Month: June 2010

Sunshine Blog Award

Yippee!  Big Fat Mama at http://www.cookingupfaith.com has given me the Sunshine Blog Award.  Is that cool, or what?  You really have no idea how much that means to me!  Thank you so much!

                                                  
Winners are asked to select 12 other recipients to pass on their awards. Selecting only twelve is TOUGH!  Here are my selections- in no particular order:


     http://www.redheadthoughtstonya.blogspot.com
     http://www.homemakerchronicles.com
     http://www.twinkiemommie.blogspot.com
     http://www.embracinghome.com
     http://www.bobjenjack.blogspot.com
     http://www.showmemama.blogspot.com
     http://www.incourage.me
     http://www.mamaondgo.blogspot.com
     http://www.thehomeschoolchick.com
     http://www.loveshinesforall.blogspot.com
     http://www.faithbarista.com
     http://www.bylittlehands.typepad.com


I encourage you to check out these amazing blogs.  Thanks again to Big Fat Mama! 


Winners may cut & paste then pass on to their twelve choices.

Sunshine Blog Award

Yippee!  Big Fat Mama at http://www.cookingupfaith.com has given me the Sunshine Blog Award.  Is that cool, or what?  You really have no idea how much that means to me!  Thank you so much!

                                                  
Winners are asked to select 12 other recipients to pass on their awards. Selecting only twelve is TOUGH!  Here are my selections- in no particular order:


     http://www.redheadthoughtstonya.blogspot.com
     http://www.homemakerchronicles.com
     http://www.twinkiemommie.blogspot.com
     http://www.embracinghome.com
     http://www.bobjenjack.blogspot.com
     http://www.showmemama.blogspot.com
     http://www.incourage.me
     http://www.mamaondgo.blogspot.com
     http://www.thehomeschoolchick.com
     http://www.loveshinesforall.blogspot.com
     http://www.faithbarista.com
     http://www.bylittlehands.typepad.com


I encourage you to check out these amazing blogs.  Thanks again to Big Fat Mama! 


Winners may cut & paste then pass on to their twelve choices.

To Love One Another

The inspiration for today’s post comes from Big Fat Mama over at http://www.cookingupfaith.com/.  For the past 21 days she has been focusing on and blogging about John 15.  Her posts for days 20 and 21 just spoke to my heart in such a profound way that I found myself thinking about it throughout the day. After the birth of her fourth child she started experiencing anxiety and sought the Lord about how to deal with it.  She writes:

Then I was able to take a little drive with just myself and God. I drove and saw hills in front of me with the sun setting and I had this thought –
What if I didn’t try to control people?
What if I didn’t try to control every situation in my life?
What if I didn’t worry about if I was doing or being enough all the time?
What if I let go of my grudges?
What if all I did was love God and love others? What would that be like?


It would be pretty nice. And if all I did at the end of the day was love God and love others I would have done enough.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love. When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in His love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow! I demand that you love each other as much as I love you. And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends; and you are my friends if you obey me.” John 15: 9-14

If we really grasped how much God loves us we would have no fear, no guilt, no loneliness, no self-serving attitude. Our joy would overflow! When we stop trying to fulfill ourselves with the worldlythings, and let God, the only one who can genuinely love us, then we can start being productive and He can use us for his glory.     Big Fat Mama

WOW!  I’ve probably read those scriptures countless times.  I know we are supposed to love God and love others.  I know that our obedience to Christ is a reflection of His love.  Its the JOY part that I’ve missed all this time.  You cannot be joyful and anxious at the same time.  Really, truly, deeply practicing this love results in obedience and JOY.  Receiving HIS love is JOY.  Showing HIS love is JOY.

