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Dishes: the moral of the story

In a house of five, four being hungry boys, the dishes (and laundry, but that’s another post) NEVER EVER EVER stop.

Just when I think I have my arms wrapped around it, it’s piled up again.  Today, was no exception.

As I stood at the sink, once again, washing everyone else’s dishes and muttering under my breath that I detest dishes with all my heart, I was overcome with gratitude.  I have FOOD to eat, and it’s really good food at that.  I have DISHES to eat them on.  A sink with CLEAN WATER and SOAP to wash them in.  I have two strong arms and feet and hands to get the cleaning done.

Yes, I have a bad attitude mostly about chores, but honestly, it’s all a huge BLESSING.  I am blessed.  Even if I were to loose any of the things mentioned above, like my legs or my dishes or my sink… at least I live in family that loves me and I serve a God who always gives second, third, fourth, and one hundredth chances to us.  A God who takes what feels impossible and uses it to make a blessing.  A God who pours out his love to my heart whether I deserve it or not. Sometimes my heart is too clouded with my selfish feelings or my own desires, but today, I was overcome with just how blessed I am to be doing dishes for my family.  I am blessed.

You are, too.

That’s the moral of the story.

Listen to YOURSELF!

I posted this over six months ago… and boy, do I need reminding today.

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Life isn’t easy… the hits just keep on coming sometimes.  I often, especially this last week, want to curl up and cry.  But, I can’t.  I mean, I can, but not all day long for several days in a row. There are proofs to edit, kids to take care of, packages to deliver, a business to run, a family to run, dishes, laundry, bedrooms that look like bombs went off in them, etc. etc.

I think God is rolling his eyes at me.  Saying, “Enough now.  Haven’t you had your tantrum long enough?”

I am worth fighting for.  I am worth putting my best self forward.  I love what I do.  I love the work I do.  I love the people I meet doing the work I do.  I love that my family comes first.  I love that I answer, ultimately, after God, to ME, and only me.  If I fail, my fault.  If I succeed, my fault, too.

About a year ago I reread every journal I’ve ever written in.  I’ve been keeping them pretty consistently since I was about 12.  Boy, have I learned some stuff.  Mostly the hard way.  But, that’s how I roll.  I learn better the hard way apparently.  You know what surprised me though?  How much I already knew about my situations or problems, and yet, went headlong in the wrong direction at warped speed… even though I journaled it all out and knew in my heart what to do.  

Shelly: LISTEN TO YOUR HEART!  You already know the right way!  Do it!

Duh!

How about you?  Listen to your heart.  Look inside and do what’s best.  Reread the old advice you’ve given yourself, if necessary.  LISTEN!

Life is whizzing by, it’s over in a nano-second, believe me.  Why not live your best life?  Why not?  YOU ARE WORTH IT!  I am worth it.  Let’s do this!

Saying Goodbye

No matter how prepared you can be in knowing that the time of death is near for someone, your heart still breaks at the end.

My favorite Auntie passed on today.   She lost a long battle with cancer.  She fought very hard, and even on her last day was full of love, grace, and sincerity.  I loved her so much.  Even though I did not see her often, there’s a vacant spot in my heart today.  The sunshine seems dimmer, the world a less beautiful place because she’s not here.  

I love you, sweet Auntie.  I know that the cancer is totally healed today.  I know that you are free and full of joy and dancing.  We will miss you.  Thank you for impacting us and making life more beautiful every second that you were in it.

"Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened." —Dr. Suess

On days like today, where my head is pounding, my stress level to the max, and my heart somewhat crushed, these eyes are all I need to see to remind me to keep going.
Make “what matters” happen.  I can do all kinds of things.  But, there are certain things that I’m ordained to do.  Being momma, no matter how hard, how frustrating, how wearing, is the MOST important work.  Being wife, even more important.  Being right here, right now, living inside this moment, inside these lives… well, it’s my greatest calling and my most treasured honor.
Life goes by quick and is fast and short. These days are numbered.  These loved ones are what matters to me. Most.
I challenge you to go hug yours a little tighter tonight, too.
Have a BEST weekend.  Not good, or better. BEST!
Shelly

On days like today, where my head is pounding, my stress level to the max, and my heart somewhat crushed, these eyes are all I need to see to remind me to keep going.

Make “what matters” happen.  I can do all kinds of things.  But, there are certain things that I’m ordained to do.  Being momma, no matter how hard, how frustrating, how wearing, is the MOST important work.  Being wife, even more important.  Being right here, right now, living inside this moment, inside these lives… well, it’s my greatest calling and my most treasured honor.

Life goes by quick and is fast and short. These days are numbered.  These loved ones are what matters to me. Most.

I challenge you to go hug yours a little tighter tonight, too.

Have a BEST weekend.  Not good, or better. BEST!

Shelly

Nothing beats time with my boys, in the country, being. Nothing. Beats. It. Ever.

Nothing beats time with my boys, in the country, being. Nothing. Beats. It. Ever.

