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A new season makes me think of new beginnings

Of all the seasons, autumn is my favorite. The falling of the leaves signals the end of lazy summer days and the beginning of crisp days, glorious colors, dressing in layers, and pumpkin spice everything. Although I am not a fan of pumpkin spice anything, which is showing up everywhere this year, I am a fan of everything else about autumn.

It’s kind of my jam.

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The turning of a new season makes me think of new beginnings. It always seems like a perfect time for a do-over, or to start something new. New adventures are down the road.

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New beginning sums up my life right now. I have returned to work (in an actual office) full-time. My old boss and friend has sold his business that I work for to start his own new beginning. The new boss left the corporate world to run a small business. He too is starting out on a grand, and educational new beginning in his work life.

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The new boss didn’t just purchase our small printing company, he bought another one too! He is a brave soul. 😉 So, those employees are also setting out on a new beginning with us. I can say it’s already been a grand adventure with bumps, and pot holes, and surprises.

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So, 21 months ago I chose LEAP as my one little word. That word focused around leaping into the self-hosting world for this little blog. It’s also been an adventure with learning about spam bots, referrer bots, blog maintenance, plugin updates…something I didn’t read in all the books and blog articles I researched before making the leap. {sigh} Self-hosting a blog is a lot of work, more than you think. Ever.

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Although I have enjoyed the new connections I have made with fellow bloggers through this blog, all the maintenance isn’t working for me anymore. Frankly, mama ain’t got time for that! Especially since I am working full-time and doing all the other parenting duties that come with raising two beautiful girls, two crazy dogs and a husband.

So, this new season I am moving this self-hosted blog to a more manageable WordPress hosted blog, because WP will do all the maintenance that I don’t want to do. Which will make my life easier. And, I am all about working smarter not harder.

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What this means for you: If you have enjoyed reading this blog I would love for you to click over to the new site (link at the end of this post) and bookmark it, or consider subscribing. If you are a subscriber, please re-subscribe to continue to get new posts delivered to your inbox.

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It’s a brand new season. It’s the perfect time to start something new or re-do something that isn’t working for you. I’d love to hear from you. Maybe you are starting on a grand new beginning too.

Visit the new site home at: Have Faith Everyday.

Wednesday’s Word: Stop Fretting

In the world of printing nothing is ever perfect, no matter how many times we proofread the brochure. No matter how many people “look it over”. No matter how many hours we fret or lose sleep before the job goes to press, there will always be something we could have done different or better.

Amazingly, we don’t see it until the job is actually printed. Welcome to the print industry where mistakes are printed (Say, like your phone number on that all important brochure.)

A customer came into the shop last week. She told me she had been up since 2 a.m. fretting about the job we printed wrong for her (which we reprinted for free). She lost a good night’s sleep over something she had no control over, we fixed…and was also

Yet, she fretted anyway. 

Wednesday's Word: Stop Fretting.

We all do it from time to time. If you are someone who suffers from anxiety you do it a lot more often, but that’s a whole other issue.

My pastor once said, “Worry is the illusion of control.” We believe if we fret, which is just another word for worry, enough about something we will some how control the outcome.

That is the illusion, my friend.

Fretting is a waste of time. It’s a waste of our life. We have better things to do.

Not only can we not change the outcome by fretting, but we will not add one more day to our life. Just the opposite, excessive worry is bad for our health. It’s scientific…Google it if you don’t believe me.

So, for this Wednesday’s Word I chose this verse to meditate on: “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34)

I like it mostly because I can apply it to the work I do in printing. But, dang! Isn’t it so true about life too? Today has worries, tomorrow will have worries, and the day after that too.

So, stop fretting and get on with your life because there will something else to fret about tomorrow. But don’t fret about it.

LINKING UP with the always encouraging Holley Gerth. 

Because No Girl Should Miss School for This Reason

Ladies, let’s talk about maxi pads. No blushing, now. It’s a natural part of being a woman.

Some days our menstrual cycle can be down right inconvenient…and calls for a lot of chocolate. But, one thing I don’t worry about? Having maxi pads.

If I happen to look under my bathroom cabinet to find I am out of maxi pads on that faithful day, well, Target is a quick 5-minute drive from my house. And I will get chocolate while I am there. Take that, Mother Nature!

Here’s the thing, what you and I take for granted, a lot of school girls in many parts of the world don’t have the luxury to buy. The harsh reality is they can’t afford to buy maxi pads, therefore they are forced to stay home from school every month during their menstrual cycle. That could mean missing up to 5 days a month of school, resulting in girls falling behind in their studies.

Why? Nobody talks about it. It’s taboo. They can’t afford to buy hygiene products. Lots of reasons.

