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Welcome, busy, smart mom. I’m so happy you are here! Come in and let’s get to know one another. Have you ever looked around your life and wondered, “is this it?” And then felt a little guilty for even thinking that? Because you know your life is great and God has wonderfully blessed you but you still feel like there is something more (or something missing?).

If you’ve ever felt this way – even for a second – I want you to know you are not alone…I understand and I get you. As a mom, friend, wife, sister, executive, entrepreneur, dreamer and faith seeker – -I’m blessed, too — and yet I sometimes ask “is this it?”

We’re responsible for so much: planned days get shoved aside because of all the hats we wear, our kids need to be picked up, dropped off, fed, changed, helped with homework, taught values, read to, put to bed, disciplined, and the list goes on. Our spouses need us to run errands, pay bills, cook dinner, do laundry and talk to them, What?? Talk, who has time to communicate!! We need to concentrate on work. Our volunteer organizations need us to help just a “little” more. Our friends need some quality time with us and an ear to listen. So what about you what do you need?

Some days I’ve got this life balance thing down pat and I’m living my dreams and managing my time well and others I’m reaching for something higher. I believe we can all have our beautiful life and Envision all of our Possibilities, I believe you can start your own business, ministry, blog or whatever God is calling you to do….let’s take that time here on these pages together and may you live the life you have always dreamed…..  right now today!

Jesus Is Lost

snow-country“Baby Jesus is lost” that was my comment to my friend as she called to ask me to a Christmas breakfast.

“Well Dixie, does this happen often, do you often lose Jesus?”

She was asking in jest, but actually my baby Jesus from my manger scene was missing and it was driving me crazy trying to find him in all my many Christmas decoration boxes!

But I must confess sometimes in my life I do feel l like I’ve lost Jesus especially in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Am I the only one out there who feels like this?

The truth is Jesus is never lost and he never leaves me but this little episode reminded me to stop and take a moment to ask him to forgive me when I lose him. Yes I did find him for my manger but I can’t help but wonder if this was God’s way of gently reminding me that Jesus is the reason for the season.

Does anyone else out there need a reminder……give yourself some grace I know God does! May you enjoy the holiday to the fullest and when the stress comes on may you remember this time is once a year AND Jesus is the reason for the season and it should be joyful.

Merry Merry Christmas and here’s to all your possibilities!

 

Chasing the Divine: How to pursue our God-given dreams

by Melinda Means of Mothering From Scratch

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I was only 8 years old, but I remember it like it was yesterday.

My second grade teacher asked us to write a story. She would pick the best one and award a prize.

I don’t remember much about what I wrote that day, although I’m sure it wasn’t Pulitzer Prize material.

Somehow, miraculously, I won. My “prize” was a dime store, strawberry-shaped notebook. I didn’t care. That day, God sparked a dream in my heart. The dream to write.

A divinely inspired dream is a powerful thing – and a huge threat to Satan. He works overtime to discourage and distract us from accomplishing God’s purpose for our lives.

He tries to keep our expectations of God very low. Reasonable. Manageable. He uses people, circumstances — anything he can — to kill that big dream that lurks inside of us.

Over the years, I’ve thought my dream was dead many times. Buried by life circumstances. Backburnered at times while I was raising children. Downsized by financial realities.

Are you feeling discouraged by how slowly your dreams seem to be unfolding? You are not alone. But rest assured. When God puts a dream in our hearts and we’re relying on His power, timing and energy to pursue it — it’s unstoppable.

 How do you pursue the dream?

In Ephesians 2:10, God tells us that He has created us to do good work that only we can do. But pursuing our dreams can seem overwhelming. Here are a few guidelines that have helped me as I’ve pursued God’s purpose for my life: Continue reading

3900 Saturdays

 Friends and I were recently together and one common phrase ran between us, “I wish I could but there is not enough time.”  You see we are busy moms, wives, friends, writers, doctors, entrepreneurs, teachers, etc. but as I was listening to us talk I had a feeling inside that said “this is not right, life is so precious shouldn’t we find the time” so in the midst of our conversation I stopped and said these words; “What if it’s us? What if we are the ones just making the excuses, what if instead of “doing” all the time we made a conscious effort to live our  priorities not someone else’s?” 

My friends were intrigued and we made a pact to try intentional living of our priorities for a month. It was not easy! Some of us had to give up volunteer obligations, some even had to give up friends, some changed jobs, took less pay, had to change their mindset and their husbands’ AND some had to hear their mama complain…..but through it all we knew that we had a few Saturdays left and this is how we NEEDED to live our lives, this is what God intended…..how many Saturdays do you have left?

