Life Journeys2020-04-06T21:54:10-05:00

Life Journeys

Things in my heart and my mind.

Life Journeys is a place where the heart is free to explore. These blogs come from the depth of my soul, the spinning of my brain. I share my thoughts on life and love. The things that blow my mind as I am seeking to be someone who is full of kindness, faithfulness, and strength. Sometimes you’ll find my responses to current events. Other weeks you’ll find a compilation of verses and meditations that have been heavy on my soul. This is the part of the blog where that 19-year-old dreamer, painter, songwriter, journaling, beach-bum-wanna-be version of me shines through the practical, mother of four, don’t have loads of extra time but do have loads of extra laundry me. This is where the day to day super-hero side of Martha must stand down to let the heart of Mary show through. “She has chosen Me, and that can’t be taken from her,” Jesus said of Mary. Life Journeys is where we still our hearts long enough to chose Jesus so that even in our day to day workings, we have something that can’t be taken from us.

Life. Love. Peace. Jesus.

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A Year Without Dieting

This week I realized it’s been a year. One year. One whole year since I was dieting.  It's kind of a big deal. Today I was talking with a friend of mine about life before this process.  I started to cry.  It’s hard to find words to explain to someone who hasn't lived it what its like to feel judged by people at the drive through any time I order a milkshake.  To feel like I’m making a bad decision when I get seconds, even when I’m hungry and actually need to eat more.  To be at the restaurant, doing squats or jumping jacks in the stall after using the restroom because I’m so hyper-aware that the restaurant food is more calories than I “should be eating in a day.” How do I even begin to explain what a relief it has been to slowly, painfully leave this whole system behind me? Have you done these things? Do you feel this?  Let me back up. Growing up I was normal skinny.  Not the tiny shapeless girl of the nineties, but pretty normal. Average skinny, with a nice big butt. I never thought of myself as being skinny. I’m relatively tall, so I’m in no way tiny. Plus it was the nineties, so my healthy skinny didn't quite match the anorexic look that was being sold as "normal." But still. The six months before getting married I was quite busy and lost 20 pounds.  I worked for a coffee shop for six months after I got married and gained it all back.  I was just starting to work out and try to get healthy at a whopping 23 years old when I ended up pregnant.  Pregnancy, hormones, breastfeeding, and sleepless nights covered the majority of the next 9 years of my life. Sleepless nights merging into ten! Or Eleven? I've lost count. My kids aren’t great sleepers. During this time whenever I was breastfeeding I was trying to watch what I ate.  Calorie counting. Worried I'd never lose the weight. When I wasn’t breastfeeding I was trying hard to lose weight. Granted, I was loaded with hormones.  Admittedly, I wasn’t sleeping much to begin with.  Then I’d get up early and go to the gym. I’ve since heard that skipping sleep to go to the gym is like skipping over dollar bills to pick up nickels, but I had no understanding of that back then.  When I’d really buckle down, I’d lose weight.  The second I’d ease up I’d gain it all back, and then some. When we’d eat out, I’d feel guilty.  But we ate out more than recommended because I was tired.  Or pregnant. When we were at home I’d feel hungry.  Maybe because I was hungry.  Maybe because I was tired.  The diets began. Starting a few months after I had my first kid, continuing all the way til last year. More than ten years, (minus pregnancies).  Following each pregnancy was a stint of postpartum depression. Always

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A Year Without Dieting

This week I realized it’s been a year. One year. One whole year since I was dieting.  It's kind of a big deal. Today I was talking

Friendship -Ugly truth

People sometimes talk about the ugly truth...Well, there is something to be said for being honest.  For being able to be real and open with the people

How to Accidentally make Friends

There's just SO MUCH to talk about when it comes to relationship and friendship. Today I want to talk about some elements to developing friends and to

~ Friendship Series ~

A blog series on friendship... This all started with me seeing an old college friend over the weekend. Wow. If that doesn't make me sound old. Anyways.

Kindness, together

Kindness, together As simple as it sounds, I love kindness. Kindness in the words chosen, kindness in the tone of voice. Even in adults. Especially in adults.  The

“Love will make us brave.”

-We are Leo  

“Spirit take me where my trust is without borders.  

Let me walk upon the waters. Wherever you would call. ” 

-Hillsong United

“Your word alive I feel my heart awaken.  

Now I know your love!”

-The Spark

“I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings. Becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow to attain the resurrection of the dead. “
The Apostle Paul
“Chose Life. Speak Life. Give Life.
Choose Grace. Speak Grace. Give Grace.”
Choices we make everyday