Blog Update

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I started this blog years ago, and didn’t do much with it regularly for the first few years.  Two and a half years ago, though, I went through a very painful and unexpected divorce.  I began seeking God more fervently in that time that I had my entire life.  This blog became central to my healing, as I journaled my thoughts, pain, and hopes for the future.  The restoration and healing God has brought to me over the past couple of years is nothing short of a miracle.

Over the past year, I have found myself no longer needing to journal here.  I don’t want to just blog for the sake of having a new post, so I am not sure when, or even if, I will post here regularly again.  But I am going to leave this page up and active, just in case someone who might be in similar circumstances as I was stumbles across it.  If that happens, and if that is you, I hope you get some encouragement from the things God showed me through my journey.

There is healing.  There is hope.  There are new beginnings.  Don’t give up.

Over Being Overwhelmed

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Learning the truth of this statement lately. Hence the lack of posts around here. Being a full-time single mom and full-time employee is exhausting. Trying to be more intentional in carving out time for rest, quietness, and reflection.

Five Minute Friday: Joy

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It’s #FiveMinuteFriday!

Five minutes of writing on a word prompt give by Lisa Jo Baker over here.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Are you ready?

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JOY . . .

Joy.

Three little letters.
One huge goal.
I want to be filled with it.  I want to fight for it.
Over the last few years, that has been my mantra.  I will not let life’s circumstances rob me of my joy.  I will do whatever it takes to keep my soul from withering into a shell of bitterness and melancholy.
I have a ring with words I want to live by engraved on it.  I wear it on the ring finger of my left hand to remind me of Who my Husband really is, and that He is the only one that can provide all of those things in my life.  And that He is the standard by which all other  men should be measured.  I keep the word “Joy” turned toward me every day as a reminder that I can always have joy, no matter what is going on around me.
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And that God is the source of my joy.
That God MUST be the source of my joy.
And that when I trust Him and lean into Him and pursue Him, He will replace all that I have lost over the last few years.
In fact, He’s already begun.
By giving me new, deep soul friendships with people that chose me.
By bringing me a friend that truly gets me, and that I think might actually become the best friend I’ve always wanted but never really had.
By opening doors of new opportunities that are fulfilling and that give me a chance to use my talents and abilities for a new purpose and mission.
But I also trust that He isn’t finished yet.
That He is working on replacing other things that were lost.
And if I will only stop and remember that He is trustworthy, then I can have joy in the journey and peace in the waiting.
(First post in a LONG time.  Been super busy, and haven’t had much to say.  Grateful for the healing God has brought through blogging here over the past few years.  Will try not to be such a stranger.)

Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

 

Five Minute Friday: Visit

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It’s #FiveMinuteFriday!

Five minutes of writing on a word prompt give by Lisa Jo Baker over here.

Unscripted. Unedited. Real.

Are you ready?

GO

VISIT . . .

So, this is the first time I have paid a visit to Five Minute Friday in a while.  Life got busy and I just haven’t had the time or energy to blog.  And I haven’t really had that much to say lately.  Honestly, I’ve been busy living life.  And that is good.

For the biggest part of my life, the only people I would visit – or would visit my house – were family members.  Lots of reasons for that that I won’t get into.  Now, however, I often have people in my home to visit and fellowship.  I’ve found friends that genuinely like MEand visit because they want to, not because they have to or because I just happen to also live in the same house and one of their family members.

And I’ve discovered that I like having people over and hosting movie nights and home groups and supper.

And I plan to plan a lot more visits  to my house this coming year.

Real community is a beautiful thing.

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Wanna play? Here’s how:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.

 

#oneword365 – Present

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Life and work have both been non-stop for the past month or so.  Add in the craziness and busyness of the holidays, and I not only didn’t have time to do a 2013 one word wrap-up, I’ve also woefully neglected my blog in general.   I have, however, chosen my One Word for 2014:

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I don’t have time right now to do a full post on my reasons, but this quote I found on Pinterest sums it up nicely:

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What’s your #oneword for 2014?

 

Psalm 28 {Sunday Simplicity}

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Psalm 28

My Strength

Davidic.

1 Lord, I call to You;
my rock, do not be deaf to me.
If You remain silent to me,
I will be like those going down to the Pit.
2 Listen to the sound of my pleading
when I cry to You for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward Your holy sanctuary.

3 Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with the evildoers,
who speak in friendly ways with their neighbors
while malice is in their hearts.
4 Repay them according to what they have done—
according to the evil of their deeds.
Repay them according to the work of their hands;
give them back what they deserve.
5 Because they do not consider
what the Lord has done
or the work of His hands,
He will tear them down and not rebuild them.

6 May the Lord be praised,
for He has heard the sound of my pleading.
7 The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped.
Therefore my heart rejoices,
and I praise Him with my song.

8 The Lord is the strength of His people;[a]
He is a stronghold of salvation for His anointed.
9 Save Your people, bless Your possession,
shepherd them, and carry them forever.