July 20, 2013 · 2:48 pm
It was February of 2013, when I stepped out as a novice blogger. I was nervous to put my “stuff” out there as much of it is delicate and painful. I feared somehow it would come back to bite me in the rear. I took a risk and became a blogger and to date have never been sorry. I have “met,” laughed with, shed tears with, resonated with, and admired wonderful friends I continue to cherish. Many of them share from vulnerable places of their hearts making them even more dear to me.
This was my original post back in February. I don’t think it got much notice with it being my first. I am sharing it again today as I believe it has an important message at the end. There are countless, desperately hurting people, deeply needing and desiring help who fall under our radars. Continue reading →
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Tagged as Accountability, Encouragement, Faith, Feeling Alone, God, God's Providence, Hands And Feet Of Christ, Heartache, Inspirational, Irony, Jesus, Sacrifice, Single Parent Dilemma, Spirituality, Struggling alone
June 1, 2013 · 10:25 pm
I saw a bumper sticker a couple of years ago that left me laughing out loud, in the car, by myself. It said, “Wag more, bark less.” My dogs are happy dogs. Their joy is quite visible, they wag their tails more times a day than I can count. We all enjoy a dog’s expression of joy–that whirl of wags and wiggles. But, we become easily annoyed when the barking begins. It’s obvious that barking is also stressful for the barking dog. Though funny at first, the true meaning of that quote sunk in, and hit too close to home.
When I was a single mother, I did too much barking and not enough wagging at home. I struggled so much with the my financial situation. I was often anxious, frustrated, and mentally and physically exhausted. My ex-husband didn’t pay child support. Living in a community property state, meant I was also responsible for the unpaid debts he left when he disappeared. I had no family to turn to, and three teenage kids to support. The paychecks I received from multiple part time jobs, only covered three-fourths of the bills. Paying bills became a recurring, juggling act. I grew weary of the threatening, red-letter notices in the mail.
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Tagged as Debt, Dogs, Faith, Feeling Alone, God, Heartache, Humor, Inspirational, Living In Poverty, Raising Kids Alone, Sacrifice, Single Parent Dilemma, Single Parent Strugles, Tail Wagging, Tough Times
February 19, 2013 · 12:01 am
I became an unwed mom in the summer of 1980 at 23 years of age. Then my babysitter quit abruptly, leaving me stunned and stranded. I depended on the childcare in order to work my full time job, my only means of support. I drove to my mother’s house and asked if she’d watch my baby until I found another babysitter. Our relationship had been strained as far back in my early childhood as I could remember, but I really believed she’d help me out considering the urgency of the situation. Of all people, I felt sure she would understand. Her mother helped her care for me when I was a baby and she was an unwed mother.
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Tagged as Baby, Childcare, Desperation, Faith, Feeling Alone, Hands And Feet Of Christ, Heartache, Kindness, Life Lessons, Needing Help, Overwhelmed, Sacrifice, Single Parent Dilemma, Unwed mom, Uplifting