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016 :: 33 THINGS I’VE LEARNED

  1. Don’t just find time for yourself; MAKE TIME for yourself.
  2. Even if your husband NEVER watched Saved by the Bell, your marriage WILL BE OK!
  3. Choose to be a PRESENT mom over being the PERFECT mom.
  4. Sometimes GRACE comes in the shape of a cup of coffee, paper plates, a ROKU stick, or couch snuggles.
  5. Google LESS; Pray MORE!
  6. Chocolate chip cookies taste better with butter flavored Crisco.
  7. Spinach hides best in smoothies with chocolate OR blueberries.
  8. God would rather us HASH crap out with Him, than ignore Him completely.
  9. You discover the heath of a chicken by it’s poop…there’s so many metaphors here, I’ll just let your brain come up with it’s own.
  10. Stop reading the Bible though a LIBERAL lens or a CONSERVATIVE lens; the Bible does not fit into those world views. Live the way the BIBLE says we should go and that will be FAR different from either.  We are called to life a life Holy/set apart…Study biblical justice!  Your spirit will BURST! (Thank you, Tim Keller!)
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  1. Noise cancelling headphones. Get a pair.
  2. Cereal is not just a breakfast food…. even after college.
  3. Satan is a hunter… a hunter works to separate its prey from the pack to make them vulnerable & an easy target. STAY CONNECTED!
  4. Taking care of yourself is NOT selfish. Ask me about the Oxygen-Masks-on-an Airplane analogy.  That’s what made it click for me!
  5. Teach your children in the ways they should go, and then go with them…in a non-hovering parent sort of way.
  6. You should be serving with what’s OVERFLOWING from your cup, not from what’s inside.
  7. To get blood out of clothes….HYDOGYEN PEROXIDE immediately!
  8. Splashing puddles can make ANYONE smile.
  9. Unmade decisions are brain clutter.
  10. “Where there is no vision, the people parish.” – Proverbs 29:18
  11. The difference between a bull & a steer is just a couple nuts.
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  1. If you put the cream & sugar in first, then you don’t have to wash a spoon.
  2. Judgments of someone or something reveals MY open wounds & heart issues.
  3. White is the easiest nail polish color…it goes with EVERYTHING!
  4. You don’t need a PHD to Encourage/Serve/Pray. God seeks the willing; not the qualified.
  5. Chalkboard paint IS cool. I don’t care who you are.
  6. Coffee & Quiet is GOLD to a mama.
  7. Just because I don’t wear a wedding band, doesn’t mean I am not sickeningly happy in my marriage… I means, I don’t want to rip my finger off. Big difference.
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  1. God can’t fill clenched fists.
  2. What I do teaches a FAR greater lesson, that what I say.
  3. Cotton candy is my love language…besides Quality Time.
  4. Let yourself DREAM! How else will you create GOALS to work toward?
  5. Put your phone down & actually TOUCH someone…a handshake, a hug, baby snuggles… EVERYONE (except Sheldon Cooper) needs physical connection. It’s good for the soul.

Here's to another FULL year ahead.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Cynthia Wineinger

    I concur to all 33!!! And would add one more… Getting older ain’t for sissys!

    May 2, 2019 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Tricia

    #22 and #23 are SO TRUE in my life as well, despite being wildly different in terms of “importance.” 😀

    May 2, 2019 at 2:28 pm
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