Passion



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)


Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 Strong

There's just a few more hours left in 2017 and I am spending it in bed, resting.

This year has been tough.  I can't even recount it all. Thank God for "on this day" on FB so I can look back in a year and see what I survived. 

God is good. 

No matter what happens or doesn't happen God is good.  I've seen Him show up so many times.  I've felt Him snatch me from some pits and my own self made mess.  And I am thankful.

As I think back, I've felt like this is one of the hardest.

My dad was in the hospital for a month, and managing through all that was difficult.  I could look back and see the hard, but I choose to look back and ahead and see the way that my dad is healing.  Two strokes and a heart attack ain't no joke, people. 

My own health has not been great in 2017 and I look ahead for healing in 2018.  To be honest, I am growing weary.  I need answers, and solutions.

I think of 2018 as it comes and I have no idea what it holds.  The joy and laughter and I'm sure with that sadness and tears, but I know that God is good.

As I think ahead to 2018, I think of one word.  STRONG.

Strong in mind, body, faith, heart, and soul.

I want health and healing in a strong body for 2018.  I want to carry out what God has intended.

I want a brain that is always learning and is wise. That as I dream, my mind puts a plan in place to make it come true.  A mind that calls people's names to pray for.

I want a strong heart so that I know who I am and who I belong to.  I heart that loves God and loves others.

I want to know not only what the Word of God says, but to live it out.  To be obedient and generous.  I just want to live out what the word says.

I want to be so strong that I can be submissive to authority. So strong that humility comes easy.

I want to be strong to fight for the injustice around me and in the world.  Long term and short term.

What does that look like in 2018?

I HAVE NO IDEA!


But I will do what He says, I'll go where He says to go.  I'm not saying it will come easy or that there won't be gnashing of teeth, I just hope I always go where He calls.



Come on 2018, change awaits.






Tuesday, December 26, 2017

God in McDonalds

The other day someone called me selfless because i do so much serving.

My friends I’d like to be clear about something. I’m not selfless. I’m obedient and God blesses me in that. But let’s also be clear I’m not always obedient right away and there are gnashing of teeth!

The other day someone sent me $50 to put towards me dreams. I was dumbfounded. I’m not even in the middle of any projects. I kept praying about what God wanted me to do. Garden? Soccer field? No answer. God went silent. So i waited. 

Today i planned to hangout with some of kids but only one showed up 😂. She told me that she had hoped to get shoes she needed for Christmas. 

I’m pretty sure i heard God say “there you go”

My dream is that every child would know they are loved and every need will be met ! The truth is that’s overwhelming. I know with God it can be done! If everyone does their part.

The truth is i wasn’t so sure about the hang out. I didn’t  think anyone would show up 😂 and i don’t really like McDonald’s 😂😂.but... i did it .

My friend sent a very generous donation towards my dreams. 

I feel like God had the whole thing planned. He even provided gift cards for lunch.

I tell you about this day because none of this was selfless. Not one bit.

I got to have lunch with the greatest girl.  My lunch was paid for. She even went grocery shopping with me not even knowing my heart had said to get her shoes. I got to see her light up when she could get there pairs of shoes.  We might have almost thrown down over that last pair of Pink ones because she said “you can’t buy me three pairs” 😂😂😂😂 i said “you can’t tell me what i can and can’t do, you’re not the boss of
Me” 😂😂😂 all while laughing!

God gave me dream, He even gives me the opportunity to make it come true. He fed me. And i got to see joy, laugh, and live love. 

I also tell you this all to remind you to be open to hearing God’s voice in all things!  From McDonald’s to checks in the mail. To standing in the coldest store I’ve ever been in. 

He’s a good good Father!


Sunday, December 24, 2017

scary teenagers

Today in church  our pastor said teenagers arent scary and this is probably one of the only time I would disagree with our pastor. (He’s awesome! And speaks Truth) Teenagers are scary. They watch you and they love you but you must be authentic. You must live a life that looks like love no matter what you’re saying. 

Teenagers can see through all your whole crap. They may give grace but as adults we must live above reproach because they are watching! They can see a hypocrite 100 miles away and have a bull crap meter.

That’s actually  the reasons i live them. Teenagers are typically very real and they are accepting and loving.  They make me live my best life because even if I’m not perfect they still love me. 


It is scary to me to disappoint them so i strive to be kind and loving, of good character and fun! I love teenagers even if they are scary 😆Sc

Friday, December 22, 2017

Calculators and flashbacks

I got a calculator when i started in sales. Big buttons, basic functions. 

Recently someone told me i needed a new one. Mine is old.

I love calculators.

Yesterday i was thinking about this little gray and red calculator i carried with me in my purse when I’d go grocery shopping. I’d put the amount of money i had in my purse and I’d subtract each item from the total. 

 Yesterday had been an overwhelming day. As i drove to Blessed Hope i thought about how i used to have to do that and memorize prices because if i accidentally hit “c” I’d clear out the entire order and stand there and recalculate.

Those days seem far away and just like yesterday all in the same breath. 

It is not lost on me how God’s grace and provision has carried me. I know that as a single mom I’m automatically a statistic but I’m one that i like to read. 

So many people have helped me over the years and i think of them so many times as i pay it forward. 

