When You Have to Cope with Your Crazy

I have been feeling a little under the weather.

And I don’t mean in a physical sense.

I have been fighting.

Fighting me.

One day I’ll write more about this life-long struggle to keep my head above water.

But the bottom line is that I’ve learned and am still having to learn how to cope with my crazy.

 

Moody.

Overly tempermental.

Sullen.

Down-in-the-dumps.

Melancholy.

Emotionally volatile.

Depressed.

Cray-cray.

Whatever you wanna call it.

Truth be told, I think that we all have a little bit of crazy in us but most of us have learned to live with our eccentricities, revealing some of our struggles but not all, keeping our deepest vulnerabilities undercover lest people […]

By |March 27th, 2015|Family|25 Comments

#047 – Does God Care About What I Wear?

As I read through the Bible this year, more than a few times, I’ve bumped into a passage of scripture that has surprised me, given me cause for pause, or flat-out left me speechless.

Right smack in the middle of the Old Testament and all of the information given to Moses about the design of the temple and the procedures for the sacrifices, God says He is interested in what people wear.

It’s true.

Wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t read it myself.

God is interested in beautiful clothes.

This is mind-blowing for me – a girl who cares nothing about clothes.

As a stay-at-home mom […]

By |March 23rd, 2015|Faith, Fun, Podcast|4 Comments

#046 – Cultivating Your Heart, Talents, and Opportunities

Have you ever thought about what would happen if you took a chance on yourself?

Or maybe what would happen if you believed that the dream you have in your heart could actually come true?

Do you have a passion or talent that you don’t make the time to cultivate and nurture?

Are you afraid to take the opportunities that come your way because you are not sure they are worth the risk?

You are not alone.

There are lots of people just like you who need the encouragements to believe the hopes of their heart, trust their God-given talents, and engage in the opportunities […]

By |March 18th, 2015|Faith, Podcast|6 Comments

#045 – How Parenting Makes Me a Better Person

I have been a mother just about as long as I’ve been an adult.

Of all the jobs I’ve had and all the things I’ve done, motherhood has been the role I’ve held the longest.

As I look back over the last 20″ish” years I’ve been parenting, I don’t just see the growth and development of my children.  I see the growth and development in me.

 

 “Don’t get so lost in the trees that you lose sight of the forest.”  {Click to Tweet}
 

While I know that motherhood is valuable and an important role both within my family and within society, it so easy […]

By |March 13th, 2015|Faith, Family, Podcast|8 Comments

20 Ways to Read Through the Bible

This year I have a goal of reading through the Bible.

I’ve been a church girl all of my life. Raised in a Christian family, went to a Christian school, and attended Christian camps.

Shoot. I’m even taking some seminary classes this year.

But I’ve never done it.

Sometime towards the end of 2014, I figured I just ought ‘ta buckle down and get’er done.

Being the perfectionist that I am, I made it my business to explore a variety of reading plans and also a variety of Bibles designed for year-long reading. I finally (after weeks of going in circles and driving myself crazy)  decided […]

By |March 5th, 2015|Faith|8 Comments

#044 – When Your Purpose is a Problem

Every now and then we need to take a look in the mirror.

Even the best of us needs to make time every now and again to take stock, clean house, and root out the things that are in the way.

This past weekend I did a little “spring cleaning” while there was a Texas-sized blizzard raging outside (translated to read… we got an inch of snow that melted in under two hours).

I went through piles of papers, cleaned out the fridge, did gobs of laundry, and was shocked to realized how much of our day to day mess had piled up […]

By |March 2nd, 2015|Faith, Podcast|15 Comments

Sometimes you plan. Sometimes you pause.

Sometimes you plan.

I booked my flight.

I carefully decided on the best time to leave given when I needed to arrive and what worked best for my family schedule.

I booked the hotel room and worked really hard to find a great rate.

All set and ready to go.

Home last night packing leisurely while my kids were at A.W.A.N.A.

I was getting a head start so I thought.  No late night/middle of the night packing for me! I was going to be ahead-of-the-cure and get a decent night’s sleep.

Oh yes I was.

And look, extra time to record this week’s podcast!

I felt so on top of […]

By |February 23rd, 2015|Family|18 Comments

Secure

I’ve been watching you.

You were moving with confidence and assurance.

You had a steady pace and a steady gaze

You walked forward with firm footing and focused energy.

And then I noticed your stride got shorter.

Your gait changed.

Your steps slowed.

You started questioning why you had set out on your journey in the first place.

You doubted.

And now you stand – still…

Insecure.

You doubt because I am quiet.

 

You doubt because the landscape is flat and uneventful – even hard and dull.

You doubt because you see nothing on the horizon in front of you that looks any different from the terrain behind you.

Your doubt leads to wonder.

You wonder if […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Faith|46 Comments

101 Songs from My Running Playlist!

I NEVER run without music.

Maybe that makes me not a real runner.

Oh well.

In order for me to keep my mind off of the fact that I can’t breathe, I need something pumping into my ears to keep me totally distracted.

After months of training for my first marathon and hundreds of miles run in preparation for the big day, I found that I amassed quite a bit of music. Not only am I a total music lover (and a bit of an audiophile), I am grateful to have some great peeps on Facebook and Twitter who were willing more than a […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Food & Fitness, Fun|22 Comments

#043 – What Does It Mean to Love Your Man?

Women need love.

Men need respect.

Many of us have heard that over and over again, but what does that mean?

I coerced convinced my husband to join me for a podcast after so many of you have asked me to chat with The Mister on the show.

Join me and my man for an authentic conversation about what love and respect means for him in the context of our marriage.

This is not what you should listen to if you are looking for a perfect marriage where two people have everything figured out and have done lots of things right.  This is a little of what […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Family, Podcast|21 Comments