Doing what I love!

Tonight I got to teach someone about Twitter for a school assignment, and I left so pumped! Twitter is not even my favorite social media platform, but I honestly loved every moment! We met for an hour and I was able to ask a lot of questions that made her think, show her examples of others in her industry, and give her a crash course of the ends and outs of Twitter! I also showed her Periscope because I think it could be a useful tool for what she does (and Twitter owns them)  she left excited and had fun! 

After the meeting was over, I could feel the joy rushing through my body and I couldn’t stop smiling, I told William that I need to figure out a way to do what I just did full time because I absolutely loved it! I forgot how good it felt to do something I loved doing! Tonight was definitely a rekindling of a fire that was put out and I’m excited! 

I want to go into organizations and teach them how to use social media for their benefit. 

If I write it out it has to come to pass, right?! 

So consider this my faith goal, and the beginning of something to come! 
Continued Blessings,
Terri 

Marriage Restoration: Chris August’s Restore

I ran across this song a while back and then heard it again recently (I don’t listen to the radio for music very much anymore) and I knew I wanted to share it on my blog as an encouragement to everyone who may be going through a similar situation and is praying for their marriage to be restored. God can do it, don’t give up, keep pressing in keep praying and believing!

Now, I am not claiming to know what it’s like to pray for my marriage to be restored from a difficult situation ( I’ve only been married 4 years) and we haven’t faced any such problems… but I do know what it’s like to wait on the Lord for answered prayers. To cry out to Him for strength. To fill so utterly empty and broken while you wait. In fact one of my most frequent prayers that I am still waiting to be answered is for children (4 years and waiting). It is a battle almost every day, but I go to God with my little faith (all I need is faith the size of a mustard seed right?) and I thank Him for my children that are to come and I recommit to waiting on His timing because I know that His timing truly is perfect…

So just be encouraged in God’s timing and believe that restoration will happen and in the mean time listen to this song! Love you guys and know that I am praying for you and your marriages.

Terri

An open letter to pastors {A non-mom speaks about Mother’s Day} By Amy Young

Leave it to one of the many blogs I follow to not only lead me to yet ANOTHER great blog to follow but to expose me to something that I needed to hear!!! This letter hit home for me because I am one of those women who don’t have natural children, yet who yearns to be a mother and Mother’s Day at church has definitely been a sore spot and depressing, a little stab in the heart for a dream not yet fulfilled…

Now in the past, me and another woman in the same situation have given each other gifts of encouragement, hope and love, but to my utter dismay she has recently moved out of state so it won’t be the same. Anyway, this letter let me know that I wasn’t alone in feeling a certain kind of way when this day rolls around. I say all this to say that for those women like me and for those women who just don’t have children for whatever the reason on Mother’s Day things may get a bit awkward…

This letter was found on Raising Godly Children but is originally from Messy Middle and was written by Amy Young Blogger of Messy Middle…

 

Dear Pastor,

Tone can be tricky in writing. Picture me popping my head in your office door, smiling and asking if we could talk for five minutes. I’m sipping on my diet coke as I sit down.

You know that I’m not one to shy away from speaking my mind, part of the reason you love me (mostly!), so I’m guessing that internally you brace yourself wondering what might be next.

I set my can down and this is what I’d say.

A few years ago I sat across from a woman who told me she doesn’t go to church on Mother’s Day because it is too hurtful.  I’m not a mother, but I had never seen the day as hurtful. She had been married, had numerous miscarriages, divorced and was beyond child bearing years. It was like salt in mostly healed wounds to go to church on that day. This made me sad, but I understood.

Fast forward several years to Mother’s Day.  A pastor asked all mothers to stand. On my immediate right, my mother stood and on my immediate left, a dear friend stood. I, a woman in her late 30s, sat. I don’t know how others saw me, but I felt dehumanized, gutted as a woman. Real women stood, empty shells sat. I do not normally feel this way. I do not like feeling this way. I want no woman to ever feel this way in church again.

Last year a friend from the States happened to visit on Mother’s Day and again the pastor (a different one) asked all mothers to stand. As a mother, she stood and I whispered to her, “I can’t take it, I’m standing.” She knows I’m not a mother yet she understood my standing / lie.

Here’s the thing, I believe we can honor mothers without alienating others. I want women to feel welcome, appreciated, seen, and needed here in our little neck of the body of Christ.

  1. Do away with the standing. You mean well, but it’s just awkward. Does the woman who had a miscarriage stand? Does the mom whose children ran away stand? Does the single woman who is pregnant stand? A.w.k.w.a.r.d.

2.  Acknowledge the wide continuum of mothering.

To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you

To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you

To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you

To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you

To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.

To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you

To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you

To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you

To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you

To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience

To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst

To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day

To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be

To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths

To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you

To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you

To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart

And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you

This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.

I’ve created a PDF of The Wide Spectrum of Mothering 

3. Commend mothering for the ways it reflects the Imago Dei (Image of God) by bringing forth new life, nurturing those on her path, and living with the tension of providing both freedom and a safety net.

I know I might be an unusual one to be speaking about Mother’s Day; but maybe that’s why so many talk to me about mothering, I’ve got the parts, just not the goods.  Thanks for listening and for continuing to mother us in a shepherding way. Even though I’m a bit nervous to come on Sunday, I will be here. But if you make us stand, I might just walk out =).

Warmly and in your corner,

Amy

Fun Jesus Music

Fun Jesus music is so hard to find but thanks to the local Christian radio station here in Miami I have stumbled upon the musical artist B.Reith!! He is signed with Toby Mac’s label Gotee and his music is everything that young people like to hear and it still talks about Jesus!!!

He is very talented, he can sing, and rap as well as write and produce. He is definitely using his talents to advance the Kingdom of God!! I stumbled across some of his music and wanted to share it with you!! Personally I really enjoy the stories he tells in his music!! They are so encouraging!! I hope you have as much fun as I did listening to it! I will definitely be on the look out for when he comes this way on tour!!!