Obedience to Perfection or is it to Faith

grayhound One of the more fun things I’ve gotten to do this year (aside from the Say Something Show) is hang out with the MOST (Moms of Students) crowd at First Baptist Grapevine. We’ve been using the analogy of clothes to talk about identity issues in the context of the Lord’s vs the world’s views. This Sunday, we’re talking about shoes (“obedience”) – the action/taking steps. Which can look a lot like and lead to performance issues & pressures. So I thought I’d share here what I’m going to share there (and also at Pine Cove’s Mother-Daughter Retreat in April) just because I really do think it’s interesting – and I’d love to know what you think. Why obedience? Why is it so important to the Lord? Seems like a heavy load to carry and yet the words “light”

Hydrating for Holidays – More on Gratitude

img_9273 The opportunity to practice thankfulness seems to have no boundaries – even though it is often overlooked. Not only do opportunities amply avail themselves, scientifically documented benefits come along for the ride. According to Forbes, gratitude may be one of the most overlooked tools that we all have access to every day. Cultivating gratitude doesn’t cost any money and it certainly doesn’t take much time, but the benefits are enormous. As we hydrate for the holidays – I mean really be aware of and tap into filling our tanks before they get below the white line – here are a few inspiring benefits that accompany thankfulness: Gratitude opens the door to new relationship. Thank-you goes a long way. My grandmother always told us, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.”

Hydrating for the Holidays – Tip #1, Gratitude

slide5 I don’t know if it’s coming off the crazy election period or if the extended Texas summer (we hit upper 80’s on Wednesday!) has us stupored by holidays zooming in from around the corner. But rather than let stress/pressures knock us down why not fight to find the reason of the season – joy, peace & goodwill toward men – in the midst. I’m grabbing a moatblog idea floated last year and putting it back into practice. Want to join me in Hydrating for the Holidays? Let’s take a cue from seasoned athletes and start hydrating today in preparation for tomorrow’s race. Because who wants to be caught parched with tanks running low when faced with invitations (or lack of thereof!), gifting, packaging, decorating, Christmas-carding & all the comparing/measuring up that comes along

Powering Down Perfectionism

flowers-weeds It almost goes without saying that the days of yesteryear seemed so much less stressful and rude and judgmental and on steroids than the days of now. Pressures certainly existed back then and likely did their best to trip up even the most laid-back of folks. Rude and judging have always been around; but maybe we took heed to follow elderly advice “if you can’t say something nice, don’t say it at all.” Not so much these days Quite frankly, I’m tired of it all. But at least I remember a normal that included propriety, respect, decorum and regular (the regular where everyone didn’t need to be Best.) And I wonder what normal looks like for my kids. Recently, one of my girls let the truth surface. My heart literally ached the other night as I stood in her tiny bathroom that she shares with her sister. I had walked by on my way to bed when
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