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My husband has to work late sometimes. NBD. Everyone has been there. (This is the part where I bow in unworthiness to single mamas. I literally don’t know how you do it – you’re incredible.) I’m going to be honest: I’m afraid to take my kids places when I’m alone. Maybe because they’ve run opposite directions on me too many times over the years. I simply don’t trust them. Then you’re forced to choose which child you love more. I’m kidding. That was a joke. But it’s horrible and you look like a bad parent. So, when on those occasions I’m flying solo, I go into lockdown mode. Dinner is something super easy like pizza, and we play outside and watch a movie. The children get bored, fight, whine and act defiant, thus reinforcing my reasoning for said lockdown mode. I feel like the Oprah of discipline. It’s exhausting. It’s…

Beth and I continue our look at the Beatitudes and this week is mercy. Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. My mind automatically went to this verse: James 2:13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. I love the word “triumph”. Mercy is a divine compassion. Someone doesn’t need to deserve it to receive it – that’s what makes it so divine. That’s what makes it triumphant. If we all deserved it, it’d be easy to give! This is the beautiful act of mercy. I love this song. I hope you do, too. It’s a great reminder. https://youtu.be/sILwvJShMV8 My past embraced My sin forgiven I’m blameless in Your sight My history rewritten You delight in showing mercy Mercy triumphs over judgment Oh love, great love Fear cannot be found in You There will…

I’m convinced there’s 2 things we ALL need to keep updated before we need them: – Passport – Resume This way, you’re ready to GO. Don’t wait until you NEED a new resume. This way you’ve got it when you do need it! If someone told you about a great opportunity, would you be able to send them something immediately? Or maybe you get that call in the middle of the night like I did a decade ago when my stepdad was hospitalized in Hong Kong while away on a business trip. We had to drive to Seattle to get new passports because our old ones had expired. I’m convinced now that I need to get them for my kids. I want to be ready in case of emergencies – and ready for an adventure should that opportunity arise. Are you ready?

I’m what you may call “big boned”. Ok, I’m overweight. And my failures in this area have been well-documented on my blog over the years as I attempt to lose the weight – unsuccessfully. Basically, I had a “cheat day” ten years ago. Now, here I am. Weight Watchers works, but it’s slow. And though there’s progress, it’s discouraging that the results aren’t evident. I’m trying not to lose heart, but I’ve nearly thrown in the towel once again. In fact, I have told very few people I’m doing it because I think subconsciously I anticipate failure. And I sabotage myself. I have somehow bought my own excuses. What does all of that have to do with hungering & thirsting for righteousness? Well, I think the things we “hunger” for are revealing of our hearts. For me, obviously, I have an issue with food and I’m working on my “why”.…

In her blog over at http://forliberty.typepad.com/forlibertya_brave_hearts_/2017/08/how-could-god-allow.html Beth defined the word “meek” beautifully in her post as we continue our look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:5 – Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. I love the definition of meekness: What does it require of us to become humbly patient? I would say – trust. Who you put your trust in has a lot to do with your attitude and outlook on life, doesn’t it? What does it take to trust him? The bottom line is this: the realization that He is FOR you and that His plans for you are good. Here’s one of my favs for you to enjoy. https://youtu.be/UbSMfL5LuSo

Today, I passed by someone I hardly know from the office next door in the parking lot. She said, “how are you today?” I said, “good thanks, and you?” She said, “I’m blessed, highly favored and deeply loved.” I said, “oh”. I got in my car and drove away feeling very uncomfortable. So. Awkward. But why? Why am I uncomfortable with this young lady expressing her faith? Is it because I think that she thinks I’m not a Christ-follower? Is she trying to witness to me? Do I give off that impression? Do I not look or act Jesusy enough? HOW DO I EVEN RESPOND TO THAT? Maybe the answer is a statement tee. Here’s a few options: 1. It says I mean business. 2. This says I’m fun but also appreciate acronyms. 3. I’m unclear as to what this even means. “Christ like swag” like I wear sandals a…