Recently my husband purchased a ping pong table to provide some extra family fun. With 5 kids there is obviously a great range in skill and interest….but one thing I have noticed that all players have in common is the … Continue reading
It’s noon. I get a distress call from a sweet friend asking for prayer and counsel about some things her daughter is going through. And now, just a few hours later I find myself sharing her distress as the floors … Continue reading
I will forever remember that call I received from my son’s Sunday School teacher….”Mrs. Davis, I am not sure if you are aware of the fact that your son put a large sum of money in the offering toward the … Continue reading
Disqualified: A word I have heard over and over the last several months that just has me riled up! A word that the enemy is using to discourage and defeat believers. Be honest with yourself. Can you readily complete this … Continue reading
Divide and Conquer was our strategy. There were five of us attending Lifeway’s DotMom conference in Birmingham and the break out sessions offered were so intriguing we decided to divide and conquer to get as much out of the conference … Continue reading
Have you ever felt like you were in the belly of the whale? Me too. Except my whale was the floor boards of my closet with the lights off. I was going through a very difficult time and found myself, a mother of 5, in my only hidden place – the master closet. I was crying out the the Lord and asked if He would show Himself to me. I then remembered Abraham asking to see God and that He spared his life by allowing Abraham to see His shadow. God then brought to my remembrance the verse that “he who dwells in the secret place shall abide in the shadow of the almighty.” Thank you Jesus for that promise. I continued to seek God and cry out for wisdom and understanding. He then reminded me of the storm that He calmed. I remembered from teaching a study including this passage a number of times that there was an element of the storm that was attributed to the work of the enemy. I was excited for the reminder and anxious to look at the words Jesus used to rebuke the storm. Maybe I could use those same words to defeat my enemy. (don’t you wish there were just spell like formula’s at times?) But I heard God whisper to me to focus on the words in red.
I scanned my Bible shelf for one I was confident had red letter edition. I opened my Bible to Mark 4:35 and began to read paying special attention to just what Jesus said to calm the storm. I was a bit surprised when the exact words of Jesus used to rebuke the storm were not in red, they were a paraphrase of sorts, but as I continued reading the words in red glared off the page straight to my heart. “Where is your faith?” Continue reading
She was new to our group. A woman you could judge from the outside had not yet mastered the “church look” and our study group quickly realized had also not been trained in the “church talk.” We went around the table that morning sharing what God was doing in our lives as the result of the Bible study we were taking. Distracted minds or tired bodies seemed to lend to a sort of reluctance to speak up and share but our new friend came rearing to speak up. She shared how God had redeemed her life from drugs and addiction. She shared how she was trying hard to learn how to “fit in” at church and not speak out of turn or inappropriately. She had so much excitement she could hardly manage to stay in her chair as she bounced with her new found joy. She broke the ice and then our weekly attenders began to share. We talked about our tendency to judge others. We talked about our feelings of inadequacy as moms and the responsibility of raising kids. We discussed our difficulty in holding our tongues and loving others outside of our comfort zone.
You could sense her reluctance but the same energy that propelled her testimony seemed to spill out whilst introduced with an apology. “I know you ladies don’t know me very well but I just have to ask something……Why are you all so hard on yourselves?” Continue reading
Do we all have the same dream? The one where our child will stand in a place of honor or accomplishment and be escorted before a large microphone with an enormous crowd and they will say those words that have motivated us to clean every dirty diaper, clean up every puddle from a case of the flu, sit through every poorly made kids movie, painstakingly tackle every school project, embrace the years of becoming a full time driver and cook, yes those words. It is almost like I can see them in slow motion as my child forms each syllable…..I …W..A..N..T…. T..O…. T…H..A…N…K… M..Y… M..O..M.mmmmm!
Why do I always do all the work? I know at first glance those sound like fighting words coming from my husband to me one afternoon. All the work? Really? He went on to explain. He was the one who went through a special thirty day devotional preceding my daughters 13th birthday. He was the one tasked with taking a gift by the kids to school or taking them on a special camp out. Honestly it has been so long since we had this conversation I can’t even remember all what it included, but I distinctly remember my answer. Because I want YOU to be the Hero. His countenance changed. He got it. In one moment he went from helper to hero and embraced the title. Continue reading
I love how different ladies express their creativity. Some put together the cutest outfits, others have designed amazing scrapbooks, personally my own fave is decorating. I thought everyone loved to do this until several years ago I realized I had never seen my daughter even attempt to move the furniture around in her room. (By her age I had developed calf muscles from sitting on the floor using my legs to reposition my bed, dresser, bookshelf, you name it I had moved it….and more than once.)
This week I took on a small project of paining a dated mirror. Here are a few pictures of my project before and after. I started by painting the mirror the same color as my bedroom walls and then added a light coat of glaze to create a bit of a sheen. Personally, I would rather re-do an old piece than shop at a traditional furniture store. Here are a couple of pointers if you want to try a Divine Do~over.
