Merry Wanderings

This short little post and link up will be the last of 2015 for me. I thought I would continue to blog through the end of the year, but I just need to keep it real, once Thanksgiving hits I’m done (which is why I was missing last week, it sneaked up on me!). I am so focused on enjoying the season I can’t think of anything else.


My daughter’s Christmas ballet recital  kicked off the Christmas season for our family today. We have a school program, 2 work Christmas parties, caroling, baking day and my daughter’s 8th birthday yet to go!  I love all the family moments this season brings!

Dance recital Dance Recital

My prayer for all of you ladies, is that you find the joy of the season. It’s a busy time for a lot of us and it can also be a time of sadness or stress, but I challenge you to look for moments to seek Joy. Joy with a capital J comes from fulfillment from the Lord. From trusting in His provision and seeking to give Him glory in our choices.


I will return the second week of January because my holiday doesn’t end until after New Years and the kids have gone back to school. We celebrate New Years big here at the Lawson house! With it falling on a Friday we plan to continue the game playing, movie watching, big meal cooking clear through the weekend! Can you feel my excitement….I’m like a little kid!


I wish you a Merry Christmas and so many blessings to you this season. You all have made my 2015 an amazing year and I can’t wait to get to know you better in 2016. Loving and blessings!



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He Brings Direction To Our Calling

As I continue to make my way through my season of study, (which is not a waste – take that satan) I settled into the book of John. As I read over familiar passages my eyes hit the word immediately and my world was rocked!


I truly do love this season of study, I always viewed the study of God’s word hard, complex and definitely not for me. In August, coming home from She Speaks, I knew that was my new season. When you go to a conference with expectations of coming home with this great project, cause let me be honest, I’m a project girl! Give me a check list and a goal and I’m in my element. Needless to say when the assignment I received was learn My truth, study My word, a teensy weensy part of me was just a little disappointed. Now 3 months and 21 books of the New Testament later, I’m hooked. Hooked and proud of it. I was squealing happy when my friend got me my own Strong’s Concordance for my birthday. It’s ok you can call me a nerd over this, I am!

We must learn to embrace the season that God places us in. To walk in obedience through each season God chooses for us.

Back to this word – immediately. This word popped out to me in verse 21 of John 6. This is a passage that I’m sure you are at least a little familiar with, Jesus walks on water. The disciples got a bit impatient waiting on Jesus and since they were the water men they were, they decide to just get in a boat and row to Capernaum. In the dark. With a storm brewing. Now I’m not bashing any men but I can tell you I don’t think the ladies would have decided to row out after darkness fell. At least this girl wouldn’t have, I would have been content to sleep on the bank, snack on the leftover bread and fish, while a fire blazes.


But not the disciples, off they go. They rowed out 3 to 4 miles and a full blown storm is over them. I can just picture this boat filled with men trying to stay afloat. Sweat flying, muscles straining, mental shouts of “why in the world did we do this” happening on the boat. Then out of the mist, through the waves, comes Jesus walking on the water. After what I envision of men screaming like little girls, Jesus says don’t be afraid. I also imagine Jesus thinking ya ding-dongs, what are you doing out here.


Once they realize it was Jesus, “they were eager to let him on the boat, and they immediately arrived at their destination!” There it is, the word that made my jaw drop open. Let me back up just a bit first though. That word made me wonder how far they had gotten from the shore. I did a little research to see how long it would take to row 3 to 4 miles. While I couldn’t find an exact time we can make a few assumptions. A mile can take between 15 to 45 minutes. This time is influenced by boat, water conditions and strength of the rowers. While the rowers I’m certain were very strong and capable, the boat wouldn’t have been a modern boat that these numbers were based on, and the sea condition would have been quite rough due to the storm.


I am going to deduct that it would have taken them 3 to 3 and a half hours to row as far as they did. Once Jesus arrived on the scene, he got them to their location IMMEDIATELY!


