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Headaches and Blog Posts Don’t Mix

I’ve got a huge headache this morning. I was up all night last night because of a stupid cricket that would not shut up! I wanted to kill something.

So I’ve decided that headaches and blog posts don’t mix, but here are some random pictures I took yesterday. Enjoy!

This is my water bottle. I don’t go anywhere without it. Six of these babies equals one gallon of water. Drink water. It’s good for you.

This is Vince. I work right next to him. He is an awesome youth pastor and he has a blog too. Click right here and you will see.

This is Batman and Robin. Josh Wren is probably one of the most original people I know. He is always wearing crazy looking T-shirts.

Big SWITCH starts two weeks from today. It is our bring in event for our student ministry. I’m hoping for 500+ students to come, have fun and hear about Jesus. Come join us and help out with this event.

That is all I have the energy for… debating whether I should go to a school and visit some kids or if that would just make my headache worse…. SWITCH tonight. Gotta get over it sometime…

A Swimming Pool in our Living Room!

On August 10th, (Cody’s 26th birthday) we came home to a swimming pool in our living room!

A leak underneath the bathtub in our master bathroom had been gushing all day!

After trying to mop up the water we realized we were going to have to rip out the carpet!

There was still standing water on the concrete slab even after we removed the soaking carpet and pad!

Insurance came in and assessed the damage. They totaled almost all our floors. The living room carpet, the bedroom carpet, the kitchen wood and the bathroom tile. We spent the next several days demolishing all the damaged areas and got a lot done thanks to great friends!

Funny how something like this could be a totally paralyzing situation if we allowed it. However, Cody and I believe that our circumstances aren’t the things that should control us.

More often than not, it’s things like this that turn into being more of a blessing than a curse. It’s all in how you look at it.

I’m Not Stubborn-End of Discussion

Sometimes, my husband tells me I’m stubborn. I, of course, argue my case, not backing down for anything…. which just goes to show that of course he’s right. I am stubborn. But admitting it would be a kind of surrender. One I’m not quite ready to give.Rebel

Stubbornness, for a woman can either be her friend or her enemy. Our stubbornness is that rebellious streak hardwired into each of us as a daughter of Eve. Sometimes it gives us the ability to face and conquer the issues of life as they come. But it is also that same rebellion that can get us into trouble if we don’t know how to use it to our advantage.

How do we use rebellion to our advantage? How can we put the power of stubbornness to work in our lives to bring about a positive outcome? It’s all in what we choose to rebel against.

  • Instead of rebelling against obedience to God, rebel against sin.
  • Instead of rebelling against your husband, rebel against the desire to always be right
  • Instead of resisting change, rebel against mediocrity
  • Instead of allowing life to just happen, rebel against laziness

Rebel against that which is against you. Harness the power of your stubbornness and use to bring about positive outcomes in your life.

What do you need to rebel against?

I Love You Because…

When Cody and I got married we adopted the saying “I love you because” Every time we would say the words I love you, we would give a reason. It is such a great practice because it makes you intentionally stop and think about the reasons why we love each other instead of just saying the words.

For our one year anniversary I decided to make a calendar called “I Love You Because”–This is such a great gift idea because it lasts all year and really means a lot to the person receiving it. For our calendar I decided to come up with as many “reasons” why I love Cody and type them in each day. Mixed with pictures I filled up 365 reasons why I’m in love with my husband. Cody loved it!

This is a great gift for anyone, not just a husband or wife. I used Snapfish.com to build my calendar and they did a great job. Check it out, and make one for yourself!

(I spelled Because wrong on the calendar… Always double check your spelling!)

Happy Birthday, Cody Light

Today is my baby’s birthday!

I am so thankful that 26 years ago he was born.

Life with him over the last three years we’ve known each other have been the best days of my life.

Happy Birthday, Cody. I love you.

Stop Feeding Your Insecurity. Starve It.

We all struggle with insecurities. Whether it be the fear of what people think, holding us back, or our own inner voices telling us we’re less than we are, we all struggle in one form or another.

When you think about your insecurities think of them like little monsters, little imps, jumping around waiting for attention, waiting for you to give them center stage to the interactions of your life. As long as you don’t pay them any attention you can manage. As long as you ignore, hush, and master them, they will not interrupt your life. But most of the time it’s not that easy. And for people who don’t understand that these insecurities are unwelcome guests, they might do the unthinkable.

People who aren’t in the fight for freedom over their insecurities might actually be feeding them without knowing!

Are you feeding your insecurities?

I spent some time with a young woman a couple days ago. Bright, young, beautiful, with lots of potential. I’m not sure how it came up (of course thinking back on it now, anything could’ve come up in this conversation since it was non-stop chatter from the moment we encountered each other) but we got to talking about insecurities. She confessed that she is so insecure she feels like she has to fill the silence with talking (no joke, like I didn’t know that already!)

I found it interesting that she knew this about herself, and yet didn’t do anything to stop it. She feared being alone so severely that she would hold you in a conversation for well past the norm just so she didn’t have to stand, sit or be alone. The funny thing is, the more she talked, the more she fed her insecurity, the more people didn’t want to be around her. Interesting. Is it possible that we are feeding the very thing we fear the most?

What about you? What is an insecurity for you?

Perhaps you are insecure with asking people for help. You think if you ask for help, you’ll be a burden to others. The minute that thought goes through your mind, stop it in it’s tracks. Don’t feed that insecurity. Starve it. Ask for help, be thankful, and don’t apologize for it.

