• 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    He Sees Us

    Have you ever found yourself in place you never imagined you would be? Or maybe you are somewhere you don’t want to be. I think realizing you are there is one thing. Another is accepting this is where you are. And to go further is to embrace it.I just wanna say don’t ever feel like you need to rush through these phases. There are emotions and all sorts that goes with this. Take your time. Be in the moment. Listen and learn. Over the years I have found myself in many different places I never would have taken myself. But I am learning that there is usually something amazing that…

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    Issues in sunny SoCal

        We have made it down to SoCal. It was quite the trek. The Engineer drove the U-Haul and I drove our new to us Toyota Highlander. We left a day early from Southern Oregon due to fires at the Oregon and California border. We got through the interstate while it was open. We broke the trip up over two days. And were blessed to sit in a hotel hot tub and get a goodnights rest. I think that all the changes over the past five weeks are starting to hit the Team. We have moved across the world, left our friends on the island, went from winter to…

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    Love On Them

    Just trying to figure life out. While living it, yep that’s a hard one. Right? Like being the momma, who is menopausal, to two teen boys who are being doused with testosterone. Is this my life? I have come to learn a few things about myself this week. One is that I am ‘that person’ who is very curious about things. I am always asking questions. Wondering. Trying to sort some stuff out. And this can put me ‘out’ with others. This can cause others to question my foundation. This can rub up against the comfortable of others. Now hear my heart on this, I am not, NOT, intent on…

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    Kleenex

    It started Monday night. As I was climbing into my cozy bed, a painful throat. In that moment I knew it. The Engineer had shared his cold with me. Darn it! I woke up Tuesday feeling achy, stuffed up and miserable. It is currently Thursday afternoon and my left ear is plugged and I can’t do life. I’m coughing up my lungs which makes my body even that much sorer. I am blowing my nose every 3 seconds because for some reason the human body is really good at making snot. I am consuming more tea than is even harvested in a year. I don’t like to be sick. All…

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    Need

    Yesterday in church all I could think of was my ‘need’ for God. A desperate dependence. At one time I would have been ashamed of this weakness. For I fully equated need with weakness. Being in need meant I wasn’t doing something right. We reside in a world that shouts independence. And yet our very DNA was created for dependence. We are wired to be needy. Needy for love, a love that will embrace us, fulfill us, sustain and empower us. These past few weeks I have begged my God to fill me with His strength, as I have an incredible need. A need to kick an addiction. A need…