This applies so much to us! We can work and work at something on our own to only end up in the midst of a storm afraid. We have the same option as the disciples. We can eagerly invite Jesus into our mess and let Him help us arrive where we need to. We may arrive where we need to immediately or we may have to take the long way there because we need the lessons we will learn on that path. Either way Jesus is the answer.

He brings the peace to our storms. He brings bravery to our fearfulness. He brings calm to mess. He brings direction to our calling.

He brings the peace to our storms.

He brings bravery to our fearfulness.

He brings calm to mess.

He brings direction to our calling.



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The Parable I’ve Always Hated

My least favorite parable for as long as I can remember has been the prodigal son. It has always made me angry at what I considered an injustice. It doesn’t seem fair to live as the “good” son. I find myself on that side of the fence because I’ve always felt I fell into the good son category. I came to accept Christ at age 14, after going to church for a few months with my Aunt Kay. I immediately felt a passion to know and share Jesus. I organized a youth rally with very limited adult help by age 16. I have never partied, been drunk, or done what we often consider living a sinful life.


After getting married we witnessed happenings within the church body that made us decide we weren’t going to attend. We lived life away from a church for five years, but still held Christ values and lifestyle. I don’t tell you this to make myself sound sinless by any means. I promise I am quick to judge, quick to anger at times, impatient and bossy. As I’ve always felt about the good son, he wasn’t perfect he just didn’t run off to live irresponsible and totally for himself.


This is why I’ve always found a parable of a son who was greedy, selfish, a partier and living only for fleshly desires alone pretty darn unfair.


It ticked me off honestly. Why does the guy who was a complete jerk (with a capital J) get a huge party, the nicest of robes, jewelry and the best steak of his life? While the other brother, who had stayed, serving and helping his father for years dedicating himself to the work his father has for him gets none of it. There was no party. No public recognition. No filet mignon for him to feast on. No praises of his steadfast work and servant hood. No songs were sung.

our economy isn't gods economy

In verse 31 of Luke 15, the father tells the good son when he got angry “that everything I [the father] have is yours [the good son]”. To me that has sounded like a pat on the hand saying, oh, now don’t be like that. I’ll tell you what I think you want to hear so you stop whining and feeling sorry for yourself. I will say I didn’t like the sons angry response but I could relate.


Yes, you can tell me think I’m a terrible bible teacher, but this has been how I’ve felt for years. I didn’t want to read about it or hear a sermon on it because it always ended in me rolling my eyes. I just couldn’t get it to fit my picture of what fairness looked like. I know it’s terrible but I’m keeping it real for you!


Until, oh yes there is an until, last Sunday. You all remember my temper tantrum – yikes. You gave me so much love last week after I confessed my ugly wretched heart out to you and I love each one of you so much for it! Last Sunday while singing the name of Jesus, tears streaming down my face, I heard a voice that sounded like my own, but my voice would not have said this. A voice that said “see this is why the lost son was welcomed back.” You were the lost son filled with doubts, anger and an unwillingness to turn to me. My justice works like grace.

God's justice looks like grace

I finally got it. We are all the lost son, no matter how long we serve him. How we dedicate ourselves to shining His love. We are all dirty. We all roll around in the filth of wanting our own way. When we get up out of the dirt and walk home hanging our heads, he runs to meet us. He covers us with His robe. We feast again at His table. The Lord loves the dirty and lost. It isn’t fairness, it is love. It isn’t justice, it is grace.


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I’m Having a Party!!

This past Friday I celebrated my birthday….34, wow! I can hardly believe it, I don’t feel 34, in fact I feel like I still need to ask permission to stay out past curfew 🙂 Today I wanted to celebrate with you and tell you 34 tidbits about me and give you a chance to win “God Is Able” by Priscilla Shirer.  You can win this awesome little book by commenting on this post. Get an extra entry by subscribing to my blog (see the sidebar) and another by following me on Facebook and Pinterest. I will announce the winner next week on the blog and contact you for a shipping address by email.


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1. I grew up in the country digging in the mud and chasing chickens. 


