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Faith

The Bible describes faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”  (Hebrews 11:1). 

I love how this reads in the Message.  “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.”

It’s so true, too.  A life without faith, without hope, is hardly worth living.

My faith is in Jesus Christ, Son of the living God.  No matter what else comes my way, He alone makes my life worth living.

What makes your life worth living?

Family

Oh, how I love the wacky, magnificent group of people God gave me to do life with! 

We are loud.  We love to laugh.  We can be a little rowdy at times.  We might even get on each other’s nerves on occasion. But no matter what, through thick and thin, in good times and bad…We are family. (The 70’s child in me really wants to bust out in song with Sister Sledge here. Don’t judge me, girl. You know you want to, too!)

A really cool quote I found on the Google machine says, “Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile and who always love you…no matter what.”

This space is for sharing stories about those people. The ones who have impacted my life and love me for the red, hot mess I am.

Grandlittles

Minnie’s my name! Loving grandlittles is my game!

I’ve been living on this planet for more than 50 years, but I came alive in a way I never thought possible in October of 2016 when I laid eyes on my first grandchild. Being a momma was amazing, but this Minnie gig…oh, my!

The Bible calls grandchildren our “crowning glory” in Proverbs 17:6. I’ve also heard them called our “reward for not killing our kids.” (That didn’t come from the Bible, though.)

Our grandlittles give us a reason to be silly again. They teach us to slow down and pay attention to tiny details. Grandchildren remind us that life is short so we should eat some ice cream.

This space is a fun one filled with tales of mermaids and dinosaurs, astronauts and ballerinas, tea parties and dragon slaying. This space is for anyone who desires to speak truth and blessings into the heart of special little people in their life.

Enough Already

Do you ever feel like you are constantly being measured against a set of crazy, unattainable standards? Well, princess, it’s time to toss aside your measuring stick and declare I AM ENOUGH ALREADY!

You were created precisely as you are by a God who does not measure you against the world’s standards. He made your heart, your spirit. You are fearfully and wonderfully made!

In this space, you will be empowered and encouraged to embrace the uniquely beautiful creature you are and learn to delight in knowing you are enough already!

Aging With Grace

My grandma always said, “Getting old is for the birds,” but I believe it can be fantastic! And fun! And hilarious!

Growing older offers us so many beautiful gifts – wisdom, grandchildren, AARP discounts. Of course, there are some not-so-beautiful things as well – chin whiskers, pesky gray hairs, and achy joints, but let’s not focus on those!

This space is where we learn to laugh at the days to come and rejoice in the beauty of time as we discover how to age with grace!

Writing

“A day will come when the story inside you will want to breathe on its own.  That’s when you’ll start writing.”  --Sarah Noffke

My story is demanding to breathe on its own, y’all, and I am writing!  

My heart is alive with a dream of writing the story of a good, good Father.  A Father who not only plants a dream in a young girl’s heart, but waters it and cultivates it and prunes it into a deeply-rooted, magnificent tree with branches filled with delicious fruit which nourishes the soul.  

A tree which provides shade and a place to rest for a weary soul.  From which playful hearts can swing and adventurous souls explore.  

William Wordsworth said it beautifully, “Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”

This space is for the breathings of my mended heart.

Speaking

I love to talk.  In fact, since I learned to speak as a young ‘un, many have asked the question, “Does she ever hush?”  My answer is, as long as I have something important to say, I won’t be quiet!  

I have discovered I am quite comfortable speaking, especially when given an opportunity to speak life and Truth into the hearts of others, and I believe God has gifted me with the gift of gab to use for His glory.

I’m reserving this space to share information about how to invite me to speak at your next event.  Check back from time to time, and if you would like to learn more, “Let’s Connect!

Missylaneous Thoughts

If we tried to create a category for all the eclectic thoughts that go through my busy mind, it would break the internet! So this space is where every thought that doesn’t fit into the other categories will live.

Here you will learn about everything from the confessions of a rainbow unicorn to raising chickens to pickling okra. This space is for random, quirky, and sometimes profound musings can be found. Buckle up, kids! This could be a wild ride!

