It is possible…

It is possible.

We can actually think and live clutter free.

It takes a bit of work.  Ok it takes a lot of work but with the help of a book like Organize Now! Think and Live Clutter-Free it is possible.  What I really liked about the book was it’s ability to take all the work that is necessary and break it down into bite like chunks.  Really isn’t anything in life possible if we just take it a little at a time?

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Over the past week I’ve made a few changes in our house. The most noticeable is my sleep organization.  I’ve been firm in my schedule and have set aside more time to prepare to go to sleep. It hasn’t helped this pregnant woman stay asleep but it has made for a nicer evening/morning experience and I am pleased to say that I feel better knowing that sleep will take place in bed.  I’m notoriously bad for napping on the couch before heading off to bed and since reading the tips on sleep, I’ve felt good about how my sleep is structured.

If you’re looking for a book that has simple, accessible tips to help you organize many parts of your life I say give this one a try.  It’s been an interesting read and has caused me to stop and think about the way I do things.  The winner of the free book was IamJudithMaria thanks to the generator at random.org.  I will be in touch soon to get the book to you! 

I was given a copy of Organize Now! Think and Live Clutter Free to read and review.  The opinions expressed in the above post are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the organizers of the blog tour or the author of the book.  

I guess I’ll just say it…

This morning after drop off

I’m reading this book

There was this one time

I cannot seem to write this blog.  I’ve been trying for days so I guess I’ll just say it.  We’re having a baby!

I am filled with all kinds of emotion.  There’s joy, terror, excitement and much more running through my veins all at once.  We’re thrilled to welcome a new addition to our family. I wonder though how we will transition from 3 to 4.  I hope my son remains excited when there is actually a baby in our home. I pray that this baby is healthy and whole and that it grew a diaphragm!  I’m probably the only mother in the world who actually told her unborn child to grow a diaphragm.

I’m feeling much better now.  I look less like death and have a little more energy so I hope I can blog more.  I have so much to share.  My list of ideas and giveaways is a mile long!  I’m looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and thank you for your patience with me while I was unable to write.

A laugh.

When I saw this video I laughed. I hope you do too.

I am alive.

I am alive. I am a little weary but I’m alive. Life has been full lately. My son is active and adventurous. There have been outside forces pulling at me from all sides. As a result I’ve had to step back a bit. I haven’t been writing but I have been living. Here’s a little snapshot of my life at the moment:

Food of the moment: Kale chips.  YUM.
Song of the moment: Paper doll by John Mayer.  Who knew a revenge song could become my new summer groove?  A close second is Lovely Tonight by Joshua Radin.
Most overused phrase: Sit on the potty.
Book of the moment: Game of thrones.
Cookbook of the moment: Chloe’s kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli
TV show of the moment: Start Trek: the Next Generation (season 2 specifically)

I will write again soon. Something with substance and heart. Just not tonight. Tonight is reserved for Jonah and sermons and thoughts and maybe a little Picard.

 

 

My Keurig and I have an understand…

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My Keurig and I have an understanding. It will work for me provided I put a little effort in. I need to buy the coffee and fill the reservoir. The last part is what gets me every time. More mornings than I might care to admit have involved me waiting for my coffee to brew only to find that it will not come until I put some water in. The flashing blue light is a glaring indicator of my failure at maintaining my end of the bargain. It’s easy to overlook the part where you fill it at the end of a day. When I have my last cup I simply turn the machine off and think I’ll fill it later. The trouble is I almost never do this. I forget and then the next morning you can find me clumsily trying to fill the machine so it will give me the coffee I desire. The process is unnecessary. If I just put a little work in when I didn’t immediately need coffee the machine would be ready to go when I do need it.

