1 Degree Matters

Posted by on Feb 13, 2012 in Blog | 40 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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Beauty in the midst of “ugly”

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Blog | 1 comment

  3 years ago my mama won. She finished her race for the cure in the arms of her Cure. The beauty of God is evident in the midst of “ugly.” He is close to the brokenhearted. This I know.   2001 “Tracy, your mother’s on the phone, do you want to take her call?” That is strange… my mother never calls while I am at work. “Hi mom…” “Tracy… it’s… it’s… falling out.” My mother was weeping. “Mom, what is falling out?” “My hair, it is coming out in clumps. I was taking a shower and now it is all over the bathtub. Your dad is at...

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Making it to half-time

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

  Half-time is upon me. It seems I spent the majority of my twenties and thirties running up and down the “court” of life. Figuratively speaking, I made some killer 3 point shots. But I’ve also thrown some “Hail Marys” and shots that bounced violently off the rim and into my opponent’s arms. Some of my figurative shots continue to circle slowly along the outer rim of the net. I have yet to see whether the balls will go into or out of the net. I only know that I am thankful I took those shots.  ...

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What Kindergarten taught this mama: Slow and steady wins the race

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Blog, Motherhood | 6 comments

  “A hare was one day making fun of a tortoise for being so slow upon his feet. ‘Wait a bit,’ said the tortoise. ‘I’ll run a race with you, and I’ll wager that I win.’ ‘Oh, well,’ replied the hare, who was much amused at the idea, ‘let’s try and see.’ “ ~ excerpt from Aesop’s Fables, “The Hare and the Tortoise”     I have a problem. Like the hare in this fable, I am “much amused” at the idea of slowness. I am in love with...

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The beauty of sharing suffering during a mammogram

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Blog | 4 comments

  My bosom is burning for a couple reasons today. Many of you are going through some tough stuff right now. Know that my heart hurts and breaks for many of you. Something unexpected happened to me earlier today… so bear with me, for I pray the following encourages you.     Because of my mother’s history with breast cancer, my doctor decided it was time for me to have another preventative mammogram. Lovely. Earlier this morning I went to schedule my “gram” only to learn they had an opening right then that...

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The 1 thing I appreciate about “50 Shades of Grey”

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Blog, Motherhood, Teen, Whatever Girls | 10 comments

  I’ve read through several debates surrounding the movie, 50 Shades of Grey. Some mothers plan to watch the film even though they will not allow their daughters anywhere near the books or upcoming movie. I applaud these mothers for not allowing their girls to read or watch 50 Shades, but it troubles me that they’ve read it; anxious to view it on the big screen. For if 50 Shades is purely fictional, and a beautiful “redemption” story then why not let your daughter watch it with you? If its sexual images will quickly exit your mind after...

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The most awkward gift given to Jesus

Posted by on Dec 23, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

  I want to extend my deepest thanks to Pastor Skip Heitzig for his latest sermon series on the three gifts  of the magi. Doing an in-depth study on the wise men and their gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh in the Biblical Christmas narrative is fascinating and a delight to this Bible loving gal. In the interest of giving credit to where it is due, the inspiration for this post comes from the notes I took from Pastor Skip’s Sunday sermon. Be encouraged dear readers and Merry Christmas!       Have you ever...

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My prayer for you this Holiday season

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Blog | 4 comments

    The season of unending emails is here. Our beloved email inboxes are being inundated with Black Friday advertisements and Holiday event announcements as we speak. However, you may notice that your inbox is NOT full of blog posts from this mama. (Yikes! I know, I know) Life is crazy round here y’all. I recently returned from Texas where I participated in two ministry events. It was a tremendous honor to share a message about “restoration” with a beautiful group of mamas and their tween daughters. It was...

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Top 5 Christmas reads for 2014

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Blog | 6 comments

  Merry December! Are you finished with your Christmas shopping yet? I think I am done with mine. Until one of you posts about a killer Zulilly or Amazon deal, which makes me second guess myself. Oh, social media how you highlight the remarkable ideas of all my amazing friends. Darn you…     So for those avid readers out there, or for those still shopping, I compiled a list of Christmas books that I consider to be must-reads. I recently discovered these books, and if one does not fall into the “genre” you...

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Living in “a lot” and “this” God

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

  This may come as a shock, but I have not always loved God. I assumed I did, but I was wrong. My past attempts at being a “good” person did not prove that I loved God. To truly follow and know God (a phrase I often heard my “Christian” friends and family say religiously, no pun intended) seemed… well, weird and unappealing. I had my ways and my thoughts about how my life should go. I certainly did not need “this” God to correct, teach, or even love me. And yet, my ways often fail. My thoughts...

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66 in 1 Series: Remain firm instead of flabby

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in 66 in 1 series, Blog | 2 comments

  I am attempting to read through all 66 books of the Bible this year. Whenever I am challenged or encouraged by a particular word, verse, or passage, I will share it with you. Welcome to my “66 in 1″ series.       I remember what being outnumbered feels like. Lonely. Nauseating. Terrifying. I remember a group of boys picking on a lone boy at recess because he was playing with the kickball they wanted. I remember a clique of girls gossiping about their friend because she possessed the affections of a boy one of...

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