gracefully gliding

 It’s taken me some time to get to this place, and really it’s not much of a place when compared to so many others who have great strength in this area. But, then who’s comparing anyway?Too often than not I find myself concerned with what others think instead of how God really sees and thinks of me or my family. I’ve spent too many days fretting and agonizing over what others will think of myself or my family and the lines we’ve chosen to draw along with the convictions we personally believe are important to our family. So many times I’ve just kept quiet when I know I should have spoken with love and conviction about something. Not to win an argument, but to boldly show Christ is the one that has gotten my husband and I and our family to this ongoing place.   But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3:15-16 NASB  As I find myself in my early 30’s, I feel like I’m finally getting a grip on real life. And I can only hope I continue to get a better grip as time goes on. Life seems to be clicking with me now, the gist of it, is very real, even though I still fail and fall daily – I understand it better, and strive to live it harder with my whole...

cherish – tomorrow may be your last

People say God’s timing and ways are always perfect. I’ve always believed it to be true, and still do. But in that very moment, it wasn’t even making sense at all. These babies needed their momma, he needed his wife…. It’s been exactly Three-hundred and sixty-five days, I miss her. She sat sideways on the pew in front of me. Arm gently resting on the back of the old wooden church pew. “Hey, do you guys want to come over Friday night?” I quickly reached for my pocket calendar concealed in my purse. As I flipped to the date, I remember thinking, the end of the week would be a new month, and how quickly the year was already flying by. To my excitement and to her delight there was absolutely nothing planned for Friday, February 1st 2013. I quickly scribbled in the date and we hurriedly started planning the evening before it was time to go. You see our husbands were most likely waiting for us. We enjoyed each others company. With her it was very easy to fall into conversation together, and harder to fall out. “Alright, Friday night – dinner & games!” she said. “Sounds like a plan!” I replied.   THREE DAYS LATER: I woke up with a terrible migraine, which only progressed in its greatness as the day prolonged. As evening approached my husband came home from work, and I asked him to take hold of the fort. I needed to lay down and relieve this debilitating  headache. My husband gladly took the reigns and got to work on finishing dinner, and feeding the...

intimidated by the p31 woman?

 Confession here! When I read or often hear about the Proverbs 31 woman, it is not without a vast array of mixed emotions. If you are like me and weren’t already tired before you read Proverbs 31:10-31, you defiantly will after you read it! How easily we can feel defeated or feel like a failure, when we look at such a “high” standard of a Godly woman? The picture painted before us, is of a woman of noble virtue. One that might seem almost impossible to attain! Leaving us with the thought of “I may as well GIVE UP, because I WILL NEVER be this kind of woman!” I have to confess, that there have been times, I really did not like this woman. But over the years  of growing and molding I’ve learned to admire and love this woman. And I have a hunch you’ll grow to love her, too. Just give it some time and study! I believe God has put this passage in the Bible, to help us become the women that He wants us to be. He didn’t put it there to discourage us, or attain something we could never reach. Oh, no. He never expects or gives us anything we cannot handle. This passage was given to us as inspiration, something to strive for and work towards in our calling as Godly women. We must ask ourselves though, where are we getting our ideas of biblical womanhood? Who shaped our standards? Was it shaped by the world, or has it been shaped and is still being formed by the Word of God? I pray...
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