This morning as I was fumbling once again in my attempt to get coffee I realized that this struggle is kind of like the one many of us have in our relationship with God. It’s easy to neglect God and spiritual discipline when things are going well. We don’t roll out of bed early to get the day started with God because we think we can do it later. When we do this and it becomes a habit, those days God is needed are tough. We struggle to connect with God and reach for him clumsily because we didn’t maintain the connection, we didn’t do the work when things were going well. We need to remember that our spiritual reservoir must be filled like the one found on the coffee machine. We need to continue to fill that reservoir daily so when strength is needed, it’s easier to access.

Size isn’t everything.

I’ve lost 4 followers in the last week.

*sigh*

I shouldn’t sigh. I shouldn’t even be concerned really. I don’t do this for numbers or hits. I write to share my faith, my life and other random things I think about that I probably shouldn’t share but do anyhow. I write to maintain my skills during dry seasons in ministry. I write and sometimes erase just to vent. Followers aren’t really part of the equation, at least they aren’t when things are going up. When they go down though I notice and wonder if it’s something I said, or did, or didn’t do.

On some level this is something we all worry about, isn’t it? If we’re in ministry we worry about numbers and attendance. In the working world we seek to make connections and friends. Networking and people go hand in hand in the modern world and numbers equal success (or so we are told). When someone stops attending their vacant seat in the pew is a glaring notification of their absence. A dropped subscriber is noticed. We don’t wish to fail.

Jesus knows a little something about followers though and he got me to thinking today when I was questioning everything I know to be true about blogging.  When we look at Jesus’ ministry, we see a man who started with just himself and eventually was preaching to crowds well into the thousands. In the final week of his life, he went from having a parade thrown in his honor to having been abandoned by all but a handful of his closest friends.  Yet still, in the midst of it all he persisted and moved forward with his mission.  When Sunday came, when he stepped out of that tomb he knew he some would come back and some would not but ultimately he had accomplished what he was sent to do and that was what was important. It wasn’t about followers, it was about people and the message.

As Church people (and as bloggers) we need to remember this. It isn’t the size of your subscriber list or the number of people in the pews that matters. What matters is the life you are living, the service you are doing and the mission God has given you. If you are living your life in accordance with what God wants, if your worshipping community is focussed on the Gospel and shining a light into the world, God-things will happen.  Size isn’t everything, it’s the substance that counts.

While it always hurts when people move on, my blog isn’t about my followers it’s about shining a light into the world to whoever happens to pop in. It isn’t about me, it’s about God and isn’t that the most important thing? Whatever we do, no matter how big or how small should all be about God and regardless of how big or little I become I shall endeavor to make this blog just that.

Les Miserables and The Passover Story.

The Maccabeats have a new video out that combines two of my favorite things, musical theatre and God.

While Moses to me will always bear a striking resemblance to Charlton Heston, I have to say this was well done.

Things I know to be true

There are a few things I know to be true this week.

I know that the time changed.
I know that there is a new pope.
I know it’s still cold out and that Reggie Bush is a Lion.
I know that grace is given freely to us.
I know that it’s hard to give it out ourselves.

This week I’ve been swimming in the notion of grace, of forgiveness and love freely offered.  Since Sunday when the story of the Prodigal Son was read and mulled over I’ve been sitting in the midst of the story. Wondering if I would be found walking the long road home or pouting on the back porch. I wonder, would I be able to celebrate with a brother who returned home?  Would I be excited or resentful?  At times it can be hard to overlook past wounds to offer grace.

I would love to live a grace-full life. A life that flows with grace because of the grace I’ve been given. At times it is hard to look past those wounds and wrongs to what is happening and good around us. In today’s world we are told that we should put ourselves first and strive to achieve what is best for us. We are told that we deserve things, should desire things and I suspect we are more like the brother pouting on the back porch than we would like to admit to.  I think in some ways I am anyways. I’d like to offer forgiveness more freely and be the person who accepts and loves people well.  I want to throw more parties and celebrate with people when things go well.

There are a few things I know to be true this week.  One of them is my desire to live a grace-full life.

Escape from Planet Earth!

