What Counts as Success?

If you've ever heard me speak, you've undoubtedly heard these two sentences ... "Go ahead and take that nap!" and "We have a low standard of success: if no one's dead and no one's in jail, it's a good day." I know, you're now thinking, "Holy cow, this girl is crazy!" And yeah, I probably am. Of course, there's a lot more than meets the eye in those two statements. And, while I'm no where near as level-headed as I'd like to be about life {seriously, I'm an over-the-top emotional girl ... [Read More]

Looking at Ourselves through the True Lens

Last week I had to get my headshots updated. Can I tell you how much I *hate* doing that? All I can see in photos of myself is chipmunk cheeks and the way my stomach pooches out so I look a little bit pregnant {which I assure you I am not!}. Scott was doing the photos and all I could think was, "Keep your stomach sucked in, girlfriend!" Later that night as he began showing me the 200ish photos he'd taken, all I could see was my too big nose and not flat tummy. Every flaw seemed magnified by ... [Read More]

Are You Content?

You say, “If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.” But you make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. Charles Spurgeon Are you content? Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be … So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans ... [Read More]

Praying the Psalms {or “I No Longer Think David Was a Whiner”}

I can be, well let's just say, I can be overly emotional. I like to blame it on my mid-forties hormones but the truth is, I've always been this way. I come by it honest — my Bigmama is, as my Aunt Mollianne says, "a force of nature." I feel things deeply, believe things strongly, and speak things passionately. I get tears in my eyes every time the band plays "Star-Spangled Banner" before a football game and I laugh hysterically at the cat and cucumber videos every time I watch them on ... [Read More]

My Summer Bible Reading Plan

Can I let you in on a little secret? It's about one of those things we don't like to talk about or admit. When the topic comes up, we're likely to just smile and nod and hope no one asks us anything directly. It's about something we all readily agree should be a priority ... and yet, somehow, there are days when we never seem to find the time. Here's the truth: I am a quiet time failure every summer. I start with great intentions. I always have a plan. But somehow by the end of June the wheels ... [Read More]

IF THIS, THEN THAT: A Simple Guide to Choosing a Summer Bible Study

Have you seen the IFTTT app? Designed to connect every part of our online lives from social media to productivity, from news to healthy living, IFTTT is the answer to it all. Full disclosure, I just signed up for the app this morning so I can't verify that claim. But if it's even half-true, I'm going to love it. :) As I was looking at all my IFTTT options, I started thinking how cool it would be if we could create a formula to help us figure out what is the best Bible study plan to use ... [Read More]