This morning my husband and I noticed something strange crawling across the front yard. As I went in closer to look, I noticed it was a hornet carrying a cicada. I have never seen anything like it before. We were completely mesmerized as we watched the hornet struggle to crawl across the yard toward a tree. We continued to watch the hornet struggle and we wondered aloud, “Where is it going?” The hornet reached the base of the maple tree in the front yard and it began to climb up the tree. Again, we wondered aloud, “Why is it climbing the tree? Does it have a nest up there?” …THE REST OF THE STORY
Sometimes we have really great days, and sometimes we have not-so-great days. It is important to maintain our sanity on all the days, but that can be easier said than done. I’m a Christian. That means I’m a follower of Christ that requires daily grace and mercy. It does not mean I always have it together and behave perfectly. On the not-so-great days, I require a little more grace and mercy. More like from minute-to-minute instead of day-to-day. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this. I’m a Christian and sometimes I do not act like it. There I said it… …THE REST OF THE STORY
Some of you know that my focus word for 2018 is CONFIDENCE. This is the word that is at the center of the vision board I created at the beginning of the year. Most people see me as a very confident person. I’m not. I’m pushing through a lot of insecurities on a daily basis. My focus is not only a confidence in myself, but a confidence in the Lord. I’m a work in progress. …THE REST OF THE STORY
Recently, I shared about Baggage Free Living. I have lived life so I have my share of baggage. My baggage is big and it’s heavy, but I don’t carry it anymore. I love Galatians 5:1 (NIV) as it describes what I know to be true.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” …THE REST OF THE STORY
Recently I have really been meditating on Hebrews 12. I shared some thoughts and had some great discussion with a women’s life group last week.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV) …THE REST OF THE STORY
How is everyone doing since the holiday festivities have ended? Since the new year has begun?
If you’re anything like me, you’re experiencing a crash emotionally, mentally, and physically. Maybe you’re crashing physically after eating all those sweet treats and salty meals you aren’t accustomed to consuming. Maybe you’re crashing physically because all the cold weather makes you feel as though you just need a long, winter’s nap in a warm bed, you know, hibernation. Maybe you’re crashing emotionally after having a euphoric joy or just holding it together through the holidays. Either end of the spectrum can leave one feeling like they’re bottoming out after it’s all over. Maybe you’re crashing mentally after all the planning, preparing, giving the perfect gifts and attempting to create a joyous occasion for your loved ones. Or maybe the holidays just exhaust you because of the loneliness you feel during this time whether it’s from solitude or forced close proximity in uncomfortable family dynamics. Whatever your experience was for the holiday season, many of us feel like we’re crashing when January comes. After the numbing Christmas sedative of go, go, go, and think, think, think, we’re left here, in the middle of the ‘Post-Christmas/New Year’s Yuck’. We reflect back on what just happened with thoughts of how great was that, unresolved issues, family dysfunction and/or what the heck just happened! It’s like laughter and tears collide, and we don’t know what we feel, but it feels like a crash. I have deemed this The January Crash. There’s actually a mental health term for this called S.A.D. or Seasonal Affective Disorder. It’s a fancy name for the winter blues (not quite clinical depression, but it’s a dark place). …THE REST OF THE STORY
I would love to hear from everyone. What are the greatest lessons you learned in 2017?
I have learned a lot. I feel like many of the lessons started in July while I was at the beach. The Lord really started dealing with my heart about my priorities. What I didn’t realize was that my out of order priorities was a sign of the condition of my heart. I love the Lord and He knows my heart. My heart is to serve and please Him. However, I was suffering from some heart idols. I didn’t even know that term when the Lord first started dealing with me. This was just the beginning of “The Year of Learning”. Ironically, to get me to be still long enough to really listen and learn the lessons God had prepared for me, it took suffering a concussion. 2017 became “The Year of the Concussion”. That’s funny to me. It’s just another sign of God’s sense of humor. It’s also proof that God sees things differently than we see them. Who knew that a severe bump on the head could bring clarity and understanding?!?! God knew. …THE REST OF THE STORY