Today i took the day off because i needed a little break before “Christmas weekend”. Today I’m delivering groceries to a family so that they have food to eat over the school break and i get to deliver presents to people i love. 

I know there were times when i could barely afford to eat. Sometimes i didn’t. For a brief time we even had to share a room at a friend’s house and without her, we would have been homeless. 

It could have made me hard. But it made me greatful. I pulled away from my house yesterday thinking about how perfect our house is for us, how much i love it. 


As crazy and stressful as 2017 has been, I’m thankful. My eyes are fixed on Him.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Thankful Thursday

I love serving meals.

You might think it’s crazy but i love it. Last night i made sugar cookies to decorate for the Christnet peeps and there are three bags of cheese potatoes thawing to heat up and two roasts. 

Ive got spiral ham to make them sandwiches and I’m so very thankful.

While my life has seemed to have passed by before i knew it, the days have been long. I can remember not enough food in my house for us to both eat. I can remember Mac & cheese and corn for a whole week to get us by until payday. 

I’m laying here before i get ready for work more blessed than i ever deserve. It’s not about making meals or what i have, I’m thankful that God gifted me with a heart that loves people.

Tomorrow i go and read to kindergarten, first and second graders on my day off because education and reading are keys to success. I want reading to come Alive to students. I’m even going to talk to them about why reading is important! My heart has been longing to do it!

It’s my last day before our Christmas holiday break (and almost my birthday - all of you who celebrate or get the day off on New Years can thank me that my birthday is a national holiday)


Happy Thursday friends there is much to be thankful for!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas can be a poop storm

So yesterday was Monday at MBK.  My friends and I cook and serve a meal and we have to give the Word.  By "we" I mean me and I have no idea why they trust me with this task but God put it on my heart that I should be ready to do it. So I do.  I'll be honest, normally I pray a lot about it, write something up. but last night...

So all I could think about was Isaiah 9:6-7
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon[a] his shoulder,
    and his name shall be called[b]
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
    there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
    to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


So I don't know about you but the holidays seem like a giant S*** storm and so that's what I talked about. I talked about how the most glorious time of the year is sometimes a giant mess. 
I talked about how I cried twice on Friday, a melt down on Saturday...
But Jesus.

I love this verse, it reminds me of Charlie Brown Christmas. 

The sweet voice of Linus. 

This verse is stitched in my heart.  When I'm crazy, the Wonderful Counselor who listens to my crazy.
Mighty God who can take on anything that the world brings.
Everlasting Father!  He is faithful.
Prince of Peace.  Sometimes He calms the storm and sometimes He calms His child (me!)

I love this verse.  It makes my calm down, He brings me peace. 

Yes it's true, I compared Christmas time to a poop storm.  Yes I did.  I honestly can't wait til it's over when I can just rest and enjoy the rest of winter (remind me I said this when it's June and I'm sick of snow)

I don't think people need another person to pretend that things are perfect, we all know they aren't but thank God we don't have to pretend (or be) perfect, He's got this, and us!


It's a miracle they even let me serve at MBK... I think I'm the poop storm sometimes.


Monday, December 11, 2017

I’ve got mom jeans  

It’s true. 

I’m a complete dork.

I fully embrace who i am. 

Today i wrote a parents email about our youth Christmas party and i was so excited. No really. I was. When i cook I’ll pray over the kids and their families. When i feed them I’ll be happy about filling their bellies. We are having a white elephant exchange and i got all the gifts and as i shopped i thought of each student, i belly laughed at the thought of the boys getting make up (oh yes i did), i thought about how happy someone will be with the gift cards, footballs, and basketball. 

I’m not cool. No kid is ever gonna look at/to me as the cool one. And to be honest I’m ok with that. 

When i ask them what they want to be when they grow up (yes i do i told you... not cool) i smile and in my heart i scream “you can do it”

When i talk about Haiti and how i can’t even keep my gray clothes clean and they laugh i smile to myself and think... you’re so funny and you don’t even try. 

I got mom genes and Mom jeans 👖.

That’s ok though.

Because no one loves like a momma ❤️

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Those kids... 

I’m sorry I’m not sorry.

Our youth group really are so amazing! We went and bowled after church and had lunch 🍕 and they made me laugh and drove me crazy and i love them!

Later we served Family Dinner at the church and to be honest i got to sit with people i love while they rocked it out. 

I don’t know how i got so lucky that i get to love them ❤️


P.S. i hate bowling 🎳 

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Confessions 

I have been quite the jerk lately.

I don’t feel good

Life just isn’t very merry right now. 

I’m trying to be thankful but I’m crying a lot. I mean yesterday i got a instapot from someone who loves me. I’m loved!

That’s the truth. Does it mean God isn’t good? No. He is!

It’s just hard right now. That’s the truth. I hate people who pretend it’s all ok! 

Good gravy! I know it’s just a season. 

The truth is i like winter, it’s a good excuse to rest.

When I’m feeling down i go grocery shopping! Nothing reminds me of how God loves me and of His provision more than grocery shopping! 

Today i got the meal for Christnet on the 28th for $30! And there will be more than enough ❤️. 

I got the stuffing and corn (we can argue later if corn is really a veggie) for Mbk next Tuesday. A birthday present, a Christmas present, more food than we need for this week. Two big things of toilet paper.