Sometimes as a blog author I get opportunities to promote products or try them out in response for my honest opinion of things.  Most of the time I say no as I believe that you the reader probably don’t want to read about things like eternity headbands or the latest dusting innovation. I figure if you come here you want to read about my random daily interactions with God and the crazy food we eat.  Or if not you’re likely a friend who comes to make me happy. Whatever the reason it’s probably not for promotions, but last night when I got home I opened my email and found a fun one.  The Senior Manager of Digital PR & Social Media Marketing for the company responsible for promoting William Shatner’s next movie had contacted me to see if I wanted to promote this movie on my blog.  That’s right, I said William Shatner.  The original Kirk who frolicked with Tribbles.  The original Star Trek Enterprise Captain. How could I say no? Even though I immediately wanted to say yes I did have to do some research on the movie so I dug a little and liked what I saw.

The movie is called Escape from Planet Earth and it looks adorable.  Opening on February 15th nationwide, it’s all about the little guy saving the day.  I enjoy a good underdog movie and this one looks really sweet. I expect there will be teamwork and action, adventure and lots of laughs.  The voice talent is stacked with personal favorites like William Shatner and Brendan Fraser along with Rob Corddry and SJP {Sarah Jessica Parker}. I think it’s going to be fun and a movie that I can enjoy with my son is always a winner in my book. Check out the trailer:

Now you might be thinking what’s in this for me?  Why are you telling me all about this movie Becky?  Well that social media marketing company offered to send a gift pack to one of my readers including a tattoo sheet, activity book & crayons, and a backpack clip along with a 25$ Visa gift card.  Pretty fun, right? I thought so. I wish my son could enter as he would love it!

While there is only one winner of the gift pack I do have a treat for everyone. Along with the gift pack, they sent along some digital valentines that you can download and print if you’re looking for unique designs that no one in the class will have.  Also they could be a fun way to jazz up some homemade valentines with pictures.  You can find those here:

Last but definitely not least I have discovered a pretty funny app for the iPhone {and Android if you’re into that kind of thing} that allows you to pose with a character from the movie and read the story. My son is currently obsessed with taking pictures of himself so I think this will definitely get a workout!

If you’d like to win the gift pack enter below with a comment stating your favorite family film.  The winner will be chosen with the help of Random.org after the giveaway closes on Wednesday February 13 at midnight.  One entry per person please.  Unfortunately this giveaway is limited to residents of the USA.  I promise a good one for the rest of you soon!

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P.S. – If you’re looking for more information you can find it at their website: Escape from Planet Earth

P.P.S. – I was compensated for this review and giveaway.  Not enough that I can take you all to the Olive Garden for dinner but enough that I think I can swing that for me and those who I love. Regardless as you know my opinions are mine and mine alone.  I was not influenced in any way and have told my honest thoughts and feelings in this review.

UPDATE:  The winner is Ashley Hewell! She was selected thanks to some help from our friends at Random.org.  Thank you all for entering!

Church zombies

My eyes opened and it was dark. Waves of relief rippled through my body. My breathing slowed and began to fade into a smooth rhythm once more. The nightmare was over. The terror had past. It was only a dream.

Last night at 4:30 in the morning I was faced with a terrifying scenario. In my dream as I stepped into the pulpit to begin the sermon, everyone stood up and walked out. Like zombies they fell into step behind one another.  Silent and unresponsive, they were seemingly oblivious to anything that went on around them. As I followed them on their march downstairs, I found them standing in a basement surrounded by water pouring from the ceiling, silent and glassy eyed, doing nothing.

Am I am terrified of being involved with people who fail to see, who are unresponsive and silent in response to what happens around them? Maybe it’s a fear of becoming that myself. Of failing to see and live with purpose. Perhaps I’m afraid that I’ll fail at whatever it is God has called me to do in sharing the Good News. It wasn’t a good dream.

Church zombies are surprisingly scary but very enlightening. I’m pleased to report that this morning’s service was not filled with zombies but was instead a warm, friendly group of people. Nevertheless maybe I should work on some martial arts moves. You never know when the zombie apocalypse might come…

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