Sunday, January 20, 2013

The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and forgiveness.

Galatians 5:22

My beautiful girl is going to be confirmed today. My prayer is that she will cultivate the beautiful gifts that the Holy Spirit has bestowed on her.
God bless her.
Linking up with: Deidra at The Sunday Community


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Good Butt Jeans

Here is my vain post.
The one I almost didn't write.
Yet, the one I think a few of you might identify with...deep down in your woman heart.

I'm struggling with my weight...which as we all know is struggling with things that are NOT my weight...but reveal themselves in weight.
You know what I mean?

Yesterday while shopping with my daughter for her confirmation dress I impulsively pulled a pair of jeans off the rack and headed to the check out. Yes...I did not try them on.  That's another part of my struggle.  Dressing room lighting and mirrors.  I prefer the soft, dim, fuzzy lighting in my own home.  If I don't like them, there's always return.

Dressed for a night with my friends I walk out for my 15 year old daughter's inspection.  She murmured the appropriate "I like that outfit.  Looks good Mom." but as I turned away I heard her voice again...a lot more enthusiasm in her tone.
"Hey! They make your butt look great!"

The magic words!
"They make your butt look great!"

Yes, I know that it is much more important what is in my heart.
I know that it is more important that I let Christ's spirit shine in my eyes and through my actions each day.
I know that beauty is only skin deep and that aging is a blessing and with it comes wisdom.

But I need to confess that I would like to know and do all of the above...while wearing my "good butt jeans"!

May I please have an "amen" of agreement from any of my other sister friends out there?!

Thursday, January 17, 2013


I want to be... confident.
I want to silence the voice that says I'm not enough
and remember that I AM enough.
God created me beautifully
with an innate desire to explore.

I want to be... brave.
I want to look past the fear that feels like fire 
and see the possiblities. 
Then move forward with my fire extinguisher
ready to explore.
I want to be... joyful.
I want to snip off those threads of worry
that wind themselves
around each part of my life. 
Cut myself loose and be free to laugh,
to sing,
to twirl
and to explore.
Be authentic.
Embrace vulnerability.
Explore what is within.
Be myself.
Unleash the possiblities.
Explore the world.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Faith and Daring


“Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see”

William Newton Clarke

This picture of my son Cameron inspires me...and this quote speaks to my heart.
With Christ I can dare to do those things that before I only dreamed of.
Here's to daring greatly!
Linking up with Jumping Tandem

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Lifts Change

Can you lift me up high?
Lifting him up so his eyes
Can see the parade coming close.
Little legs dangling over Daddy's shoulders.
King of all that he sees
Just like Daddy, viewing the world.

Can you lift me up high?

Lifting her up so her lips
Can reach the drinking fountain water.
Or Santa's face...or Papa's cheek.
Up on to the kitchen counter
Just like Mommy, stirring the batter.

The years shift; the lifts change

Can you give me a lift?
Dropping off at the local mall
Where the gaggle of friends wait.
Ready to roam and to test
Her independnce in small tiny ways.
Knowing that I will return shortly
To give her a lift home.

Can you give me lift?
Dropping off at the distant university.
Where the dorms... roommates... professors... wait.
Ready to roam and to test
His knowledge... his boundaries... his freedom.
Knowing that when he returns home
He will be him... yet different.

The years shift; the lifts change

But the love remains the same.

Linking up to Six Word Fridays: Inspired by the word~ Lift