It Fall Ya' All!
Every year around this time I am deeply reminded of how life is about change. Growing up in the heartland of America, fall always was the signal for showing gratitude for the harvest from our abundant farmlands. They called our part of the world the "Wheat Capital of the World" for all the wheat that was grown in our part of the world. The sea of golden waving wheat crops was a testament to a good summer with enough rain and sunny days and our home gardens would be overflowing with mouth-watering and nutritious homegrown goodness. Homegrown tomatoes and cucumber can get this girl's mouth-watering anytime.
As I have grown older, I have begun to include in our fall celebration the honoring of my ancestors and all other ancestors for all they have done in their lifetimes, so that we may live the life that we are fortunate enough to live today. Each child that is born is standing on the shoulders of a...
How many times have you said something out loud and then later wished that you could take back what you had just said? There have been times in the past that I have come to the realization that "I really didn't mean what I said." Have you ever had that happen to you?
One of my practices today is to watch the thoughts that cross my mind. It has been a surprising discovery for me to come to understand that many of the thoughts that have crossed my mind are not mine. They are thoughts that I have inherited from the situation that I was spending time in or from the environment that I was raised in.
This realization that I am not my thoughts and that I actually get to choose what thoughts I allow in my life has given me such relief and a new sense of freedom. "Ah, I'm not my thoughts, and I get to choose if I want to act from what I am thinking or not." A whole new world of possibilities has opened up for me.
Have you ever had the...
A dream of mine as a child is that I wanted to walk on water. You know if Jesus could do it then why couldn't I. He even said these things I do you can do and greater. That was all I needed to hear to start me on the adventure of trying to accomplish walking on water, just like Jesus.
Eureka, I knew I had found the answer to my self-imposed challenge to walk on water. It arrived in my mailbox and was right there waiting for me inside a spring catalog that was full of all kinds of goodies promising loads of summer fun. I was amazed to discover that they had just the tool I needed to accomplish my water-walking desire. They had big inflatable feet that you were supposed to put on your own feet, and you would be able to walk on water. We are talking they are some big shoes!
Look out, I'm coming for you, Jesus! My birthday was in the summer, so you know exactly what the first item on my birthday list was...Water...
Does it seem like the back to school date comes around sooner each year at your house? It sure feels that way at our home.
We have been busy checking the list of all the supplies our kids need for college and middle school. First up is our college-bound son, Evan as he has to be ready two weeks ahead of our middle school daughter Allie.
Our list consists of the usual requirements for kids; clothes, school supplies, bedding, computers, refrigerators for dorm rooms, foods that include plenty of healthy snack items that fit easily in a backpack.
As a parent, I often wonder if my kids are prepared to meet the challenges of the world. Have we provided them with the tools they need when a new situation arises?
In times like these, when I turn to God and listen, I am gently reminded of the way to be at peace.
We work on creating a firm foundation with our family. Our foundation is built on God's unconditional love and support...
Moms, have you ever felt like you were alone on your journey in life?
Have you ever had feelings that you could not really be put into words?
Or maybe, you could put into words what you were feeling, but feared deep down inside of you that when you mustered the nerve to share what was challenging you that no one would get you, understand you,or they would think you were just being "emotional" or would that you would be left out of the in-group?
Well, I certainly can relate to those feelings and I have worked with many women who feel the same way. It is so good that you are acknowledging those feelings if you are experiencing something similar! That is one of the ways that our creator tries to get our attention in the busy modern world that we find ourselves living in today.
Have you ever found yourself longing to stop the go, go, go routine? Would you love to sit and chat with someone who really gets you? Open your heart and expose...
Though I love to travel and enjoy the adventure, I must admit that I am not fond of the challenges that can pop up when making the arrangements. It was my 8-year-old daughter, Allie, who had the answer that I needed to solve my dilemma. I was preparing for my pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago. I would be walking over 500 miles beginning in the Pyrenees of France and continuing through Spain; but first things first: I had to book my trip.
It was one of those days where the different legs of travel that I needed to coordinate would not fit together. I had spent several hours trying different options and as I let out a sigh of frustration, my daughter Allie walked in and asked, “Mom, what’s wrong?” I shared that I was frustrated because I could not complete my travel plans for my trip on the Camino. Allie looked at me and said, “Mom, try flying to Lourdes, you know, where the young girl lived who saw Mother Mary.” I told Allie that I didn’t think...
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