The LORD has done great things

Just a few quick thoughts on Psalm 126:2 for today.

The LORD has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.

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Guilt transformed into Grace

I woke up this morning with the Hot Dog Story on my heart.

The original story happened in the summer of 2008. My kids were in preschool. I wish I had the exact date circled on my calendar because it’s the day in my life that mom guilt transformed into mom grace.

I had no way of knowing it, but I was forever changed by the hot dog incident.

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James 4:8 – Draw Near to God

I recently was reading a passage in the book of James and lingered on

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. (James 4:8a)

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Are you a hostess? You deserve some M&M’s

Really.  If you are a hostess for a major holiday (like say… Thanksgiving or Christmas) you NEED to buy some M&M’s.  Trust me. Send someone out to get them while you finish reading this post.

I’ll wait.

Ready?

Good.

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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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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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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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Encouragement – Psalm 90:12

Good Sunday morning friends! Since this verse gives me encouragement, I wanted to share it with you.

Encouragement from Psalm 90:12

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.

 

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Life on the Road – part 1

It’s only day three of our road trip, and life on the road is already proving interesting.

road trip - life on the road

Getting out of Texas always takes too long.  Leaving Houston and driving west means we have 12 to 16 hours in the car before even cross the state line.

That’s a LOT of time in the car.

Mom…. are we still in Texas?

My kids love to ask me if we’re still in Texas. They ask it every thirty minutes until we actually cross the state line.  They do this even though we have an official “crossing the state line” celebration when we finally arrive in another state.

By extension, we celebrate EVERY state line we cross.  We also celebrate crossing time zones, the continental divide, and the Mississippi River.

It goes like this:

Me: Hey kids… look up! Here it comes.

Them:  Huh? What?

Me:  Look! We’re about to cross the state line. We won’t be in Texas any longer.

Them: Oh.

Hubby:  There is is! Now we’re in New Mexico.

Twenty minutes later:

Them: What state are we in? Are we still in Texas?

Texas trivia:

Not all of Texas is in the Central Time Zone.  El Paso is actually on Mountain Time.

You would know this if you ever watch national election results.  They mention it every ten minutes while they wait for the El Paso polls to close.

Since we’re home schooling, I took full advantage of the whole time change thing. It’s part of the 5th grade math checklist.  My kids can now do really fun word problems about time zones in their heads.

Don’t tell my kids. They didn’t realize they were doing school. 

Life on The Road

Now that we’re out of Texas (finally), we can slow our pace. We spent most of the last two days in the car (or at various convenience store bathrooms).

That means there is time for stopping at the rattle snake farm (eek).

That means that we can pull off and take photos of the amazing mountain views.

That means we can stop and buy corn or tomatoes from the roadside stand and eat them right then and there.

Life on the road can be fun.

 

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