Time Management or Time Maximization?

Some days I make my to do list and when I'm done I just want to go back to bed. I tend to put off those little things like making doctor appointments, scheduling photo sessions, and picking up prescriptions until the very last minute.  In fact, today is one of those days where I'm going to have to force myself to do a bunch of those types of things. I hate all of that. {If anyone wants to volunteer to manage this sort of thing for me, I'll pay in hugs and banana pudding. I kid. sorta.} Then ... [Read More]

3 Reasons I Love Using my Journaling Bible

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know I have a journaling Bible. My IG feed is full of images like this … I’ve always been a note-taker and margin-writer in my Bible. Last April, I spoke at Refine: the Retreat in Ohio. My friend, Kris, was the visionary and host of this wildly amazing event. It was there I was introduced to the idea of art journaling. My clumsy first attempts were no where near as gorgeous as the delightful Annie Barnett’s illustrations.  But Annie, Kris, ... [Read More]

Words that Matter

I've realized lately so little of what I say really matters. Let's face it, "Did you clean your room?" and "My car needs gas {again}" are not the stuff of eternity. The life of a mom is often full of mundane repetitions of the same phrases and questions. It's easy to get caught up in the frenzy of what needs to be done. Laundry piles and dirty dishes and meals to cook and places to be leave us barking commands and urging small feet to move faster. It happens to all of us. Some days ... [Read More]

I Was Wrong

"If you don't have time to spend in Bible study every day then your priorities are wrong." It hurts me to type that sentence.  Because it is embarrassing to me that I have said it many times to people who didn't need to be admonished, they needed to be heard and encouraged. About two or three years ago, the Lord began showing me the depth of my pride and self-righteousness in the area of daily Bible study.  I used to judge people who said they just didn't have time to spend a lot of time ... [Read More]

some thoughts on prayer

I had the honor of spending some time yesterday morning with a sweet young lady who has been struggling lately ... dealing with a lot of stuff. In the course of our conversation, I asked her about her prayer life and she said, "I don't know how to pray." Not the first time I've had someone tell me that very thing. So, I've been thinking a lot today about the things I shared with her about prayer and how thankful I am that she was encouraged by them. I think a lot of people are intimidated ... [Read More]