Saturday, January 26, 2013

Ann Voskamp-25 Point Manifesto for Sanity in 2013

Ann Voskamp. I love her. I love her words, her heart, and the depths from which she writes. I love that she risks her own vulnerabilities & insecurities so she can reach the hearts of women, everywhere, from every walk of life. Some friends say she is entirely too flowery, wordy, and emotional for their tastes. Ha, what does that say about myself?! Oh well, at least I can own it. This post to me is refreshing, renewing, and encouraging. Its simplistic nature reminds me of what I want to be a big deal in 2013, the little things.
Number 19 is something I have been doing for a few months now, with a simple reminder on my phone. It's been a blessing. Number 15 is one I agree with wholeheartedly. A little walk will do every part of your body, mind, and soul good. Number 3 is new the past couple of days. I love the symbolism of the reminder and the simple beauty of a candle. Not to mention the fragrance that thankfully overpowers my diaper-filled trashcan. And finally number 4 is what I'm going to work on. What is my soundtrack? How do you blend hymns & Garth Brooks? Ha. Maybe a shuffle. Which point speaks to your heart?

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Freeing of Our Soul, excerpt by Ann Voskamp

What do I need more than His love and what do I want more than His will and when I am my own master, don’t I have a fool for a master?

What do you have to fear? You were born for freedom. You deliver into it through obedience.

No one ever entered into the full rest of God by giving Him only half of themselves.
You may wrestle, but in Him you have won. You may regret, but in Him you will rise. You may suffer, but in Him you are secure. You may no longer be free to live the easy way, but you will be free to the liberty of doing everything for love.

The soundtrack for misery always is “I did it My Way.”

Complete abdication to Christ is the only way to complete liberation.

That hole in me, the one I see in the mirror, the one between my fingers — it is the mark of the bondslave to Christ and it is the keyhole to freedom and my days and my times and my life are not mine but His.

Kids will upend and barge in and spin everything. The phone will ring and the computer will crash and the dayplanner will short circuit and spark and blow a fuse. God will call and God will command and this is the thing:

Knowing every interruption is a call from your Master — is liberation.

When you named Him your Lord, you gave Him right to your life on His time: Every interruption is a new work order from God.

That tearing of my ear — breaks the chains of my heart and I could be a slave to Christ Jesus and the most freeing place for a soul is in the abandonment to the will of God.

- Ann Voskamp, "When You Are Weary of Vanilla Christianity"

To read the entire post, click the link below:- So good.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jan 15th S.M.

Pour out your hearts like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young children.                                                                                  Lamentations 2:19

I was sharing with my friends how most of us have young ones around us whether they are ours or not. What a prayer on before of the young children living in this day. I do not remember ever reading this particular verse before, but I have thought of it over and over the past week. I am confident it is a prayer the Lord hears and acts on. 

Monday, January 14, 2013

Heart-wrenching yet Beautiful

Today I read a story of a very brave girl who decided not to abort her severely disabled son, contrary to medical opinion & encouragement. The 3-D scan of his beautiful smile made the decision for her. She held him for 9 hours before he went back to heaven. Nine hours she will cherish for the rest of her life.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

This Momentary Task

"Your task as a mother, in conjunction with your husband, is to build a man out of the raw materials avaliable in this delightful little boy, stone upon stone upon stone. Never assume for a moment that you can "do your own thing" without serious consequences for him & his sister. I believe this task must be your highest priority for a period of time. It will not always be required of you. Before you know it, that child at your feet will become a young man who will pack his bags and take his first halting steps into the adult world. Then it will be your turn. By all expectations you should have decades of health & vigor left to invest in whatever God calls you to do. But for now, there is no higher calling. I feel obligated to tell you this, whether my words are popular or not. Raising children who have been loaned to us for a brief ment outranks every other responsibility."
Dr. James Dobson, -Bringing Up Boy"s

Thursday, January 10, 2013


True joy, as it turns out, comes only to those who have devoted their lives to something greater than personal happiness. If we do not rejoice today, we will not rejoice at all. If we wait until conditions are perfect, we will still be waiting when we die. If we are going to rejoice, it must be in this day. This is the day that The Lord has made.
-John Ortberg

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions is to post more frequently. I miss writing, though I continue to journal, I've missed communication back and forth with my blog friends. Since having Knox I find very few spare minutes, but I'm going to make blogging a priority. I listen to many things on my phone while I am around the house, it makes for good multi-tasking. I have a couple of links I want to share concerning the new year.

First off is Andy Stanley. He is my new favorite. I like his teaching style and the simplicity through which he communicates. Somehow, it always is profound. By the way, he is the son of Dr. Charles Stanley. Andy is the new generation Stanley, though I still thoroughly enjoy Dr. C. Anyhow, this interview with him covers the reasons he does not create New Year's resolutions. He feels it is more important to focus on who we want to be, rather than what we want to do. It's definitely an interesting and inspiring listen.

You can find the podcast at the above link. You will have to download it, but you can listen from your phone or computer. It's the top podcast-"A New You Resolution."

Second is of course-Beth. I heard this via livestream today while I was eating a sandwich and folding laundry, Knox was taking one of his rare naps, therefore I was capitalizing on a few seconds. It's a really good word based around the a scripture in Psalms...

You crown the year with your bounty and your carts overflow with abundance. Psalm 65:11

She talks to us about how we have the promise of the Lord that this year is going to be a good year. What she says the Lord defines as "good" is fruitful. We all want to be fruitful, we want our day in day out to matter, we want to bear fruit and witness. Her message will be encouraging to you. And at the end she will pray over you, and if for nothing else, watch it for that.

Thirdly, this is a word to Moms. I read this post and found it ultra encouraging. Maybe some of you will is as well...Why Moms Are Heroes by Rachel Martin

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Scripture Memory

This year I am tackling a scripture memory challenge with my little sis, Em, and & my dear friend Meagan. It's an easy pace of one verse every two weeks, but I tell ya it doesn't take long to grow weary. I'm not weary yet, but come June, it's highly possible. That's why I'm so glad to have my friends along. This is a challenge that "will not return void." And we intend to full on celebrate come the end of December. Here is my first verse:

Do not worry, learn to pray about everything. Give thanks to God as you ask Him for what you need. Philippians 4:6 NLV