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“Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” – The Bible


And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” (Mark 10:23 ESV)

Have you ever wondered how much hope you have to know and love God because you’re a middle class American?

I have.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to romanticize poverty and I am so thankful that any “oppression” I might face is nothing compared to pretty much the rest of the world. I’m not begging for trouble.

But I also feel like I understand what Jesus is saying here. It’s so easy for me to rely on other things. To ignore God.

I feel bummed out. 

Time for pizza!

My friend is mad at me. 

Let’s go shopping!

My job stinks. 

Go back to school!

I’m bored. 

Hello, Facebook. Pinterest. Twitter. Tumblr………..Crap, it’s 3am. 

I have the money and resources to theoretically solve all my own problems. Oh, you know except the problem where I’m separated from God by my sin and returning to him and loving him is the ONLY thing that really matters in life at all.

But I can just ignore that problem….. with facebook, pinterest, tumblr….

It’s so incredibly easy for all my thoughts to be superficial or any deep thought or emotion tp be drowned out by distraction.

And there’s a highly customized brand of distraction for everyone out there, but I think that’s another post all on it’s own.

And if there is any problem I seemingly can’t fix? What’s the answer??  ………More money.

Or, at least, that’s the American answer. We all say that, “money can’t make you happy,” but I sometimes feel like we don’t really believe ourselves.

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Thank you, Ron. That is very true.

This “first-world” is the world in-which I live, but how can I know God when my comfort and ease threaten to devour me?  (not unlike a roaming, roaring, lion)

Some very practical things come to mind.

1. Turn my heart and mind daily (sometimes, hourly) to Christ.

I don’t know why, but I have always felt like I kinda stunk at reading my Bible everyday (More on this later). I’ve been a Christian for 24 years and have only recently discovered the awesomeness of connecting with Scripture consistently. Some days – let’s face it, most days when you have littles – it’s a real challenge to make the time, but I love those tiny people so much better when I make the time to talk to God and get some perspective from His word. It is the single most impactful thing to get my eyes off the stuff, the worries, the fluff of the world and on to truth, love and hope.

2. Memorize what the Bible says.

Another one I have only been on and off successful at, but it’s also one that most recently has transformed my life.

I feel bummed out. 

Why am I so discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise Him again – My savior and my God! – Ps. 42:5

What can I be thankful for?

My friend is mad at me. 

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. – Romans 12:18

I wonder how I can make things right with them?

My job stinks. 

Do all things without grumbling… – Philippians 2:14

I’m thankful for what I have and I wonder if I can do something to enjoy my job more?

I’m bored. 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for goodworks, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10

What can I do right now to honor God?

3. Commit to obedience, even if it costs me… or worse, makes me uncool…

There is a lot about being a Christian in America that can make you popular or cool. There are some social bonus points – or votes in the case of some politicians – that you can get by being religious or attending church. However, there are lots – lots and lots – of things that will make you really unpopular by being a Christian, by believing and adhering to the Bible. If I really want to know and follow Jesus, committing to obeying his word will do a lot to keep my focus on what’s important.

4. Do life with people who really know Jesus themselves and are living for him.

I’ve mentioned several times now that I have only recently found a lot of depth in my relationship with God, and it is without a doubt the result of spending a lot of time with people who are really wise and who are committed themselves to following Jesus. My parents did an amazing job raising my brothers and I and were awesome examples of what it looks like to follow Jesus. However, once I became an adult, I fell into the trap of arrogance – thinking I had the Christian life figured out. My arrogance only created distance between me and God. After facing some tremendous failures in my own life, I connected with some people really trusting and following Jesus, and I was able to start from scratch on walking with God.

5. Sacrificially serve.

I’m not really talking about volunteering a few hours on the weekend at your local shelter – although that is really great! I’m more talking about helping that really annoying co-worker, cooking dinner and letting your husband rest (even after you’ve had a long day with the kiddos), playing that game your kid loves for the 5th time today, calling your mom (even though you know she’ll bring up that thing she always does), giving when you don’t have the time, helping when you don’t have the energy, laying down your life for the good of others, as an offering to our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Oh…. and give your money away. That’ll help. Not just to charities, but friends, your church, coworkers, your leaders at your church – my experience has been they don’t typically have a lot of “fun money.” Leave a gift card on their desk. Drop off a bag of date-night stuff on the door step of a couple with a new baby.