I’m reminded that i can go grocery shopping ANY time i want and that hasn’t always been the case. 

Everything that’s going on, it will pass, maybe like a kidney stone but it will.

I still don’t feel good but I’ll make it. Because I’m a survivor and i can do it with a smile because I’m loved ❤️

Friday, December 08, 2017

Lessons in Juarez 

Not often do i talk about my work or politics on my blog. Mostly because people are always on the offensive.

This past week was one for the books and I’d like to share my heart a little.

I spent a few days in Juarez Mexico and I’m not sure how much you know about Juarez but it’s a pretty dangerous place. I’ve known people car jacked there, kidnapped.... it’s scary. Rarely do i stay in Juarez past sunset. (This week i has my first and last exception). Going there makes my heart ache. Unless you’ve been to a developing country i can’t explain to you the poverty. And what’s very sad to me is it’s just over the border from the United States. The smog is terrible and anyone who thinks the air clears up at it’s US bordering  is only kidding themselves. The people are poor but they are kind and they share what they have. And... you can’t flush toilet paper so you can imagine what the bathrooms smell like every where you go 😷 

This time when i went, 10 minutes before we left, 6 people were shot and killed. Less than one block from where i was. You can only imagine my horror. Not only for those poor people and their families. But for myself. “Get me the heck out of HERE” which wasn’t easy because the traffic is crazy and roads were shut down. I said “take me back to Detroit where it’s safe” (which is arrogant, i know )

I don’t know why but i thought about “the wall” and how arrogant those who think we need a wall are. If i lived there I’d do anything to move to the USA. Who am i that i was blessed to be born here from my family to live where i do? Only by the grace of God. That grace is not lost on me. 

All this political stuff, politicians taking our money with the premise they are making America great again? It makes me nuts. They are stealing from the poor to make the rich richer. Wanting to build walls to keep people out. That’s horrible. You know what i think is the best policy when you have so much and people need help? Build a bigger table and invite people to join you.

Love.

That’s the answer. 

Love your neighbor.

But who’s your neighbor? Is it the person in the House next to you? Well do you love them like Christ called you to?

Or is it people in Ohio? They are our neighboring state? Maybe as long as they dont like OSU (im kidding people, i can’t be serious for too long)

Maybe it is Mexico (or Canada)

Only you and your heart can determine that.

While I was in Juarez and scared i thought of the mommas and the families who live in a place that seems scarier than Detroit. And Detroit ain’t no joke. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been in some terrible situations in Detroit, and maybe I’m desensitized to it, but it was worse there. I was safe in a car with a driver and people praying for me. 

I’ve been dreaming about what’s next. What does God want me to do NEXT. One thing i know is that God is asking me to change the world. The square feet around my feet. What exactly that means I’m still not sure so illl keep dreaming.

If i learned anything from this lesson, i learned to be thankful, i learned to be empathetic, it was reinforced that love is the answer, and it starts with me.

Today. Right now. 

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Wonder woman

I can over think anything!

I’m on a plane watching Wonder Woman and I’m thinking about how in the beginning the auntie tells Diana that she doesn’t know her own strength. She tells her to never under estimate opponent. 

I thought about how easy it would be for her to not get up every.time she got knocked to the ground. How each time she went into battle she became stronger and she needed every battle to become stronger and stronger to learn from the last. 

I thought  about all the women I admire and inspire me. Those who have had the world against them, they’ve been knocked down and each time they’ve gotten up. Stronger each time!

I’ve come up against some junk lately and also I’ve been thinking about what’s next and dreaming dreams. Every dream I have revolves around loving others.

Every

Single 

One

As Wonder Woman ended she said “I believe in love “ and if i was by myself (not on a plane) i would have yelled “yes! Me too!”

It’s no surprise to me as i am dreaming about changing the world, I’ve been distracted but make no mistake, not one minute did I think God left me or wouldn’t go to batttle for me

 I kept thinking of Exodus 14:14

“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still."”

‭it’s not easy for me to be still, I’m a scrapper. I’ll fight for injustice and don’t even think of backing me in a corner, sometimes I just want to fight to fight (it’s a horrible quality).

But I’m focusing on what I need to focus on and what’s next! And it’s to fight for injustice 

Just like she says at the end of the movie...

“Only love can truly save the world” 

Here I come! 

Love wins every time! 

Friday, December 01, 2017

Trust

This morning i was thinking about trust. Why it’s so hard for me to open my heart sometimes and trust people and to be honest sometimes, God. 

In recent light of so many cases of sexual harrassment and thinking of things that have happened to me and why women don’t come forward, it might be about trust. From my own experiences, the reason i didn’t come forward is because I’m not sure I trusted those in charge to really remedy the situation without retaliation from the offender. I don’t know if  i trust/trusted that I won’t be the one who carries the shame and I’m at a point in my life where i can’t and won’t carry someone else’s shame as if it’s my own. And so I close down, I hold it in, I get stomach aches but that, at least in my mind, seems better than public shame. But i think I’m still carrying it, just differently. And that’s awful to think that way. Almost like I’m betraying myself. I can imagine that for years so many people have felt that way. So I don’t wonder why after a few women (and/or men) come forward, after a few are brave enough to come forward, more do, because it’s easier to stand with others.

