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Mama Needs a Break

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization on March 8, 2009 by Carole Hicks
On Break

On Break

Last week I had a break in the middle of the day before walking in to an appointment. I pulled over into a parking lot, opened up my sun roof, let me seat go all the way back and gazed up into the sky you see in this photograph. That is a symbol for how I feel right now. I need to take a break and just gaze up into the sky. I’ve been working too hard — at work and at home — and I’m depleted.

I feel so selfish saying this because I know people in far worse situations — people who don’t even have jobs to complain about. People who have lost their homes and can’t even complain about housework because they’ve lost their homes.

I’ve been here before. Exhausted. Depleted. In about one hour, I’ll be sitting in church. I am just going to give up and let Him take care of me. I am too lazy to look up the verse and quote it exactly but I think it’s from Matthew and it says something like “All you who are carrying a heavy load, give it to me, I will give you rest. Even if your burden is heavy, take my yoke…it is easy.” I don’t know what the heck a yoke is but I think mules or ox wear them when they plow a field. Anyhoo, sounds good to me.

As always, I welcome your comments. Thanks for hanging out here with me.

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What if you knew you had 30 days left to live?

Posted in Blissdom 2009, Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, One Month to Live with tags , on February 15, 2009 by Carole Hicks

Do you think Elvis was an organized guy? Do you think there is any correlation between knowing who you are and being organized? What if you found out you only had 30 days left to live?

Personally, the more authentic I become, the more organized I become because I whittle out the things in life that don’t matter. I’m spending the bulk of my time focusing my attention on things that matter in the perspective of living eternally. If I thought that this life was all there is, I’d definitely be involved in a “get rich quick” scheme.

I’d love to hear what really matters to you. If you knew you only had 30 more days to live, what would you do differently in the next hour, in the next day, and the next month?

Love me tender. Love me true. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Elvis - artwork in the lobby of Preston Hotel, Nashville

Elvis - artwork in the lobby of Preston Hotel, Nashville

Just be you

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, nothingness blawgalishness, twitter on January 31, 2009 by Carole Hicks

It sounds cliche but these last few weeks I’ve learned the wisdom in “just being me”. When I originally began my journey (or shall we call it an experiment?) on Twitter, I didn’t want to be perceived as one more person jumping on the “social media expertise” bandwagon. I purposely downplayed the business side of my skillsets and described myself on twitter like so: “Christ-follower. I love biking, blogging and baking.” The three B’s are supposed to be kind of funny because they all start with B. Yes, I know my sense of humor is weird.

Lately, I’ve received several inquiries from some rather influential and successful people via twitter. I asked one of these people “what attracted you to click through to learn more about me from twitter to my blog”. His answer totally shocked me. He said: “I was interested in learning more about you because you love to bake.”

My takeaway this week is to revel in your uniqueness. Just be who you are. And to repeat a phrase I heard eons ago, but it still works today “God didn’t make no junk”. Word.

God and the socks

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization, Organize with tags , , , on January 27, 2009 by Carole Hicks

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If you are one of the tens of people who lurk about here, and if you know me even a little bit, you know that “having a place for everything and everything in it’s place” is a motto I try to live with but never quite achieve. Okay, now that I’ve set the tone let me explain why you’ve logged on here and see a photo of my husband’s socks laying on the floor.

I’ve been married to my best friend for seven years now. In those seven years I have begged and pleaded with him to put his socks away and NOT LEAVE THEM ON THE FREAKING FLOOR!!! Are you with me? Do you feel my passion. I think it is more than disgusting to bend over and pick up dirty socks like picking up a dead mouse my cat has killed in the backyard. Ewwww!

Okay then, so after all these years of expressing my utmost displeasure at his horrible habit of leaving his socks on the floor, do you think it has changed his behavior one bit? I’ll give you a minute to ponder.

Correct, the answer is NO.

