Jan 252015

Jesus Calling Devotional


Have you every had a conversation with one of those people that only like to hear themselves talk? You know, you can’t get a word in edgewise? Maybe you really have something you want to say. In fact, maybe you even started the conversation. But they go on and on and then quickly say good-bye and walk away. And you are left there, what needed to be said, still unsaid.

I think that is often how Jesus feels. I imagine He has so much he wants to say to us. Yet, we often pray quickly, often just giving Him a to-do list for the day and then abruptly saying”amen” and getting off to our hurried busy day.

And that’s what makes this devotional different.

What if we would only linger to hear Jesus talk back? Ever want to know what He would say?

On January 4th, He will ask you to trust Him.

On January 16th, He will invite you to rest in Him.

And on January 20th, He will remind you gently that He is the Boss and has plans for you.

Jesus Calling


After a brief conversation with you, a few scriptures are given to compliment that day’s devotion.

You can get your own copy of Jesus Calling. For Christmas, I bought my kids the children’s version

Disclaimer: Thank you to Family Christian for providing me with a copy of Jesus Calling in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 


Jan 232015

Embrace Your Life - Aging Gracefully @ AdenaF.com

I live near one of the largest retirement communities in America. Some of the retirees live here year round but most only come to avoid the cold northern winters. We refer to them as “snowbirds”. For the most part, it’s great to have them help boost the economy and the majority of them are super sweet. I strike up conversations with them all of the time. I believe that we can learn something from every person that crosses our paths in life and besides, most of them have led interesting lives and have seen places I will probably never see.

Of course there are those few that add a little more interest to the blend. I wonder how they live when they go back north. Here, they tend to dress younger. They almost all dye their hair and do whatever they can to erase the time. So many of the elderly men have their ears pierced. It looks so strange to me. I cannot imagine any grandfather of mine, or my dad even, ever piercing their ears. I wonder if their children or grandchildren know. They go to the town square and drink too much, sing karaoke and dance. And they drive their little golf carts around everywhere.

I turned 46 a couple of months ago. I don’t consider myself old but I do realize that many, many mothers that I talk to are younger than me. Due to my children’s wide span of ages, I tend to have friends anywhere with ten years older or younger than me. Age is irrelevant. I just love being around interesting people, regardless of age. But I am at the age, that whether I like it or not, age is creeping up on my and it is becoming obvious that I’m not as young as I once was. With aging, comes some decisions to be made.

On Becoming Gray

I admit, I didn’t like finding my first few gray hairs. I don’t think anyone really does. It’s hard spying gray when you have a toddler running around! Yes, I have been asked if my youngest is my grandson and I do have friends that are my exact age with grandchildren the age of my youngest. I consider them very young grandmothers! Although, my mom was a grandmother (thanks to me) at this very age. I’m not quite ready yet for grandchildren. 

I have decided to go gray gracefully. There’s several reasons. I think that older women look ridiculous without natural gray hair. When you see someone that is obviously of senior age and they have platinum blonde hair, bright red or jet black, c’mon, who are they kidding?? Then you will have that awkward period of when you decide to no longer color your hair, and you get that funny stripe around the top of your head. It would be so much better if the color would all just fade rather than have to grown out. 

Gray hair is a crown of splendor; it is attained in the way of righteousness.

Proverbs 16:31 NIV

I often refer to my gray hair now as “wisdom highlights”. I have lived a lot already. I’ve experience a lot. And I’ve learned a lot. Not everything that I want to, but more than I did say, twenty year ago. I don’t mind if people can look at me and know that I’ve been around for awhile. I’m not embarrassed by my graying hair. In fact, I know of some women, of all ages forty and up, that have beautiful, stunning gray hair. (I thought about asking their permission to include some photos.) 

On Getting Wrinkles

They are starting. Mostly deep creases between my eyes where I squint. I will use sunscreen. I will moisturize. And I try to drink plenty of water and eat better. But wrinkles will happen. And they will happen naturally. I believe you can tell alot about a person by their face. It’s like a roadmap of the life that they have led. Why be ashamed of that? 

I see women get face lifts and Botox. They look pretty silly to me. It’s not like the wrinkles on your neck and entire body gets lifted too. And there’s nothing creepier than seeing a woman with full color hair and a pulled back face and then everything else is all wrinkled. I think I’d rather see a zombie! 

I shared picture recently to some poeple to see what their first reactions were. I think we live in a time where culture has tried to teach us that showing one’s age is shameful almost and everyone should strive to look young forever. The picture was of Astrid Lindgren. Many thought it looked like she had a rough life, was outside alot, hard worker. Yes, I can see that too possibly. But, first, I see someone that has lived. Not just watched idly by as life passed her. Imagine her experiences! What all she has seen. The people she has met! I would have loved to sit and talk hours with her and hear her life story. (I’m a little obsessed now because I am reading one of her books for an upcoming review!!) I just think she is beautiful. 

I will admit I’m still learning to age gracefully. I have an area of weakness – I have dark spots on my skin. I hate them. I’ve tried to get them to face to no avail. I think my hands like they should belong to someone twice my age. But, they are mine. And I’ve done a lot with them and still have a lot more left to do.


Jan 212015

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With work, helping the kids with their homework, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone DIY and crafting!

But do you look at that bare wall in the den and that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

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A Healthy Snack Option - Variations of Roasted Chickpeas

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Motivate Your Child Giveaway - The Help You Need is Almost Here

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Random 5 on Friday - the One in Which I Admit my New Year Failures

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Old Fashioned The Movie - Extraordinary Love is Possible

Disclaimer: Family Christian provided me with two tickets to view a pre-screening of Old Fashioned movie in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation and all opinions are my own. I have often heard the expression that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Often times, this is mentioned in leadership and job training sessions; however, […]

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