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I'm Trying Not To Judge You

faith life Sep 24, 2013

Ice Heart

A couple of weeks ago, while we were doing our back to school shopping, I stumbled upon a very common incident. Especially, at this time of year.

There are clothes to be bought because we realized our kids grew  6 inches over the summer, school supply lists from the school {which absolutely make no sense at all. My mom never had to supply a classroom with basic necessities.}, papers to sign, lunches to be packed, you know the drill.

We were standing in the boy’s section at Target picking out some new clothes for our 8 year old. He was so excited to be getting new clothes and nervous to be starting a new school. I could literally see his emotions beaming through his eyes.

Suddenly, my son’s excitement was interrupted by an awful noise. A raging mother. She was talking extremely loud {yelling} at her son, who also appeared to be 8 years old. My first thought was that the child must have been acting up, but all I kept hearing was the mother.

My heart shattered...

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When Passion and Purpose Collide

Uncategorized Sep 18, 2013

Passion and Purpose

How long will you wander through life aimlessly? Wondering why on earth you are here, what you are going to do with your life, and what's the point to anything anyway?

It breaks my heart when I ask someone what their dream is or what brings them joy and they really don't know. Life has dulled them and they are just sleepwalking through each day trying to live through it and get to the end of the yellow brick road.

There's a fire that burns deep inside of you. Maybe it is just an ember right now, but it's there. I know it is. It's been there since you were a child and it's time to fan it. It's time to let that ember burn and become a fire so raging that you can't keep it inside any longer. It's time to take ownership of what you are passionate about. What compels you to keep going. What brings you joy.

It's time to change.

Now.

Not tomorrow. Not next year. Now.

You see, we all have a purpose. Whether you know it or not, you are here on purpose for a purpose. And when you realize...

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It's Okay to be Good

faith life Sep 04, 2013

its ok to be good

You ever had something you needed to get off your chest? Like, you know you need to say it, but you just aren't sure how people will take it? Yeah, that's how I feel about this. It's been brewing for a while and I just couldn't find the words. And it may make some people mad but that is so far from the point. The point of this is to encourage and to inspire. To remind you all that it is okay to be good. It's okay to want more in life. It's okay to achieve great things.

There is an epidemic of imperfection. I'm afraid it's already gone too far for some.

We've emerged from an era of perfectionism into an era of raw, imperfect, real, not so normal beings. And suddenly, it's become the cool thing to do.

It's cool when your kids drive you insane and you tell the world about it.
It's cool when you want a drink at 1 pm {not water}.
It's cool to have pity parties with yourself and your friends.

Because it's real. It REALLY is how thousands of people feel all over the world and we REALLY can...

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Whisper His Name

faith life Aug 28, 2013

whisper

It's amazing to me, no matter how hard I try to pause or step back and slow things down..

They just.

Never.

Do.

There's kids, church, school, life group, meetings, emails, instagram, grocery shopping, lists, laundry, animals, writing, cooking, cleaning, driving, scheduling, you know the drill. A million things to do and never enough time.

I am very intentional of all of my time. I get up early and pack as much as I can into each day. I believe God has called all of us to live a big life and live it to the fullest.

But that doesn't mean to do it without Him. And sometimes. A lot of times. I find myself wondering where He is. I mean. I know. I know where He is. I know He lives in me and I know He's there all of the time. But you know that feeling. That feeling of oh crap, I am sinking and sinking fast. How can I do it all and see it all and still stay connected to God?

Enter Jesus Calling, my morning devotional. On Sunday morning I read something so simple. So profound.

"The quickest...

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Life Lessons at a Taylor Swift Concert

life Aug 26, 2013

 

Last week, I took my 11 year old daughter, Morgan, to her very first Taylor Swift concert. Morgan's been a fan for as long as she's known there was a Taylor Swift and we got her the tickets for Christmas last year. She had been counting down all year long and the big night was finally here.

I remember being 11 and loving Amy Grant. I literally thought we could probably be friends. When you're 11, you don't know how big the world actually is and your mind isn't filled with the hopelessness that growing up brings. It was surreal to live this night out through my daughter's eyes. I was pleasantly surprised with some life lessons that I was reminded of as the night went on.

Time moves faster than we ever want it to. Morgan bought her very first outfit from the junior's section {and rocked it I might add} in an effort to look like Taylor. When I saw my daughter dressed and ready to go, in an outfit she picked out completely on her own, a little part of me died. I no longer pick...

