Tired and Parked

Tired. (Five Minute Friday)

Tired seems to have become my new norm.

I sometimes find myself tired of being a single mom.

I’m tired of the physical, mental, and emotional demands I encounter.

I’m tired when there is 1 more stop, 1 more errand to run.

I’m tired of wanting to change, and yet remaining the same.

I’m tired.








When I find myself drifting down a “tired” tunnel, I must create a bypass.

my thoughts of self-doubt, worry, and “What ifs.”

I park my thoughts of self-doubt and worry.

Parking requires effort and does not come as easily as I’d like it to.

I park in a space designated for “Needs Prayer.”

I focus on my blessings, not my strife.

Yes, I’m a single mom physically, but thankfully I have support emotionally and mentally to get through those rougher days.

Yes, I’m a kid-Uber, but that means we busy living, busy seeing, and busy experiencing.

So, when that tired cloud creeps in attempting to overshadow my energy and good vibes, I grab an umbrella of gratitude, park my thoughts in a space of prayer and rest.

Be Intentional, Rest with Purpose

Five Minute Friday (Monday): Intentional

With lots of prayer and pondering, I’ve decided that my one word for 2018 is BALANCE.

Although I had good intentions for 2017 and I persevered, I found myself anxious about many things beyond my control. As we ventured into house hunting, my emotions just seemed to spiral.

So, my goal for this year is to have more balance of doing and resting. We live in a society that tells us that to be successful we must constantly be in the hustle and bustle.

While it is necessary to act, it is equally important that we take rest.








Rest allows us to rejuvenate.

Create a space where you can allow your mind to go ‘blank.’
Create a space to be emotional, rather that is reflected in tears or laughter. Because sometimes tears are necessary.

Let it out.

Root your thoughts and TRUTH.

Be intentional with your progress, knowing that small progress is still progress.

Be intentional with self-care.

Be intentional with words of kindness, thoughts of grace, and keeping God center.

When God is center and we are intentional about our relationship with him, things just seem to go from chaos to calm. Our perspective brings peace.

Be Intentional. Live with purpose.



Silence is necessary.


Is there truly a such thing?

In a world that is always going, moving, and doing…is there silence?

Like other ‘tasks’, I feel it is something we must take the time to margin in our daily life.
We can rest in silence, pray in silence, and most importantly hear and gain understanding.
Sometimes the noise can be too loud. Even our thoughts, if negative, can become too much.

Silence is necessary.









Rest is necessary.

One thing I have been challenged to do lately is to focus on how I am ‘pouring in’.
We give so much. Especially as wives and mothers, we are always giving.
In general, we give advice, we give an ear (to listen), we give a hand (to help).

But how are you giving to yourself?

How are you pouring back in, so that you can pour out effectively?

Given today’s prompt of silence, I believe it is necessary to create space…quiet space for ourselves.
We may use this time to pray or hear from the Lord, but to be honest, we just need space to be.
And do nothing.
I’ve always thought by doing ‘nothing’ I was being lazy or somehow it was a lack of effort.
But as my soul has grown weary and in need of REST, I’ve realized that it is NECESSARY to rest.

Just like our cell phones need to ‘charge up’ which often includes putting it down and not in use…we do too.
So, I’ll put forth conscious effort to be in a space that invites silence to RECHARGE.

This post is a part of #FiveMinuteFriday.http://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/11/09/fmf-link-up-silence/vhttp://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/11/09/fmf-link-up-silence/

I have permission. Do you?

I have permission to be.

I have permission to fall. Get back up. Fall. Get back up, again.

Life is balance.

Balance of working, dreaming, doing, and being.

Sometimes life can feel like an emotional and mental tug-of-war.

I have permission to press play.

I have permission to press pause. Press play. And to press pause as many times as needed.

I have permission to feel overwhelmed. I have permission to feel.

Most importantly, I give myself permission to pray.

I have permission to be. Right here. Right now.

Give yourself permission to not be ok. Give yourself permission to be…just as you are…right here. Right now.

There is something magical about giving ourselves permission to be authentic, to be ourselves.









But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9


Lonely, Never Alone

// I find myself rather lonely at times. And although lonely, never alone.

I’m consistently reminded that God not only is with me, but goes before me.

I’m a year into relocating. Yet sometimes I find myself still feeling ‘new.’

As I continue to meet new people, try new foods, discover new locations.

Sometimes it feels overwhelming.

This brings me to my writing prompt.









I find it hard that my support system no longer comprises of my family or long term friends.

And yet, I find it refreshing.

It’s refreshing to know what there is a new community rallying around my little family.

From catching rides to sports practice and games, to sleepovers, the “Minnesota nice” has shown itself.

It is hard to describe how grateful I am for complete strangers to have our well-being in mind.

From BBQ invites, to holiday parties, the unexpected support has been such a blessing.

It’s just another example, manifestation, of God’s goodness and faithfulness.

So although I feel lonely, I am never truly alone.
My long-term support is a call, text, or even an email away.

My new physical support is a “hey I need help.” And God sends them running.//

This post is part of Five Minute Friday (FMF) http://fiveminutefriday.com/2017/09/14/five-minute-friday-link-support/!

It is a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write.

FMF Prompt: Support