I do not know who originally wrote this story but I do know you can find it in “Charging The Human Battery” by Mac Anderson and also on a lot of other blogs and email chains (so I give credit to the unknown original author and Mr Anderson)….enjoy and may you forever remember your Saturdays…….

 

‘3900 Saturdays’

The older I get, the more I enjoy Saturday mornings. Perhaps it’s the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it’s the unbounded joy of not having to be at work. Either way, the first few hours of a Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other.  What began as a typical Saturday morning turned into one of those lessons that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it:

I turned the dial up into the phone portion of the band on my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net. Along the way, I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he sounded like he should be in the broadcasting business.  He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about ‘a thousand marbles..’ I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say….

‘ Well, Tom, it sure sounds like you’re busy with your job. I’m sure they pay you well but it’s a shame you have to be away from home and your family so much.  Hard to believe a young fellow should have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet.  It’s too bad you missed your daughter’s ‘dance recital’ he continued. ‘Let me tell you something that has helped me keep my own priorities.’ And that’s when he began to explain his theory of a ‘thousand marbles.’ Continue reading

The Holidays Are Canceled

I stand in the middle of my dining room and look across the room at the dining room table where the Thanksgiving turkeys made out of handprints sit as a centerpiece, mixed with the beautiful display of pumpkins and leaves.  I put all that together back in October and I sigh in dismay…..now its time to take it down and deck the halls with Christmas decorations………oh how time consuming, but I do love the end result! Growing up my mom and Grandmom were so good at decorating they put all the items each year in the same place and it was magical, they made it look effortless. Why can’t I be more like that? I thought to myself.

This year I feel the stress!  I want it all to be perfect.  We will have a lot of my husband’s fall tree with no leavesoverseas family visiting for Thanksgiving and our children are old enough to really have the holiday spirit so I feel like I should leave Thanksgiving decorations up until after Thanksgiving Thursday and then pull out the Christmas decorations; you know one holiday at a time, but then I feel so rushed and then time seems to fly.

I also want to create holiday traditions that my children can always cherish and I want to start this year since they are old enough. I think the “Samaritan’s Purse” shoebox idea is a great cause: http://www.samaritanspurse.org  The idea is to fill shoeboxes with toys, toiletries and other items for distribution to needy children in Third World countries.

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Ecuadorian Ceviche for Thanksgiving

Ecuadorian Ceviche

 Usually if you come over to my Envision Possibilities blog I am  trying to inspire you to live your best life NOW while practicing your balancing act so today since the holidays are approaching as a busy mom I thought it would be fun to share a great family recipe that is fun, easy and perfect for the woman on the go and the holidays …..not to mention so many people have asked me about this recipe so I wanted to share! 

My household is southern by way of myself from Georgia and Latin by way of my husband from Ecuador and our children are a mix! So today I’m sharing an Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche recipe (with a southern twist) that my husband’s family taught me. This recipe can be made the night before and left in the refrig so if your week is busy which I know we usually all have busy weeks you can mix it up Sunday eat some right away and it will be perfect for Monday too!  Or if you have to take a dish to the Thanksgiving meal mix this up on Wednesday and you will be set!

Keep in mind…. I learned this recipe from my husband’s family BUT  I added my own twist and I don’t really measure anything….. I taste it as I go to make it my own….. so spice yours up the way your family likes as well! Also this is not your typical ceviche recipe nor  is it the typical Peruvian cuisine it’s a flavor all its own.shrimp2 pounds of medium boiled shrimp or depending on the number of people you want to serve ( you want about 5 to 7 shrimp per person) peeled, and deveined…. let cool…. (added tip:   do as I do and buy them from Publix (or your grocery store)  already cooked, peeled, deveined and cooled….so much faster and easier : ) Continue reading

Are You Putting On Your Own Oxygen Mask First?

 Self-Quiz: Are You “Too Busy”?

The question I get asked most in my business is: “how can I find more time?” The question I want to ask is: “Well, are you putting on your own Oxygen mask first?”  When I do, I usually get a blank stare…….read on to find out how to take care of your time and you!

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Time is the great equalizer. Everybody gets the same amount: 24 hours in a day, 60 minutes in an hour. We can’t save time or accumulate or rearrange it. We can’t turn it off or on. It can’t be replaced.