So take that and my lack of trust, it makes it hard to open my heart to others because sometimes I need to see first that I can trust them. I guess somewhere in my mind and heart I do my best to protect myself by building walls (with doors) so that I can choose who comes in and who doesn’t because those walls give me time to figure out if I can trust them.  

But that’s not ok for me the more I think of it. I can’t live with heart wide open and walls built up. It’s just not possible. As my promise and goal to myself to become strong, I’m realizing that I must TRUST not with reckless abandon but with wisdom and discernment because I can’t truly love with a wall between me and the people I’m trying to love. 

Well... that’s the crazy thoughts rolling around in my head at 4am. I’m sure there is more to come....

I’m healing from the inside out 

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 28 friends

It’s really Wednesday but I’d like to write about yesterday’s thankful and since it’s my blog I’ll do whatever I want (one day last week I wrote three posts because I was behind)

So... I’m blessed. I have people in my life that are true friends, complete family even though we aren’t related.  I’m not blessed with a large family, heck, I even have people in my family that don’t like me (we aren’t invited to one side of the family’s Christmas - not mad about it, i don’t want to be somewhere I’m not welcome) but God brought me some of the best friends a girl could ever ever hope for. My friendships are like Eph 3:20 “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,”. God brought me some of the best friends I didn’t even know I needed or would need. Sometimes I asked for them, sometimes He just sent them.

The other day I called one because I needed advice from someone who “has been there” I needed advice from someone I’d like to think knows the core of who I am. Someone who thinks clearly (not on emotion like me). Someone to speak truth to me, whether I’d like the outcome or not. Lol 

And all those things added up to good advice (advice I followed). And I’m thankful. I’m thankful that even though I could have done something easy, they told me to do something hard. To give grace. One more time. I didn’t want to give grace. That’s the truth. But I did. And that grace that I gave came right back to me and covered me like a blanket of peace.

So today (I’m crying now) I’m so thankful for the grace of friendships that God sends. When we don’t deserve them when we don’t even ask for them. 

I’m so thankful for so many friends who love me.

To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides ☀️ ❤️

Monday, November 27, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 27

Today i found out that someone got me an instapot. They got it for me because they believe in me and how I serve. 

I was so excited! I’ve wanted one, especially because I will use it (and I found out you can make noodles in 4 minutes lol)

I feel like a weirdo so much because I love things like serving in soup kitchens and other weird things.

I’m thankful for people who believe in my dreams (no one should go hungry) and come along side me and serve and love people with me.


Sunday, November 26, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 26

I love Long weekends! I take full advantage for cleaning and shopping (groceries and otherwise 🤪), I take ample naps and watch movies!

It’s been a crazy couple of months of crazy and I felt like I had so much going on. I took this weekend and cleaned the house, from my room to the Tupperware cabinet (please explain to me how mismatched lids and bowls happens!!) I even got  the garage ready for the winter!

I’m thankful for Long weekends when I can spend just as much time having fun as doing chores!

It’s back to normal tomorrow and I’m ready!

November Thankfuls Day 25

Today was a crazy day! The drain downstairs backed up, we had dinner with the family... so I got the drain cleared! Praise the Lord! And it stunk! And then went to have dinner with my family and then I came home and cleaned it up! 

It wasn’t a fun job that’s for sure but it needed to be done and I was thankful I had the ability to do it!


November Thankfuls Day 24

I know a lot of people love and hate Black Friday. 

I personally don’t like the shopping on thanksgiving but I do love shopping on Friday and getting lots of good deals! I was able to take advantage of some buy one get one free at Meijer and target. Since a lot of people shopped on Thursday, the stores weren’t crowded and it was peaceful to shop on Friday.

It was fun to get out and take care of people I love ❤️ 

Thursday, November 23, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 23

Today we celebrated Thanksgiving just the three of us. As i left my dad this thanksgiving i hugged my dad really tight. This year i could have lost him. I often refer to him as “the old geezer” affectionately and I’m so thankful that he’s still here and growing stronger every day. 


I’m so thankful ❤️

November Thankfuls Day 22 Bh

I love serving at Bh (Blessed hope) in Lincoln Park! I love the service they do for so many!

Even me! 

I love that crystal and Gary pour their lives Into this amazing ministry that serves Lincoln Park and surrounding cities Downriver 


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 21 mbk

There are few things I like more than serving people food. 

I love MBK, it's one of my favorite things I do all month (and I do it twice).  This month we kept it very simple.  Last week Monday it was meatballs, noodles, corn, sweet potato pie.  This week Tuesday it was meatballs, stuffing, corn, fruit cocktail.  It honestly doesn't get more simple than that.  But it's sooo good.  A nice meal to fill their bellies and warm their hearts.

It's not the meal that is the best part, it is my friends that I serve with.  Both days I have the most amazing people I serve with and I am so thankful. My heart is so very full when the time is over. 

I am so thankful! So very thankful for MBK. 

This place is held so close to my heart! We love and serve God and others! Pure joy!

Monday, November 20, 2017

November Thankfuls - Day 20 New recipes that turn out great!

I am thankful for new recipes that turn out amazing!

