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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Glenda Childers - I just moved a few months ago, from Seattle to Chicago, and I am so so glad for everything I got rid of before I moved. So I will loudly cheer you on . . . YOU CAN DO IT.

Fondly,

Glenda

Cindy - Hi Tiffini,

you know, somehow I got an email from you yesterday! And I think I missed Word Women Wednesday, but somehow found imperfect prose, and dared to let that much vulnerability show! But thanks for coming by, and for the email yesterday…by the way, I have come here to comment 3 times today, but got side-tracked with gadanke and simple mom's spot…ha, ha…good to "meet" you!

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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Amy Sullivan - Brooke,

So glad to hear your words today. Control is one of my big issues. Battling the urge to do everything myself, on my terms, is something I struggle with daily. I don't have boys, but have many friends that do. Also, love the idea of 21 days.

T,

Thanks for hosting!

tkilgore - Brooke – I struggle with trusting God. Trusting if He has a dream for me let alone for my children. Your words are powerful and it has stirred what I know to be true that prayer is a lifeline between God and I and it is our hope.
Praying for God to stir the hearts to prayer and we value your words and thank you so much for sharing them:)
I am going to join you in the 21 days. I have two sons, 16 & 20

Bobbi - I'm not seeing the WWW linky but my post is up to share with ya'll! Smiles and hugs to all for a good rest of the week!

eileen - I struggle with being consistent in prayer for my seven year old son. When he was born I "dedicated" a couple verses to him and will often go back and read them. Just ordered the book and looking forward to reading it.

Brooke McGlothlin - Thank so much for having me friends. What a wonderful community you have here! I'm thrilled to get to be a part of it today. Many blessings as you let go and dream the dreams God has for you.

Stephanie - Brooke,
As a mom of a son with Asperger's, I worry about him so much. Thank you for this post. I am realzing that I need to worry less, and pray more!!! Thank you for this post, and your book! What an amazing blessing!!!
Stephanie

e-Mom - Thanks for your invitation to link up! Have a blessed day, Mom… and thanks for hosting.

e-Mom @ Chrysalis

Jen Ferguson - I, too, have dreams of raising girls who love Jesus and who desire to please Him more than the world. I know that I should pray scripture more than I do and sometimes I fear that I don't pray enough.

tkilgore - to be honest…I prayed it for Grace as I was praying for the boys. It love how Brooke has it laid out. I like it to because I have room to write:)

Abby - Thank you Brooke! Prayer is breath and breath is life.

I love your courage and heart to walk this and bring others along…what a blessing! And yes, they really are His, aren't they? Oh, knowing I need to/desire to pray more for my son…

BIg Fat Mama - I agree in the power of prayer!

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?

Finding Heaven

and Michelle @ Graceful

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Jen Ferguson - Do you know that I randomly (randomly?) had this exact same thought today — bloom where you're planted — while I was making my bed. The same thought, the same day you did. Confirmation, perhaps? For us both?

And I think your "old roots" have new life, girl. I can see it coursing on the words of this post. New life, rekindled joy.

And yes, I'm sure YOU could sew an apron.

Erin @ It's Gra - I love the picture! And that quote is one of my absolute favorites. I love aprons, too! Especially vintage-y style ones.

Praying for you :)

Robyn Q - Lovin your style today!

Sewing is overrated in my book. I leave it for other "flowers". Cowboy boots always take the cake.

Maybe it's the hint of spring, but I've been reflecting on the ways of blooming lately, too. We need to hear more! Blessings.

Cha Cha - I want to bloom where I am planted…………..ahhhhh

Thank you for patting and watering the dirt around my heart this morning. I want to thrive here.

Love,

Cha Cha

Bobbi - Good questions…thanks! Hmmm….

Rachel - I think I've been holding my roots out of the soil, wanting to find the best soil. Its time to bloom where I am planted, trusting God will give me the best soil. Thanks for sharing your heart with us at SDG :)

Amy Sullivan - An apron fetish? It's funny you say that. I've never wanted an apron in my life, but after seeing that pic, I think they are quite sassy!

Here's to blooming, T.

Andrea - Apron + boots = you're speakin' my texas language, girl. Praying for good soil for both you and I.

Abby - This it the thing that my twin sister shared about our mom at her memorial service. We each shared a piece and I shared about 'Home' and how she was that, but Sara, my twin, based everything on 'bloom where you're planted'. And my mom struggled for this when she ended up in run down houses–life a financial shambles, but she did. She planted flowers and made each space beautiful…I miss planting flowers and the literal uprooting, but that's b/c we are planted, I think? So, in some ways, writing and my blog are where I am staying planted and blooming and our movable 'happy place'.

God is good. So glad you are fighting for the blooming:)

LLH Designs - I struggle to bloom where I'm planted when I'm plopped down in a new spot. I tend to shrivel up and hide out at home vs. really bloom. I admire those who are good at blooming where they are planted. Such a gift!

Andrea - I love aprons. If you can't sew one, Etsy has several cute ones!

