Recently I was on the hunt for a spectacular deal on the new Just Dance 4 for the Wii, luckily I have the most amazing best friend in the world who found a deal $10 cheaper than she paid for it. (Thank you, Sandy) On my way home that evening, I had my Diva daughter in the car and we were listening to a sampling of all the songs on Just Dance 4. We were car dancing, to every tune and were just laughing and singing out loud. When we arrived home, she and my husband started to work on the train around the Christmas tree. As usual, we had music playing in the background and they suddenly broke into a sweet dance to Michael Buble and I captured that precious moment on film. I just love how the train tracks are off to the side and the moment was not on assembling a track but a dance between a father and his daughter. Nothing else was important.
King David, the one who was after God’s own heart. Who blew it so many times but always turned back to God the father. King David danced spontaneous in the streets when the Ark was returned to the city, an intimate moment of worship. David was joyous and no one was going to rob him of it. He was dancing in celebration before our Father with joy. Is it possible to really dance and not be joyous? I don’t think so.
Recently a Pink Lady was struggling and frustrated and I told her go home, turn up the radio and just dance. Dance like David, without consideration of who is looking or what you look like. Find joy and celebration in the dance. Ecclesiastes 3:4-5 A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
This season my hope is that we stop and dance. Find and seek joy through dance and give thanks to God for the music and the gift of Christmas, the birth of our Savior.
For one day this girl will dance with her heavenly Father in heaven and so that I don’t stumble; I will practice here and dance in joyful celebration with all who will dance with me.
“Take these shackles off my feet so I can dance, I just want to Praise You." - Mary Mary
Evelyn is married to the man of her dreams & God’s perfect match for her for the past 19+ years. She is the mother of 2 beautiful daughters and two angels in heaven.
Melanie (16), we call her “the fashionista”, because she loves all things having to do with fashion, hairstyling, make up, and accessorizing. Her favorite place to be is“Student Ministry.” Amaly (12), is our “little artist” full of spunk, energy and creativity. Currently, she is a stay at home mom (living out her dream), she worked for 14 years in the law firm industry, went back to school and became a licensed Registered Nurse, worked in kids ministry for almost a year and has been volunteering at church for 15+ years. She loves to volunteer, serve God, attend bible studies and fellowship with godly gals! Also, she is a Leadership Volunteer for her Middle School Student ministry. Her favorite thing to do is travel!
Evelyn is one of those special ladies that come into your life just when you needed her. She has become a terrific friend and sister in Christ. She always has a smile on her face and has the biggest servant's heart I know. Her girls and her husband are just wonderful! I hope you take a moment and read her story. It is heartbreaking, but in the midst of it all, God was there.
Lisa Shaw will tell you that she knows without Jesus she'd be a hot mess! His love is the story of her life. She's blessed to be wife to her best friend and ministry partner Peter Shaw, mother to two adult children, mother in law to one. She's a bible teacher, speaker, pastor, author and radio host. Her ministry for almost 15 years now has been to help people to see themselves through God's eyes and then, dare to believe it and live it fully!
Keisha is a dedicated single mom with 2 wonderful children. Her 9 year old daughter is a loving hot mess and her 10 month old son can do no wrong. She has been in the finance industry for 12 years. She is a born leader. She love sports, she wakes up to SportsCenter and sleeps to SportsCenter. She is a dorky, word challenged, Harry Potter lover, Star Wars Connoisseur, Twilight midnight movie goer, who has the Hunger Games whistle as her text message ring tone. And who thinks that 50 Shades of Gray was horrible! Her favorite book will always be Wicked, by Jerry Maguire. She is just a nerd!
Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, Lord my God. Psalm 86:11
Ansley was born and raised in the south moving five times before relocating to Florida with her family in 2005. She now continues her travels with the love of her life as an Air Force wife, currently stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is a Pink Loving, Scentsy Selling, Bow Making mommy to their five month old God given Miracle Adaleigh Raine. She aspires to encourage and bring hope to other young women struggling with infertility. She considers the Lord, her Husband and daughter to be her light in this world and her reason for waking up every morning. You can read more of her story on her blog:
Welcome Mercy Viana Schlapp to the " Pink Ladies"!
Mercy Viana Schlapp is a mother of five daughters, writer, political commentator, media consultant and co-founder of Cove Strategies. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia and is a parishioner of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. She is also a life-long friend of Sandy Hall.
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Facebook: Mercedes Schlapp
I have had the pleasure of knowing Mercy since High School. She has always been such a great inspiration of a godly woman who can do it all! I am so very proud of her every time I see her on TV debating with political folks that are twice her age and yet she is always so well spoken and professional. Though I miss her greatly, as she is in Virginia, I know that in two minutes we'd be able to catch up on our lives and be those silly high school girls giggling again over these crazy times. Enjoy her wisdom.
As the mother in the story shared her enthusiasm about her son, we too need to show our excitement about God with our children even when we are tired. By saying a simple daily prayer, reading scripture or even having conversations about Christ, we are giving our children the greatest gift: a closeness to our Lord, which will help them to cope with life’s daily struggles as they grow up. God wants us to start today!
