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Here I am Lord...Send me...

I feel so behind!! I'm realizing that I've not posted on my notes from The Christ Institute, or even last Sunday's amazing sermon...oh I'm SO behind!! But in THIS MOMENT I am so blessed. TOO blessed to not put it into words. TODAY I FULFILLED A DREAM I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW I HAD.   As those words swept across my mind from my heart, I was driving the hilly road between my house and Siloam Springs. I was talking to a best friend on the phone, praising God for what He was doing in BOTH of our lives. SMILING from the inside out. I've been going through Holley Gerth's books over the past year - reading them, leading other study groups through them, doing them online....and I always get hung up in the chapters where we are supposed to set goals. Make plans. Dream God -sized Dreams. I freeze in my footsteps. But not today. Today I danced around the dream fulfilled. The dream God put in my heart and I didn't even know it was there. Oh, maybe I knew

All I learned from my mother...

MY FMF went all awry. I didn't set a timer. I needed NOT to. I needed to write this all out and get it on a screen shot and leave it there to hang to dry. It needed to be out of me. For me. Over at Lisa-Jo Baker's blog, she's had guest posts going on this week about things they learned from their mothers. It's been quite moving, touching, and perfectly lovely to hear all the things that their moms did right. I don't have a very big bank to draw from there. My mom died from lung cancer just before I turned 13. The years before that were stressed; between my entering "hormone hell" and her hormones flying from being a late-in-life mom (not by today's standards, but I know she was weary - I was the first of her 2nd family grouping - and my sisters were 15 and 18 when I was born - she lived in "hormone hell" all my life!!). I'm sure we had good moments, good days, but I honestly don't remember them as a whole. I DO remember being

Babbling About Vacations...And Going Home..And Paint...

it's nearly dusk, and there's a pelican bobbing out past the shore break in the water. oh man! i meant to get more photos of pelicans this trip...but the weather didn't really facilitate it...all cool, cloudy, rainy and windy - for most of the week we were here.  even with the grey - the sky; cloudy - the water; reflecting the sky - the sand; all shadowy - my spirits were lifted . even though i felt grey on the inside too; fighting a sore throat the first few days, and not breathing well today. being gracious that, for now, caffeine seems to be doing the trick.  but back to the spirits lifted thing....it's vacation. isn't that what vacations do? and why? why does the simple change of landscape impact me so much? is it even that? is it because my sweet love isn't working , isn't watching the clock, isn't sleeping as soon as he stops moving - that he is here by my side and not 4 hours away, or down the road - but actually HERE by me? holding my hand.

Giving Birth...For all the Women in Missions...

If you know me at all, you know that my heart beats for Missionary Care (also known as Member Care, or Global Worker Care, or even Caring for Parents of Missionaries...).  Now, I admit - I used the "Giving Birth" bit to catch your attention! I'm NOT in labor to have another child...but rather going through the birthing pains to "birth" a new ministry with (in)courage  -  the online Women's Ministry of DaySpring (yep, the greeting card company!).  Last summer I was asked to participate in starting online Community Groups, and I've loved co-leading a group online, on Facebook, and Twitter, for "{relatively} empty nesting" - empty nesters that faced difficulties - aging parents, troubled "prodigal" kids, and boomerang kids (they keep moving home). God was REALLY good in giving us some great members, and 2 of them have stepped up to the plate to take that group over, freeing me up to co-lead something new...something a little closer t

Separate Vacations...Totally Together!

Mark looked tenderly at me last night and asks me,  " Will you be ok? If the weather is rainy the rest of the week? It's not going to be the sunny and warm we'd planned on... should we change our plans?" His concern is very real , but this is really ok - I'll survive a week of rain and clouds and wind on the beach. I won't come back bronzed ...but hey, I had a nice rosy wind burn on my face yesterday... and I dread wearing all that sunscreen....so there's an upside too! Besides, what happened this morning makes it totally worth it.... As I was starting to wake, sensing the light creeping in from around the edges of the rooms only window, I grabbed my phone from my nightstand and peeked at the clock. 7:10. I think, " Ooh, I should take my thyroid med ...then maybe we could eat breakfast together. He's sleeping so soundly ...can I even sit up and get it out without waking him? Hmm. I don't want to wake him if he's this tired.