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Filling the Gap Between Today and Eternity

faith life Aug 20, 2013

filling-gap

Kairos.  The right or opportune time.  In the New Testament it means the appointed time in the purpose of God. To me, it's a kiss from God that comes out of nowhere.

Kronos. Chronological time. Our time here on this earth. Our 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Living breathing dying time.

How can we keep an eternal perspective yet focus on today? On right now? How can we find the kairos in the middle of the kronos? I'm still trying to figure this one out, but I think I've found part of the answer.

If our goal, our finish line, is not eternity, our kairos will be lost.

As soon as our perspective shifts from Eternity to kronos, we lose sight of the kairos. We may still get a kiss here and there but we are not experiencing the authenticity of the time we've been given. Our focus is on something that will pass and we worry and rush and freak out a little bit because we're trying to grasp at things that will fade. If our goal is always the next big thing, we'll miss out on the...

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To Know is To Love

faith life Aug 15, 2013

Know-Love

I never really thought much about the saying, "To know is to love," until the last couple of years. It just never clicked. It was always just a saying to me.

But, lately, I've been applying it to my life. The more I'm really getting to know people. To know what makes them tick. To know what makes them sad. To know the pains they've gone through. Makes me love them more.

You know, those people who drive you a little crazy? The people you really don't want to see, because they get on your nerves a bit? It's some of those people that I've grown to love, because I've gotten to know them.

Maybe they were abused as a child, maybe their significant other left them or cheated on them, maybe their mom is dying of cancer. Have you really stopped to get to KNOW someone before you judge. Have you given that one person, who God created in His image, a chance?

Sometimes it's hard for us to open up to people and let them see the real us, when the real us is who we want people to love. We want...

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Recklessly Brave

faith life Aug 12, 2013

Recklessly-brave

Audacious. That's what we've been asked to be. It's round 2 of the Start Experiment that I have grown to love. And this was our request from Jon Acuff this morning.

I like to think of myself as a pretty audacious person to begin with. So I decided to look up the word.

Audacious - extremely bold or daring; recklessly brave; fearless

Recklessly brave.

Recklessly brave.

What does that look like?

Audacious didn't seem like a challenge, but recklessly brave does. I will choose, not to just be brave, but to be recklessly brave. Not caring what the consequences are. Which, if you're doing something brave, might be worth the trying anyways.

I want to live my life recklessly brave. I want to talk to people that would otherwise make me uncomfortable. I want to love more people than I ever have. I want to go places I've never been. I want to write my book. I want to buy a house. I want to walk the path that God has laid out for me.

These are all things that scare me and I think I've been...

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Seasons Covered By Grace

faith life Aug 06, 2013

seasons-grace

I recently watched a video of a panel done at the Colour Conference in 2012 and it included an older woman who was very active in the church. Just a year before, she had lost her husband. And, before that, she had to make tremendous sacrifices to be his care taker. She had every excuse to not stay involved in the church. To say her “ministry” days were over. But, she didn’t. She stayed committed to God and his purpose. I was truly inspired. I can honestly say, I haven’t met many older women who are active in the church.

seasons

{My Grammy and I one month before she passed. She lived her seasons well.}

The seasons of life change often and, sometimes, without notice. There are the obvious changes like childhood, adulthood, parenthood, and grandparenthood. And then there are subtle changes in between. Whatever season you find yourself in, let it be covered by grace.

Don’t become a victim of your seasons. I think that the word “season” is extremely...

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What I Learned From The START Experiment & Why You Should Join Me Next Time

business life simplicity Aug 04, 2013

start-experiment

On July 15th, a little over 2400 people agreed to go on an adventure. This adventure was created by Jon Acuff, author of the book Start, in order to create community and challenge people to face their fears and start something.

Everyone picked one risk to work on for 24 days and we were split into groups of 24. Some people are writing books, some are starting businesses, some are trying to lose weight, and some are trying to refocus their lives so that they can figure out what their dream is. No matter what the risk is or how different it may be from someone else's, we are a community. We are encouraging each other and helping each other. I honestly believe that the risks that were taken this past month will help make the world a better place.

The most important thing I've taken from this experiment is that facing your fears, sharing your dreams, and everything in between, is so much easier with others standing along side you.

Jon will be starting another START Experiment in the...

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