Chain Breaker (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) - It’s the day after a 12 hour/3 song recording session and I realize I haven’t posted any of the covers I’ve recorded in a while. Here’s one recorded June 30, 2017 “If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a…
step outside your comfort zone. - Some of you know I serve as a career coach. Just last week I found myself in a Panera Bread working with one of my current students on their resume. This particular location is extremely thin on power outlets, so while working on battery power, we pretty much stalked every person at every table near…
Bill Nye. Regular Guy. - Confession. Every time I read or hear something Bill Nye says, I have an instant flashback to this 1990s video of him wearing jogging shorts and a cape, hands on hips, valiantly announcing: “This looks like a job for SPEED WALKER!!!” (You’ll have to click over to youtube to watch. Embedding is disabled.) And then…
I suppose this means I’m officially a “recording artist.” - Merry Christmas! Here’s a link to the Christmas song I just released – available on Amazon and itunes for 99 cents: “Bells of Christmas Medley” It’s a medley of: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Ring the Bells and Carol of the Bells and every vocal you hear is mine. The distributor also posted…
the 1% rule. a minority with too much free time? or representative of the 99%? - Something has bothered me for a while. When someone says that a certain group of people “thinks” this or “says” that, where does the opinion of that group come from? If it’s true that only 1% of people are “vocal” on the internet, (via posts, tweets, comments or blogs) does that really tell us what…
the most divisive word of all: “THEY” - After the events of the last few days, my resilience is worn-down. I can’t read another post or comment by an armchair pundit containing divisive broadcasted attacks against the nameless, faceless “THEY.” Arrogant sarcastic rants that begin with: “I love it when…” or “Don’t you just love it when…” or “Isn’t it funny, how…” when…
Ratatouille and Vegit Lasagna - [This post was an experiment. First post using only phone photos and my android WordPress app.] I made ratatouille for the first time today. Actually, I assembled it. The oven is preheating now. I have yet to see how it turns out or if my family will like it. This was not a fast and…
“Through All of It” Cover - Just got out of the recording studio. Here’s a preview “Rough” Mix.
“Bells of Christmas” Cover - When I was a young girl, I LOVED Karen Carpenter’s music. LOVED. IT. When I found out she sang her own harmonies and backgrounds, a dream was born. I wanted to do that. Fast forward decades. My very first “single” is now available and every vocal harmony and background on it is mine. (Click HERE…
#GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.” - The Christian faith isn’t about being “good” and trying not to do anything “wrong.” ‪ #‎Jesus‬ wasn’t just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him – a relationship severed by my rejection and…
a lesson in humility. and a reminder. - Dr. Doofenshmirtz might call the first part of this post my “backstory.” ~ I’m a firstborn and an ISTP (67%) / ISTJ (33%) who’s worked with IT personnel (mostly guys) for decades. My instinctive approach is always content over context. Logic over feelings. I’d say that about 90% of the time, I have a male…
Chain Breaker (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) - It’s the day after a 12 hour/3 song recording session and I realize I haven’t posted any of the covers I’ve recorded in a while. Here’s one recorded June 30, 2017 “If you’ve got pain, He’s a pain taker. If you feel lost, He’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, He’s a…
step outside your comfort zone. - Some of you know I serve as a career coach. Just last week I found myself in a Panera Bread working with one of my current students on their resume. This particular location is extremely thin on power outlets, so while working on battery power, we pretty much stalked every person at every table near…
Bill Nye. Regular Guy. - Confession. Every time I read or hear something Bill Nye says, I have an instant flashback to this 1990s video of him wearing jogging shorts and a cape, hands on hips, valiantly announcing: “This looks like a job for SPEED WALKER!!!” (You’ll have to click over to youtube to watch. Embedding is disabled.) And then…
I suppose this means I’m officially a “recording artist.” - Merry Christmas! Here’s a link to the Christmas song I just released – available on Amazon and itunes for 99 cents: “Bells of Christmas Medley” It’s a medley of: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Ring the Bells and Carol of the Bells and every vocal you hear is mine. The distributor also posted…
the 1% rule. a minority with too much free time? or representative of the 99%? - Something has bothered me for a while. When someone says that a certain group of people “thinks” this or “says” that, where does the opinion of that group come from? If it’s true that only 1% of people are “vocal” on the internet, (via posts, tweets, comments or blogs) does that really tell us what…
the most divisive word of all: “THEY” - After the events of the last few days, my resilience is worn-down. I can’t read another post or comment by an armchair pundit containing divisive broadcasted attacks against the nameless, faceless “THEY.” Arrogant sarcastic rants that begin with: “I love it when…” or “Don’t you just love it when…” or “Isn’t it funny, how…” when…
Ratatouille and Vegit Lasagna - [This post was an experiment. First post using only phone photos and my android WordPress app.] I made ratatouille for the first time today. Actually, I assembled it. The oven is preheating now. I have yet to see how it turns out or if my family will like it. This was not a fast and…
“Through All of It” Cover - Just got out of the recording studio. Here’s a preview “Rough” Mix.
