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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Filter

I'm so glad I decided to keep the latest Britt Nicole cd just for me. It was on sale during the Black Friday event and I grabbed it thinking I may give it out as a gift. I love music and eventually, like January, I opened it as a gift to me. My 3yo daughter really loves this one song in particular, No Filter. I enjoy it too but its just so cute that she requests that I play the "picture nus" song.

The lyrics speak to me about how its so easy to portray my life, particularly through social media, but even just with family or at church, that things are going great. We can get good on putting on an act, don't we. Part of it might be that I don't want to burden anyone or I don't even understand what the problem is. Some things are best to be private between a couple or family. I think it gets interesting when we deal with the pressure to be "ok" and "happy". Are people going to be able to come along side of you and offer support if they aren't let in to know that there is something you may need prayer for? I'm not saying to put it all out there on front street, know your audience. Seek God's direction first. Pause before you post, or text or call (do we still do that?).





Here's the kicker, our kids are watching us without the filter. Our kids see us fail. Our kids see us be human. And that's ok. I think they need to. I want them to see me being authentic. God also sees us, the us that we don't let anyone in on. He made us, he knows us intimately. Psalm 44:21 reminds us that He knows the secrets of our hearts. Psalms 139 is full of rich reminders of God's connection to us.

Singing along to "No Filter".

Dear God, Thank you for loving me so much. Thank you for my daughter's sweet voice. Thank you that we can connect through music. Bless those that may be reading this today and help us all to be authentic. Help us not to compare our lives to those of celebrities or people we see in our communities or churches that appear to have it together. Thank you enabling me to see each new day. I hope I'm getting closer to You with each one and being a light for my family and those who know me. In Your Holy Name, Amen. 


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Monday, February 13, 2017

Going through the Motions?

Finally making some real significant progress potty training the 3yo and the 18mo old is desperately trying to mimic his big sister. My blessing of a super happy baby cries and gets worked up til I help him onto the big potty. Its actually quite cute watching him get the stool, put on the princess training seat and then attempt to wipe. Its not cute watching the toilet paper flying off the roll. After he is done, he wants to flush, and wash his hands. He wants the full experience including the high five at the end. He is so proud and I am flattered that he knows the routine but he isn't actually going potty.

Have you heard the song, The Motions, by Matthew West? This moment with my son brought that song to the forefront of my mind. It is so easy to fall into the routine and/or trying to impress people to blend in or to fit in. I've heard the phrase "fake it til you make it" and while I think that may be helpful in some situations, God knows the heart. We can't fake our motives. God isn't going to give a high five for learning how to appear to be his follower. In Revelation 3:15-16 there is difficult truth about being lukewarm. Read Psalm 51:16-19  in a couple translations, it's our broken spirit He is looking for. I don't want to be fake with God, don't want to be putting on a show for the people around me. I want a genuine relationship with my Father, the One who loves me more than anyone on this planet ever could. I want to connect to the One who knows my deepest pains and isn't afraid or isn't made so uncomfortable by them that he'd run or get angry that I didn't figure out how to protect myself from that failure. My God, our God already knows it all. Don't give up. Don't quit if you are lost in trying to make sense of being a Christ follower. Yell, Cry. Fight through the raw emotions and pain. Grieve. But through all that, talk to God. He is listening! He is waiting with open arms. He loves you!

Check out the video for The Motions


Jesus, Thank you for the way a child can teach me about loving you. Help me to be pure in my motives and to be humble enough to receive correction. Thank you for my children and help me to be an example worth mimicking. I lift up anyone that is like I was for years, buried in pain, shame, and guilt. I pray for those afraid to be honest in the mess with You and trying to do it on their own. Help them to be encouraged by someone who sees past the muck and sees the beauty You created in them. Thank you for your patience Lord. In Your Holy Name, Amen.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Where is Your Safe Place?

In the last few weeks, there have been some reoccurring topics on my radar, specifically sickness, politics, and refugees. I'm cautious to write much about any of these important and real life issues. I can speak to the sickness as I was one of the many, many people in my community that had a wave of the flu. I don't even remember the last time I had a stomach flu (thank you kids). My little family of four has been through two rounds of yucky viruses this season and yes we are all back to normal. Praise God we were born in a country that, regardless of your specific opinions, I believe has quality health care. We are truly blessed. Can you imagine what it would be like to be born in a country that did not have running water, a doctor's office down the street (or three), or a grocery store with ten types of infused cooking oils to sample (that's even new to me this week)?  What if you lived without 'essentials' like dishwashers, air conditioning, or heat? I'm so glad that I don't really have to worry about bombs going off in my city or watching people die or get shot regularly. That said, I do know tragedy and hard things as pretty much everyone does or will, regardless of where they were born. But my point is not to focus on what I don't know, but on what I do. When I find myself surrounded by questions that I can't answer, I can still fall down on my knees and cry out to my heavenly father and know without a shadow of a doubt that I'm heard. I know that I can pick up my Bible and connect with my Creator. I know that if I am sincere in my heart that I believe in what Jesus did on the cross, that I will not be turned away and the gate will not be shut on me.

Are you spiritually sick? Getting caught up in the drama or politics in your families, places of worship, or workplace? Do you have doubts about your future, your eternal future? 

Where do you go to seek refuge? Where is your safe place? In whom do you place your trust?




When I have felt insecure and vulnerable, I have hidden and withdrawn, pretending that I was safer that way. I was not. I could lock myself up physically and spiritually, but it didn't stop my doubts and fears from destroying my secret world. When I got out, out into unexpected, "unsafe" places to serve others, then my faith grew. As time goes on, I am less and less afraid to share the unsavory parts of my story. Why? Because I'm not ashamed to have grown to understand what Jesus Christ has done or is doing in my life. If Jesus is your safe place, in whom you seek refuge, are you willing to share Him?

Dear Jesus, Thank you for being so real in my life. It is a little strange thanking you for being, you are I Am after all. But I think you understand my meaning. You have made yourself known to me. Help me to share this with others through my actions. Let the love you give spill out of me. I don't want to keep you all to myself. Show me ways to live out love. In Jesus saving & gracious Name, Amen. 




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