A Beautiful Day

This was our writing prompt this week.

We’ve been walking the path of God-sized dreams together for a few months now. Will you share an update with us about your dream? Let us know where you are with it–the happy and the hard.

Where am I? I’m smack in the middle of a huge part of my dream…..completing our adoption.  It’s exciting and exhausting. But I’m also appreciating the parts that have led up to this point of my life, reminded of people and places and situations that have pointed me to here. Life is always ebbing and flowing…always changing. Growing. Not staying the same. Not staying in the same place. Not stagnant.  That’s my biggest fear. I never want to look back at where I was a year ago and see the same person.

The specifics don’t always matter, but the willingness of my heart to embrace the moment does.

God-Sized-Button

We all have them. What’s yours?

Be Happy!

I read today that “whatever you love to do, do a mini version of it every day” or something close to that.  Doesn’t your day get better when you take a few minutes to do something you love? Something that makes you happy? Even for a few minutes? Do it tomorrow.  What do you love to do? Read?? Make time to read a chapter of a book or a few magazine articles.  Talking to friends? Call your bff! Being outdoors? Running? Gardening? Do it–even if you don’t really have time.  Take 15 minutes to enjoy what you enjoy.  It will make your day that much better. By the way, time outdoors keeps me off antidepressants.  I’m not even kidding. Seriously. Sometimes, I just sit there on my porch…..I may read, or I may just sit. Soaking up the sun.

Tomorrow, I will spend a few minutes outside and enjoy my cup of coffee. And probably run by Starbucks.  (because while I like coffee, I LOVE their coffee!)  What about you…what will you do? What brings you joy??

My Days

This week’s dream assignment {<<linked with Holley!} was to blog about “a day in the life” and how God shows up in that.

So, here’s the run down: get up, make breakfast for the boys, get them off to school, explain to Jacob ANY change in schedule, go to work, go pick up Jacob, get snacks, throw a load of clothes in the washer, think about dinner, make sure the boys are doing their homework, start dinner (or send Sean the “dinner out?” text), eat, clean up, hope for an email from the adoption agency, throw the clothes in the dryer, run to OT or ball practice, come back home, give the boys the countdown til bedtime speech, make sure they bathe (on a good day!), watch TV, get the boys ready for bed, make sure Jacob is prepped for the next day, bedtime. I usually stay up a bit later with or without Sean and watch TV/get on the computer/iron clothes.  That’s pretty much it for weekdays.  Is it tiring? Um, yeah.  Would I trade it for anything else? Not a chance.  How does this have anything to do with my big dreams? The best job in the world for me is being a mom.  I love doing “kid stuff” that wears me out. I love being tired from running around like a crazy woman.  I heard someone say that while they’re making their child’s lunch for school, instead of just throwing it in the bag and checking one more item off of their to do list, they take a minute to be thankful for their children. So that’s what I do.  Being a mama is what I love the most! Advocating for children who need a mama is a close second. I love what families stand for—everyone needs one!

I don’t believe that God blesses perfection, I believe he blesses. Period.  I’m thankful that God doesn’t expect me to follow a bunch of rules.  He knows I can’t.

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’

And that’s what I want my children to know.

Time To Share

Thanks for stopping by!  It’s Tuesday, so it’s time to chat.  I’ll wait while you get your coffee. (or hot chocolate)  Ok….welcome back:)

Let’s talk about our dreams.  Goals, plans.  What do you think? Have you thought about what it may be? Holley has encouraged us to start small. (remember, we’re linking up every week!)  Baby steps. Can you take one step toward a new goal? A big dream? A small change? I know you can. Holley’s e book“Do What You Can” Plan may be something that can help you get started.  Seriously-it’s good. It will help you focus in on what you were created for.

I’ve made the arrangements for my conference.  (Created 4 Care)  I’ve worked on a few personal goals.  (hey, they’re personal!)  I’m steadily working towards my adoption….that’s a never ending process these days! I’m attempting to organize my time and energy…..focus it on my specific {dreams}.  You know….stuff.  Something.  Anything except nothing.

You can do it, too.  Shoot me an email if you need a cheerleader.  Sometimes it helps to share your thoughts (goals, plans, dreams) with someone else.  To say it out loud to someone else.