“Bells of Christmas” Cover - When I was a young girl, I LOVED Karen Carpenter’s music. LOVED. IT. When I found out she sang her own harmonies and backgrounds, a dream was born. I wanted to do that. Fast forward decades. My very first “single” is now available and every vocal harmony and background on it is mine. (Click HERE…
#GoodNews – the Christian faith isn’t about being “good.” - The Christian faith isn’t about being “good” and trying not to do anything “wrong.” ‪ #‎Jesus‬ wasn’t just a good man Christians should strive to emulate. If I believe the eye witnesses, He was God himself, in the flesh. He came to restore my relationship with Him – a relationship severed by my rejection and…
a lesson in humility. and a reminder. - Dr. Doofenshmirtz might call the first part of this post my “backstory.” ~ I’m a firstborn and an ISTP (67%) / ISTJ (33%) who’s worked with IT personnel (mostly guys) for decades. My instinctive approach is always content over context. Logic over feelings. I’d say that about 90% of the time, I have a male…
Christmas Bell Medley (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) - UPDATE: I had this recording mixed and mastered and the final version is available for download HERE I hesitate to put these unmixed recordings up because every vocal you hear is mine and I hear every. single. problem. BUT I’m letting go of my ego at the moment. MERRY CHRISTMAS! Recorded November 30, 2015 “I…
“Are you saying Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses agree about who Jesus actually is?” - I only opened the door because I thought it was a delivery. I’ve been doing a bunch of online Christmas shopping. There was no smiling Amazon box on my porch. It was a smiling guy wearing a tie, holding a zippered book and what appeared to be a Bible tucked in his armpit. Thought Bubble:…
It is Well (unmixed cover by Julie Stiles Mills) - Recorded October 30, 2015 “Far be it from me to not believe, even when my eyes can’t see…”
and I know things now, many valuable things, that I hadn’t known before. - It was Sunday afternoon. I was in “my” room. The living room. Looking out the window that spans nearly an entire wall, hypnotically watching a baby squirrel chowing down on the suet in the birdfeeder. I call it “my” room because it’s lined with a 12 foot wide by 7 foot high wall of 12×12…
say what you mean. don’t be mean when you say it. - I cut waaay back on facebook over the last few months. Derisive sarcasm and hate were saturating my news feed, weighing and wearing me down. As I tentatively become more active again, one of my new facebook practices is to select “I don’t want to see this” whenever I read a post declaring that something…
#edify: profanity - The first curse word each of my children heard came out of my mother’s mouth. Let’s just say it wasn’t one of the curse words you might find in the Bible. She wasn’t angry. or frustrated. or hurt in any way. She wasn’t speaking passionately about anything of significance. It was just a passing thoughtless…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Jason Boyett ~ faith isn’t the absence of doubt. - the quote: “…faith isn’t the absence of doubt. It’s believing and acting alongside your doubts… …faith wouldn’t even exist if doubt were not also present, because the essence of faith was the leap taken in the face of uncertainty. Faith wasn’t a set of beliefs, or an ability to hold onto those beliefs without wavering.…
#memoryverse: Esther 4:14 ~ you were created for such a time as this -   #memoryverse “And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14b (NIV) thoughts: I posted only the second part of this verse because these are the words that resonated and stuck with me the instant I read them. I didn’t even try to memorize…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Steve Fry ~ the desire to act independent of God - the quote: “I don’t know that Lucifer’s sin was rebellion in the full sense of the word. He did not seek to replace God or overthrow God. He simply sought to act independent of God… the root sin of all sins is this desire to act independent of God.” (emphasis added) from True Freedom: What…
