Faith Spilling Over… Into Everyday Life


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Need More “Wow!” in Your Weekdays?

UntitledWhen I was a kid, I often woke up to the sounds of “Saturday Night Fever” blaring through the house. Mom’s musical tastes were eclectic.  She listened to everything from the Bee Gees to Broadway musicals. At 6:30 a.m. As a single mom juggling work, raising kids, and running a household, she recognized the power of music to lift her spirits.

Just like music brightened my mother’s outlook, worship transforms my attitude faster than anything.  Reading a Psalm out loud when I wake up tired renews my hope at the beginning of the day. Whispering a quiet prayer of praise cuts through stress and negative attitudes later. Listening to worship music while I make dinner can transform my hot, frazzled kitchen into an arena of God’s presence.

I’d like to say I do these things every day, but I don’t. I forget.

I tend to think of worship as a Sunday thing. Don’t you? It’s what we do at church when we sing songs before the message. Sunday worship is a sacred time to focus on God together with His people.

We need worship even more on weekdays.

Here’s Why:

  • God is worthy.

He’s just as worthy of our worship on Wednesday as on Sunday.

  • Worship brings us into relationship with Him.

It draws us into His presence, where we find the joy, peace, and strength we need for every day. When a long to-do list drains the life out of us, worship feeds our souls. When our hearts are aching, and it’s hard to keep back the tears, worship draws us close to God’s heart and opens up avenues of His grace.

  • Worship changes our outlook.

It gives us the truest perspective on our problems. As we look through the lens of worship, problems grow small and blurry, and God comes into magnificent focus. No matter what obstacles we grapple with, God is bigger.

Here are 3 ways I want to work more worship into my weekdays:

1.  Start with a Song:

Today I sang a quiet song in the morning by myself at the kitchen table during my quiet time. It sounds crazy, but it started off my morning with an awareness of God’s presence.

2.  Listen loud

Cranking up worship music in my car yesterday totally transformed a traffic jam. It helped me to focus on God rather than fume, and I arrived home in a better frame of mind. Listening to worship music improves my attitude while I do housework or cook dinner.

3.  Memorize the Magnificat (or other worshipful verses)

 “My soul glorifies the Lord, and my Spirit rejoices in God my Savior…for the Mighty One has done great things for me.” Mary’s song from Luke 1:46 is helping me today to approach an overwhelming task list with an improved attitude:

I desperately need to get the “Wow!” that comes from God’s presence into my weekday.

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What do you think? Care to join me? What are ways that you can worship during the week?

 


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4 Home School Tips to Help You Thrive

4 home school tips 2I become the Wicked Witch of the West at my house every year by mid-August.  I set a start-up date for homeschool, but my kids would be happy to continue summer vacation, thank you very much.

Looking at new homeschool curriculum and books bring on both excitement and doubts. New starts are always exciting. But if you’re like me, you’re also wondering, “Will I make it through the year? Can I really teach my kids the stuff they need to know?”

You might be asking the most basic question of all: “Will I survive this year?” Continue reading


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God’s Got You Covered!

God's got you coveredOn the tail end of working 12 hour days during my first pregnancy, I fell down and broke my foot. Suddenly life stood still as I grappled with the reality of not being able to walk or drive a car.

I had worked for months organizing a conference for a non-profit organization. After it was over, I still had follow-up work. Now all I could do was sit at home and keep my yellow cast elevated. After two weeks, there was still no way I could drive with that cast. It would take my husband an extra hour and a half to drop me off at work and pick me up each day. Circumstances forced me to leave my job two months early. Continue reading


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10 Ways to Find Rest That Renews

10 ways to find restWhen my kids were little, finding a quiet place was next to impossible. I only have two children, but it felt like a hundred little people pressed up close asking for things 24/7. I’d take refuge behind a closed bathroom door for a few minutes before someone would start knocking. Continue reading


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Finding Rest that Renews When Life Slips out of Control

quiet place 1At the end of a 10 week trip that included two countries and 9 cities, I remembered Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. I clicked my heels three times and whispered hopefully, “There’s no place like home.” But my Keen sandals didn’t work like Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, so I still had to go through 27 hours and 3 airports to get home!

When I finally fell into my own bed, my heart breathed a sigh of relief. The next morning life looked a lot better. After hiding out at home for three days, I felt like a new person.

How had I gotten to such an exhausted place? Am I the only woman still searching for a healthy rhythm of work and rest? Continue reading


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All I Can Say!

Give Thanks

Jetlagged by a 27 hour journey that took me and my two kids from Atlanta, Georgia to Izmir, Turkey, I sit and stare at 5 overflowing suitcases. I refuse to be daunted by a to-do list that includes checking the car to see if the battery is dead after 3 months and getting myself to the grocery store since the fridge is empty.

All I can say is : “Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is GOOD. His LOVE endures forever.” (Psalm 107:1,2)

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More Than All We Ask or Imagine

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Have you ever faced an obstacle so insurmountable that it made your heart melt? Or maybe you have a dream or goal that looks so impossible that fear keeps you from taking the first step. Continue reading

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