Counting it All Joy From Mittens to Haiku

61. writing in my Bible

65. happy purses

66. bible study ladies

67. prayer: being able to ask for it, praying for others

78. Hope House name tag found in my Bible

79. carrying keys in my mittens

83. giving away homemade mugs

86. writing late at night

91. haiku poetry

95. personal bests at running

What about you? What gift did you find this week? What brought you joy? What did you find beautiful? Take a look around this week…and count it all joy with me!


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The Male Factor

Men. Women. Working together. Throw in a few personality twists and you’re bound to have connections, clashes and work.  Shaunti Feldhahn, author of For Women Only, recently came out with her new book about “the unwritten rules, misperceptions, and secret beliefs of men in the workplace.”  She addresses many issues and especially perceptions of men toward women in the workplace.

Does your male coworker know what to do if you start crying? What about that personal issue you are trying to talk about? How can you work together effectively and communicate clearly?

Women dive into the workplace not always knowing how to swim and not just tread water.  Check out the book for some insights and things to ponder.  Even if you’re not in the “workplace,” you still interact daily with men.  Let me know what you think! Have you read it? Thoughts? Want to read it? Here are some quotes I found interesting:

“This is a great time to be a woman in business.”

“In a man’s mind, it is as if there are two different worlds: ‘Work World’ and ‘Personal World.'”

“I found that the assumption that ’emotion’ means ‘you are not thinking’ is nearly universal among men.”

So…what do men perceive as emotional in the first place? becoming tearful, getting upset or defensive too easily, overreacting, jumping to conclusions, holding strong opinions/refusing to be swayed.

Little things to do: get to the point, don’t overreact, and let it go.

Men’s top advice for women in the workplace: Be competent and you’ll do well, just be yourself and confident in who you are, or you’re respected; keep up the great work.

Purchase here!

*This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Food, Photos, and Vanilla Chai

Playing around with the camera beforehand. Here’s a shot of a bowl from South Africa–Chelsea and I walked ALL over a market trying to find the right one with the right colors and right design. 🙂

Pre-eating and cooking game face. ha!

Tofu…springy…mushy…I’m pretty skeptical at this point!

They look tasty….

Now to add some asparagus. (Yeah, I had to look up how to trim and cut asparagus just in case!) Add in a little vanilla chai and everything looks just about perfect.

Oh yes! Tastes fabulous! A little mediterranean peri peri to boot and my mouth is happy.


In hard times she’d learned three things–

She was stronger than she’d ever imagined.

Jesus was closer than she ever realized.

And she was loved more than she ever knew.


If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all” (Isaiah 7:9b) So, I raised my hand and said (out loud), “I believe: God is who He says He is. God can do what He says He can do. I am who God says I am. I can do all things through Christ. God’s Word is alive and active in me.” (from Beth Moore’s Believing God study)

A Path from the Head to the Heart

Matthew 5:3 “You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. 4 “You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. (The Message Version)

Derek and Shea

Part of being made new is also a call to to forget “the former things” (Isaiah 43:18).  The decision to let go of our expectations based on what has been familiar can be really tough.  But when we do, we give God permission to knock our socks off. We let go of our self-imposed limitations. We dream bigger and reach higher.

-“He Makes All Things New” -Thrive

History tells us that God doesn’t forget His people and He’s not going to start with you. When He does show up, you’ll know that it’s unmistakably Him.

-Cross Point Church| Faith, Hope and Love Series

me I love you

Counting it all joy and keeping track.  Here are a few of the things I wrote down this week that brought me joy.  What about you? What brought you joy?

1. hearing “me I love you”

2. skype phone calls to across the pond

12. another subbing job!

14. seat warmers

16. a bright happy new scarf

20. sitting in a gym surrounded by kiddos with one giving me a hug

27. tortilla chips in ready supply

31. getting paid to hold babies

35. being able to be real and raw

47. people you know you’ll love forever

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Song on Repeat

Everything Falls by Fee

You said You’d never leave or forsake me

You said this life is going to shake me

You said this world is going to bring trouble, o my soul

This I know

When everything falls apart, Your arms hold me together

When everything falls apart, You’re the only hope for this heart

When my strength is gone, I find You mighty and strong

You keep holding on. keep holding on.

When I see darkness all around me

When I see tragedy has found me

I still believe Your faithful arms will never let me go.

Still I know….

Sorrow will last for the night

but hope is rising with the sun, it’s rising with the sun.

There will be storms in this life, but I know You have overcome.

You have overcome.


I love the beat and the background music in this song. So catchy, strong and confident that God has overcome and is holding us. Check it out.

ALL things

Here’s a little fun game to play and something to ponder that I found over here at “Path from the Head to the Heart” (oh…and I LOVE that blog title because that’s totally the journey I’m continuing to go on!):

If you had to sum up your life to this point in 6 words, what would they be?

For me….This was hard to come up with! I had so many thoughts, but here’s what I’m thinking for right now:

Working all things out for good.


Henri Nouwen:

“For as long as you can remember you have been a pleaser, depending on others to give you an identity. You need not look at that only in a negative way. You wanted to give your heart to others, and you did so quickly and easily. But now you are being asked to let go of all these self-made props and trust that God is enough for you. You must stop being a pleaser and reclaim your identity as a free self.”

What do think? Agree, disagree? Are you a pleaser?

A New Adventure: Full and Alive


7:23 a.m. A call from an 800 number wakes me up and I get to talk to an automated machine. (Yeah…okay, I sleep in sometimes. The sun doesn’t wake me up here 😦


5:47a.m. Woken up again…


5:01 a.m. Really? Again?


So, what is this silly 800 number saying to me each morning? Well, there’s the fun part.  The machine styled voice tells me that I have an opportunity to be a substitute in one of the schools in my district. Yep! So, I accept and go. Being new to this whole thing, I arrive with no idea what the day will hold.  For this planning type girl, this could be stressful, but no…I LOVE learning and I LOVE kids, which makes for lovely days. I’m discovering I love not knowing what’s coming next, being absolutely flexible, the constant change, the challenges, the leaning on Him, seeking joy in the little things and the sense of accomplishment in terms of making it through the day!  I leave the building at the end of day….full…alive.

plus…I get to wear cute scarves!