Sowing Seeds of Encouragement at the Ice Cream Shop

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.

When I walked into Braum’s, I saw her sitting in the corner.  She had that familiar look on her face.  You probably know the one I’m talking about.  Desperation had lead her to indulge her kids with a sweet treat of ice cream just so she could sit in crowded solitude for the five minutes it took them to eat it.

I have been there too!

The momma heart in me wanted to run over, hand her a $100 bill that I didn’t have, and tell her I would watch her kids while she went out and got a massage.

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Popcorn on My Breath

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Last week I told you about my new favorite book Surprised By Motherhood: Everything I never expected about being a mom by Lisa-Jo Baker.

In the book she talks about losing her mother at the age of 18.  She reflects on different parts of her childhood as she tries to “piece together scraps” and parent her own children through memories.

One memory was of her mom showing up late to pick her up from school.  She said that she could “smell the popcorn on her breath” and that she knew that her mother had been to the movies.  Lisa went on to say:

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Parenting and Discipleship

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Sweet Friend,

I need a cup of coffee today with you!

I just need a moment to exhale…

Parenting is hard!

I never would have imagined the amount of physical and emotional energy it takes to raise a child.  The one thing that was really surprising to me was the spiritual aspect of it all.  The burden I have to lead my child to the LORD is overwhelming.

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Five Minute Friday: Writer

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Sometimes I spend hours on one post.  Perfection is a must.  Sometimes I just want to write and embrace imperfection.  I love Five Minute Fridays.  The challenge is to focus on a one word prompt and to limit myself to only five minutes with no major editing.

This week the prompt is writer. 

Set the timer…ready…set…GO!

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Saving Grace: Butterflies and Blooms

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Saving Grace is a local non-profit that is near and dear to my heart.  It has been amazing to watch this ministry unfold. Becky Shaffer, the founder and CEO, grew up in the foster system and children’s homes.  The LORD has had a calling on her life.  He was able to take a broken past, completely redeem it for his glory, and has provided a future for many.

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A Story Worth Telling: Hardy, AR

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There is a reality show on Discovery called Clash of the Ozarks. Have you seen it? It is about two feuding families in a small town in north central Arkansas called Hardy. This happens to be my hometown. Well, I am technically from the next town over, but everybody knows everybody in Sharp County. My family has been in that area as long as the Russells and the Evanses.

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Surprised By Motherhood Book Review: April Giveaway

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I did all the things to prepare for my firstborn, except finish THE BOOK.  You know the book…What to Expect…well yeah…  When my water broke an entire month early, my very first thought was “But I haven’t finished the book!  The chapters on labor and delivery would be helpful right about now.”  Three hours later I was holding my miracle.

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NWA Day Trip Spring Break 2014

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We took an impromptu day trip to Eureka Springs last weekend.  It is our number one day trip destination.  I remember the first time my husband and I decided to drive over together.  I remember the exact place we were sitting that night when I realized that I was in love with him.  We got married there a few months later.

Every trip we take to Eureka is different and we stop in different places on the way.  This trip had two phases. 

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Hop, Skip, and a Jump to Tulsa

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Northwest Arkansas has so many great attractions and new ones are on the horizon, but we don’t have a zoo.  We do have a couple exotic animal habitats that my family frequent and will be featured on here at some point.  Some of my friends who relocated here from other parts of the country have mentioned to me that they really miss having a zoo handy.  The closest zoo is in Tulsa, OK which is only two hours away.  That is just a hop, skip, and a jump away! 

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What I Am Listening To: Issue 5 {Worship with a New Song}

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Sweet friend,

Do you love music?  I am not a lover of music, but words are important to me.  A poet at heart, I adore the lyrics of a well written song.  I grew up on the hymns of the church.  Some of my favorites are Nothing But the Blood, I’ll Fly Away, Ring Out, How Great Thou Art, and Ten Thousand Angels. Those are the songs that come to mind when I think of home…my childhood.

There is something bittersweet about not hearing those songs in our contemporary worship services.  The songs of today, while not rooted in my church tradition, are still effective in drawing me into the heart of the Father. I find that there is something refreshing about singing and reflecting on the words of a new song.

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth!” Psalm 96:1

So what am I listening to?

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