Friday Finds: The Whatever Girls

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In the late summer months I was approached by Erin Bishop to see if I was interested in joining the contributing team for a blog called The Whatever Girls. Here’s all about the organization in Erin’s own words:

The Whatever Girls are intentional moms and intentional daughters. We exist to empower girls to choose God’s best for their lives by exemplifying the pillars of Philippians 4:8: “whatever is truenoble,rightpurelovelyadmirable—if anything is excellent orpraiseworthy—think about such things.”

As one who stumbled through middle and high school making a series of poor decisions, my hearts desire is for teen girls to know their true value and identity comes from Jesus.  Stability, acceptance and unconditional love are critical for shaping our daughters character.

I was totally on board with the mission and am now happy to have my very first post on the blog today. I’m sharing an excerpt from Forget the Corsage and talking all about our worth and value as God’s masterpiece. I hope you’ll take a second to follow this link to the post! While you’re there, take a look around at all of the great resources available to both mothers and daughters.

Happy Friday!

Following,
Ginger

p.s. I will be continuing the 12 steps to Staying in Tune this Season on Tuesday. Catch you then for the next installment!

Friday Finds: Overwhelmed the Right Way

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Thanks for sticking with me through a crazy week. My new normal as a mom continues to keep me on my toes and forces me back down on my knees. I cannot do this job, much less my other jobs, on my own. I’ve recognized (through tears) multiple times how desperately I try to manage on my own, but really, I need help from every possible source.

But as I indicated yesterday, one of the surest ways to keep from feeling overwhelmed by a to-do list is to stand in awe, to be completely overwhelmed by a generous, loving, and powerful Father.

I felt that on Sunday morning as we sang song after song. I can’t even tell you what lyrics touched my tired heart, all I know is that the moment I released, threw my hands out and let the tears fall, I stood in awe. My list of reasons to be thankful kept flowing and suddenly I was overwhelmed by the nearness of our God. When the service ended someone remarked that I looked refreshed and renewed. I joked that 6 hours of straight sleep, coffee, and a shower will do wonders for you … but I knew in my heart that this renewal came from something bigger and deeper.

As I rocked my daughter to sleep yesterday afternoon, my tasks threatened to take all of my peace again. But out of the corner of my eye I spied this book on her shelf. I’m a HUGE fan of Max Lucado’s books for children. The Boy and the Ocean was a gift from my friend Carey and her family. I pulled it out again and let myself see the ocean, mountains, and stars through the eyes of a child … and in turn my voice cracked as I savored the overwhelming presence, love, and power of our God.

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Whether or not you have a child in your home or you are a kid at heart – you want this book. I typically gift The Jesus Storybook Bible for new babies, You Are Special for high school graduates, and Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing for everything else, but this book is heading onto my list. The illustrations are GORGEOUS and the refrain a perfect reminder,

“[God’s love is] always here. It’s always deep. It never ends. God’s love is special.”

There’s nothing complicated about The Boy and the Ocean. Plain and simple, God’s love is always here.

Happy Friday!

Following,

Ginger

Friday Quote

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“And don’t be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God’s place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life …”

1 Corinthians 7:17 (MSG)

Happy Friday, Friends!

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Summer Favorites Edition

I don’t know about you but it’s hard for me to believe that next week will be September. How did that happen? I feel like yesterday was July 4th, but maybe that’s just life with a baby. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorites that have helped me enjoy my summer indoors. I haven’t seen a pool since Memorial Day and I really have only spent a handful of hours outside since May. For real.

So here’s a little bit of fun to enter our three-day weekend. Woohoo!

1. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

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My mom gave me this book over a year ago and I’ve been meaning to read it ever since. It just so happens that NOW was the perfect season for me to read it. I’ve never felt so motivated to live in gratitude with a word of thanksgiving on my lips. If you haven’t read this book or checked out Ann’s blog, give yourself a gift and make sure you put this one on your list!

2. The Giver Series by Lois Lowery

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The Giver has been one of my favorite books for the past decade. It took having lots of downtime to finally check out the rest of the series. Think Hunger Games minus the violence. It’s young adult fiction but the themes within the book have nothing to do with teen romance. Each of the books has left me thinking for days. The fourth and final book in the series just came out last fall. I’m a big fan.

3. Say Yes to the Dress

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What is it about watching people find wedding dresses? I really could watch every single episode of this reality show. Totally mindless entertainment, but this has been the summer for just that. ;)

4. Photo Apps

Heaven knows I’m taking a zillion photos of my baby. I’m trying to use some restraint and not post my child up on every social media outlet. I do have some go to apps for the photos I take on my phone. If you haven’t looked at these, here are some winning cheap options.

