Consider the Ant…and a Serial Story

Consider the Ant…and a Serial Story

This summer, our church is in the middle of a series on the book of Proverbs with the “foolproof” goal of gaining wisdom. And the message from a couple weeks ago to “consider the ant” is still niggling at the back of my brain. “Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6-8 NIV) “Four

(Belated) Spring Cleaning Even Though It’s Summer

(Belated) Spring Cleaning Even Though It’s Summer

Our special needs Princess sure loves her calendars. So, she was the first to remind me that it’s officially Summer now.  Of course, having hit 100 degrees several days already this June, I’m very aware of the hot weather. And yet, in a strange twist of COVID adaptations, the high school Spring Track season is just now headed into their state competition. ?Hence the seasonal confusion inside our household. ?However, over the past few weeks I’ve also found

Minimize the Mess and Simplify Your Life

Minimize the Mess and Simplify Your Life

Despite the ongoing stress this past summer of getting (and then keeping) our house ready to show, I’ve found an unexpected perk. Because I took the time to minimize the mess, our daily life is much simpler now. Let’s be honest. I’d been meaning to declutter the nooks and crannies of our house for months, if not years. There was just so much stuff crammed everywhere which made it difficult to find that one thing

Sharpen the Saw…Or Face Frustration

Sharpen the Saw…Or Face Frustration

It’s all about the tools you use. Or to borrow a phrase made popular by author Stephen Covey, sharpen the saw or you’ll face frustration. The foundation of this idea comes from the image of two woodcutters with a quota of trees to fell before day’s end. The younger man chopped and chopped at a frenzied pace but after awhile, each blow was less and less effective and he worried he wouldn’t be done by

Change Sometimes Requires a Detailed Plan

Change Sometimes Requires a Detailed Plan

Change is hard, especially when trying to uproot or overcome something that’s been around for awhile and has put down roots. (And I’m not talking about the dandelions that think Spring is the perfect time to camp out in the middle of my lawn.) Whether it’s major overhauls on a book manuscript or weaving new habits into an already packed schedule, sometimes change requires a detailed plan. This is especially true when juggling two (or

A Season of Change and Preparation

A Season of Change and Preparation

I’ve been thinking about—and blogging about—change for the past several weeks. And outside my front door, the world has been changing right along with me, because fall is a season of change. The leaves change colors, then drift to the ground. The air gets crisp and frost paints the blades of grass. It’s time to winterize the sprinkler system. Prune back the garden beds. Wrap up the harvest and stock the freezer. It’s nature’s way

Significant Change One Degree at a Time

Significant Change One Degree at a Time

I’ve been reading The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews…and getting both convicted and motivated with every page. Why? Because significant change can happen one small degree at a time. In the book, he tells the story of a time he and a few buddies sailed out to sea in search of a prime fishing spot beside an oil derrick. Despite relying on the boat’s computer navigation system

Still Growing After All These Years

Still Growing After All These Years

The more I know, the more I realize I have no clue. That’s why I’m still growing and continually learning new things in a variety of different ways. Like a plant, growth requires taking in the nutritional information, absorbing it until it’s fully understood, and then stretching out to apply it in new and different ways. Whether it’s financial strategies, trusting God more, writing craft, marketing strategies, health tips, or parenting, I’ve still got a