• On Purpose Everyday

    When Your Yes Looks Different

    Emotions can be triggered so easily. We can be sitting in a room full of people listening to a presentation. A call to action. Asked to join the movement. Invited to be a part of making a difference in our world. All of it being purposeful, right and good. But there needs to be a pause. A time to discern. Is this for me? Is this the thing that I am to be a part of? Is this what I am to allocate my time to? Does this fit into the will, plan, and purpose for my life? Pause, take the time to ask the questions, to reflect, to listen.…

  • On Purpose Everyday

    You get to choose!

    I’m thinking about these two words today: Fear and Faith.   And how really we choose between the two each and every day. One will keep us in captivity. While the other will set our hearts, mind and souls to soar and go after living the best life. The life our Creator intended us to live. Fear paralyzes us. It makes us shortsighted. Fear causes us to focus on self. (Ouch!) When we are captive by fear we are focused on the past not the future. Fear keeps us from launching out. Fear says: “Don’t make a scene!” “What will other people think of you?” “God is not interested in…

  • Life in SoCal

    Napping

    Welcome to the blog. I am glad you stopped in. Happy First Day of October! It’s beginning to look and feel Fall-ish here in SoCal. Trees are starting their color changes and our late evenings and early mornings have much cooler air. This past weekend was a 2 napper. Meaning I took a nap on Saturday and on Sunday. I call it ‘survival’ living in a household of all boys. No, really, to stay sane it’s one of my coping mechanisms. And the true joy of it is that The Engineer totally gets it and me and so he happily accommodates for naps! So I am aware that there are…

  • On Purpose Everyday

    Everyone to the table

    This weekend I got to retreat in the hills. The scenery was beautiful. Meals weren’t all about the food, but rather the people that sat around the tables. The being together and talking about life. I came away having something sorted in my heart and mind. Let me start with the story. Jesus is walking with his disciples. It’s about time to have the Passover Meal, a time in which the Jews celebrate their liberation from Egypt. His disciples ask Him, “Where would you like to eat the Passover Meal?” Jesus prepared for this question answers pretty specifically, “go into the city, find the man carrying a jug of water…

  • Life in SoCal

    #4

    Yesterday at 5:02pm I heard The Engineers car pull up into the driveway. Announcing his arrival home from his day doing his engineering stuff. I opened the front door walked out to greet him, as I come around the corner of the house, I see him standing there. He is holding his arms up in the motion of a big X. And is quickly shaking his head no. I look down at the ground and there it is. The world’s worst most horrific thing. The thing that should have NEVER EVER been created. A snake. At this point I run back in the house. Slam the door shut. Which alerts…

  • Learning Who You Are

    You are VERY GOOD

    Sometimes we are so into our current life. You know the part where we are smack dab in the middle of it and we don’t remember our beginnings and we can’t see the end. Maybe pausing to remind ourselves where we come from might help us embrace where we are and get us to where we are going. The first book of the Bible is titled Genesis; which means the beginning. In the beginning God created… The Creator spoke the heavens and the earth into being. God spoke separation between light and darkness. The sky, land, seas, vegetation, sun, moon, stars, birds and creatures of the seas were also commanded…

  • On Purpose Everyday

    Menuha

    Hello Friends, Welcome!  I am so glad you stopped into this little neck of the woods on the big world wide web. Team Hamblin just got through a long and lovely Labor Day Weekend.  Food, friends and fun was had by all.  No school or work on Monday was bliss as it added an extra day for more food, friends and fun! Last week I listened to a podcast by Rob Bell, titled Menuha. Rob informs his listeners that the Menuha is the Hebrew word for rest. I was really fascinated how Rob goes through the creation story to emphasize the important balance between work and/or creating with that of…

  • On Purpose Everyday

    Back to School

    Wowzers a lot has been happening over this past week for to getting us ready for school and wrapping up summer. School registrations that include standing in line for 1 hour and 15 minutes to get a picture for the ASB card, an hour in the local mobile phone store (sorry but that is not really where this girl likes to give her time), orthodontic appointments, end of summer bbq’s, big huge shopping trip to make sure all the school supplies are bought, and the pantry and food is stocked for the boys who consume it like crazy, the rodeo, painting the sunroom. I am one tired girl. But I…

  • On Purpose Everyday

    Humbled

    In the crowded hall she reached for me. She pulled me in close. She hugged me. In that hug there was a transfer of years of wisdom, faithfulness, pure love, and grace. The words that left her lips that were only meant for my ears in the moment, have stuck with me; “You will be humbled.” Me and that word have never really got along. For me, humbled, means a giving up of my will. My feet have been back on US soil now for fifty days. My mind and heart are not fully here. There is a daily struggle to find the joy, the happy, the peace, the want…