it is what it is. - It is what it is. Pray about it. Change what you can change. Fix what you can fix. But if you can’t change it – if you can’t fix it – deal with it and move on. Getting upset about it will just be time you’ll never get back because when you’re finished being upset,…
#memoryverse: John 3:27 ~ I have nothing unless it is given from Heaven - #memoryverse “John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven. John 3:27 (ESV) thoughts: I have nothing unless it is given to me from Heaven. First and foremost, that means grace. John 6:44 tells me: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Brother Lawrence ~ on forgetting God - the quote: “That when he had failed in his duty, he only confessed his fault, saying to GOD, I shall never do otherwise, if You leave me to myself; it is You who must hinder my falling, and mend what is amiss. That after this, he gave himself no further uneasiness about it. from The…
#memoryverse: Colossians 3:23 ~ as working for the Lord, not for men - #memoryverse “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” Colossians 3:23 (NIV) thoughts: The first word that jumps into my head when I read this verse is: competence. I’m not sure when I first figured out that – as someone who professes faith in Christ…
#IreadthereforeIquote: Philip Yancey ~ We can say anything to God. - the quote: “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment He can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to…
negativity. flip it or zip it. - Note to Self: Every time you began to say something negative, stop. and consider two other options: flip it or zip it. ‪#‎edify‬ Complaining and constructive criticism are two different things. and one of them is a counter-productive waste of time.
Richard Dawkins acknowledges the possibility of Intelligent Design… - How did I not know this? Anti-theist, Richard Dawkins believes in the possibility of intelligent design: “It could come about in the following way. It could be that at some earlier time, somewhere in the universe, a civilization evolved, by probably some kind of Darwinian means, to a very, very high level of technology and…
Richard Dawkins on Christians: “mock them. ridicule them. in public. with contempt.” - Been thinking about something Richard Dawkins said when he spoke about meeting someone who claims to be religious: “Mock them. Ridicule them. In public.” Religion “needs to be ridiculed. With contempt.” And the crowd he addressed laughed and cheered and applauded. I don’t agree. I can’t fathom a single situation in which contemptuous ridicule is…
We can’t trust the Bible. It’s been “re-written” too many times. - Re-written is one way to say it. But the word “re-written” tends to imply the Bible has been edited and re-interpreted multiple times over hundreds of years, resulting in an irretrievable loss of the original content. The implication of the word “re-written” is widespread error and intentional manipulation by the fallible humans who did the…
#memoryverse Psalm 139:23-24 ~ search me, oh God. - #memoryverse “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT) One of my go-to questions when I meet with someone as a communication/life coach is: “How do you receive…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ WithOUT God. “nothing” is possible. - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.“ John 15:5 (ESV) “With God, all things are possible.” When I read, hear or say this, I usually emphasize the “all things are…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ I say “nothing” without you. - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV) “When a worship leader reads the Bible you can tell.” Carlos Whittaker is a worship leader, author and speaker. So…
#memoryverse John 15:5 ~ Lord, please remind me to remember. - #memoryverse “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 (ESV) Heavenly Father, please remind me to remember you, over and over and over again, because I forget You, over and…
my life verse? - I literally laughed out loud when I read this. How have I never seen it before? 24 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” of course, the pragmatic in me compels me to follow up with the next verse… 25…
#memoryverse 1 John 4:13 ~ “abiding” in Christ. part 1 of…howevermany. - #memoryverse “By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.” 1 John 4:13 (ESV) I used to think the word “abide” referred to that part of prayer where I was supposed to shut up and listen. Like God and I were taking turns…
