I still remember the feeling of God's voice penetrating deep into my heart the day I became a Christian. It was a wonderful feeling that I held on to tightly for several years after that day. I grasped those words tightly in my fists, afraid that it was a once in a lifetime moment that I would not get again. My fists held closely to my heart, I hoped that I wouldn't forget the sound of His voice. Today, my arms are stretched out in front of me, hands loose (except for a gentle grasping of my pen), and bible laid out on my lap as I soak in the sound of that familiar voice--the voice I open my bible and my heart for almost every day.
Persevere. This word God has spoken to me more times in this past year than any other. "Be patient. Trust me. Keep going. Don't quit. I've got this." At times I've wondered if I just skip this lesson, will God let me move on to the next one? Maybe the next one will be more to my liking. Maybe it will be less uncomfortable. Maybe it will produce a quicker result. But aren't those thoughts precisely why God is being so thorough with teaching me perseverance?
My goal this year has been to read more books. Whether it's paperback, ebook, or audiobook, I want to be filling my mind with more wisdom and knowledge than I have in previous years. I want to grow as a Christian, as a business owner, as a wife, as a mother, and as a writer. I cannot expect to grow if I am not feeding my mind with the wisdom and knowledge of those who have more knowledge and experience than I do. But in my quest for knowledge, my first priority is (or should be) my daily bible reading. If I find myself spending my time reading self-help books, even Christian ones, but don't read my bible--there's a problem. If you're an avid reader, but struggle to read your bible regularly (or consciously choose not to), let me share with you the two main issues I see...
It's Good Friday 2017 today. It's been almost two thousand years since the death of our saviour Jesus Christ, yet His sacrifice is as applicable today as it has ever been. God's power to forgive and bring about new life is just as great. So why do we struggle with accepting the power and purpose of the event that changed the world so many years ago?
I think it's because many of us fail to fully take hold of the death and resurrection of Christ as it applies to our own lives. We fail to feel the weight of our sin being laid on Jesus. We fail to accept His final words that "it is finished." And we fail to see the incredible power of God that brought Jesus back to life.
If we can allow ourselves to fully embrace Good Friday and Easter Monday as powerful, purposeful events that occurred for each of us personally, our lives would wholly be changed.
Have you ever read or been told that you’re doing “kingdom work” by taking care of your home and raising your kids? Did you smile and nod outwardly, but inside you were rolling your eyes or laughing? I’ve been there. When you’re right in the thick of it—the messy, noisy, long, repetitive days of motherhood—it’s hard to see the bigger picture. But, finding joy in the mundane may just be the key to unlocking the peace and contentment that you need.
As I thought about a theme for the first month of this new year, “productivity” came to mind. January often begins with high hopes and even higher expectations of what we imagine we can accomplish in the next 12 months. I thought about covering topics on bullet journaling (my favourite way to plan and keep my mind organized), on setting priorities and focus, and on how to organize your life to accommodate your highest priorities. While those are all worthy topics of discussion, I felt my heart pull in another direction as my fingers hit the keyboard. I want to first address failure.
This year has felt nothing short of a bad roller coaster ride. One of those rides that somehow never ends. For the most part, I've been very proud with the way I've handled these trials. Through such tribulation I've been able to stay focused on my heavenly Father and just rely on his strength. As hard as this year has been it's also been extremely life-giving and eye-opening. I sit here today with wisdom I would not have had unless I had walked through the hard days. I continue to have the courage to keep walking down the long road ahead. That being said, I want to share with you about a couple days I had not so long ago...
All work and no play makes everyone a dull boy (or girl). But how can we make time for play when there always seems to be so much work to do? It took me several years into adulthood to figure out that no matter how much work I did on a particular day, there would inevitably be more waiting as soon as the next day started. Whether it’s university papers, dirty dishes or laundry, or take-home work from our day jobs, there will always be something more left to do.
When most of us think of hormones, we think of either the bad things (i.e. PMS, cramps, mood swings, acne) or pregnancy (i.e. can I get pregnant?) But there’s actually far more to hormones than meets the eye. Most people don’t know this, but the menstrual cycle is considered the fifth vital sign of health (after body temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure) because you can learn a lot about your overall health and hormone balance by monitoring your menstrual cycle.
Self-care in my house today looked like me watching Netflix and eating chocolate chip cookies in my bed. No, that's definitely not the healthiest version of self-care I could have chosen, but it was all I could muster. I also took a nap. Because seriously, being a mom is hard. Sometimes it can be cry-your-face-off-into-your-pillow hard. It's not a role that I believe any woman can survive without learning how to take care of herself.
"She opens her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." I don’t know about you but man this verse carries weight for me. I have it posted on the mirror in my bathroom and read it multiple times a day. I often don’t speak wise words and I certainly don’t always follow the law of kindness. I have read and prayed this verse so many times that now when I lose my temper, or get short, or just flat out say something ridiculous this verse pops into my head as a gentle reminder that I CAN do better. Our words can be used to uplift or tear down. What we tell our children will become their inner voice. What message are we sending to them?