Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Is Break Time an Act of Love?



Break time. 

Break break break time.
Breaking time.
Making a break in time.
For what?
What could possible be so important that we'd need to break the rhythm of time?

Sanity.
Peace.
Balance. 

I'm one of those people who have a hard time finding the self control to actually break my time. Sure I'll sit down to chill, but I'm on my phone or making a list, or thinking about how dirty that computer screen is. 

It's easier for my mind to keep computing and reacting and listing than it is for it to be completely silent. 

Why is that, I wonder. 


How much did I get done today? 
How far down my list did I make it?
How many loads did I wash and fold? 
How hard did I exercise and how clean did I eat? 
How happy is my child and did I teach her enough today? 
If the answer to these questions are not average or above, my day feels wasted. 

You too? 

Break time. 

Who has time for breaks? There's stuff to be done!

But no matter how fast or hard or long we work, it'll never be enough. 

If God doesn’t build the house, the builders only build shacks.

If God doesn’t guard the city, the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late, and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys giving rest to those he loves?



(Psalm 127:2)

Our efforts are long-winded unless they are built on the calling of our season. And when they are built on the calling of our season, then rest, amidst the toil, will come straight from heaven above. 

Because He loves us. He said so Himself. 

So does that mean, taking a break from the hustle and bustle is really an act of receiving and accepting love?

Maybe.

Break time. Necessary time. Steadying the heart and soul before it falls off balance.
Break time. Valuable time. Spent on centering and repositioning our mind and emotions.
Break time. Rest time. God given time to breathe in, breathe out, and start again.

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What are you thoughts on break time? 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Worship in the (Temecula) Valley



Excited and honored to be invited home for Worship in the Valley. If you're in Southern Cali and you have Thursday or Friday night free, come worship with us!

Thursday, November 20 | 6:15P
Friday, November 21 | 6:15P

NO CHARGE | But still register so they know you're coming!

Crosspoint Church | 28753 Vía Montezuma | TemeculaCA 92590

Come say hi~

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Giving Up Stability...For Now.


The season in Austin just turned overnight. It went from gorgeous days of sunshine and crisp air to windchill and freezing temps. Where are we?!

This California girl is realizing how inadequate her family's wardrobes are. Shopping anyone? 

We're in the busy season of church life: women's conference, Thanksgiving, Christmas, so home cooked meals and daily laundry days are a rarity these days. Who am I kidding, they're pretty rare regardless, but even more so now. Haha.

But I love my family. I love that we are us and we do things our way and it works. It's too easy to compare lifestyles with the families next door (or on Instagram). (Click it to tweet it!) But I am so grateful to have a husband who loves Chic-fil-a and a daughter who laughs just because she's with us. 

It's the small things ya know? 

“It's not hard to decide what you want your life to be about. What's hard, she said, is figuring out what you're willing to give up in order to do the things you really care about.”  
- Shauna Niequist 

Amen. 

Fresh laundry, clean floors, use of our kitchen table and the rhythm of routine are definitely things I want for my family. Someday. However, for the Mo's, in this season, we're giving up the stable stereotypes for the flurry of fast-paced ministry. 

It might change in the next few years to accommodate coming shifts, and I'm okay with that too. 

But for today, we eat out way too much, watch movies late, have Starbucks dates with our one year old, make up loud silly songs about everything and laugh all the time.

It's our normal and I wouldn't change a thing.

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What season are you in? Are you ready for a change or are you rocking it? 

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If you're new to this space, I usually reserve Mom talk for Thursdays. This isn't a mom blog. But I do blog and I am a mom. So naturally, it leaks through. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Hume Lake with the Band


Have you ever had the chance to watch someone grow up?

Maybe besides your own children?

It's been a weird and joyful journey watching these friends grow up. Some of us are the same age, so we're growing up together, through college and weddings and bands. Some are younger, so we watched them go through pimples, squeaky voices and girlfriends. But this band is one we love very much.

