Sunday Rewind: June 9, 2013 Focus

Two great lessons yesterday: Fruits of the Holy Spirit & Why We Worship (Click to listen).

The fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25) are a result of living a Spirit-filled life.  If we look at the example of a fruit tree, we can easily tell what type of tree it is by the fruit it produces.  The is true for us as Christians as well.  We are known by our fruit, Jesus says (Matthew 7:15-20). 
We discussed the first 3 Fruits of the Spirit, this week. Love, Joy, and Peace.  Wow – what a list, just right there!  Couldn’t we all use more of this fruit in our lives?
One of the many things I’ve learned in my “Upper Room” Bible Study class is that the way we define words is key to our understanding and application. <I’ll blog about this in the future>

Often our culture and life experiences define words for us. This can skew how we look at Scripture or apply it to our lives.

Love is a great example.  Stop for a second and think about what pops in your head when you hear the word ‘love’.
Maybe a spouse, or a child. A feeling, a longing. Or maybe passion or a great love story comes to mind.
But its so much more than that, right? But hard to put your finger on, exactly. Well in our class we came up with this list:
     – sacrifice
     – commitment
     – amazement
     – nurturing and protection
     – agape
     – unconditional
We also talked about what love is NOT – and how its often misused and twisted.  It’s not just an emotional high, or a desperate longing (lust), or really extra liking something.
We then discussed if we are showing the unconditional fruit of love in our lives.
This can be a tough one… and a good example of this was brought up in that we are called to love our enemies (can you name a few?).
Some other good points to ponder from class:
– Put your name in 1 Corinthians 13, do we live up to this being true? (i.e. Crystal is patient, Crystal is kind…)
– We will always be in a constant battle as our flesh struggles with the good the Holy Spirit is doing in us
– Joy: doesn’t mean happy, but it is a condition of being.  It is rooted in the ability to look ahead to the eternal and not the present circumstances.  It’s origin is in the Godhead, and a relationship with God is essential as it is found in being a recipient of grace (Greek word for joy is chari (spelling?) which is a description and reference to God’s grace.)
– Peace: quiet, stillness, trust. Comes out of resting in a relationship with God.  There is chaos happening all around us, which is the opposite of peace.  As Christians, we have to trust in the ability of God to bring about order in our lives when all we can see is chaos (Colossians 1:15-17).
Shalom: has a deeper root than just peace.  It means may God be with you, and may nothing be missing and nothing broken.  We need to realize that our perspective may be that things are missing and things are broken, but in God’s perspective we have all that we need and we can rest in this peace.  (wowzer is this one a challenge!!!)
“Strong’s Concordance defines it’s meaning as ‘completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord‘”- Jeff’s Jottings
LOTS of good things to ponder from class – I could write at least 5 more blog posts just from this one lesson. And I might do so at some point in the future. But – the one topic that kept coming up OVER and OVER in our class and in Pastor Jeff’s sermon:


Where is our focus?

Is it on our present day situations? On a task we need to complete? On something in our past? Future?
Maybe its on our job, or our finances, a loved one, or even on working on Church stuff.
I have to be honest with you.  Yesterday, I was struggling to focus on what I hearing in class and in the sermon.  My mind was going crazy! If it wasn’t for the fact that I made a commitment to write this post today, I don’t think I would have taken the time or mental energy it took, to write down the notes I needed to write this post!
See, I was helping coordinate 2 events right after church – and one was REALLY up in the air! (Let’s just say I’m not sure I ever want to try to get the guest of honor to a surprise party again – wow can that be tough!!!!)
Over and over again though the point that kept coming up was how important keeping our eyes focused on our relationship with God is to everything in life.

If we want love – we’ve got to focus on the real meaning of love – and that is only found in Jesus. (1 John 4:8)

If we want joy – our focus has to be to be on eternity and the grace we’ve been given through Christ death on the cross.
If we want peace – we have to focus our eyes beyond the chaos that surrounds us to the One who is able to calm the storm, and who has promised to always be with us, trusting that good will come from the chaos surrounding us (Romans 8:28).
Pastor Jeff’s sermon was about the results of our focus being in the right place: Worship.
It’s not just about showing up Sunday morning, singing a few songs and listening to a message and then going on our way.
Worship is about celebrating all the things God has done for us! Celebrating his love for us, the grace He’s given, and the chaos He is going to bring us out of!!!
But do we live there?  Is our focus on the Father, Son and Holy Spirit who are seeking to live out a relationship with us?
 Or is our focus on our jobs? Money? Family? The news? Politics? Health concerns? Our house or car?
So many things can and ARE stealing our focus off the ONE thing we should be focusing on.


