Hello Friends and dear readers!
I hope you are doing well today. If you have come for the latest article here I want to say thank you for your faithfulness and your loyalty. Unfortunately, this week, I will not be posting a new article. Excellent Way has been up for several months now and it needs a little bit of maintenance. Please come again next Friday, as it will be business as usual.
Thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your patience!
The cold weather sweeping across the nation has had me thinking wintery thoughts. It makes me sad that only last week I was getting excited for spring and planting and all things warm. But the calendar and the thermometer remind me I was a bit overzealous and early, even for South Carolina.
At least the cold weather outside justifies the winter decor still sitting out on my kitchen counter!
I’m not saying I have all my winter decorations out still. Most of the Christmas/winter decorations are already put away. Although the box still needs to find its more permanent home in storage. But since the meteorologists seem to like frosty forecasts right now, I suppose the rest of the winter stuff can stay put.
I think my daughter’s favorite winter decoration (aside from the nativity set), was a little snow globe she got from one of the ladies at church. She hauled that thing around the house non-stop for a week or two. She loves the little snowman inside, and she was very impressed with the snow swirling around his head each time she shook it.
Swirling, swirling, swirling…
Shake, shake, shake…
Swirling, swirling, swirling…
She likes the figurine in the center, but each time she shakes it, I can see her eyes follow the dizzying path of the falling “snow.”
Sometimes I think my life is a bit like that little snow globe. Continue Reading
Tomorrow we celebrate a day for love!
The stores have been “celebrating” for weeks as they stock chocolates, candies, cards, and flowers for the big day. Restaurants will be packed tomorrow evening as couples seek to find that perfect romantic moment. And churches everywhere are seeking to get in on the fun. Are you going to a church Sweetheart Banquet?
Love is in the air, and I thought I would seem very silly if I posted about something other than love today. But I didn’t want to do a fluff piece, or a “cookie-cutter” post. I didn’t want that typical and forgettable post that emphasized or reiterated all the love basics we already know. To this end, I have been thinking and praying about this post all week long.
Then, yesterday, God clearly answered my prayers! Continue Reading
My “lucky” bamboo is dying.
I’m wondering if I should be concerned.
Shortly after we moved into our new home, I decided our bathroom needed a homey touch. Walmart was featuring artfully grown bamboo, and I thought that would be a perfect choice. My favorite arrangement, the one that ended up coming home with me, was titled “Lucky.” I thought it was a good choice.
And now it’s dying!
I suppose I should have seen this coming. The pot it came in was pretty, but totally non-functional. Without drainage, the roots get waterlogged and begin to grow other, less-appealing things. Add that to my propensity to kill anything green, is it any wonder that the poor thing is withering away?
Right now, the poor thing is sitting on the edge of my bathtub. I was hoping more exposure to sunlight might breathe some hope into my dying luck. But it seems like this is the way things are going to be. Perhaps I should just resign myself to my black thumb. Plants are supposed to be green, but maybe I should learn to settle for yellow.
In our family devotions this week, we came across a story where the main character shared my sentiment.
We were reading in Genesis 15 about the life of Abraham. Abraham had followed God’s command to leave his homeland and find a better place, a place that would be his and his descendants’ forever. But that was three chapters ago. Abraham had stepped out on faith, anticipating a huge blessing to come.
But the most important first piece of the puzzle was still missing!
My Dear Former Self (From a Decade Ago),
This week I read a question on Facebook that made me think of you.
(I know, you don’t know about Facebook yet. Don’t worry, you’ll discover that wonderful, addicting, black-hole of social media sites in about three years.)
Anyway, the question was:
“If you could write a note to your younger self, what would you say in only two words?” Continue Reading
Another late post. I’m sorry, My Friends. The last couple of weeks have been beyond full with some exciting preparations. You see, Saturday is the three month anniversary of the publication of my first book, Finding YOUR Way: Stepping Stones to God-Honoring Devotions! To celebrate, I have been preparing to launch a print version!
Needless to say, things around here have been very busy.
But that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about you, my faithful readers. And because I care about you, and appreciate the time you give each week when you read my posts; I didn’t want to leave you without a few words to finish up the week.