“Often, the sheer cost of sanitary products can be a problem. In Kenya, a pack of sanitary pad costs half the daily wage of an unskilled worker, so many girls have to use alternative methods of menstrual management.” –A World at School

Another issue: “Girls also lack access to clean, safe private toilets. There is no clean water within or near the toilets, which means there is nowhere to clean up and discreetly dispose of used menstrual product.” –A World at School

No girl should miss school because of her menstrual cycle. Ever.


So, what are we going to do about it?


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This is how we are going to help in 3 easy steps:

  1. We are going to click over to We Are That Family (aka Mercy House). There you will find a call to action to help girls in need in Kenya. This is just one place in the world where girls miss school because they do not have access to hygiene products.
  2. We are going to get the address listed to ship our maxi pads to Mercy House so we can fill as many suitcase as we can.
  3. Then, to make it easy of ourselves, we are going to fill our cart at Amazon and ship those maxi pads for free!* (*Order $35 or more.)

Oh, yes we are!

I would love to see the face on the customs agent who scans 100s of suitcases full of maxi pads! Wouldn’t you?

Look, it may not seem like a big deal…shipping maxi pads to Kenya. But, it’s a big deal to that girl who will not miss school just for being a woman.

This is what being a Small Seed means, my friend. We plant a small seed of compassion (do something small) that will grow big to make a difference in someone’s life.

So, let’s buy some maxi pads, ladies (and gentlemen)! Deadline is September 26, 2015.

Wednesday’s Word

At my kid’s school there is a custodian. He knows every student by name, he is silly, doesn’t hesitate to dress up in goofy costumes for fundraisers, and the kids love him. In the mornings he greets the kids in the drop off lane.

And, when I drop my girls off on Wednesdays, he is kind of infamous for shouting out the question, “What day is it?!”

He will ask this until someone answers, “It’s hump day!” Trust me. It’s a silly. It makes the girls blush. And that’s always a bonus.

Wednesday signals the halfway point in the work week. We climbed the proverbial hill to get through a rough week. Give yourself a pat on the back…you are almost there. Two more days till the weekend.

It’s hump day. Whoo-hoo!

I don’t know about you, but this week I need to be pushed, pulled and dragged over that hump. And coffee never hurts. Lots of it.

For Wednesday’s Word, here’s a little reminder that we should help each other over the humps of life:

Be kind to someone on this hump day. You never know what hard battle they are fighting. Who knows, maybe your kind words will be the best part of that person’s day. That would be sweet.

Wednesday's Word: Be Kind. You never know the battle someone maybe fighting. Proverbs 6:8 | Have Faith Everyday

Proverbs 16:24 in my art journal

We Should Stop Putting Celebrity Christians on Pedestals

Here we go again.

Another celebrity Christian has fallen (or was pushed) off his pedestal.

If you live under a rock, let me get you caught up, because it’s a doozy!

The story broke last week that Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the Duggar clan and stars of the reality show “19 Kids and Counting”, got himself in a bit of hot water, again. He was outed by online hackers as a member of Ashley Madison, a website that markets to married people who want to have an affair.

He has also admitted to a [online] pornography addiction and to committing adultery. While condemning the sexual sin of others, he let his own sexual sin destroy him, and the ones closest to him. He made that choice.

…and here we go again.

When will we learn? The Duggars were billed as the “perfect” devout Christian family by TLC, magazines and book publishers. We took the bait. We shouldn’t put anyone, let alone Christians on a pedestal. Ever. Especially those on a reality TV show. There is nothing real about reality TV.

We never know what is going on inside another person’s home, life, or heart. No matter how “perfect” their life looks on the outside, or edited for TV. No matter how easy they seem to have it. No matter how “Christian” they market themselves, we just don’t know what goes on behind closed doors.

When they fall it reminds us of our own failures.

No one said being a Christian is easy. Following Christ in this world is freakin’ difficult. Those who try to portray being a perfect Christian will fail. We live in a fallen world with fallen people. Christians are not immune to falling. Good people do bad things everyday.

When high profile Christians fall from their pedestal, we feel deceived and betrayed. And we are partly to blame because we put them high up, as if they are perfect and righteous and have all the answers. They don’t have the answers, no more than we do.

So we should stop putting celebrity Christians on pedestals.


It’s Not the Change I Dread, it’s the Transition.

I was talking with a long time friend about my recent upheaval at work. The small printing company I work for,  along with another small company, was bought so that the two will combine to make a bigger small company.

There is a lot of uncertainty there. Will we all have jobs after this merger? What will our role be in this new-and-improved company? Where will we fit everyone in this office? Will our five new co-workers play nice, or will they be jerks?