Because of God we can rest in the assurance of Shalom: that God is with us (Matthew 1:22-23), and that nothing is missing or broken in our lives that God hasn’t intended to use for our good is some way (Romans 8:28).

We may not see it, and we may not like it, but God’s promises are true, so we can rest in it.

 And when we allow ourselves to focus on Shalom – then we can truly worship and celebrate all that God has done for us!
So that’s the wisdom I gleaned from reflecting on yesterday’s messages.  It honestly does take some time to rewind Sunday and process it all!  But I’m glad I did – because in the very midst of the chaos I’m sitting in I need to focus on Shalom!
Shalom to you! May God be with you, and may nothing be missing, and nothing broken!
Did God give you some wisdom in your own Sunday Rewind?  I’d love for you to share!
Thanks Michael Dales for Photo!

Sunday Rewind for June 2, 2013: Wisdom


 I’ve decided to devote Mondays to a rewind of what I’ve learned on Sunday.

I don’t know about you, but for me Sundays are busy. Great, but busy.  I often find myself on overload from all the great information I’ve heard, read, learned, studied, etc., from Sunday.  I want to carry it into my life and practically apply it.

But honestly, much of the time, Monday comes, and the busyness of everyday “normal” life happens, and I forget a lot (if not all🙂 ) of what I’ve heard.  Which of course means I don’t get around to applying much of it to my life!

So, here goes, my first Sunday Rewind.  And boy was it a doozy for me – and a confirmation that the Lord is leading me to write this blog, and to do a Sunday Rewind post (so I don’t forget it all!).

The overall theme for the day: Wisdom.

Generally we start our Sundays with a Bible Study at church.  Our class is currently studying the Holy Spirit.  We’ve been going through the New Testament Scriptures on the Holy Spirit, and examining them one (or a few) at a time.

Yesterday’s Scripture was 1 Corinthians 12, and was talking about Spiritual Gifts. I volunteered to read it out loud for the class.

            “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom,”

– 1 Corinthians 12

Our teacher stopped me there – and I was very glad he did!

Have you ever just had your breath taken away by Scripture? Where you knew God was speaking directly to you through His Word? (If not – I encourage you to keep reading the Bible – He will!)

I was very glad for the break in reading here.  I needed a minute to grasp the full measure of the weight of this. Wisdom is a Spiritual Gift, given by the Holy Spirit – for the common good.

As I’ve started this blog, I’ve debated over many names (in fact this is the 3rd blog I’ve created in the last month).  I needed to find a short, easy to remember name, that encompassed who I am and what I wanted (and am being led) to write about.

Not an easy task for anyone I’m sure. And every “good” name I came up with – someone else had already come up with and already registered – drats!

I spent a lot of time praying about it. And brainstorming, but nothing seemed to fit. Until one day, as I went to put my dog outside, I had it.

            Wisdom Seeking Mommy

I went immediately and checked to see if it was available.  It was! I registered it, but still wasn’t sure.

I’ve battled with it back and forth. I though it was great and perfect, and then thought it was too long and stupid, and arrogant, and …. (see the battle here – I’m told I’m not the only one who has these battles in their brain. I blog about this soon!)

But in the end – I know that this was not an invention of my own mind, but a whisper from the Holy Spirit. And it actually describes me pretty well – I am seeking wisdom – for myself, for my family, and to glorify God.

I’ve prayed for wisdom daily as long as I can remember. I’m not sure why or when I started, but its just always been a part of my daily conversation with God.

Lord, give me wisdom…

By my inquisitive nature, I’m always seeking knowledge.  I love to learn – but there is such a difference between knowledge and wisdom! And wouldn’t you know it – both my Sunday school class AND the sermon discussed the difference between the two.  <Listen to the sermon here: Hidden Heroes – Week 4>

I love seeing the Holy Spirit work a message between 2 men, who have no idea what the other is planning to talk about! It happens often – and is such a testimony to the working of the Holy Spirit in all of our lives!

So what did I glean from a Sunday full of talk about wisdom?

Wisdom requires knowledge, but having knowledge does not mean you have wisdom.  Knowledge is the how in things, wisdom is the why.  Wisdom also requires action.  If I know the how, and maybe even the why, but I fail to put my knowledge into action, what’s the purpose in it? That’s not wisdom.

I’ve gained a lot of knowledge over the years. I still desire to learn more.  But I want to grow deeper than just the facts.  I can tell you a lot of facts about bees, honey, gluten, health, child-rearing, learning, psychology, and a host of other things I’ve studied.

