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The Life Of A Blogger

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Today, My Overflowing Cup is officially one year old!

In celebration, I’d thought I’d share a little about what the life of a blogger looks like.

Before I do, however, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who have offered your support and assistance.

Thank you for encouraging me to have the faith and bravery to begin this endeavor.

Thank you for those who have helped me in practical ways (like creating images, lending me your camera, and finding photo props for me!)

Thank you for your support via Amazon, for purchasing my e-book, for sharing my posts with others, tweeting, and for hosting link-ups. Thank you for leaving meaningful comments.

Thank you, most of all, for praying for this little ministry. My prayer is that all that is said and done on this blog would encourage my readers while bringing all of the glory to God alone.

Your love and support mean more to me than I can even begin to express. Please know that you are all in my prayers.

Before I started this blog, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. (Neither did my family!)

And yet, this has been a project we have all come to love deeply.

That being said, I have discovered a few things unique to the blogger’s life. I hope you find these as interesting to read about as we do to live.

1. If it’s your birthday, you can expect a blog post rather than a gift.

2. I reserve the right to take your food outside and photograph it before you are allowed to consume it.

3. I hear this often, “This is really good. You’re putting this recipe on the blog, right?”

4. My son knows that I’m going to be borrowing his camera about a zillion times several times a week.

5. We also may be late because I may or may not have pulled the car over 127 times on the way to shoot a picture of something beautiful.

6. My husband is not surprised when he wakes up at 1:30 in the morning to find me no longer in bed but on the couch typing. And then again at 3 am.

7. He is also prepared to quickly capture a thought for me as they seem to come while I am in the shower or picking meat off the bones of a chicken.

8. Everything is looked at through the lens of, “Can I write a blog post about that?”

9. I’ve learned never to be without pencil and paper because no, I won’t remember that when I get home or in the morning.

10. I may set out to mop the kitchen floor or make dinner, but I might also have my mind flooded with words that must be captured via my keyboard. Disclaimer: I can no longer guarantee any task to be completed on time. Thank you for your patience.

Thank you, again, my dear readers for your love and support. Here’s to another great year!

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Tricky, Beautiful Relationships

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Relationships can be a tricky thing. They can be difficult and messy. They can cause us heartache and pain.

If we’ve been hurt in ministry, we can tend to pull back from the church as a whole.

When friendships have caused us heartache, we often choose to retreat.

Family lets us down and we learn to keep those closest to us at arm’s length.

We retreat to our safe corners, we set our fists in a defensive stance, and we harden our hearts because the pain…?

Well, the truth is that it hurts.

Self-preservation and the avoidance of pain are natural responses. Healthy relationships and proper boundaries are a good thing. But we must also take great care to tread cautiously when it comes to putting up walls that are intended to keep the hard things at a distance.

You see, growth happens as a result of difficulties.

Today, I am blessed to be contributing at Club31Women – one of my favorite blogs. Lisa Jacobson is an incredible writer with the ability to encourage women in our faith.

To continue reading this post, click here.

Her husband, Matthew, is also a talented writer with an ability to both challenge and encourage men and women in their walks. You can check out his inspirational blog here.

“You will know that you are my disciples when you love one another.”

-John 13:35

This post was shared on A Proverbs 31 Wife & the SDG Gathering.

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Not A Typical Mother’s Day

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Last Mother’s Day wasn’t spent in the typical way of previous years.

Usually, the hubby and kids attempt to make sure I don’t cook and that I certainly don’t do any dishes. We go to church and possibly attend lunch with the church family afterwards. Then, weather permitting, we celebrate the day in the great outdoors. If it happens to rain, we might go for a drive or make other special plans.

Not last Mother’s Day. Last Mother’s Day, I stayed home with Teen1 while Teen2 and Hubby went to church. I was caring for Teen1 as he was recovering from minor surgery just two days before.

As I sat with him on the couch watching WallE, I thought about what a typical Mother’s Day looks like. While the focus wasn’t on celebrating me that year, I was doing exactly what I was called to do. I was being a mom.

Watching him lie there, my thoughts drifted to other moms who weren’t having a typical Mother’s Day. Continue reading →

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A Letter to the Daughter I Never Had

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While I have been blessed with two amazing young boys, I haven’t had the privilege of bringing a daughter into this world.

