Bookshelf

Still Small Moments the book

I am thrilled to announce the publication of my first book! About two years ago I started writing and it’s being released on September 17! As a new mom, I found it difficult to figure out how to be honest and vulnerable about difficult parenting moments while also recognizing the joyful moments and fully embracing the season for what it is. My book, Still Small Moments, is all about finding miracle in the mundane and having the best perspective for life’s challenges and celebrations regardless of the season.

I would so appreciate your support during the launch period. Here are some of the things you can do to help:

Pre-order the book now or purchase it the week of the launch (preferably from Unprecedented Press’ website because Amazon takes a big chunk of the profit)

Subscribe to the mailing list for updates about the book. Here. Review the book on Amazon (It’s all about those stars!)

Tell people about the book: in person and on social media

Thank you so much for all your love and support!

“Cultivating peace in the process produces rest for the journey.”

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Monday Moments

Learning to have peace and patience in the process

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“Even with a greenhouse, you cannot make plants bloom on demand or bend the seasons to suit your schedule. Nature has its own timetable. In a hurry-up world, where everything is scheduled for maximum efficiency, surrendering to the rhythms of nature can be therapeutic.” (Carl Honoré)

This time of year and in difficult seasons of life, the tendency to rush “to get through it” can become overwhelming. Lately, God has been reminding me about having peace in the process and what that looks like. For me it means letting go of my timeline for breakthrough and releasing control of hoped for outcomes. It means saying yes to the rhythms and timings of God and no to when and how and what I think is best.

If we’re all like a tree planted by streams of water that yield its fruit in season (Psalm 1), then regardless of the season and what external appearances show our roots and the essence of who we are remains constant. We may produce different fruit depending on the season, but our identity remains. A tree doesn’t change its species based on the season or weather. It remains the same but looks different throughout the year.

Regardless of the season we’re in when our roots remain in Christ’s love, everything else works itself out in the perfect time. I pray we’re all able to have patience in the process and see the beauty of every season whether it’s raw, bare winter, bright, budding spring, lush, full summer, or diverse, crisp autumn.

A Year of Spring

14. Grow something new from seed

image1But the sower

going forth to sow sets foot

into time to come, the seeds falling

on his own place. He has prepared a way

for his life to come to him, if it will.

Like a tree, he has given roots

to the earth, and stands free.

(Wendell Berry)

There are moments in every season where we have the opportunity to sow seeds for the future. It could be seeds of friendship, seeds of finance, seeds of faithfulness, seeds of faith, seeds of grace.

Whatever fruit we desire to see spring up in our lives originates from a seed somewhere. If we desire deep relationships with people, we must sow seeds of connection and love. Some people are natural savers who continually and regularly plant seeds of finance for a prosperous future.

One thing that God set out at the beginning of time was seedtime and harvest. The thing is, there isn’t just one seedtime a year. There are times in every season we can sow. This time of year is preparation for spring. I spent the weekend planting bulbs for a spring harvest. It takes faith to sow something in one season not knowing when or how it will spring up.

There are seeds of faithfulness sown during seasons of working a job or doing something that’s difficult that do more in our hearts and character. Longterm diligence and perseverance produce a beautiful harvest in its due season.

Terry Virgo describes grace using a plant metaphor: “like a modern weedkiller grace can go to the root and destroy it’s power. But you must deliberately obtain grace. You must make a specific choice to refuse bitterness, not once but many times. Bitterness will repeatedly knock at your door and you must always send grace to answer it.”

Whatever we seek to see in our lives originates from a seed, and we always have the choice and right to sow whatever types of seeds we want. We should not be surprised by the fruit and flowers when they bloom because we were aware of the future life we were planting in a previous season.

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