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    What do you expect?

    Happy Day!  Do you feel a little let down by the lack luster of the Super Bowl yesterday? Is it just me or was that not the most low energy football game? However, yesterday was glorious, we shared it with great friends, yummy food and relaxation.  There were some creative and funny commercials, but I just didn’t see much football. Maybe it’s my fault.  Maybe my expectations were too high. Has that ever happened to you? You set your expectations so high that they can’t really be met. Maybe you expect your family to support your creative journey and they don’t. You expect your spouse to show up in ways…

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    ‘Tis the Season

    ‘Tis the season. This season can bring so many triggers of so many kinds. The stress of finances. The dysfunction of family relationships. The pressure to do. The chaos of schedules. This season can cause us to be overwhelmed mentally, physically and emotionally. Without a purposeful pause to find a moment to breath and be calm we can become burdened and spiral in such a way that hope, joy and peace seem not available. ‘Tis the season. May you choose to pause.  Sit.  Be. Find a moment in which hope, joy and peace are what surround you. Seek them.  Find them. Maybe it’s with a cup of tea in the…

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    Gift Guide 2018

    Hello Friends! Welcome to the blog. I thought today I would give you some fun Christmas Gift Ideas. If you are giving gifts this year here are a few ideas that might be fun and helpful: Want to give the give of food?  Harry and David will not disappoint with their super yummy fruit!       2.  What would a Gift Guide List be without some book ideas?     3. One of my most favorite things to do is play games, share laughs and make memories.  What about a fun new board game? 4.  Giving a gift in the honor of, or on behalf of someone is also…

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    Blessing in the Struggle

    Jacob is traveling back to his homeland. He’s about to meet up with his brother Esau who he stole the birthright from. Family conflict can add stress to us mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. Jacob no doubt is feeling a ton of stress as he gets closer to coming face to face with his brother. In his stress Jacob prays back the promises God had made him. “I will make you prosper.” Genesis 32:9 In the midst of all the chaos Jacob might not be ‘feeling’ so prosperous but he boldly declares this promise in his prayer. Jacob sends gifts up ahead with messengers for his brother Esau in hopes…

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    Salute

    On this Veterans Day I am thinking about you and your service. I don’t know your story. But I am aware of your strength. I may not see all your scars. But I know that you are selfless. You have suffered with secrets and selected silence. May you know you are thanked, appreciated and loved sincerely.

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    Keep It Simple

    Hello! Welcome to the blog. A place to motivate, encourage and live out our lives together. I don’t know about you but this time of year is one of my favorites. We are coming into the holidays. Each month from now until the end of January there will be food, celebrations, family, friends, and football (the Super Bowl it’s really just a reason to put out a bunch of amazing snacky foods and where your sweatpants and enjoy the day; Team Hamblin calls is Snack Sunday). All the things. Now maybe all those things are not in your next few months. But I would probably guess a few of them…

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    Can we be at peace?

    I’m sitting here before my laptop on this beautiful fall morning and I can see the yellows, reds, burgundy’s of all the changing leaves outside my window. Fall displayed in all its glory. I am sipping a chai tea, the laundry is going and I am waiting for the beep that alerts me to come get the warm dry clothes out and put the next load in. Life is good. Perfect no. Peaceful yes. There is an intent in my soul to focus on that which keeps me in a balanced and peaceful state of mind. Why? And really how is this possible? Am I aware of the world, the…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…