#memoryverse Jeremiah 32:17 ~ NOTHING is too hard for God. - #memoryverse “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV) Heavenly Father, please remind me again and again, that nothing is too hard for You. Please use anything and everything I see and experience to remind me…
#memoryverse Jeremiah 32:17 ~ nothing (nobody) is too hard (headed) for God. - #memoryverse “Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.” Jeremiah 32:17 (NIV) I’m a fixer. When I see something that needs fixed I want to fix it, whether it be a crooked picture on the wall or a broken…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ decisions and steps. - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) Are you at the door to an opportunity but haven’t taken the step through because you don’t have confidence in your ability to succeed? Pray. Make sure the opportunity is within the moral will of God as revealed to…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ muse. shmoose. I need the Holy Spirit. - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) In the fall of last year, I began leading two Bible/Discipleship studies and after taking a break over the holidays, I’m seeing more people sign up to join us as we start back next week. My first thought was…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ knowledge and wisdom. - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) For as long as I remember, I’ve believed that knowledge can help me solve problems and overcome obstacles. It’s one of the reasons I read so much non-fiction. Authors are teachers. Witnesses. Mentors. You may have heard me say…
#memoryverse Psalms 121:2 ~ providence, provision & protection - #memoryverse “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2 (NIV) My husband and I can work as hard as we can to make a life and a home for our family, but in the end, we know that GOD is our provider. Every time my husband arrives home from…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ when things go “wrong.” - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) One of the most difficult things I’ve experienced in my striving to follow God’s guidance in my life is when I pray, persistently, I seek wisdom from His word and from faith-filled brothers and sisters in Christ, I…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ give people permission to tell you the truth. - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) It’s January, time for new year’s resolutions and fresh starts. New goals. New plans. I feel a metaphor coming on. When I use my GPS to help me get somewhere, I not only have to set a destination,…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ Plan B - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I had such a great plan. I had prayed and I thought God had answered with a big ol’ “YES!” and then things started to fall apart. What do you do when a plan begins to fall apart?…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ send me. - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) When I ask Him to allow me to serve Him more, when I ask Him to “send me” I have to trust that sometimes, He sends me and doesn’t let me in on the reason why. sometimes, I…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ trust or do not trust. - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I can pray and ask God for what I want and/or think I need to achieve my goals, but in the end, He is all-knowing and all-powerful. I either trust His sovereignty in EVERY situation or I don’t.…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ plan, prepare, trust, follow & wait. - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) I can do everything I know to plan and prepare, but in the end, the result is not up to me. I need to pray and seek wisdom and be a diligent steward of the gifts and talents…
#memoryverse Proverbs 16:9 ~ God is Sovereign. - #memoryverse “The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (ESV) Don’t stress the could haves, because if it should have, it would have. God is sovereign. and He doesn’t make mistakes.
#memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ the source of inner strength - #memoryverse “[…this is the Word of the Lord…] ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6b The other day, I listened as someone told my daughter that she needed to find and rely on her “inner strength.” Inner strength. What exactly does that mean? Determination? Confidence? A…
#memoryverse Zechariah 4:6 ~ seek, listen, be a witness, plant seeds, pray, trust and wait. - #memoryverse “[…this is the Word of the Lord…] ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” Zechariah 4:6b Have you ever been in a situation where the harder you try, the farther away from your goal you seem to get? No matter how focused and determined you are, no…
#memoryverse Zechariah 4:6b: pushing a rock. - I’ve been posting memory verses on facebook for a few weeks now, a new verse starting every Sunday. Every day, I post an new image from pinterest and sometimes write a short commentary on the verse. We’ll find out how consistent I am, both on facebook and now here on my blog. Here’s the first…
Christmas shoes. seriously. - Buying some Rockports for FavoriteHusband on ebay so I had to sing: “I’m gonna buy these shoes…” (pause) Me: “It’s like that song was intentionally written to make people cry. Just wanna find the guy who wrote it and smack him. It doesn’t make sense. What little kid’s gonna tell a cashier ‘Mister, I wanna…
speak life. - When PinkGirl and I go to Disney, we often pray and look for opportunities to “speak life” to the people God places in our path. I wish I could say “always” instead of “often” but I can’t. Sometimes we forget. Sometimes we are obliviously self-involved. But not today. I posted this on facebook last night:…
“Not by Might. Not by Power. But by My Spirit” says the Lord - In my previous blog post, practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum), I talked about practicing the presence of God by pretending Jesus was physically present with me everywhere I went. I confessed that, despite my sincere intentions to be aware of God’s presence with me throughout my days and my moments, I…
practice God’s presence. forget. remember. repent. (repeat, ad infinitum) - In The Risk of Discipleship Practices, the second post in this blog series on the difference Between “a Good Christian Life” and Abundant Life in Christ, I talked about Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, and how he practiced the presence of God, no matter where he went or what he was doing. I decided…
doubt assumptions, ask questions, search for answers. - When I work as a computer trainer and consultant, I offer potential or new clients a free “needs analysis.” It didn’t take me long to realize that most of these clients fall into one of three categories: 1. They know exactly what they need, and they are right. They understand their situation and possibilities. 2.…
The Risk of Discipleship Practices. - In The Fallacy of a ‘Good Christian Life’ (the previous post in this series) I concluded with the statement: “All in all, I spent over 40 years striving to live a good Christian life. Some of that time was before I became a Christian. Sadly, some of that time was after I became a Christian.”…
The Fallacy of a “Good Christian Life” - A few years ago, I was writing a book. The working title was “Pragmatic Practices of an Intentional Christian.” I say “was writing” because about halfway through the first draft, I had a conversation with Charlie, a long time client and friend, about my concept and my title. His immediate response? “That’s a terrible title.…
Happy atheists don’t care if Christians pray. They just don’t. - This morning, I followed a link in my facebook news feed to an article about a family who was praying for a loved one fighting cancer. It wasn’t the article that hit me. It was the comments. Comment. After comment. After comment. After comment. Strongly, condescendingly and sarcastically deriding prayer. And people who pray. The…
facebook fragments: 5/31/14 – 6/13/14 (fitness milestones, falling curls, FavoriteSon’s birthday & Magic Kingdom) - Saturday, May 31, 2014 2:39pm I must admit, I was secretly hoping my personal trainer would forget our appointment today, but now that it’s over, I feel MUCH better having made it through. Today’s milestones include two one minute wall squats, the first while doing 23 bicep curls with 10lb dumbbells and the second while…
facebook fragments: 5/24/14 – 5/30/14 (Memorial Day & Disney Days) - Monday, May 26, 2014 “I woke up in America for the love of God. I woke up in America for something bigger than myself. More than fireworks and fanfare. More than a star-spangled banner. You’re still beautiful America”
