The Time-Eater

a step toward mindfulness: part three There are countless things endlessly vying for our attention. I've blogged about a big one here but that is just one distraction. Today I want to share with you how going without something we used almost every day impacted our lives, and how it continues to. We went without Netflix for…

The “Unmentionables”

a step toward mindfulness: part two Just being honest here: I struggled to start writing this because I couldn't decide the format. The original plan was to have several "steps toward mindfulness" in one blog post; but that ended up being way too long for anyone to sit down and read in one sitting. Then…

How a Dining Room Table Changed Our Life

a step toward mindfulness: part one mind·ful·ness noun the quality or state of being conscious or aware of something. "their mindfulness of the wider cinematic tradition" a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique. (Google…

In the Dark Moments

It's just been one of those days. Well, it started last night. I was getting ready for bed, doing my usual nighttime routine; and as I washed my face, it just hit me in the gut. That sudden nagging feeling of sadness, almost loneliness, for no reason. This morning was fine, but then it just…

what a year.

It sounds so cliche to say but I am shocked at how quickly the year's end came upon us. Just like that, it is 2019. A new calendar, a new set of goals, a refreshed perspective. 2019 is full of possibilities. I am stoked for our new website launch (you can find our new site…

a hamster diary entry:

in which Pavarotti recounts his grand adventure one cold November night. I'm not sure how long I've been free but it's wonderful! The loud thumping around from the humans is a little scary, but luckily when I crawl through this hole and between these giant pieces of wood, the thumping gets quieter. I think it…

Do Just One Thing

I was taking a walk with the little guy I watch every day, and pulled my phone out to call my sister. She didn't answer, so I tried to think of who else I could call. Then I thought, "Well, maybe I'll listen to some music." I couldn't think of anything I wanted to listen…

Impressed.

This past Sunday, Joshua and I stopped at Starbucks around 2:30 to treat ourselves to an iced mocha and iced chai latte. The plan was to get our drinks and chill inside, reading or journaling until choir practice. After I got my drink and sipped the spicy almond milk deliciousness, I mentally wrinkled my nose…

“Check your heart!”

How many of y'all have seen the video on Facebook by Christian comedian John Crist where he says "Check your heart" in response to everything? It cracked me up because I do hear Christians say it quite often, usually in a joking way. But after my Bible reading yesterday, I think I--and all of us--need…

Recipe: Banana Energy Bites

FIRST RECIPE POST! I am so excited to share this with you. I love quick and simple recipes that end up delicious and filling--and these fit the bill. Yesterday I spent no less than twenty minutes looking for a recipe in which I could use some of my super ripe bananas--and another fifteen minutes looking…

True Feminism

(not my photo, no copyright infringement is intended)   fem·i·nism 1: the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2: organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests (merriam-webster.com)   After typing the previous definitions, my goal was to have the millennials’ definition of feminism; but the several websites I’ve…

stop looking for “the one.”

  I feel the need to clarify something. First of all, I appreciate the response to my last blog post. I really do. It means so much that people comment on my post, like it, share it or excerpts from it, and message me about it. It is overwhelming and humbling, and I love y'all.…

Being Told “No.”

"And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2 And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and…

Discernment for the Believer

Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13 Law. Grace. Legalism. Liberalism. Churches today seem to enjoy being on one side of the spectrum or the other. Either they have a list of rules as long as the…

sovereign over us

About a week and a half ago, my life got turned upside-down. More accurately, my brother's life did. But that in turn affected me. Ricky had a massive aneurysm in his brain. He also had a stroke which left part of his brain very damaged. Last Sunday, I thought we were going to lose him.…

reach out

This isn't a fun blog post. My heart has actually been hurting for over a week as I was unwillingly, unknowingly prepared to write this post. When I say my heart is hurting, I don't mean I saw a cute picture of a puppy. I don't mean I read about orphans in China. I don't…