However, as I study scripture and use the Bible as a compass to chart my way through life, I cannot find anywhere…believe me I looked…any kind of admonition to our dear brethren, our brothers in the Lord, our sweet husbands, the kings of our castles…that they should strive on a daily basis to pick up their stinking socks. If I could find the scripture, I would print it out in beautiful typography with a gold frame and hang it where he can see it.

Sadly enough, I do find scripture in Proverbs about how a NAGGING WIFE is like a dripping faucet and in another place how it is better to live in the corner of an attic than in a big house with a nagging wife. This strikes me as hilarious because wasn’t this stuff written like a million years ago…you mean they had nagging wives back then, too? Maybe some things never change.

I suppose you wish I’d get to the point so here tis: I very humbly and sincerely asked God to give me some kind of little reminder every day…kind of like a “God tickler file”…something to remind me daily to pray for my husband. You got it. The socks are the reminder that God has set up for me. It’s just like Him to do this in a funny, creative way. I love that about Him. Today’s prayer for my husband, as I picked up his socks went something like this

“God, bless this sweet man. These are the socks he wore yesterday afternoon as he chopped the remaining chunks of firewood in our backyard so I would have fire in the potbelly stove all day. Thank you that today he has a job to go to…that he is healthy and strong…I pray that you will protect him as he drives through the snow and ice…Thank you God for softening my heart and turning me into a beautiful wife instead of nagging, b*@#Cthy wife like that woman in the Proverbs. Amen.”

Mad Church Disease is almost here!

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, Home / Husband / Married Life, home organization with tags , on January 25, 2009 by Carole Hicks

I just got word that “Mad Church Disease – overcoming the burnout epidemic” is in the mail from Amazon. I pre-ordered it cuz I am excited times infinity. I’ve grown to really admire the author, Anne Jackson, from stalking her, I mean reading her blog at http://www.flowerdust.net

You can check out a chapter of the book at http://madchurchdisease.com

Time for a nap now…and just so you know, I have a sink full of dishes and laundry undone, a house full of disarray. Yes, me, the queen of sometimes order is in disarray.

It’s wild baby.

Tip #3 — Organize Your Thoughts

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, get your house in order, home organization with tags , , , on January 1, 2009 by Carole Hicks

What is it that you are looking to organize…is it your work stuff, maybe a closet or an entire house?  Maybe what you are looking to organize and put in order is on a much grander scale.  Here’s the most valuable bit of info I can give you…drop the weight.  Hand over the mess to the one who can put the mess in order.  Beauty from chaos…He specializes in that.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. — Matthew 6:33 NIV

Christmas Eve

Posted in Christianity / Spirituality, Family, Friends, Home / Husband / Married Life with tags , , , on December 30, 2008 by Carole Hicks

This photo on Christmas Eve represents a very special moment in time for me.  This Christmas is not my year to “have my daughters” with me and so on these every-other-year holidays, I often wonder how I am going to handle it…and, of course, I pray and ask God for strength to make it through.  Our dear friends, Liz & Johan, invited us this year to spend Christmas Eve with them at their home.  Liz’s sister, Amy, and her family were there as well as Liz’ friend Theresa and her family…so the house was FILLED with kids, laughter, noise, great food and fun.

Early in the evening, I began to ask the families to pose in front of the tree so that I could then give them some group photos.  Amy kindly asked if Darryl and I would like to have a photo with just us in front of the tree…I was thrilled!  So, D and I plopped down on the floor for our photo.  Suddenly, as if a giant magnet was turned on, some of the kids rushed into the picture and surrounded us (as you see here).  The parents in the room began pulling the kids off us and telling them to leave us alone so that we could get a shot without anyone else in it.  I thought to myself “are you kidding, this is wonderful!” and I told the parents to let them stay…and this is why you see this giant smile on my face.  My own kids couldn’t be with me this year, but THE GREAT PROVIDER landed some kids on my lap, even if only temporary…then again, kids are always temporary anyway…they always grow up.

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