SUPER!

How many times have you heard the word ‘super’ bowl in the last week? How do we use the word super? We might tell someone that was a super meal, that was a super message, or I’m super tired. It made me wonder what does the word super actually mean. The dictionary defines super as very good, pleasant, excellent, something great, wonderful—you get the idea. We hear a lot about super foods these days. We have super glue, super stars, and even Superman.  But what is ‘super’ in my life is the real question…..MY GOD. MY FAMILY.

Take a moment to make a list of the super in your life. Then tell them. SUPER YOU!

EGGS!

A sewing rocker, grandma’s apron, mom’s sewing basket, an “egg”, and my grandson’s sock! Seems like an unlikely combination to some, but brings back memories for me. Grandma always wore an apron, she would settle into the chair her apron became her work surface. The sewing basket was always full of socks with holes, thanks to us eight kids! They would dump the basket of socks onto their lap, slip the “egg” inside the sock and slowly sew the hole closed. The “egg” protected their fingers from getting stuck. We never threw a sock away just because it had a hole in it. It’s somehow comforting thinking of Mom and Grandma darning our socks, rocking, a simpler life. Maybe they chatted about the weather, the garden or the latest antic of one of us kids, or maybe they enjoyed the quiet time, doing what needed to be done. Darning with an egg!

Do not despise these small beginnings……Zechariah 4:10 NLT

What do you do with a hole?

What do YOU do with a hole?

Several months ago a friend of ours talked about holes during prayer. He said we need holes in our lives for God to fill up. For example… God filled some holes with water and we call them the Great Lakes! It made me start thinking about holes. What is a hole? At first I thought about holes in socks, mud holes, holes that provide homes for animals, or donut holesJ. But what if my hole is a blank piece of paper waiting for a story. Or a lump of clay waiting for a pot. Or a piece of material waiting to be a blanket for a sick baby. Or an empty day planner waiting for God to fill it with His plans. (Not mine) I’m going to start paying attention to the holes in my life—how about you?

A hole is a space where everything has been moved out so that opportunity has a space to move in. Craig D. Lounsbrough

I CAN

 

As I drove to my daughter’s house…to show me how to post my blog entry…AGAIN! I was thinking. Why can’t I get this? I have detailed directions. I am a grown women and a teacher after all. The list of things I can’t do begins to grow and grow and grow. But before I could convince myself I can never get this God stepped in and stopped my downhill slide. When we become so focused on what we can’t do or what is difficult for us we completely forget what we can do. Right now make a list of all the things you can do, things you enjoy doing, things that are easy for you to do…when you finish look at your I CAN list of God given abilities and say “thank-you.”

And yes I CAN learn to post my blog, and, I will be patient as I learn. Because, I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

I CAN

January 15, 2019

As I drove to my daughter’s house…to show me how to post my blog entry…AGAIN! I was thinking. Why can’t I get this? I have detailed directions. I am a grown women and a teacher after all. The list of things I can’t do begins to grow and grow and grow. But before I could convince myself I can never get this God stepped in and stopped my downhill slide. When we become so focused on what we can’t do or what is difficult for us we completely forget what we can do. Right now make a list of all the things you can do, things you enjoy doing, things that are easy for you to do…when you finish look at your I CAN list of God given abilities and say “thank-you.”

And yes I CAN learn to post my blog, and, I will be patient as I learn. Because, I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength. Phil 4:13

It’s a New Year!

INSPIRATIONAL

ENCOURAGING

GOAL SETTING

Some of the words that come to mind as I read posts from family and friends this New Year’s Day. I’m reminded how precious life is from beginning to end. I’m blessed to have family who cares for me and my welfare. I’m tempted to look back and dwell on what ifs and losses in 2018 – BUT I choose to look forward to what the Lord has in store for me and my family in 2019. AND, to remember that Jesus is the author and finisher of my (and your) life. HAVE A BLESSED AND PROSPEROUS 2019.