Sometimes I get so caught up in my own head.  I complicate things. Not only in my daily routine but also in my devotional time.  Am I doing enough?  Am I doing it right?  What if I’m missing something?  What if while I’m doing this I should be doing that? It is hard to experience God’s peace when we are constantly trying to measure up and wondering if we’re falling short.  So often I feel like it is never enough, like I’m never enough. I never identified that feeling as anxiety or controlling but IT IS.  It is also self imposed condemnation.  Sure, our motives are good:  we are supposed to love and care for our families and their needs. That’s okay.  In the striving to do it well, I find that I cross over to perfection- as though somehow if its not all perfect it means that I love them less. I know…its crazy.  At least I am sane enough to remind myself to lighten up. That nagging feeling persists, though – even if it is in the background.  

Her posts reeled me in, so to speak.  It is that simple: its about the love – that’s all. Love – period.   When I focus on the love of Christ the details of my life will fall into place. Thank you, Big Fat Mama for sharing your journey. Sound revelation of God’s love – of the JOY of God’s love – erases all doubt.  God’s love is enough.  My living out that love is enough.  His love makes me enough.

I encourage you to hop over to her site to read through her journey.  I’m sure you will be blessed by it.

To Love One Another

The inspiration for today’s post comes from Big Fat Mama over at http://www.cookingupfaith.com/.  For the past 21 days she has been focusing on and blogging about John 15.  Her posts for days 20 and 21 just spoke to my heart in such a profound way that I found myself thinking about it throughout the day. After the birth of her fourth child she started experiencing anxiety and sought the Lord about how to deal with it.  She writes:

Then I was able to take a little drive with just myself and God. I drove and saw hills in front of me with the sun setting and I had this thought –
What if I didn’t try to control people?
What if I didn’t try to control every situation in my life?
What if I didn’t worry about if I was doing or being enough all the time?
What if I let go of my grudges?
What if all I did was love God and love others? What would that be like?


It would be pretty nice. And if all I did at the end of the day was love God and love others I would have done enough.

“I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Live within my love. When you obey me you are living in my love, just as I obey my Father and live in His love. I have told you this so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow! I demand that you love each other as much as I love you. And here is how to measure it – the greatest love is shown when a person lays down his life for his friends; and you are my friends if you obey me.” John 15: 9-14

If we really grasped how much God loves us we would have no fear, no guilt, no loneliness, no self-serving attitude. Our joy would overflow! When we stop trying to fulfill ourselves with the worldlythings, and let God, the only one who can genuinely love us, then we can start being productive and He can use us for his glory.     Big Fat Mama

WOW!  I’ve probably read those scriptures countless times.  I know we are supposed to love God and love others.  I know that our obedience to Christ is a reflection of His love.  Its the JOY part that I’ve missed all this time.  You cannot be joyful and anxious at the same time.  Really, truly, deeply practicing this love results in obedience and JOY.  Receiving HIS love is JOY.  Showing HIS love is JOY.

Sometimes I get so caught up in my own head.  I complicate things. Not only in my daily routine but also in my devotional time.  Am I doing enough?  Am I doing it right?  What if I’m missing something?  What if while I’m doing this I should be doing that? It is hard to experience God’s peace when we are constantly trying to measure up and wondering if we’re falling short.  So often I feel like it is never enough, like I’m never enough. I never identified that feeling as anxiety or controlling but IT IS.  It is also self imposed condemnation.  Sure, our motives are good:  we are supposed to love and care for our families and their needs. That’s okay.  In the striving to do it well, I find that I cross over to perfection- as though somehow if its not all perfect it means that I love them less. I know…its crazy.  At least I am sane enough to remind myself to lighten up. That nagging feeling persists, though – even if it is in the background.  

Her posts reeled me in, so to speak.  It is that simple: its about the love – that’s all. Love – period.   When I focus on the love of Christ the details of my life will fall into place. Thank you, Big Fat Mama for sharing your journey. Sound revelation of God’s love – of the JOY of God’s love – erases all doubt.  God’s love is enough.  My living out that love is enough.  His love makes me enough.

I encourage you to hop over to her site to read through her journey.  I’m sure you will be blessed by it.

