Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Dreams I Carry Inside

Is there a dream you carry inside? That is the question asked by Bonnie of Faith Barista today.

I look at the photo above with the white picket fence, blooming flowers and serene background. It's lovely. As a teenager, this was my dream. I wanted to get married, have children and live in a house with a white picket fence. And of course ...to live happily ever after.

But I've learned many lessons through the years. The place where I live may change. My bank account balance may change.

But what's more important is my character.

  • Who am I when no one is looking?
  • Who am I when I get knocked down?
  • Who am I when life doesn't go as I planned?

In 2007,  Lysa TerKeurst was the keynote speaker at my church's annual women's conference. I had the pleasure of picking her up at the airport and driving her around for the weekend. We had the opportunity to talk privately about life challenges.

Lysa wrote something down for me and I always keep it close by. I didn't realize at the time how prophetic it would be for me.


I thought God's dream for me was to become a public speaker. I trained for it. I attended seminars to learn and grow. I started writing a book. I spoke at a few events.

But now it is eight years later. I'm not in the place I dreamed of being at this point in my life. I'm working full time in a profession so different from my previous nursing career. I'm not living in the house with the white picket fence.

But then I realize that God did plant a dream in my heart. It is slowly being realized in ways I never anticipated.

I want to inspire others. 

It doesn't matter where I live or what my job is. Right now I teach a class of preschoolers. I get to speak to them every day. And they are a captive audience. I may have to use a variety of techniques to keep their attention. But the kid in me comes out when I'm with the children. I hope to inspire them as I teach them about bucket filling. After winning a giveaway on Meaningful Mama's blog, I've been teaching them about being kind, sharing with others and how to fill their mom and dad's imaginary bucket.

I've gone through some major life changes. But one thing has never changed.  

I know God loves me and is with me through it all. I've learned to trust Him in the good times and in the not so good times. He has a plan and a purpose for my life. And I want to live out that purpose in the every day fields of life.

I can fulfill the dream inside me by inspiring others:

  • Through my posts on my blog Heart Choices
  • Being an attentive listener 
  • Using the gifts God has given to me
  • Giving God the glory in all things
  • Living a life of thankfulness
  • Making the most of every teaching moment with the children
  • Sharing the love of Christ with others
  • Writing my book about lessons I learned from the dying
  • Through my photography
  • Being faithful in my promises to others
  • Trusting God even during troubling times
  • By praying faithfully in all things

Yes, there is a dream I carry inside me.  But I need to take time to listen to God's leading and not get so busy, busy, busy.

"We so often assume we know the Holy Spirit without listening and plow forward in our serving without taking the time to tune in to His guidance."
~ Kara Tippetts from The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard

So I make the choice to pray, read my Bible and listen to the Spirit's prompting.

I'm linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista for Beloved Brews Thursdays.

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Blessings and love,

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Does Anyone Else Love Fixer Upper?

I have to admit I have a new favorite TV show and it's called Fixer Upper. It's on HGTV. I started watching it on the weekends when I was stuck at home because of my allergies. I became so engrossed as I watched Chip and Joanna Gaines work their magic on homes I wouldn't consider buying. But what they do with them is AMAZING!

I've never been to Waco, Texas but I'll bet their real estate market has been doing much better since these two have been fixing up homes.

As I watched the interaction between this couple, I suspected they were Christians. There were a few things they said and then when a missionary couple from Uganda purchased a home sight unseen ...I just knew.

As I watched this family search for the perfect items at antique fairs in Texas, I thought of my blogging friend Sonja of Bits and Pieces and Janette of Janette's Sage.  I have a feeling they might love this show too. :)

Recently, I came across Joanna's testimony through a friend Brenna. I wasn't surprised at all.



As I look around at my little condo, I think to myself. What would Joanna do with this place? My husband laughed as I told him we need to knock this wall down to open up the space and redo the bathroom and kitchen. He quickly asked me, "What's your budget?"

Maybe one day ...

Or maybe we could just move to Waco? I do love horses and open spaces after all.

So who else loves HGTV's Fixer Upper?

Blessings and love,

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Monday, March 23, 2015

The Blessings of Spring Break

An entire week of spring break was just what I needed. I'd been anticipating this time considering all I wanted to accomplish. I had a list of projects to do. I had compiled a list of people I wanted to see. But spring in Phoenix includes blooming flowers.


I love flowers. I love roses in my garden. But citrus in bloom is something else. I'm allergic. One year I actually woke up with hives all over my body. I had taken a long walk in an area where the orange trees were blooming abundantly.

And our condo is located smack dab in the middle of a citrus grove! Go figure.

Many of the items on my to-do list fell to the wayside. I took naps. I read. I took sinus and allergy medications.
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I had to laugh when I saw Joy of Mom's photo and quote.

Maybe that's what I really needed.

However, I did  manage to visit with a few friends. I didn't get to see all on my list. I had a long conversation with one of my closest friends.


I sipped many glasses of my favorite iced tea.

I spent time reading. I highly recommend a book entitled Killing Christians: Living the Faith Where it's Not Safe to Believe by Tom Doyle. With all that I see on the news about the Middle East, I was encouraged to read how many people are coming to know Jesus. I was amazed at their courage to live out their faith even though their lives are in danger. Their families turn their backs on them. I found myself praying for these people more and more.


I cherished the extra time I had to spend during my early morning quiet time. It really is all about relationship.

So now I'm ready to return to work and my the Mini-Mustangs. I'll miss the extra time I had each day with my husband Greg. But I do feel more energized and rested.

So happy spring! Did you have time for a break? How do you spend your vacation time?

Blessings and love,

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Am I a kid or what?

Am I a kid or what?

I love this place...Carmel, CA

I love this place...Carmel, CA