The Giving Days

Growing up on a homestead farm, with seven brothers and sisters we didn’t have much, but Mom always found ways to give. Mom grew up without her mother, taking care of her Dad and brothers on a dairy farm in the 1930’s. She married Pop in 1948. Mom continued her journey of giving raising eight children on the family farm. As we grew up Mom always found time in her busy day to give us what we needed. She taxied us to whatever sport was in season, everyone knew there was always room in her car for another kid. Who was in charge of school fund raiser dinner? Mom. If we needed help with our many jobs, Mom was always there. Our 4-H projects were always finished on time. Did Mom get a lot of sleep on those nights? No. When we were away from home she always found time to write letters and even slip a little something in the envelope. As we grew up, moved away, got married and had children, Mom continued to give, just differently. She gave advice, when asked. She helped us with our projects, catch up on laundry, or hold a fussy baby so we could get something done. She always arrived with her brown box filled with cookies, fruit salad or a new recipe she wanted to try. She went with us to doctor visits with our babies, photo sessions, and was always ready for a shopping trip. (Treating us to lunch of course.)When Pop developed heart trouble Mom became his care-giver. They put miles on their golf cart appreciating the trees in the woods. Mom learned to cook healthy heart foods and Pop even learned to enjoy them. Then, in 1990, Pop went home to be with the Lord. Did Mom stop giving to others? No. She volunteered at a small Catholic school for many, many years. She gave those little children a ‘grandma’ who would read to them, tutor them, and help them learn their prayers.My sister was diagnosed with colon cancer in the fall of 2000, by Thanksgiving she was with the Lord. Mom spent days with her doing whatever needed to be done. She kept us going even when the going was tough. How could God take a child/a sister when we needed her so much? Did God know how Mom was feeling? Yes, He had given His only Son for us. Mom continued to taxi people around, many older than herself. She took communion to shut ins and visited friends in the nursing home. She even helped care for quadruplets. Mom has sewn hundreds of blankets for critically ill children. Now 91 years “young,” Mom continues to live on the family farm where all of us learned to get along, obey our parents and most of all love God. She lived a life of giving and now we have the opportunity to give back to her. She doesn’t drive anymore. You might wonder what happened to her car. She gave it away, of course!

Be Kind!

Be kind to one another. Ephesians 4:32

Breakfast with my girls and a pair of sneaker socks with bees on them have turned into a family tradition of sorts. When I gave them the socks I told them when they wore them to remember to ‘be kind’ to one another. Over the years ‘bee kind’ bees have shown up on pajamas, dish towels, socks—even gift cards! Together or miles apart the little bumble bees have served their purpose. We are blessed to have four kind daughters.

Be An Encourager!

I recently attended a SCBWI conference and met an encourager! Deb shared her long journey with us. She encouraged us to be more, to use our gifts and have confidence in our God given talents. She told us you can blog, you all have a story that needs to be told. “This afternoon I want you to write your first blog post.” Later that day she checked to see if I had indeed written something. She sat down and helped me brainstorm all the topics I could blog about. I came home believing that I could blog. Now my daughter has been telling me I need to blog for several years. Even had it set up on my website. So what was it that Deb said that gave me the courage to make me believe I could do this? I don’t know! But her encouragement DID give me the courage to come home and do this!!! Be encouraged – and – encourage someone today.

Thanks Deb and Jen!

So speak encouraging words to one another. I Thessalonians 5:11 Msg

You are Enough

Welcome to my premier blog post focusing on Life’s Inspirations! For my first blog post I am participating in the Positive Writer’s Contest, YOU ARE ENOUGH. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

How many times have we heard someone say a journey begins with the first step? What is your journey? Get an education? Start a business? Complete a project? Lose weight? Write a book? I could go on and on. To begin that journey, we MUST believe we can take the first step. Believing we can and taking that first step often involves a champion saying “yes you can, you’ve got this.” A champion says you can do more, you can give more, you can reach deeper. A champion believes in you, steps up for you in life. A champion believes in you when you can’t believe in yourself.

I have been blessed to have had people that believed in me my whole life. People that said to me you can do this. I believe in you. And what happened I began to believe in myself. To believe in my God-given abilities. To believe that I am enough. To take that first step. Have I fallen down? Did I want to quit? Yes and Yes. I have been blessed with God given abilities which are enough for me to have the courage to take a step and believe – YOU ARE ENOUGH.

So what journey are you on? Who are the champions in your life? Who has told you, YOU ARE ENOUGH? Believe them. Believe in yourself. Take the first step! You ARE enough.

And one more thing…….. whose champion are you? Tell them today, YOU ARE ENOUGH.