Tuesday, January 19, at 10:20am my beautiful daughter Bethany was scheduled to get her braces off. She is about one month shy of having had her braces for 18 months. This process was much quicker than anticipated, but getting them off was still very exciting. Bethany has been counting down the days since her December appointment, when Dr. Schultz told her the thrilling news:Read More
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Imagine with me for a minute what it would be like to tell your children (or your spouse, boss, or co-workers) "yes" in response to all of their questions today. And beyond the "yes" words, actually allowing the answer to be yes and permission to be fully given for what they requested. The first time I was presented with this thought, my kids were young . . .Read More
One word: Heal. This is my word for 2016. (Read more about choosing a word HERE). My desire is to experience deep healing throughout this year. In order to live the extraordinary life, be all that God made me to be, and do all that God designed me to do I must experience real, authentic, and deep healing.Read More
It is common in recent years to choose a word for the year. It has probably been popular for ages, but I have seen it in books, blogs, and heard it spoken about more often recently. I have been doing something similar with my mastermind team for the past eight years. We make contract statements. For example, "I am a Joyful, Positive, Forgiving Woman."Read More
“Tears are words that need to be written.” -Paulo Coelho I believe I shed more tears in 2015 than I have in my entire life combined. I often put those tears into words - prayers and cries to God, conversations with family and friends, conversations with people I barely knew, and in the pages of my journal. A few times I expressed my words through this blog, but more often I couldn't find the words to express the heart-felt tears that frequently flowed. 2015 was tough.Read More
I completed the couch to 5k (C25K) training program a few weeks ago. I absolutely love the app since it tells me when to run, when to walk, when my workout is halfway complete, and even congratulates me when I am done. It took me much longer than the allotted 8 weeks, but I did finish and then ran a 5k in 31 minutes. The next thing I did after completing this training was a little outside my personal workout box:Read More
Without courage, opportunities would be missed, adventures would not be taken, friendships would not be forged, miracles would not be seen, blogs would not be written . . .
Without courage I would have settled for the ordinary.Read More
Do you have dreams? Are there things you have been wanting to do, or things you know without doubt you are called to do, but you haven't gotten around to them yet? Dreams and desires without action are just wishes, hopes, and fantasies. Without action now, your dreams will still be sitting on the shelf unfulfilled when you leave this earth.Read More
My ache for your pain would not be as real, honest, and deep as it is without the pain I have endured the past few years. I have not endured your same pain or your same circumstance, but the pain (my pain) that I have experienced has built within me compassion for those who are hurting in all areas. My eyes see your pain differently.Read More
Have you ever been hurt or treated unjustly by someone who loves Jesus? Have you (who love Jesus) ever been the bearer of hurt or treated someone else unjustly?Read More
It is a new season . . . fall. I love fall and the changes it brings. . .
Fall colors are amazing. I love the oranges, reds, browns, and splashes of yellow. I decorate my home with these warm, beautiful colors.
The weather is changing. Today, where I live, the temperature is 13 degrees lower than yesterday.Read More
I have been contemplating, praying, and journaling quite a bit these past few months, and even more since the ladies retreat I attended in April. I continue to work through the forgiveness process. Life is definitely a journey of constant awareness and growth.Read More
It is the first day of school in our new little town. I just returned from dropping the kids off at their new schools, with new teachers, and soon-to-be new friends. Leaving the car one by one were three kids with three very different perspectives on the day. One absolutely loves school and is a total optimist when it comes to school and learning. She set out full of massive amounts of nervous, excited energy. I have no doubt that she has already made a friend and told her teacher everything about the latest book she is reading.
The other two have different battles to face. One in middle school, one in high school, and both full of hormones and unpredictable emotions. They have real concerns about how they look, who they'll eat lunch with, and if they'll remember where their classes are.Read More
I am so thankful for this post by my friend, Bev. As I walk through my own grief and sadness this summer, Bev reminds me that grief does not need to control my life. I will experience it fully, but it won’t rule over me. Please take to heart the wise words of a woman who knows grief and lives with perspective.Read More
I am so thankful that all of my needs, and the needs of my family, are met. We have food on the table, gas in the tank, and a very nice roof over our heads. The kids are in school and Joe and I have work, yet during this season of transition I am not taking any of these met needs for granted. We are still in the midst of job/life/financial transition and it truly is God (through some of you!) supplying each of our needs.Read More
There is a debt to be paid in a forgiveness situation. If I want the offender to pay that debt, I may be waiting around for a very long time. Sometimes the offender does not even acknowledge their wrong-doing in the matter, so seeking their payment would be like beating my head against a wall.Read More
"The mind is the most restless, unruly part of mankind. Long after you have learned the discipline of holding your tongue, your thoughts defy your will and set themselves up against Me [God]." Sarah Young, Jesus CallingRead More
When you dream, what dollar figures come to your mind? Once upon a time I dreamed in hundreds. Actually, if I am honest, there was a time when I dreamed in pennies, then quarters, then dollars, and then I finally dreamed in hundreds. It is a process of growth, experience, and maturity.Read More
The healing journey is not complete after 2819 miles, but it sure is a great start. Last Friday we began a three week trip that takes us from Traverse City to Flint, MI to Salem OR, to Seattle, back to Salem, and finally back to Northern Michigan. The purpose of this trip is multi-faceted:Read More
I find myself at the computer, once again, attempting to put words together that inspire, challenge, and encourage myself and others to live an extraordinary life. I want to live an extraordinary life - a life of obedience to my Creator, leading me on an adventurous path that impacts the lives of those I come in contact with.Read More