Are You Weary?

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

As a mom journeying ahead of you but yet still in the game, I know the reality of discouragement right after the hubbub of the frantic holiday season.  Life can begin to feel mundane especially after all of this recent dreary weather and world news. So plan to get away, get together, and be renewed with other moms.  There are many possibilities, but I will share about one near and dear to my heart.

Galatians 6:9 encourages us to not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. What is good? Good is having the qualities required for a particular role, be it wife, mother, employee, etc. and doing that which is morally right.  Isn’t this a great verse full of hope? 

I realized early during my motherhood journey that sometimes the simple act of getting away to be renewed, inspired, and encouraged positively helped me to continue going when I wanted to give up.  I jokingly dubbed the mom get away as my vitamin B12 shot as it was the jolt I needed to deal with my stinky thinking that had crept in.  You know, those lies we believe.  We live in an imperfect world with imperfect children, and we are imperfect, but thankfully there is hope, grace, and those women who have walked ahead of us willing to cheer us on.  Sally Clarkson has been that impactful voice to so many women including myself.

I jokingly dubbed the mom get away as my vitamin B12 shot as it was the jolt I needed to deal with my stinky thinking that had crept in.  We live in an imperfect world with imperfect children, and we are imperfect, but thankfully there is hope, grace, and those women who have walked ahead of us willing to cheer us on.  Sally Clarkson has been that supportive voice to so many women including myself.

This year’s Renew My Heart Conference message, given alongside her son Nathan, will be especially impactful if you have a child or know of others families with kiddos who are somewhat different whether they are strong willed, fidgety, high-strung, or have learning disabilities.  Sally has often referred to her Nathan as, “my OCD, ADHD, ODD, Oh my child.”  Having known her for many years and been privileged to read an advance reader of Different I know this year’s message will be especially impactful. Together they will share various stories of their journey. Discover what it looks like to love and work with a child who has differences. Learn why and how to never give up on your outside-the-box child.  A Mothers words, love, and nurturing matters.  I’m sure Sally never imagined while parenting Nathan that one day they would be publicly sharing their journey. Sally never gave up, and I do believe she is reaping the harvest of what she faithfully planted into each of her children.   That is the same hope we have to look forward to as mothers but in Gods timing 😉

God is so good to use those who have walked ahead of us to pour richly into our lives.  If you are unsure if this is the right investment or season for you to attend may I encourage you to watch them on The Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda on Tuesday, January 24, at 10:00 AM EST. Get a taste of what a weekend away with them could be.  

Their book will be available on the 24th, but you can preorder it now for $10.14 on Amazon. Want a sneak peek?  You can download the first chapter for free or learn more by visiting Sally’s Blog.

Please let me know if you decide to attend the Dallas conference as I will be there serving and would love to grab a hug. 

If you are interested in participating in a book study using the book, message me for details.  We will begin the study after the Dallas conference allowing you time to read the book.  

5 Ways ONE Word Can Direct and Impact Your Year

Happy New Years.

It’s hard to believe we are already three days into 2017.  I enjoy new beginnings,  the turn of the calendar from December to January offers a fresh start a newness of possibilities.  It’s the opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start over.  I find myself reflecting on the previous year while considering ways I’ve  grown or areas that need attention.  I believe that we all have the desire to live a life that significantly matters. We want our lives to have a greater purpose and to impact others. Personally, I’m wired to grow by being a better wife, mother, and friend.

Every year I’d make New Year’s resolutions, only to forget about them by the end of February. Or maybe I got past the first couple of months but then, ugh! Life happens. The Unexpected.

I’ve done my fair share of goal-setting at the start of each New Year. My long list of resolutions rarely become a reality.  I always had good intentions with my resolutions. While they sound like a good idea at the time, they frustrated me.   Several years ago I was introduced to the idea of choosing only one word that would help navigate my days.  It’s a one-word vision for the year that inspires me to live my best life and make the greatest impact.

So long to a long list of unattainable goals that often fell to the wayside by February.

Hello to intentionally living. My one word that would help me focus daily, all year long… One word that could sum up who I wanted to be and how I want to live for 2017. My one word that seems to appear everywhere from magazine covers to book titles.

My past words have included

  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Change
  • My word for 2017 is SIMPLIFY

These words shape not only my year but also my life.  Each word became the compass that directed decisions and guided my steps.

Here are five easy steps to begin your journey with allowing ONE WORD to be your guide for 2017

  1. Evaluate your previous year. Spend quiet time alone considering areas where you would like to grow and what to take hold of.  There is no need to rush as you can begin anytime. As 2016 was coming to an end, I seemed to be continually sensing the need to simplify my life especially after lots of volunteering along with family health issues and the holidays.  I’m a people pleaser and perfectionist which translates into saying yes at the cost of not caring for myself and family.   I found myself wanting life to be simpler but how?
  2. Choose just one word or better yet allow God to reveal your word for the year.  There is no right or wrong word.  You can’t mess this up.  It’s a journey of discovering how to allow your chosen word to impact your life.
  3. Consider and apply chosen word as it relates to the six major areas of your life to maintain balance.
    1. Spiritual
    2. Physical
    3. Mental
    4. Social/Relationally
    5. Emotionally
    6. Finacial
  4. Find accountability by sharing your word with others especially family members.  Keep your one-word front and center.  As a family, we have each chosen a word (dedication and focus) and talked about it. Prominently display your selected word.  I have purchased my previous words on artwork that I display in my to see it often.  The word “love” is a light marque that hangs above our fireplace.  I’ve considered tattooing love on my arm as I learn so much more about what love is and is not.
  5. Be open to allowing the one word to transform your life.  Once I chose the word SIMPLIFY back in December I started seeing it everywhere. Last week while sitting at the doctor’s office with my hubby I picked up the magazine RealSimple for January 2017.  The above photo was on the cover so I took a picture and added the word simplify.  Ironically this morning as I was doing my bible study the questions I was to answer were, “why is it so hard to simplify life” and “why do you think we try to impress people with more rather than less”?  My word SIMPLIFY keeps appearing.  It’s with anticipation and excitement that I allow the word SIMPLIFY to direct my thinking and days.
I’d love to hear what word you choose so; please leave a comment and share your word.  Have a great 2017