We had youth group thanksgiving and I made sweet potato casserole.  I wanted to find a crock pot one so that we didn't have to worry about using the oven.  I modified this one and it turned out great! Here is the original link

3/4  cup packed brown sugar                         

2  T butter                             

1 T Cinnamon    
                                            
1 T vanilla     
                   
3 1/2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2-inch cubes

2 C miniature marshmallows

        

Partially boil sweet potatoes (or you can cook this recipe on high for 4 hours)

Spray oval 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. 

In large microwavable bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, cinnamon,

Microwave uncovered on High 1 1/2 minutes, stirring once. Stir in vanilla.

Add sweet potatoes; stir to coat thoroughly.                                                            

Pour mixture into slow cooker.

Cover; cook on High heat setting 1-1.5 hours or until fork tender.

Reduce to Warm heat setting until ready to serve.  

Stir mixture; top with marshmallows, and cover 1 to 2 minutes or until marshmallows melt slightly.

Crockpot will seem like a mess to clean up but fill with hot water, it melts the sugar and it's not too bad :)

Sunday, November 19, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 19 thanksgiving 

Today we celebrated thanksgiving with the students at Woodside detroit. 

They wrote about things they were thankful for, we ate, watched football, played football, did the dishes, hugged each other and i think I said “I loveyou” a couple dozen times. 

We are celebrating with my dad on Thursday and with my moms family on Saturday. 

I love this holiday because it has nothing to do with presents, just things we already have ❤️


Saturday, November 18, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 17

It will come to no surprise to you that I love youth ministry. Shocking, right?

I’m crying right now thinking about the millions of blessings that come from the hard of youth ministry. 

The kind of friends I’ve made and the silly and crazy experiences I’ve had. 

My friend Beckie and I had a night out. She’s always willing to try new places with me! And instead of the tree lighting that we’ve done the last two years we went to “twisted storytellers” and it was so nice to sit and chat and laugh and the moment someone said “east side” we looked at each other and laughed and said “east side” like we did quite a few years ago on a mission trip. 

We talked about a million things and I love that she helps me to grow and we can talk about real life stuff, Including hard stuff. And we laugh and we love. 

I’ve been blessed a gazillion times over in youth ministry, I can honestly say my friend beckie was one of the greatest blessings I’ve ever received!

It’s just too bad we never take any pictures together 😂😘❤️

November Thankfuls Day 18 ponchos

In my whole life I’ve never worn a poncho. Today at a terribly rainy day I’m wearing one. Bright yellow 😳

I never knew I’d be so thankful for one of these! Seriously! Some guy felt sorry for my ill preparedness and let me wear it. 

Who knew I’d ever wear one AND that I’d be so thankful for it



Thursday, November 16, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 16

Im absolutely ridiculous I tell you. So darn grateful. I painted these signs today while spending time with my cousin. 

I made them as Christmas gifts. Do you know that each one I made was pure joy for me! I made them for people i love and every time i did a new color I’d cheer.

I’m thankful God made me to be a dork and that I can find joy and wonder in the simplest places 

 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 14 Home 

Today after a long day I’m most thankful to come home and be. 

I made dinner from a hodge podge of leftovers topped with a couple eggs (it was delish) and took the dog for a walk all while listening to EWF dancing as I walked. 

I got some Christmas lights up on the house. I was able to take time to put out the coffee mugs for my friend and soon I’ll head to bed to start the next day over. 

I’m so thankful for my little homestead. I’m just so thankful 

November Thankfuls - serving others 

Day 13 came and went. 

Serving dinner is such a weird gift. I don’t think people grow up thinking I wish I could serve in a soup kitchen but it really is one of the greatest joys that I have! Knowing someone has a full belly and it was a good yummy meal makes my heart happy!

I’m thankful to be able to serve delicious meals for people I love! We were so busy yesterday serving dinner to people we love!

I’m thankful that God provides that meal over and over and all I’ve got to do is show up and serve it :)

Yesterday’s meal... I’m thankful for a ridiculous amount of meatballs, soooooo many pies and friends I love serving with! 

I always come home exhausted but my heart is full!

And next week I get to do it twice!


Monday, November 13, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 12 Chapstick 

I know there are a lot of alternatives to Chapstick but i happen to just really like this one.  I can use almost any flavor but this is my go to. 

In the summer it’s the only SPF I use. I hate suncreen. In the winter it heals and protects my lips from the bitter cold. 


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

November thankful - day 11 sleep 

There are a lot of gifts. 

I am lucky to possess a few.

One gift I’m especially thankful for is the gift of SLEEP 🛏 

It’s very true that i can sleep anywhere. Loud tv? Me? Sleeping

Lights on? Me? Sleeping 

Place I’ve been before? Me? Sleeping

Place I’ve never been before? Me? Sleeping 

On the floor? In a bed? Me? Sleeping 

In a box with a fox? Me? Sleeping 

I don’t like to spend my days sleeping but given my great love of youth ministry (and people) it’s a blessing for this gift. Life without sleep is terrible. Like kill someone terrible.

I go to bed, I get up early. I love to sleep for just the right amount of time, then I get up and I’m raring to go! Like right now, I’m not even in charge of breakfast... and I’m itching to start cooking.

Thankful for the gift of sleep!

Friday, November 10, 2017

November Thankfuls - Day 10 Trying new things


Trying new things.

It’s hard and exciting at the same time. Kind of like the Ying and the Yang. They fit together perfectly.

