Pride Keeps Us From All We Can Have

In my post, Sacrifice is the Heart of Love, I described love as a faithful action, where one puts kindness and the wellbeing of others ahead of oneself.  I also explained that it is dutiful, because constancy is what affirms it.  I want to apply these principals to my relationship with God.  I have every intention to deliver when He calls on me.  Even though I’m new at this, I believe I’ve heard the “still small voice” on a few occasions.  This post is about the time He asked me to serve a homeless woman, and what I learned from it. Continue reading

Honor Your Loved Ones

Three weeks ago I was filled with excitement for a family trip to Germany.  We packed up, grabbed our passports and hitched a ride to the airport.  After 10 exhausting hours on a direct flight from Denver to Munich, we met up with my beautiful German family.  We were only half delirious as we navigated the Bavarian country side to our vacation rental.  We laughed as we passed several McDonald’s, joking that our travel companion (who has a very American palate) would not starve if the local cuisine didn’t suit him.

I wanted to focus this post on fun aspects of our trip, tips for traveling with young kids, the importance of keeping family connections alive even over great distances.  However, on our 8th day in Germany, I received the tragic news that my father passed away.  Just a few hours later we were speaking with Lufthansa seeking the first flight home.  I was blessed to be surrounded by family when I got the news, but in my heart I knew I had to be with my sister.  I hurried home to be with her. Continue reading

My Decision to be a Working Mom & How I Cope With It

A friend and I met for coffee during her first week at work after being on maternity leave for two months.  Before the baby came, she thought she’d be eager to return to work, but she soon realized that was not the case.  Instead, she was distressed.  She yearned to be home with her baby, even though she loved the adult interaction, feelings of accomplishment, and financial reward that came from working.  Continue reading

Morning & Night Routines for Success

I am a huge advocate for “setting the stage.”  What I mean by this is organizing yourself and the objects around you to make your life easier and to support success.  When dealing with big projects, this means drawing up a plan and figuring out how best to tackle it.  Another example of setting the stage is the commonly taught approach to writing a paper – research, capture notes, organize information into content groups and then compile them into a single document. Continue reading