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Whose Cross Are You Carrying?

faith life Sep 15, 2014

We were never meant to carry the cross of sin

I recently heard a profound message on Luke 9:23 "Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Now this wasn't just any message. God revealed some huge stuff to me and I just wanted to share it with you. Because maybe, maybe the cross you're trying to carry isn't the one He wants you carrying.

Our Cross

So what is the cross He's set before us? Our purpose. Our portion. And He asks us to take it up DAILY. Not when we feel like it. Not next week or next year. Every. Single. Day.

The pastor gave the analogy of giving your child a plate of food. Your child may not want all of the food but you know, as the parent, he needs that food. All of it. For the child to grow, thrive, and become the man he's supposed to be. And when God gives us our plate, our cross, our portion, we need to accept ALL of it, good or bad, whether we like it or not, to become ALL that He made us to be.

Sometimes all we want is the triple-layer...

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On Chasing Dreams

life simplicity Sep 04, 2014

These last several years have been a wild roller coaster for my family and me. I mean, crazy. Psycho. The twister, loop-de-loop, forward, then backwards, upside down, drop-off, make you wanna barf kind. From moving, to job changes, to publishing my first book...I can't even keep up with myself! My poor family, you guys. I need to start a separate savings account for therapy for my kids. Or maybe I've given them enough life lessons in their early years that they'll "get it right" when they are adults. Who knows.

Through all of the life lessons I've unabashedly thrown myself into, there's one I'm pretty darn proud of: chasing dreams.

When I look back over my life, I think I've always been a dream chaser. A little girl who believed that she could do anything, be anyone, or go anywhere. I always believed. In fact, if you know anything about me whatsoever, you know that I'm determined get what I want! And I don't mean that in a selfish way. I want that car, I'm getting it. No. I mean...

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What Will Your Next 5 Years Look Like?

business life Aug 29, 2014

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Earlier this week I was challenged by my friend Kevin Buchanan to write down what my next 5 years will look like. This is something that I absolutely love and think is extremely crucial to living a life of purpose. When we let life get in the way of living, we forget to be intentional and time flies by.

My list wasn't hard to make. In fact, I wanted to add a hundred more things to it. But, I did notice some people having a hard time with the challenge and that made me sad. I think it's far too common for us to think that this is just it. This is life and it's never gonna change and it's never gonna get better. We're just going to WORK WORK WORK and hope that we live long enough to retire.

I want to know what your #Next5 years will look like. I dare you to dream big. What is it that you want to do that might seem impossible? Five years is a long time. If you hustle and pursue your dreams and goals I fully believe that you will see them come to fruition. I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!

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My Top 10 Tips For Decluttering Like A Boss

home life simplicity Aug 19, 2014

Top 10 Tips For Decluttering

With the 6-Week Declutter Challenge in full swing, I thought I'd share my top 10 decluttering tips. Whether you're part of the challenge or not, a hoarder, or just a mom with clutter up to her eyeballs, these are sure to make the job a little easier!

1. Give yourself GRACE!

This is THE most important thing you can do. Otherwise you're going to spend half your day beating yourself up for things you've held on to for far too long, purchases you never should have made, or not being the "perfect" mom you set out to be as you stare at boxes of photos that should be in albums. You are perfect just the way you are and you can only move forward from here. FORGET ABOUT THE PAST!

2. Make a master list.

Make a list of all of the things that need to be done. Don't make this list mentally or you'll never check anything off. Grab a pen and paper and walk through each room of your home and WRITE IT ALL DOWN. Acknowledging what needs to be done is half the battle. Most of the time it makes...

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Can you be interrupted? Review & Giveaway of Jen Hatmaker's Interrupted

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2014

Interrupted By Jen Hatmaker

Can you be interrupted? I hope so. I recently had the honor of previewing the re-release of Jen Hatmaker's book, Interrupted. My, oh my. This is the stuff, people. I mean. She took everything that's been whirling around inside my tiny brain for the past five years and added her pretty little words to it and, BAM! Read it. That's all I have to say. Do yourself a favor and get your copy. Yesterday.

I was interrupted. It happened to me several years ago and it's an ongoing process. It's actually all part of a book I've been writing but I'm not even sure that should be a thing now. People might be all like, this girl wants to be Jen Hatmaker {which would be partially true}. But I promise I never read her book until this last month. I fell in love with Jen on her blog. She is hilarious and gives me hope as a mother who likes to use sarcasm when disciplining her kids. She speaks my language. Everything that comes out of her mouth has been in my brain before. #notcreepyatall

Ok. Sorry....

