Archives For Choices

I ran across a post on Facebook this morning where a question was asked, “So why did Lucy and Ricky sleep in separate beds? Was it for realz, or was it because the same bed was too much info for TV?” I spent a little bit trying to figure out the actual answer and it seems that the answers are split between, yes it was reality and no, it was television censorship. The biggest answer I saw was that it was too much to show viewers the couple in one bed at the time and so in the spirit of censorship, they chose to put them in two beds. Now, whether that is the truth or not, really isn’t the point here. What I realized when I started thinking about this was that TV censorship in general was so much better back then! Let me give you a few examples I found on Neatorama: Continue Reading…

Pay It Forward

June 6, 2012 — 8 Comments
From April: This is a guest post from Rebekah Gonzales, Toni’s daughter. Rebekah is only 16, however, I found her writing to be wise beyond her years and am proud that she is posting here today. You can find other posts from Rebekah on her blog, Born Vintage, where she writes bringing back all things vintage. You should check it out! 
 
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Digging Ditches

June 4, 2012 — 1 Comment
From April: This is a guest post from my friend Jason Wert. Jason and I met a couple of years ago through blogs and I am proud to call him a friend of mine today. His posts always hit close to home and he is a huge encourager. He has two young boys who are the light of his life. You can find more of Jason’s writing over at Mustard Seed Year. I am grateful to have Jason posting today. Continue Reading…

Think on These Things

April 19, 2012 — 4 Comments

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ~Philippians 4:8 Continue Reading…

Slow Fade

April 17, 2012 — 2 Comments

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. ~Ephesians 6:10-13 Continue Reading…

Being Vulnerable

February 16, 2012 — 14 Comments

It’s vulnerability time on Blessed Beyond Measure…

What does it mean to be vulnerable? Miriam Webster’s dictionary describes vulnerable as:

1. capable of being physically or emotionally wounded
2. open to attack or damage

Wow, talk about hard. I mean, we know that being vulnerable can make us feel scared, weak, etc., but to see it in black and white in the dictionary, to see that it means we could be attacked or wounded, that hits hard. And I’m about to very vulnerable with y’all. Continue Reading…

Who are your child’s idols?

February 14, 2012 — 2 Comments

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s, frankly because I knew there would be a lot of stuff I don’t care to see. Yesterday I ran across a post on Facebook that referened a performance done by Nicki Minaj. I had heard of this performer a while back when I saw a segment from an Ellen episode where two young girls perform Nicki’s Super Bass. Though I usually think it’s precious to see young kids trying to perform just like their “idols”, and though these two young girls were precious prior to the actual performance, I cringed when I heard the song. Then, yesterday, I saw the video of the performance Nicki Minaj did at the Grammy’s and I again cringed. (Performance can be found here but please note I would not recommend this for children.) Continue Reading…

What did I do wrong?

February 2, 2012 — 2 Comments

So in watching the not so reality show The Bachelor the other day, I heard something that I hear every single week that someone goes home, “I just don’t understand, what did I do wrong?” And every time I hear it, I cringe. It’s not that I don’t know where this comes from and it’s not that I haven’t said it before, it’s that I finally came to a place several years ago where I realized that it’s not about what I did wrong. Rarely is it ever about what we did wrong, ladies (or men). Continue Reading…

It’s OK to say No

January 12, 2012 — 4 Comments

17 And Moses’ father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.
Exodus 18:17-18

Moses’ father in law noticed that Moses was doing too much and was too busy for one person. He recognized that Moses didn’t know how to say no. As a result, I am sure that a lot of important life thing (family, friends, rest) were falling to the wayside in Moses’ life. We often get like this in our everyday lives as well. Do you find that you are too busy? Too consumed with tasks, schedules, even ministry? Do you find that because of this your family, friends, even a simple thing such as rest are falling aside and that you are overwhelmed, tired, and frustrated?  Continue Reading…

In trying to do better in my daily walk with Christ I knew that I needed to be reading Scripture much more consistently. So, one way I chose to make that happen was to enroll in a Reading Plan through my YouVersion account. The reading plan I chose was Parenting By Design. Yesterday was Day 4 and the Scripture and subsequent additional material really struck a chord. Continue Reading…