Camera!
Camera+
Big Lens
Frametastic
BeautifulMess
VSCOcam

5. Camelbak Waterbottle

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I have three of these bottles and I literally have one at my side every single day. I love that the straw makes life easy when I have a baby in my arms and this klutz also appreciates that it is spill-proof. Big Win.

So there you go – random list from my life indoors. I would love to hear your summer fun favs.

Happy Weekending!

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: On Repeat

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This song.

These lyrics.

I awake in the middle of the night and I hear it. I know these words are going to fill my head and heart when I’m fighting through labor. This song was the first one I added to my delivery playlist. First one.

Even if you’ve heard this a million times, I hope you’ll listen once more and be blessed by Lord I Need You once more this week.

 

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You’re the One that guides my heartLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need YouWhere sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in meLord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I’ll fall on You
Jesus, You’re my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You’re my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

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Happy Friday, Friends.

Friday Finds: Top Picks

I’m checking in on this lovely and HOT Friday morning to share some of my favorite posts from the past few years. If you can’t tell, I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting lately. Something about “The unexamined life is not worth living…”  – you know, that whole Socrates thing. So the gazillion journals have been pulled off my shelves and I’ve been going through years of posts on Xanga, Blogspot, and this site. For those of you who have only started following in the past few months, there are a ton of posts on all sorts of topics on this website. Simply utiize the search button or key words listed at the very bottom. But rather than send you on a scavenger hunt today I’ve decided to collect a few favorites- mine and yours.

Here we go! (Thanks to Abby for sparking the idea!)

top picks

Favorite Series:

Hindsight (all sorts of talented guest bloggers)
Navigating the High Seas of Relationships (a whole series on dating)

Favorite Thursday Tips:

Combat Lies
Color

About Self-Worth:

Self-Perception
Uncomfortable in my Own Skin

About Friendship:

Staying Sharp
Heartaches, Together

About Spiritual Growth:

Apathy
Check the Connection

Tough Questions from “Dear Ginger”:

Dear Ginger: The Fear of Being Left Behind
Dear Ginger: Help Please

Most Read:

Famine to Feast (healing after heartache)
Interested but not Desperate (when you really wish you had more than just a friendship)
Passion, Not the Fruit (determining your passion in life)

Personal Favorite stand-alone post:

Timing

 

Thanks for two and a half years of conversation and community! Here’s to the next season!

Following,
Ginger

 

Friday Finds: More Favorites

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I share a lot of purposeful blog posts, but every once in a while I enjoy kicking back and just sharing regular life with you. This is one of those days. I hope that’s okay with you. It has been a mile-marker of a week for me. I finished a MAJOR project (WOOT), stayed up way past my bedtime attending a Mumford & Sons Concert (outside, in Arizona, in June – yes, yes it was 99 degrees at 9pm), and then hit our one-month countdown for the arrival of baby girl. HOLY MOLY. You get the picture. I’m taking a cue from Maria Von Trapp this morning.

Without further delay, here are my favorite things from the past week/month…

 

1. A backyard concert of Awake My Soul

This has always been my favorite Mumford Song, and after the concert last night… its’ my favorite, favorite, favorite. I loved hearing 20,000 voices sing out

“In these bodies we will live,
in these bodies we will die
Where you invest your love, 
you invest your life…”

The dogs singing along, the rich harmonies… I thoroughly enjoy this little video.

 

 

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2. Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst

Check out the subtitle of this book: Making Wise Choices in the Midst of Raw Emotions.

I feel like there has been something good to glean out of every chapter of this book. It’s only taken me a year to get around to reading it, but I feel as if it’s entered my life at just the right time.

“I can’t control the things that happen to me each day, but I can control how I think about them. I can say to myself, ‘I have a choice to have destructive or constructive thoughts right now. I can wallow in what’s wrong and make things worse, or I can ask god for a better perspective to help me see good even when I don’t feel good.'” – Lysa TerKeurst, Unglued

 

3. A blog post by Emily P. Freeman

I enjoy just about everything Emily posts on Chatting at the Sky, but this entry keeps coming to my mind.

“Why You Need to Tell Someone How Scared You Are.”

Intriguing, right? I don’t want to give the whole post away, but suffice it to say, it’s definitely worth you taking the time to click on the link and read the entire entry! Here’s a little taste: Sometimes it’s good to let them see you sweat even when it feels awkward. Fear seems to grow in the darkness of isolation. But when you expose it in the light of community, it tends to lose power. Sharing my fear is often the path that leads to courage.

 

 3. Mentoring Girls 101 from the LivingProof Blog

If you are involved in mentoring teens, tweens, or even college students – this post has some great basic reminders for those relationships. Sometimes the idea of mentoring or discipleship can feel overwhelming, but Lindsee shares some practical steps to get you started. These aren’t the ONLY ways to mentor, disciple, or build a relationship – just some suggestions!