Just For Me

     I am so excited!  I’m learning my way around Twitter. I’ve resurrected my blog – with some spiffy additions to spice things up!  I joined some groups – wow- there is so much out there.  I am having so much FUN.  It feels good to (finally) be able to spend some time on my own pursuits.
     We all know that we’re supposed to take “me time,” to be good to ourselves, to nurture our spirits and such. Knowing and practicing are two entirely different things I have found!  I know I’m not alone in this.  I read so much about finding balance.  Lately, I’ve had trouble just finding “me.” We get so caught up in being a wife, a mother, a teacher, a home-keeper, a cook, a daughter, a friend, a worker, a volunteer, etc. that we loose site of how important it is to be “me.”  We spend all our energy and our time (well spent, of course) on our families & we just run out for ourselves. It seems that there is ALWAYS something or someone demanding our attention.  While that is true and we MUST take care of our families and our homes, we MUST take care of ourselves.
     I’m not talking about healthy eating, exercise, prayer time.  All that is VITAL to a healthy, happy and long life.  This is different, though.  I’m talking about FUN.  Taking a few moments to enjoy something that is just for us – all to ourselves.  Maybe for you it is a bubble bath (not a quickie shower but an indulgent, long soak).  For some it may be a long awaited curl-up with a good book.  Tonight, for me, it is computer time.  Tomorrow it will be a McD frappe.  I’m going to take at least 15-30mins EVERY day to do something just for me.  My goal/mantra will be “I will not feel guilty and I will not get sidetracked. I will BE me- just me, for me.”  Thirty minutes is hardly selfish.
     Ladies, we deserve it and we need it.  I dare say it will reflect in a refreshed and improved attitude. Have you ever looked up one day and realized you had lost a part of yourself? Is it difficult for you to set aside time for yourself? If so let me challenge and encourage you to take some time HAVING FUN.  Reconnect with hobbies/interests. I want to hear your goals. If you are already “balanced,” I’d love to hear how you do it. Let me know how you take care of yourself.  What does your “me time” involve?  

Just For Me

     I am so excited!  I’m learning my way around Twitter. I’ve resurrected my blog – with some spiffy additions to spice things up!  I joined some groups – wow- there is so much out there.  I am having so much FUN.  It feels good to (finally) be able to spend some time on my own pursuits.
     We all know that we’re supposed to take “me time,” to be good to ourselves, to nurture our spirits and such. Knowing and practicing are two entirely different things I have found!  I know I’m not alone in this.  I read so much about finding balance.  Lately, I’ve had trouble just finding “me.” We get so caught up in being a wife, a mother, a teacher, a home-keeper, a cook, a daughter, a friend, a worker, a volunteer, etc. that we loose site of how important it is to be “me.”  We spend all our energy and our time (well spent, of course) on our families & we just run out for ourselves. It seems that there is ALWAYS something or someone demanding our attention.  While that is true and we MUST take care of our families and our homes, we MUST take care of ourselves.
     I’m not talking about healthy eating, exercise, prayer time.  All that is VITAL to a healthy, happy and long life.  This is different, though.  I’m talking about FUN.  Taking a few moments to enjoy something that is just for us – all to ourselves.  Maybe for you it is a bubble bath (not a quickie shower but an indulgent, long soak).  For some it may be a long awaited curl-up with a good book.  Tonight, for me, it is computer time.  Tomorrow it will be a McD frappe.  I’m going to take at least 15-30mins EVERY day to do something just for me.  My goal/mantra will be “I will not feel guilty and I will not get sidetracked. I will BE me- just me, for me.”  Thirty minutes is hardly selfish.
     Ladies, we deserve it and we need it.  I dare say it will reflect in a refreshed and improved attitude. Have you ever looked up one day and realized you had lost a part of yourself? Is it difficult for you to set aside time for yourself? If so let me challenge and encourage you to take some time HAVING FUN.  Reconnect with hobbies/interests. I want to hear your goals. If you are already “balanced,” I’d love to hear how you do it. Let me know how you take care of yourself.  What does your “me time” involve?