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Monday, May 22, 2017

When being busy becomes an idol

Being a purpose junkie is very busy work. So much to do. So little time. How can I make the most of every minute? I was rereading my favorite self-help book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. I drank in the wisdom of its simplicity.   “What’s your some day goal?” Gary Keller asks, “What is The One Thing...

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Why won’t God answer my prayers?

I pray for certain things to change or get better and they don’t. Why won’t God answer my prayers? -J I don’t know. But I can share a story from my life.   Five years ago this month, my father-in-law called. He told us his doctor was sending him in for a heart procedure. They would apply dye and make sure everything...

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Friday, April 28, 2017

14 Day Challenge to Declutter our Places & Spaces!

Hi. I’m amy. And I am a complicated person. As I’ve told my friends for years, “It’s not easy being me.” I am high maintenance. Not like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but like that statue- The Thinker. Just ask my hair stylist- I drive her crazy. She gives me these gorgeous haircuts and highlights and I wear ponytails and baseball caps. Or...

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

1 thing to try when you feel trapped.

There are crisp mornings when a dense sheet of fog fosters stillness in me. Then it lifts and reveals the day. That kind of fog is okay. But not the mental kind. Not the emotional kind. Not the kind of fog that hides Hope and Goodness and Progress. Not the kind of fog that keeps me stuck in boredom, bad habits, negative seeing,...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

This 1 simple thing has totally changed my life.

 I started using the social media site Quora last week. I received an email asking me to answer the following question- How can I discover my purpose on earth? I got goosebumps from head to toe as I read it. This question echoed in the dark hallways of my head for a very long time. But I realized I don’t struggle with...

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

I refuse to be Hate’s host.

Blogcast: Listen to the audio version of the blog here.   I was on the phone with the nurse for the second time in an hour. I was panicked. Maybe she knew it… or maybe she was panicked too. “Take him to the ER,” she said with conviction. My son had a temperature of 104. His stomach had violently sent the Tylenol right back...

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

1 thing we can do to find peace when it seems like there’s nothing we can do

He and I have been acquaintances for years. Familiar through friends and family. He joked that he’d buy the coffee if in exchange for answers to impossible questions. He generously bought the coffee, knowing I couldn’t hold up my end of the deal. I had little to offer but a listening ear. And some personal stories- with the disclaimer that they rise up from my...

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

When it’s hard to let the ones we love choose their own way

I reached out last week and asked what you are struggling with so I can do my best to come alongside you. It seems many of us (including myself) need help navigating the worry we feel for those closet to us- when they are making decisions we don’t trust, like, or agree with. I know what it’s like to struggle...

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Monday, July 18, 2016

How we can come Together in a world that is falling apart.

Here we are, a week later with more images of terror and broken bodies and weeping after Friday’s attack in Nice. And just as I was about to publish this post yesterday, I learned about the policemen shot in Baton Rouge. Then shortly after, the protests in Cleveland. It seems we must decide for ourselves if we will become who the media...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

Freedom. It’s not what you think.

Freedom. It’s not what you think. At least it wasn’t for Lily. We were at my parent’s farm over Memorial Day weekend. My son was plowing while my husband stood close to oversee. My husband noticed a small, light brown creature curled up in the edge of the field. It wasn’t frightened enough to run away from the roar of the diesel engine, but not brave enough to...

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