 

4. The Dollar Section at Target

If you haven’t been to Target in the last week, let me be the first to tell you that there are some great $1 finds. I picked up a new coupon book, some stationary, a cosmetic bag, and a bunch of odds and ends to have on hand for gift baskets.

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Thanks to Target, my friends can no longer make fun of me for carrying my lip gloss and lotions in a ziplock bag. Thanks to the brand new photo app #ABeautifulMess for making my kitchen floor look WAY more exciting. (And also, fyi, it’s a great app.)

5. A post from The Storyline Blog

I wasn’t sure whether I was going to read this entry based on the title: “A Question to Ask When Faced with Conflict.”

I figured the answer was simply: fight or flight… cover an offense with love or confront in love.

But then I read the incredible story of Leon Fleisher. And now you should be clicking over to read about this world-famous pianist and a question from the Benedictine Monks: “God, what do you have for me here?”

 

6. A small medium large Strawberry Slush from Sonic.

I know there are about 1,000 more exciting choices for your next Sonic run, but there is something so cooling and comforting about this drink. Perhaps my preference is related to the high of 106 and being 8 months pregnant, but who cares. It’s good. And now I feel the impulse to drive to Sonic. ;)

 

Stay cool, my friends! Happy Friday.

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: On Waiting

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It’s been one of those weeks where everything is happening last-minute. I feel like I can’t stay on top of my own schedule. I have been furiously working through my manuscript and part of the process has been fleshing out my Bibliography and notes section. FAVORITE part of any project. (Not even.) Who knew I was actually going to need a page number for all of the quotes I utilized? Luckily for me this has meant a pleasant stroll down memory lane as I pull out the books that have influenced so much of my life. As I paged through Passion And Purity by Elisabeth Elliot, I was struck by a few passages that I wanted to share this morning.

Steadfastness, that is holding on;
patience, that is holding back;
expectancy, that is holding the face up;
obedience, that is holding one’s self in readiness to go or do;
listening, that is holding quiet and still so as to hear.
(S. D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Prayer)

Be still and know that He is God. When you are lonely, too much stillness is exactly the thing that seems to be laying wasted to your soul. Use that stillness to quiet your heart before God. Get to know Him. If He is God, He is still in charge. Remember that you are not alone. “The Lord, He it is that doth go with thee. He will not fail thee neither forsake thee. Be strong and of good courage.” (Deut. 31:8) Jesus promised His disciples, “Lo, I am with you always.” (Matt. 28:20) Never mind if you cannot feel His presence. He is there, never for one moment forgetting you.

Whether you are waiting, lonely, or at rest, I pray God’s presence would be real in your life this weekend.

Blessings!
Ginger

Friday Finds: Fuel for the Weekend

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Dear, dear [FRIENDS]…

“I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The small ness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively.”

(2 Corinthians 6:11, MSG)

“Fear is a manipulative emotion that can trick us into living a boring life.” -Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Here’s to a weekend filled with stories to tell, moments shared, and adventures to be had!

Following,
Ginger

Friday Finds: Words to Read

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To those of you who struggle like M on a daily basis, I wanted to share some words that I believe can challenge and encourage you in the midst of self-esteem challenges. I strongly believe that God does not desire for us to stay in that muddy place of anxiety and confusion. He wants to pull us out of the pit. A huge portion of that journey is believing what HE says about you in His Word. But the words of others can also encourage us and remind us that others have hurt and found victory. Here are some of my favorites. I hope you check out one of them.

1.    Lies Young Women Believe (blog and book) by DeMoss and Gresh

2.   The Search for Significance by Robert McGee

3.   Graceful by Emily P. Freeman

4.   You’re Already Amazing: Embracing Who You Are, Becoming All God Created You to Be by Holley Gerth

5.   Redefining Beautiful: What God Sees When God Sees You by Jenna and Max Lucado

6.   Perfectly Unique by Annie F. Downs

7.   Authentic Beauty by Leslie Ludy

8.   Me, Myself, & Lies by Jennifer Rothschild

9.   2nd Corinthians chapter 10 (especially verses 4-5)

“You are a beloved creation of the God of the heavens, that created you just like you are. When you look in the mirror and you don’t like what you see, you need to remember that the God who remade this sunset right here, He formed you in your mother’s womb, every part of who you are. And there’s nothing to be ashamed of, there’s nothing to look at and say,

“It’s not beautiful.”

You can’t look at some airbrushed picture of someone who doesn’t even look like that in real life and compare yourself to that. That’s not the reality of life. But what you are, is perfectly made by God of the heavens and He meant it on purpose.” 

― Lacey Mosley

Happy Friday, Friends.

Following,
Ginger