I have an unborn child in heaven and I’ve always thought that she is a girl, but I can’t be certain of that. If that baby was a girl born from my womb, this letter is a portion of the truths I would have taught her as she grew up.

Some of you reading this know that I love and care for you deeply as well as your daughter. This letter is full of the things that I want your daughter to know because she means so much to me.

Some of you are my nieces, my cousins, and my sisters. This letter contains truths that will help you to find joy and freedom in who (and whose) you are. I pray that you will let these words into your life and change you because you are dearly loved.

Most of you reading this, I will probably never meet on this side of heaven. Though I don’t know you, I care deeply for you and for your daughter. It is for this reason that I have written this letter and that I am sharing it with you today.

Perhaps you feel as though you have failed your daughter as a parent, but I am here to tell you that it is never too late. The only thing bigger than the mistakes we have made in the past is not living to correct them for the future.

To the mother who feels she hasn’t taught her daughter well, this letter is for you. God gave you the daughter He did for a reason. He doesn’t make mistakes. Let Him hold you up where you fall short.

To the mothers of daughters everywhere, ponder these truths in your own life. Live them out for her by your example. Teach them to her that her life might be blessed.

To the Daughter I Never Had (and to Yours),

I am honored to be guest posting in a series called 30 Days of Love from a Mother’s Heart.

You can finish reading this post at Kaylene Yoder’s blog. She is a dear blogging friend with a heart for encouraging women to pursue wisdom and grace. To continue reading this letter, click here.

This post was shared at Awed BodyCornerstone ConfessionsJennifer Dukes LeeEmbracing His WillSoul SurvivalWomen with IntentionA Little R&R, & A Look at the Book.

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Home

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It was one of those interrupted moments in life where God’s plans intercepted with ours.

We had spent the day in the big city in a neighboring town with more amenities than we are accustomed to. The grandparents were visiting, so we went to catch a movie, enjoy a meal, and do a little shopping.

The last stop on the list was our coveted treat at Dairy Queen before our more than an hour drive back home.

It was then that she crossed the street and stopped my husband from completing his turn to ask where the nearest park was so that she could pitch her tent to sleep for the night.

She wasn’t an old, homeless woman but a young traveler. Continue reading →

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Who doesn’t love the union between peanut butter and chocolate?

Admittedly this isn’t the quickest or most frugal of my recipes, but when that craving hits, this one is sure to please. With options like almond flour, whole wheat flour, and applesauce, it is healthier than the favorite store bought candy.

I’ll give you the peanut butter cup version, but just in case you are looking to make yours into a traditional brownie, I’ll show you how to do it that way, too. Continue reading →

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Praying with Resurrection Faith

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As Easter was approaching this year, many of our Bible reading, thoughts, and discussions centered around the resurrection power that God has over what is the seeming finality of death.

Many of us find hope in the truth that because of Christ’s sacrifice, death truly has no sting for those who are in Him.

It is never something we look forward to facing, however.

This year these ideas permeated our thoughts in a deeper way than ever before. You see, we are facing what is possibly an impending death of sorts. Continue reading →

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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

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I love spring cleaning!

There is something about clutter in a small home that distracts me and causes a lack of peace. Chaos makes me uncomfortable.

Spring cleaning is a lot of work. I don’t enjoy the process, but I do it because I know the result will be worth it in the end.

This reminds me of my faith. Continue reading →

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Simple Skillet Pizza Crust

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I recently shared a recipe for The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make.

That recipe creates simple round loaves and baguettes, but it also lends itself well to one of my family’s favorites – Simple Skillet Naan Bread.

Another frugal favorite we enjoy often is pizza.

We love the texture of Skillet Naan Bread so much that I decided to try preparing pizza crust the same way. It was a hit and we have never looked back! We love the crispy texture that cooking it in the pan with oil gives as opposed to the traditional baked version. Continue reading →

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He IS Risen!

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Today we have great reason to celebrate!  He IS Risen!  He IS Risen indeed!

It’s not about a basket but a burden.

It’s not about chocolate but a cross.

It’s not about the ham but the healing.

We don’t seek eggs but eternal life.

It’s not about a rabbit but a resurrection. Continue reading →

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Growing In The Faith

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“Grow, dear friends, but grow, I beseech you, in God’s way, which is the only true way.”

