Do We Bring God Glory When We Debate Controversies?

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Fellow blogger, Chelsea Dent at Momma Dent Gets Personal just wrote a great post: “Debating Controversial Topics: Does it Bring God Glory?” She brings a much needed balanced perspective on all the hot button issues surfacing on social media. I have been guilty of this myself, and I am trying to balance out defending the truth with honoring God’s instructions for how we are to get along as fellow believers. Finding that balance between love and truth is easier said than done, but it is important that we let God continue to work on our hearts and show us how to live this out and honor him. Read more…

Happy Independence Day : What today means to a Political Refugee now US Citizen

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I am so grateful to be able to live in this country and call myself a citizen. After coming here from Romania in 1990 as political refugees from the Communist Dictatoriship in power at the time, our family has a special understanding of what freedom means to us. My parents gave up everything to bring us here, and give us a better life.

After living someplace where your life was at risk if you were a Christian, and where we were denied many other freedoms we take forgranted sometimes now… I am very passionately protective of our liberties here in the US. Read more…

Pushing back the Battle Line

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May we increase our confidence in what we can accomplish in this spiritual battle through Christ. May we be diligent in pushing back the battle line farther and farther each day – breaking the enemy’s hold, regardless of the sacrifice and surrender needed on our part.

He goes before. We march behind. In Christ we can do all things. Read more…

I am just the Messenger, not the Load-Bearer : A Post about Letting Go

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So lately I have been thinking… how many times do I care so deeply about outcomes with other people that I obsess over their decisions and become “naggy?” Or I keep things inside and become horribly depressed. I worry that if I am not involved and continually “remind” others of the truth, they will continue to struggle — and it will be all my fault. Or if someone is in pain, I believe it is up to me to “fix” them. Can you relate?

I am an emotional, intense, and compassionate person. God made me this way intentionally. I often pray for my loved ones, but sometimes the worry keeps me up at night. This burden that I carry, this heavy load… sometimes becomes too heavy, and I feel overwhelmed. I am learning that this is not the way God intended me to live.

I can care for others, empathize, intercede for them when God places them on my heart. But the burden for them was not meant for me to carry continually. Read more…

#SheSharesTruth ~ Spiritual Mothers

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Some of these women in particular really invested in me, inspired me, spoke into my life (You know who you are). These “mother” figures gave a SIGNIFICANT amount of their time, invited me into their homes, and encouraged me as a wife, woman, and future mom (I became pregnant with my daughter during my time there). They taught me recipes, inspired me with their home-making, crafting, sewing, thriftiness, the way they raised their kids, loved their husbands, served the church, volunteered in the community, and treasured their quality time with their loved ones. Read more…

Babies don’t keep…

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“Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
for babies grow up, we’ve learned to our sorrow.

So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep,

I’m rocking my baby, and babies don’t keep.”

~ Ruth Hulbert Hamilton
Lets make more time for our little ones… and forgot the to-do lists once in a while — just play on the floor with our kids. They need our undivided attention, even if its just for short periods throughout the day, so today, allow your brain to drop the other demands on your attention for awhile. It can always pick them up again later.  Read more…

Just Do It!

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At some point we have to say no to the whirlwind. Put a pause on the dizzying spiral of negative thoughts, and just step out in faith and DO SOMETHING. Whether it is making that phone call, writing that letter, rocking that new mom’s screaming baby so she can rest, holding the hand of that cancer patient. There is work that needs to be done, and someone has to do it. Read more…

Paint : The Inspiration to be Brave

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Paint. The word makes me feel excited about possibility and potential,
but also terrified of at the same time. What am I really afraid of… in art? In Life?

I am afraid that if I step outside the bounds of what is normal, safe and accepted…
if I explore my braver, more creative side,
I will discover that I am a failure… that I am ordinary and insignificant.

I am afraid of uncovering the truth that I operate on wishful thinking
and that deep in my core I am really no good.
I am afraid people will see right through me
and discover that I have no idea what I am doing. Read more…

Organizing My Life: My Ideal Day

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In my last post, Overwhelmed Mommies, Finding Ever-Elusive Balance, I discussed the challenges I had been having staying on top of all my responsibilities as a caring wife, first time mommy, and a small business owner. I mentioned a little about how having things in writing and on a schedule helped me deal with some of my stress. It helped make everything feel much more manageable. This post is a sample of what an ideal day for me could look like. Read more…

Overwhelmed Mommies, Finding Ever-Elusive Balance

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A little moment of honesty: It is really hard sometimes to take care of myself and the home as a first time mom. I put everyone else’s needs first. It is so hard to find time to do simple things like shower every day, brush my teeth (I know, yuck), much less do my makeup. And most days my hair is a disaster or the carpet needs vacuuming. I can’t remember the last time I scrubbed the toilet or even attempted a workout. Dishes and laundry seem to never get done. They may seem like simple things to someone else, but everything all together feels overwhelming at times, and so I think some weeks I just check out and stop trying. If I feel like everything as a whole is too much for me to handle, I just let go of all the little things all together. Read more…

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