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A Prayer for the Moms of the Prodigals...

I met so many lovely women last week at Allume... but more than a few were weary and worn out. Torn and tried over the struggles of late night feedings, bedtime struggles, balancing meals and laundry, figuring how to keep their marriage afloat and yes... those mothering a prodigal. I've worn all those shoes before... the babies eventually use a cup, the toddlers go to their own bed, laundry will still find itself piled in the corners of my room and a marriage is always worth fighting (and sacrificing) for. And when it comes to parenting a prodigal... well... I've worn that pair too. I know how hard it is, to be at a time that we have anticipated celebrating the flight of the adult child only to see them floundering. Not just struggling with their college grades, or who they are dating - though both can be a strong indication of a problem - but in personal decisions that way heavier on the scales... to watch them take steps outside walking in the faith we planted, and see

10.30.13 Prayer Time

Oh Lord, this day hasn't gone like we've planned it... but we hope it's gone as You planned it! We can rest in that fact. Please forgive us Lord, when we have taken our eyes off of You. Please Father, help us to not stray. Help us to not doubt, but to GO when You say "GO" and STAY when You say "STAY" - help us to listen deeper to what you are saying so we won't second guess our steps...the steps You desire us to take. Father, You are so good to be patient with us! Your fruits of the Spirit show through you; help us to be full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. ( Galatians 5:22 ) Help us to grow in You, so that your fruit will shine through us too.  You are so gracious, and loving and kind. Thank You for sharing your goodness with us, and help us to be content with what You give us day to day. Teach us to not strive with what is on our plate, not to look at what you have given someon

Prayer Time - October 29, 2013

Lord, we need a fresh Word from You. Please quiet our souls as we approach You in prayer. Help us to hear Your voice as we pray these scriptures to lay foundations in our prayers today...  But the Advocate,  the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name,  will teach you all things  and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26 NIV Lord, we thank You that You have sent the Holy Spirit to us, to remind us of everything You have said to us. Thank You that your character is to be FOR us, to assist us and help us fulfill Your will in our lives today. Work in us, and teach us to pray... Likewise, when you pray, do not be as hypocrites who love to pray loudly at synagogue or on street corners—their concern is to be seen by men. They have already earned their reward.  When you pray, go into a private room, close the door, and pray unseen to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.  And when you pray, do not

All for Allume (real light living)

Mercy House Kenya's table in the (in)courage Lounge, sponsored by DaySpring A year ago, a then - friend (now co-worker) tried to get me to go to this blogging thing in PA - and last minute at that! As much as I wanted to go, I couldn't see how I could master the drive from AR to PA, just a few weeks after moving (airline tickets were astronomical). Not. going. to. happen. But I vowed that I'd go the next time it came around, and go I did - this last weekend to LOVELY Greenville, South Carolina, to Allume 2013 ! (Never mind that we JUST moved from AR back to KY... and I still had boxes stacked around my house... THAT is another post all together!) SWAG. (need I say more?)  I'm so glad I did! Worth every penny (and then some) to be able to hear the hearts, and look in the eyes of so many great women writers. Not just the famous ones, but lovely ones. Not just the ones with books, but the ones with teary eyes and weary bones. Not just the ones with regularly

Five Minute Friday - Together

Here's to LisaJoBaker.com for her hard work at making the Five Minute Friday work at Allume tonight! Hats off!! Amazing turn out - great participation. You're a blessing and a gift to keep cheering us on in the blog world... thanks for lighting the way... So - 5 minutes of writing - no editing, no trackbacks, just fun... This week on Together (I could write 20 of these on this topic... each one different!) ____________________________________________________________________ We appear in the same space at the same time. All awkward smiles and giggles and laughter and an internal quiet that is hard. Harder than any rock. It sits in the pit of my stomach. I'm overwhelmed by the noise, the bodies, the sight of it all. Amazed and terrified all at once. I don't have words. I see familiar. I want to reach beyond the familiar, but it's too much. I could take a quarter of this group, talk to them, seated in comfortable chairs and lead discussion; but all of this, ALL

A Sense of Humor... or something...

I've failed miserably at keeping photos posted for the 31 days... but I warned you - I was moving! Here is a photo to try to make up for all the days I've missed...

3/31 Days Outside the Kitchen and On the Move! - Abbey

Abbey the Wonderdog is a Jack Russel mix that we've had since she was a puppy... she's around 6 now? 7? (where DOES the time go?) She's super smart, but a little emotional. I think she's tired of moving, stressed, and just wants to be free to GO outside when she wants to. Little does she know what lies ahead ... 1/2 acre lot, stairs... wood floors! Until then she's stuck with me in Arkansas, at the "old house" until we hit the road again. The next few days will be really rough on her, with strangers coming in the house, packers and movers, then a few nights alone in the house... until we head back out to Kentucky! Say a little prayer for Abbey please. (Thanks!!) She's a REALLY good dog... but I know that even the best can only handle so much...

2/31 Days Outside the Kitchen and On the Move - Fall

Don't you love the colors of Autumn and how they are mimicked in every aspect of nature? I do! It's so beautiful in the area(s) we live in (we are in the middle of a move) this time of year. The leaves are just starting to turn, with the dogwoods and sumac changing to deep reds as the morning temperatures drop. I was afraid I'd miss the colors in both states (Arkansas and Kentucky) but I think I'll see the best of the Arkansas colors after this weekend when a cold front blows through and we get into the 40's overnight. The rain will help the leaves stay on the trees, but it won't help these poor flowers keep their color... Some things will just fade with the coming of cooler weather. Like me! I want to hunker down inside, bake yummy high carb foods and hunker down like a bear. What does Fall make you feel like doing?