The light at the end of the tunnel is really just… a new chapter.
My friend told me this weekend that God is giving me a promotion.  Brian and I went to dinner last night and discussing that idea was invigorating.  And exciting.  Not necessarily for me, but for how God wants to build his kingdom in me and through me.  I’ve heard, numerous times in the last few days the same quote, from different sources, in different ways.  ”If you do what you can do, then God will do what we cannot do.”  In other words, dig a ditch and wait for the RAIN, because it’s coming!
Faith believes before it sees.
Father, I believe that what you’re up to is good.  I believe that your plans and dreams are HUGE for my life, and honestly, I’m not doing you justice by sitting on my laurels and waiting.  Lord, you require faith with action. I know that you’re able to do exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what I can ask for or imagine, through your power at work within me.  I know that you ask us to do it, and then you enable us to do it. I know that I need to take a stand, and I’m willing to do that for you.I know that you call me to NOT FORGET your truths.  There’s been enough eating up, now I need to exercise. I want to CONSISTENTLY live out the Christian life, to be a light in the darkness.  God, faith is the substance of things HOPED for… and I KNOW, you will do great things.  I’m honored to join you.
It’s been an amazing weekend.  And, honestly, I’m overwhelmed with the idea that whatever’s next, God is in control.  
The next chapter looks like it’s dripping with awesomesauce.

The light at the end of the tunnel is really just… a new chapter.

My friend told me this weekend that God is giving me a promotion.  Brian and I went to dinner last night and discussing that idea was invigorating.  And exciting.  Not necessarily for me, but for how God wants to build his kingdom in me and through me.  I’ve heard, numerous times in the last few days the same quote, from different sources, in different ways.  ”If you do what you can do, then God will do what we cannot do.”  In other words, dig a ditch and wait for the RAIN, because it’s coming!

Faith believes before it sees.

Father, I believe that what you’re up to is good.  I believe that your plans and dreams are HUGE for my life, and honestly, I’m not doing you justice by sitting on my laurels and waiting.  Lord, you require faith with action. I know that you’re able to do exceedingly and abundantly above and beyond what I can ask for or imagine, through your power at work within me.  I know that you ask us to do it, and then you enable us to do it. I know that I need to take a stand, and I’m willing to do that for you.I know that you call me to NOT FORGET your truths.  There’s been enough eating up, now I need to exercise. I want to CONSISTENTLY live out the Christian life, to be a light in the darkness.  God, faith is the substance of things HOPED for… and I KNOW, you will do great things.  I’m honored to join you.

It’s been an amazing weekend.  And, honestly, I’m overwhelmed with the idea that whatever’s next, God is in control.  

The next chapter looks like it’s dripping with awesomesauce.

Sometimes you just have to go AGAINST the flow.  You have to just follow your heart.  And NOT do what every wants or expects.  YOU have to JUST BELIEVE, that only YOU can decide and know what’s best and right for you.
I’ve been on a long road of discovering ME, and this last year, literally, has been an amazing gift.  Each season, each day, I’ve been allowed by God to unfold the layers. To search deeper, to go deeper, to know better, to believe in who I am.  Each moment has become another reminder to go against the flow, to follow my heart.
Where in your life today do you need to JUST DO IT?????  Just turn around and do what no one wants or expects.  You KNOW in your heart is right and true. GO AGAINST THE FLOW. Be true to you.

Sometimes you just have to go AGAINST the flow.  You have to just follow your heart.  And NOT do what every wants or expects.  YOU have to JUST BELIEVE, that only YOU can decide and know what’s best and right for you.

I’ve been on a long road of discovering ME, and this last year, literally, has been an amazing gift.  Each season, each day, I’ve been allowed by God to unfold the layers. To search deeper, to go deeper, to know better, to believe in who I am.  Each moment has become another reminder to go against the flow, to follow my heart.

Where in your life today do you need to JUST DO IT?????  Just turn around and do what no one wants or expects.  You KNOW in your heart is right and true. GO AGAINST THE FLOW. Be true to you.

This theme has been ringing in my ears a lot lately… In many ways and through many messengers.
I AM LISTENING!
What’s really important in my life right this minute and what’s just “filler” causing urgency? Even others try to put their urgency on me.., but I have to stand firm in the priorities of what’s really important, true, and worth my effort and time!
Hard lesson to learn in a world that is constantly pushing us harder, faster, and stronger.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am god.”
He is all I need.
He is able to handle the urgent stuff, the big stuff, the small stuff, the important people in my world. He alone is god.
He is able.

This theme has been ringing in my ears a lot lately… In many ways and through many messengers.
I AM LISTENING!
What’s really important in my life right this minute and what’s just “filler” causing urgency? Even others try to put their urgency on me.., but I have to stand firm in the priorities of what’s really important, true, and worth my effort and time!
Hard lesson to learn in a world that is constantly pushing us harder, faster, and stronger.
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am god.”
He is all I need.
He is able to handle the urgent stuff, the big stuff, the small stuff, the important people in my world. He alone is god.
He is able.

I will NOT go ahead of him, but will sit in this place, right where he has put me, and I will wait on him. I will trust. I will sit still. I will wait.

I will NOT go ahead of him, but will sit in this place, right where he has put me, and I will wait on him. I will trust. I will sit still. I will wait.

This guy… Oh man is he awesome! Not only is my heart absolutely full after spending even 5 seconds with him, I also am overflowing with joy by editing his 9 Mth images!  What love! It bursts out of him!

I. Love. My. Job. Period.

This guy… Oh man is he awesome! Not only is my heart absolutely full after spending even 5 seconds with him, I also am overflowing with joy by editing his 9 Mth images! What love! It bursts out of him!

I. Love. My. Job. Period.