Claire - I love dottie angel!!

You could definitely sew an apron. its very easy! Betz White has a 10 minute pillowcase tutorial to turn into an apron

Dear Monday…changes

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I am a busy little bee lately…LOTS of answers

some yes some no’s…all gifts

while busyness is all around my heart..my spirit is S   L   O   W moving right now.

SO -

I feel behind on visiting you all – behind on one of my best friends life – behind on New Day – behind

on laundry and housework.  Just plain ole behind.  And you know what?  I’m going with it because

when we are at that place with God and there has been prayers going up wrapped in gratitude and

we are in that place of forbearancewe must wait so God can do His work KNOWING He is making

all the necessary preparations.


I have been praying sweat over something that I can’t wait to share with you all…it is coming!

Oh..and don’t you just love the boots, flowers and the chair in that picture?  I can just dream myself right

into that little office can’t you?:)


also – Brooke McGlothlin will be with us this Wednesday..so be sure to come check out her words and

her new ebook  Warrior Prayers…praying the Word for boys.  It is only 5.97.

Many changes coming my way that I can’t wait to share with all of you.

Are you noticing any changes in your heart lately?  Maybe share a way you are able to slow down and enjoy life knowing God is making a way?

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Robyn Q - Love it! Can't wait to know more about what's ahead. I'm stealing the "just go with it" phase today! Blessings~

Rachel - That is a great picture, and I can't wait to see what changes are coming your way.

I have had impressed upon my heart lately that I have to stop waiting for something that is already here: life.

Patti - Love that picture and all the colors! It screams 'spring'.

I've been in that slow mode lately too. God has been waving at me from the sidelines telling me to slow down and sit a while with him. (I didn't do it right away) He's so patient with me though. I finally put some time with him in priority…and an amazing calm came. Don't you love that. You're running along frazzled and he taps you on the shoulder and asks you to sit a while. I'm excited for your 'things to come'. HE brings amazing blessings!

Stephanie - It is good to be still and know that He is God. Sometimes our hearts need a little room to grow, and it sounds like you are experiencing some tremendous growth right now! Awesome, and I can't wait to hear about the many changes! Waiting on God can be hard until we finally learn and accept that He doesn't give up, that He is working even in the stillness, once we can accept that, waiting becomes restful, rather than worryful (LOL, I just made up that word, LOL)! Blessings Tiffini!!!

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Jennifer - I love how you said, "And you know what? I’m going with it." :) Prayers wrapped in gratitude. Beautifully said Tiffini!

Erin @ It's Gra - Love the office, especially the table.

Praying for you :)

kristin - Can't wait to see what you have in store!
I know there are never enough hours but it's ok…..enjoy don't stress. Thanks for your e-mail, I'm behind you 100%, follow your heart!
Love
Kristin

I hate hotdogs

I HATE hot dogs!

so much so that when I was little…at the sitter’s…I snuck the ends of the

hot dogs in the plant that sat on the table.  To this day I have trouble eating the ends.

that being said…these are delish…

Super Bowl Series: Oven Baked Turkey Chili Cheese Dogs

Click here for these Oven Baked Turkey Chili Cheese Hot Dogs.   I appreciate this healthier version.  It MIGHT just make me eat a hot dog

every once in awhile;)

you have got to try this one!

FYI – put in more filling than it says to though. Next time I will put 2 cans of chili and more of all else.  Just try it once and you can adjust to your preference.

The hot dogs I  used  are only 40 calories compared to 120 in regular hot dogs.  With that being said go to the grocery store and make a treat your whole family will love you for…

see ya on “Dear Monday”…savor your weekend & enjoy a hot dog will you:)?…xoxo

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We also have Brooke McGlothlin sharing  her heart with us on Word women Wednesday next week.  I will be giving away 2 of her prayer warrior ebooks…so be watching for more information.  I would love to join Brooke and her share her book.  would you join us?

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eileen - That hot dog looks really good. We rarely eat hotdogs but when we do it is always the turkey dogs too…but my 7 year old son won't touch a hotdog. Will have to give this recipe a try!

Patti - These look good! I have to be in the mood for a hotdog…I like the toppings! This is a great idea for bbq weather which will hopefully be here soon!!!! =)

Stephanie - Yummmo! That hot dog looks awesome! I have to admit, I love hot dogs. But…for the past week or so I have been limiting myself to 1200 calories per day. But…I never thought about low calorie turkey dogs! Yay! I will have to give this a try!

LuluMusing - It's a good thing that hot dog looks so good otherwise I wouldn't even think about eating it!

lissa - I LOVE hot dogs! I have no problem eating the ends. :) and that picture made my tummy growl!

Michelle DeRusha - That looks yummilicious! I don't mind hot dogs…but I can certainly see what you mean about the ends — a little grody!

Amy Sullivan - T,
I only eat hot dogs at baseball games, but I must admit. . .I'm kind of craving them right now. Can't wait to hear what Brooke has to say. Always enjoy the voices you have here.