• Start Day Positive

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  • The Secret to a Loving Family

        Bradley and I have a recurring conversation about raising our family, and it usually takes place after watching an episode of Parenthood, or when all of our children are playing together, having fun and getting along.  We’ll look at one another and say, “This is great.  I hope these kids stay friends like this forever.  What can we do to make sure this happens?”   In other words, what will make the seven of us always live in perfect peace with one another?   We try to pay attention to the relationships of other families, noting the good and the bad, especially in adult sibling relationships.  Is there mutual…

  • 9 Things I Learned this Spring

        Spring is winding down and with it comes another round-up of things we learned with Emily.  The silly, the serious, and whatever those things are that leave a mark on life is a practice that I enjoy and has taught me to pay attention to every aspect of my life.  I hope that these lessons I share here will ignite something in you to join into this art of paying attention. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   The sound of emergency vehicle sirens when I’m driving make me panic.  Even as I’m typing this my heart is beginning to race because sirens=complete anxiety.  I never know what to do–move to the left or…

  • How to Study Your Bible Using a Notebook & a Pen

        When I entered sixth grade, I began attending the youth group at our church and started learning about this thing called “Daily Quiet Time”.  At the beginning of the school year we were given a quiet time diary which contained a Bible reading plan for the entire year.  Each day had a passage of Scripture and then lined spaces to fill in the answers to two questions:   What is the writer saying? How can I apply this to my life?   We were encouraged to spend about 30 minutes every day reading our Bibles and praying, using this notebook as we went.   I followed this method and it…

  • 7 Obstacles to Bible Study & How to Overcome them {Part 2}

      This is the second part in a two-part post, listing 7 common obstacles to Bible study and some practical tips on how to overcome them.  You can find the first post here.  Have you ever heard a runner say, “I just NEED to go for a run”?  As someone who struggles with a regular exercise routine, this statement always made me skeptical.  I would mentally judge them, thinking they were saying this just to sound good and for others to praise the intensity of their commitment.  It seemed ridiculous to me that a person would feel like running was a necessity.   When I trained for a half marathon…

  • 7 Obstacles to Bible Study & How to Overcome them {Part 1}

      Exercising regularly does not come easily to me.  Growing up I was always involved in sports:  soccer in the fall and spring, basketball in the winter, swim team in the summer.  My life was a constant workout, at least it felt that way.  But then I got older, had a job, became a Mom, and when organized sports were no longer in the picture neither was exercise.  Any kind of regular workout routine was a chore.  And I could come up with all the excuses in the world as to why I just couldn’t make this a priority in my life.     Last fall I decided to train…

  • 3 Tips on how to read your Bible when you have young children

      Before I had children there were certain rhythms in my life that came easily.  I had a job that required occasional long hours and frequent travel, but for the most part alone time was available whenever I wanted, to do as I pleased.  Even with the demands of a job, being a wife, and keeping our home in order, reading and studying my Bible on a daily basis was attainable.  With motherhood a lot of things changed and reading my Bible was one of them.  I wasn’t guaranteed any moments of quiet, and I was often too tired to use any quiet time that I did have for Bible…

  • Why you need your ordinary life

      Our neighborhood is a quiet one with tree-lined streets, sidewalks, and simple homes.  Most children walk to the neighborhood school, and we often see the same people riding their bikes, walking their dogs, and pushing their babies down the street.  The street sweeper comes by every other Friday, the sirens from the fire truck can be heard as it barrels by our house leaving the station around the corner, and we live close enough to the water that when the windows are open I can hear the fog horns.  We have a great community, we love our church family, and I sometimes run into people I know at the grocery…

  • Life Is Adventure

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  • Weekend Links (for the ones who feel the weight of the world)

        The past month has been a challenging one in a number of ways.  I’m not ready to share my story quite yet, but what I can tell you is that God continues to grow me through difficult circumstances.  A few years ago, after several traumatic events took place in our lives, I began to think that certainly God wouldn’t give us anything else hard because “I can’t handle it, Lord!”   And then I remembered Job.  He lost everything.  It wasn’t because God was angry with him or wanted to make his life difficult through loss.  God wanted Job’s worship no matter what.  It was through the stripping…