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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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Good Girls Need Jesus Too - My Messy Beautiful

faith life Apr 17, 2014

Our Messes Are All Different

I have a confession to make. I'm supposed to share my messy beautiful story on Momastery and I was very excited when I signed up to do it. But then fear gripped me and told me that my story isn't messy at all. This is true.

I've lived a pretty good life. I was raised in a loving, Christian home. I get along with my parents, siblings, cousins, the whole bit. My childhood was a walk in the park. I mean, I broke my arm and had to move across the state. But those weren't horrible things.

I always was a good girl. Always got good grades. Never smoked pot. NEVER.

I'm even in a very healthy, solid marriage. I can honestly say I'm IN LOVE with my husband. This doesn't mean we've never fought or been irritated. Of course we have. The two hardest things we've been through were losing our house and my husband losing his job. But this stuff happens all the time. And people get through it.

My kids are all healthy and very well behaved. And I'm not just saying that. People actually tell me...

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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

home life Apr 02, 2014

Nothing says simple like a slow cooker right? I mean, hello, I don't have to cook? Yes mam! I can handle that. This recipe goes hand in hand with the Simplicity Project.

I've been making this recipe for a couple of years now and it's always a hit. It really is so simple and you can adjust the ingredients to suit your family. On a tight budget? Add more beans and less chicken :)

Here's what you'll need.

  • 4-6 Chicken Breasts {frozen}
  • One carton of chicken broth
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 3 cans of beans drained and rinsed {Black, Pinto, or a mixture}
  • 2 T. Chili Powder
  • 1/2 t. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 t. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 t. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 t. Dried Oregano
  • 1 t. Paprika
  • 3 t. Ground Cumin
  • 2 t. Salt
  • 2 t. Pepper
  • Shredded Cheese {For topping}
  • Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt {For topping}
  • Cilantro {For topping}
  • Tortilla Chips {For topping}

I put the wet and dry ingredients into the Crock-pot first so it can be mixed well then add the chicken breasts and mix them in. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. This...

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Will You Just Give It Up Already?

business faith life simplicity Mar 21, 2014

The Simplicity Project

*UPDATE* The book is now available for purchase! Go to TheSimplicityProjectBook.com to order or you can get it on Amazon.

We all have a longing for more. For living a life on purpose. A life that makes a difference and changes the world.

But all too often, life gets in the way. It shouldn’t right? I mean, we struggle, we dream bigger dreams, and search for the meaning of life and then somewhere along the road, life gets in the way of living. We’ve got mouths to feed, laundry to do, emails to reply to, and deadlines to meet. On top of that, we have clutter filling our houses and our minds and there really seems to be no end in sight.

Of course there are other things that stand in the way of dreaming like fear and voices in our heads but for me, I was letting life keep me from living. The closer I would get to my dream, the farther away I would feel. I pushed through the fear, I faced giants, and I told the voices in my head to sit down and shut up. But I couldn’t...

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A Lesson From Bob Goff : Live In Grace, Walk In Love

faith life Mar 14, 2014

Live in grace walk in love

"Live in grace, walk in love."

Those words haven't stopped ringing in my ears since they fell of the lips of Bob Goff when I was at the Storyline conference a couple of weeks ago. Live in grace, walk in love.

Yes. That's it. That's really all there is to do.

You know when you meet those people and you're like, wow, they've got it. They've really got it all together. Not in a perfect way, but in a that's what it's all about kind of way. That's Bob. Seriously. He is living in grace and walking in love.

You see, grace is freely given. We all have it. Whether we accept it or not, it's there for the taking. If we so choose, we can live IN it. How awesome is that? We don't have to earn it. We don't have to wallow in our wretched selves. We can let it surround us and comfort us and keep us from hearing the voices in our heads.

I really don't know if we can actually extend grace, unconditional grace, unless we completely believe it for ourselves. {Tweet that}   Once we take that...

