Go Crochet Wellness Coaching!

Ellen Gormley, from Go Crochet,  has decided to expand her coaching services to include wellness, fitness, motivation and career goals!

As many of you already know, Ellen was one of my crochet designer mentors. She’s a great motivator and really understands how to help you make the right decisions to get you where you want to go.

Coaching isn’t telling you what to do – anyone can do that. It’s a more refined skill to help you find the right answers that work specifically for you. It’s helping you see the big picture and then making a plan on how to reach that goal or goals.

I’ve known Ellen for many years, she’s a beautiful person inside and out! Why not click on over to Go Crochet and get started with Ellen today?

Why I Pray

It’s been a really rough month for my family. Unfortunately, hard things happen to all of us. I found this pin on Pinterest that perfectly describes why I pray. If the God of the universe (a place — not a deity!) is willing to bend down and listen to me, He must really care about what I’m going through. If He cares enough to listen, He is willing to help. So I pray and leave my troubles at the feet of Jesus.

I don’t always get the answer I want, but I do always get the answer I need. Thankfully, I can trust Him with the outcome and you can too. A prayer is simply pouring your heart out to Him. There are no special words needed. It’s simply a conversation with the One who loves you more than you can fathom. He’s leaning down waiting to hear from you, too.

Shalom, my friends.

Race Car!

How awesome is it that Amazon is now giving away free race cars with your purchase?!? My furbabies are going to have a great time! 😉 Happy Wednesday!

Blindsides

A bruised reed He will not break, and a smoldering wick He will not snuff out. Matthew 12:20 NIV

Blindside. A hard word for a hard and crushing situation.  What do we do when it happens? We can’t avoid them, they come for all of us at several points in our lives. Job loss, loss of health, imprisonment of someone we love, and the death of someone close to us. I’ve lived through and survived them all. Not only did I survive, I grew. I am stronger now than I have ever been, but it’s only due to and through the Lord.

Last night was another blindside. We got the call that my brother-in-law died. We loved him dearly and I admit it is crushing. He was a kind man and we will greatly miss him.

At some point, we all die. Your death will be someone’s blindside. Same with mine – one day my kids will get that call. We can hide behind pills, booze, and yarn or we can accept that this is an opportunity to grow in our relationship with the Lord. The choice is one only we can make. Trust Him or wallow in grief, I choose to trust in His kindness and mercy.

I can’t  control what happens in life but I can control if I trust the Lord with the outcome. Today, I am the bruised reed and I know the pain isn’t here to destroy me. His goal is never to crush us, it’s to bring us closer to Him. I love what Psalm 91:1 says, “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”

Shalom, my friends.

 

 

Lavender Honey

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links.

Lavender is one of my very favorite flavors to use in food or drinks. Especially, homegrown fresh from the garden!

Lavender honey is super easy to make. You simply boil a cup or two of honey with a small handful of lavender blossoms for 5 minutes and then let stand and cool for an hour. It will still be warm after the hour is up, which is good, because it makes it easier to strain and pour into the jar.

Now you can spread it on toast or use it in coffee, tea or even lemonade! It’s a delightful summer treat!

Finishing Well

Yesterday I had a long talk with a very dear friend of many years about some struggles we are both facing. We’ve spent our whole adult lives trying to live it well. Now, we want to finish well.

My friend and I have both seen Christians with good intentions start out well and end very badly. They gave up their faith, family, and future for something that was fleeting. In the end, the price was much higher than they expected to pay. How do we avoid becoming them?

It’s easy to get sucked down, broken or give up as we age. Things don’t go the way we thought they would. Plans fail, friends and loved ones die, but the clock keeps ticking, Which brings me back to, how do we finish well?

Finishing well isn’t about having that fat bank account, big house, or even the most yarn. It’s about keeping the faith. Having hope as life gets harder. Believing that God is bigger than any fear you face. It’s knowing the Creator loves you and cares about what is happening to you.

My point in all this? Finishing well means realizing the end here is the beginning of eternity AND living a life that reflects that belief. If I believe that this life is all there is, I’m going to fight tooth and nail to get the most out of it before it all ends – regardless of who it hurts. If I view this life as a transition into eternity with Jesus, I will fight the good fight to help bring others to Him. Fighting the good fight means refusing to be ashamed to call myself a Christian. It’s not just a label – it’s who I am at my very core. Jesus in me, working through me.

John 3:16 gives purpose and meaning to our whole life – especially the last half. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Eternal life makes finishing well a beautiful goal!

 

 

Real Heroes

Thank you to America’s Gold Star and POW families. The sacrifice you and your loved ones have made has not gone unnoticed or unappreciated. Grace, peace, and unending gratitude from my (former military) family to yours. May God bless and comfort you in your sorrow.

Walking In Faith

These past few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity getting ready for my son’s wedding. It was a beautiful day and my new daughter-in-law is a blessing to us all. No one tells you how hard it is to let go though. Where are all the blogs for moms with grown kids? There are plenty of mommy blogs but once you get into the nitty gritty down and dirty hard work of being a parent the blogs taper off. Why? Because being a good parent is hard. No warm fuzzy way to word that.

If you love the Lord and want your kids to follow Him it gets even harder. It’s not always easy to convince kids that following Him will give them the best future possible. You have to walk the walk. What you do is by far more important than what you say. Even as adults they are watching. That’s how we pass on our faith – by living it. I know my faith grew by watching my grandparents actually live it.

We live in a pretty messed up culture. I can’t imagine how hard it is being a young parent or even child today. How do we survive the sludge of filth thrown our way every second of every day? We don’t give up or give in! It’s going to be hard. You’re going to cry – a lot! But in the end, it is all worth those prayers you said through those tears.

Then just maybe you’ll be celebrating that your child has grown into an adult you can’t believe you are lucky enough to call your own. I know I am blessed and I know that we are reaping what we have sown. Praise God they were good seeds in fertile soil.

Proverbs 22:6 says it best: Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.

Don’t give up! The payoff really is worth the hard work! Keep praying, keep believing and most of all, keep walking in faith.

 

Ten Ways To Love

I found this pin on Pinterest and thought it was the perfect reminder of how to live the best life. So much wisdom and happiness are packed in these ten ways to love! I hope they bless you like they did me! Happy Monday!

Devil’s Tower

I recently saw someone on Twitter call Devil’s Tower a hill. It made me literally laugh out loud. It’s one massive rock that truly towers high into the sky! This photo was taken about 5 miles away – that should give you some idea of just how big this puppy is.

I’ve always hated the name – I think it deserves a nobler one. (The name is based on an old folktale that we all learned about in grade school.) It’s absolutely stunning with the jagged multi-color rock. There is also a very cool hiking trail that circles the entire rock!

If Wyoming or the Black Hills are on your radar for summer vacation don’t let the opportunity to visit it in person slip by! It’s worth the extra time to stop and see this beauty for yourself!