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Five Minute Friday Hospitality

Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, “I came as a guest, and you received Me.” - Saint Benedict     I came across this quote a couple of years ago, and it stood out to me. I thought about how I could put this into practice in my home. I want to remember that God has a purpose for each person that comes into my life. I want to brighten the lives of each person that I meet. I want to encourage others and point them to the reason for the hope that I have- Jesus. I am definitely not perfect at this, but I want to keep this quote in mind daily.
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Five Minute Friday Again

Rejoice in the Lord Always, and again I say rejoice!" As I think about this, I remember singing these words as a part of a choir. It is sometimes easier to sing these words than live them out. When times are hard I need to remember to rejoice. There is always something for which to be thankful. I want to encourage my children to be thankful also. I want to lead by example.

These are my thoughts on the word again the Five Minute Friday word for the week. I am joining my friends over at for five minutes of free writing fun.

Book Review #BoyMomBook By #MonicaSwanson

I have enjoyed being a part of the launch team of Monica Swanson's new book Boy Mom. As a single mom of two daughters and a son, my role as a mother is one of the most important in my life. This is the reason that I am so excited to be a part of the #BoyMomBook launch team. I am so thankful for Monica's words of encouragement. The book reads like one mother having a conversation with another.

   I want my children to know that I will not give up on them. I often struggle with wishing that I could be the perfect mother or that I were raising my children in the perfect circumstances. I am so thankful that I do not have to be perfect. Monica reminded me in this book to keep the long term view of the man or woman my son and daughters are becoming in my day to day parenting.

     I must admit that it is hard for me to watch my children fall down. I am thankful for the reminder that it is important to let our children fail in safe environments, My eighteen years with each of my…

Five Minute Friday Five

At first I had no idea what I was going to write about for Five Minute Friday when I saw the word for the week was five. This is the reason that I am writing this post on Monday instead of Thursday night. I finally decided that I wanted to share the five songs that I have on repeat this week, and the reason that I am listing to them over and over again.

Still Rolling Stones by Lauren Daigle reminds me that just a few years ago I thought the painful circumstances in my life would never change. God used my wonderful church family to rescue me from a toxic and abusive situation,

Undo It by Carrie Underwood is my anthem at exiting the toxic relationship that I described above. The only line in the song that does not describe my situation is that I would not wish I never entered the toxic relationship because I have three beautiful children from this relationship. I do wish I left sooner. I regret that my children witnessed how bad the situati…

Five Minute Friday Middle

I have a confession to make. I don’t always like the middle of a story. I am impatient to know how things will work out. So, I sometimes skip ahead and read the ending of the books. I don’t relish the tension of dealing with unknowns. It is comforting to me that God knows every step of the journey that I am on. Nothing comes as a surprise to Him. I can trust him with all parts of my story including the middle.

I am joining my friends at Five Minute Friday. Each week we gather to write for five minutes about the topic of the week. You can learn more at

Five Minute Friday Distant

The distance between Florida and New Mexico. Two totally different regions of the country- one state on the Southeast coast and one in the desert Southwest. My children are currently 1,493 miles away from me spending some Summer vacation time with their Dad. I am so thankful for cell phones and FaceTime. I am thankful that technology bridges long distances in ways that were not possible a hundred years ago. I am thankful that I can see their smiling faces and marvel at their creations whether they be made of legos, crayons, or chalk. Our daily conversations make the 1,400 miles seem not quite so far.

I am gathering with my friends over at Five Minute Friday. We gather for five minutes to write on the topic of the week .

Five Minute Friday Willing to be Intentional

I am enjoying being a part of the launch team for the book Boy Mom by Monica Swanson, One of the biggest take aways from reading this book during this season of my life is that intentionality does not happen by accident. One has to be willing to be intentional. It is a decision that you make every time you stop what you are doing, and look at your child when they are talking to you. In my life it is putting the phone away and picking up a book to read with my children or their favorite board game to play. It is showing interest in things my children care about. Intentionally begins with a willing heart. May I always strive to be intentional and parent without regrets.

I am gathering with my friends over at Five Minute Friday. We gather for five minutes to write on the topic of the week .This post was also inspired by the #BoyMomBook by #MonicaSwanson. I look forward to sharing more about this wonderful book in the coming weeks.