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I carried around this one regret for far too long. It was a stupid thing I did in my 20s. After finding my way back to God, I could forgive myself (easily) for the “minor” sins, but this one? No way. It was a BIG sin. In my estimation, worthy of 5-10 years of carrying it around on my back. And it was heavy. But I deserved it. I didn’t deserve to be freed up from the load. And then? I read this in the bible: And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.” You know what that means? The sunrise & the sunset NEVER intersect. The sunrise never catches up to the sunset & vice versa. In other words,it’s an impossible act. And so it is with God. It is IMPOSSIBLE for Him to remember our regrets. It just doesn’t happen. When we screw up, we go to God in prayer & we ask for forgiveness. THEN, we throw our sin in the garbage can. Where the garbage man picks it up–& most importantly–takes it away, never to be traced again. That’s why I put a big garbage can here. To hopefully inspire someone to throw away a regret that’s been heavily carried. God’s not carrying it. Thankfully, neither should you.

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Poor Andy. Last year, we took him on the Jaws ride at Universal Studios. We promised him it was safe. We assured him it was all fake. We vowed he wouldn’t get scared. We. Were. Wrong. He was very traumatized. And as you know, hindsight doesn’t do much good after you’ve made promises & offered reassurances. I learned a valuable lesson from this. A lesson in parenting, but perhaps, a lesson in life too. I need to be careful of the promises I make. My word is my bond. Unlike the bible days, these days, we don’t make promises with blood or covenants. We make promises with our words. And if we want people to trust us, and we want people to look up to us and we want people to believe in us…our words need to live up to the promises our mouths speak.

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>oD uoy daer rouy elbib?

>oD uoy daer rouy elbib? rof a gnol emit I t’ndid yojne gnidaer ti esauc ti saw ekil gniyrt ot daer hsilngE sdrawkcab, ti t’ndid ekam esnes [Do you read your bible? For a long time, I didn’t enjoy reading it ’cause it was like trying to read English backwards, it didn’t make sense.] Then one day I realized I was the one losing with that logic because I frequently complained I wasn’t hearing the audible from God, BUT I wasn’t putting my eyes on His playbook! So I prayed about it, bought a 1-year bible & read it every day for a year. That was 10 yrs ago. I’ve been reading it every day since. Right now, I am specifically reading my bible on the YouVersion iPhone app. Every day, I work through two of its reading plans: The Old Testament & Joyce Meyer. Pardon the cheesy analogy, but if we wanna win at the game, we gotta get into the Coach’s playbook. 🙂

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There’s the old adage, “one day at a time.” Which, in many seasons in our lives, holds true. However, there are also seasons where that adage is nearly impossible to proclaim. We wake up & no sooner do we open our eyes and “one day at a time” becomes too daunting of a task. What do we do? I’ll tell you what I’ve done. I’ve woke up, opened my eyes & said, “God, it’s gonna be a one-hour-at-a-time day. I believe you can help me get through this day, by helping me get through the next hour. With that, I put my feet on the floor & I rise.” If you are struggling to get through one day at a time, my suggestion is to pray to God to get you through one hour at a time. The increments of our can-do are not nearly as important as our dependency on God to GET us through. You can do this!

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>The Heart of Life

>I love John Mayer & in my top 3 is “The Heart of Life.” Though I’ve heard it plenty, seeing it set to this homemade video was like hearing it for the first time. Knowing that a mommy captured it of her kids makes it all the more endearing. As a mommy, I hope my boys will always keep their laughter. As an adult, I hope I always keep my laughter, too.

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>Pix I Luv But Forgot I Had

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>od uoy daer ruoy elbib?

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oD uoy daer rouy elbib? rof a gnol emit I t’ndid yojne gnidaer ti esauc ti saw ekil gniyrt ot daer hsilngE sdrawkcab, ti t’ndid ekam esnes.

Do you read your bible? For a long time, I didn’t enjoy reading it ’cause it was like trying to read English backwards, it didn’t make sense.


Then one day I realized I was losing a fight with the devil by having that logic. So I prayed about it, bought a 1-year bible & read it every day for a year.That was 7 yrs ago. I’ve been reading it daily every since. Sometimes I miss, but after developing it as a habit, I really hate it when I do. 

Pardon the cheese, but…we can’t call God on our flip-phones; however we can hear God when we flip thru these pages.

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>A Night with Esther

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Tonight we had our first LeadHership book study. Pastor Troy challenged us to grow deeper with our teams, I was excited to take that challenge.
1) We got Caffeinated:
with coffee, fresh fruit & double-fudge cake.

2) We got Creative:
with “arts & craft” time, making tierras (in honor of Queen Vashti, who we studied tonight).

3) We got Challenged:
with Esther 1 that leaders need to know who they are & know where they stand.

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>Me, Shamu & Safer Places

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Over the holidays, we went to Sea World for “Dine with Shamu.” While Raul took DJ to the bathroom, Shamu jumped up right by our table & scared the crap out of me. I honestly can’t believe I got this pic & it turned out. I’m not sure why, but after we left, I felt for Shamu. In Genesis, God says He made the big animals that live in the sea. Though the emcee assured & re-assured us that this is a wonderful life for Shamu, I couldn’t help but think…

8 years ago, I was taken out of my big world (& for my safety) put in a psych unit. Sometimes, the world we’re meant to live in we hurt ourselves in & we’re too sick to notice. As whacked as it sounds, I’m thankful for the 72 hrs. when God took me out of my big sea & put me in a safer tank, an 8×8 cell. ‘Cause it was there that I found Him again. God, you always know where we need to be. Thanks.

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