The Journey Begins

Blogging. Seems like it’s meant for everyone else but me. Then I thought, “why not me?”  Sometimes I have interesting things to say, maybe even inspirational or funny. I’m just a regular gal, living a regular life and trying to make every moment count. I attempted blogging a number of years ago but that went nowhere. Initially I wanted to blog because I thought I needed to tell people how my experience can make their lives better. Hear how many “I’s” are in that sentence? Yeah.

So…7 yeas later, I’m a bit older, hopefully a bit wiser, & have learned not to take myself too seriously.  There’s a lot to be thankful for in life, and each day presents an opportunity to be thankful for something & find the extraordinary in the ordinary. I don’t always fulfill this objective but I keep trying.

Just a little about me. I like to describe myself in this order: wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, worship leader, high school history teacher, soccer coach & common sense enthusiast. That’s it in a nutshell, and that’s basically what I’ll be writing about.

Hopefully my stories make you smile, make you think and discover that we have more in common with each other than we think. (Anyone who has kids is saying a big, AMEN!)

It’s the everyday journey. 😉

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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Weak is the new Strong

I was gently reminded this week that I can’t do everything. As a mom, that usually doesn’t sit well with me. There are a slew of things that I take care of with our family, but I let one task slip through the cracks & it made a bit of a mess for us. My husband who is ever gracious & long-suffering, assured me that I’m not the first person to screw up…and I won’t be the the last. As much as I wanted his words to bring comfort they only magnified my frustration – at myself. My thoughts became self-focused. How could I have forgotten? How could I let everyone down? Why didn’t I remember?!?!

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that God doesn’t require us to have everything figured out. We live in a culture that prides itself on “getting it done.” That’s not to say having all your ducks lined up isn’t good. It’s just not all on us. God doesn’t want that. Yes, God requires us to do our part, but we are to trust Him as He does His part. But if our focus is only on ourselves we forget that God has a part to play in our lives. Even when we mess up, God is so gracious and compassionate that He reaches down into our mess to help clear things up and get us back on our feet.

I recently got a new bible, The Passion Translation. I’m usually a stickler for a NKJV or NIV, maybe even NLT, but lately I have enjoyed reading a different take on the verses I’ve been quoting since I was a kid…like this one:

But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and My power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. (2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬)

My power finds its full expression through your weakness. Wow. Once I got my pride under control I was able to focus – to see, yet again, that God is my first source, that He will enable me to do my part and that I can trust in His power to do the rest. I can do all things through Christ…

❤️

Summertime Procrastinations

You know when the school year comes to an end & you think to yourself, “Gee, I’m going to have time for a lot of stuff now.” But you actually don’t do any of it…at least in that first week off. Yep. That’s me.

I planned to have a productive & accomplished week of updating my PD, organizing the kitchen cabinets, keep the laundry from growing legs & start that book I’ve been meaning to read. You know what I did this week? NONE OF IT! And you know what, I’m ok with that. I got to spend time with my kids, watch the World Cup games, went to the beach with some friends and have actual conversations with my husband that didn’t include the phrase, “so who’s picking up the kids tonight?”

Now, I am planning on tacking that to-do list. Hopefully next week’s post will show proof of that. But looking back at this week and all the really important stuff that happened…I’m glad I procrastinated.

Hope you had a good one. 😉