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


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


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


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


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.


{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


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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Book Review :: Anonymous {Jesus' Hidden Years & Yours}

faith home life Aug 02, 2013

Anonymous Alicia Britt Chole

At the beginning of the year I made a HUGE list of books I want to read in 2013. This book, Anonymous, was one of those books. I can't tell you how much I love this book.

Alicia Britt Chole is a wonderful writer. It's hard to put the book down. She captures the essence of hidden years and reminds us that Jesus lived most of his life in hidden years.


When your potential is unseen and your abilities are unappreciated...

When you're living in the gap between your dreams and life's realties...

You're in what author Alicia Britt Chole Calls an "anonymous season of the soul"

We all go through those times of being hidden, feeling like no one see us or knows us or that we even make a difference in the world. The most important thing I took from the book was that these hidden years are forming our character. The choices we make now, even when we think they're not important, determine how we will react to situations in the future. Instead of waiting for something drastic to change...

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You Were Created To Do Amazing Things

faith life Jul 31, 2013



Yes you were! Did you know that? So why are you settling for less?  It's time to start being amazing.

Not perfect.


You were created by a perfect God who is strong, loving, forgiving, creative, and wise. You were created in His image, which means you can be these things too.

Whatever it is that's keeping you from amazing, face it head on and remove it. Whether it's physical or mental, figure out a way to chip away at it. Even if it's only a little bit at a time, you can do it.

And, you don't need to go save the world today to be amazing. It starts with one thing, one person. What can you do today that will make another person's life better? For a family member, a friend, the clerk at the grocery store, a homeless man on the street. There has to be one thing you can do today that will matter for eternity.

Every little thing you do that may seem insignificant is going to add up and it's going to give you strength and courage to do bigger and better things.


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5 Ways To Defeat Distractions So You Can Focus On Your Dreams

business life simplicity Jul 30, 2013


You’ve found your dream, your vision, your purpose. You’re fired up and ready to change the world…

Key downer music…

You’re distracted.

Too much to do to focus on your dream. Other things that are far less important seem to be nagging you. In order to accomplish your dreams, your purpose, and your goals, you need to eliminate those time wasting distractions.

Here’s what I’m doing to get rid of those nasty distractions. {It’s not perfect, it’s a process, so don’t get mad if I change my mind.}

1. Make a list of what needs to be done.

Whether it's mental or physical, just make note of it. For me, this includes projects around the house, work for church, etc. If you acknowledge everything that needs to be done and start tackling it, you won’t feel guilty about working on your dream.

2. Be prepared.

Know what needs to be done and when. You can’t pretend, now that you have this dream, that nothing else in the world...

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One Word 2013 :: Expectant

business faith life Jul 29, 2013


We are over 1/2 way through 2013 and I'm kind of giving myself a little reality check. At the beginning of the year, I shared on my other site that my word for 2013 is Expectant. Since many of you may not follow that site, I wanted to share with you why I chose that word and where I stand with my goals for the year.

And no, I'm not expectING!

2012 was an amazing year for us as a family and especially for me personally. We found HOME with new friends and family at our church, grown spiritually and as a family, tested our faith, seen God’s miracles… the list goes on.  I know that His promises are all over His word for a reason and that is why I chose the word “Expectant” for 2013.  Not only do I believe in God and his promises, I am expectant for all He has for me and my family for this coming year!

Here are the goals I set for 2013:

Read my Bible in a Year {and keep a journal}
Read more books
Write more Play more
Get more organized in all areas of my...
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