Jan 062017
 


I have been disconnected feeling for so many years, from myself, from others, and worst of all, from God. And, when I have had the opportunity to connect I have pulled away, recoiled like a snake stepped on whose only reflex is to tangle up on itself.

I have purposed this year with my OneWord365 to be “intentional”. How that is going to play out, I don’t know. But, I am excited to be intentional with my children, my parents, my boyfriend, and of course my relationship with Christ -my God.

The desire to connect to myself and to others, especially the One who created me, has overridden the desire to pull into myself and hide from the world the way I used to. I want to, no I need to, live life in the love that was ordained by Christ Himself when He spoke to us saying “And a new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you…” He didn’t add in an “if, and, or, but, unless” etc to the command, so I am going to live with the intent to connect through Christ, to connect in love and to work at connecting with my soul and strive to reach my potential.

I love connecting with each of you every week as we flash-mob write. As we tweet about sports and justice and chocolate and ask for prayers. Connecting through our own words and the Word of God, the words in the books of our dear friends as they follow where they are to be lead.

I am excited to see who will join us this year and who I will connect with and what we will connect over, maybe a favorite dish, children the same age, mentors or a friendship that makes no sense to the naked eye but simply feels natural and right.

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Feb 182016
 

I watched her twindling away and looking at my young son and calling him her own. The Alzheimer’s had eaten away at her memory and instead of seeing my dad as her son she saw her great grandson as her “Little- Lenny”.

I thought watching her memories fade would be harder for me. But it wasn’t. Then, I felt cold and even dead for not finding it anything more than amusing. Seeing her forget became interesting, and even laughable. I don’t cope well. I never have, so when she called to argue about the date or would call my grandpa an old pervert who had stolen her husband’s wallet I couldn’t help but laugh.

When she came to me concerned that the mirror was broken because it sometimes showed her an old lady instead of her young self I listened intently and wondered how much of what we see is real and what is simply distorted by our memories and time.

There is a lot in my life that I would love to forget. I think part of me envied that. Envy is a big word but that’s how I felt. Why are the strong turned weak, those who want to remember everything robbed of their memories and those who long for death seemingly trapped within the confines of life?

Jan 012016
 

It’s the new year already and I am still trying to adapt to the fact that we already had Christmas. I am fairly sure this is the quickest year I have ever experienced so I am hopeful that 2016 goes a little bit more slowly.

I have been doing a few things in the last few months as far as changes go. I don’t want to make a New Years resolution because they seem to be broken so easily, so I decided to make some changes that were placed on my heart in the last few months.

The first thing placed on my heart was to quit spending. I know that sounds cliché but it really isn’t. I paid bills this month and all but one was a credit card and it was over 600 dollars for my minimum payments. I only make about 1000 a month so as you can see this is ridiculous. I need to purpose to spend less, use what I have, love what I have and quit bringing more stuff into the house. Another reason I want to quit spending is because of my back. As many of you know I have degenerative disc disease and RA in my lower back and hips. Cleaning is hard on my body and I am sick of having to hurt myself to clean up. I feel like I live in a constant state of chaos and I really need to just clear the clutter out and spending isn’t going to bring me clutter peace, donating what I don’t love, getting rid of what’s broken and not bringing in more things is what will ultimately make my space more enjoyable and be the best for my health.

The second thing I am doing is reading through the Bible. I have done this a few times when I was much younger, but now that I am older it seems to be something I begin and never finish. It is hard to stay on track. I am using Bible Gateway’s Chronological reading plan and began it in December with the idea that if I could keep up during the most-busiest time of the year then I had no excuse the rest of the year. I did fall behind a few days but catching up has been relatively easy and reading through the Bible chronologically is actually a lot of fun!!

The third thing is reading more in general. I really love to read and while I reach my book reading goals each year I really want to read more books for pleasure. I have spent so much time watching nonsense videos and such over the past year while feeling sorry for myself from pain and really, I could have been reading and doing something to exercise my brain on the many days that I have been laid up on pain medications. There really is something extra depressing when someone asks what you did that day and you say you watched YouTube and nothing else. See what I am saying? I just want to make the time count. So more books of all genres are on my list!