They were some of the toughest to leave when we moved.

You never know, when you uproot from a place you've been grounded for so long, how the distance will effect relationships. It's kind of terrifying. The "what-if's" were overwhelming for me as we said our last goodbyes and drove away.

But that weekend in September, when we all drove and flew various miles to play together once again, was so full of joy and laughter and unity.

The band was back together. Even if just for a weekend.

Distance makes the heart grow fonder, or so they say. Seeing these sweet lives blossom and flourish under the pressure and changes of seasons has been a sheer joy.

I miss them. I love them. Even from a distance.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

If We Were On a Coffee Date | No. 11




If we were on a coffee date, it'd have to be now, 7:30PM because my house is sick and I just got them fed, showered, medicated and put to bed.

If we were on a coffee date any earlier, I would have had a fallen bun hanging from my head, lasagna sauce on my white tank top because the spatula freaked out on me during dinner, and a full bladder. Because who has time to take a real potty break?

If we were on a coffee date, we'd be sitting at Starbucks. I really should branch out, but right now I need familiar. (And by familiar I mean Sugar Free Peppermint Mocha. #redcups!) I need to know my drink is going to taste like I expect it to, the bathroom is clean, and the music isn't going to suck. #bobdylantakemehome

If we were on a coffee date, I'd tell you how much I'm grasping to familiar right now. Anything that can become routine, I try and keep it. Working out, nap times, games and pre-school activities, blogging, working...I know when and how they're supposed to happen and I am attempting to keep them there. 

If we were on a coffee date, I'd ask what season of season of life you think you're in. No that's not a typo. I probably know you're a mom, or in your early twenties, married or unmarried, in school or out. I want to know if you're in the exciting part of your season or the terrifying part of your season. Or anything in between. Tell me. 

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be tempted to get another holiday drink and you'd talk me out of it. Because you love me. 

What would you tell me on our coffee date?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

5 Reasons A Sisterhood is Vital to Your Life

Today's article is by my new, fashionable and quickly becoming dear friend, Alex Shimanek. You'll love her and her heart for unity among women. 

SISTERHOOD: a movement of every day girls, connected heart and soul, who are passionate about bringing Heaven to Earth.

I read a great article recently on the importance of women having girlfriends. It spoke about how girlfriends can make moments of joy and elation even more memorable and enjoyable by simply just being there. It also said friends are necessary to help ‘lighten the load’ in times of tragedy or despair. 

Because I was serving in Sisterhood, this article really resonated with me and I lingered over every word. It was so good that I immediately shared it with my girlfriends and posted it on my Facebook page. 

That night, as Iaid down to reflect on my day and give thanks, I started to think about the women in my world and realized that, while the article was good, I would have added a few more reasons why Sisterhood is important:

1. SHE LOOKS THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD, NOT THE REARVIEW MIRROR
Your girlfriend let’s go of your past. Those mistakes, regrets and disappointments that the enemy would love for you to dwell on, well… she won’t let you. She won’t constantly remind you of who you once were (unless it’s really funny) but rather celebrate who you are becoming and how God is at work in you now. She will dream with you and speak life into your future.

2.  SHE WEARS SISTERHOOD LENSES
She sees you thru those proverbial “rose colored glasses” people are always talking about.  She will always give you the benefit of the doubt, not because you are perfect- no one is…but because she just knows you. She knows your heart. She knows your truth. And she loves you.

3.  SHE'LL "CALL YOU OUT" LOVINGLY
Your girlfriend will correct you, and speak to you in love, when you are acting like a “Hot Mess” (a term I have borrowed from a girlfriend of mine who uses it to describe me more often than I like to admit). She won’t judge you, condemn you or make you feel like there is something VERY wrong with you. She will however, hold your hand and look at you with a twinkle in her eye and say, “C’mon now! You know better!”  And you will know she is right, you did know better. And then, you’ll do better.

