Wednesday, January 25, 2012


I have shared this verbally over & over but it's worthy of a blog post. I HATE FACEBOOK. With that said, I know that I know that I know (understand?!) God has me on Facebook for Him. I've been apart of miracles, I've been able to pray at a drop of a hat. I've been able to be a part of things long distance and have seen the hand of God. So ... I facebook. Posting scripture is fun, blips & blurbs that you know some one else could use/need. So, what's your status? Is there a photo burning in your head? A recent photo and older photo? Places that you've gone?

Happy facebooking ~ leave me a note and just say hi!
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Sunday, January 22, 2012



From Romans ~ it's the way the apostle Paul lived, loved and learned .... me too THIS IS what I want!
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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Well, I'm in a funk ... and a bit bewildered. Angry ~ a tad! Sad ~ a LOT! and TIRED ~ I did something so out of character for me yesterday and it made my mind race all night as I heard things in the dark ALL NIGHT LONG. A few of my middle names are: sale, frugal, safety, organized ... but yesterday I threw safety out the window with the babies bath water and Uuugh! Deseparately, wanting to sell my home, ME ~ Mrs. be safe ALWAYS, let strangers into my home to tour without the assistance of a realtor. Don't beat me up ... I'm bruised enough from my own words!!
So ... re-focus ~ 2012 ...
First let's start off with OLW. One Little Word is the inpirational idea that Ali Edwards started. I love the challenge of finding a word to live by for a year. I thought I had my word but it just didn't feel like the right one. The more I pondered, thought, prayed ... it came to me = EXPLORE! I think that is the next step to take. Wellness was last year ... and what a craaaaaZy year 2011 was. So this year I am ready to EXPLORE! EXPLORE whatever comes my way. EXPLORE the journey this year will take me on. EXPLORE my new surroundings (if & when this house sells)! EXPLORE these emotions that trip me up ever so often ... yep it feels right!
Second, I have to confess. Pinterst in a full addiction. I find myself searching through pinterst any time I have a chance. Have you joined Pinterest yet? It is amazingly fun, full of inspiration...but fair warning highly addictive!
And Last, I have a project to share. I've been invited by Miss Kim to send a postcard weekly (YES, WEEKLY ... something of interest to me, her etc.) and I've taken the challenge!! So your input on interesting postcards, creative ones to possibly make would be ever so joyfully received. I've sent 2 and received 2! and YES it's the second week of 2012! Wondering what I might do with all of them at the end of this new year 2012. Happy 12 ... would love to hear from any of you ~ possibly a comment or two? and your prayers ~ for God to lead, and protect and to guide and for me to be obedient in this journey of life.

All because of Christ, m

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

{heart} broken ...

heart broken ... have you ever had a broken heart? If not, you ain't alive! It happens to all of us, for different reasons ~ a heart broken is a heart broken! And it hurts, hurts in different ways depending of who broke it, when and the capcity of the brokeness. And yet, we all want to avoid this ~ it can't be avoided. What I do know it that God designed ALL OF US (you & me!) for eternity. Ecclesiastes 3:11 "He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." So brokeness is apart of Gods design so that we realize the 'need' for Him, ~ a Savior, a Redeemer, a Friend, a Love, ... and that everything (that is pure, honorable, right, true) is beautiful for His glory. This tantilizng BIG world is beautiful, yet the worlds satisfactions are too small for any of us. We think "if I was richer, thinner, smarter, prettier, etc." my world would be fine (hunky dorie!) ~ NOPE. Why? I'll tell you why, as I am unpacking this one small verse ~ eternity ... the things of time and of this world WILL NOT, CANNOT fully & permanent satisfy. Time spent with a beloved (priceless), figuring out how to build whatever with someone (isn't about the project but the investment of TIME you've done with that person). What satisfies you? truly satisfies? Possibly a divine appointment that you know than you know (YES! I repeated that 2 times for emphasis) that only God Himself orchestrated to remind YOU of Who He is ... the Lover of your soul, your Friend, your Redeemer, your Savior, your All in All. And my broken heart ... God uses everything for His glory! Then Lord do it! His timing is NEVER late or in error. Okay, then Lord ~ Your will be done ever timely and perfectly. I know I'm preaching to the choir hear (I think I can even hear them sing!!) ... just searching for some, a tad bit of relief of my broken heart.

All because of Christ, m

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Gaining .... in 2012

This New Year GAIN something ~ why not try making recovery resolutions (positive words to get thru the day) rather than the same old New Year’s resolutions? Developing positive achievable goals ... "read more books, smile at everyone, experience JOY, interact more, LOVE ...using inspiring words, instead of numbers, to measure what appears on the scale. I’m gravitating and owning “EXPLORE.” What about you?

... just to name a few!!

I saw a commercial today from Special K encouraging a National Weigh In -

at first I was shocked and concerned. Then I watched further. This commercial encouraged women to “weigh-in” on a scale that says what they may want to gain this year. The scale read words such as satisfaction, joy, interaction, etc. What an amazing idea!! Why not stop trying to LOSE but rather work towards what we want to GAIN! Gaining ... in 2012!!!

Make a list of goals you want to achieve this year and focus on what you want to GAIN rather than what you want to lose. Your list may look something like this:

1. Spend more time with loved ones and developing authentic relationships
2. Practice listening to my body, what it needs for balance, health, rest, and nourishment.
3. Work on developing more insight and mindfullness in my daily life.
4. Read a good book
5. Take a great vacation
6. Go to the movies
7. Go for coffee with a friend ... Your list can be more specific, and you might even consider putting various interventions you would make towards accomplishing those goals!

Even, start a gratitude journal ... grateful DAILY for the simplest, even tinyest things!! Get help creating your list of intentions and what you want to gain! Get creative .. use the computer, magazines, crayons, markers ... use scripture to guide you, to heal you, to transform you and to GAIN in 2012!

Monday, January 2, 2012

listening ...after a TOTAL & COMPLETE meltdown!!!

“Listen to the quietest whispers of your mind. They are telling you the choices that will help you the most.”
~ Unknown

I’ve always had a temper, but with the Lord’s grace, I usually control it. But yesterday (of all days? really?? seriously??), the old ME raised her ugly head and reminded me she still wants control. TOTAL & COMPLETE ~ added stress didn't make it any sweeter just bitter!!

She’s does this occasionally, but this time I welcomed her for awhile. And wept, and wept ... I couldn't see straight!

I repented a lot afterward, and I was disappointed. I didn't know the old ME still had such power!

Ephesians 4:22-24 says, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (NIV)

Yesterday was a reminder that I mustn’t let my guard down (NOPE, NEVER EVER EVER - oh and keep my mouth shut would be best!!). I must continually renew my mind, dwelling on God's Word (Colossians 3:16). When I do, the old ME never sticks around.

I think this is where I messed ME up, I've been reading through the Bible using Life Journey 2011 on my SmartPhone ... and yesterday, I had nothin' to read. Well, I had something to read, but did I? Nope!! Well there is my ME problem. Lord, will I ever learn this lesson. So .. onto a New Year to Explore. To Explore your Word, explore my world, explore some more!! And what I know that I know that I know ... to be grateful, gratitude OVER & OVER ... throughout all of my life. Will you join me? in a year of eXploring and gratitude?