• encouragement,  freedom dance,  Life Help,  Mom talk

    Why Worldview Matters to Me

    John 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Genesis 3:1 “Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, ‘Did God really say…?” John 8:44 “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your…

  • Doable resources series,  encouragement,  freedom dance,  Mom talk

    Part 6: doable resources for peace and sanity

    I tend to be a perfectionist. There, I said it. Perfectionism can take on different forms – in fact, I believe it can be as varied and unique as the persons who struggle with it. My perfectionism tends to rear its ugly head in a rather subtle form. In fact, it can be mistaken for positive qualities, such as efficiency and diligence. Only those closest to me would know that the motives behind it just might not be all that pure.

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    transparency

      I’m afraid. Is it really worth the possible cost? This world is a scary place – I mean, Christians are being beheaded by Isis! Wouldn’t it be easier and safer to just live here and not really follow Jesus?  These are the words of a child, whom I dearly love. These are real concerns – not something to be brushed aside flippantly. These are scary times. I’m in my forties – with years of God building trust in my heart and soul – and I daily have to decide to trust Him with my whole life, my whole heart.  My prayer is that God show up big time, in…

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    Jesus is Enough – revisited

    A few days ago, I wrote about how I was dealing with exhaustion and extreme mental, physical, and emotional fatigue. I said that I didn’t have the answers…nothing except Jesus is enough. I want to revisit that statement, because the more I focused on it – Jesus is enough – the more I realized that this simple statement is the answer – the only answer I will ever need. There doesn’t ever need to be anything more. The writer part of me wants it to be more…maybe something a little more difficult to explain – perhaps something that needs more flowery words and impressive eloquence. But the truth of it…

  • Doable resources series,  encouragement,  freedom dance,  Mom talk

    Part 5: doable resources for peace and sanity

    I nearly scratched this topic off of my list of doable resources for peace and sanity. In fact, I scribbled it out, and then rewrote it, on my list of post topics – I knew I had to write about it. Even if it can’t be dubbed easy, it is doable. And it is important. [At this point, I’m wishing for an easier row to hoe – a funnier and more light-hearted calling. You know, the whole “Make ’em laugh” thing.] Oh well, since that isn’t going to happen, here goes… So often, my struggle to accomplish what I know is my responsibility nearly drives me insane. I feel like I’m…

  • Doable resources series,  encouragement,  freedom dance,  Mom talk

    Part 3: doable resources for peace and sanity

    Hello, my friends! I’m finally sitting down to write this post…I’ve taken a bit longer, because of all of the “doable resources for peace and sanity” posts, this one is the most important. We’ve arrived at what I consider to be the linchpin that holds the wheel of my life on its axle. Without this one, there is nothing that makes my life make sense. I approach the writing of this post with a bit of trepidation. I write this with gentleness and humility, knowing that I need to live this authentically more than anyone else; God holds me responsible to live what I teach. So far we’ve talked about having a doable…

  • encouragement,  freedom dance,  High school,  Mom talk,  My family,  unique education

    the joy of choice

    “Are you taking PSEO classes – you know you don’t want to miss out on FREE college! What are your plans? Where are you going to go to college? What are you going to do with the rest of your life? What? You don’t know? Oh well, you can have the year after you graduate to figure it all out.” I can feel her angst – the barrage of questions stripping her of her usual mature composure. I want to stuff a sock in the questioning mouth. Instead I wink at her and bite my tongue…besides, they’re well meaning, I remind myself. “It’s okay, kiddo,” I send the message with my eyes.…

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    Bu-bye, Burnout, you’re not welcome anymore!

    You probably already know this, but our family homeschools. No, we don’t “do school at home.” Like most home educators, we live learning. Our lifestyle is one that flows in and around learning in every shape and form – we’ve been at it so long, I have to stop and look at the calendar to see what week we are in. In years past, I often dealt with an exceptionally debilitating condition we all like to call “burnout.” You don’t have to be a homeschooler to suffer from this monster, but homeschoolers seem to come down with a special strain of it!

  • encouragement,  freedom dance

    witness – not savior

    We’ve all been told that “failure is good – you can’t succeed or learn without making mistakes.” And most of us go, “bla-bla-bla” inside our heads and go right on expecting ourselves to be perfect. We call it high expectations. We say we demand a lot of ourselves. My personal favorite is my own “mediocre isn’t in my vocabulary.” When it’s all boiled down, though, what’s left on the bottom of the pot is the number one fear of mankind. (No, not public speaking.)                                       Failure. Rejection. Just plain old not being…