• faith,  inspiration

    stolen thoughts {guest post from Amber}

    Any thought not centered on Christ is stolen from Him. St. John of the Cross There’s this old story in the Bible – it follows a really well-known, pizzazz kind of story, so this one, it’s easy to miss.  You’ve probably heard about the Israelites – God’s people – finally getting ready to enter the Promised Land, and the first city they’re going up against is Jericho.  God tells me them to completely destroy everything – every single thing – in the city, except things made out of silver, gold, bronze or iron.  Those were to be consecrated for the Lord’s treasury. Turns out, they didn’t even have to fight…

  • day in the life,  faith,  family,  home,  inspiration

    real life…

    Any of you who have been around for any length of time know that I want this little corner of the internet to be a positive, encouraging place to go. There is so much negativity in the world that I don’t want to add to that. But today I have to be real. I feel like 2014 has not gotten off to the best start. There has been health issues for most of the year (which thankfully are seeming to work out right now – my digestive issues are healing thanks to Whole30 and I also got positive news that a lump that I found was just a cyst. my…

  • faith,  inspiration

    the hope of glory {guest post from amber}

    …Christ in you, the hope of glory… Our wedding rehearsal was on December 21, 2003.  It was the worst wedding rehearsal I’ve ever been to.  Stev and I were married in Haiti.  The day before, the pastor of the church told us we had to move the time of the rehearsal from 5 to 4 in the afternoon.  It poured rain.  Most of the wedding party couldn’t get there (because of the water in the roads), including the ushers and Stev’s parents.  The electricity in the church didn’t work.  It started and hour and a half late. I sobbed at my own wedding rehearsal.  The thought swirling in my head…

  • inspiration

    when it doesn’t fit

    I recently went to a homeschool conference, since we’ve decided to educate our children at home.  I was really looking forward to it and excited about it, and a friend of mine who has been before told me, “You’re going to feel overwhelmed with all the advice, materials, helps and everything.  So be prepared!” She was right.  There are as many different kinds of homeschool curriculum as types of flowers, I think.  There were workshops for people new to the idea, for veterans, for teaching high school math, for teaching older kids when you have toddlers…  And I left there feeling like I was already doing everything wrong, and we…

  • home,  inspiration

    focusing on our strengths

    I few weeks back I shared this post on Alek’s blog for her month of inspiration and today I just wanted to share it here as well. Today I just simply wanted to inspire you with some thoughts about our strengths and weaknesses. So many of us are taught from a young age (and especially in college and job training) to focus on bettering our weaknesses. Of course, trying to transform our weaknesses can be good thing but I really feel like we need to turn that thought process around and focus on enhancing our strengths. Strengths are what comes most natural to us. Strengths are innately IN us. Strengths…