31 days of living free: hello, goodbye.

Fireman and dalmation puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

http://daikint.ru/libraries/simplepie/kriminologicheskaya-harakteristika-ubiyts.html криминологическая характеристика убийц I’m not great at goodbyes.

I fumble over farewells. I linger longer than I should and I give extra hugs even after we’ve said goodbye for the tenth time. I (usually) save the waterworks for until the door shuts. As “see you later” leaves my lips, I can’t help but wonder if I’m really saying, “the end.

Little Boy in Puppy Dalmatian Costume Driving a Fire Truck. Halloween puppy costume. Many Sparrows blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

Fireman and dalmation puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

I’m slightly melodramatic, so it probably comes as a surprise to no one that I’m a little bummed to be wrapping up my 31 days of writing about living free. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of cracking open the laptop and letting my heart spill unto the keys. I’m grateful to the women who bravely shared glimpses of their stories of living free through stuff like postpartum depression and having a little one with autism and navigating being a working mother. The new friends I’ve connected with and your comments and your e-mails have encouraged me and I’m thankful.

http://ekvip-montaj.ru/zaryadnoe-ustroystvo-dlya-aaa-akkumulyatorov-shema.html зарядное устройство для ааа аккумуляторов схема I firmly stand on the truth that we are worth more than many sparrows, and I wholly believe that we are meant to live a story worth sharing.

And while it’s easy to encourage others to share their stories, throughout these 31 days I’ve wondered if my words matter.

http://www.jorge.com.co/soypentecostal/wp-content/sitemap26.html инструкция на пульт пульт But I’m standing on the other side of the calendar with a fire in my heart to keep writing. To keep telling stories and speaking life through these screens.

As my little ones progress from diapers to potty-training, from crawling to walking, I find myself missing the earlier stage. Yes, it’s incredible to have conversations with my 19-month-old, but wasn’t I just swaddling him? Yes, it’s wonderful to journey into preschool with my four-year-old, but wasn’t I just feeding him oatmeal in the high chair?

Fireman and dalmation puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

Fireman and firetruck and dalmation puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

Transitions, man. They’re hard. Our life comes in seasons, it seems. http://oremstroi.ru/game/assets/sitemap84.html пол каркасного дома своими руками While we can remember with full hearts past seasons of our lives, we’re made to look ahead. There is so much greater in store than we can imagine.

http://cosmosgolf.com.ua/media/download/sitemap97.html управление современной школой завуч Living in the hope of what’s to come, anchored in the goodness we know to be true…maybe that’s what it means to live free.

So this is a hello. I’m not sure what God has in store for this little corner of the Internet, but I’m in.

Fireman and dalmation puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free.

I’m ready to be brave and I’m ready to live free.

сравнительная характеристика олега и кудесника I’m ready to step into November with a willing heart and open hands. Who’s with me?

Fireman and dalmatian puppy firefighter. Halloween with pumpkins. Cute kids on Halloween. Many Sparrows Blog. 31 Days of Living Free. Interracial family. Adoptive family.

http://mirmex-spb.ru/libraries/vendor/dlina-strelochnogo-perevoda.html длина стрелочного перевода For 31 days, I tried to use little space on the Internet to unpack what it might look like if we lived like the women we’ve been so incredibly created to be. I missed a few days, but I’m grateful for goals with grace. What if all the boxes we thought we were meant to fill were holding us back from something much greater? What if we shared our stories and in the process, we realized that our lives mean more than we can imagine?

http://150-M.RU/libraries/vendor/stih-pro-bobra-i-dobro.html стих про бобра и добро Thanks so much for walking little corner of the Internet with me! I have some exciting things planned for November (I’M COLORING MY HAIR BECAUSE I HAVE TOO MANY GRAYS, YOU GUYS!). But also, bigger stuff, too, like National Adoption Month — I’ll be sharing some awesome adoption book giveaways and sharing some more of Joseph’s adoption journey, too.

http://msp-church.org/wordpress/etc/sitemap44.html расписание автобусов заволжье нижний новгород Here’s to living free — every day of every month of every year. #fistbump

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. http://neeteract.com/users/doki/sitemap41.html говорят на русском проблем с Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

31 days of living free: heart, home, and hospitality

Hospitality // Allume 2014 Keynote Shauna Niequist // #quote #inspiration #hospitality

In the quiet of the morning, I’m sneaking into the dark corners of the living room, an old mug brimming with coffee as my only companion.