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Empty Shelf #2 : One Thousand Gifts

business life Mar 07, 2014

one-thousand-gifts

This year, I joined the Empty Shelf Challenge for my reading instead of making a list of books to complete. The second book I finished was One Thousand Gifts : A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp.

I really did like this book, although the way she writes isn't totally what I love to read. But honestly, it wasn't hard to get through because I was so inspired by her story. She really taught me to find joy in all things. Even the hard things.

In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It's only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted...a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved--by God.

I started my own gratitude journal to record 1,000 gifts. I absolutely love the process of...

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What My Freaky Online Friends Taught Me About My Real Life Friends

faith life Mar 06, 2014

As most of you know, I've been part of an online community for about 8 months. It was formed by Jon Acuff for people who wanted to dream bigger. There are almost 2,000 people from all over the world. Some are starting businesses, some are writing books, some are losing weight, and some are still figuring out what path to take.

Whenever I tell someone about my "Facebook Friends," I get the strangest looks like, are you ok? Did you smoke something? Should we call a therapist? But what they don't realize is that these people have become my friends. Like, for reals. I love them.

We put up a fence around our community and it created a safe place for us to dream. For us to share our deepest fears and biggest accomplishments. There's no judgment {well, I'm sure there is from some because people are just people and that's what we do} and if someone's a jerk, they're out. We have lost loved ones, gotten married, gotten divorced, lost jobs, quit jobs, lost weight, gained weight, you name it....

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I'll Take The Bread, Please!

faith life Feb 23, 2014

Water

It seems as though we're always longing for something more, never satisfied. And we know deep down inside what truly satisfies. As Christians we like to say that it's Jesus who satisfies. And while that's partly true, I believe there's more. There's something to fill that void and we often skip right past it.

Jesus said, "Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst - not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life."
John 4:14 The Message

If we take the water that is Jesus Christ, we are given eternal life. End of story, right? But we all know that water, while keeping us alive, doesn't always satisfy.

If we are stranded in a desert, it's the water that will keep us alive. But our bellies will never be satisfied. That empty feeling will never be filled with water alone.

And so it is with our spirituality. Jesus brings life, eternal life, and he does bring...

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A Morning With Nick Vujicic

faith life Jan 15, 2014

Nick-Vujicic

A couple of Sundays ago I visited a friend's church and was pleasantly surprised to find out that Nick Vujicic was speaking. I have followed him on social media for quite some time and have watched some of his videos.

Nick Vujicic was born without arms and legs in 1982. In just over 30 years, he has accomplished more than most people who do have arms and legs. When he was just 10 years old he tried to drown himself because he had no hope. Now, he is an evangelist and has shared the love of Jesus with millions of people all over the world.

 "If you don't get a miracle, you can still be a miracle."

Although he's prayed for a miracle of arms and legs many times, he IS a miracle. And so many times we look past the miracle that's in front of our face. We think we know the miracle we need. But maybe the miracle we need is actually BEING the miracle.  Allowing God to use us in other people's lives. To bring Him glory and expand the kingdom.

Nick spoke a lot on FAITH and FEAR...

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Transplanting

faith life Jan 09, 2014

Trees

Change. Sometimes it's good. Sometimes it's bad. Sometimes it just has to be done whether we want to or not. When it would be easier to just stay. Sometimes we shouldn't.

I fully believe we need to be planted and stay planted. Uprooting a tree can be detrimental. But what happens when the gardener stops watering it? It needs to be moved.

As humans we have the privilege and the responsibility of planting ourselves in healthy soil. We also have to know when it’s time to move. God will protect our roots in the mean time. God will water them and nourish them until they can be gently placed into the soil they belong.

And that’s how I see it. I know that God has our best interest in mind. I know that because I know that he has the best interest of others in mind too. And if I am to play a part at all in the outcome of anyone else's eternity, He is going to place me where He wants me. Not where man wants me.

I am wide awake. I know that there is no mistake under heaven...

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