So I signed up for our church “Sisterhood Retreat”. This might seem like a pretty easy thing for me, right? I like people, I like getting away.  And I’m sitting in the bedroom while everyone is downstairs because after a long week I just need a minute by myself plus I promised myself a blog everyday.  And soon I’ll be ready for bed.  HAHA

I’m excited to hear the stories of these beautiful women and learn the things that God has done in their lives. I’m excited to love and learn and to recharge and get organized and ready for the holiday season.  I feel like my life is out of control, and I’m the one in charge of my calendar and my time.  It’s time to slow back down.  In my life I used to love the hurried life style, but it seem harried now not just hurried. It’s seem quantity over quality.  I’d much rather have quality.  

So again I’m trying the new(ish) thing of slowing down, remembering what I love, trying new things (maybe even plan for a new exercise class or strength training).

I’m excited about this weekend just a little nervous, I must be brave and put myself out there.

Trying new things always works out.  Sometimes I learn things I don’t love, but most often, I learn I love a new things.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

November Thankfuls - Day 9 My job (God's provision)

I've got this problem, sometimes I'm just not thankful.

And then I get a gut check.  Sometimes it feels like God gave me the scobie (or whatever it's called) of Kombucha, made me eat/drink (whatever you'd do if you had one) and I feel like a jerk.

How about that for November thankfuls?  Let's be real today.

Yesterday was hard. I have a great job and work for a great company with really amazing people.  And yet, yesterday I was like "but I'm not saving the world" sitting at my desk selling wire harnesses.

I know so many people "on the ground" and often wish I was one of them. 

And then my friend reminded me that because of my really great job I have really really great health insurance at a really really great rate.

I picked up pictures at Walgreens and as I looked through them all, I was reminded that because of God's provision I am able to buy gift cards for "my kids" or candy or pop or school supplies when they need them.  I get to travel to places like Africa and preach the Gospel.  I get to see friends in Colorado.  Because of my M-F job (though the hours have been REALLY long those days) I am able to travel to Chicago on a Saturday to love and support my friends.

Because of my job (God's provision) we have a warm house and a high electric/gas bill because I can afford to keep the temp how I want it.  I drive a nice car that gets me where I am going and currently it's filled with donations for our "Home Free" friends for my church.

I talk to friends at work about Jesus and we serve together at MBK and because of God's provision we are able to provide really great meals for our friends there.  And that Halloween party, yo.  (yes, I really just said that)

The truth is that it's because of my job (that I'm really great at) I am able to serve Jesus in a way that others aren't, and that's a gift.  A really great gift.  And I AM VERY THANKFUL!

So today I put up new pictures to remind me.  I am blessed beyond measure, and loved beyond words.

That's today's truth and thankfuls.

Never miss the blessings in the hard times, my friends, you've survived 100% of your hardest days. 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

November Thankfuls - day 8

Sometimes I’m caught off guard by thankfulness. You too?

I was sitting watching my daughter smile and was overcome by the grace of God. It was not that long ago (at least in mind) that her body was riddled with arthritis, and there she was stronger than ever doing the hanging hula hoop (it has a name but i can’t remember)

And she was surrounded by people who love her. She has quite a fan club and I was so proud of her (i am her biggest) 

I’ve been making plans/goals and I’m working on becoming stronger. Watching her made me want to keep going.

I’m so thankful. Of all the things I am, my favorite thing is that i am Phyllis’s momma

Here’s to strong women, may we be them, may we raise them ❤️

November Thankfuls Day 7 - Voting

I LOVE VOTING!

It is an honor to me! Today I vote for Mayor in our city. It’s the second time I get to vote in Dearborn. 

As a child i voted with my dad, he’d take me to the polls. 

It’s important to vote. So many times people complain but I just can’t imagine all those people complaining actually voted. 

People have fought for our rights to vote and later today I’ll be at the polls ❤️

Monday, November 06, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 6 - Cookie



When I was a child, I loved dogs, I'd check out this one book at the library over and over again studying dogs, wishing I could have one.  Never got one.

One day I was walking and a dog came charging at me, and literally 3 feet before it was about to eat my face off the owner yelled a command and it stopped dead in it's tracks.  From then on, I was not a fan of dogs. 

We got a dog when Phyllis was a teenager, unfortunately she had issues with her pancreas and we gave her away to someone who could afford to take care of her.  She was a cute dog but she peed everytime she saw someone new.  I thought I was going to kill her at one point.  Instead, I'd take her outside, let them meet her and everyone would go inside together....  I was never going to stop the peeing so I figured out how to live with it.

It's been a long time since we had a dog.  We were going to move to Detroit so we decided we needed a dog (jokes on me, we moved to Dearborn. 

We got this crazy pooch.  Cookie.  She's a rescue.  She drives me crazy.

But I love her.

She greets me at the door and jumps around begging to go out.
She thinks she gets a treat just for being cute.
She chokes herself while walking because she pulls so much but it's fun to take her out and explore.
She smiles and smirks
If I don't pet her enough (like EVERY MINUTE) she licks my arm (so disgusting)

I'm thankful for her even though I never really wanted a dog.  For the record, having Cookie doesn't make me a dog lover, I'm just a MY dog lover.


