1 Degree Matters

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog | 34 comments

  Have you ever noticed when the temperature outside goes up one degree? I don’t, yet the thermometer shows it has. It isn’t until the temperature changes by five or ten degrees that I begin to feel it. I notice the cumulative effects of a bunch of degrees, but the individual degrees themselves, go unnoticed.   “Your eyes [God] saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”  ~Psalm 139:16 ESV On February 2, 2012, I will have been alive...

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Inviting Jesus into the germ infested booth at McDonalds

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood | 7 comments

  I’ve noticed a trend in my social life recently. Whenever I get together with another mama of little ones, I mostly talk about “surfacy things.” I will only share personal issues once I know a fellow mama has my Crayola marker streaked back. But… (and this is painful to admit) I do not know how my friend is doing spiritually while in the midst of the splash pad, playground, or germ infested booth at McDonalds. Is she struggling to trust God? Is she content with where God has her? How is she doing really… I...

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But God

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

  Friends, I’ve noticed a lot of frustration, anger, and discouragement on social media lately. Something needs to change. I believe that something has to do with: focus.     We choose not to forgive a friend or neighbor. But God forgives. We become frustrated with ourselves and with our own hang ups. But God is compassionate and gracious. We loathe our own reflection in the mirror. But God approves and infinitely loves. But God. But God. But God. Put your focus back on God. Cease hanging out with un-forgiveness,...

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My daughter or my dream

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood | 0 comments

  Ok y’all, I miss meeting with you here. I’ve even forgotten where certain letters are on my keyboard. I retyped this sentence because it looked like this initially: Invr fotgottwn where ceryain prtters are on mu keuboard. As my fingers find their way home, I pray the words jostling around in my heart find their way out and into this space again. For over the summer, I realized something quite profound. My daughter is more important than my dream.     I remember the wrinkles under the eyes of my newborn daughter as...

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Finding God alongside a dead cactus

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Blog, Military & Moving | 10 comments

  Friends~ have you heard about Emily Wierenga’s newest book, Atlas Girl, yet? I grabbed a copy of it and I cannot wait to begin reading. This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!   Like Emily, I found myself disillusioned with life. I then discovered God alongside a dead cactus…     I tried to stifle the tears as I watched my parents drive off. What had I done? I graduated from college and secured...

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What I’ve learned since 1994

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

  Ok y’all… my 20th high school reunion is this weekend. So I am in a mega “reflective” mood today, pondering some humorous and solemn things I’ve learned since 1994. If I could travel back in time (in a DeLorean of course) to the morning of my graduation, I would share the following revelations with 18 year old me:     1. You will be enthralled with rectangular devices. 20 years from now you will own rectangular devices named “laptop,” “cellphone,” and “iPad.” You will do most of your “work” and “reading” on these devices. You...

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Pockets: the reality of our trip to Hawaii

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood | 8 comments

  Aloha friends! We recently returned from our vacation in Hawaii. We took our children, ages 5 and 3, with us. I posted pictures on Facebook of us smiling on the beach, but there is another side of the trip that needs to be told…     I do not usually give “advice” on this blog- but if I may offer some based on what happened, it would be this:   An experience is still worth it even if the pockets of joy or fun within it feel short lived. Reject expectations of “perfection” and embrace...

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So that others may live: Memorial Day reflections

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Blog, Military & Moving | 0 comments

    I could feel the lump in my throat. The silence was deafening. The American flag looked stunning as it waved against the cloudless sky. A lone trumpet began to play. My husband’s shaky hand grabbed my own hand that was filled with crumpled tissues. As I turned to look him, I saw tears streaming down his cheeks. I did not want them to touch his flight suit, so I quickly wiped them away. I noticed the silver wings placed across his upper left chest and over his heart. To the world they are symbols of his heroism and dedication to...

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Replacing a yes with no: thoughts on Paleo and cleansing

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

  Before reading this post, please note the following: I am not a doctor. I have no formal education, training, or degree in anything related to medicine, fitness, or nutrition. What follows is not a sales pitch or a prescription for what you should go and do. I do not know what physical shape you are in or if your doctor would want you to make the same choices I’ve made recently. This is only what happened to me.    ______________    My children are 5 and 3 years old. Preschoolers can be challenging little people. I feel...

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Easter: A folded sheet

Posted by on Apr 16, 2014 in Blog | 24 comments

    One of my favorite household duties is folding and putting away our clean laundry. I also love to fold linen napkins and place them in their appropriate spot around our dinner table. Hundreds of bows were folded and secured to the backs of our wedding reception chairs. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Easter. Something new about the Resurrection of Jesus caught my attention this year. I am not the only one who folds linen. Order. Detail. Accomplished. Jesus.     Jesus is not dead- He is alive. The only thing found in the...

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Delighting over our significant image

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Blog, Motherhood, Video blogs | 4 comments

  I posted the following comments on the One Degree Facebook page yesterday and they touched many of you. For those who missed it, I pray the following makes you smile~   I was in the kitchen fixing lunch when I heard my little girl start to squeal and giggle. I found her on top of the bathroom counter, delighting over her image in the mirror.     Friends, what emotion do you feel as you look at your own face and body in the mirror? I will be honest, there are days I do not delight in my face or my body. I evaluate what I see...

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