• Let them feast on His goodness

    She sits in her highchair grabbing little bits of cheese and shoving blueberries in her mouth faster than she can chew.  She dangles her sippy cup over the edge of the tray, looks at me out of the corner of her eye, and then decides to hand it back instead of dropping it on the floor.  At thirteen months, she’s testing the limits, learning her boundaries, and questioning my authority. It’s the game every child plays as they figure out life consists of rules, and children must obey. I quietly eat my lunch, try to make a phone call, take another sip of water, and run to help her older…

  • Day 27 :: The time I closed the blinds and refused to answer the door

    Right before we moved to Florida this summer I had the privilege of attending a Missions Conference at my parents’ church, the church I was raised in.  It was so encouraging to be around missionaries from all over the world and hear the stories of relationships they were building with their neighbors, co-workers, random people they encountered.  They had a theme song for the conference; the chorus went like this: I wanna be your hands and feet, I wanna be your voice every time I speak.   I wanna run to the ones in need in the name of Jesus.   I wanna give my life away, all for Your…

  • Day 26 :: A Sunday Hymn

    Living a life of blessing can only happen through the strength that God gives.  And it is my prayer that as I seek to serve those around me, looking out for their needs before my own, that they will see Jesus, not me, through whatever it is that I do or say. This hymn is one of my favorites and I think it summarizes beautifully this idea.   May you have a blessed Sunday. May the mind of Christ, my Savior Live in me from day to day, By His love and pow’r controlling All I do and say. May the Word of God dwell richly In my heart from…

  • Day 25 :: Blessing others should become a habit

    Writing this month has been good for me in several ways, but mostly, it’s been good because I’m learning.  And, oh, how far I have to go to truly live a life of blessing.  Earlier this week I asked for your input on what a blesser is/does, and I received some great feedback that I wanted to share.  Thank you for your input–it has really helped me!  Here is what was said:  A blesser is one who, by the Holy Spirit’s enablement, brings another to a point of seeing God more clearly for who He truly is, thus glorifying God. A blesser is someone who is sensitive, tuned in to…

  • Day 24 :: How a rainbow led to a conversation about hell

    Florida weather can change at any moment.  This can make planning for outdoor activities challenging, but it also means we get to see some amazing aspects of God’s creation.  And when I’m paying attention, these glimpses of God in nature can bring about opportunities to teach my children. As we drove to school one morning, it was starting to drizzle, but up ahead I could see blue skies.  I was inwardly praying for no rain by the time Isabella had to walk into school, when I noticed a gorgeous rainbow in the sky.  The girls saw it too, I snapped a picture, and we continued on our way. On the…

  • Day 21 :: When you don’t know who to bless

    Thinking about ‘being a blessing’ can be pretty overwhelming.  Does anyone remember that little song, “Make me a blessing”?  It’s really a prayer, asking God to help us be a blessing to someone who needs something.  I googled this song to try and find the words, and I was surprised to find that there are many songs with this same title.  The one I’ve pasted here was written by Fanny Crosby.   I like the fact that the desire here is to bless others out of the Spirit’s leading.  This is what I talked about last week in a blesser being someone who walks in the Spirit and displays the…

  • Day 20 :: The blog post YOU are going to write

    On Saturday I introduced you to some people who have been blessers in my life.  By no means did that list contain all of the people that have blessed me throughout my life!  In fact, as I continued to think about it, many more individuals came to mind.  It’s fun to look back and remember how God has used various people throughout my life to impact me in one way or another. source If you haven’t taken a minute to think through the blessers in your life, I’d encourage you to!  It’s a great exercise and you’ll come away from it with a thankful heart. Before I press on in…

  • Seven Tips for Maintaing a Clean House while it’s On the Market

    Maintaining a clean home with four small children is never an easy task.  Add to that having your house ready for showings while it’s on the market, and you could easily get pretty stressed out.  To tell you the truth, actually selling our home doesn’t have me worried.  Someone will either like our house or they won’t; I can’t make someone place an offer.  The part that makes me nervous is the daily maintenance to make it presentable for potential buyers.  In order to eliminate this stress, I’ve put seven practical things into place. 1. Store toys strategically for quick and easy clean up.  Our two oldest girls share a…

  • Decorating our home for us & Framed French Words

    Our home has been a work in progress over the three years we’ve lived here.  We moved here from a 700 square foot apartment, so it’s taken a while to fill in the rooms and decide how to decorate each space.  During this time, I’ve also discovered what styles I like and the things that make a house a home, for us. It’s so easy to look at pictures in magazines, on the internet, and even gaze in our friends’ homes wanting something that everyone else has, or longing to have our home look like a certain space.  Falling into the trap of comparing and envying is easy to do,…