As I sit here and I look at this place we get to call home, I wonder how my heart can be free when it comes to true, life-giving hospitality.

Allume is an amazing women’s gathering that took place last week. The theme for this year was hospitality, and the leaders have generously shared the keynote speaker sessions online for free.

Yesterday, on a whim, I watched Shauna Niequist’s talk, and wow. Cut to the heart.

We long to be loved but many of us settle for being impressive.

I heard that and thought, oh, no that’s definitely not me. But maybe not. What would I see if I searched those deep recesses of my heart?

Many times, I think hospitality means a beautiful table with fresh flowers and an amazing meal that this busy mama has no desire to make. So, many times, I think hospitality is not for me.

Hospitality is for homes that are perfect and kids who don’t do laps around at dinner, right?

True hospitality is when someone leaves your home feeling better about themselves, not better about you.

That flips my views on hospitality upside down and inside out. I fall into a trap of seeing everything in my life with a me lens without even realizing it. Hospitality is about letting our hearts be free to love others. Hospitality has more to do with grace and less with bigger and better. Hospitality is creating a space in which we allow others to enter into so we can love them well.

True hospitality is giving people a place to be when they would otherwise be alone. True hospitality is creating sacred space for God to move in us and through us.

Do you feel free to welcome others into your heart? Your home? What is holding you back?

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

31 days of living free: words matter (and a letterpress giveaway!)

Rooted in Love Living Room

When we were in the thick of adopting Joseph from Nigeria, we were intentional about being sensitive to the language we used.

Words matter.

When we created a t-shirt design to help with adoption fees, we settled on an image of a tree with visible roots. As God began to form our family, we sensed that no matter how our family grew or what paths we journeyed together, we must be rooted in love.

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. [Ephesians 3:14-21]

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

A few years later with two little ones now tucked into our nest, our prayer for our home is the same as the ones we prayed as the young newlyweds who were beginning to follow God across the globe to a little boy waiting for a family. We continue to pray that our hearts would be deeply rooted in the unfathomable deep and wide love of our creator.

Being rooted in love means that love touches every word we say.

Words matter.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

I want to be a family who dwells in the richness of love. I want to be a family who abides in truth and walks in manner worthy of the calling.

I want to be a family rooted in love.

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter

When I had the opportunity to create a word out of Letterpress Blocks for our home (keep reading, because there’s a $50 giveaway for you to build a word of your own!), I started overanalyzing everything, because I’m me.

What single word would I declare on my family?

I fancy myself a bit of a wordsmith, but inspiration didn’t strike.

Although I walked by that big piece of tree art hanging on my living room wall every day, I forgot. I forgot about being rooted in love. Because the rhythms of every day schedules and calendars and expectations and disappointments wedge its way into our home and into my heart and suddenly I forget about the anchor for my soul.

Rooted in Love Living Room Decor // 31 Days of Living Free from Many Sparrows Blog // #wordsmatter Incourage Letterpress Decor

Rooted.

That word has so much power, doesn’t it? No matter what storms come, we can’t be torn away from the Hope we have.

Our family is planted firmly and we may falter but we will never fall out of His reach.

WORDS matter letterpress blocks

Words matter.

The Word was with God and the Word was God.

What word has God placed on your heart? On your home? On your your family?

Rooted in Love // Words Matter Letterpress from Incourage and Dayspring // Many Sparrows Blog #wordsmatter // Birch Branches, Typewriter, Fruit Crate, Globe, Mason Jar, Vintage Books, Living Room Decor

I’m thrilled to join forces with (in)Courage and Dayspring to offer Many Sparrows readers the opportunity to win a $50 credit to customize a word from the Words Matter Letterpress Block line. The drag & drop site makes it easy to play around with the letters to create a word that fits with your personal style and home aesthetic. (Also, these letters are handcrafted and ethically-sourced in India. Could they be any more swoon-worthy?) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here. Disclaimer: Affiliate links used when applicable. (in)courage and Dayspring provided me a credit to create my own Letterpress Block word.

31 days of living free: what is brave?

Be You Bravely // MOPS Sharpie Mug // 31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream // Many Sparrows Blog

I think you always need a dose of bravery when you read your words in front of a giant (well, to me!) room full of women.