facebook fragments: 5/17/14 – 5/23/14 (a circle of life kind of thing) - (Looking back, these facebook posts just don’t seem like the should have been in the same week.) Sunday, May 17, 2014 PinkGirl and Merida _______________ Wednesday, May 21, 2014 _______________ 9:04pm: Prayer warrior friends, please pray for my mother-in-law. She’s been suffering from severe gastroparesis (inability to digest food) for weeks. Every treatment so far…
facebook fragments: 5/10/14 – 5/16/14 (friends who avoid conflict & evil teachers who assign food projects) - Sunday, May 11, 2014 I was tagged in a facebook post my my daughter: “So, I’m watching The Little Mermaid and I caught my mommy quoting some of it. ‪#‎succes‬ ‪#‎ilovemymother‬ Happy Mother’s Day Mommy!” _______________ Tuesday, May 13, 2014 If you have a conflict with someone, consider attempting to resolve it, even if it…
never underestimate the influence of little things. - I had a horrible, horrible dream a few weeks ago. horrible. In this dream, my daughter was being stalked. And NOTHING we did could stop the stalker. If you’ve read my blog before or follow me on facebook, you already know my daughter LOVES people. Genuinely, empathetically, compassionately, passionately loves people. She gets a high…
Be salt and light. Matthew 5:13-16 seasoned with salt. - If you profess Christianity, please be careful in your discussions about controversial issues today. Please don’t be arrogant. You’re never going to change someone’s mind when you’re words are laced with arrogance or contempt. What’s your goal? You don’t have to try and get someone to agree with your point, but you can introduce doubt…
say what you mean, but don’t be mean when you say it. - I’ve been saying that for years. To my kids, to students and to myself, whenever the situation calls for it. It’s one of my idioms. This afternoon, I read an article about a controversial subject in which the writer gave the distinct impression that anyone who doesn’t agree with them is ignorant. Not ignorant in…
lament. - Thinking about praise and worship music this morning. In my personal experience and observation, more people seek God when they are hurting than when they are happy. We should sing praise and we should sing worship, but we can’t forget lament. It draws people to Christ. Lament is not depressing, it reminds us we are…
facebook fragments: 5/3/14 – 5/9/14 (stronger than yesterday, annoying prophets & philanthropy) - Saturday, May 3, 2014 Came downstairs to see PinkGirl working on a poster board sized map for a geography project due Monday. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast playing DVD. Me: “Why are you watching that?” PinkGirl: “I needed something to watch and not pay complete attention to.” #ilovemydaughter
where philanthropy falls short. - I was recently part of a discussion about a church supported service project. A number of different ideas were on the table, none of them mine. The project itself wasn’t my priority. They were all good ideas. All needed. All would “do good.” My concern, what I had been thinking and praying about for over…
facebook fragments: 04/26/14 – 05/2/14 (bringing home the mahi, strength training milestones & a new Indo board record) - Saturday, April 26, 2014 Just got a “Fish On” text from my men via the SPOT satellite GPS with latitude and longitude: 28.51040,-80.01917 Wonder how many miles off shore that is… _______________ If I’m plugging in their latitude/longitude into the distance calculator correctly, my guys are 32 miles offshore. This is why my only criteria…
facebook fragments: 04/19/14 – 04/25/14 (Easter, epiphany blogging & getting stronger) - Saturday, April 19, 2014 I love my daughter. No hashtag. Just saying. _______________ It would appear my workout yesterday was extremely effective. ibuprofen. stretching. water. protein. maybe epsom salt bath later. Anything I’m missing? _______________ Little Known Fact #30 on my blog: “I would rather eat a Brussel sprout than a Peep. bleh. It’s like…
facebook fragments: 04/12/14 – 04/18/14 (a sea turtle, strength training & Good Friday - Saturday, April 12, 2014 My men are fishing today. There are two text messages hubs sends me from his GPS satellite messenger when they’re on the ocean. One is “All is Well” and the other is “Fish On” I’m very thankful for the four “All is Well” messages I’ve gotten so far this morning, but…
giving grace. - Both my daughter and my son are having a full and stress filled week. A VERY full and stress filled week. Sleep is going to come at a premium. It’s “tech week” for a show PinkGirl is teching. She’s not performing in this show. She’s one of the people wearing all black who works behind…