There’s obviously more you can do to keep your eyes focused on Jesus, but those things are my top 5, I guess. Haha!

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. – 1 John 3:16

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10 Things that Surprise You When You Become a Parent


I’m sure there are about a hundred of these lists, but what do you do when you have a hundred of something? Make it a hundred-and-one! If Cruella de Vil taught us anything….

That being said, I had an experience with my kiddos the other day that really got me thinking, “I didn’t expect this.” And thus this list has been born. Here you go:

10 Things that Surprise You When You Become a Parent

1. Poop in the bathtub


My own, personal, worst nightmare. It’s not SO bad when they’re tiny, infants. They’re already in the sink. You just rinse them off. Not the worst. But then they get older. You suspect you’re done with all that foolishness and then it happens. The horror. 

2. Re-Living Bill Cosby’s “Himself” routine 


Except you’re a lot less funny and a lot more frustrated. Come here. Come here. Here! HERE! HERE!!

3. Freaking out about stupid stuff



OH MY GOODNESS SHE JUST ROLLED OVER! GET THE CAMERA! TAKE A VIDEO!! I think if I had seen myself back when I was single and had no children, I might have thought that I had lost my mind and was living in an asylum. 

4. Freaking out about stupid stuff

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5. Losing it if someone even acts like they’ll mess with your kid.


I used to be judgy about helicopter parents. I mean, let your kid grow up. Let them fight their own battles. Yeah, no. Not anymore. Now, it takes every effort for me to not become a raving, slobbering, straight-from-the-pit, mama bear if some other kid starts being rude to my kid on the playground. He’s my baby. I dont care that he’s actually biugger than the other kid. He’s my baby!!

6. All the amazing vacations you get to take – also known as Guilt Trips. 


Oh, you only feed your kids organic, unprocessed, food farmed from a family you know in the french alps? …Yeah… Me too…. Yes! We are having another baby….uh, yes, we know where they come from….. Really? You’ve never given Little Johnny an antibiotic? Sugar? or Let him watch TV?  ….Me neither…….

7. Being creepy about your friends having kids.

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C’mon, everyone’s doing it! Our kids need playmates! Who cares you’ve only been married 5 minutes. HAVE SOME BABIES! Yikes. In hindsight, I have been a reproductive creeper more than once. To those of you who have suffered at my lack of boundaries. I apologize. I’m working on it. 

8. A new-found love and appreciation for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. 


All my mommy friends be like, “You’re on Facebook at 2:30am? Me too! Let’s talk about how much we are ready for our kids to sleep through the night.” Honestly, it’s the only safe place you can find all your other friends in the middle of the night and you get to hang out and catch up. 

9. WANTING to stay home with the little boogers. 


This is a big one for me. I really wasn’t sure about the whole stay-at-home-mom bit. I just didn’t think I would like it and that I would go crazy. But it’s kinda like coffee. It’s weird at first. Kinda hard to adjust to, but now if someone were to try and take away my stay-at-home gig, I would get all kinds of crazy on they butts. (that’s right. they butts.) 

10. WANTING to have more. 

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Another weird one. People asked my hubby and I how many kiddos we wanted to have and I was honestly like, “let’s just see how the first one goes.” But after having 3 in under 4 years, I still would love to have more. I realized the other day that my love for my kids doesn’t just increase with each new baby, my love for them multiplies. Since we’ve had Peaches, I see the special-ness of each of my boys even more and love them even more than I did before. That’s usually when they annihilate the bathroom or dig up the plumbing in the backyard. Gotta keep things balanced…

So, obviously there are about a hundred more things that surprise us when we become parents. So you know what that means! Let’s make it a-hundred-and-one!

What has surprised you since you’ve become a parent?