Lastly, I want to get organized. Not everything is labelled organized, but rather have a schedule for posts and take more photographs and take the time to really put in the work for blogging and reading and maybe even some videos! I also want to share more about Plexus and my Plexus journey and how much it has changed my life.

I lied, one last thing. I want to pray harder for people who don’t believe in God. I want to pray that they will come to know God and be saved. I want you to join me in prayer and I want us to use the power of the tongue to bring about change. In a world that seems to be falling apart the one and only thing that we have as Christians is God and His amazing gift of salvation. I want that for so many friends and relatives and people who I don’t even know. I don’t want any of us to have to say goodbye to someone and us not know if they were believers. I want faith to pour out of everyone in a way that can’t be missed!! So, I am going to pray for atheists, and people who are of a different faith. I am not going to go and try and convert them unless God places that on my heart. I am simply going to share my faith and pray that they will be changed by the miracles I get to witness every single day!!

What has God placed on your heart recently? Do you have a New Years resolution or are you making some lifestyle changes? Would love to know how everyone else is ringing in the New Year!!

Dec 072015
 

Yeah, it’s already week two on the countdown to Jesus, God with skin on. We lit the Peace candle and the light grows strong and excitement and joy over what comes next grows.

Mary heavily pregnant with the messiah inside, kicking her ribs and tickling her sides. Following her husband dutifully to Bethlehem.

I wonder what she was thinking and how she felt. Knowing that she was carrying the Son of Man.

Was she scared every time she didn’t feel the baby move, did her ankles swell and ache? Was she excited to get the pregnancy over or did she want to keep Him safe inside forever.

As mama’s we deal with so much through a pregnancy from wondering what our baby will wear and how we will afford diapers to fears of miscarriage, stillborn, a disability, SIDS. We worry. We wonder if we will find out the sex and if we should tell if we do. Yet beautiful, young Mary knew!

She knew before the first flutter kicks that she was carrying a child. She knew it was a boy! She knew what His name would be. She knew that the world would forever be changed but surely had no idea to what degree. She expected to have a healthy baby because He was the Son of God. All of the things we consider while pregnant she knew and so did Joseph. And they didn’t need an ultrasound or some sort of techie gear to reassure her that everything was going just right.

So imagine the shock, the momentary fear, when her water broke and contractions came hard and she had nowhere to rest, nowhere to lay her child’s head. Imagine wondering if you could properly parent Jesus?!

The world contracted too while she struggled to catch her breath. The stars aligned to announce the coming of the King. The angels came and began to sing. The nations heard of this boy-child who would be king and began to slaughter every little boy forcing them to run and protect the only true innocent One.

There is a reason that we look to Mother Mary and strive to protect, defend, and be grace-filled as we chug along praying for the best.

And prophesy of old was fulfilled because out of the stump of Jesse grew a shoot and that shoot did in fact bear fruit –Jesus!

Dec 042015
 

I saw someone tweet today about God looking for us. I see that in a completely different way than what I believe that person was pointing to. I don’t see it as Him looking for us at all. In fact, I think when He is walking through the Garden of Eden and is looking for Adam and Eve that it is metaphorical because He is God and knows exactly where they are. It’s part of the omnipresent and omniscience thing God has going for Him. So, no I don’t think He is literally looking for us when we are told that He is calling our names and is searching for us.

Rather, I think that this has to do with us and our season of life. “Where are you….?” In your heart? Your spirit? Soul? Mind? Where would you like to be? How do you believe you can achieve this?

I think it is a reality check in the making as we are running around eating forbidden fruit and covering ourselves from the Lord in a season of sin He startles us to the present and says “Where are you?” in order that WE may look around and see the chaos we are in.

Maybe we aren’t even doing anything “wrong” but feel like we could be doing better. Maybe it is shouting at our children or our spouse when we are trying to mind our words and have control over our emotions. Maybe we are deep in sin and are having an emotional or physical affair with someone when we shouldn’t be and God asks where you are and YOU are able to see.