Today at MOPS, I shared a devotional based on this blog post. How do we raise brave kids? Start by being brave mamas!

Sometimes, we let people put out the flames that God has set in our hearts.

In Matthew 5, verses 14-16, Jesus says,

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

And if we’re not careful, we get so busy in the act of mothering and weighed down by the weariness of the world, that little by little, our light gets snuffed out.

We have such a privilege and honor to influence the next generation to be world-changers. Being brave is simply letting God’s radical love flow out of our lives. It’s taking little steps of faith and falling into the arms of a Father who calls us by name. It’s knowing we’re worth more than many sparrows, so we don’t have to live in fear.

Shine on, mamas. Your light shows those little hearts they can live free, too.

(Also, my sweater was thrifted for $3! My friend Erin has been blogging her 31 days on thrifting, and I’m totally loving her tips.)

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here

31 days of living free: focus on your strengths

The present is where actions are taken and progress is achieved. // Inspiration & Organizational Tips for Women // Many Sparrows Blog

Every once in awhile, I hear someone speak and think, “YES. MORE OF THAT.”

That’s how I feel every time I listen to Elizabeth Hagen. (She inspired me to write this popular post.) I’m a big fan of Elizabeth’s mother, my loveliest 90-year-old friend from church, and I’m always thrilled when Elizabeth comes to visit. She has a firework personality that’s just so…contagious. She’s just the type of woman who gets things done and encourages you to meet your goals, too. At one point, she was a busy mama to four kids under the age of five. (Reason to love her even more? Her family is a beautiful mix of bio and adopted children.) Now that her kids are grown, she’s a business owner, professional organizer, keynote speaker, and author of multiple bestselling books.

I wish I could introduce you to Elizabeth in person so you could soak up her goodness! I can’t (boo) but how’s a GIVEAWAY for a consolation prize? Elizabeth feels passionately about equipping women and generously gave me a couple copies of her amazing books, Organize with Confidence (a $79 value) and Confidence: Now is Your Time ($20 value). Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom or a business owner or anything in between, her organizational ingenuity will help you succeed while keeping your heart grounded.

To win? I’m going to make it easy — just comment below letting me know something you’re passionate about! I’ll draw two random winners Friday. (Pin the image above and let me know for an extra entry!)

Elizabeth’s encouraging words below will inspire you to focus on your strengths and keep looking forward. Here’s to being women who live free!

Do you ever wonder at the end of the day, “Just exactly what did I do today?

You’re not alone.

I often hear people comment, “There aren’t enough hours in the day.” An unplanned day can allow the time to fly by without getting done what we need to accomplish.

It’s important to realize that there are 24 hours in a day and that this is not going to change any time soon! There is enough time in the day when you focus on doing what’s important.

Figure out what you are really, really good at — where your “expertise” lies. Do those things and either get rid of the other tasks or delegate them to someone else.

Have you noticed when you are doing an activity or work you love that life is good? That you’re happy with yourself? That you’re kinder to others?

Often there is something getting in the way of doing what you love to do. Perhaps you are focusing on an event from the past. Staying focused on the past can keep you paralyzed.

In the Biblical story about Lot and his wife, God told them to leave the sinful towns of Sodom and Gomorrah and not look back. Lot was able to walk away but as his wife left the cities, she turned back and was frozen forever into a pillar of salt.

This is what happens to us when we spend too much time looking back. We become frozen in time.

While it’s important to learn from the past, let’s stop focusing on what’s behind and start moving forward in the present.

Is now the time for you to start looking forward and begin really enjoying your life? I hope so!

Start today with one small step in dealing with a negative past event, making changes for the better, and looking forward positively to the wonderful life you’re creating!

The present is where actions are taken and progress is achieved.

What do you absolutely love to do? How can you do more of this in your life?

Comment below to win a copy of Organize with Confidence (a $79 value) or Confidence: Now is Your Time. (Pin the image above and let us know in the comments know for an extra entry!)

31 Days of Living Free: Rooted Love for Women Who Dream | Many Sparrows Blog

This part of 31 daily posts of living free. Living freely is something we do momentarily, but to fully live free? That’s a transformation — a total change not only in what we’re like, but in who we are. You can find all the 31 Days of Living Free posts here.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Pin It on Pinterest