Do you know the difference between olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil?
I hope I never experience the pain of infidelity but I hope I always have the relentless faith, courage, and vulnerability that Lysa Terkeurst has displayed the past 18 months as she and her husband, Art, battled through forgiveness and allowed God’s amazing grace and redemptive power to work in their marriage. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
The Sabbath was not a suggestion. Rest is Biblical and must be practiced, intentionally.
Motherhood offers an opportunity to cultivate a Christ centered legacy to next generations …
This place is COVERED in Christmas decor. There are lights and trees everywhere. And tinsel. Lots and lots of tinsel!
Campo Verde opened in July 1983 and I would be willing to bet the furniture and decor are all original. The vinyl chairs in the dining areas are classic 80s. The bathroom even had faux marble countertops and carpet … eww?!
No doubt, this place is iconic for its over-the-top Christmas decorations and that’s exactly why I wanted to take Kamden for an impromptu lunch date.
From the outside, the place is unassuming and pretty standard looking for Tex-Mex restaurants. Step inside and you’re in another world!
If you’re a Mama and reading this, please do me a huge favor and close your eyes, take a deeeeeeeeep breath (take another one just in case!), and put your hand over your heart. Feel that? Good, now repeat after me:
I am not perfect, but I have a purpose.
I am the daughter of the Most High
and He says I’m worthy, important, and special.
There are many people – including tiny replicas of myself
who call me Mom – who love me, and I cherish them right back.
Whatever season I’m in right now, I embrace it and I am thankful for it.
I’m not perfect but I believe in a Savior who is.
Together, we will do this!
Whew, that was nice! Thank you.
Several months ago, I got an invitation to join a book launch team for
Wow, it’s 2019 already! This is the eighth year I’ve made this list and I’ve decided to rename them goals.
Because I want to focus on setting S.M.A.R.T. goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timely.
Unlike resolutions, which are merely things you resolve (or intend) to do, goals require planning, preparing, and, ultimately, realistic ACTION. All of my goals here fit the SMART requirements. I also have a snazzy planner for 2019 that will (hopefully) keep me focused and has space for me to track my progress. Get ready, Three 31 readers, you’re going to see a lot of planner pages this year!
In 2019, I’ll still use familiar categories but I’ve added some for focus, transparency, and importance.
A few months ago, I read Lara Casey’s Cultivate and it made a huge impact on me as a Christ follower, wife, […]
This is the seventh year I’ve shared a recap of the year ( 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 ). I’ve tweaked this form a bit a lot so this edition is not even close to the original.
If I had to describe 2018 in one word it would be ROUTINE. I’ve felt a sense of machine-like predictability this year, like I’m in the same groove to maintain momentum. With the exception of a few high points, 2018 has been quiet. My life has remained steady – I’m not complaining! – at home, at work, and with friends. Overall, 2018 was good.
Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or Sadder? Happier.
Thinner or Fatter? Fatter.
Richer or Poorer? Richer.
I made it to the end of 2018 and, if I’m being 100% honest, I’m ready for a new year, new start, new goals, and a new planner. I’m ready to begin new things and stop doing old things. If I’m being 101% honest, I admit that I gave up on this resolutions list around mid-October. I also had good intentions for this blog this year but, I suck and Three 31 fell off my priority list. Before I release anything for 2019, I must properly finish out 2018 by sharing the results of this resolutions list and a year in review post.
Tighten security to prevent spam comments FAIL. Not only did this not happen, but there are over 14K comments for me to review and 13,993 of them are spam.
Write a series on Women of the Bible
Y’all, I cannot – CANNOT – believe tomorrow is December 1st. Holy cow, where did 2018 go?
Now that we’re entering the 12th month of the year, it’s time for the ol’ KitchenAid mixer to be front and center on the counter. Two years ago, FUMC Joshua began participating in a conference wide effort to provide freshly baked cookies to troops stationed overseas. They’re carefully packed the Sunday before Christmas, delivered by tractor trailer to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and loaded onto a C-130 cargo ship and delivered to troops at an undisclosed location on or before Christmas Eve. It’s a massive undertaking by individual churches but one that FUMC and the entire Joshua community has really rallied behind. Last year, our goal was to send 500 dozen. We nearly doubled that and […]