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From the Primordial Goo of the Internet…

In the swirling, bubbling, burping grayness of interweb, little groups of thoughts and ideas start to cling to one another, gasping for a breath of life. Some thoughts foam up from the murky depths only to be choked by the stifling gas of ads and spam, crushed and curmudgeoned by neanderthalic trolls or they simply effervesce back into the miry nothingness of the internet. Then in the distance, it begins again. Little ideas coming together, churning, pushing and pulling and popping, coming to a rolling boil! Huzzah! Life! it’s happening!

Here it comes… It’s emerging…. It’s alive! It’s alive! It’s…

A platypus? …Hmmm..

This is unexpected.

Evolution of a Blog

The decision to develop and write a blog happened in 2011. I actually started two blogs at that time. One to journal about some of my family adventures, antics and amusements. The other blog was more foodie in nature. Riveting. I know. However, both of those blogs had all of….mmmmmm, one entry. But, let me tell you! It was epic. 

Not really. 

Yet, here I am. Ideas, thoughts and opinions swirling around in my brain and the desire for an outlet to express (and the vain aspiration to develop some sort of readership…Yes, you should feel pressured.). However, what to blog about? And thus, this blog begins as all great things do…. with an identity crisis. 

The Mommy-Foodie-Jesus-Philosophy-Extrospective-Poetry Blog

The reality is that any blog worth reading is about something. It’s about pictures of someone’s dinner. It’s about cats. It’s about politics (heaven, help us). I have not seen a successful Seinfeld-ian approach to blogging yet, and blogs that are about everything feel like blogs that are about nothing. Thus, the identify crisis. 

I could write a mommy blog! I mean, I am a mommy…Some mommy blogs are amazing. I think to myself, “Dang! Girlfriend has got it together.” You know what my kids did today? They ate. They went to the bathroom. They played cars. They ate. They fought. AND, my favorite, they played in the mud. And then they ate. I’m sorry, but that is a full day. We don’t have time for great-artists-of-the-world collages, or learning Japanese, or organic, made-from-scratch goldfish crackers.  It ain’t gonna happen, and neither is a mommy blog. 

I could write a foodie blog. How awesome would this be? Pictures of my incredible culinary creations, that are, obviously, from scratch, and, duh! organic. Oh! And don’t forget that they would be sustainably sourced, no sugar, dairy-free, elegantly presented (with the light just-so) little plates of heaven…. Good grief, I’m exhausted just writing that sentence. Let’s just leave my foodie aspirations to my pinterest page, shall we?

I could write about being a Christian. Me, Jesus and The Church, out to save the world! ….Something about that feels like a trap, though. I can just sense Pride, Status and Heresy whispering, “Yeah! A blog about Christianity…And Culture…And deep theological issues…You should do it…You’ll be like Matt Walsh!” >insert me running and screaming the opposite direction<  Honestly, I am already afraid that someone is going to read this paragraph and be deeply hurt, offended or enraged by what I’ve said. But… But… But…I really, really want to engage with people on a deep spiritual level. Ah, yes, there it is. People. Not the internet. So, for now, I will leave the grand-canyon spiritual discussions to in-person encounters. 

The Aha! Moment

As I considered all these things over the past several weeks, there were several things that happened in the world that brought a dark cloud over my outlook on life. The Ebola outbreak was happening. Isis was (and is, I think), brutally murdering Christians, their children and others. Robin Williams committed suicide. The list goes on. In my family’s personal life there were also struggles spiritually, financially, and relationally that just made me feel like darkness was all around, and in spite of my faith, pushing in, closer and closer. 

I was sitting in the office working on a project, when I started looking at Facebook – the great motivator. A friend posted a video of a Robin Williams performance, and it was hilarious. I watched it twice. It was exactly what I needed.

And that’s when it hit me: laughter. There is something deeply profound about laughter. The world is dark. It’s bleak. There are times when I look out at what is happening in the world-at-large and the world around me, and the evil seems so huge and all the good seems so tiny in comparison. But. “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” <—Jesus, yo.  

This verse really says it best:

“I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:8-11.

My heart is glad. I know my God will not abandon me. He shows me the way to go. 

In-spite of the darkness, my heart is glad. 

That’s what I want. I want to make my heart glad and maybe, yours too. This blog is here to, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, bring delight. Make you smile. EVEN BETTER, make you laugh. 

That is what’s great about a platypus. How can you not laugh?


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