Monthly Archives: June 2017

Five Minute Friday: Blessing

It’s Friday!  (More exciting than usual because it proceeds a four day weekend for me.)

Linking up again with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Today’s Five Minute Friday prompt is blessing.


Today’s prompt reminds me of Rachel Cruz’s book, Love Your Life, Not Theirs.

I have to admit I didn’t read the whole book, but I paged through it and remember reading about the #blessed hashtag that people use on social media when they’re posting pictures of new houses, cars and vacations.

Once more, it comes down to heart issues. Are people trying to flaunt what they have to make others jealous? Maybe some are. There’s probably always mixed motives. The heart is deceptive, after all.

Sometimes, though, it’s genuine joy and happiness that people want to share. It’s our problem if we feel envious.

One thing to keep in mind, is everyone has their pain. It might be health issues or relationship problems. It might be financial, legal or job stress.

The pictures on social media never capture the entirety of someone’s life. The trick is to be grateful for the blessings of our own lives and not worry about those of others.


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Five Minute Friday: Steady

It’s Friday!  Linking up with Kate Motaung and Five Minute Friday.

This week’s prompt is: Steady


There’s a lot in life that threatens to capsize our vessels.

A health crisis.  An unexpected death.

A wave of expenses that you’re unprepared for.

A relationship that crumbles and falls apart, leaving you dazed and hurt.

It’s tempting to just let life pull you under.

Without an Anchor, that’s exactly what happens.

I’ve seen it happen.

We have to drop the Anchor to stay steady and ride the waves to smoother sailing.

Taking time to regain perspective, to reaffirm belief.  To speak truth to ourselves, trusting the Anchor to hold us steady.



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Five Minute Friday: Worth

It’s Friday!  Linking up with Kate Motaung and the Five Minute Friday crew.

Today’s prompt: worth


What is a human life worth?

What is it’s value?

In the Sherlock TV series, Mary Watson steps in front of a bullet meant for Sherlock.  It’s a powerful image of redemption.

Even more so when Sherlock realizes it.

“In saving my life she conferred a value on it. It is a currency I do not know how to spend.”

It’s easy to say a life is priceless.  It’s even easy to believe it at some level.

But the sacrifice of another’s life emphasizes the value, the worth.

Going to funerals often makes me reflective about spending my one and only life well.

Investing in eternity is always a good choice.


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What I’m Reading, June 2017

Yep.  June means strawberries.

Strawberry pie for Pete’s birthday. Strawberries in the freezer.  Fresh strawberries for dessert.

I like moving into the summer schedule.  No stress to be out the door in time for school. More quiet time in the morning, which is critical for my mental health.

Linking up with Modern Mrs Darcy for this month’s Quick Lit.

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At Home in the World by Tsh Oxenreider

Kyle and Tsh Oxenreider took their three kids, ages 4-10 on a 9 month, around the world trip.

That in itself piques curiosity.

It’s a transparent book about international travel: the heat, the crowds, the kids puking.

Tsh chronicles their globe trotting, but, more importantly, reflects on some of the deepest longings of the human heart: how to make a home, the need for belonging, even peace with God no matter where we lay our heads.

These are favorite topics for me: what are the elements of “home”? What is the drive behind wanderlust? What are the deeper longings of the heart that cause restlessness and rootlessness? How do we satisfy our longing for community regardless of where we rest our heads?

I think these are questions worth pondering.

I know a lot of global nomads. I know these are issues for them. They are issues for me.

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Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart

The novelized account of our country’s first female sheriff was fascinating.

Three sisters living alone in the country manage to get on the wrong side of some shady characters.  How they hold their own, some family secrets and facing danger head on made for a great story.

Stewart writes in an engaging style that kept me flipping pages.

I was glad to see the author follows the sisters’ story in another book.


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Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Note: Heads up for language.

I didn’t really understand apartheid until I read this book.

Seeing how it played out in people’s lives is sobering.

Trevor Noah has a white father and a black mother.  In South Africa, it was illegal for his father and mother to procreate.  His very existance was against the law, hence the title, Born a Crime.

It’s mind-blowing to think about the world and the life that Trevor Noah was born into. It’s a cautionary tale, especially for those who have a vote in their government’s laws and leaders.

I liked Noah’s personal and relatable writing style as well as the occasional political commentary.


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Hashimoto’s Protocol by Izabella Wentz

I found that this book isn’t as readable as her other book. Not sure why. I have to take it a little bit at a time.

For me, I’ve implemented one or two things at a time. Making wholesale changes was too overwhelming. But, it’s amazing the difference little tweaks can make.

I don’t have all the symptoms of Hashimoto’s. I think that’s because there are so many different root causes, and often multiple root causes. Pinpointing the root causes takes time as well as trial and error. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

Even though I see some dramatic improvements in my health, there’s still a long way to go.

What are you reading this month?

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Five Minute Friday: Expect

It’s Friday.  Linking up again with Kate Motaung.

Today’s prompt is: expect.


I can’t help but think of hope when I hear the word expect.

Hope, that critical element that we can’t live without.  It’s what keeps us going when we’re discouraged.

It’s what we need to get up in the morning.

It’s what keeps us serving, thinking of others instead of ourselves.

It’s what helps us deal with grief and despair.

The hope that this life is not all there is.

The hope an eternity of joy and blessing.

That idea is the spark that moves us forward.


Last night when I took a peek at the prompt expect, my mind turned to pregnancy.

But, this morning, my heart was full thinking about the funeral of a dear friend later today.

I’ve thought a lot about how hope is one of life’s most critical elements.  Today, it’s hitting deeper that our eternal hope is the bedrock to virtually all we do.

For me, to wait in expectation means to hope.

I’m so thankful for that hope.


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Five Minute Friday: Future

It’s Friday.  Time for another link up with Kate Motaung.

Today’s prompt is: future.


I live in the future.

That is where my daydream fantasies are always perfect.

Where things go my way and even my craziest ideas work out and are brilliantly successful.

All this as opposed to the here and now.

Where things are messy. And I screw up.


There’s just lots of irritations in the present.

The perfect, fantasy, daydream future is so enticing.  No wonder I want to live there instead of here.

I have to fight it.

I have to be present in the here and now.  With the mess.  With the interruptions.  With people who don’t agree with all my brilliant ideas, who point out the flaws and see the drawbacks that I don’t see.

I need to be present.  Here.  Today.

And not only present, but grateful.  Grateful for what is.  Grateful for the mess.  Grateful for the people who see the drawbacks and my imperfections and walk along with me anyway.


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