whatever may pass and whatever lies before me. - Sunday evening. Easter Sunday. I was sitting at the kitchen table, focused on my laptop. PinkGirl came over and turned my chair sideways so she could curl up on my lap and lay her head on my shoulder. “Mom? How can I find joy in God?” wow. 13 years old. Immediately, I prayed. “Lord, is…
“churched” - The other day, someone asked me if my kids grew up “churched.” The pause before my reply was noticeably long. I was thinking. What does that mean? I realize my personal background and filters contribute to my way of thinking, but no definition I could come up with made it seem like growing up “churched”…
facebook fragments: 04/05/14 – 04/11/14 (Relay for Life, game room makeover & ignoring the haters) - Saturday, April 5, 2014 My FavoriteHusband and my FavoriteSon are building me a custom bookcase. I explained what I wanted, FH designed it and together they are building. I’ll be painting it. It’s got the potential to be seriously cool. Photos to come. #bibliophile _______________ Was honored to deliver the invocation at the Oviedo/Winter Springs…
facebook fragments: 03/29/14 – 04/04/14 (dining chairs & #ihateshopping) - Saturday, March 29, 2014 Loveseat hogs. #lazycats _______________ Sunday, March 30, 2014 It’s been a couple of weeks since we got tired of shopping for dining chairs. If we ever wanted to eat dinner together at the table again, we had to buy SOMEthing. Sam’s Club. $129 a pair. On sale. Done. _______________ Tuesday, April…
facebook fragments: 03/22/14 – 03/28/14 (Pentatonix & a lesson from Job) - Monday, March 24, 2014 Tomorrow night PinkGirl FINALLY gets her last Christmas present. We’ve got VIP tickets to see Pentatonix at Hard Rock. Bought the tix the morning they went on sale and they’ve been sold out for months. She’s a little excited. _______________ Thursday, March 27, 2014 I tend to bleed words. And I’m…
facebook fragments: 03/15/14 – 03/21/14 (spring break) - Saturday, March 15, 2014 shared Judah Smith’s status: “If we’re not careful, we’re going to take the greatest message on the planet and turn it into a horrible form of humanism.” #JesusIs #Passion2014 http://goo.gl/SDO77w _______________ Sunday, March 16, 2014 Me, as we were leaving IKEA today: “You’re welcome.” Hubs: “You ain’t kiddin.” That’s Mills code…
toxic concoction. - I got cocky. I thought I could logically justify my faith in God. You’ll find some Christians who’ll tell you they can do it. not me. not anymore. When someone told me my faith was illogical, irrational and unreasonable, I bristled. Or should I say, my ego bristled? I challenged them to prove it. They…
the home project that never ends: the gameroom. - If you missed the living room makeover, CLICK HERE  to see part one photos and CLICK HERE to see part two photos. After the living room floor was down, we continued through the opening into – what would be for normal people, the formal dining room – but for us is the game room, (or…
facebook fragments: 03/08/14 – 03/14/14 (Tom Sawyer, hate & big red X’s) - Didn’t post much between March 8th and 14th. Blindsided by passive-aggressive actions. It was a painful, praying, processing, healing, closure-filled week. Now, in hindsight, I’m thankful for the lesson. _______________ Monday, March 10, 2014 “The enemy is NOT creative. He uses the SAME lies over and OVER again in your life.” How God Handles Our…
facebook fragments: 03/01/14 – 03/07/14 (chairs, crowns and sarcasm) - Monday, March 3, 2014 1:03am. photos later, but it’s FINALLY down. Not done, but down. Tomorrow we rent the 100 lb. roller for the third and last time. Tuesday, I clean and “polish” the new flooring in the kitchen and eat in kitchen area. And at this moment, we have zero kitchen chairs around our…
lessons from the book of Job: you can say anything to God - “One bold message in the Book of Job is that you can say anything to God. Throw at him your grief, your anger, your doubt, your bitterness, your betrayal, your disappointment— he can absorb them all. As often as not, spiritual giants of the Bible are shown contending with God. They prefer to go away…
four minutes with God: break my heart for what breaks Yours. - a Quote: (Ellen and Genie were best friends when they were kids, but grew apart over the years. Until this reconnection in their early twenties, as written by Genie.) “For the next hour I stormed the conversation with highly exaggerated accounts of my great successes… She [Ellen] listened quietly and at one point when my…
sarcasm: religious and political poison. - Reading too much on the internet today and keep thinking one thing: Sarcasm is an ineffective persuasive technique. It’s condescending, arrogant, divisive and shuts down dialog. It’s too often used by people in a manner to indicate that an issue is simple and anyone who doesn’t see the simplicity and logic of their side of…