But what good is any of it without wisdom? How will it help me or you, or anyone if we don’t put it into action and make it apart of who we are and what we do.  It’s God’s gift to us to change us into who He’s designed us to be.  And it’s available as a gift of the Holy Spirit!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5

That is the pursuit of this blog: To Seek Wisdom in Everyday, Ordinary life, for the Common Good of All.

Share with me what wisdom  you learned this Sunday by leaving me a comment!

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Photo Credit: Sharon at Art ~ 4ThGlryOfGod

Moving Forward at the Crossroad

Thanks Keith Avery for the photo!
Thanks Keith Avery for the photo!

A friend recently posted about being at a crossroad in her life as she explores a new opportunity. I immediately responded with – I know exactly how you feel!!!

I’ve been sitting at a crossroad for quite a while now.  In fact, I’m not even sure how long its been.  I think I’ve seen it coming for at least a year.  Slowly creeping up to the stop sign on a deserted country road.

And I’ve just kind of sat here for the last month or so.  Debating which way to go.  Deciding. Getting ready to press down on the accelerator, just to quickly pull my foot back to the brake again.

I’m getting nowhere.

Naomi reminds me of this often.  She’s trying to learn how to move, and will often lay on the floor and move her hips back and forth quickly, trying to get somewhere.

She never gets anywhere of course, but uses up a lot of energy in the process.

That’s me. I’m exhausted with all the energy I’m putting forth trying to make a decision of what to do and actually commit to doing it.

When Naomi finally decides where she want to go, she can get herself there. Even at 5 months old she needs to focus and decide what she wants in order to move toward it.

Decision is key.

You can’t do it all. I can’t do it all. As much as I want to, I can’t. So I have to decide which path I’m going to take and take it. Easier said than done, right!?!

We’ve all been there – and probably will all be here again some day.

I was praying about this as I unloaded the dishwasher this morning.  Lord, is there anyone in the Bible who had to sit at a crossroads?


(I felt a bit sucker-punched in the gut at this point. )

He was a shepherd when he was anointed to be king. He couldn’t continue to be a shepherd and be king. He had to choose to leave one behind, for the greater glory of the other.

I imagine this wasn’t an easy decision for young David.  We see from the Psalms that David had a great love for his sheep and being a shepherd. He seemed like he was doing well as one, too. Going into the service of King Saul had to be a pretty radical life change for him to contemplate.

Sheep and open air/space to the confines of a royal court with a king who was losing his mind?  Not a decision, I’d want to make.

But this really wasn’t the decision at hand for David to make, either.  His decision was to follow God’s leading into the glory that He had planned for David, or to stay safe and comfortable with what he already knew he could do, and do well.

And here I sit, facing the same decision myself.

I want to follow God’s anointing on my life. To follow Him into whatever He has planned. But I’m scared of what “raging King Sauls” I might run into.

And I don’t want to leave my sheep – or in my case my bees, and the business we’ve already built.

But the Lord is leading me to leave this part of my life behind.  I know it – and I’m excited and terrified all at the same time.

I know I will always have a great affinity for my little buzzies. And I know that they will probably be used in more metaphors than I can even imagine now. But I must leave the day to day operations behind.

This means closing Hatcher’s Honey Bee Farm, so that I can pursue God’s anointing on my  my family’s life.

I didn’t start writing this post as a goodbye – in fact I think I’m kind of shocked to typing these words.  But a goodbye it must be.  In order to move forward we have to make a decision. And focus. I can’t do both.

I’m putting my foot and the accelerator, and pulling out. To where yet, I don’t know. God’s telling me to write, to blog, and to share – something new.

Lord, please lead me and Chris!

Moving Forward in Obedience

Struggling to find my focus.  Dealing with my insecurities.  My fears, my frustrations, my hopes, and my desires.

I’ve got so many things I want to write and share, but ….

I get distracted. I get afraid. I’ve got to fold the laundry, make dinner, feed Naomi, let the dog out, etc etc.

And the day is gone. I’m left frustrated and agitated again.  I sit down to write and my mind gets lost in a myriad of Facebook posts, and links to make money (major distraction right now). Then its late. I’m tired, and agitated even more – and I feel like a failure.

I get up the next morning and determine to do better, just to be hit by the wave of negative emotions and thoughts of how is this day going to be any different than the rest.

How is this post going to be any different that the other one that I’ve been writing for the last week that is sitting in the draft box?

I’m going to post it – flaws and mistakes and all. (So if you’re reading this and see a lot of typos – please excuse them. I have to get past my perfectionism that is holding me back!).