Sunday, November 05, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 5 - Youth Ministry

There are a lot of things I love but for real I’m so thankful for youth ministry. The kids are amazing and I️ can't believe God lets me love these kids!  They make my heart so happy! I love hearing about their highs and lows. 

I am surprised about how God can expand our hearts to love so many.  It is amazing to me how many kids I love and I still have room in my heart to love more.

My life has a little bit crazy and today I realized that I didn't have the verse of the week written on the index cards today so I did what any crazy youth leader would do... I chose the shortest verse in the bible to give them.  John 11:35... Jesus wept.    Hey, it's important.  it's all important.  I was writing them out and one of the girls asked if she could help.  Of course I said yes, because I'm no dummy.  She's writing scripture!  She's serving Jesus alongside of me.  Is there anything better??? 

I loved today when Jamie asked the kids to find the verse we were focusing on before we needed it and his message was ON POINT!  Especially for me!  1 Sam 24: 8-11 Respect

David came out and shouted after him, “My lord the king!” And when Saul looked around, David bowed low before him.

Then he shouted to Saul, “Why do you listen to the people who say I am trying to harm you? 10 This very day you can see with your own eyes it isn’t true. For the Lord placed you at my mercy back there in the cave. Some of my men told me to kill you, but I spared you. For I said, ‘I will never harm the king—he is the Lord’s anointed one.’
11 Look, my father, at what I have in my hand. It is a piece of the hem of your robe! I cut it off, but I didn’t kill you. This proves that I am not trying to harm you and that I have not sinned against you, even though you have been hunting for me to kill me.

it really was soooo good.  It was real and relevant and the truth he spoke into their lives I am sure will not return void. 

I'm so thankful for my time with my new kids. They are loving and funny and crazy!  They are all so different and yet, they fit so perfectly together!  I love them so much!

I'm so thankful God called me to work with teenagers!

Saturday, November 04, 2017

November Thankfuls Day 4 - Transportion

So I can’t imagine people I love moving away and never seeing them again. 

Remember that old game “Oregon trail”, it’s like the original video game.  Or how about Little House on the Prairie. People would leave and maybe people would never see them again. 

I hate when people leave, but there is one thing I know, if you love each other you’ll find a way to figure it out. 

My friends moved to Colorado but thanks to airplanes I’m able to go and see them often (not often enough) and this weekend we were able to hop on the freeway and be with our friends. 

I’m so thankful for people who have crazy ideas like trains, planes, and automobiles.

I’m thankful they were bold with their ideas and I’m thankful it’s affordable 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

November thankfuls Day 2

Honestly I don’t always get sibling love. Some days as an only child I don’t really get it all.

I have “sisters” - same Father, different Dad and Mom. These sisters have taught me what it means to forgive and accept forgiveness. 

No matter how far or near, when something happens happy or sad I want to be there! Celebrate their kid’s birthdays, walk with them through good and bad times, vacations, and just fun times in the city (or anywhere - even MOD)

The truth is that it’s not always easy but it is always worth it. Knowing that no hurt feelings are ever intentional. That kind of friend is priceless. That also makes forgiveness come easy. It takes effort but sometimes there is time between us, but distance or time doesn’t separate us.

They have taught me what it’s like to share my feelings even when I don’t feel safe, because I might not feel safe, but I am.

There are few in this life that I trust like that, but I will tell you, those I do, I’d fight the devil himself for those friendships (and I think I have).

I’m thankful for those kind of friends.

November Thankfuls Day 3 

 Once I learned to read, my nose was constantly in books. They were so fun for me! I’d imagine myself in far away adventures! Now days I love reading books that help me be my best me or autobiography’s. 

I’m thankful for books! In all genre and sizes! I’m especially thankful for free books!! One of the things I love about books is that they take us to a place we’ve never been before and don’t leave us there! I can snuggle up with a books for days and barely move. I’ve live them since I’ve discovered the beauty of the way the pages feel in my hand and the way paper smells! 

Oh books... I love you ❤️ 

I’m asked to read and review books and I’d like to share some with you that I’ve recently read!

Is your dad a pirate by Tara McClary Reeves

The illustrations in this book are phenomenal!! I loved this book and it’s view from the beautiful girl who’s father goes off to war! I actually think this is the perfect book for all children who have a parent in the Armed Forces as well as those who don’t!  

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes ❤️

Lizzy the Lioness

This story! Ohmyword! This book was written for children but it’s message is POWEFUL to everyone who reads it! I think this book might be my next go to book for children’s gifts! Soooooooo good!!!


This book! I love learning about people and learning what makes people tick and how they think! In life we encounter so many different kinds of people and serving and working with people is not always easy, this book is a tool in your tool belt for sure!!


This book takes your breath away!! Walking in the paths that God asks us to isn’t easy and I don’t know about you, but sometimes I want to give up! I love Katie’s honesty because things are never easy! I love how much she loves God! This is a must read!!


November thankfuls Day 1

I really couldn’t decide what to start with for thirty days of thankfuls. Do I pick people, things... oh I don’t know. The thoughts are spinning!

Yesterday was Halloween! We had 353 kids! Yes literally I figured out how many things I had to give out minus what we ate, 3 bottles of bubbles left... 353! Last year it was about 250 and I ran out! I give chips, juice boxes (which everyone was stoked for), and bubbles for the littles.

