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Kingdom First & Heaven Minded

Over the past few months I've really been thinking about living life here on earth when the longing for heaven is deep.

There have been a few times when the conversation of heaven comes up and usually I keep my thoughts quiet, but sometimes I pipe in and say, heaven can't come soon enough. Jesus come quickly. Not in a suicidal sort of way, but in a there's so much more to it all than life on earth. This is only the beginning. I am usually met with looks of shock and thoughts of what about all of the people who don't know Jesus yet? Our work on earth is not done. I realize that not everyone has a deeply close tie to someone in heaven. The pull towards heaven is clearly not there for everyone. It wasn't for me, prior to January 23, 2015. I now feel like I have one foot on earth and one foot in heaven.

I've come to the place where I am okay with this. To be somewhere in between. And maybe this is actually the place we are called to be. Why not have a Kingdom Firs…

And We're Back...

And we are back online! The blog looks a lot more simple (which I am actually loving) and there are template elements missing, but the core of it is all there.

A while ago I started noticing error messages blocking my blog entries. It took a bit of investigating to figure out what the problem was, because I never received notification of changes that were going to happen. A photo storage site I used to store my blog background and fancy little images, making my blog unique from others, now wants over $400 a year to continue storing these images. I didn't have the faintest clue as to how to remedy this issue without starting a whole new blog.

I write the things,
I don't do the techy things.

After talking it over, we decided that we already put as much money as we could into the blog and $400+ a year wasn't an option. The purpose of my blog is to share God's goodness in the journey--share our faith, our story, and encourage others. The only way to really make this work,…

Summer Reading

What does your summer reading list include?

I've always been the "reader" in our family. J is more of "listener" so over the years we found some common ground in this area, through books on cd. J likes to listen to them on his commute and it's been fun to discuss the 'books' together. 
Our books for the summer arrived recently. Can't wait to have a listen: 


And a couple of books in old fashioned paperback for me:


What are you reading this summer?

Grief, Depression & Sharing the Tools I Need Daily: #5 ~ 21 Day Brain Detox

In my previous post I shared about how we need people in our lives. For the longest time I sought wisdom and answers from people--friends, family, pastors, counselors etc--about this struggle I was having with my thought life. With all the great wisdom I was receiving and applying, I couldn't understand why I just couldn't win this battle. Nothing was helping.

About seven months ago I hit a wall. I was spiraling into constant negative thinking. Besides dealing with our loss, there were a number of other things very heavy on my heart. I was deeply familiar with Romans 12:2: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” as well as Philippians 4:8 "... whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things."...take captive ever…