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Humble Offerings

I have come to a place where I feel that all of my offerings are humble.

I look around and see so many who are blessed with so much, so gifted, so able.  And I am.  I am gifted and able and blessed.  I am overflowing with grace, poured into me by a gracious heavenly father.

And yet, I so often look at what I have to offer clenched in my fist, lower my chin as it trembles, and look around hoping no one will notice what little I have to offer.

Then I read, “He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins.  ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others.  All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.'”  And I am encouraged that all I have to offer might just be enough.

It is with this thought in mind that I am guest posting over at A Bushel and a Peck, one of my long-time favorite blogs.

Verse from here.

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Which Way Do I Go?

For a while now I have been trying to determine what direction I want to go in a few areas of my life.  I’ve also been struggling a little bit with keeping up with all that life is demanding of me right now – homeschooling, basement construction and the whole-house reorganization that followed, a new job for Handsome (and a strange new schedule to go with it), a new social group, and several other changes.

I have been praying daily for wisdom in a few areas.

One of the silliest is what to do with this blog.  I’ve had thoughts of totally re-doing it and really working to put myself out there, but I’ve also had thoughts of just shutting it all down – it seems to be the way of the blog as of late.

I started doing a new (to me) Bible study with a group of women at my church.  I am excited and can’t wait to see what God shows me/teaches me.  So far, I am just amazed at how it seems to apply to exactly what I am working through right now.

I also have been noticing excellence all around me lately.  I am amazed at the things people do – sixteen year olds trying to sail around the world on their own (who cares that she didn’t make it – she was competent enough to TRY!) and grown men able to run miles up and down a big green field all while controlling a little ball and making it look easy and friends of mine who are able to find the time to grind their own wheat and make their own bread.

Last Sunday, while in church, our pastor said something that really caught my ear.  I thought, “I want to use this summer to see where God wants to use me.  I want to know what it is that I am called to do.  I want to stop settling for this pulled-in-every-direction feeling, get down to business, and figure out how I am supposed to be using my time.  I want to be willing to leave my sins and stumbling blocks behind and wholeheartedly pursue Jesus.”

And so I am taking the summer off.  I am thinking that I will still post some of the drafts that I have written, I will do some re-posts, and I may document some of this journey I am on; but for the most part consider this “summer vacation.”

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Don’t really know how this happened, but I’m so honored to be asked!

Lisa, of A Bushel and a Peck asked me to be a guest blogger!  Eek!

So I’ll be hanging out there today – please stop by and share your ideas!

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Hot Thursday Ramblings

First, thank you to those of you that participated in Comfortable! That was fun!  If you haven’t gone there yet, please do and add to the list!

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It’s been hot here – really hot.  I talked to my friend who lives in the desert (and we don’t…we’ll we didn’t last time I looked at a map, but perhaps they have re-qualified where we live from “four seasons” to “desert”); it was hotter here than there.  We’ve spent many hours playing in water of some sort over the last few days.  That part of the crazy heat has been wonderful!

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I’ve been thinking about changing the format of my blog a bit.  When I was in college I had a friend named Amy.  Amy kept a journal.  I did too.  Amy’s journal was actually a pretty little calendar; each day had a little space that was just about two inches by six inches.  Amy didn’t write a ton, but she wrote every day, jotting down a little here, a little there.  She had a great record of her days and events.  I did the opposite.  I didn’t write everyday, but when I did write I poured out my soul onto the lined pages of a spiral notebook.  I could write as much as I wanted, and some days I filled up pages and pages.  It worked for me, gave me a place to sort out all the things that were going on in my head.

Now, though, it’s not so much working for me.  Many days the deepest thoughts I have are about what I am planning to have for dinner or how I wish I didn’t have to wash mud out of clothes so often.  I’m frustrated that I don’t have the time to put into writing out all of my thoughts; knowing that this is a public forum, I want to make sure that I am understood before I hit the “publish” button.  But I’m missing out.  I’m not getting to write about all of the great things that are happening every day, the little things, the things I want to remember, the things that the kids will laugh about when they are older, the little victories, the little heartbreaks.  I’m not getting to write about it at all, because I haven’t (until now) given myself permission to just get it down, whether or not it is perfect and well-balanced.  So I think I’m going to try the little rectangles method – write just a bit more often…or maybe just a bit whenever I can.

We’ll see how it goes.

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Soon…soon

I’m really sorry, if you are here looking for my next homeschooling post.  I just haven’t been able to knock it out of my head today.  It’s probably because I’ve been neck-deep in laundry  and neck-deep in dust as I re-organize my pantry and then neck-deep in questions as I tried to teach my kids a little about about why the oldest one is home from school today then neck-deep in confusion as I have tried desperately to make some semblance of order out of my desk.  And soon I will be neck deep in leftovers; it’s what we’re having for dinner.

But I’m hoping to get to the blogging thing later today – right after I organize all of the great kid’s clothes that I got on sale over the last two weeks (that my kids will wear next year) and bring about world peace!

Happy Monday!

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Happy Monday!

Oh, I have a deep post brewing, but you’ll have to wait just a bit longer until I can dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s.

In the meantime, why don’t you just jump over here and read one of the funniest posts I’ve read in a long, long time.

Oh, and yes, I know I need to take my Christmas header down…I know…

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Oh, I meant to write a really deep, philosophical, and resolute post today.

I meant to.

Instead I slept in.  Then a little later I napped on the couch with my seven year old.  Then I spent some time hanging out with my family.

And I’m glad.

Hope your year is beginning just as well!

Happy New Year!

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