This week I have been thinking about the storms of life. So, I suppose it was only appropriate that today, our impromptu errand day, just happened to be the stormiest day of the week. The entire day was a bit dreary and dismal. The sky was overcast. The rain was incessant.
I spent most of the day damp and slightly chilled. But I suppose that’s just what happens when it rains. Life can’t all be sunshine. And now? Continue Reading
Today was a busy day. The kids needed some time to stretch and get out of the house, Logan needed his first haircut, a dear lady in our church needed some support while she was in the hospital… The list goes on, but I don’t want to bore you.
Actually, this whole week has been full of busy days. Between caring for kiddos and pushing forward with my book’s paperback printing deadline things have been a bit hectic.
And did I mention the different projects I have for some of the church functions coming up?
Anyway, as I was thinking about this busy week and the still long “To-Do” List, I decided it was time to be honest with myself.
For years now, I have accepted a delusion. I have allowed my perspective and my actions to be guided by a false belief.
When people at church ask how we are doing my typical reply is:
“Oh, you know, things are busy; but they should slow down eventually.”
But the truth is, things WON’T slow down. Life is busy and it will remain busy for the foreseeable future. Why? Because I have big plans and big dreams. I have great big responsibilities (in very little bodies) and big ministry responsibilities.
That’s life, and that’s OK. But I need to embrace the truth. I need to acknowledge and accept that things are (and will remain) busy.
You may be wondering why. Why is it so important that I accept my reality? Continue Reading
Happy second week of 2015! I hope you are having a wonderful new year and that your resolutions are going strong.
I’m not feeling well tonight (getting over back to back cases of the flu and the stomach bug) so tonight I will keep it short. But I wanted to tell you about an “Aha” moment I had this week.
If you’ve read my author bio (here) you know that I am a pastor’s wife and a mother to two adorable little people. I love both of these responsibilities! I am constantly stretched and blessed as a mother. As a pastor’s wife, I am humbled and honored to be a part of people’s spiritual journey and impact them for eternity.
But ever since I started these two big jobs, I have struggled with the way they conflict. Continue Reading
Happy New Year!
We are officially two days into 2015! I hope you had a wonderful changing of the guard and have started your year off strong.
Did you make any resolutions for this year?
Have you kept them so far?
Believe it or not, I have had to play catch up with my resolutions even this early in the year. (Sad, I know.)
Last week we talked about taking time to reflect and be quiet with God. Did you get some quiet reflection time? Did you use this time to help you develop your resolutions for the year? Are you still confident and certain about your resolutions?
More importantly, do you think God would be pleased with your resolutions?
As we face a New Year and new resolutions, I think we need to take a moment and consider the story we are told in 2 Samuel 7. Continue Reading
Christmas is officially over. As the leftovers are consumed and the wrapping paper picked up, the memories of another day join the 354 memories that preceded it this year. The end of the year is in sight. The next seven days are our last chance to change 2014.
This should be a week of introspection, a time for quiet and reflection. But past years have taught me that quiet seldom comes the last week of the year. Christmas cheer will carry us through the next three or four days as we find a place for our new possessions, stand in line to replace misfit gifts, and travel home. As the Christmas storm begins to settle, we will be swept up in the festivities of a New Year!
So, where does quiet time come into all of that?
More importantly, is quiet time really necessary right now? The second week of January naturally brings a lull. Couldn’t our quiet time come then?
Personally, I think quiet time IS necessary now. We are coming up on a natural ending and a new beginning. New beginnings are a time for celebration, but they are also a time for action and reflection.
New beginnings are a chance to mov forward. But unless we choose to act, we will simply move on. Each day we have the opportunity to pursue our dreams, but we must be deliberate in our direction. We must actively decide to make progress. Otherwise, we wander.
Each New Year, we recognize our need to move forward. Isn’t that exactly what New Year’s Resolutions are all about? Our need to move forward? We tell the world what we want to do or who we want to be in the New Year.
But how many times do these directions stick? How often do our resolutions guide our lives and our directions for the entirety of the year?
How often do we really think about our resolutions before we make them? Continue Reading