Monday Motivation: Can a Season Be Both Good AND Hard?

I'm wiping up one kid's throw-up in the middle of the night when I finally concede that this is a hard season we're walking through. It snuck up on us and now we're smack in the middle trying to survive each day and not let the whole circus come crashing down. When you've walked through…

How Are You Measuring Your Impact?

Friday mid-morning I head to the mailbox, already discouraged by the few hours of too fast starts, emotional melt downs (mine and the minis) and being a tired, less than gracious mama. Sitting in the pile of car ads and political mailers is a note, a lifeline. In the midst of the swirling, there comes…

Are You Missing This Key to Your Growth?

I'm sitting across from this sweet old man who celebrated his 80th birthday with a water ballon fight. Because life is short and should be fun. We're in the office of the company he built from scratch in the heart of Texas, a company that pulls in millions of revenue in manufacturing. The secret to…

Monday Motivation: Finding Flowers in the Weeds

Pretty sure First Girl mixed weeds with the flowers in this bouquet she brought me from the garden. But to her, and now to me, it’s all beautiful. She's always had a way of seeing the worth of a person or a thing far better than most. This week, may you delight in the the…

The 3×5 Challenge: What Do We DO Now? (Final Week)

We're days away from wrapping up the second month of the new year but it's never too late to set those resolutions and head confidently in a direction. Because as Lara Casey says, "There's nothing magical about January 1." But maybe you're like me and the problem isn't coming up with goals and action plans…

The 3×5 Challenge: What to Do Before You Pick A Position on Anything (Week 3)

Have you noticed lately that People of the Cross seem to be lining up more with political parties and less with particular positions? Or maybe that's just us in this crazy cowboy country. We pick from a couple letters of the alphabet and somehow that's supposed to clarify everything we believe on anything. But a…

The 3×5 Challenge: When You’re Ready to Get Specific (Week 2)

It's been a week of small, hard stops. Three times a day for five minutes to try to slow the breath, quiet the noise and declutter the soul. One week in and I've already missed a few, days when the alarm clock blared and I just couldn't drag myself up because of long hours and…