When I Had Nothing

It’s not Christmas. It’s not even July. But today’s word of inspiration, NOTHING, brought to mind White Christmas.

Blessings

Betty & Bob sitting by the fire singing, Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep).

“When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings”

A few years ago my girls and I were moving into our own apartment after living with my parents for a couple months. We had nothing. Absolutely nothing. I used to tell people, we don’t even have a toilet brush.

On the day we moved in, there it was – a brand new toilet brush. But not just that, there was furniture, kitchen appliances, bedroom fixtures, curtains and so much more. We had blessing after blessing poured out on us by family and friends and loved ones from our church. Someone even had leftover paint in their garage that was the exact color I had chosen for the walls. To this day I’ve saved the color sheets from Home Depot to remind me of that blessing. I never want to forget.

This post was written a part of 5 minute friday where you are given 1 word and only 5 minutes to write. Find the link here and join in.

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Part of My Job

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I am the mother of four girls ages 13, 11, 7 & 5. Drama is nothing new in this household, but sometimes the pain of friendships that are damaged or broken is deeper than usual. My prayer is that every experience with my children will be teachable. I thank God for reminding me that part of my job as parent is to disciple my children.

I write every Wednesday & Saturday for Moms of Faith. Find this entire article herePraying for Our Children’s Spiritual Journey

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Turn the “Light” On

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I admit, I felt a bit afraid during my recent getaway alone. I think I might try a Bed and Breakfast next time – just for the company at night!

Thoughts of fear translated themselves into an article titled, Turn “the Light” on When Fear Comes Calling. I write bi-weekly for Moms of Faith.

“Often, as I lay in bed waiting to sleep, I wonder if I remembered to lock the front door, and I ponder the responsibility that I have to protect my four children if anything were to happen while we slept.” – Me. 

Find this entire article here.

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Moms Will Understand

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“I hear the word, “Mom!” a lot, and sometimes it causes me to cringe as if the sound of it were fingernails on a chalkboard. Yeah, it’s that bad.” -Me

I love my children, but let’s face it, it often seems like I am needed an awful lot. For single mothers especially, it can get overwhelming.

MOM: A Three Letter Word can be found over at Moms of Faith where I write every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Time Flies – Woosh!

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The older I get, the faster it moves. Week by week, season by season. Time is flying by. Am I the only one who feels this way?

“…time is often foolishly spent. Not just mere seconds or hours, but years and decades and in the saddest cases of all, lifetimes are wasted. Our lives are more than a handful of good deeds that if we are lucky, might just add up to enough to buy a ticket to a pleasant eternity.” 

See more on my weekly Moms of Faith article. Find the original here.

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Happiness is Not a Destination

Happiness is not a destination. That’s our family motto. Well, at least it’s mine and I keep trying to sell it to my kids. They get it, but they surely haven’t completely bought in. Not yet.

This is also the title of a post I’ve written for Moms of Faith. Find the entire article here: Happiness is Not a Destination. Happiness right where you are…

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Hate to Waste

I hate to waste stuff. I held a yard sale earlier today and I’m exhausted, but I’m so glad to see the stuff go. It’s about more than just the money. In fact, much of what I had I gave away for free. Take and use.

Yard Sale Humor

Yard Sale Humor

I feel the same way about wasting my past and present experiences, good and bad. Especially bad. There is something so rewarding and REDEEMING about allowing God to use something awful in our past (even present) to bring hope and healing to another human being. I love that.

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My latest article for Moms of Faith talks about just this very subject. Read it here.

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What I Want My Children to Be

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I confess that if I had a choice between hearing that my child was:

A.   An A+ student

B.   An All Star athlete

C.   An Artistic prodigy

D.  Kind

I would choose D. 

Read to find out more on how I feel about this over at my weekly post for Moms of Faith here: I Want My Children to Be Kind.

I write for Moms of Faith every Wednesday & Saturday.