When It’s Time to Move On…

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I am here today to say that it is official. I am moving on… from Blogger. I am still in the process. Moving is a process after all. So much to sort through, pack up and leave behind. What stays, what comes with, what’s to be released…Ah, that word “Release”, my One Word last year. But, dear ones, this year is my year of “Renewal”. How could I stay, when I am being drawn toward new horizons…can’t you smell it in the air?

But back to the topic of moving on...

Then, of course, one does get sidetracked while stumbling upon a random memory. Do you remember what it’s like to move? Can you recall the circumstances prior to the prompt that pushed you clear over the edge and destiny spoke loud and told you, clearly, “It’s time to move on.”

Well, maybe I didn’t hear a voice, but I certainly have been pondering and playing with this idea for awhile. While I love Blogger, as well as all things Google; really I don’t think I’d prefer to live without Google. And while I also adore this sweet, wonderful place I have been kicking the sand around in for the past couple of years, I’m antsy for change. Here’s a few reasons why I am moving…

1. This beautiful and lovely custom design which was gifted to me by a fellow Christian Blogger, (who is no longer available!) only a few months into blogging! It truly was like a Blogger’s dream comes true. However, it is unchangeable, beyond the minor things I can change, like sidebars and content. ACK!

2. That being said, I have wanted to elimintae and change the Tabs, as well as other features, like the width of my center bar (where the writing content goes) and am unable to do that. It is starting to feel claustrophobic to me and very limiting.

3. Some of you already know, I have only worked intermittently for the past couple of years, with Boot Camps and a couple of clients, but my Fitness Career, and income was set back since 2011 with my hip injury, and my blogging, is a non-paying, although joyous journey; it’s hard to justify spending a couple of hundred dollars on a hobby when our family has other priorities and medical bills at this point in time. I did put a shout out for a trade in services, which has often been an awesome thing for me in the past with a few local clients. But, for whatever reason, this was not received.

 However, maybe God just wants me to stretch further and learn how to do it myself…sigh. He is good and always works things together for good, so I trust Him. He has a purpose! Plus, you all believe in me. Right?

4. This year my One Word is Renewal. I feel the winds of change blowing. Plus that owl reminded me, that I would be soaring into this year on Eagle’s  Owl’s wings after all!

Some loose ends still are being worked out. I am communicationg with a couple of potential “helpers”.

 I am trying to decide whether to keep this site and content as is, with a link to my new place or to have all the content moved to WordPress ($$$?). 

 I am prayerfully seeking for the best answers and options for me! I will put up a post with the new home address tomorrow. Here it is if you want to have it now. Don’t cry…it will be fine. Really. Right?

If you have any imput, leave a comment! I value your thoughts and opinions. 

You know, moving is never easy. 

But, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. 

Friday: Coffee Talk with Barbie Swihart (join us for an interview-and coffee or tea with Barbie!) 

Saturday: Whispers of Hope Journey begins (so excited to start this journey, it’s not  to late to grab the book, and meet us here (or there) this weekend! 

Linking with:
 Cozy Reading Spot 
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Who Me? {5 Minute Friday-Change}

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So today Lisa- Jo has given us the word, change to write for 5 minutes on. One prompt, five minutes, unedited (OK- I confess, I always hit spell check at the end, it’s a habit-sorry Lisa-Jo), uninterrupted.
It is my Friday five minute Bliss. And sometimes I have to guard it as if it were 5 million dollars. Because really, if others are awake, it can turn into 5 minutes of frustration, guilt and quitting until later. So I sneak into the office in the quietness of morning and here I am! 
I always wait for the computer clock to give me my time: 7:21- Go
Change. It’s God’s way of reminding me he will not let me live a life of complacency. It’s our secret code where He seems to say: Gotcha. I feel like He enjoys doing these things to me. Bringing me into change seems to be the way He shows me things I never knew before. About myself, others, and most of all His power in my life. 
I open the e-mail and feel that feeling. What? You want to know if I am interested in leading the Ladies Bible Study once while you are absent? I love the study! I love the Ladies! I love to hide in my seat and occasionally add a joke, a thought or some other interjection. Safe.
I remember the day I walked into the new Christian school my Girl would attend, two years ago. I was so excited to know there was a Moms In Prayer group and I had heard the leader was wonderful. I ran into her upon exiting and she said to me on that fateful day. “Oh, I will not be here next year”. 
God again, leading me into that dreaded word. Change.
Which in the end, stretches and brings joy and confidence in Him and His ways. 
Stop- 7:26- Darn- I was just getting going! 

Join us? 