There was one trick or treater that stole my heart!! From far way it looked like two adults... it was. One caregiver and one man that was special! He was special all right! Stole my heart! I asked him if he wanted chips or juice box (he chose chips) but then saw the bubbles and excitedly asked for them. Somehow I managed to only give him one because if you know me, I wanted to give him ALLLLLL OF THEM!!

I’m thankful for a lot of things! I love giving out stuff at Halloween! I love that there are so many kids that go out! I love that the older kids get a chance, even for one day to be a kid again! I’m thankful I can afford to give out cool stuff! I’m thankful for a night of just sitting and laughing with my daughter! I’m thankful for sweet care givers that take special people out to have so much fun! I’m thankful for neighbors who all participate! I’m thankful for the crossing guards at the corners to make sure the kids are safe! I’m thankful for blankets to keep us warm! I’m thankful for a warm house to go into after it’s all done!

Hope your Halloween was happy! And happy November! 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

It was a good day 

Life is not always easy. Hell sometimes I feel like I’d like to give up because it’s so darn hard.

But then there are days like today.

Where I actually feel like God whispers “today is for you my lovey”

I have a job that I mostly enjoy (until I’m a community center director it won’t be perfect )

My dad is getting better!!

I spent the evening feeding people for a great event and prepping it with people I really really have grown to love

I really love my church. I came home and told my daughter I love serving there, there isn’t a crazy amount of stress when I serve, we just have a good time loving each other

I listened to a bunch of great speakers tonight. The kind of speakers that not only make me want to be better, they ignite a spark that won’t be put out.

I totally geeked out making appetizers and decorating cupcakes. Serving food is my jam.

After a long event, the only painful thing is my feet. I felt like I spent the whole day with Jesus.

I’m so peaceful, so content, and so loved.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

Not in a Hurry

Do you ever find yourself restless?

No?

Well not me. When I am in the middle of something, I am planning the next thing.

I love projects.

When I was in Youth Ministry before I’d start in the summer planning the back to school kick off or Big Party, then it was the Winter Retreat, then Detroit Mission trip while also planning global missions.

When I left Youth Ministry I told God I’d do whatever He wanted. And it meant I had to sit for awhile. Then it was the community garden, then the soccer field, and now I am back in Youth Ministry. We are fnishing up the soccer field and I found myself like “what’s the next big project?” I mean there must be something.

6 weeks of hospital visits and loving my dad has been weird.

So now that my dad is on his way to recovery, what’s next?

The last two days in Colorado I’ve spent lots of great time with my friends and I’ve gotten some walks in and time by myself. It’s been the perfect combination.

Today the song “you make my brave” sung by Jon Whaley came on and I felt this incredible peace, Youth Ministry. There might be more later but for now it’s Youth Ministry and relationships.

Part of me is like “what the heck?” because I love planning and accomplishing something. Doesn't He have something cool for me to serve on? But the part of me that really loves God knows, that what He says is best.

As I was singing “You make me brave” this morning walking, I said “I’ll be brave enough to do just as you ask, and I’ll wait, but I’m not going to rush it, I will love right where I am, even if it’s difficult to go against the ways I’ve done things before. Which you all should feel sorry for the kids (and other leaders) in our ministry because that just means I’ll be planning like crazy for them! (HAHA!!!!!)

I love the song “Not in a hurry” because it reminds to slow down and not try to get ahead of God. (Song and lyrics below)

I am thankful for everyday right where I am at. To love Him and love others. Whatever that looks like.

(remind me of this if I get restless again)

Lord I don’t want to rush on ahead

In my own strength

When you’re right here

Lord I don’t want to rush on ahead

In my own strength

When you’re right here

[Chorus]

I’m not in a hurry

When it comes to your spirit

When it comes to your presence

When it comes to your voice

I’m learning to listen

Just to rest in your nearness (Oh-oh)

I’m starting to notice

You are speaking (Oh-oh)

[Verse 2]

Lord I want to love like you (ooh-ooh)

I want to feel what you feel

I want to see what you see (ooh-ooh)

Lord I want to love like you (ooh-ooh)

I want to feel what you feel

I want to see what you see (ooh-ooh)


[Chorus]

I’m not in a hurry

When it comes to your spirit

When it comes to your presence

When it comes to your voice

I’m learning to listen

Just to rest in your nearness (Oh-oh)

I’m starting to notice

You are speaking (Oh-oh)

I’m not in a hurry

When it comes to your spirit

When it comes to your presence

When it comes to your voice

I’m learning to listen

Just to rest in your nearness (Oh-oh)

I’m starting to notice

You are speaking (Oh-oh)

[Bridge]

Open my eyes I want to see you

Open my ears I want to hear you speak

Tell me your thoughts what's on your mind

I’ll be your friend, I want to see through your eyes

I wanna see through your eyes


[Chorus]

I’m not in a hurry

When it comes to your spirit

When it comes to your presence

When it comes to your voice

I’m learning to listen

Just to rest in your nearness (Oh-oh)

I’m starting to notice

You are speaking (Oh-oh)

I’m not in a hurry

When it comes to your spirit

When it comes to your presence

When it comes to your voice

I’m learning to listen

Just to rest in your nearness (Oh-oh)

I’m starting to notice

You are speaking (Oh-oh)

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?

NO!

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.
Relationship.

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. Every.day.

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!