facebook fragments: 02/22/14 – 02/28/14 (the kitchen, a loveseat & lessons from my daughter) - Saturday, February 22, 2014 We are loving our new microwave! Last one didn’t have the express cook feature and this one has it from 30 seconds to 6 minutes. and it is so. quiet. Best of all, it doesn’t continue to beep nag us when the cook time is complete. _______________ You know what I…
interpretations welcome. - Last night was a lazy family night. The boys were doing calculus at the kitchen table, PinkGirl was watching Disney’s Cinderella on DVD and I was reading in the recliner. I must have dozed off. But it was obviously a REM nap. I was driving PinkGirl to school, but we had to stop somewhere because…
facebook fragments: 02/15/14 – 02/21/14 (EPCOT, fb hacks & a dead microwave) - Saturday, February 15, 2014 Here’s our latest home project progress report, complete with photos: the living room makeover. during and after _______________ “At the end of the day, direction, not intention, determines destination.” from The Principle of the Path: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Andy Stanley…
facebook fragments: 02/8/14 – 02/14/14 (one floor done, dependent tasks & Scooba) - This is only a partial compilation. I waited 3 weeks after posting to create this facebook fragments and some of my facebook posts are already MIA. Which is why I do these posts. _____________ Saturday, February 8, 2014 If the Holy Spirit prompts you to step into a stranger’s life and offer to help them,…
The lying tempter would persuade. - Maybe it’s the chaos in my house. or the chaos of the last year and a half. or the abundance of time I’ve had to think about the chaos of the last year and a half while I’m attending to the mindless task of shoveling the chaos in my house… maybe I’m just tired. or…
the living room makeover. the library. - If you missed Part I and Part II of this living room makeover, CLICK HERE and HERE to see those photos. This weekend, we’re installing baseboard in the game room, and hopefully we’ll reload all the furniture in that room and finish laying the new flooring in the kitchen. But this is what we did…
the living room makeover. during and after - If you missed Part I of this living room makeover, CLICK HERE to see those photos. Here’s the last photo from the first post: (the grey is the moisture barrier) While I waited for the flooring to ship (delayed due to the snow and ice), I did some painting and we made few small changes:…
facebook fragments: 02/01/14 – 02/07/14 (superbowl & chaperone duty) - Posting this a week late, as usual… Saturday, February 1, 2014 Who else would have to eat these one line at a time? _______________ Shopping for a new blender because we smoothied ours to DEATH. This is my favorite amazon.com review so far: Pros: It blends. I can make protein shakes with this blender. Cheap.…
facebook fragments: 01/25/14 – 01/31/14 - Saturday, January 25, 2014 Me, to PinkGirl, who was head down in her iPad: “Whatcha up to?” PinkGirl: “Talking to people.” Me: “Who ya talking to?” PinkGirl: “What difference does it make?” Me: “When I’m on the phone, what do you always ask me? PinkGirl, grinning: “Who ya talking to?” Me: “When I’m texting someone,…
facebook fragments: 01/18/14 – 01/24/14 - Tuesday, January 21, 2014 I have a harmony stuck in my head. _______________ PinkGirl. Please STOP doing the Chocolate Dance and get ready for bed. #ilovemydaughter ______________ Wednesday, January 22, 2014 PinkGirl. Please STOP doing the Chocolate Dance and get ready for school. #ilovemydaughter _______________ A huge THANK YOU to Kristen from BodyInUnity Inc.! After…
facebook fragments: 01/10/14 – 01/17/14 (listened to a lot of music this week) - For those of you who don’t follow me on facebook… Friday, 01/10/14 “that’s precious.” #stuffIdontsay _______________ Sunday, 01/12/14 My son just used the word “solace” in everyday conversation. And he didn’t remember using it when I asked if I could post this. I’m so proud. _______________ The 2014 Living Room makeover: before and during (click…
one man’s trash, another man’s recycling. - FirstHusband told me to throw these 2×4 scraps away a few months ago. I put them in the garage instead. This is FavoriteHusband’s Pinterest project today: Here’s the inspiration Pin:
the living room makeover. before and during. - [First things first. FirstHusband’s name has been officially changed to “FAVORITEHusband” for the next few weeks. probably longer. This post would not exist if it weren’t for his tireless and good natured hard work. and his math skills and his freakishly (and sometimes frustrating) attention to detail.] I forgot to take a picture of the…