Then my friend said to me, “You just don’t like change.”

I wanted to slap her. Okay, maybe not really.

It’s not the change I dread, it’s the transition.

Change is exciting. Change should be fun and fulfilling. But the transition on the road to change? Yeah, I hate that part.

It's not the change I dread, it's the transition. Have Faith Everyday.

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In the middle of change there will be fear of the unknown. All those questions I asked earlier are questions that haven’t been answered yet, and that is what keeps me up at night.

The road to change is paved with mourning the loss of what once was (our old company), denial, shock, anger, stress, ambivalence, skepticism, acceptance, hope, enthusiasm, until we arrive to our destination…a new beginning.

“Life is always at some turning point.” -Irwin Edman

So. There’s that.

Life itself is about always moving forward to a new (unforeseen) beginning.

Here are 5 practical tips I wrote for myself to help me deal with this transition season. If you find yourself in the transition season, they can help you keep it together.

  1. Accept it and move on. The change is happening with or without you, and fighting it will only make it harder to let go.
  2. Reflect on the past. In my case this reflection came in the form of a trip down memory lane. For several years my co-workers and I put together a framed picture collage of events that happened at our company, because we are more than employees, we are friends. We documented new printing presses being installed, new babies being born, big industry achievements, even a concert or football game we attended together. Take time to remember the “good ‘ol days”.
  3. One.Day.At.A.Time.Sister. If I think about everything that might or might not happen I get overwhelmed with anxiety. Maybe today there is nothing to do in preparation, but tomorrow there might be something. I only deal with what needs to get done on that day.
  4. Talk it out. Talk to someone who has made a similar transition. My sister recently picked up her family and moved to a new state. This has meant new jobs (and co-workers), new house, new school, and new friends. Yeah, she can relate and she’s been a supportive.
  5. Don’t be pessimistic. Stop the negative thoughts (like the new co-workers will be jerks). Look at this change as an opportunity for growth. As my pastor says, “Find the silver lining.” I’ll add, “…no matter how hard you have to look.”

I can’t control the transitions in life, but I can control my reaction to them.

Feeling Weary

I just got back from a 4 day vacation in which we stayed in a very quiet log cabin in the Rocky Mountains. You would think I would be renewed and rested. So why am I feeling so weary?

Matthew 11:28-30 For the days when you feel weary

I should feel rejuvenated. But I am not.

I feel tired. The anxiety monster is showing his face again. I am feeling weary.

Big changes at work. Our company has a new owner, we will merge with another, then become a whole new company. Unsure what my role is, what any of our roles will be. Good or bad, that remains to be seen.

School is starting up again. Back to the grind. Back to days of homework, drama, and juggling schedules…schedules I am not even sure of yet. The planner in me is about to freak out.

How do any of us get out of that weary funk?

  • Start by taking it one day at a time. Tomorrow is a new day.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat, “This is just a moment. It won’t last forever.”
  • Pray. Prayer never hurts. Matthew 11:28-30
  • Find the silver lining of the situation. Dig deep if you have too.
  • Look around. Find others that also need encouragement in their weariness. Lift them up.

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While focusing on others problems, I see my own aren’t as bad as I think or feel they are. I recently discovered a battle of one of Alex’s friends, Isabella. This young woman is fighting back against a severe peanut allergy. We are talking about life and death tree nut allergies here. Her mom, Erin, is writing about the journey her family is on to break Isabella from the deadly peanut prison. If you or someone you love has a severe tree nut allergy I urge you to read more at Isabella’s Prison Break. She is a Small Seed, making change right where she is in life.

The Rainbow Promise

The Rainbow Promise: God's beautiful promise to us is seen in the rainbow. | Have Faith Everyday

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Through the Bible, God makes a lot of promises to us. One such promise is a beautiful one. It’s the rainbow promise. In Genesis, after the great flood, we are reminded of His promise to never again flood the earth and destroy everything. 

GENESIS 9:11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between Me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. 16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have establishment d between me and all life on the earth.”

Just like the rainbow itself, the symbolism is truly amazing. There are seven colors in a rainbow, (ROYGBIV) red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. Seven is a sign in the Bible of completeness.

Together, these colors make white light, or the color of the sun. Christ is the Light of the World (the 8th color). The rainbow, together with Christ, is God’s “solemn pledge which I have established between Me and all flesh upon this earth.”

It’s no mistake or coincidence that God created a rainbow as the symbol of His promise.

Next time you witness a rainbow, stop and remember His promises to us, no matter what is happening in our life, the Lord is with us.

