May 16, 2017

She Is Priceless - A Global Giving Day post.

Today is the 2nd Annual Global Giving Day to support women around the world and I am honored to be among many who are linking arms and blogs and hearts (and wallets!) and raising awareness for nine amazing organizations who are making a real difference in the lives of women and children around the world!

This is the one post a year where I encourage you to give...

Listen... here's the deal:
I don't like to ask for money.  

I don't like to make you feel guilty or ever want you to think that I am unaware of the serious restraints of budget and income.

  I get it.  

I mean - things are tight, but I am blessed. I know many, not just around the world but just around the corner, are strapped and can't give --even if they wanted to. That's fine. 

If this is you, please keep reading! There is still something(s) you can do if you are unable to give monetarily!

But many can give and maybe just don't know the need or have no idea where to give.

Lastly, many fall for the same lie that I fell for for years: that often times we think if we can't Go (give) Big we should just Go Home... we look at these international issues of poverty, human trafficking, slavery, and violence and hopelessness and we think, well --we think there is no hope.  

BUT GOD, right?  

May 13, 2017

Tapping in to the Maternal Heart of God - A Five Minute Friday post.

I made it to the twitter party for a bit on Thursday and it was so nice to catch up. This weeks' One Word Prompt comes as no real surprise... let's jump right in!

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: MOM


"Your children don't have to come from you; they just have to come THROUGH you." ~ "Time" in Collateral Beauty 
I know, I know... it's Mother's Day weekend and so we should have seen this prompt coming, right?

I am one of the romantics... I love me a holiday with a theme and to celebrate being a Mom gives me all the feels.  We don't go big in the spending nor do we get caught up in all the commercialism of it all -but give me a day spent with family, with words of affirmation, and maybe a bit of patio sitting in a garden, sipping on something yummy and you are giving me a gift. On any day --but especially on Mother's Day!

This year - well, this year my own Girlie is round with child and while Lil Miss doesn't arrive until September, oh my goodness -what a joy it is to see my Only blossom into a Mama!

But here's the thing:

She has mothered for many years now.

She takes after her Mama and we pour out love and we encourage and believe strongly in the ministry of hugs and cheering you on and of long talks over coffee or tea.

May 11, 2017

If We Were On a Coffee Date...

You guys!!!?  My friend Erin Salmon has a link-up called Coffee Date!  How am I just now knowing this? Well - you KNOW I had to play along, because of COURSE, right?  
So here we go:

If We Were On a Coffee Date...

If we were on a coffee date... Well, first off...
Oh how I wish we were! 

How I wish we were sitting across from each other in real life, sipping on something yummy and talking about all the things!

If we were on a coffee date, it would be beautiful... as in, for real... 

I love it when Coffee and Art collide!

May 8, 2017

When Should's Overwhelm... a Five Minute Friday Post

I missed out again on Thursday night but it was because it was the National Day of Prayer. Friday --well, I did a bit of soaking up some sun on Friday (and Saturday!) and Sunday... well, you know how it goes! Today is the first time I have been inside and in front of a screen for days... but I must admit, the sun is whispering my name and the patio awaits me and my stack of books... but this only takes five minutes, right?  Let's do this.

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: SHOULD


I have a love/hate relationship with this word!
As in, for real.

Y'all know how I love me some bossy lists, and you also probably know by now that I'm not always a fan of having anyone boss me around. (Except Him... sure... mostly.)

I don't know about you, but me? Well, I can 'Should' myself to death --or at least to burn out, right?

Please tell me that I am not alone...

April 28, 2017

When We Fall for the Lies of More... A Five Minute Friday post.

Apparently I need to reset an alarm to remind me of #fmfparty on Thursday nights!  I got a new phone and realized last night around 8:45pm how much I relied on those little reminders! (I wonder what else I missed out on this week?!)

So no party last night for me, but here we are on a gorgeous Friday morning...
You know the drill:

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: MORE


"There is no striving..."

I am in love with Rita Springer, and her newest CD Battles is amazing.  I first heard this song when she was singing with the worship team at Bethel a few years ago.  To find it on the album was a gift... a much needed gift in this season of declaring over and over things like, "It's not what you DO, it's who you are!"

So, this song is what is on repeat as of late around here.

Apparently, I need the reminder! 
I think we all do, really!

Because we DO strive... 

We fall for the lie that whisper-yells that
what we really need is MORE... 
What is really missing is (fill in the blank)...

And yet... we know the Truth.
(It's just that sometimes we forget!)

April 24, 2017

A Week Late... but Worth the Wait (aka: a Dad's House Update!)

I know...
  I'm a week late with this post.

Maybe it is because I needed a little rest after Easter weekend... or maybe it's because I had to let it all settle in and get a bit of distance and perspective that a few days offers, if given the time! (Hint: I took the time!)

Mostly I think it's because I feel a bit like the girl who went to the door to answer Peters' knocking... a little embarrassed that I'm surprised at how our prayers were answered while we were still praying!

Yeah. Mostly it's that!

April 21, 2017

When Heaven & Nature Sing... An ode to Springtime (and a Five Minute Friday post.)

I missed out on the party this week and I've been meaning to write for days about the awesomeness that was our Easter Service, but I think I will write that post on Monday! I will just say --it was a pretty big deal, and it was pretty amazing!

But for today... well... you know the drill:

This is Five Minute Friday (- a five minute timed free write) and our One Word Prompt for the day is: SING


Oh Springtime... how we have been WAITING for your glorious arrival!

I have not been quiet about how I tried to break up with Winter for months and he just wouldn't go away!

But finally... finally... there is this:

I am so ready for Spring... and warmth... and new growth... for walks in the park and patio time and drinks that are COLD and refreshing... I'm ready for bare feet and tan lines and --well, there I go again --jumping ahead to the next season before it is time!

And that's that thing...

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