As we travel through the many seasons of life, and of scripture, we are going to be faced with struggle and strife and all things that are far from nice. That is Satan’s way.

Sure we will likely fall a billion times but God is always there to pluck us up and put us back on our feet. Speaking with Him, learning His Word and meditating on our actions before we do them (or after if it is spur of the moment) while keeping God first is the ONLY way to grow in a positive and healthy manner. It is what will cause us to lean in when we can’t see the light, pray for the person whose driving is insane instead of getting angry and adding to the negativity and rage.

Have you ever walked into a room or a house after there has been a fight and you can feel the tension in the air? That is life. All that we feel is spewed from us as energy and I want the energy I am releasing to be peaceful and most of all, something that I am not ashamed to bring to the Lord.

While you walk through Advent and Christmas this year, where do you want to be and HOW can you tweak things to get yourself there?

This is the week we celebrate Hope.

Let’s Hope in the Lord as we navigate this almost always stressful season of the year!

Nov 262015
 

Today in the USA people from corner to corner sat around table’s big and small enjoying family and friends and good eats. Up here in Canada we did this in October which is equally as fun, though I will say the emphasis seems to be a lot more on family and friends than on the sales the day after. I mean, I get wanting to save money but there is more to this day than the sale on Friday.

They say that Thanksgiving was started with Pilgrims and Indians and all of that Jazz but really, from my perspective as a Christian, I see Thanksgiving beginning at that famous table that da Vinci painted of the last supper. Where Jesus and friends are passing bread and sharing wine. Where the Bible tells us about the upcoming crucifixion and the prophesies that will be fulfilled.

Jesus gave thanks. He sat or stood or did whatever Jesus did and He gave thanks to God the Father, teaching us to give thanks in all things, in all ways, always.

I would love to see more Jesus around the table and less shopping. And any shopping to be done with Jesus in mind. How about supporting Compassion, World Vision, Gospel for Asia, shopping fair trade and supporting the stay at home mama’s who are working from home with their home businesses. Like myself, Plexus is an awesome product that has given people health back, then we have the wonderful Mama’s (and wives) who are selling Avon, Scentsy and so many other amazing and GREAT products that support the seller instead of the billionaire chain store.

Did you know that for 30 dollars you can give medication to 10 children who are at risk of dying from preventable diseases? Did you know that for a couple hundred dollars you could buy livestock for a family so they can not only eat but make money? Did you know that while we sip on coffee and eggnog and all sorts of beverages there are millions of people who are dying, literally -for a single sip of something safe?

So let’s take our Thanks and GIVE because we need to be giving in order to truly receive the bounty of the Holy Spirit. All because Jesus mindfully spoke words of thanks around that table all those years ago!

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Oct 282015
 

We use the word “hope” an awful lot today. I see it all the time. Like for reals.

“I hope you do well”

“I hope you feel better”

See what I mean? Yet, all of this hope is often false. It is just a way to be kind or to say something to fill in the blank spaces. What if we changed from hope though and switched to praying? What if all of those sentences filled with the false hope that we offer was turned to God who can actually do something about it?

“I pray you do well”

“I pray you feel better”

Doesn’t that just sound more purpose driven? More authentic even.


I know each year as we light the advent candles we have one to represent hope, one for joy, one for love and one for peace. Yet, in all of these instances we are placing the meaning on the excitement over the birth of Christ. Our hope, joy, love and desire for peace are very real in this instance, they aren’t just said to fill in a blank space, they aren’t used as a blanket statement. They are in fact a prayer in themselves as we seek the Christ Child on the road to CHRISTmas.

Sure, it is great to have dreams for things and even hope that we will achieve them, I often hope I don’t hit a deer or get a ticket or _____. BUT, Instead of hoping I could act in a way to ensure I won’t get a ticket, pray that I am kept safe as I drive and have an open conversation with God about my wants, needs, desires, and everything in between.

So, let’s stop hoping and start praying, because praying is the way to make our hopes come alive. Speak to God today and tomorrow too!!

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