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Collect Words of Life, Not Criticism

//  The BEST part of moving houses, or cities, or nations is that you get rid of the old and start fresh. Garage sales, yard sales, rummage sales, although painful at times are brilliant for reducing clutter.

Minimal mess. Minimal clutter. Minimal packing.

But what about our emotional, mental, and psychological baggage? How do we manage that kind of clutter after years of collecting life experiences?

This season has been harder than I expected. Little did I know that when I pressed ‘publish’ on my book, I would be pressing GO on a roller coaster of emotional turbulence.

  • Insecurity? Haven’t dealt with that in years, but here we go!
  • Comparison? Oh, my goodness, where did that come from?
  • Second-guessing myself? Stop this ride—I wanna get off now.

There’s a verse in the Bible that speaks about God sending His Word and then TESTING that Word (check out Psalm 105:19). I think that’s what’s been happening here. You see, whenever we allow God to use us to deliver something important, WE get tested in it first.    Read more

He Loves to Make Your Dreams Come True

 

//  I giggled recently when I heard someone call Santa Claus a stalker because “He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake.” Haha!

Thank goodness we don’t think the same about God—He even counts the number of hairs on your head and calls the stars by name.

But seriously, isn’t it a comfort to know that SOMEONE knows everything about you and doesn’t forget the important stuff?

About 25 years ago, I started my bucket list. Do you have a bucket list? Mine contains ALL of the things I want to accomplish in my lifetime but wasn’t able to do at that moment. I was a young mom in those days, and we only had one car. I was REALLY feeling trapped within our four walls and endless kid chaos.

My bucket list allows me to dream past the reality in which I live. Click To Tweet

My bucket list includes things like…

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Slow and Steady Won the Race – Don’t quit!

//  “Slow and Steady won the race.”

Do you remember the story about The Tortoise and the Hare? How different would it have turned out had the tortoise chosen to have a real pity party instead of plodding away, step-by-step?

“It’s not faaaaaaair. My legs are too slow. My shell is too heavyyyy.”

Can you imagine?

“There are rocks in my waaaay.”

Can you see the path lined with forest animals gathered for the event? Go, rabbit! Go!

“Slow downnnnnn. You’re going too faaast.”

Perhaps the spectators would smile with pity at the cumbersome creature.

“I don’t waaant to.”

Or perhaps they’d roll their eyes at the pathetic underdog.

“I can’t do it.”

Either way, the tale wouldn’t have had the same impact, would it?

“I quit.”

Thank goodness, that wasn’t the moral of this story. Slow and Steady does indeed win the race.    Read more