How To Trailblaze Through Trials.

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Last week was a hell of a week. Please understand my hell of a week is relevant to your hell of a week. You could have had a HELL of a week. Here is a mini glimpse into mine: A routine teeth cleaning for my daughter ended up turning into a referral to an oral surgeon which led to a removal of a spot in her mouth for biopsy which led this mama's mind down the road to news of cancer. My husband landed on jury duty last Monday which means he wouldn't be in the office all week. He works in … [Read more...]

Joy. In Trials?

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All I could think was: What person is their right mind would rejoice in suffering, much less their own suffering? "We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope" (Romans 5:3-4). Still, it seemed like such a great thought to me...that there was someone, out there, who was benefitting from their difficulties. It just wasn't me. I hadn't actually seen it happen either, not in person. My church didn't have … [Read more...]

How to Reclaim Your Want To-Do’s.

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We all have our to-do list but let’s call it what it really is. Our to-do list is really our: need to’s, have to’s, and must do’s. Do you ever wonder where our want to’s go??? I mentioned last week that when I shifted into the world of work-at-home mom, time was not what I had imagined. There were not any more hours in the day, though I had totally dreamed there would be. What is up with that??? In my first few months I busily went through my to-do’s, checking off boxes which … [Read more...]

Whistle While You Work.

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One surefire way to know whether or not you are on the wrong track is to watch your children. When my daughter began praying each morning at breakfast, "Dear Lord, please help us to finish school early, so we can have some fun today" (OUCH!)...I knew I was doing something wrong. At first blush, I could have decided I was a terrible homeschool teacher. I have a tendency to doubt myself in most things, but surprisingly, I didn't go there. Because, while I am no "Teacher of the Year", my … [Read more...]

STOP Drowning in Your Day!

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Monday Britta shared her story on living life with a Joy sucking schedule and I am so thankful. The facts is that  she is not alone in this battle. I often hear in a first session with clients: I reach the end of my day and don’t feel like I have done enough. or…. My day feels so overwhelming that I don’t even know where to start so I just give up. or… I spend my days doing laundry and to-do’s and never get any quality time with my family. or… I work all day so … [Read more...]

Abiding in Our Schedules

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For many years I've walked a tightrope between being a slave to, or being run over by, my schedule. I've been relentless in my pursuit of check marks OR I've been a little duckling crossing I-10...and here comes that 18-wheeler! It all comes from this: This year I have committed to learning to live and work in a healthier balance. The upside is that, since I struggled for so long with this problem, I have had plenty of time to think and learn about it! So here are some helps I have … [Read more...]

Create Joy in Relationships.

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Last week we looked at what happens when joy grows legs and up and runs away on us and during tough seasons it is always interesting to observe what people do inside their relationships. What do you do? Do you run towards your closest friends or lock yourself in a closet wondering if anyone will notice that you are missing? Do you utilize the power of prayer or choose to stay up late watching mindless TV worrying about what tomorrow will bring? Do you engage God more or do you kick … [Read more...]

Generosity of Joy

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Do you ever find yourself nit-picking your friends, your children, your husband? There are definitely times when I can be a little snarky with my husband. When he gets home, he leaves a trail from the front door to the kitchen of the mail, his work out clothes, his lunch dishes...you name it. This is funny, coming from him, because he is so particular about other things, like being on time. He loves to say, and have my kids chime in with him (in unison): "If you're not 10 minutes early, … [Read more...]