Sunday Seven

Sunday, June 16, 2024

 Happy Father's Day! I want to share seven things I experience as my father's daughter. 

1. Fathers encourage. One of my earliest memories of my dad is tied to courage. I was weak with stage fright. My dad got out of his busy Sunday schedule to encourage me. Singing and eventually speaking were part of God's plan for my life. I'm grateful for the courage my father infused (and still infuses) in me. 

2. Fathers speak forth blessings. My dad often spoke of what God was going to do in and through my life. He wasn't formal about speaking blessings. I appreciate the fact that this was part of the way he spoke to each one of us. I now find myself telling my children similar words of blessings future and present. 

3. Fathers aren't perfect. I'm not sure they were designed to be. In a world where dishonor is the rule of the day, I am reminded that God is the only perfection that exists. I learned to look at imperfections with compassion. I learned to freely forgive and pray. I am learning to trust God as I obey His word. 

4. Fathers are to be honored. I say this because that's what I read in the Bible. I say this because I believe in the blessings of honor. I learned to ask God, "How can I honor?" given a difficult situation. God always answers with wisdom. What I don't want to do is go against God's instructions. Another good question is, "What does Godly honor look like this season of life?" 

5. Fathers teach us to dream. One of the greatest gifts I have received from my father is the ability to dream big. More was caught than taught. I'm grateful because, in my toughest days, I go back to those lessons in perseverance through the Godly gift of dreaming. 

6. Fathers speak the truth in love. Looking back, I know hearing the truth is not always easy yet necessary. Fathers have the perspective we lack, the wisdom we are growing into, and the faith we will grow to maturity.

7. Fathers are givers of legacy. Fathers were given a legacy as they pass it on to us. Fathers transform the bad and build the good. We are not responsible for the stewardship of our fathers but we have authority over the legacy given to us. Wisdom is born when we stop pointing fingers, and we start building something beautiful. Were you given ashes? Beauty can arise. Did you receive the spirit of heaviness as a legacy? Joy can arise. God is the only one who can give us the power to be good stewards of whatever legacy our fathers gave us. 

Today, I choose to celebrate God's brilliance in creating fatherhood. I'm grateful He can restore brokenness. I am humbled by the gift of being fathered exceedingly well by someone who did not have the same privilege. I'm thankful for my husband Zeke, an exceedingly great father to our children. Happy father's day.

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Summer Health Challenge Weeks 2 and 3

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Week 2 

Recuperated from the Murph. I worked on getting more sleep and eating enough nutrients to bounce back stronger. I kept trying to reroute my routines through the challenge. 

Week 3

I did better than the week before. I was not as tired, but I was busy entertaining guests from out of town. I ate plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein when available. We tossed all the junk food in the trash after the company left. We are committed to remain focused on our health journey. 

I have 48 days to go. I know I can still make great progress towards what I want to see in July!

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Sunday Seven

Sunday, June 9, 2024

1. Service, as Jesus defines it, is about the other. 

2. Washing feet should be a dirty, inconvenient act that benefits the other.

3. Jesus means what He says. "Bless are you if you do them" (John 13:17)means there is a blessing in service.

4. Service wasn't too meaningless of a task for the Savior. I, his servant should feel the same way. 

5. "I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you." John 13:15. Jesus was about to go to the cross. He showed me that He cared about others in a practical way. 

6. I find it interesting that this passage says nothing about the persons getting their feet washed saying thank you. Service is not for acknowledgment. It is a harsh yet true reality of life in the kingdom of God. If I'm after being thanked every time, I have lost sight of the process. 

7. "Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God" John 13:3 * Jesus knew then Jesus knelt. Kneeling can be seen as a weakness yet this verse describes a massive amount of power. He washed every feet that ran away from him, deserted him, and betrayed him. My proclivity is to do the opposive. Jesus showed me the example to follow. He knew all power belonged to Him and He knelt in victory. There is no defeat in Jesus, even if our worldly minds can't understand His meekness and glory. I know Jesus is my Savior. I kneel as He did in joyful obedience to His way. 

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Summer in the teen years

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Summer is here! The kids are busy with all things summer. This episode is a reflection of leading teens through summers and our family's approach to it. 

I hope you listen, subscribe and share this podcast episode! Listen here

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Summer Health Challenge Week 1

Monday, May 27, 2024

Week 1 of 10 weeks of my summer health challenge is done! 

I recorded a quick podcast episode with the highlights. Listen to this episode here.

No matter how busy the season was, I decided to take care of my health. Where do you want to be in 9 weeks? Join me in this challenge! 

Start: 5/20 
End: 7/29

10-week Challenge:

• Weigh/track/measure foods
• Stop eating after dinner
• Complete 50 workouts*
• Sleep at least 7 hours a night*
• Drink at least 40 oz water + electrolytes*

* Adapt these to your level of fitness, current needs 
Start: 5/20 
End: 7/29

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