Five Minute Friday

Beauty In The Storm (Guest Post): Inspiring Women Series

Dionna Sanchez: Guest Post

Things Change
Sometimes I lose sight of who I am.
I identify with what I do.
For example, when I had my “Emphasis On Moms” website and ministry – I identified with being a writer and mentor for moms. It gave me a sense of significance outside of just being a homemaker. Yet being a homemaker also gave me a sense of significance. It was something I did. Something I KNEW. I felt comfortable in those roles.
When I decided to let go of my ministry –  it was really good for me. I was shedding a skin in a way. I loved that ministry, but I also wanted to know who I was apart from it. I didn’t want IT to become me. I was more.
There was more inside of me to be explored and discovered.
As my girls have grown up and become more independent, I’ve also seen the beginning of more possibilities to explore what I want in life. As a parent, you are so used to doing things for the family that you often put aside your own wants and desires. But as they grow up, a new sense of freedom can enter your heart as you find out you can pamper yourself a little more often. It’s fun even though you also grieve the loss of having children who totally need and rely on you as well!
Life is about navigation. You navigate through different roles and seasons. Each one molds and shapes you, but there is also so much more potential that lives inside of us. We are more than one cause or one dream! If we allow one thing to totally become us then if that should ever be stripped away from us, we’d be exceptionally lost.  We need to remember who we are, what we think, how we feel, and where we want to head in life. 
We can’t lose sight of who God created us to be. We have natural instincts. Natural personality traits, character strengths, and drives that live in us for a reason.  We need to see that loss is a part of life. Loss of people we love, loss of hobbies and jobs that we identify with, and loss of seasonal roles.  Our roots and foundation need to go deeper than where we currently are in life – as much as we may love it.
I want to love what I do. I want to love where I’m at and the things God has placed in front of me. Who doesn’t? But I also want to always let something more live on inside of me – like a spark for a flame that can grow into something bigger, deeper, and more. For I know that as long as I’m here, God has a purpose in mind for me. And I can rise up to new challenges and things – wherever He wants to take me – the sky is the limit!

Shedding skin is not a bad thing. 

It’s a chance at something new and fun. It’s a way to get a new and fresh start

Embrace it and thank God for making you into such a diverse person.  

Don’t lose sight of who you are.

 What has been may not be again,

 but what “will be” could be such a blessing….if you just give yourself a chance.

 Dionna Sanchez/Freelance Writer and Blogger
Thanks Dionna, for sharing your words with us today. I have appreciated Dionna’s ministry and encouragement for many years! So thankful for her heart to share this special message with us today – it really is a perfect portion for me, now! How about you?

Being The Change I Long To See





“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish humble tasks as though they were great and noble. The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of” ~ Helen Keller

I confess, I am truly challenged at times in my little life. I long to soar on wings of eagles but instead find myself cackling among the crows. I desire to do extraordinary things …instead I see before me laundry, dirty dishes and unmatched socks! I have learned that Jesus can bring great joy into the mundane. The key is my willingness to let him. Daily I surrender. Daily I resist. Slowly I am being transformed by His grace, truth and faithful love. (2 Corinthians 17-18) I guess I’d like it to be quick. I’ve never been patient. I’d love for the process itself to be less arduous (This is my favorite word of late). I’d like to find a shortcut. Instead my Savior guides me into that which is needful, not always what is wanted. He sees the end. I see only a part. He holds the vision, I see my temporary circumstance. He broadens my vision until eternity is continually within my view. I know not the length and duration of my stay but only the yielding daily of my way to His way.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”  Gandhi
I long for my husband to hear me, so make the effort to listen better to him when he speaks.
I long for my daughter to obey and trust her parents and God, so I learn to submit myself and lean on
the One who I can’t see but who sees me. I long for others to be less judgmental, more accepting, less mean and more compassionate, so I strive to be gracious, kind and respectful to all, trusting in Him when I fail and fall.

Therefore as God’s chosen people, dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them together in perfect unity. ~ Colossians 3:12-14

My God is with me and He is mighty to save!
He takes great delight in me and all the while he quiets me with His love and rejoices over me with singing.
(Zephaniah 3:17)
I know he can quiet you with his love, as well, my friend. He loves you to the uttermost. Oh, how He does love us, indeed!
“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~ Mother Theresa
When we do our small things with great love my friends, the world takes notice. Let us endeavor then to be that change we so long to see in another. Let us get on with the noble task of living the life that God has given us with the same servant heart of the one who came to serve, live, love and die for us. I know it won’t be easy but we have a MIGHTY God on our side. And we have each other to encourage!
Reflect on The Word: Ephesians 5: 1-2, 21,  Galatians 6: 7-10, 1 Corinthians 13
Grateful that all TRUTH is God’s TRUTH. There is no other.
Until next time, Keep digging beneath the surface,
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