Archives for November 2014

A is for Authenticity

Authenticity is tricky.

Just to be clear, I’m defining authenticity as

real or genuine : not copied or false

true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character

That can be tough to live up to. It’s easy to slip from authentic to unfiltered.

On one hand, I’d never want someone to think I was being fake or hypocritical or plastic.  But on the other hand, I don’t want to hang my dirty laundry out for everyone to see.

I recently heard it put this way –

You don’t need to flush the toilet in front of everyone.

I don’t know about you, but I kind of gross out when I realize that someone is in the bathroom while talking to me on the phone. It’s just weird. EXCEPT, if it’s my husband then it doesn’t bug me. It’s no big deal. There’s a different level of authenticity and transparency required for toilet flushing.

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Romans 12:9 | really love them

I’ve been looking at what the bible has to say about authenticity and just had to linger on Romans 12:9

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. (HCSB)

(I’ve also lingered on 1 Peters 2:1 where it says “So rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.”  It’s been an interesting few days.)

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Grace for a messy house

Last week on Facebook, I posted a quick thought about the state of my messy house.  I said simply

“Mom, do you know what it means when you have dishes in the sink? It means you fed your family. It means you’re awesome.”

I was talking to myself.

I was in the grips of guilt because my house wasn’t exactly company ready when the doorbell rang.  It wasn’t a drop-in guest. I should have been more prepared, but life got in the way.

It wasn’t until I viewed my home through the lens of Grace that I could see the beauty of my messy house.  Come look. I think you’ll see it too. [Read more…]

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Being Thankful at Thanksgiving

Yes, I know we are all supposed to be thankful at Thanksgiving. But I’ll be honest. Many years I’m so full of stress, so overwhelmed, and so frazzled that by the time the turkey is carved the very last thing I feel is thankful.

(I still say it’s my favorite holiday. Even if it does stress me out.)

This year, as I begin to finalize our plans for Thanksgiving week, I’m profoundly thankful.  I’m hoping it will stick.

I’m hostessing in-laws and strange dogs.  I’m driving six hours (round trip) to enable family to be at my house. I’m cooking for severe allergies. At first glance, you may think I need to be checked into the crazy farm. But… hear me out.

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Dear Beginning Blogger – Be Awesome

Six weeks ago, I wrote to you and shared most the things I wish I’d known as a beginning blogger.

One of the things I told you was

“for the first month or two, just focus on writing.”

It’s been a month or two. I figured it was time to check in and give you a wee bit more advice.

(Hint: If I could have squeezed in in, the full title of today’s post is “Dear Beginning Blogger: How to be awesome at social media and get lots of comments on your blog posts.”)

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Lessons in Encouragement | Listen

If encouragement is loosely defined as “offering someone hope, support, or confidence” then what does that look like?

What does “encouragement with skin on” look like?

One simple idea is to just listen.

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A Return to Thankful Thoughts

Way back when, I had a habit of posting Thankful Thoughts each Sunday on the blog.

The original idea was to write those posts in advance and then take Sunday off.  The reality was that the posts were frequently written late on Saturday night or right after church on Sunday’s. They were written under pressure and felt like a disruption. As you can imagine, it was a struggle to find much to be authentically thankful about under those circumstances.

When I dropped the feature, I honestly heaved a big sigh of relief.  That was over a year ago.  [Read more…]

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E is for Encouragement

E is for Encouragement.

If you read my bio, the very first thing I list is that “I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places.”

As I move to embrace that idea more intentionally, it’s only fair to explain why I’m so passionate about encouragement.

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what you may have missed last month

I spent October doing the #write31days challenge, I didn’t share much of what was going on with my personal life.  Since I think of y’all as my friends, I thought I’d share a little of what you may have missed last month.

Not the boring parts. This is just the good stuff.  Honest.  I culled through all the snarky text messages, boring Facebook status updates, and random notes in the margin on my calendar to come up with the juicest, sassiest tidbits I could come up with.

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Purpose isn’t easy

I’ve read post after post lately where a mom laments that her life feels empty and devoid of purpose. In almost every case, the writer blames motherhood.

I understand how the writer feels, I’ve felt the same way. But I believe it has nothing to do with being a mom.

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