-Hannah Smith

In Peter’s first epistle, he opens his letter by encouraging us in the living hope that we have in Jesus Christ and the incorruptible inheritance that is reserved in heaven for us.

He reminds us that we are called to live holy lives as a result of the redemption that was purchased for us by the precious blood of Jesus Christ on the cross.

He reminds us that we have been born again of incorruptible seed through the word of God which lives and abides forever. Continue reading →

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Imperfect Me

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I wrote this poem a few years ago after watching Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ for the first time.

While I was moved more than I can even begin to express by the portrayal of Christ’s incredible sacrifice, I was also struck by Peter’s agony at the cross.

I cannot imagine how distraught he must have been to realize that even after Jesus warned him about what he would do, Peter still denied that he knew Christ. (See Mark 14:29-31 & Luke 22:54-62).

As you read the words below, consider them not only from Peter’s perspective but from ours as well. Continue reading →

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Anticipate Your Movements

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I love my chiropractor!

I have regular aches and pains that bring me to his office where he is always quick to fix me so that I can get back to living my life.

When I am really bad off, he sends me away with these words:

“Anticipate your movements for the rest of the day.” Continue reading →

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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

We’ll maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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The Gift

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Have you ever been given a gift that has profoundly changed your life?

A gift so generous, appreciated, and unexpected that nothing will ever be the same as a result?

A gift that makes you wonder what you could have possibly done to deserve it?

A gift that you wish you could somehow repay but you know is impossible?

A gift of such value that there just aren’t words to express your gratitude? Continue reading →

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The Gift of Time

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When he takes the time to read your book because he’s your Pastor and he wants to encourage you in your ministry.

When he spends hours working on your blog even though he is trying to keep his business afloat because he’s your husband and he believes in your message and because he loves you.

When he flies across several states to visit you and your family even though it’s expensive and he has to take time off of work because he is your daddy and he loves you.

When he asks if you have time to play your favorite games with him because he is your teenage son and he still loves spending time with you because you’re his mom. Continue reading →

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How To Develop Family Unity Under God

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Today, I am deeply honored to have Jaime Buckley of Wanted Hero sharing his heart for God and family with us. He requires no introduction as his words of wisdom speak to his character. Please give him a very warm welcome and spend some time on his site. I promise you’ll be blessed.  ~Heather

 

I’d like to do something different today.

With your permission, I’d like to step away from popular blogging practice, from some of its etiquette…and speak straight from the heart.

I know it’s important to have subjects which are “evergreen,” so as to be timeless for readers, and this subject certainly is timeless…but I’d like to refrain from using “you” as my focus.

The reasoning for this is simply that the subject of faith and religion is a personal one. My heart is beating furiously as I type these words, because I feel this is an honor and a burden to share ‘just enough’ or ‘just the right’ views. To make sure I stay true to my own beliefs, while having great respect and tender love for your own.

It’s a very real emotional balance for me, because you—even though I have not met you—matter to me. Continue reading →

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A Letter To My Daddy On His Birthday

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Dear Daddy,

This birthday marks a milestone for you.

I’m sure you’re looking back over the years and taking stock of the life you’ve lived.

I imagine you thinking forward to what lies ahead of you.

But I hope you’ll take a moment to look at where you are. Right now.

To think about who you have allowed God to help you become. Because I really, really love that man, and I thank God each and every day for the work He’s done in your life.

Continue reading →

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The Heart Behind Our Words

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We all know that using our words with care is a very important aspect of communication in our relationships.

I talked about that in this post: 9 Ways to Speak (or not) Love Into Your Marriage.

In fact, Scripture teaches us that they have the power of life and death.

We must use them with great care.

In my marriage, I have learned that we must also perceive the words of others cautiously. Continue reading →

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Simple {Two Ingredient} Coconut Chocolates

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Most of us are trying to watch our weight by eating a little healthier. But let’s be honest, we all need a little chocolate now and then. Tell me I’m not alone here.

I have found that it usually takes just a bite or two (or three or four!) to satisfy my sweet tooth and my chocolate craving. So when I found myself in my kitchen with a package of dark chocolate chips and a bag of sweetened coconut, you know I was thinking of a Mound’s bar.

I did an online search and sure enough, there are many recipes for making the homemade candy yourself. They all called for ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, though. I knew there needed to be an easier way.

I thought an experiment was in order. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate chips and coconut? Continue reading →

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