Thankfuls 2

I’m sitting here with a tissue shoved up my nose typing away because my poor hand literally got tired of reaching for yet another tissue to stem the tide of…  We’ve got a house full of colds. I think that’s about all you really need to know.

Time to move along now.

Lately, I’ve been realizing that I am not a “finisher”. I am a Starter. And a pretty good one, if I do say so myself. I can start me an argument, for example, like no one’s business. But finishing it out? Well… that’s above my pay grade.

So, I’m making a commitment to see this Thankfuls thing through because a) I like the idea of this and 2) I need more Thankfulness in my life. How bout you?

Just putting it out there so that those of you who love me can call me out on it if I start slacking.

Without further ado, this week I am thankful for:

1) Tissues. Soft white tissues that have no lotion, thank-you-very-much.  I’ve gone through a couple of boxes in the last few days and Sweetboy and Sweetgirl have, too. The tissue making people see us coming and start jumping for joy. I know they do. I can feel their wallets shivering in anticipation of how many boxes we’ll go through,  today, alone!

2) Negative Strep Tests.  Yup. Per #1, there have been sore “froats” in our house again this week, but so far – we’ve all been declared strep free. Praise The Good Lord!

3) iPhones and facetime. There are some precious bloggers who have become real-life friends to me this past year.  Facetime has allowed me, well… some facetime with the ones who are cross country.  And some of them, unlike me, are great finishers, and chock-full of wisdom and guidance; which, The Facetime facilitates quite nicely. Plus, I can still be in my jammies while we talk.

4) Homelife Magazine.


Some of my very most favorite writers (I’m eyeballin’ you Melanie Shankle and Sophie Hudson) write for Homelife, on occasion; as do Kristen Welch and Mark Batterson and a bunch of others who write words that I just eat on up.

and lastly…

5) Sweetgirl and I got some special one-on-one time while Sweetboy was at Karate this week.  She determined that we would play “friends” with her favorite stuffed animals. (I jokingly asked her if mama could name them Joey, Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Phoebe, and Monica. She was not amused. She was, however, confused.) I am so thankful for some mommy-daughter time. I love me some mama-son time, too, but this week, it was Team Pink!  And this is where the action took place. (And I secretly named the sisters on the right Phoebe and Ursula, because, FRIENDS!)


And that, as they say, is a wrap.  Which I’m about to go crawl into. Because I’m cold. I may even snuggle up with Phoebe. And Ursula.

Yes indeedy!

What are you thankful for this week?

Chasing a Dream – Part 4



Welcome to part four in a five-part series on Chasing your dreams. If you missed them, you can read part 1 here, part 2 here, or part 3, here.

I’ve been playing catch-up with some of my favorite magazine reading.  Although I can love me some People Magazine, what I really eat up are my Life Beautiful and Homelife magazines.  I was just finally getting around to the July issue of Homelife (I’m so very up with the times, aren’t I?) and I turned the page to discover an article entitled, wait for it… “Chasing a Dream” by Pete Wilson.  This little article packed one convicting punch.  My favorite quote from it, although there were so many wonderful nuggets to chew on, is the following:

“It means our confidence is no longer in our ability to achieve each one of our dreams, but in the strength and power of the God we claim to follow.” – Pete Wilson

I do believe that a verse I had chosen to focus on, back when I was considering chasing this dream in the first place, had slipped right outta my mind.  And I’ve had blurry vision ever since.  Are you still with me?  Let me share the verse with you, and then it might become more clear:



And I lost sight of that. I don’t know about you, but I do believe I was struck with a case of the good old fashioned “I Wants”.  I began to want what I wanted more than I wanted to keep my joy over the small beginnings.  And it was not good.  My stinkin’ thinkin’ began to spiral right out of control, with the possibilities for future growth.  My eyes glazed over with excitement at the prospect of a fame that could only come at some increasingly obvious valuable cost.  It was time with my family, for me.  What might it be for you?


You see, that’s the irony here. In my case, anyway.  Dreams almost always start out small.  And if God has blessed it, He is pleased – no – He rejoices to see the work begin!  That amazes me.  He loved the smallest among us and sent His son to encourage us to come to Him like a little child.  He loves the least, or smallest in significance, among us and commanded us to care for the widow and the orphan.  He clearly loves small things.  And, if we will allow Him to use us for His glory, He  tells us that He will honor those small beginnings and esteem them and bless them.


I do believe that God was confirming this message, yet again, for me through this article. And, this message has been popping up in so many different ways and on so many different occasions lately, that it’s a wonder that God didn’t just whack me upside the head with a 2×4 and get it over with!


Please, don’t misunderstand me. I’m not suggesting that we shouldn’t hanker for progress and growth.  As long as we’re keeping a few important things in mind, I believe God lets us loose to chase those dreams with abandon.  For Him!


“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters…”
Colossians 3:22-24


“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.”
Proverbs 16:2-4


Lord! Make me smaller and You bigger.  Help me to take my eyes off of the human prize and fasten my eyes on You.  The only prize that matters.  I’ll keep praying that and remembering how these small beginnings are just those.  Beginnings.  And that is certainly a worthy reason to keep chasing a dream.  Oh, yes indeedy!


Does this speak to you at all?  Are you feeling called to re-examine how you’re going about your dream chasing lately, or does it confirm that you’re on the right track?  I’d love to know!