Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Friday, October 20, 2017

It's never too late

If you only had one cell phone for the rest of your life, how would you treat it?

That is a question my friend Katie asked a bunch of middle schoolers today. 

Well we only get one body and one brain for OUR WHOLE LIVES to take care of. We don’t usually get an upgrade when we are too tired to go on (our battery runs out) and most people can’t afford plastic surgery if they don’t take care of their body.
But what happens when the choices we’ve made won’t help us to be our best selves for our whole lives?

Is it too late to start over?


Even if your screen cracks, you can still use your phone, the same goes with our bodies. We can take extra good care of them, and protect them.

This really struck a chord with me.

I’ve working on my financials. I am trying to prepare for an unknown future and I’ve not always saved like I should of, or racked up some debt that seems almost overwhelming to overcome.
I decided last month that I was going to move forward and stop looking at a mountain from the bottom thinking I can’t climb it. I took the first step. I went and acquired some tools to make a difference in the acquisition of my financial freedom. Then I took the first step. And a second… and this paycheck was another step.

You know what?

 It feels good. I thought it would feel confining, but it feels freeing.

I’ve got lots of things to work on because believe it or not, I am not perfect.

I’m going to keep moving forward to be my best me!

It’s not too late to be better even if I’ve made poor choices in the past!

Eph 2:10 (NLT) For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

This is one of my favorite songs lately :)

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The benefits of slowing down...

“Phyllis” gave my dad a throw blanket many years ago, it had a poem on it.  He still has it laying over one of the chairs in the basement.

I like to walk with Grandpa,
His steps are short like mine.
He doesn't say "Now hurry up!"
He always takes his time.
Most people have to hurry,
They do not stop and see.
I'm glad that God made Grandpa
"Unrushed" and young like me.

If you know me, you know I am always moving, keep going, and usually in a hurry.  In the last two weeks I’ve been forced to slow my roll.  Eat slower, walk slower, be patient.  When I’d get hurried I’d remember this poem, and remember how my dad was so patient with Phyllis, how she’d ride the tractor or tinker with his computers.  I think his favorite picture will be the one when she was little and was “working on” a computer with a little screw driver.  Seriously so cute.
That poem reminds me to slow down, the last thing in the world I want is for my dad to feel like he is a burden or that he's too slow.  When I was young, he had to teach me, and slow down for me.  So I try to be patient (sometimes I do better than others).  A new part of fruit to work on.

In these times, I’ve come to realize that the most important things are not how much I can get accomplished but how well I can love someone.  I’ve always been task driven, it’s easy to accomplish a task.  It hurts to get hurt by people.  It’s hard to put myself “out there” because I hate the thought of being hurt. But it’s worth it.

Life is about love. 
Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Thankful for His faithfulness

It has been a long 6 weeks, the last two I’ve lived with my dad to make sure if he needed anything I was there.

I can’t say enough how thankful to my daughter I am. She spent her vacation days off the first few week days he was home so I didn’t have to take work days, she kept up our house and she stayed with my dad the nights before I had church. There are a million things I could thank her for, seriously.

This wasnt easy for anyone. And some days it was hard to be thankful. But I saw the goodness of God in so many things.

Saturday I had King of my Heart on repeat in my head. 

“You’re never gonna let me down”

He didn’t

Not one minute even the hardest times.

Yesterday we had to take my dad back to the hospital and I walked 1.7 miles to my car because I was at the marathon and my car was at church.

In a matter of 1.7 miles you sure can feel a lot of emotions and I sure did have quite a conversation with God (and it wasn’t all nice) and I prayed a lot of prayers. 

One thing I know about God is that He is good. Often in these last 6 weeks i have thought “this isnt the life I intended”- and God reminded me that my life was to be one lived in love, and it won’t always be what I expect. Just love, Margie. And so that’s what I did. 

I’ve spent a lot of time with God, in the word, praising Him, thanking Him, and crying, and through it all, He’s been there.

I don’t know what’s next. Heck, I can’t even seem to get a day off (where’s my rest?!?!?) but I’ll do whatever He asks me, because He made me for love and there’s nothing better than love.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Lessons from socks 

We learn a lot from other people.  I’ve learned never take for granted warm, dry feet. 

My friend Carly taught me that you always take a new package of socks when you go on a short term mission trip. After a long day in the field, and after a wonderful much needed shower, it always feels A-MAZING to put on new socks. Seriously.

Alllllll morning I had wet feet. Our current weather plus a pair of Toms shoes does not a happy pair of feet make. True that.

So... after running out in the rain to mail postcards (youth min), get cookies for the afternoon snack, and pick up lunch, I slipped on a pair of socks and a different pair of shoes. Note from the editor: everyone thinks it’s funny that I have 3-10 pairs of shoes in my car- came in handy.

I thought about so many who don’t have that opportunity. Wet shoes, no shoes. 

Isn’t it funny how we can take for granted the smallest of things or they can be infinitely amazing to us.

I never want to lose the wonder of thankfulness. I never want to lose the perspective that God is good even in the moments of hard, or wet feet or whatever the current distraction is.

And that, my friends, is why daily I write 6 thankfuls every day on Facebook. To always turn my heart to thankfulness. I need to be reminded.

It is not happy people who are grateful it is grateful people who are happy

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Random thoughts

I don’t have anything really important to say but here’s some random thoughts from my crazy brain.

I think I’m 2017 I’ve made over 100 loaves of quick bread

Some days it’s hard to be thankful so I must dig deep 

I wish I could wear leggings to work 

I really need to drink more water

I love the Chicagos (fire and pd)

I miss my mixer 

I like electric stoves and ovens more than gas stoves and ovens

I love serving people (even at work)

I love laughing and must do it more

If you see Kay, tell her I’m thirsty 😂

I’m going to Colorado soon

Seeing my dad eat peas makes my heart happy

Im tired but mostly I need rest 

I’m doing a 5k on Saturday and I hope I dont die (I’m just walking)

I need a trip for March 2018 

I’d like to go to the movies 

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

got movement?

One time I did this workout and someone asked me if that even counts as exercise.... after they picked themselves up off the floor I explained that it was lol

Every joint from my hips down has been hurting for a month. One day I almost cried it hurt so bad. I’ve been to the chiropractor and I’m feeling better! Not 75% yet but I’m getting there. 

I have been taking care of my dad and doing the best I can at taking care of me. I knew I needed some good endorphins though so today I did a beach body 10 minute trainer video! While I realize i didn’t burn 800 calories but I did move (and sweat) and felt good! It was better than the ice cream that I wanted!

I’ve taken a few steps back in my health walk but I’m moving forward from where I am, today. No sense in beating myself up. I’m still better than where I was and I’m not hating myself (which is better than what usually happens).

Maybe you’re thinking I’m a slacker because it was 10 minutes but I think I’m a champion because I moved forward today! And so that also just proves I’m getting smarter by the day :) 

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Book Review: 5 Word Prayers

I wondered how I was going to like this book, 5 wordprayers?  Seems like there aren’t enough words.

Isn’t that how it is when we pray sometimes, there aren’t enough words…  that being said… I LOVED THIS DEVOTIONAL!  So much so that I’ve already ordered/sent it as a gift! 
I remember when I learned to pray the scriptures.  It was eye and heart opening! 

Each day this book has a 5 word prayer and a scripture and a devotional for 40 days. 
Some examples:

You love is my joy Eph 3:19
Without you, I am nothing John 15:5
Help me to forgive others Matt 6:14

I liked this because it was a good size for my purse so I could read it anywhere.  Each day was a quick read, but kept me thinking all day. 

I’d highly recommend this book!