 But these days, it seems as if the lament of not having enough time has become a national anthem. Everywhere people find themselves constantly in a rush, over-booked and over-scheduled with no time off. Life is accompanied by the ongoing stress of not enough time. And sometimes doing too much and being too busy can be a way of forgetting yourself.

  Though it may not always seem so, how we fill our time and how we spend it is our choice. Answer the following questions to discover if you’re caught up in the “too-busy” cycle. 

 I constantly find myself doing “urgent” things and trying to catch up.

  1. I allow myself to drift into obligations when I don’t know how much time or energy they’ll require.
  2. I find myself running from when I get up in the morning until I go to bed at night. I’m always tired and never feel like I accomplished enough.
  3. I seldom schedule a day off for myself and when I do, I tend to fill it with activities.
  4. I don’t make time for “self-care” activities: physical exercise, nurturing or “pampering” myself, cultural stimulation, spiritual well-being, learning something new, playing, or simply doing nothing. Continue reading

Is It Ever Good to Feel Guilty?

I hope you will enjoy this guest post from my friend and fellow Author Britta Lafont…….her fabulous book Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles That Lead Us Back to the Father can now be purchased at Amazon see the link below.

I think we as women feel a lot of guilt in different ways, and it is my hope this guest post will help you spiritually move past your guilt and move closer to our Father…..after all this blog is all about balance, faith and living your dreams…..so guilt has no place here ladies!

Here’s to all your possibilities!

“Guilt without repentance stunts spiritual growth.”
– Prodigal Confessions: 10 Principles That Lead Us Back to the Father

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Even though we want to please God, we can find ourselves failing again and again. And we really want to get along with other people, but we may find them rubbing us the wrong way.  Some press our buttons.  Some take us for granted.  Our feelings can rise up against the very people that God calls us to love.

Some days our to do-lists are too long.  These days can feel filled-up, fast-paced, and frantic.  In the midst of all this striving, we can become so involved with chasing our personal goals, that we miss God’s bigger plan for us.  Some days we find ourselves serving our to-do lists, instead of loving God above all else.

We were made for so much more.

God created us with a wonderful purpose in mind: to carry the message of His love and mercy to the world.  But before we can share it, we must experience it ourselves.

God says, “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love.
With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself” (Jeremiah 31:3, NLT).

God is a generous Father!  According to scripture:

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,
slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.
He will not constantly accuse us,
nor remain angry forever.
He does not punish us for all our sins;
he does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve.
For his unfailing love toward those who fear him
is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.
He has removed our sins as far from us
as the east is from the west.
The Lord is like a father to his children,
tender and compassionate to those who fear him.
For he knows how weak we are;
he remembers we are only dust.
(Psalm 103:8-14).

When we sin (when we fail to do what God calls us to do) the Holy Spirit convicts us in order to: (1) to teach us and (2) to provoke our repentance.  To repent is to turn around, turn back to God, recognize that His way is the right way, and pursue it.  Repentance leads us to peace.

But not every guilty feeling leads us to repentance.  Feeling guilty without repenting keeps us in a broken place of disobedience.  Feeling guilty after we have repented overlooks the forgiveness that Jesus died to purchase for us.

God doesn’t want us to feel guilty; guilt is a cheap substitute for repentance. Continue reading

God, Where is My Burning Bush?

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see-and without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. ~ Hebrews 11:1-6 (NIV))

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You need to write a book.

Was there anyone else in the room? No one there but me. I must be going a little crazy!

You really need to write a book.

There it was again. I was writing an outline for a speech for a group of soon to be  mompreneurs and I kept hearing this over and over.      I am not a writer. I am a talker and an International communication major. Ask anyone who knows me; I love to talk! I tried to ignore it, like a mosquito buzzing around your ear. It wouldn’t leave. It drove me to my knees.

“God, you know how you sent a burning bush to talk to Moses? I’m going to need that burning bush to appear any moment now if you want me to write a book!”

That was a pretty bold challenge. Sometimes when a dream is put on our heart, and we do not know if it is God we are hearing, a talking, burning bush might be a nice addition. I have a feeling that it would scare the living daylights out of me, too!

If you are not familiar with the story of Moses and the burning bush, God sent a burning bush to Moses to speak directly to him and to give him instructions to follow him in faith. (Exodus 3)

If you are not sure about God, and are questioning faith, I hope you will find comfort in knowing that you are not alone. God doesn’t send a burning bush anymore, but he does put his calling on our hearts. Sometimes it can be so frustrating to quiet all the static and know that this is the word from God uniquely for you. Continue reading