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world

Some days it can be hard to follow Christ instead of the world.
And for that, I think God maybe disappointed and a little ashamed of me.
Some days it’s hard to display grace to others.
Some days I try hard to be a ‘good Christian’ but know, deep down I am failing.
And that makes me feel ashamed of myself.
Some days I am guilty of spending more time online, reading blogs, than reading the only Word that matters.
Some days I am scared when I see what is happening in this world.
Some days I am sick when I read the hate that comes out of a fellow Christian’s mouth, or from behind a computer screen. That also scares me.
Some days I don’t love thy neighbor.
Some days I wonder if I am doing this for His glory, or for mine.
Some days I see the evil in this world and I cry real, full-on tears.
Some days speaking the Truth is scary when the world demands you to be tolerant of every other belief, even when they are not tolerant of yours.
Some days I forget that I am a sinner too.
Some days I forget Christ died for my sins, all our sins.
Some days I forget that the laws made here on earth are not the laws made in heaven.
Some days I can’t find the words that I am feeling in my heart.
Some day I hope to get it right, but I won’t hold my breath.

Lately it feels like Christians have struggled with a lot of some days. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states has caught many Christians off guard about how to respond.

Some days the world feels crushing and confusing and out of its mind, but Christians have a choice to make. How will we respond? Some days we will respond with love, other days not so much. Because we are human. Christian does not equal perfect.

Some days speaking the Truth gets you yelled at IN ALL CAPS, especially when it is not among popular opinion of this world. Thankfully, the opinion of this world is not the one I worry most about.

I wanted to share four posts that have made me stop and think this week in some way. This ruling has made me think deeper about my faith than ever before. Being Christian is not about being perfect, or having all the answers. It’s a journey.

We Are That Family | “This is What I am going to do today (in response of the Supreme Court Ruling)”
Into The Wild | “Dear Homosexual America: I am Sorry. An Open Letter From a Christian”
The Blaze, Matt Walsh | “Yes, Gay Marriage Hurts Me Personally”
Grace to You | “Why Biblical Christianity Is Intolerable in an Age of “Tolerance”

“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners–of whom I am the worst.” 1 Timothy 1:15

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LINKING UP with these amazing bloggers who continue to speak truth: Holley Gerth’s Coffee for your Heart and Bonnie’s Spiritual Whitespace. l visit other bloggers writing from the heart.

God Created us to Create

I’ve thought a lot about creativity lately; and why we, as humans, are creative.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

This is God’s first act of creating something from nothing. He is the ultimate artist.

Later, in Genesis 1:27 it says, “God created mankind in his own image…” When he created Adam (Genesis 2:7), Adam was given the task of naming all the animals God had created. (Genesis 2:19-20)

This is the first recorded act of creativity in the history of mankind.

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:17 God is an artist quote

God created us in his own image and if he is the ultimate artist, then it stands to reason that when we create we are His reflection.

Bezalel is a prime example of that reflection. If you’re like me, you probably skipped over the story of Bezalel tucked away toward the end of Exodus.

It’s here we read about Moses leading the Hebrews out of slavery. They were having a self-pity party, wandering around in circles in the wilderness, and making their own idols. Because of this idol making, and wondering away from God, therefore God decided that a Tabernacle would be built.

The Tabernacle was a portable dwelling place built for God. Now, if you are going to build a dwelling place for God, well, you can’t just slap a few 2x4s together and call it good. Nope. It must be spectacular!

You need a fine craftsman to plan and build a grand Tabernacle. You call an artist. {Ring, Ring} “Hello, Bezalel.”

The Lord says to Moses that he has chosen Bezalel to “make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts.(Exodus 31:1-11) God gave Bezalel an assistant named Oholiab, plus a whole bunch of other skilled craftsmen to help with the task.

God didn’t set Bezalel out on his own, He gave him a team of talented artists to work with. I bet Bezalel was freaking out at the idea of building the great Tabernacle, but he trusted the talents God gave him and went for it. It worked out well for him.

How’s that for a holy commission? God could have picked a priest or a warrior for this job, but He didn’t. He picked an artist!

God loves beautiful things.

  • The very nature of the written Word is affirmation of creativity.
  • He created the stars and calls them by name. (Isaiah 40:26)
  • We are God’s ‘image bearers’. When we create, we are sharing his likeness.

Creativity looks different for each of us. We are given a variety of gifts. Like Bezalel, God chose to give you creative gifts…use them. Don’t hide them away or waste them. He created us to create.

I want to be like Bezalel. I want to create something beautiful for Him.

LINKING UP with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart and Suzanne Eller. As always, check out some amazing blogging inspiration. Choosing to lift you up, not bring you down!

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