Welcome Gina Fernandez to the " Pink Ladies"!
Gina Fernandez is a wife to her best friend and soul mate for 23 years. She is a homeschooling mother of two amazing young ladies, 15 and 13 years old. She currently holds the position as Board Member to her local support group, Broward Homeschool Parent Support Group. When she's not chauffeuring her girls to and from classes and extra curricular activities, you can find her on her porch with a cup of espresso reading one of her favorite books. Aside from reading, she love to travel, crochet, cross-stitch, scrapbook, and build puzzles with her family.
You can find out more about Gina at:
Gina is one of the coolest chicks I know! Not only is she a great mom, but a good friend also. She has the patience of a saint, I know this first-hand because she taught me how to crochet! Enjoy her journey!
Please help me welcome Mandi O'Rourke to the " Pink Ladies"!
Mandi O'Rourke is a wife to her very own American hero, a mother to two precious boys ages 5 and 4 and a Speech-Language Pathologist to patients she believes God places in her path. She is a member of Freedom Life Church in Natchitoches, Louisiana where she is the Nursery Coordinator and serves as a teacher to their 3-4 year olds. She blogs for her women’s ministry, Freedom Chicks, under the direction of her Pastors.
Mandi is married to my hubby's cousin and though we have never met in person, I feel that I know Mandi and her boys, her heart shines through her emails and posts. I thank God everyday for the technology He allows to be created that we can keep in touch at all times with family all over the world!
Hungry? Pass the Preserves
Roslyn Rice is the co-author of the blog, Double Portion Inspiration with her twin sister. The mission and purpose that God has placed in her heart is to inspire the world. Roslyn is a graduate of the University of Florida. She is a mother of two boys and spends her time in a mall (she works for Fossil, Inc.) and on a baseball field. She has been married to her soul mate for over 16 years. Roslyn is passionate about being a leader. She is currently one of the leaders in the women's ministry for her local church. She enjoys writing, blogging and all things girlie, like shoes and handbags. She has a deep and abiding love in Jesus Christ. You can follow her on twitter @doubleportionin or visit her blog: http://doubleportioninspiration.blogspot.com/
I have known Rosyln since we met at our "Parents of Preschoolers" small group, our older kids are now in Middle School! Her message this month is so timely, who hasn't loved the stories that began, "Once Upon a Time..." Enjoy her wisdom and insight.
Melissa is a woman who is passionately pursuing God every day by taking her everyday, ordinary life and placing it as her offering to Him. She is a writer, speaker, mom, Pastor’s wife, and trained communitcator through CLASSeminars. With her extensive background in women’s and kid’s ministry Melissa has a passion to lead women to “keep it real” in their lives and ministries. Melissa is married to Matt, her best friend, for 18 years and the proud mama to two teenage boys, Nick & Bailey. When she is not running around wearing the many hats that God has given her, she likes to sit in her favorite comfy chair in their quiet room and relax with a great book and a giant cup of coffee. You can find her online; Twitter, Facebook, or on her blog, Mel’s World with Melissa Mashburn.
Melissa has been an inspiration to me and other mamas. Take a few moments, relax and read about Setting the TherMOMeter for the Home.
My boys were probably around four and six when I decided to test this theory out. No matter how I “felt” that day I would take a few notes and see how quickly my attitude spilled out over in how the kids were behaving. Let’s just say it only took me a couple times testing this theory out before I one hundred percent believed it to be true.
Why hadn’t I ever noticed this before?
Oh yeah…I was too worried about me to see the big picture. However, not any longer. I decided at that moment to make a more conscious effort to ensure a good transition for my family as they came back home from school or work. After many years of trial and error, I finally started to find a system that worked for us.
I have picked my boys up from school for their entire school lives. They are almost sixteen and eighteen now (where did the time go?) and if I knew then just how important this is, then I could have saved my family a whole mess of frustration.
I want my kids to want to come home. I want them to know this is the one place where they can let their guard down and be loved for who they are. They are up against so many temptations and anxiety at school…home should be the place where they can take a deep breath and rest in the security of your family.
When I pick up my boys, I end my phone calls. When they get in the car, I want them to know they are the most important thing for me right at that very moment. Are there times when I have to take a call or cannot get off a call…yes, but they are very rare the times when I just will not talk on the phone while they are in the car.
For us, the car ride home is our time to chat.
Did anything exciting happen that day?
What was the best part of the day?
What was the worst part of the day?
Our car ride is only eight minutes, but in those eight minutes we have discussed some big topics and spoke very candidly. They want to talk; they also want to make sure they are being heard.
Funny thing is…I do the same thing when my husband gets home. He does not want to be overwhelmed with nagging and problems the second he walks in the door. He wants us to notice that he is home and he wants to make sure that everyone is doing well.
At this point, the temperature is already set. The time between the kids and I walking in and my husband in really decides how the rest of the night will be at the house.
Today you and I can make that temperature change in our family…but the choice is yours…hot, cold or just right…you are the thermometer of your home.