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Can our Cravings Predict the Future?

It’s that time again! Every Friday, I join an inspiring group of writers to write for FIVE MINUTES on a one-word prompt. (Missed you guys last week.) No editing. No revising. Just WRITE. This week, the prompt word is CRAVING.

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I am particularly grateful to Emma Hughes over at The Very Cranky Mummy for sending me down an unexpected path with this week’s prompt word, “craving.” It’s been a difficult week around here with the tragic death of one of our dear friends, and Emma reminded me of a comment I made a while ago on her blog about the wild cravings I had during my pregnancies.

Thanks, Emma, for the delightful distraction in the middle of such a sad week. I enjoyed this trip down memory lane so much!

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// A couple of years after our fourth child was born, I was having a silly conversation with some of my other mommy friends, and we got onto the topic of cravings―specifically the crazy cravings we had during our pregnancies.

And as I began examining this issue further, I started to see a pattern: each of the cravings I had experienced had an ironic similarity to the personalities of my children. Whaaaaaat? No, I’m not saying this is a scientific discovery or anything… I’m just saying that there was a freaky similarity.

And it got me wondering…  Read more

What are you packing in their lunches?

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// Have you ever noticed that people don’t need to be reminded to worry every day? Or to be afraid? Or to be angry? Those things come quite naturally, don’t they?

I don’t know about you, but I often find that I need to be reminded to ENJOY every day. I need that extra kick-in-the-butt to turn my attention FROM my problems to the simple fact that “I’m alive” and “the sun is shining.”

Some years ago, a friend of ours was traveling through South Africa and happened to preach at our church on Sunday morning. He preached a profoundly simple sermon called “What are you packing in your kid’s lunch today?” which radically challenged how I wake up and approach my days.   Read more

Use Your LIFELINE: “I’d Like to Call a Friend”

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I felt that little niggling feeling. “You’d better call her.” I knew exactly who He was talking about, and she had been on my mind all day. Brand new baby, restless toddler, and a husband away on a business trip. I promised that I’d look out for her, so I knew I should check in.

I’d like to say that I obeyed immediately, but I didn’t. I got distracted with a busy household and lunch preparations. Before I knew it, two hours had passed. No excuses.

The amazing thing about Holy Spirit is that He OFTEN whispers to us about people, exactly when THEY need it, not necessarily when it’s convenient for us. Read more