Category Archives: Things I Learned

An April Recap

Learned in AprilLast month I started the practice of recounting what I learned each month.  I believe it’s important to see how I’ve grown instead of always focusing on where I need to grow. This practice of looking back to look ahead is helping me be more grateful, more intentional, and just more me. Grab a journal or piece of paper and join in why don’t you.  Click on over here to see how others are recounting their Aprils.

1. I still love watching my husband preach/speak.

Early in the month Keith and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend at a Hispanic church participating in their missions-focused weekend.  I took the above picture Friday night when Keith was speaking (with an interpreter since it was an all hispanic congregation). While he spoke, I was once again so proud that he’s my husband and so grateful that he allows God to use him however he chooses.

2. Being a 1-car family in a family of four is not fun.

Recently our son’s car decided it wanted to visit the repair shop and require some not-in-the-budget car repairs. Needless to say, keeping up with four different people’s driving needs with one car is near impossible and daily frustrating. When Keith and I were young married, one car suited our needs just fine. But when the 17-year-old prefers you drop him off down the street from the school, someone’s needs aren’t getting met:)  This lesson leads me to #3 . . .

3. Dogs are vital to the stuck-at-home mom.

With just one car in the family for now, I get to stay home a lot. While this allows me to work efficiently, it also forces me to deal with cabin fever on a weekly basis. Harvey keeps me sane with his daily walks and companionship. Please note just because you see me chatting with him doesn’t mean I’ve totally lost it: I’ve just become Tom Hanks and made him my Wilson.

4. I’m a fan of hiking, but my knees aren’t.

Earlier this month, Keith and I did an 8-mile mountainous hike with some friends. The view from the top was spectacular and worth the hike. However, my knees weren’t convinced.  In fact, the last mile down had me interceding for supernatural strength or a piggy-back ride.

5. God’s new nickname is Jehovah-Nick-of-Time

We are finally moving into a new place this weekend. There was a time I was worried we’d be sleeping in the car. But that worry quickly disappeared as God provided everything we needed at just the right time we needed it.  Seven days before our lease was up, we found a place that we love. Then we were able to extend our apartment lease for a few days until the house was available (that’s only because the next renters backed out). Finally, I went to the mailbox one afternoon and discovered a sweet and unbelievably generous gift, one that was a direct answer to prayer. All this occurred one week before becoming “homeless.”  The truth is while I think God is working in the nick-of-time, He knows it’s simply right on time.

6. God sees dreams and clears paths as we work.

For quite a while I’ve wanted to attend a writing conference. If you’ve never investigated one, they don’t tend to be affordable. A friend told me about one taking place this July in Michigan. I checked into it and then applied for a scholarship.  I went back to working on my writing class website and forgot about it.  Recently,  I got an email saying I’d been approved for one of the scholarships.  I was overjoyed and knew that God was clearing a path for me to continue pursuing His purpose for me.  Can’t wait to see what else he does as I pursue this dream.

Okay, that’s my “learnables” from this month.  I wanna hear about yours. Leave a comment and let me know what you learn in April: the good, the bad, the ugly, or even the funny.

10 Things I Learned in March

This month I started a new habit in my life: The Bullet Journal. It’s helped me stay focused on the 10,000 things that happen on a daily basis. With this journal method, I can look back on each month and see just where it went. It also helps me keep track of important life lessons, events, revelations. So with its help, I will be joining Emily Freeman at chattingathesky.com each month by posting what I have learned. I hope this practice encourages you to take stock of life and reflect on what you have learned so that you can keep growing into the person God has called you to be.

So this month, I learned . . .

1. I am a fan of Daylight Savings Time.

I know many people are vehemently opposed to this practice, but I love those well-lit late evenings. I’m filled with energy and find I want to take one more spin around the track as the sun settles into its bed. Summer and freedom are near!

 

2. A book with a little mystery and a little romance make me happy.

Case in point: The Magician’s Lie.

3. Passion + Career = blissful purpose.

LLW headerThis month I discovered how to mesh my love of writing, teaching, and mentoring and make it a job! I’m thrilled and can’t wait to share this venture with my readers. Stay tuned. News is coming soon!

4. I can do anything!

Well, that might be a little bit of an overstatement, but I did learn to build a website this month – something I had NO CLUE how to do before March rolled around. It just took a how-to book and a few hundred hours:)

 

5. God speaks synchronistically.

This month began with Keith and I speaking and performing a skit entitled Trust Fall. One line has repeated itself over and over to me this month: “Jesus, I trust you.” So many things in my family’s life right now is up in the air. I won’t bore you with the long list. However, God has repeatedly reminded me that he is in control and worthy to be trusted. The reminders came in the form of various blogs, sermons, songs, status updates, etc. In fact, just this morning he sent this jewel my way.  I guess if both He and I repeat it over and over, it will eventually sink in.

 

6. The book is always better than the movie.

Unbroken-MovieThis past week we watched the movie version of Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken. Several months back the family had listened to the book on CD during our long trips to Florida. The book was AMAZING, POWERFUL, AND HIGHLY ENTERTAINING. Zamporini’s story has God’s fingerprints all over it. However, if you only watch the movie, Hollywood conveniently leaves that out. Get the book! You will be glad you did.

7. I miss coaching.

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Both the kiddos are on the high school track team this year. Last week, while standing at the fence hearing coaches encourage and guide their athletes, I had a moment of nostalgia for my days of coaching. There’s nothing quite like earning the right to be a guide in a teenager’s life – to coach them in the fundamentals of a sport AND life. Even better is when you see their hard work and dedication pay off. I miss it so!

8. I’m a great starter and a not-so-great finisher.

My bullet journal and half-marathon endeavors have been a hard fight to maintain. I’m determined however to become a finisher – to learn to think long term and live by it.

9. Taking the hills in life teach me more than the flat paths.

Since that post, I’ve practiced what I’ve preached and quit avoiding the hills. I still don’t like them, but I run them.

10. My blog readers love a good post about parenting.

Maybe I should start sharing more on that front. But if there’s one thing parents are shy talking about, it’s parenting skills. I don’t think anyone feels they have it all together in that field, but maybe we could simply encourage one another – God know we need it!

Now it’s your turn. Take a moment and think.

What have you learned this past month?