check out Lissa's post!

diana trautwein - ALL of your work is astoundingly lovely, thoughtful and fun. Thanks so much for this post.

Libby - Hi, I am visiting from This Blessed Nest and am your newest follower! Love the word sign! I am also a huge fan of Lissa at Humble Pie. I look forward to her post.

Glenda Childers - What a lovely sign you have made for your family, Tiffani. To me it is more a piece of art, than a sign. But words matter and your have chosen some lovely ones for your kids to see every day. I love that.



Mrs.B - Love the signs!

this blessed nest - your sign is a wonderful reflection of your heart.

it's just gorgeous. your header just makes me smile from head to toe!

thanks so much for linking up with the SPRING FLING!

have a super weekend.



Beth West - I especially love your family rules sign. I'm new to your blog and looking forward to browsing through it.

Cindy - Still loving these signs, Tiffini!

I might have to incorporate "God of the Word – give us a Word"…that is just such a powerful yet simple thought/prayer/request!

christina - I too feel strongly about words and the power they have over us. Perhaps that is why calligraphy is one of my passions. : ) Your signs are lovely, full of communication.

wanda - Gosh….I love words too!

And your sign is magificent!

Jennifer - Word woman… I *love* that! :) I love your sign, so full of meaningful words. And you know I love my words! I am so happy you joined us for 'studio sneak peek' on (in)courage. We have the same link party every Friday on my blog and would love to have you join us! :)

Dear Monday…how to get out of a funk

Our dreams become real by building

God has given me a path to follow…He has spoken through His Word to my heart but lately… I’m in a funk. Really?

I’ll let you in on something. I am inclined to think my “funk” is lack of doing what He has already shown me.

I think the ” funk ” is me not picking up and building!

I am still up on the hill looking over the dream. Now is the time to prayerfully dissect all He has spoken to me and do it. I pray to share all of these ways as I do them … with you.
God has been showing me my life through a wide angle lens.  I put the camera to my eye…squint…and turn the lens.  I see more detail now.

the dream becomes something I want…

You see – I’ve only lived with half a heart. I’ve lived 16 years in a relationship that has literally made me sick and almost crazy. There have been many rocks overturned in attempts to mend things. You can’t fix what doesn’t want to be fixed so what is one to do?

I’ve been sitting and looking at this question for at least 10 years.

Here…today…pen meets the paper. Where it starts. The journaling .

If I can allow change in circumstances that aren’t what one would dream…that when one’s WHOLEHEART is changed it will change everything else.

I haven’t lived what I’ve loved. For many reasons but one reason that immediately comes to mind is that I didn’t KNOW what I loved and I didn’t love myself so I didn’t set boundaries for anyone else to treat me well.

God keeps bringing me back to my dreams. Dreams I had as a child. Things that give me pleasure .. bring me contentment.

One REAL SIMPLE thing I did this weekend from reading Lissa’s post was to intentionally buy fresh flowers for my home. I’ve always enjoyed flowers but could never bring myself to spend the money on something that dies. Silly right? for me I’m learning that is wrong. This simple money that was spent gave me immense joy just looking at them…with gratitude at our Creator for making something so exquisite it brought praise to my lips.

I hope you will humbly allow me to share what is to come.  First and foremost this is for me. Secondly- for others.  I need to get all of this out. Sort through. Let go of what isn’t beneficial to me and to the children. I don’t have the big picture…at all. But it is time. I am ready to stick around this story awhile. Explore it with the zoom lens…close up. Taking the tangible things He is teaching me and put them into my life. See what it would look like for a woman to live wholehearted and how that would infuse change in life as she knows it.

Have you ever been in a place..a funk… that could be traced back to not doing what God has told you to do?

beginning the re-write



I‘m still working on a big project that I am just so excited about. I am in the middle of a flair which has caused me to slow down even more so soon…soon.

This Wenesday we will have Lissa from Humble Pie speaking words of life to us, a Linkup and something little I’ve been working on that I will be offering as a giveaway. So – please come and enjoy some wrapped in love words from Lissa and join in our Word women by linking up a post that would encourage our journey together AND get ready for a fun giveaway…would you?:)

You all inspire me in so many ways. Getting out of a life long rut is so much easier to grasp when you have others who are genuine hearts who share,  just journey with you. thankyou…I often am so overwhelmed by your words that I wish I could visit each one of you everyday and hug you and we could visit over coffee for hours on end.

Linking up with Graceful for Hear it on Sunday.  Use it on Monday


Eileen - Tiffini, I can so relate to this statement "I didn’t KNOW what I loved and I didn’t love myself so I didn’t set boundaries for anyone else to treat me well."

