October 3, 2013

One of the things I love about working with children is how common "magical moments" are. You know those moments when you look up for a second and almost like pages from a book, you take everything in, knowing you are surrounded by joy and are thankful you were able to see the moment for what it is. Those times when you hear your heart sigh out of contentment. For that moment, even if it's just a second, your world is perfect.

 


We all have different ways in which these magical moments take place. I imagine for parents, it's often in the company of their children as they explore the world and their role in it. For m...

September 19, 2013

"You're a beautiful distraction..."

As soon as the words left my mouth, I could hear God speaking to my soul, "and it's over..."

 


Like so many times before, I was at a place of crossroads where life seemed more chaotic that ordered. I had felt God telling me to close one door of my career, but He hadn't opened another one. In fact, the door I was sure was opened by Him, ended up getting shut in my face and I was left completely at a loss as to what my future would look like. But, on the bright side, I had started seeing someone who, in my eyes, was completely beautiful and a lot of fun. So, I had a distraction fro...

September 16, 2013

I don't know about you, but when things don't go the way I planned, I tend to run, or quit, or just avoid. In the past if someone hurt my feelings I would simply cut them off and justify the behavior with some crap about trusting people until they proved themselves untrustworthy, blah, blah, blah. If someone got on my nerves, I would just avoid them at all costs. A relationship got complicated or didn't live up to my expectations and I was out the door. Someone got too close, you know the kind of close where they could easily screw you over because they know your baggage, I would get scared and I ran. If I felt I h...

August 15, 2013

I am an Old Testament Geek. I love the stories of the epic battles and how God always come to the rescue of His people. I love how the physical world so beautifully and clearly mirrors spiritual truths that are applicable to today's world. And I love, LOVE reading about the prophets: their idiosyncrasies, their audacious faith, and honest doubts. Having always been someone who was a bit different than the social norm, how God uses these men despite not being the "pretty people" is such a comfort to me.

 
But in the last twenty four hours I've had an epiphany: for the last thirty-something years I have been unknowing...

May 31, 2013

So there are some passages and stories in the Bible that leave me thinking "Really?" There are things my mind wrestles with. I still believe the Bible is the holy and inspired Word of God but like anything worth loving and devoting time to, it often leaves me wondering and trying to figure out and understand.


And I think that wrestling is good and I'm thankful for it and I'm thankful for an education that has equipped me to know how to wrestle with it. And while I may not be a WWF, or WWE as it is now called, caliber wrestler, I am thankful that the Scriptures I love so much leave me longing for more: more knowledg...

May 21, 2013

Several years ago I was reading where God was talking to Moses about destroying the Israelites in the desert but Moses "talked God out of it". This became an ongoing topic of conversation between God and me and from time to time I found myself asking Him to change His will. It didn't come from a place of haughtiness but only when my heart was genuinely in pain. I remember once a student was looking at being locked up for a good while because of a string of terrible choices made and my heart felt like it was literally going to explode at the thought of someone so young and full of potential in a situation like that....

April 4, 2013

I am starting to grasp that I am likely moving to Thailand. It's not certain, but it seems this is where my life is heading. I must preface this little babble with letting you know I am a "take one day at a time" kinda girl. Not to the point of being irresponsible, but I find that is how I keep peace in my heart. In the past, my life has kept a pretty hectic pace with a To-Do list that never seemed to be able to get Ta-Done. I realized that if I stopped and pondered all that needed to be taken care of, I would simply be overwhelmed. I am so thankful God taught me how to trust Him each morning, do what I can, and th...

February 19, 2013

As long as I can remember, God has given me the amazing gift of having women in my life I can look to  as an example. There has never been a lack of women who are older, whether it be by 5 years or 50 years, who challenge my beliefs and thought processes, and I am a far better person because of them.


The other day I was talking to one of these amazing friends and we were sharing how God is stretching and challenging us. This friend is a lot like me, a renaissance woman who's life doesn't fit into a 9-5 kind of mold. I know whenever my life takes a turn off the "normal" beaten path, she will understand. I can't put...

December 16, 2012

My best friend has been telling me about a show called Touch. I didn't watch it until a couple days ago because I had enough shows I was watching and didn't need to get hooked on anything else. Then I noticed it was on Netflix, so I started watching while putting away laundry and I must admit, I didn't want to go anywhere. Instead I wanted to put my jammies back on, crawl into bed and watch the whole series in one sitting.

 
The show is good, but that's not necessarily what got me hooked. More than being well written and produced, it is a phenomenal soundtrack for a conversation with God. The premise of the show is...

December 4, 2012

A couple days ago I wrote a post about my heart's wonderings about what heaven would have been like in anticipation of Jesus entering the womb of a young girl. Was there a commotion at the thought of The Most High becoming a helpless zygote? That little rambling of a post was birthed out of a very precious and sacred time I had with God. He never ceases to amaze me with how involved He is in the details of my life. How He has all the days of my life recorded, not just the "good" things, but the major screw ups too. And somehow, when I place my heart before Him and remember I am His daughter and He is in me, He work...

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