Lopsided Living When You’re Busy

Welcome to Day 18 of 31 Ways to Embrace Lopsided Living! Yesterday I shared what was, for me at least, a piece of ground-breaking news — busy isn't always bad. I'm one of those people others may describe as "over-achiever" or "high energy." It's not uncommon for people to say, "I don't know how you do all you do." I don't necessarily think I am any of those things {well, except high energy, I really can be that} but others perceive me that way. And, I'd guess at least a few of you who are ... [Read More]

Lopsided Living Recognizes Adding Anything Affects Everything

Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Simple Ways to Embrace Lopsided Living! Several years ago I finally had to admit a harsh truth about myself:  I’m a control freak. My need for perfection, to be seen as capable, to never disappoint, and the desire for approval were destroying me ... and they were costing me more than realized. I spent a lot of time studying Scripture relating to biblical womanhood, priorities, and my identity in Christ. In fact, I spent the better part of two years digging deep ... [Read More]

Have You Ever Felt Fresh Out of Amazing?

I remember the first time I read Stacey's confession ... her words painted a picture of exactly how I felt! Lord, I feel like I need to be amazing. The trouble is, I'm fresh out of amazing. Honestly, it rings as true today as it did almost five years ago.  Monday, I sent an email to the Prayers for Girls subscribers. This was the first paragraph: I wanted to start this email all peppy and enthusiastic but the truth is, I am exhausted. Not just physically tired ... but in every way drained. ... [Read More]

God Is Plotting for Your Glory

"What she does not see with the eyes of her heart is that in all her bitter experiences, God is plotting for her glory. This is true of all God's children. In the darkest of our times, God is plotting for our glory." John Piper God is plotting for our glory. I've been sloooooooowly reading A Sweet & Bitter Providence by John Piper. Using the book of Ruth as a backdrop, Piper carefully explores God's sovereignty. I started reading it about a month ago and even though it's only 160 pages ... [Read More]

Why So Busy? 3 Reasons and 3 Responses

You're busy. I know. I am too. {Remember, I'm not even apologizing for it anymore.} But here's the thing, there's good busy and there's bad busy. I know, it all makes our calendars look crazy. But the truth is, there are times when life is just busy and it's for all the right reasons. And then there are the other times — you know, when we've let things get out of control and we need a reality check. When I look at the busy season in my life, I've noticed there are three main ... [Read More]

Listening when Life Is Loud

It's barely 8:30 a.m. and I've already heard from a friend whose husband is stuck in the floods raging in Louisiana and from my daughter who had made the difficult choice to step away from something she loves because she knows it is the best decision. I saw the doctor yesterday and there are a few minor health questions we haven't yet found answers for. And that's just the past day .... life is hard, y'all. So many needs and hurts and sorrows. And I ache for all of them. Sometimes my world is ... [Read More]