Unfortunately, it took me years of bad choices and failures before I started to understand what I loved and to love myself enough to stop compromising these things in my life. So thankful that the Lord finds away to teach us through all our experiences. It is certainly a journey and every step He seems to reveal something else to us.

And you are so right when our wholeheart changes THAT's when everything else begins to change.

Michelle DeRusha - I'm sort of a jump before I think kind of person, so I get the opposite kind of funk: too much action, not enough reflection. But I do get what you're saying…sometimes simply procrastinating puts me in that kind of stagnant funk.

I bought myself fresh flowers this week, too — for the first time in about 10 years, no lie! I bought 4 red gerbera daisies, and put them in a white vase on my kitchen windowsill, right above the sink. They have brought me so much cheer…all for $4.99!

Thanks for linking up today!

jenny - "I am inclined to think my “funk” is lack of doing what He has already shown me." Good for me to think about – thank you.

Also, with regard to the flowers, I totally, 100% support this. I had a similar experience this weekend. Without planning to, I found myself in Target shopping for clothes. I rarely do this – I'm really not a shopper – but I had a date night with my husband planned, and I wanted to feel beautiful. We don't really have the money, but something in me said to splurge. So, I bought one new item and went on our date.

I told my husband about the Target splurge, admittedly a little sheepishly. I wasn't sure how he would respond. He immediately said, "buy the shorts (what I had purchased), every time." We talked more, and he elaborated: "your heart was in the right place, Jenny. I almost feel that if you hadn't bought the shorts you would have been less pleasing to God. Here's what I mean: by choosing to engage your own beauty, you were making a statement that you are beautiful. And, that you are worth it. In short, you are honoring God."

My man's words really hit home that night. He was right – in that moment the "something" in me must have been the Holy Spirit. It is very hard for me to spend on myself, and I definitely don't feel beautiful right now. That small action was a way to agree with how God feels about me: I am worth it, and I am beautiful.

So, to make a long, rambling comment short, I'm very glad you bought yourself flowers. Even if they give you joy for half a minute, those moments are worth it. He loves to see you delight, I know He does.

One last thought…"beginning the re-write"…I love this. You are such an excellent writer – you put words to thoughts and feelings that somehow pen them down in a way that keeps them from flitting away before being noticed. I appreciate it, and I'm with you on this journey. I have been praying for you.

Love in Him, Jenny

Loni - I am thankful we don't always have the big picture, because it would scare us all we may have to go through for the final results. But always . . .

The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him. Psalm 28:7

Fonda - Isn't it amazing how much pleasure we can get from fresh flowers?

Stephanie - Loveing the idea of fresh flowers, and I love what you said about "beginning the re-write". I feel much that way myself. You know the best thing about blogging, and blog comments. When you look at what everyone writes, God speaks to each and every one of us in a different way through just one single post. He is so cool that way! Love you Tiff, praying the icky funk away!!!!

tia - I needed to read this post. This was for me today. Thank you, thank you , thank you!

Tracey Soko - It is a hard lesson but true – funk and disobedience are often connected- its so hard when you see a loved one in a funk to know how to address this is a way that won't make things worse.

Jen - Do you know how much I just wish that I could reach into this screen and hug you? I feel as though I could communicate so much better if I could just do that. I would be honored to read what is to come and see how He plays out the dreams in your life.

And, I'm with you about the flowers. I did this a lot after my grandmother died. Something about just craving beauty amongst the ashes.

Kim - I have week-old white flowers in a blue vase, given to me by my neighbor from her husband's funeral. They have graced my home this week and reminded me that every moment, every decision, counts. Hold your lens tight, gather the light, and really SEE as you make this revision.

LLH Designs - When I'm in a funk (too often), it's usually because I haven't done the basics of praising his name and giving thanks. Without worship of the right One, I am all out of sorts and too prone to wanting things my way (then disappointed when they don't go my way, which equals FUNK!).

I've always had the same attitude about fresh flowers, was touched by Lissa's used of them, too!

Off to a colder part of the country…Minnesota!!!


Connie@raise your ey - oh Tiffini…can you feel our hearts hugging you as you walk through this road? Tomorrow, I'm going to buy flowers…real ones, not my "fakey" ones that I make do with…and they'll remind me to pray for you…for all of us to walk in obedience

Abby - I am like Michelle 'jump in, think about getting wet later', but I know for you, this 'funk' has the generational ties, and the strongholds that the Enemy doesn't want you to be freed from. So, I stand with you in prayer…I cheer you with all I've got and KNOW HIS STRENGTH IS PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS!