1. Look for good Bones - This is my friend Holly’s saying that I just love. Don’t look for perfect, look for potential. Look for a good shape. Good materials. An interesting element. Nearly anything can be repainted, recovered, re-purposed if you have a vision.
2. Enjoy the adventure – Don’t be in a hurry to find something….wait and enjoy the hunt for just that element or piece that you need. The best thing about touring my friends home recently was all of the stories that went with the different pieces she has collected. I have a piece of furniture that I have had for the last 22 years that I found under a mattress at a thrift store for $30. My mom was mortified that I would purchase something where the paint was scraped off in different places. (This is actually one piece I have never repainted.)
3. Don’t be afraid of humor or themes. If someone can’t detect your personality in your decorating, then maybe you have played it too safe. Have fun. I love a friends house that was full of humor. He had a mounted deer head which he displayed wearing a pair of sunglasses. Years ago I fell in love with a local restaurant and was inspired to duplicate their soda shop look in my dining room. It has lead me to collect for the last 10 years and has been so much fun….and you can probably tell I love ice cream.
4. Get a second opinion – Bounce ideas of a friend whose taste you like or trust. I know personally I will save up a bunch of questions/decisions and I will pay a decorator friend for 1 hour of consultation before I start spending. I have appreciated this help when deciding on drapery shapes, paint colors, etc.
5. Stick to your budget. If it isn’t the right price than it’s not the right find. Try some fun shopping options like Craigslist, Girlfriends Trading Post, Habitat for Humanity Restore, local thrift stores or garage sales. Have fun negotiating or even bartering. The perfect find is the one that doesn’t include regrets.
Take the plunge. Maybe it is time for you to discover the fun of a divine do~over!
If you knew me you would question my credentials to write anything about a sister trip. I am an only child. I have five kids and only one is a girl. Sisters of the biological kind just don’t seem to be in the cards for me. But how I have envied those of you who have sisters and even more how you take sister trips. So this is my first posting to give you tips on taking a sister trip.
After 23 years of watching my husband trek to Colorado to shoot Elk each year I have only once ventured from my territory with a girlfriend. It’s been almost seven years since I took that first trip with my friend Paula to Europe. (Honestly that trip may be the reason it has taken me seven years to embark on a second adventure.) Yes, the fares were cheap — because it was the off season. But I really should have clued in that “timing” would mean trekking through Paris in the cold and pouring rain. My pictures of the Eiffel tower blurry as I shot through the dripping windows of a tour bus. The luxurious hotels of the movies lay in stark contrast to the miniscule space we called a hotel room. Midday marked the time we came back to our room to change into three new layers of clothes as our previous three layers were soaking wet. I am sure you are getting the picture.
So here I am writing on the day I leave with my girlfriend to tackle the Antique Fair of Antique Fairs. My husband’s truck has been cleaned to make room for any treasures we may find, our housing established and, as always, my suitcase not yet packed. But I am excited! And although this advice may be better suited for one of you gals who has a long history of sister trips, I thought I would take a shot at it with fresh eyes. Newbie’s really. Eyes full of hope and expectation toward this great adventure.
So here goes:
1. Do it. ~ Whether you have biological sisters or spiritual sisters. Plan a weekend or longer if you can and do something you will love or are convinced you may like.
2. Be conscience of each others budget. ~ We are saving by staying with some friends for the nights we are in Atlanta. Maybe you can be creative and have a sister trip garage sale or Girlfriends Trading Post clearing house sale. Remember you don’t have to take a trip that involves a lot of $. Even an extended day trip can be lots of fun. (I have done these a time or two.
3. Be honest about expectations. ~ I warned my girlfriend that I am not a good person to shop with. I can’t fake interest in things I don’t want to look at. (I learned this once when shopping with a friend that wanted me to ooh and ahh over every porcelain doll she came across. Torture….pure torture…..from then on I have issued a disclaimer when I shop…..I may wander but let’s set a time and place to meet up for lunch and share our finds.)
4. Space can be good. Be casual to let each other have some time alone if they desire it. Maybe you want to fit in a good book while another wants to see a few sights. Remember that your sister may not only want a little r&r from the kids and house but maybe just a few minutes to themselves to do something they really want, maybe just to be quiet.
5. Have fun and make memories. ~ I am terrible at pictures but I plan to take a few. I hope to find at least one treasure that I can have as a memory take away. (I stole a motto from a lady I overheard at a store years ago…..”I am looking for something I can’t live without and praying I don’t find it!”) I look forward to our car ride down to Atlanta. I am sure our 5 hours there and back will necessitate a box of Kleenex on the front seat between us. Can’t get us girls together too long without sharing hearts. So while those may be expectations of sorts my greatest excitement is to kick off a long tradition of Sister Trips.
Scotts Antique Fair Here We Come!