God has a plan for me to write. To write boldly and confidently and to share what He’s been teaching me.  I’m to encourage and teach as I’ve been taught.

I’m not going to listen to the lies that Satan keeps telling me that I’m not good enough. That nobody wants to hear what I have to say.  That I’m just going to fail again.  That I’m not doing this blogging thing good enough.

I’m going to stop listening to my perfectionist side that says, you better make this bold, and go back and fix that.  You’ve got to use the right format, and figure out how to do xy and z first.

I’m just going to be obedient to what God is telling me. To write.

He encouraged me today with two posts from other women.  The first from a guest post from Lysa TerKeurst entitled When Strong Mamas Feel Week.

“Mama, you are strong. Persevering. Tough. Able to bend without breaking. Willing to be humbled to the point of humiliation. Not blinded. A hunter for wisdom. A praying through woman. A courageous mama. One that wants your child to not just follow the rules but, more.” Lysa TerKeurst

That’s me. That’s what I’m called to be – A hunter for wisdom.  Willing to share my humiliation and heartbreak, and seek the wisdom in it to share with others.

It’s a daunting task.  A task I don’t think I can do.

And yet I must.  There is the compelling voice inside me telling me I must. Telling me I can.

So I’m swallowing every part of me that wants to scream and run in fear. With tears streaming down my face, I’m writing.  I’m sharing. Obeying God the best way I know how.

At the side bar of her post I see a link for (in)Courage.  I saw it yesterday and was curious about it. So I clicked it today. And what I read was just another powerful way that the Lord said to me – Go. Write.

The post shared exactly what my screaming heart has been saying.  Everything from the lying voice inside my head, to my unconfessed fears of insignificance. And gave me the courage to move forward.

“I know that voice (the lying one) is a one-way-ticket to walking away from all the glory and the beauty that has been planned into my DNA. And yes some of it will be messy. And some of it won’t turn out the way I imagined. And much of it will be a work in progress.

But the some things I might not be perfect at, aren’t the sum total of no good.

I might not be good enough, brave enough, profound enough. But the God who made me – He. is. enough.” 

Lisa-Jo – What You Think You’re Not Good At is Only Half the Story

I don’t want to miss what God has planned for me. So I’m going to keep writing. If for no one else, then as an act of obedience to the Lord.

I’m going to listen to voice of the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to transform me by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12). This is going to mean I have to take every thought captive (I know there’s a reference here but I don’t know the address).  Starting now, and every thought from now.

I know its not going to be perfect.  I know its going to get messy at times.

I know I’m going to have to walk in faith for our finances. I’m going to have to let go of some dreams and some pursuits in life.  I’m going to have to say ‘no’ to some of the good activities and opportunities to help and serve that come my way.  I’m going to have to open myself up to criticism and hurt, even by those I hold dear.

I don’t have it to do it. But the power of the Living God is in me – the same power that rose Christ from the dead (again I’ll have to find the reference to the Scripture here🙂 ).


Meal Planning Monday

It’s been a Monday, a Meal Planning Monday.

Monday Meal Plan

BLAH! I hate Meal Planning Monday! Can you relate?

Always trying to find Cheap, Easy to fix, Yummy, Healthy, AND pretty much Paleo meals is exhausting — but doable.

‘I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. I can do …’

This needs to be my mantra on Meal Planning Mondays.  (Well, everyday, but especially on Meal Planning Mondays!)

I did it.  I may not be ecstatic about my plan, but I did it.  Here it is:

Breakfasts: Eggs, Paleo Pancakes, French Fries/Sweet Potato Fries

Lunches: Chris: Ham & Fruit, or Leftovers      Me: Chicken on Salad, Fruit, or Leftovers


    • Oregano Chicken, french fries (not really Paleo)
    • Crockpot Turkey Thighs & Veggies
    • Veggie Marzetti
    • Chicken Legs, Broccoli, & Squash
    • Veggie Pizza
    • Ginger Mahi Mahi, and a vegetable
    • Out


  • Easy Grain Free Muffins (these are really yummy, tried tonight, but took more than 5 minutes to make for this Mommy, but not too much!)
  • Ice Cream – haven’t decided on flavor yet  :-)

So that’s my plan for the week.  I’m exhausted. I’m looking for some wisdom and some help to make this process easier.  If you’ve got any tips, tricks, or suggestions, please leave a comment and let me know!!!

There’s got to be a great app for this?! Right.

FREE Blogging Class Offered – Yay


Don’t you just LOVE that word!  I do. Always!

I’m so excited about this!

