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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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On Dreams and Purpose and Letting Go

Uncategorized May 27, 2014

Follow Your Dreams and Your Passions They Pave the Way to Your Purpose

God placed a dream in my heart of being a writer. And maybe even a speaker. I'm still coming to terms with that one. It's an argument we have quite often actually. The writing part I dealt with a year ago. I had been secretly writing a book for a couple of years and finally "came out of the closet" if you will, by launching this blog and admitting I'm a writer.

It's a scary thing, you know? Admitting you have a dream. Because we all know that dreamers are weirdos. They're living in la-la land, thinking they can actually change the world. But, we're wrong. The dreamers and the weirdos ARE the ones who DO change the world. One book at a time, one sale at a time, person at a time.

Here's what I've learned about following your dreams. When you follow your dreams and your passions, they pave the way to your purpose. {Tweet That} Your purpose is far greater than you could ever dream. Your dream is just what takes you there.{Tweet That}

Every single one of us were made on purpose and for...

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50 Money Saving Tips You Can Start Doing Right Now

business home life May 12, 2014

50 Money Saving Tips

I'm getting so excited about the launch of The Simplicity Project book! One of the sections of the book is on simplifying our finances. We Americans are really good at living beyond our means and it's time we start living within them.

I thought I'd give you a little sneak peek from the book and share my 50 Favorite Money Saving Tips. These are things that are very simple to implement. You may not save a ton of money on each individual thing, but if you consistently do several of these things over a long period of time the savings will add up!

If you want to get updates on my book and get a free copy of it before it's even released, be sure to sign up for my emails here.

 

50 Money Saving Tips

1.    Give up eating out and entertainment for a month or two.
2.    Have a menu plan to avoid last minute drive-thrus.
3.    Make your own meals at home. Live on rice and beans for a while if you have to.
4.   ...

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On Making Hard Decisions

faith life May 02, 2014

Maybe sometimes the hardest decisions we have to make are ones that God wants us to make ourselves.

It's amazing to look back over our lives and see how things played out. Knowing that because of decisions we've made, we've walked each step a certain way. And while some decisions may not seem as important as others, they all affect our lives in some way shape or form.

For the most part, our decision making can be pretty easy. If it's a matter of good vs. evil, good should always win. If it's biblical, then do what the bible says. If it's going to bring joy to someone, bring the joy.

But what about the decisions that aren't good vs. evil? Or the ones that aren't even addressed in the bible?

These are the decisions that we can fret over for days on end. Like, where should we move? Should we buy this car or that car? Should I take the job? Should we have a child? How many children should we have? Should we adopt? Should we foster? Should we homeschool?

You get the idea.

When we're making decisions like these, we want God to just open the heavens and yell down at our puny little...

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Are You Complicating Your Health & Fitness?

health life Apr 25, 2014

It's funny how we Americans love to complicate anything and EVERYTHING.  Even when it comes to our health, we complicate it. We have to try the latest fad diet or the trending workout craze, join the fancy gym, or buy expensive equipment.

Guess what. You DON'T have to join a fancy gym or hire a nutritionist to get yourself healthy! Say what???!

The truth of the matter is, we already have everything we need to live a healthy life. It really doesn’t have to be that complicated. We were made to be active and to eat healthy food. Food is fuel so there’s no reason to stop eating it.

I’m not a doctor or even a nutritionist so I’m not going to give you any medical advice. {If you do need medical advice please see your doctor.} What I can give you is advice from a wife, mom of 3 kids, normal, real life person that is not blessed with a speedy metabolism that allows you to eat candy bars all day and do 5 sit-ups before bed to get a flat stomach. It takes...

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On Being Stretched Too Thin

faith life Apr 21, 2014

It seems as though being stretched too thin is the story of our lives. Whether we're trying to keep up with the Joneses, spending more than we earn, enjoying too many calories, or saying yes too often, we are SPENT!

When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure

"When a person can’t find a deep sense of meaning, they distract themselves with pleasure." -Viktor Frankl {Tweet That}

I think Viktor is spot on. While we’re searching for our purpose and the meaning of life we become so distracted by things that please us. We find pleasure in food, busyness, laziness, shopping, and just about anything we can get our hands on. This creates an endless cycle of temporary pleasure and continual emptiness. If we can’t stay disciplined and keep our purpose and dreams in the center, we can easily jump ship for the next thing that will bring us pleasure.

I recently heard a sermon on clarity of purpose. It couldn't have come at a more perfect time because this is what I've been doing the past couple of years. Really honing...

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