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A Cheer for COMMUNITY 

Can I be your community cheerleader for just a moment? I live in Northern Virginia right outside of Washington D.C.  This area carries a “survival. striving, and busy spirit.” When I think about my neighborhood, it reminds me of desperate little squirrels scurrying to collect nuts to store up for themselves. Much of our lives takes place in isolation just trying to take care of ourselves. This might be due to absence…

Fun Friday: My Hot Pepper Affair

Fridays are supposed to be fun. Right? I have been inching to share my crazy experience with a hot pepper from last Friday. Funny now, but not so funny then. Let’s begin with saying that I am a terrible gardener. I do my best, but I will not be taking it up as a vocation any time soon. My family would starve, and I certainty committed a true farming sin. It is a…

Quiet. Be still. 

“Shhh. Quiet. Be still!,” says my heart to my mind.  Over and over I have been repeating this phrase to myself like a little curious child that will not stop talking. Do you ever talk to yourself? Hopefully I am not the only crazy one. One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 46:10,  “Be still and know that I am God.” Still and quiet moments have been a necessity in…

More Days of Grace

I recently posted a wonderful teaching on experiencing days of grace in our lives. (You should go listen to it now!!) Near the end of the message, Mr. Cooke states, “some days we have grace to enjoy what is happening while others we have grace to endure what is happening. Every day is a day of grace.” I don’t think I can hear that truth enough! Can you? The past week…

When spending time with Jesus is hard…getting my kids to sleep past 5am

The neighborhood is quiet. The sun is still hiding. The birds have not started chirping. Here I am sitting in my dark kitchen listening to my kids in the next room as they attempt to play quietly as I have asked. This morning was supposed to be my morning! I woke up bright and early excited for another day. I made my coffee and sat down ready to dive in the Word. About 5 minutes…

Listen and reflect!…”Nature of God” Teaching by Graham Cooke

The teaching above is an amazing teaching by Graham Cooke, an author and speaker, that I have pulled out from time to time. The topic of the teaching is the Nature of God. It is really an amazing teaching to listen to as you sit back with your eyes closed and soak it all in.  I was in need of it this morning. Maybe you are too! Go listen to it! Reflecting: Are there things…

“I want to play too.”—Hanging out with Jesus

” I want to play too mommy,” my son said with a tear in his eyes as he watched his big sister in gymnastics class today. Sitting up against the wall trying to enjoy the book in his hands, his poor little heart was broken wanting to be included. 45 minutes seemed like hours to this 2 year old full of energy and passion. I sat watching his eyes as he watched her roll…

The Home-schooling Dilemma

So now it is time to be real. I am a real mom with real concerns and real questions regarding how my husband and I raise our kids. One of the hardest challenges I have personally come up against as a mom has been the home-schooling dilemma. Yes, it is an amazing blessing for SO many reasons. I only call it a dilemma, because i am noticing that so many young  moms have allowed…