Much love to you today.  Enjoy the rest of your coffee!-TG

God Believes in Love

I have a confession.  I want to help every single family I come across with their fundraisers. Not the smartest thing to do when you’re also fundraising, huh?  It’s hard!  All of the bows I’ve bought have been from someone else’s fundraiser, so that’s okay, right?  My girl has to have bows!

Can I tell you why I think this is hard for me?? I firmly believe that God has put the desire in my heart to advocate for the hurting, the children without homes, those who are less fortunate, underprivileged.  The poor.  The “least of these.”   Who speaks for those without a voice if it’s not me? Or you? It can’t always be someone else’s problem.  Jesus offers restoration, not condemnation.  He didn’t create anyone to be disregarded or forgotten. You know that verse in Jeremiah 1 that we all quote? The one we have on our nursery walls?

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

That’s not only for the babies whose mamas are thrilled to have them.   Or the moms who wished they could keep their baby but they couldn’t. It’s not only for the good people.  The successful people.  You or me.   It’s for everyone that was created.  The poor and hurting.  The lonely.  Those that are different from me.  The people who we act like we don’t see.

(Remember John 13:34…? “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.“)  Since we’re quoting scripture.

I like what 1 John 3 says…but first, here’s my disclaimer.  I am not a theologian.  At all.   (did I even spell that right??)  This is just what resonates within me these days….

16 “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

A while back I was reading a devotional that I get emailed every day. Within it was a call to other “dreamers.”  The author, Holley Gerth, asked for those who wanted to be connected with other God sized dreamers to apply. She would then choose a number of bloggers to connect and start working on their dreams together and encouraging other women.  I didn’t apply.  The end.   Not really……a couple of weeks later, I remembered the devotion article and thought I would take another look. I almost missed the deadline.  I thought it would already be closed. But I applied anyway. About a month later, I got an email welcoming me to the God Sized Dream Team.  Wha??? Craziness, I tell ya!  I have “met” the other bloggers and I need to let you in on something.  I’m in over my head.  Fo’ real.  There are real bloggers in the group.  (please don’t tell them how I sound when I talk- or that I laugh so loud it’s embarrassing! Or that my banana bread totally flopped this weekend and I am still trying to figure out why! I know. I need to let that go.)

I’m so, so excited to be part of this group. I have no idea what we’ll be doing other than encouraging each other to step out and live our dream.  We all need someone pushing us along-you know, so we don’t “forget” what we were supposed to be doing.  It’s easy to give up when you’re scared of what people will think.  You know what I mean, right? When you share your heart and someone feels led to point out why that won’t work, or was a bad idea.  Oh, you know.  (Please don’t be that person.)

Whatever I gather from this group of ladies,  I will be thankful for.  And I will be passing it right along …..straight to you.  (like it or not!)  In the meantime, I hope to learn how to blog.

 

 

 

 

His Dreams

Let me tell you what I’ve been thinking about lately. There’s a Bible verse that I like- Psalm 37:4 tells us to “take delight in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”  What does that mean to you?

This is what it means to me…..while God does honor our obedience and wants to bless us, he wants to bless us regardless of “us.” He’s a loving Father. I don’t know that it’s about us being “rewarded” for our obedience. Who would be able to earn that? Not me.

Could it mean that He’s the one who gives us those desires to begin with? He’s the one who puts them there, in our hearts? So, if He’s the giver, then wouldn’t he also be the fulfiller of those dreams?

Not all of our hopes, plans and dreams come to pass in the way that we think they should. Believe me, I know this.  But when we allow Him to work those dreams out, bringing them about in His timing, the way He knows is best, then what a better dream it is!  For me, that means letting go.   Why do I struggle so much with this?  I’ve proven myself inept, time and again! I am not trustworthy, I can’t handle the responsibility of living my life independant from Him.  He has never failed me, though.  He is trustworthy when I am not. There have been situations I haven’t understood and haven’t agreed with but I also know that my mind can’t understand His ways. How could it? 

 “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. ” 1 Cor. 13:12

We live in a world that is broken. He came to redeem us from it and restore that relationship between us and Him.

I am thankful that God continues to teach me and doesn’t get tired of me.  I pray that I will always embrace His dreams that He’s given me because those are the best kind!