Wednesday, September 30, 2015

I Don't Always Think Before I Speak...



Our online world has created a way of living for people to make comments on another's life without any relationship being involved. We can say something hurtful without any consequences.

We forget there is an actual person on the other side.

Total strangers can now leave commentary on your life without anything to lose.

It doesn't feel good when you are on the receiving end of someone's hit and run.

Whether online or in person, family, friends, or neighbors, let us think before we hit publish. May we ask ourselves are my words:

 kind,

 necessary,

 helpful,

uplifting?


I'm reminded of the verse in Matthew 5:23,24: "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering."

Before we air the hurt/anger/annoyance publicly take it the person first. Give them a chance to explain before outing them publicly. 

I like the analogy of comparing speaking our words to a sneeze. Once it's out of your mouth there is no taking it back. Can you imagine someone snatching at the air to try and stuff their sneeze back into their body? ha!

"Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." Proverbs 16:24

"The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words." Proverbs 15:28

I don't always think before I speak, but when I do I am always glad!

(psst! did you download my FREE blogging ebook yet? Click over to the site to download your copy today!)

Linking with Holley: Coffee for your Heart

Monday, September 28, 2015

My Very First Mini-Ebook (Free)



EEEK! I've been working on this FOREVER!

I initially put this together for a book launch I had done for a new writer 2 years ago as an MP3 download.

While I liked that format I wanted something that my readers (YOU) could put eyes on.

I hope you enjoy all the tips and tricks I have accumulated over the last 4 years. It's my pleasure and honor to share these insights with you. I hope they encourage you to keep blogging if it is what God has called you to do.

If you have a blog or are interested in starting one, I hope the tips found here will help you out.

Keep on keepin' on friends.

HERE'S THE LINK ==> 10 TIPS I WISH I'D KNOWN WHEN I STARTED BLOGGING

After you've downloaded and read through it, let me know what you think!

Sharing with my friends over at: Soli Deo Gloria, #TellHisStory, Thought-Provoking Thursday, Coffee For Your Heart


Monday, September 21, 2015

I'm About To Make You Look Like Mom Of The Year






I thought it would be a good idea to every once in awhile write out a mom-fail moment, uh hmm.

I have many, but this one from a couple years back is one we still laugh about.

Online it's easy to look at each other's filtered pictures and think, I wish my life was more put together like hers.

We forget behind the quick snapshot of an online post, where all we see are the smiles and fun times there are real moments of frustrations, pain, and failures

Here's one of mine...
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Before I begin my story I would like to take a moment to drum up some sympathy for me :).

I was cold, Iowa was cold and the weather went to my head, I tell ya.

I had never lived more than 2 1/2 hours from my family. In the deep south if we have snow on the ground, oh heck who am I kidding even a threat of snow, the entire city closes down in anticipation of those tender white flakes.

In the south, if we are threatened with snow we are almost child-like. We stare eagerly out our windows wondering when we will see the first flake drift from the sky.

However in Iowa, a state known for it's massive amounts of snowfall, EVERY WINTER. They have learned to live through it!

They still go to work and school. They still get up each morning get dressed and DRIVE in their cars to where they need to be! Can I tell you how insane this is to me!?

For this southern girl, this was a shock to my system. Not only did I not want to be out in the blistery white stuff, I didn't want to drive in it either! However, when in Iowa, do what the Iowans do...

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One morning there was ice (and you don't mess around with ice, I don't care who you are). School didn't cancel, it was delayed a couple of hours for the sun to come out and melt it so the buses could get through on some of the dirt roads. (Oh yeah, there are dirt roads EVERYWHERE)

I missed the alert on the school delay. So like any good mom would do I made the kids get dressed. I put on my snow boots (by far my most favorite thing about living in snow) got them in the car and drove them to school.

Yes, it was FREEZING. Yes, I grumbled and complained about having to get out in it. And YES, there was NO ONE there when I pulled up to the front of their elementary school.

Did I notice that there was NO ONE at school? NOPE. I thought it kinda odd there weren't a lot of cars in the parking lot. Usually there weren't too many anyways because most of the kids walked to school (no kidding). But definitely more than were there that day.

You know, there are some days I really should pay attention. Today was just not that day.

I pulled in, stopped my car, wished them luck and love on their day and was off for home to get another cup of HOT coffee and maybe a HOT shower.

I forgot to bring my cell, so when I walked in I checked it I noticed a miss call and voicemail. It was my daughter :).

She said, " Um, Mom? School was delayed. NO ONE IS HERE! We tried to flag you down but you didn't notice. You turned the corner and was gone!"

Thankfully for them the office manager had gone on into school (I wonder if this has happened before?) and let them in to call. Can you imagine what a duntz she thought of me?!

I turned right around hopped in my minivan and raced back up to the school. It was only a 5 minute drive so it didn't take me long to loop back into the empty school and pick up my not-so-happy-kids.

Keeli kinda thought it was funny. She was laughing and joking about it in the car. Jackson...not so much.

While Keeli is the more dramatic of the two, he was not happy with being dropped off when school wasn't open, lol.