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Heavy. Burdened. Do You Feel It Too?

faith life Aug 15, 2014

 

Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter

Heavy. Burdened. Do you feel it too? I don't know how else to describe how I've been feeling lately.  Children being beheaded, women being raped and murdered, men being martyred for their faith. Ferguson. Robin Williams. 27 MILLION HUMAN SLAVES in the world right now, as I type this.

And I'm sitting here in my living room, on my comfy sofa, with a MacBook on my lap. My iPhone is by my side which has been blowing up since 2 a.m. because there's a new healthy baby in the family that was delivered in a clean, warm, safe hospital. I have a hot cup of coffee that was made with freshly ground beans and all I had to do was push a freakin button. And I added cold half & half that I got out of my refrigerator because I like cream in my coffee.  Oh, and I have about four bibles to choose from for my daily reading. Four. While people are being murdered for smuggling them into their country.

The earth is groaning and trembling. Droughts, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis.

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What Are You Talking About?

faith life Jul 31, 2014

Voices. They're everywhere. In our heads, on our phones, at our churches, in our homes, coming from the T.V., shouting from all of our social media outlets. Every. Where.

I often wonder if people even know how to make up their own minds anymore. We try to make educated decisions with limitless information right at our fingertips. We can pretty much guarantee that we'll find a thousand opinions and articles wherever we choose to look and we can be darn sure it's in agreement with us. Amiright?

Unfortunately, what goes in must come out. The conversations we have, the radio and T.V. stations we fill our minds with, the articles we read. These all shape our minds and our hearts then eventually flow from our lips.

But what comes out of the mouth gets its start in the heart. It’s from the heart that we vomit up evil arguments, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, lies, and cussing. That’s what pollutes. Matthew 15:18 MSG

How many times have you endured listening to a...

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It's Been a Month & Summertime Blogging Blues

home life Jul 24, 2014

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My book is one month old. It's been A MONTH! Well, more than a month but clearly I'm so on top of things these days {NOT}. I can't believe it's already been a month but at the same time, I feel like The Simplicity Project has always been part of me. Weird. I guess writing a book really IS like having a baby.

And, guess what. I am SO PROUD of my baby! People are responding well and I've gone through three of my own shipments already. If you haven't picked yours up yet, be sure to head on over here to order one. {And when you order from me I take special care of your book. I pray over it, write you a note, and sign it. See picture above.}

Ok. Enough about the book.

I owe you all an apology. I SUCK at blogging. I know. I'm trying. But I think I have the summertime blues. I mean in the blogging world anyways. I want to blog. I want to write. But I just really want to "do summer" ya know? I want to be by the pool, sipping on a cold drink. And now, I'm gone for almost three weeks. Three...

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For My Book Lovers: A Free Book From Audible

faith life Jul 17, 2014

If you love reading as much as I do, I'm sure you have a hard time finding enough hours in a day to finish all of the books on your list. Not to mention enough money in the bank to buy all of the books you want. I have a special treat for you, a free book from Audible.

This last year, I started using Audible. I know, I know. It's not the same as holding the book in your hands. But it's increased my "reading" tremendously. My husband doesn't really like to read but spends a lot of time in the car so we decided to sign up for Audible {for him}. Much to my surprise, I LOVE AUDIBLE! Who knew? It's actually quite enjoyable. My husband chooses the books {let's get real, I choose the books I want him to read} and then I get to listen to them while I walk or workout. Win-win.

So, even if you've never thought that audio books ain't yo thang, maybe they are. Imagine how many more books you'll finish this year! Plus, they can easily be listened to on your smartphone, kindle, tablet, or...

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Three Homemade Products That Are Worth Your Time & Money

home life Jun 26, 2014

3 Homemade Projects That Are Worth Your Time and Money

I know it's what the cool kids are doing but I just don't have the time or energy to make my own everything. There are three homemade products that I think are worth my time and money {because they require very little of each} but all the rest...get out. You complicate my life more than you make it better. I just can't make you, laundry detergent. And deodorant? I know you're better for me. But, no. Maybe someday, if I'm rich and I can hire someone to make allthethings for me.

What I do have time for is multipurpose cleaner, scrubbing cleaner, and face wash.

Here are the ONLY things you'll need for all three of the products.

That's it! Pretty painless right?

On to the recipes.

Simple Cleaning Recipes With Water Vinegar and Baking Soda

Multipurpose Cleaner

Use a 24 oz. spray bottle and pour in 1 cup of white vinegar. Fill the rest of the bottle with water and shake well. For disinfecting you can...

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