Friday, July 11, 2014

How to Exchange Your Worry for Peace When Your Kids Go Off to School

One Thing I'll Never Regret About Raising My Kids




I was heading through our busy suburban streets around the time many kids are going to school in the morning. I was going to be late for my appointment if the traffic didn’t start to move a little faster. Frustration grew as I hemmed and hawed and maybe followed a little too closely behind the car in front of me.

What was the hold-up? Why on this day was the traffic moving sooooo slowly???

Eventually, the cars in front of me made their left and right turns off the main road, and I found myself right behind the big yellow school bus that was causing the delay. I tap-tap-tapped on my steering wheel. Time was ticking and I needed to get somewhere fast… (Continue Reading at MomsInPrayer.org)




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Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Blessings and Challenges of a God-sized Dream Adventure


When Your God-sized Dream Leads to Adventure...and Challenge



... I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.     Gen 28:15


I have prayed that my life will be a God-adventure. <-- a="" nbsp="" this="" tweet="">

That God will take me where only He can, places where I cannot go without Him, to live a life that I could not live without Hi
m.

When we embark on an adventure there are elements of the unknown, unexpected fun, and maybe some challenges as well.

I think about the 40-Day family adventure we took across the country almost 12 years ago…

The kids were 13, 11, and 6. Because we had to book rooms at our chosen National Parks almost a year in advance, those reservations were set in stone. But a lot of the travel in-between the National Parks was flexible. The journey along the way was full of never-seen-before sights in areas of the country we had never been to before. We had to spend a lot of time together, in a mini-van to boot.

As we set out on this cross-country adventure, I wondered, What will this be like? Will it be a struggle to get along for 40 days with no one else on board except the five of us? Will we be able to stand each other by the time it’s over?

Well, I can tell you it was the most incredible journey. Continue Reading @ GodsizedDreams.com...



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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

When You’re Having an Affair and You Don’t Even Know It


Are You Having an Affair?

Well I was. I didn’t know I was. In fact, it came as quite a shock…


It was one of those periods when I was particularly critical of my husband; every little thing he did bugged me. He got his hair cut too short. He wasn’t loving enough. His chewing was bothering me. And appreciation that he was willing to empty the dishwasher wasn’t my first thoughtNo, instead I thought about how annoying it is that he always leaves one thing out. You know, he puts all the cups, plates, silverware, utensils awaybut he leaves the one lone bowl out, below the cabinet where it belongs.
  • ·       Have you ever experienced annoyance over every little thing your husband does?
  • ·       Or do you concentrate on the things you don’t like about him?
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Monday, June 2, 2014

Do You Think There's a Silver Bullet That Makes Our Dreams Come True?

Is Hard Work The Secret To Making Our Dreams Come True?


In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty.   Prov 14:23



Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to do was sit back and wave a magic wand to make our God-sized Dreams come true? If all we had to do with our idea was wait for the Lord to fulfill our wild dreams?

Well, unfortunately, that’s not usually the way many of our God-sized dreams are realized. I was reminded of this recentlyand maybe a little disappointed too.

Kimberly Amici and I, CoFounders of Circles of Faith, a community/contributor website, recently met with Tom Campisi. He’s the Publisher of TriState Voice, an in-print and online source of Metro New York’s Christian news and events. What a nice super-dedicated guy. He’s remained loyal to delivering relevant Christian news through the TriState Voice for almost 20 years now.

We met with Tom to glean some of the wisdom and insight he’s gained over these many years. We were eager to hear how Tom had managed to keep this unique news venue going despite the fact that so many magazines and newspapers are struggling to survive.

I was hoping Tom could pass on a few “trade secrets,” the silver bullets he had discovered that we could apply to expand and grow our God-sized dream






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Friday, May 30, 2014

Nothing - Five Minute Friday

Nothing!


And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.                        Romans 8:38

Nothing can separate you from my love. 

Nothing you’ve done. Nothing you’ll do.
Not all the mistakes you made as a teenager. Not all the things you did wrong as a mama...not all the ways you have not loved your husband well.

No nothing can separate you from my love.

Not all the trials that threaten our relationship. The losses. The troubles. The pain. The grief.

No nothing can separate you from my love.

Though I know you doubt this at times.
Whether it’s because you have wronged or been wronged, you think I’m not there. I am always there. Whether you feel near or far. Or happy or sad. Or whether or not you’re walking a straight path or one that turns you from side to side.
Whether you feel my love or not. Whether you think I’m there or not.

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Not hormones, or life, or accidents or death or divorce.

No nothing.

You are mine always and forever.
I love you every day, every hour, every moment. I love you with an everlasting love.

No nothing can separate you from my love.

Not all the screaming or silence or loving or even hating.

No nothing can separate you from my love.

I do stick closer than a brother, a mother, a father, a best friendeven your dearly beloved husband. I am always there.

No nothing can separate us ever.

Not even life or death.



But here is something…
I want everything. I give everything. And I want everything. 
Yes, I want it now, but I am willing to wait. I’ve got eternity and you do too. And life, it’s a journey here on earth. You’ll get it wrong lots of times, but I still want it all. Your flawed, your frantic, your failings, your everything.


Come to me with everything. Come to me with you. Come to me because I want everything and nothing will ever ever ever cause me not to love you!<--tweet a="" this="">

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

I've Asked God Some Hard Questions...Have You?

Do You Ever Question God?


There I find You in the mystery
 
In oceans deep my faith will stand
Oceans/Hillsongs United





Have you ever wondered, “Lord, what are you thinking?”

Or asked an even harder question, like
“God, if you’re so good, why do you let such bad things happen?”

I don’t really like questioning God. 
It’s not my style. I don’t want Him to get mad at me and I avoid confrontation as much as possible.

But I took a course on Faith Writing not too long ago and the teacher challenged us with an assignment to look at hard things and write about them from a spiritual perspective.

As a result I posed some questions to God. After all, there is a whole list of things I just don’t understand. God mysteries that lead me to wonder, “God, where the heck were you during those hard times?”

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