Monthly Archives: September 2015

A few things…

It’s the middle of the week and I have overworked this wandering, pondering brain so here’s a little bit of random…..

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Yes….Just for You…in no particular order….

  • I managed to get a fair amount of backed up To Do list done….things like ironing that include clothing from our vacation in July, two laundry baskets full of miscellaneous papers, household items and  such that were gathered up when people were coming over and never got processed once they left, stacks and stacks and stacks of papers…everywhere…that kind of To Do’s. Yes. I am feeling pretty good about the whole thing.
  • I used my favorite method to accomplish #1. Setting the timer for 20 minutes and moving down the list one item at a time. When I get to the end. I start over. When I couldn’t motivate myself to set the timer, I talked myself into dealing with twenty items from any given stack.
  • I realize how pathetic all of that sounds to those of you who are efficient with your time and don’t have To Do lists that go back to 2006.
  • I am okay with that

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  • I found out that it takes me 15 minutes to knit one row of the baby afghan I started a year ago in October….before we even knew we were having a baby….
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  • Which means it takes me an hour to do…
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  •  …… four rows
  • It is entirely possible this blanket may be the baby’s high school graduation gift.
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  • Not the best day ever…but not bad….not bad at all….and for the record…I have made peace with the bullet points in this post that have not cooperated …
  • in the least….

To all you procrastinators out there…stop what you are doing and read this…

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Alright procrastinators…you know who you are…

You most likely have a handle on what needs to be done.

You know this because you have at least one, if not five To Do lists going…

You aren’t bored because you have more things to accomplish today than are humanly possible…

You aren’t short of ideas, just short on time.

And you really really really don’t want to feel defeated yet again at the end of this day; however, odds are you will be because….it’s already so late you may as well just scrap the whole thing and start over fresh tomorrow.

Anybody?

Well let me tell you a little insight I have gained in my own struggle with procrastination.

My problem is not procrastination….my problem is fear.

Procrastination is just the symptom.

And what am I afraid of?

Finishing.

Being done.

Completion.

Because…if I actually finish all the knowns on my To Do lists…I have to face the unknown.

Did you just hear my heartbeat accelerate as I typed “unknown”?

So procrastinators, try this …. look at all those overwhelming lists you have made…go ahead…I will wait…IMG_6127

Feel better?

Now…look past all those and into the unknown future…take a deep breath and join me as we declare…

THIS is the day that the LORD has made…I WILL rejoice and be glad in it…. (Psalm 118:24)

I WILL work all these things as unto the LORD, with all my heart….(Colossians 3:23)

I WILL NOT be afraid of the unknown that follows because I have not been given a spirit of FEAR…but of power and of love and of a SOUND MIND…..(2 Timothy 1:7)

NOW….let’s get out there and do this thing!!!!

photo credit for that cute little blonde thing…Rachel Maxwell…the mess of lists…all me….

 

Can’t explain it, but there it is…

I love pictures. I think we all know this about me. I am a student of word pictures, but I also love to capture beauty in some unique way and share it with you…thus on Saturday, I was thinking of you when I took this…

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Since I had to look directly up into the sun, though, I just pointed my phone up and took a couple of pics and hoped at least one would turn out.

Imagine my delight when I downloaded them and found THIS….

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Because…what in the world???

Now I suppose there is someone out there with all kinds of technological knowledge and atmospheric info to explain this but to me…it’s just a wonder and I love it.

I can’t explain what it is and if it’s just some kind of reflection from the lens of the iPhone 6, come on…it’s way cool and beyond me and I couldn’t make it or create it any more than I can understand or explain because I don’t even KNOW how the phone takes pictures and stores them anyway.

And yet…I believe that phone exists and does what it does whether I understand, can explain it or convince you about it.

How much more God?

Seriously.

How can I explain God to you or anyone?

So I have to say that Week 2 of Room for Doubt threw this blonde brain for a loop.

Because the very fact that you do believe there is a God is paramount in my life.

Not so I can prove that I am right and you are wrong.

But because …. the fact that He IS….

IS

Everything

To

Me.

So I felt overwhelmed with all the Science and such (can we talk about how I made it through years of Science education, passing the classes and never understanding any of it?)

If you are following Room for Doubt, maybe you felt like me?

That doesn’t give us carte blanche to walk away from the challenge. As believers who carry out the ministry of Jesus Christ, we can’t shy away from the complexities of our faith and honest dialogue about the things of God. ( I will need to read THAT one several times over the next few weeks….)

It is important to remember that this is a SERIES…as in…a group of lessons to go through together.

