A quick update!

lgOh my. I think I may be experiencing a bit of blogger heaven on earth. Brance and I just updated our phones and they have Pages on them. Pages!!! No more typing posts in a notes app only to accidentally delete them.

Some of you may have wondered where I disappeared to in the last couple weeks/months. I have been posting less frequently, as of late. This was both intentional and unintentional.

A couple of months ago I decided to reduce the number of posts I wrote. Blogging takes a good deal of time and energy, as you can imagine. There is far more involved than simply writing posts (which I love to do, btw). And since time is sparse and precious these days, I decided to aim to post something new about once a week.

Well, August came and brought the plague to our family (an early cold/flu) and then September I jumped into officially homeschooling 2 instead of just 1. And I found myself a little negligent of this space. But I have missed writing and all of Continue reading

An opportunity to love

yellow_flowerEvery single day we live, there is a great opportunity before us. It’s an opportunity to love. An opportunity to practice kindness and patience and humility. An opportunity to put the needs of others before our own. An opportunity to embrace what is good and true.

Moment by moment we decide how we will respond to the circumstances of our life. Will we respond in frustration and resentment– excusing our selfish, vindictive, or rude behavior? OR, will we respond in LOVE?

Negativity, unforgiveness, and selfishness ultimately destroy us and harm the people our life touches. Their poisonous effects can be long-reaching. And, oh boy, do I know this too well from past experience. It’s not a place I want to go back to.

But when we put love into practice in ALL of the circumstances of life, even the most mundane or hurtful, there is great potential for something beautiful to transpire. And regardless of how things turn out, we experience peace and joy in the process.

When we respond in love–loss, rejection, failure, sickness, and all the other little things that plague us daily no longer have the power to hold our emotions and well-being in their prison. Living a loving life is one of the most beautiful and freeing things that we can ever experience. People and circumstances no longer have the power to control us.

But living this kind of life where we choose to love is something we have to commit to daily, sometimes moment by moment. Thankfully it does get easier over time with practice!

We often have no control over what happens to us–how others treat us and how the circumstances of our life unfold. But we ALWAYS have control over how we respond to those people and circumstances. And responding in love is always the best way for everyone involved.

Today we have an opportunity– an opportunity to love.

With love for each of you,

Lauren

p.s. I should add, that as a Christian, the biggest motivator and “empowerer” for me to choose love in all the circumstances of my life is the love I experience and see modeled from God through Jesus Christ.

 

10 Questions to ask yourself to feel your best

IMG_0677 (1)I have felt a little off the last couple of weeks.

Sickness invaded our four walls and we each took our turn with a summer flu/cold–one.at.a.time. I rarely get sick, so this took me by surprise. Especially since it was summer.

Even after recovering, I still didn’t feel 100% or my normal, cheerful self. I was less than content and noticed some of those old feelings of worry and despair had crept back in.

And then I realized that I had let some important things slip. I was not getting my walks as often as I normally do. There were days where I wasn’t venturing out of our four walls at all! And that wasn’t all I had neglected.

It dawned on me that I needed a “tune-up”. I needed to get back to the basics. I am only a couple of days into it and I have already noticed a huge difference in how I feel!

If you are in need of a happiness “tune-up” as well, here are several things you should consider. These little scientifically backed practices have proven successful in my life again and again. As long as I to stick with them ;). Continue reading