Maybe you’re insecure about the way you look. Maybe you carry more weight than what is healthy, but instead of having hope that you can pull yourself out of bondage you go back to the very thing that got you there in the first place. Food. Quit feeding your insecurity! Starve it! Make a plan for yourself and kick that little monster to the curb!

Maybe you’re overly critical of others because you don’t feel good about yourself. You think putting others down will make you feel better, and if you can get others to agree with your critical behavior you’ve won even more. But what you might not be aware of, is that every time you say a negative word about someone else you’re tossing your insecurity a T-bone steak. Stop feeding your insecurity! Starve it. When the temptation comes to say something critical about another person, stop yourself and say something positive instead.

We have got to get a handle on our inner monsters, or they will get a handle on us. The more you feed them, the stronger they get. Stop feeding your insecurities. Starve them. Dinner is over.

This Semester I Want More!

A couple days ago a student ask me if I thought she could make a new years resolution even though it wasn’t January 1st. I thought that was a great idea. Why wait till the beginning of the year to make some changes? Every time a new semester starts I look at it as an opportunity to start fresh, to change some things, try some new things and see what happens.

Today, for me, life starts again. It’s been an incredible summer with lots of rest, relaxation and re-prioritizing some things in my life. But it’s time to get back into the swing of things. It’s time to buckle down and get back on a schedule. It’s time to go after some things. This semester I want more. Here are some things I’m after:

This semester I want more time with God.

This semester I want to spend more time writing.

This semester I want more positive thoughts.

This semester I want more readers on my blog.

This semester I want more followers on Twitter.

This semester I want to run more.

This semester I want to meet with more people.

This semester I want to manage my time better.

This semester I want more opportunities.

This semester I want more challenges.

This semester I want more and more and more…

What about you? What do you want more of? Maybe for you the question is what do you want less of? Don’t wait until the beginning of the year to make changes in your life. Use today to live the life you want.

This semester I want more.

A Girl Worth Fighting For

Last night I was listening to the Disney station on Pandora–Yes, I know. I’m a hopeless romantic who loves to listen to Disney songs. I thought it was just a phase when I was younger, but I still get a thrill out of singing along to those classics. A song came on from the film Mulan–which I don’t consider a classic, but it was still a good story. mulan_poster

The song was called “A Girl Worth Fighting For” sung by the deep voices of the men going into battle. They needed something to keep them going, something to think about when the battle got too hard or overwhelming. They found their motivation in imagining a girl worth fighting for…

That got me to thinking. Am I a girl worth fighting for? Even though I’m married and I found my warrior, shouldn’t I still live in such a way that makes my husband want to fight for me?

What about you beautiful single ladies? Instead of pining for a husband, wondering if it will ever happen, ask yourself: “Am I a girl worth fighting for?”

Well, before we can answer that question, maybe we should ask ourselves, “What does a girl worth fighting for look like?” Here are a couple of my thoughts, I’d love to hear what you think as well:

A Girl Worth Fighting For:

  • Is always concerned for others. She is not self-seeking, but always has others on her mind.
  • Sacrifices for the needs of others. A girl worth fighting for will sacrifice what she can to help meet the needs of those around her. Sacrifice is attractive.
  • Isn’t afriad to fight for herself. A girl worth fighting for isn’t just waiting around for someone to come along. She is strong, confident and can fight for herself if she needs to. However, when/if that someone comes along who is willing to fight for her, she knowingly steps out of the way–even if her warrior doesn’t do it the way she would!
  • Is beautiful from the inside out. Beauty is never just one sided. A girl worth fighting for is beautiful from the inside out. That means she cares enough about herself to take care of the outward appearance but also knows the importance of a beautiful spirit. You can’t have one without the other.
  • Builds others up. A girl who is truely worth fighting for will always take an opportunity to encourage others. She would never use her words to tear others down or make them feel inferior.
  • Knows who she is. A girl worth fighting for doesn’t need a man, a job, friends, or anything else to validate who she is. She has a strong sense of confidence because she knows she’s already been faught for by the One who matters most.

What other characteristics would you add to a girl worth fighting for? It’s never too late, whether you’re married or not to start living your life in a way that someone would fight for you.

Smart Vs. Bold-Which One Are You?

I wrote this post about a year ago, but it’s always a great reminder:

I read in a book recently that, “Often in the real world its not the smart that get ahead, it’s the bold.” Which I’ve seen to be so true as I continue to get older.

“We all have tremendous potential, and we all are blessed with gifts. Yet, the one thing that holds all of us back is some degree of self-doubt.”

“…excessive fear and self-doubt {are} the greatest detractors of personal genius.”

Most people “know the answers, yet lack the courage to act on the answer.”

That’s why… “Often in the real world its not the smart that get ahead, it’s the bold.”

What about you? Could you use a little more boldness? Is God calling you to do something and you’re held back by fear?Would you rather be smart or bold? 

–Quotes taken from “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”—Robert T. Kiyosaki

A Surprise Delivery!

Late last night marked the arrival of my newest nephew, Beau Wrightson Meadows. Why is this particular arrival so surprising? None of us knew if the baby was going to be a boy or a girl! We waited, gathered in the hospital waiting room until 11:15pm when he graced us with his presence. This is the very first male Meadows grandchild. Finally, the Meadows name will be carried on!

photo1Right after he was born!

photo2The happy family!

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