4.  SHE LIFTS YOU UP
She will lift up your arms when you feel like you just can’t anymore. When you feel like you have no more tears left, like there is no more room in your mind to replay another scenario…She is there.  She will fill in the gap when you feel like you just can’t catch a break, or get a ‘win’. When you feel like you just can’t take any more bad news, or hold up your arms any longer, she’s standing there holding up your arms for you. She is unshakable. Immovable. She is firmly planted.

5.  SHE'S YOUR PRAYER WARRIOR
Your Sisters will pray with you and for you. Girlfriends know the desires of your heart.  They know of that baby you and your husband are fervently praying for, and without you having to ask, she is already praying. They know of that deep desire in your heart to someday write a book or get married or live debt free, and they are in complete and total agreement.

As I’ve gotten older, I have come to the realization that my happiness cannot be found in a particular person or object. No one can save us, only God can do that. And He did, when He sent Jesus!  

But God also sent us people in our worlds that will make life a little sweeter, a little more special, and a little more beautiful. He sent us people to enjoy the journey of life with and be the shoulder we lean on. He sent us people to ‘laugh ‘til we cry’ with, make life long memories with and dream those BIG life sized dream with.

Written by Alex Shimanek
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Monday, October 27, 2014

It's Time to Stop With the Good Intentions

"But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled along, came down to where he was; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity and sympathy [for him], And went to him and dressed his wounds, pouring on [them] oil and wine. Then he set him on his own beast and brought him to an inn and took care of him."
Luke 10:33-34

“The samaritan didn’t say, ‘Here’s the wine and oil for your wounds,’ he actually poured the oil and wine.”
 - Charles Spurgeon

Jesus is the Word of God. He is the manifestation of redemption upon the earth. And when He left this earth, He sent “one who is greater” so that we, His Church, could be empowered to do as He did. 

He started something so we could finish it. 


You are the hands that bring healing as you tend to their wounds.

You mouth the words that bring life into someone’s desperate circumstance.

You are the feet that walk beside them, up the hill and down again. 

You are the arms that link with the man and woman next to you, forming a fortified army of warriors against a defeated Enemy. 

But you can’t just hand them the ointment and wine and peace out. 

Just as you and I needed God to come down in the form of a man and take our debt upon His back, they need you to pour it out for them. 

Yes, there are safe boundaries. Yes, there are limits. Yes, enabling is a real thing to be aware of. But the line is further up than we think. 

So who is in your life, right now, whose wounds have them pinned to the ground? Who in your life needs you to pour the oil and wine of healing? 

I have mine.

Let’s invite them into our homes, our families, our churches, our sisterhoods or brotherhoods. Whatever that looks like, let’s do it soon. 

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[Jesus] took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant written in my blood, poured out for you.” 
Luke 22:20


Saturday, October 25, 2014

If We Were on a Coffee Date | No. 10 (with Tyson Morlet)

Today I thought it'd be fun to get Ty's version of a coffee date with me. Spoiler: he talks less than I would. (My commentary is Italicized.)
If we were on a coffee date, we'd be at Starbucks. Duh. (It's a real problem people. Send gift cards help for Christmas.) 

If we were on a coffee date, I'd be drinking my usual (Grande Iced Coffee w/2 pumps classic and half and half). You'd be drinking probably a triple espresso (With soy)

If we were on a coffee date, we'd chat with the baristas and ask how they're doing (Daphne just had a flood in her house and poor girl, her wedding fund is currently going towards that, so I'm pretty invested in her well-being). And we'd let Symphony entertain them (They love her)

If we were on a coffee date, we'd probably talk about how we're doing as parents and where our marriage is at. (He goes straight for the jugular.)

If we were on a coffee date, it'd end with us getting refills and dropping Sym off with the nanny and going to work. (He forgot it's Saturday...)

There you have it. A little peek into our beautiful lives. It's crazy and I still feel a little disoriented sometimes, but we are in a season where we work to flourish. And that part is the best. 

Have a good weekend!
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