First I’m taking a great FREE blogging class at my local library taught by Vic Magary. That’s how I’m learning all these great things about blogging! ( I feel like I’ve been missing out for all these years!  I’ve got so much I want to share with the world – and now I have a way to do so!!)

Second, I opened up my email tonight to read about a FREE Online Blogging Class from a great resource I’ve learned about Blogelina. It’s all about setting up a blog and making it great! Just what I want to do with Wisdom Seeking Mommy!

I’m sharing this great offer with you too! Come take the class with me – Free! (Love that word!) Thank you Lord for giving me this opportunity!

I hope you check out the links below and join me too!

Here’s the info:

Sign Up For The Free 4-Week Online Blogging Class!

Heads Up: This offer ends May 31st!

Blogelina is once again offering her very popular 4-week blogging class — for FREE!

This online class will be held in June 2013.

If you sign up for this free class, here’s what you’ll get:

A class manual – packed with 60 pages of information that will help take the overwhelming out of starting your own blog
4 weekly online class sessions where you can ask your questions and get personalized feedback
A FREE year of web hosting.
Blueprints, step-by-step tutorials, networking with other bloggers – Everything you need to grow your blog.
Save yourself a lot of time, trouble, and money – learn from my own experiences what to do and not to do.

Go here to sign up for the FREE 4-week blogging class.

Leave me a comment below to let me know you’ll be joining me in the class!!

(Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links – excited to put that for the 1st time!)

My Life Plan: How I Want to Be Remembered

Researching to write a blog led me to many great blogs.  There are so many great ones out there!

One that I stumbled upon was that of Michael Hyatt and his free Life Plan e-book.  After reading just a page or 2, I decided to write out a Life Plan, and blog my way through the process.

He suggests starting with the end.  Envisioning what you want to be remembered for how you want to be remembered. I wrote the first part and realized this is the wrong question!

I have no idea what I want to be remembered for doing – I hope to do a lot of things. And I definitely DON’T want to be remembered for doing some things. I want to be remember for HOW I did things.

David, as in David and Goliath, isn’t remembered countless generations later for just killing Goliath, but for How he killed him – a rock and a sling, and faith in a Mighty and All-Powerful God!

I think in general, that about sums it up for me.  I want to be remembered as somebody who followed God obediently into ‘something new’, with faith in a Mighty and All-Powerful God. And I want others to follow too.

I want to learn, grow, and do the things that God designed me to do. I’m still not exactly sure what that is in the practical day-to-day sense.  But I know that God is leading me into ‘something new’.  I know I’m supposed to be sharing the things He is teaching me as I’m seeking wisdom.

It’s a scary thing.  There’s so much to learn in blogging – and I’m a perfectionist who doesn’t want to make any mistakes.  But I will, so please bare with me.

I’ve got no idea where this journey is going to lead me, or you my readers. But I’ll hope you’ll follow along with me here.  Leave a comment and tell me – how do you want to be remembered.

Life Plan???

I’ve got no idea where I’m going in life.question mark

Correction. I have 1,001 ideas of where to go in life, but am so overwhelmed by all the wonderful prospects that I can’t decide where to go.

It’s like planning a vacation.  There are SO many great options, but where should I go?

A friend of mine mentioned the idea of Life Planning to me not to long ago, and suggested Chris and I look into it.  I thought it was a great idea, and have spent a small amount of effort looking at it.

Well in preparing to write a blog over the last week and half, I’ve done pretty much nothing but think about my life.  What could/should I write about.  I can write about a myriad of topics. I’ve  got almost a full page of blog post ideas already written down, and tons more that I’ve come up with while not near my computer.

In fact, I’ve had so many its a bit overwhelming!  I keep wanting to kick myself for not starting a blog sooner – and researching all this stuff sooner!  If only I’d know a year ago – I could be so much further ahead. I had so much more time before my wonderful blessing daughter came along, that I wasted.


Can’t waste more time though sitting and grumbling at myself for wasting time.  I can start fresh today. God’s mercy is new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).

I have to keep reminding myself that! Seeking God’s forgiveness is sometimes easier than forgiving myself.  He keeps reminding me though that He chose me before the foundations of the earth to be ‘holy and blameless’ before Him (Ephesians 1:4).

That’s a pretty big deal!  He knew all I was going to do, but still chose me to be holy and blameless!  That’s a big SIGH of RELIEF! (Literally, I just sighed really big and deep!)

Do you realize this means I don’t have to perfect?!? And neither do you!

What a revelation! So with that behind me I’m going to move imperfectly forward…

Starting with writing out a Life Plan – here on my blog. I’m going to seek wisdom for my life.

I hope you’ll join me!