Monthly Archives: October 2012

Five Minute Friday: Does Anyone Hear Me?

I’m always fighting to be heard. In my home I compete with my preschooler and my infant son for my husband’s attention. To his credit, he tries to always put me first, but the other two are louder and it’s exhausting trying to hold an adult conversation over the din. So we say less and less. My daughter often chooses not to hear me when I speak; feigning being hard of hearing (or lack of understanding) to avoid obedience. When I am with my parents I also struggle. Again my children take center stage. Add my sister, brother-in-law and infant nephew to the mix and I’m lucky if anyone ever pays attention to a word I say. Everyone is rushing around pursuing their own agendas and routines. As a communicator my nature I need to know I’m being heard. Without that I feel lost and disconnected.

This is what it must be like for God. He calls to me, to all of us his children, time and time again. We are too busy, life is too cluttered. We don’t take the time to listen, to hear him. How that must grieve him? He only wants us to hear his voice, to know that he is trying to communicate with us. I need to remember that when no one else hears me, he does. He even responds back, if only I would take the time to listen for his voice.

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My 200th Blog Post: I’m Still Here

Today is my 200th blog post since my first post on May 7, 2010. I had planned to start a blog shortly after my daughter’s birth in June 2009, but in the early months of motherhood it slipped my mind. Starting a blog was one of my 2010 New Year’s Resolutions. There have been periods of embarrassingly few posts, and times when I posted almost daily. I weaned my daughter, lost my great grandmother, suffered a miscarriage, got pregnant again, developed gestational diabetes, and published my first book; sharing about all of it on this blog.

There have been times when I wondered if my small voice even mattered. But I was encouraged yesterday by Lisa-Jo Baker’s post.

I have a unique gift to offer in my words. I have developed a small community of blogging compatriots who I support. I’ve never met these women face to face but I think and pray for them often.  So I dedicate this post to all of the newbie and would-be bloggers out there. Take the plunge. Share your heart, your thoughts and your voice. The size of your audience doesn’t matter as much as the impact you have on those you reach.

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I Am Officially a Published Author: As We Wait Is Now Available

It’s official; I am a published author. As We Wait is now available for purchase from Amazon.com. I still can’t quite believe it. After five years of revisions and doubts, my first books is finally available to millions of readers, and hopefully will help lots of families celebrate advent this season.

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As We Wait: Arriving on Amazon.com Some Time Tomorrow

I should be headed to bed right now. But I couldn’t without sharing my excitement. Sometime tomorrow my first book will be available for purchase in Kindle form from Amazon.com.  As We Wait: A Family Advent Devotional began as a gift for my mother. After years of using our Advent devotional designed for small children, she longed for something more mature, but still written with families in mind. At the time the market had no such product. Ten years later, I wrote her one. Now five years after that original draft that I printed at Staples as a birthday gift, the final draft is available to the public for the first time.

The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year for families. Taking time together to celebrate Advent, to focus on waiting, is a wonderful opportunity to bring you and those you love closer to God and to each other.  These twenty-nine readings, one for each day of advent, are a deep, yet practical exploration of the traditional themes of advent; promise, light, love and hope. But the focus is more on what isn’t said than what is; giving you an opportunity to put yourself in the shoes of these characters, seeing them as human. While the themes may be traditional, this unique devotional has practical applications and incorporates scriptures from throughout both Old and New Testament, including many not traditionally read at Christmas. This devotional is designed for families with children middle school age and older, though it may still benefit readers of all ages.

Within the next two weeks As We Wait will also be available in all other e-book formats thanks to Smashwords and I still hope to have in available in traditional print book form from Amazon.com by mid to late November, in time to use this Advent season.

So if your family is looking to start a new tradition feel free to check out As We Wait: A Family Advent Devotional.

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Five Minute Friday: Watching With My Heart

“Look, Mommy, I’m making my trains go.” my daughter calls from the living room floor. Just a few feet away I barely look up from my computer. I have marketing emails to send, blog posts to write and final edits to be made to my advent devotional before it publishes in the next week.

“I see, sweet heart, that’s great.” I say, only glancing up briefly as if to say, “See, I looked.”

“Honey, look at this sweater, do you think it would look good on me? Maybe something for church or going out to dinner? Come here and minute and tell me what you think. It will only take a sec.” Knowing full well it will take more than a sec, he puts down his laptop, leaving behind his own marketing woes, and sits next to me. He gives his opinion and reminds me that I am beautiful.

So often I only look with my eyes, not with my heart. I give brief attention to the seemingly unimportant aspects of daily life, not engaging as I should. My daughter doesn’t really care if I look at her trains. She wants me to see her, to engage with her. To tell her, without saying a word that she is loved and wanted. My husband accomplishes this better than I do.

I need to make more time to watch with my heart, not just my eyes and really look. Not just at my daughter, husband or son, but at any person who comes into my life. We all deserve to have that kind of attention, especially from those who care for us.

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