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Chapter 3....and an overflowing

no...that would be an overflowing TOILET. yes, i really wrote those words here on my blog. :) see, Miss Ziva (who is 20 months old) tore the toilet paper off the roll while big sister Miss Eliora (almost 3) was going to the bathroom. Eliora dutifully told me about it, so I asked if she would please clean up the mess. and she did. by putting ALL the toilet paper that was on the floor (i don't even KNOW how much it was!) in the toilet, and flushing. at least twice, as the water flowed up and over. so yes, it's true. you can hear about toilets overflowing right here from my kitchen table. at least today. there's been a lot of other really funny, sad, silly and frustrating moments in the past few days, and of course, i should have been making notes along the way - because they on to Chapter 3 in "You're Already Amazing" by Holley Gerth (which is on sale if you go to the web site for the "Bloom" book club - only $9! a

Crazy....Busy....and a Book Club from BLOOM...

That's how life's been lately. OK, but definitely CRAZY!! Having our daughter, son-in-law and 4 grandkids living with us has been wonderful, but not without challenges of sick kids (2 admitted in the hospital last week - all ok now!), toddler-esque fits, and crying baby syndrome (where one kid gets all the other kids crying). It's also being filled with wonderful memories that make ME cry, like having one granddaughter tell me that she "loves me so much, and thank you for sharing your house with me!" or to hear my youngest granddaughter call EVERYONE  "Grandma" (because she finally learned how to say it), or to see my just-turned-3 months old grandson crack me a smile when he sees me. I will never grow weary of that. SO, needless to say, there's not been much blogging going on here. I hope that's ok with you. Instead, I've been taking walks with the kids, pointing out fauna and flora (especially since spring is in FULL bloom here), and

A Heart Healing Moment...Faith Barista Challenge

Recently life has been heart healing... it's not often that your oldest daughter, her husband and 4 kids move in with you...and for a good reason too! (all by their choice, and God's design, as they transition into ministry overseas). So, if you happened to stop by unannounced (and maybe even announced!), you'd find toys all around through the house (except the kitchen! NO TOYS IN THE KITCHEN!) and laundry going all. the. time. Chances are there would be a hungry baby, or a sleeping baby, and at least one child with a diaper that needs to be changed. Maybe two. You'd find my garage filled to the max with boxes. boxes. boxes. and mattresses. as we moved 2 bedrooms of "stuff" out, to empty them for our family to make it feel like "home" to them. sort of. I mean, they aren't painting walls (they were recently done anyways), but I want them to have access to their stuff, which meant packing up mine. for. a. season. So, the healing part. Where d

no fear...

last week, during a church missions training, one of the speakers made the statement "FEAR has become the new idol of the American church" he was speaking in reference to how we have become fearful of people going to share the gospel in "dangerous places".  how we mess with what God impresses on people's hearts, based on what we think, news reports, and we ignore God's direction, His purpose and will for their lives. we put our fears in front of trusting Him. fear over God. sounds like an idol to me. so then i was thinking of other areas that we could apply that. in church. in life. sermons. how often will a pastor/teacher not preach God's word. for real. because they are afraid to offend people that attend church. visitors. servers. tithers. NO FEAR! how often do people IN church not go forward. afraid of what others will think. they need prayer. want to join the church. want freedom from sin. but they stand in their space. o

On friendship...

This is in response to a recent (in) courage log... I've had incredibly long spells of friendless seasons. Once, for 19 years (really!) we lived in a place and I called it "my 40 years in the desert", it was pretty lonely. I knew many people, but didn't have a girlfriend; not a kindred spirit to be found. I learned a few things, and still am learning from that season. One of the most important things is that if I had the friendships I wanted and expected, I wouldn't rely on God so much. I need Him to fill those shoes, and what kind of friend am I (or follower!) if I don't take time with Him? Another thing is to not limit myself with my expectations. As a young mom in CA I was a popular trendsetter, an encourager, a prayer warrior and often in spots to assist others. In the small town we lived in, few of those things held water. The friendship circles were mostly made of family ties, and I was a nobody! Needless to say, my ego took a quick hit, and I struggle