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You Have What It Takes

You ARE valued.
You ARE valuable.
You ARE worthy.
You ARE highly favored.
You ARE loved.
We need YOU.


My youngest was taking a bath in my bath tub while I was getting ready for bed. We were chit-chatting about things when he noticed a 3x5 card on my mirror.

W: Why do you have that sign on your mirror, Mommy?
Me: I need it. It's a good reminder for me.
W: Why do you need a reminder that "You have what it takes"?
M: Because everyone needs that reminder every now and then.

We ALL need a reminder that we add value to this world. We need to be told that we matter. Most of us, including myself, struggle with worth from time-to-time; sometimes all the time. We want to matter. We want to have a positive impact on this world. But, far too often, we instead feel alone, unqualified, and marginalized. We feel like someone else is doing it so no one needs us. We believe the lie that our voice adds nothing. We forget that we are valuable.

You are valuable because you exist. Not because…
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Notoriety

Teenage Mother
A donkey owner
Simon of Cyrene

Who are these people? I am sure you can figure out the first one: Mary the mother of Jesus. Who are the others and what do all three of these people have in common? They all did extraordinary things but, for the most part, went unseen.

Do you ever feel unseen? Undervalued? I do. I try not to get caught up in that space, but I find myself there too often. While Mary is infamous today, she wasn't when she brought the King into this world. She was a teenager who gave birth in a barn. She was an outcast who was pregnant but not married. She told of an unbelievable story involving an angel, a Spirit, and a Savior who was going to save the world. Could you even imagine? It's easy for us to be in awe of Mary. We know the whole story. She didn't. And neither did the people around her. She had to live it. To top it all off, she had to watch her beloved son die a gruesome death. Talk about feeling unseen and undervalued. She faithfully …

The You Gospel

You are worthy.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
You are destined for greatness.
You were made with a purpose and for a plan.
You are beautiful.
You are highly favored.

You.

You.

You.

We like compliments. We enjoy when people tell us how great we are. We check our social media to see how many "likes" our pictures receive. We like to go to church and leave feeling encouraged and good about ourselves, don't we? We are a pretty me-focused society. From toddler-hood on, we are a pretty selfish bunch. We like things to go our way, in our timing, with our plans. Tell us how fantastic we are, and our day is made.

When we take a look at the Gospel, at the life of Jesus, we see quite the opposite. No longer is the message me-centered. Instead, it is others-focused.

"Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Mandid not come to be served, but to serve, a…

The Upside Down

Stranger Things is a cultural phenomenon. If you haven't watched it, you have at least heard of the show. An awesome nod to the eighties with some creepy sci-fi thrown into the mix. You watch one episode and suddenly you are hooked wanting to know more about Eleven, Will, Barbara, Demagorgons, and the eerie upside down.

Stranger Things consists of the real world and the upside down. The real world is the every day stuff you and I are used to. The upside down is our world, only dark, mysterious, and full of these nasty flower-head creatures. The upside down is unexplainable and hard to believe. If you haven't experienced the upside down, one can deny it even exists. When you finally do experience this other world, however, it leaves a hefty mark on you. You want to get as far away from the upside down as you can trying desperately to get back to normal, but something keeps pulling you back.

Jesus lived in the upside down and he's calling you and I to live there, too. Not t…

Quiet Time Drop Out

The 90s killed us. Our fashion sense was a mess. Our hair, well, most of us would love to hide pictures of ourselves from that era because of the hair alone. Music was grungy and so was our style. Doc Martins and crop tops were the norm. We were supposed to be Jesus Freaks thanks in part to DC Talk. Christian music came onto the scene with a vengeance. So did "quiet time" and "devotionals." All of a sudden, we were swept into this perfect scenario where one was supposed to wake before the rooster crowed, light a candle, and open her Bible. It was intense. The standard was set and it was set high.

I am a quiet time drop-out.

I became a Christian in the early nineties. The nineties were a space where I grew up both physically and spiritually. I jumped in the deep end digesting as much Christian music as I could and staying true to the quiet time standard. I thought that was what you were supposed to do to please God. Listen to good Christian music, go to church on Sun…

Who Runs the World? Girls.

Bathsheba: David's mistress turned wife
Deborah: Judge and Prophetess
Dinah: Daughter of Jacob
Elisabeth: Mother of John the Baptist
Eve: The very first woman
Leah: Jacob's wife
Lois: Timothy's grandmother
Lydia: First Christian Convert
Mary: Mother of Jesus
Mary & Martha: Served Jesus
Mary Magdalene: Disciple of Jesus
Miriam: Sister to Aaron and Moses; Prophetess
Naomi: A Woman of Noble Character
Phoebe: Deaconness of the Church
Priscilla: Missionary
Rebekah: Wife of Isaac; mother of Jacob & Esau
Ruth: Left her life to be with her newly widowed mother-in-law; wife to Boaz
The Woman at the Well: First Missionary

This may just look like a list of names. The list could extend the entire page. There is a story behind each one of these women. A story of value, perseverance, and meaning. A story that was written and propelled by God. These are some of the women of the Bible.

I was raised to be a strong woman. I didn't grow up in a feminist household. However, I was …

Wings

Wings don't grow overnight. Thank goodness.

We work so hard to build strong roots in our children. It seems daunting to have to let them go and allow them to spread their wings one day. How do we even do it? How do we let them go when the time has come? I cannot even think about this without welling up. It seems so very hard.

It's amazing how easily we get wrapped up in the moment we are living. All I know is being a mama. It's like I was never anything else. I was always mom. I can't remember much of life before these boys entered my life and completely wrecked it in a good way. What else is there, anyway?

I like to watch other mamas mom. I am inspired and learn so much when I stand back and observe other moms in action. There is nothing like a mother. Thankfully, I am blessed to have women in my life that are a little ahead of me on this mothering adventure. I have watched them launch kids into the world over the past few years. What I noticed was that those wings di…