AND I ask you to boomerang those prayers back to me…isn't intercession amazing? We can pray into others' lives what we can't into our own…just His way of showing us how we need each other to raise the arms like Aaron and Hur for Moses…so, sister, I raise yours, will you raise mine? love u!

it is in the exchanging

moving toward simplicity of surroundings …content without a lot of possessions to distract me.  That is what I am being pulled towards.  What about you?

cleaning out my life…opening my heart to change.

exchanging feeling progressively more alive for progressively more dead.  Because if I tell the truth that is where I’m heading.  Death of Life…of living. I have, as far back as I can  remember, been miserable with what I am doing.  Always having this dream but no time or not making any time for things that I have passion for.  It is called life.  It happens.  You get married have children and wake up decades later only to find that life has happened but life has not been lived.

Sometimes, we cannot change our circumstances but we CAN add things into our live that bring us joy.  That is within our power.

I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop.

I can sense all the heart opening..I can see it all blurry out in front of me.  Anticipation dancing all around.  I just don’t know what it will look like. Faith is believing without seeing right?  so I whisper … Father help my unbelief..I pray for Giant Faith.

I have read ” only put into your life those things you cannot possibly live without ”  I have been thinking lots about these words…lately.

What makes you burn to live? if you could do one thing … anything… what would it be?  If you can’t do that now -what is one thing you could add into your life that would make that dream one step closer to being reality?  That one real piece of joy that you could put on everyday?

Maybe it would be taking a class, volunteering at a homeless shelter or your child’s school, striking up a conversation with that person that has been on your heart for a year, baking cookies and taking them to people, learning to paint or photography, a writing class;) swimming, starting your own business, going to counseling for yourself this time, making a new friend, start gardening, singing, a dance class maybe?

Philippians 4:13

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

it is in the exchanging.

sharing these words with Emily @ Imperfect Prose

Happy Weekend:)





Katharine - Beautiful, true words, and ones that I needed to hear today.


LLH Designs - After years of half living, I'm reedy to live life to the FULL! I have to CHOOSE to BELIEVE the John 10:10 promise. I have to believe that it's TRUE for me! There's a thief who comes to steal and destroy, but a greater One has come to give us LIFE. I choose life!

Happy weekend, sweet friend!

Stephanie - What makes you BURN TO LIVE? What an awesome question. Writing, freedom, praying with girlfrieds, meaningful deep coffee discussions, giggles as me and my kids make "arm farts" on eachother's arms, my husband's cuteness, dancing, watching Lauren dance, meeting a new bloggy friend, hearing a story about healing, sleeping with my head on the open bible when I need to know He holds me….yep that's what lifes all about. Thanks for reminding me of what is most important sweet sweet Tiffini. Love you.

Patti - Great post! =) Love the Rock with the bible verse. Thank you for helping us all think about these things!

Shari - I am now doing those things which I held back from myself, and I can tell you: it IS freeing! I feel connected again… to myself, to the Universe…. I feel the source of all, God, moving through me… where before, I felt always at odds with myself, and everyone else.

Life (to me) is about asking the right questions and then having the strength to answer them with your whole heart. And in finding those answers, moving forward. That's all we can really do, isn't it? Faith is what propels us forward.

Glenda Childers - I really like this post, Tiffini, because it reminds me of things I believe to be true. While I was/am a usually great mom . . . such an important and busy job . . . I always saved time for myself and pursued my passions. I did it in ways that made my daughters stronger, not left out. So, go for it. The Lord will show you how to have balance. And listen to your husband, he will have good ideas too. Sorry, didn't mean to get preachy here. . . but this is something I care deeply about.



brian miller - I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop….that line was worth the read today….so true…

Cathy - Inspiring, the fire and flood of life.

Cindy - This is beautiful Tiffini… and I love the neon green of the mums! I too love the idea of having less so that I can live more…So glad to see you at Emily's too!

Joybird - I can no longer sit back and watch my life fade into eternity and not give the dreams He placed within me the opportunity to develop.

This has been bumping around my heart the last two weeks, too. As my perspective changes and my world opens up again, what small things can I do now to be ready for new/old dreams? And I am praying Giant Faith for you.

emily wierenga - oh tiffini, i always love coming here, to find the calm, but also the challenge, in your words, in your photos. thank you.

alittlebitograce - My head aches leaving me unable to find words to do your piece justice. But I just wanted to tell you how much I adore your header, especially the spoons!

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