Remember that old joke about how to eat an elephant? The answer is, of course, one bite at a time. As a child, I didn’t understand the deeper meaning of that answer; but as adult, I understand it all too well. Difficult tasks can seem overwhelming when looked at as a whole, especially when several… Continue reading The First Bite of the Elephant
Our week has been full of busyness, beginning with celebrating my daughter’s birthday last weekend. Happy fifteenth, dear Shae! (She blogged about her celebration here.) As well, we attended the county 4-H fair over the course of two days, where my kids’ projects for the year were judged, with happy results. My oldest two will… Continue reading Mixed Bag of Thoughts about Our Mixed-Up Week
Born a people-pleaser, I’ve said yes my entire life just to earn others’ esteem. I’ve also agreed to take on projects because I knew I’d feel guilty if I didn’t, in light of the person asking for the favor. They would never turn me down if asked them, I’d think. And then I’d find myself immersed… Continue reading When “No” Is the Godly Answer
It has been an interesting week in my household, to say the least. On Monday, we celebrated the passing into Heaven of my husband’s grandmother at her beautiful funeral service. (You can read more about that here.) For me, Tuesday was taken up with the completion of a writing deadline. Deadlines are nothing new to… Continue reading Self-Care, or Narcissism?
I wish I had figured out long ago the secret to contentment. For years, I pushed through life accomplishing what I thought needed to be done, whether it involved home-schooling my children, volunteering at church, freelancing as a writer, or being a good wife. I am a perfectionist and tried to be the best at… Continue reading Discipline Leads to Contentment
When my family and I watch those HGTV house-hunting shows, we play a little game. We listen for the words view, flow, open-concept, and entertaining. Why? Because every house hunter in America seems to be looking for those things. And while I can appreciate an open layout and a fine view, I can't relate to… Continue reading Hospitality Is Not My Cup of Tea
I enjoy blogging and reading Christian blogs—both keep my heart and mind focused on the Lord and living for him. But life is cyclical, and recently, I've been in one of those crazy-busy cycles. You know, a period of time in which it seems that you are so busy from the time your feet hit… Continue reading Joy to the World…And Now I Need a Nap!