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    Simply Silent

    It’s not uncommon for me to be so busy talking, that I miss what someone is saying. Usually it’s Peter or the children, trying to get my attention, but I have my own words, ideas, agendas. Unfortunately, sometimes I’m like this with God as well. I have my own words, ideas or agendas as I [...]

    The Simplicity of Distance

    (I’m linking up with Lisa-Jo at The Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Friday.) Distance. I stare at the word in front of me and think of the distance we’ll travel tomorrow for our Spring Break getaway. The last time we visited Ocean Isle Beach, we followed Hurricane Earl. He left in such a huff that the tide [...]

    Everything In Its Place and Other Myths

    A place for everything, and everything in its place is a myth at our house. For the moment. When our basement flooded, we were very lucky that most things were in bookcases, dressers or in plastic tubs on shelving. Everything was in its place, thankfully, even in the laundry room where the shut-off valve broke. [...]

    Simply Flooded

    Sometimes words dry up and then the waters flood. Thoughts of God’s faithfulness have flooded my mind these last few days. There’s so much to tell – a lifetime of God’s faithfulness, moving and acting on my behalf. For years, the longing to share His story grew within my womb, but I tried the work [...]

    Being Attentive

    I struggle with being attentive. I could blame it on the fact that I’m an ENFP who has a severe case of ADHD and that would be partly true, but once you know, you can’t not know, and I know. My Dilemma I love the results of being attentive. Did you catch that? The results. Not [...]

    Bread and Attitudes for the Choosing

    I had such a productive morning on Thursday. I made a double batch of bread: two loaves of seed bread, a loaf of white and a pan of cinnamon rolls. Oh, and a mini-loaf to give to neighbors as pittance for Archie stealing their Wall Street Journal. Peter said it was my best so far [...]

    Fallen Off The Wagon

    I’ve fallen off the wagon for the last couple of weeks. The menu-making, planning-ahead-for-meals wagon. We’ve been foraging through cupboards, sparse pantry shelves and barren refrigerator/freezers for the last several days. How long can a family survive on PB&J? We would have found out had it not been for Brittany‘s example. She inspired me to get [...]

    Some Things Can’t Be Rushed

    My last few attempts at making bread have become increasingly worse than the first few as evidenced by the picture above. If this were a yearbook picture, someone (named Cheryl Smith) would have used a black Sharpie to draw an angry face right on that loaf of bread. Can’t you see the frown at the [...]

    Shares Well with Others

    In the years before I started my own business, I worked for the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. One of the things I learned during that time is that chamber professionals share well with others. Need a sponsorship agreement? Ask Wendy. Need information about branding? Ask Cathy. Need to know how to handle a personnel [...]

    The Semi-Circle LifeShape

    We talked about rest, Wendy and I. When she was here for tea, our conversation turned to how crazy life can be and how stressed we can get as a result. Immediately, I thought of the Semi-Circle from the book, Building a Discipling Culture by Mike Breen and Steve Cockram, and briefly showed her. The [...]

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