September 24, 2017

Table Mentoring Amazon Review

What an honor to be able to share my thoughts on this wonderful book by my friend Sue.  She shows us how to come alongside others in their journey, while developing our own personal growth plan which helps us accomplish those necessary things in our own journey.

Sharing What I've Learned at the Feet of Jesus

I’m grateful for the opportunity to share with you a few thoughts on this author and my fruitful takeaways from her book. When I first met Sue she showed such hospitality, sharing some of her journey and intently engaged as I shared some of mine. I must say, she showed me during those few days together, what coming alongside was really all about.

I could have read these six chapters all in one sitting, but I wanted to take my time and digest all of the wonderful nuggets packed inside. I recall some of the most notable parts that caused me to stop and think, and consider how I come alongside others in my every day.

Sue challenges us to consider sharing what we’ve learned at the feet of Jesus, knowing someone really needs to hear it...our journey, our experiences. She also shares that “mentoring, at a table or not, needs to be a part of every believer’s life”. What a call to action! And she also tells us that not feeling adequate to mentor and share on those levels, makes us more ready than we think we are. So, I admit, I felt a little nudge right there. We mentor another from our own experience of being mentored by God. He comes alongside us when we experience hard times, enabling us to be there for others during their tough journey (I Corinthians 1: 3, 4). When we view it from this perspective, it’s hard to ignore our calling in this area.

I was also encouraged, as a theme throughout the book and a reminder at the end, to ask God for His priorities, and take (quiet) time to pray. Who should I reach out to? When and where should I connect with them? What should I say and which scriptures should I share? When should I pray, and study, and come alongside someone who needs to see and hear what you have shared with me God?

This book is one that encourages every one of us to step out and share our lives with someone else. Whether it is sharing a cup of coffee in a cafe, muffins hot out of the oven in our home, or the bread of life with someone we just met, we are all called to this. We are blessed to be a blessing.

Thank you Sue, for sharing your heart with us so we can feel a little bit more adequate to share ours with someone else.

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August 17, 2017

June's Journey

I traveled a little more this month, for my own personal and professional growth. I know, what a surprise! Well, this was the beginning of so many new things for me with lots of teachable moments sprinkled on top. I met a lot of amazing people and learned a little more about life along the way...some highs and some lows. I navigated crazy airports, met people from Hawaii to Alaska, and navigated fickle weather which caused me to rethink many a hairdo and wardrobe. These past few months I have definitely added to my 2017 list of intentions, a bucket list to some. I seem to have been bitten by the travel bug and plan to keep enjoying the many adventures on the horizon.

August 10, 2017

Namaste in May

Keeping with my theme of taking care of myself and being mindful in my everyday, I took another road trip. This was for me, but also for others I wanted to love on. Remember that encounter I had in April? Well, fast forward a few weeks and on to a different town. I was given an incredible opportunity to teach a yoga workshop at a resort, yes... yoga at a resort... just seems like blissfulness! And did I mention, the resort was on the water? Okay, so now you see what I mean. What a great experience, to be able to practice stretching and strengthening your body, mind and spirit, as you view the waves from your room, and the sunrise every morning. Being able to walk along the water’s edge, breathe in the crisp air and feel the breeze as you settle in for meditation. Bliss.

August 3, 2017

April Self Care Adventures

So, I took a road trip. I packed my bags for a “long weekend”. What started off as a weekend adventure, ended up being an entire week of food and fun, and of course yoga. Okay, I have a habit that some love and some not so much...I tend to do a little research when I travel and choose about three or four fascinating places to visit during my time away. It’s usually a museum or restaurant I’ve found on Diner’s, Drive ins, and Dives, or a park where I can walk along a path and reflect on my journey.

July 29, 2017

It's Been a While

So, it’s been a while since I’ve connected with everyone. I’ve missed you all so much. But I’m back. I took a little time away for some very necessary maintenance on my body, mind, soul and spirit. What started off as just a week of self care, turned into a few weeks, then a little more and a little more.

It started with Lent. I fasted from a little television, soda, and some not so great for me foods. I committed to 2 different devotionals and was proud to say, I was successful (about 75% of the time). But I think in the areas that I really needed to be committed, the toughest areas I was called to, I made sure to really put in the effort and rely on God’s strength.

March 31, 2017

Self Care: Amazing Friendships

I want to walk you over to an awesome post I wrote a few weeks ago on friendships.  It's incredible that this post came out yesterday, because I have been seeking ways to encourage myself to be intentional in my self care every day.  

I started to think about what this really meant, and came up with a few interesting paths I could take on this journey of self care.  I've written about friendships before, but the timing on this post couldn't be more relevant because of the experiences I've had this year especially.  And I never really thought about friendships being a part of self care, but they are...a really important part.  Friends can be that lifeline when you feel like you can't put one foot in front of the other.  Friends provide that shoulder to cry on and bring extra kleenex.  Friends cook up all of your favorite comfort foods and put on your favorite tunes when they are loving you back to life.  And friends walk alongside you and hold you accountable in your every day.  We must surround ourselves with the most amazing, positive people that will nurture you and fill you up.  Friendships are so valuable.  Through them you can find your voice.  

I've had ones that challenge me in the best and worst ways, but every one has been a blessing.  

So, I wanted to share this post on Be New Today about the Garden of Friendship and I hope it's a 
blessing to you today.    

February 18, 2017

Self Care, Self Love

This year has really flown by it seems. It feels like just the other day I was setting my intentions for the year, and now we are almost three weeks into February. So many things have happened already so far this year and it makes for some good writing, so stay tuned. I’ve got a lot of projects that I’m juggling and a lot of stuff up in the air at this point, but everything is still really good.

However, with so much underway, I sort of forgot to take inventory of myself and started to come down with a cold or something that has caused me to feel a little blah. Well, now it’s time to rev it back up and get going, and the topic of self care is our theme for the year,so let’s start off with a little self love. I will talk more about this in a later post, but since it’s February and I kinda got distracted as the year began to unfold, let me reel it back it and celebrate this month of love.

So, I want to encourage everyone as we are about 2 months into the new year, that if you have not been successful in your intentions up to this point, it’s ok. Tomorrow is a new day and you can start again. I wrote a blog post for a ministry I contribute to and it was about how God’s mercies are new every morning. And they are. I want to encourage you not to be too hard on yourself if you didn’t accomplish what you set out to do in the month of January, and maybe you need to add February to the list as well. That’s ok. His mercies are new every morning and He gives us enough grace for each day. So, you can start again, start anew.

I’m actually speaking to myself on this one, because I was supposed to no longer binge watch the tv shows I missed, or eat chips, or skip a day of exercise, or…. But guess what? It happened. But guess what else? I plan to start anew tomorrow and try again. I don’t have to be perfect in what I set out to do, and I don’t get it right all of the time, but I’m so thankful that no one is keeping score. I choose to love myself today and tomorrow, no matter what. I can stick to my old intentions, or tweak them, or come up with entirely new ones. But whatever I choose, I can hold my head high and keep putting one foot in front of the other because the morning will come with new mercies. A new day.

So, love yourself regardless, keep striving, and keep moving forward. Your new day starts now.