So it was with great joy that I actually could follow and understand and nod my head to this week’s sermon about the Bible.

I found the words of Pastor Wayne to be a great encouragement that backs up my personal experience with God’s Word.

I loved that he showed us that the Scriptures are the God-breathed, infallible revelation of who God is, His thoughts and ways for us, and the teachings of the One, Jesus Christ, who we claim to follow.

But I love even more his challenge to us to GET INTO READING THE WORD of GOD!IMG_0501

Here are some things that helped me grow in the discipline of daily Bible reading:

  • Set your mind to read at least some portion of Scripture each day. It is not quantity of time and material read, but quality. Even a small portion of Scripture that is read slowly and with intention to hear God speak is powerful to teach you His ways.
  • Use a study bible, with notes already added. Use the notes to further your understanding.
  • Pray and ask for the Holy Spirit to give you understanding and open your eyes to God’s Word.
  • Remember that God’s Word is in context – but also personal.
  • Enter into His Word and let His Word enter into you

God bless you as you read and study the Word, but more than that as you get to know…THE WORD <3

 

 

Happy Friday <3

IMG_3347So I don’t know if Thursday was really “National Daughter’s Day” but I bit and posted a pic of the two lovelies we were blessed with.

Now I am going to have to be on the lookout for “National Son’s Day” but in the meantime…and because it’s Friday…and because I am tired…and because I may have a case of “Fall Fever” which really IS a thing….

here are two of the many wise things I learned from those daughters of ours….

From Rachel…..When I told her one day about the variety of quizzes I was taking to find out what kind of personality I am, she said…”You know this is why you don’t get anything done, right?”

Soooooo true!

It is always much easier for me to chase a rabbit then to knuckle down and work on the tasks that surround me.

From Sarah….When we were shopping one day and she admired some pretty, shiny thing and I asked her if she wanted it. “No, I don’t have to have every pretty thing I see. I can just appreciate it without owning it.”

Again….true, true, true…

This is good to remember as we move from Summer to Autumn and begin the crazy spiral into the holiday season that will carry us like a tidal wave to 2016.

(Take a moment. Breathe into a paper bag if necessary because yes…2 0 1 6)

All kinds of pumpkins and leaves are displayed in stores, Pinterest, Facebook and our friends houses. There are clever ways to make wreaths and centerpieces and all manner of cuteness out there….

Oh dear Lord, please help me to just appreciate the pretties without having to own them, display them or worse yet…compare them to what I have. And thank You Lord for the blessing of daughters who rein their mother in. Or as I like to say, thank You for giving our daughters large doses of their father’s genes! 

God bless you all as you just stay on task and enjoy what YOU have been given this lovely weekend, and season, that is upon us!

Up, Up and away….

Maybe it’s all the people I am hearing about going to Disney lately.

Or maybe it’s just something I need to remember…but I have been thinking about a ride we went on about 6 years ago at Epcot called “Soarin'”

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Not “Soaring” mind you, which is easier to say and doesn’t involve an awkward combination of apostrophe and quotations…. but hey…it’s Disney.

This ride is a flight simulator which means that after getting all the people settled in their little bench-like ferris wheel compartments, some gizmo lifts them up and out towards a huge screen.

The lights go off and for the next 40 minutes you feel like you are hang-gliding over the entire surface of the earth.

Hang-gliding. Yeah.

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Which is just awesome when you struggle with fear of heights.

So as I fought panic and pressed as far back into the seat as I could, gripping the bar for dear life and trying to warn our family through clenched teeth that they needed to stop stretching so dangerously forward…

they responded by leaning further out over the bar and laughing joyfully…

even holding their arms out over their heads.

I never have understood them.

I thought about closing my eyes, but that was more maddening.

Because I could hear them calling, “Look mom!!!” and who knew what crazy stunt they were trying next.

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Then I put my foot down.

Literally.

I lowered my feet a little and I could feel some kind of solid surface under me.

I don’t know if it was a platform, a foot rail or maybe it was even the floor for crying out loud.

Because all of a sudden I remembered that I had gotten in a metal cart in a building that is only so many stories high.

And even though all of my senses had convinced me that I was thousands of feet up in the air, strapped to a large wing and…well…soarin’ over the earth, I was really just sitting in a chair a few feet off the floor in front of a big old screen.

That’s how circumstances can be.

Scary and overwhelming and bigger than life.

Are you there today?

Find your footing in what is solid and real and unchanging and true.

Take a deep breath and then exhale.

Lean over the railing a little, lift your arms, and trust in the firm foundation of the One who’s got you and will not let go. Ever.

God bless you as you soar with Him <3

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