Yes, I can officially say I am the mom who dropped her kids off at school and LEFT when no one was there. (I must have really been needing some quiet time :))

Thankfully we can all laugh about it now, actually I'm pretty sure I laughed when I got back home.

Now don't you feel better about yourself?  You're welcome!



Linking with my sisters at: SolideoGloria, Coffee For Your Heart,#TellHisStory

The winner of last week's book giveaway, Girl Meet Change is...
Comment #6, Laura Rath (thanks to random.org for the help in choosing a winner!) Congrats, Laura!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

One Thing We Can Count On-Change (Book Review & Giveaway)

"If you've ever found change to more resemble foe than friend, this book was written for you. If you've ever resented change for all the craziness it brought to your life, this book was written for you. If you've ever believed change pushed your contentment just outside of reach and stole your joy, I want to hug you hard because sister, I get it." (Kristen Strong, Girl Meets Change)


I'm a simple girl. I like slow-time, long walks, familiar people and streets. Early on as a young girl I remember my distaste for change. When we moved to Brandon Florida from our small town in Dothan, Alabama I knew then change could take a hike.

Fast-forward many years later and change is an ever present part of my life. I've been married for 15 years now (WOW!) and since saying I-do, we have moved nine times.

Yes, I know change quite well.

Our move to Texas hit me the hardest. I think I was just tired of all the change and wanted a sense of home and familiarity. I wanted to settle down a make roots grow. Neighbors to be friends and church to be family.

About this time Kristen Strong came out with a devotional titled "Serving You." It's 31 days of encouragement for those dealing with change. I think her intended audience was military families, but having moved as much as them, I found it extremely helpful.
"When God sends people packing, He sends them with a promise. So when Abram
and his wife Sarai moved away from the only home they’d known, they packed God’s
promise close to their hearts. And while their future years were not free of trials, they
remained full because of the promise they received for their obedience to God."
My life seemed to be full of never ending change, and her words were balm to my weary soul.

Now Kristen has put her words in a full book called, Girl Meets Change. This book is like an expanded form of the devotional.

As a girl, Kristen grew up in the same town her entire life and even attended the college closest to her because it was familiar. But as a young college student she fell in love and married a military boy.

Change and Kristen were about to become new best friends.


Kristen is a girl after my own heart. We both want to honor God with our lives while admitting it can be hard when our circumstance are anything but ideal. Change is going to happen in our lives rather we want it to or not.

Change doesn't have to be in the form of moving it could be an illness, an accident, a job change. Change is always right around the corner because life is fluid, it never stays the same for long.

We can rebel against or lean into it. 

In Girl Meets Change Kristen pulls stories from her own life experiences, the Bible, friends and family and weaves a story we can all relate to. A story which will have you nodding your head and thinking, oh girl! You are so right.
"God doesn't want us to worry about the tomorrows of change because he wants us to see all the ways he is taking care of us today. He wants us to look into the rearview mirror and remember all the ways he's taken care of us in the past."

Unwanted change is hard but I think this book will help you to realize how you respond to it will make all the difference.

**I want you to have the chance to read Kristen's new book too! Leave me a comment below and I'll randomly pick a winner from the comments.**



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(I had the honor of being on Kristen's book launch team and receiving a complimentary copy of her book. All opinions are mine.)

Linking up with: Soli Deo Gloria, Coffee for Your Heart, #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkUp

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Time. Why Art Thou Leaving Me Behind?

He was born late afternoon on a Thursday. I wasn't ready to be a mom when his sister was born three and half years earlier. I was all shaky and dumbstruck then. The day Jackson was born I had grown into my mom-skin. Still not fully confident I knew what I was doing, but realizing I was born for this, motherhood.

He's made it so easy.

His jet-black hair and steel-blue eyes made my heart melt. I think he knew even then, he had my heart.

And today he still does. We will celebrate this weekend with a cookout and cake, but his official birthday is today, he is eleven! I can't believe it. And I can't help but to get weepy and sentimental. sigh.



I'm not sure I can handle all this growing up business. I'm already praying now for when the time comes to release you to the world I'll be ready. 




proof they really do LOVE each other! :))









My sweet Jackson, you have a temperament much like mine. You are quiet in your ways with a laid back disposition. You are kind to others and make friends easily. Everyone you meet adores you. Your wide-eyed innocence makes me smile.

You know what you like and don't, which is a good thing. You seem to find yourself caught in the middle with people because you just want everyone to get along and be happy. 

You don't like a lot of hugs (you get that from your DAD!) but I give them to you anyway. You've learned to tolerate them, which I'm thankful for :).

I pray you will grow up to love life and the people in your world. That you will never struggle with what you were created to do and have a heart that loves God and His ways. 

So many prayers I pray over you and your sister each day. I've written them all down in my journal, so that one day when I'm gone you can read them and see how God answered. 

Since your love language is eating good food (which I think you got from your PaPa) :), there will be many cupcakes and cinnamon rolls eaten this week in your honor. My shorts will not be pleased. 

But each bite will be worth it! :)

Oh, and please don't get hurt on that strange scooter your dad and I bought for you. I can already see you now trying to do tricks, jumps, and take sharp curves. You are all boy.


Happy Birthday, Son. 
I love you,

Mom

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