Recent Blog Posts

Following the Write Path

“Redirecting.” How often have you heard that from your navigation app if you make a wrong turn or miss an exit? Don’t you sometimes wish Holy Spirit would just say that loudly when we take a path that was not intended for us to follow? This happened recently to me as I made a spontaneous decision to take a detour off the path God had set me on. Find out how Holy Spirit redirected my steps!

Enough Already! Journey Toward the Heart of God

Time to say “Enough Already!” Through Christ, you are enough, sister! This archived post was my final post on Missylaneous Me and shares a little about my journey to enough-ness. I pray you will believe you are enough already!

Deal of a Lifetime: The Rug and the Rugged Cross

What do a clearance-priced area rug and the old rugged cross have in common? Really nothing at all, but how they contrast is another story. Learn how the purchase of that rug reminded me of the ultimate price paid for my sins…and yours!

A “Brand” New Conversation about Personal Branding

The concept of personal branding is really not a new one.  Branding really just tells the world who we are and are not, what (or Whom) we love.  Our “brand” describes our values and virtues.  It communicates our likes and dislikes, our passions, and what makes us tick.  Personal branding kind of happens automatically as we live our day-to-day lives.
I believe the problem with personal branding is when we attempt to brand ourselves as someone different than who we really are.  Back in the day, this was also known as being phony, fake, or a liar.  In my opinion, that’s still all it is, and we have become sooooo good at it.
No more “fake news,” beloved! It’s time to get real and bear the only brand that makes us complete. Are you with me?

Rejection: Facing the Giant through the Lens of an Approval Addict

Rejection. The mere mention of the word makes me shudder as it stirs up so many ugly memories. The enemy delights in stirring up fear of rejection in our hearts as we strive to chase the dreams God has placed in our hearts. But we don’t have to receive it!
Perhaps the greatest “rejection” of all was when Jesus bore all the sin of the world. Don’t think for a minute the devil didn’t try to keep Him from fulfilling His destiny, either! In spite of the rejection Jesus faced, he carried the weight of our sin up that dusty road to Calvary and sacrificed it all, knowing many would continue to deny Him.
God wants you to walk the road He has set you upon in order to carry out your destiny. Are you willing to follow Him?

Surprise! I Asked for Roses, God Gave Me a Red Petticoat

Don’t you just love it when you ask God for something very specific, but He’s like, “SURPRISE! I know you’ll love this even more!” Me, too!
Our Father God delights in giving us gifts! Read about how he blessed me with a gift for which I had longed, but never thought to ask for.

It Is for Freedom We’ve Been Set Free – Kick Those Chains Aside and Walk Out of That Cell

Are you more like a chicken or a duck? You may be thinking you’re nothing like those “fowl” creatures! (See what I did there?)
My friend’s ducks seem to prefer their pen to the freedom she offered them, yet my chickens gladly run into the freedom they are given each day. Jesus came to set us free from the bondage of our pits, so why do we act like those ducks and cling to the familiarity of captivity?
Be like the chickens, sister!

Blessings – Keep Your Eyes Open and Palms Up!

Unfortunately, we live in a broken world, and grief is something we must endure at times.  God understands sorrow.  The beautiful irony of our sorrow and sufferings is that God, who is the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, longs to comfort us.
Are you hurting?  Has sorrow seemed to move in and make itself at home in your heart?  There is a Comforter who desires to heal your broken heart. Are you willing to let Him in?

Fighting Words – Battling the Devil to Live the Dream

What do you do when you know God has placed a calling on your life, but the enemy’s lies whispered in your ear make you freeze in your tracks? You FIGHT!
Satan is a liar who is out to steal, kill, and destroy! Although he knows he can’t have us if we belong to Jesus, he wants to keep us a wreck so we cannot be effective for the Kingdom. Beloved, send the devil back where he belongs and live your purpose!

Dream Big, Sweet Daughter – Pursuing the Desires of My Heart

I believe that, at some point in each of our lives, God weaves a dream into the fabric of our hearts. A dream that’s so big and so fantastic, that we need Him in order to see it come true. A dream that will glorify Him.
Maybe you have been running from, instead of chasing, your dream. Perhaps God has woven a great, big, out-of-this-world dream into the fabric of your heart, but you’re afraid to even acknowledge it because it seems too far fetched. Stop! Turn around and chase the God who gave you that dream, girl!

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