2. I am more of a city, high heel kind of girl now.


3. I am grouchy about getting up early. When I was a little girl I was a bear even on Christmas morning. 


4. I could eat ice cream 3 times a day…and that is what I would live off of if stranded on a deserted island.


5. As a teenager I watched my favorite movie Speed most likely 5, 429 times at least. What girl doesn’t love Keanu Reeves! 


6. I played the flute daily for 10 years. My band teacher thought I was pretty good 😉


7. I practiced said flute 1-2 hours everyday during those 10 years. 


8. I have only lived in 2 houses my entire life. 


9. My sister and I are almost 14 years apart. We basically grew up as only children. 


10. I hated public speaking in high school. Almost to the point of throwing up or crying when it was my turn in front of the class. 


11. I married my high school sweetheart 2 months after graduating….celebrated 15 years this past July.


12. I suck at all things video games, much to the dismay of my video game loving family. 


13. I could live without most sports, but I do enjoy an occasional Colts game. 


14. I love office supplies. Notebooks, folders, paper clips, push pins, organizing do-dads. I love them all….do I have a home office? …NO!


15. I have hypothyroidism which has caused me to gain more weight than I wish it had. 


16. I love sweater weather…that’s a season right?!


17. I love books. I currently have 14 of them stacked by my bed. 


18. Purple and turquoise are my happy colors.


19. Brandon is my almost 12 year old, he is quite excited that he is almost taller than mom. 


20. Rachel my almost 8 year old is often called my mini me. 


21. Shoes are my favorite piece of clothing. 


22. I work part time for an optometrist. I take all his notes and assist in the exam room. I’ve been with him for 14 years.


23. I owned my own photography business for 5 years while working in the optometry office full time. God called me to lay the business down 3 years ago. I do still take some sessions for previous clients, I love seeing families grow up! 


24. I love make-up, all things make up….buying it, applying it, learning new tricks. I could totally be a make up artist! 


25. I could end most sentences with an exclamation mark or an ellipse or better yet skip punctuation all together….if it wasn’t for my husband I would be the queen of run on sentences ….and all my blog posts would look like this!!!!! 


26. I have two dogs who I consider my 3rd and 4th children, my husband does not agree with this line of thinking. 


27. My third doggie child is Boo an 8 year old terrier mix. We adopted her from a family who was moving and couldn’t keep her. 


28. My fourth doggie child is Temperance a 5 year old long haired dachshund. We also adopted her from a family that was moving and couldn’t keep her.


29. My favorite books in the bible are Ephesians and James.  


30. I am a shortie. Pants that say short are still an inch too long. My husband loves to point this out laughingly as I climb counters because I can’t reach the second shelf of cabinets. 


31. I am a total extrovert who very occasionally exhibits some introverted tendencies. I thought I was becoming more of one until I spent the day alone shopping and ended up sad wanting to have the sales clerk hang out with me. 


32. I have binged watched more shows on Netflix than I care to admit. I will say in my defense most have been watched while I edited sessions. My top 5 are: Burn Notice, Psych, Parenthood, Hawaii 5-O and Leverage. 


33. Favorite authors are Karen Kingsbury (The Baxter Series) and Priscilla Shirer (God is Able).


34. My best piece of wisdom: I used to say follow your heart. Now I would edit that to say follow your heart smartly. I think following our hearts to pursue passions is a really great thing. Often times those passions are something God wants you to chase after and our heads can easily talk us out of. But also our hearts are overly emotional (maybe just mine is) so to let it dictate our thoughts on our bodies or jumping into a relationship or project that isn’t an act of obedience can lead us down a path of heartbreak and tears.

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Not Just Any Calling

Hello lovely ladies! I have been studying through Ephesians and I just have to share some great things that have been speaking to me. First I have to say I LOVE Ephesians, I think some days I could read it over and over. It is jam packed full of good juicy nuggets of truth and life applications. Yes, I know the entire bible is packed with good stuff but something about this book just grabs me and pulls me in!


Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians while in prison. He had spent 3 years with these people, loving and teaching them about the Lord. Therefore, when he wrote this book he knew who he was writing to.  He knew that this group was ready for some meaty teaching. He knew that after 3 years away from them they would need to be reminded of Gods greatness and need some encouragement to keep living for God. Maybe that’s why I feel that it is written to me! Those are the reminders and encouragement I need!


Through much of chapters 3-5, you get these verses that just take you to your knees with how good they are.

Chapter 3:12 tells us “because of Christ and our faith in Him we can now come boldly and confidently into Gods presence.” 


If you have been with me long you know those words are my jam! Boldly and confidently, the king of kings is saying come to me with boldness and confidence. OK!…(said in my best Monica from friends voice- you are my soul sister if you read it in her voice!) If He says that than why in the world would I want to be anything less in my daily living?


Verse 16, Paul is praying for each believer to be empowered with inner strength from His Spirit. “Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into Gods love and keep you strong.” 


Uh, did you read that girls, I love this word picture. Christ settling into our hearts, growing our inner strength to live like him. This causes roots made of His love and goodness to grow down deep. These roots keep us strong. Oh, I know you may just need to read that again!


Chapter 4 starts out with Paul begging us to lead a life worthy of our calling, for we have been called by God. He quickly tacks on “always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other making allowance for each others faults because of your love.” He closes out these few verses with “For there is one body and one spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.”


We are begged to live a life worthy of our calling. I have to pause just in case you’re having an “I don’t know if I have a calling” kind of day. If Paul is begging us to lead a life worthy of your calling, you can bet your best pair of jeggings that we have a calling! Our lives are a direct reflection of the God we love so much, while we all sin and most days we are so far from perfect we don’t know what perfection might look like. We need to choose who our actions reflect, God or ourselves. If they reflect God we will walk in our calling humbly and patiently interacting with those around us.

we have a calling

It seems to be an oxymoron to say be bold and confident in the presence of the Lord yet in our calling dealing with others, we are to be humble and patient. Hmmm, sounds a bit like Jesus if you ask me. He was bold and confident about whose he was, yet loving and gentle when dealing with others. He was bold with the truths he spoke while being gentle in his delivery.


I hope you find as much reassurance and hope as I do in that we have been called by God and we don’t just have any calling we have a calling that is to a glorious hope filled future. That is how verse 4 ends, a glorious hope filled future, let that settle over your bones.


While there are many days I question my calling – the big picture calling 5 or 10 years down the road, I assume you might have those same questions. What reassurance those words are. We are called, we are called to a glorious hope filled future.

We are called. We are called to a glorious hope filled future.

Sisters I pray this week you will be filled with His boldness and confidence. That you will have reassurance that while we still question, we have the promise of a calling that is glorious and hopeful.


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Obedience is Our Calling

As I sat across the table, not just once but several times, and heard the voice of women saying they just weren’t sure if their salvation was still good. They all said a variation of this idea, they weren’t sure if they were qualified since they weren’t one for consistent bible study and prayer and only had occasional church attendance.


I was a little sad and very impassioned to love on these women with truth. Truth from Paul in Ephesians 2: 8-10 God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.  Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”


Paul is explaining that nothing we do can gain us salvation, other than a heart that accepts it. God didn’t want any room for boasting that someone did it better, faster or with more glitz … know us humans, we would make it a competition. Oh, yeah, the disciples already did that.


He goes on to finish by saying because we are made new we have a purpose, we have good things to do. In order to know these good things, we do have to be plugged in to his word and going before him in prayer. He wants us to do these things because he commands us to go and make disciples in Matthew 28:19. He instructs us to move from spiritual milk to meatier thinking so we can go.

Go and Make Disciples

There are good things in store for those who invest in their relationship with the Lord. Out of that investment our purpose is defined and treasures in heaven are stored up. To me that sounds mighty good. I want to move beyond a simple salvation and into a life driven by obedience to his commandment of love others and make disciples. 


I challenge you, if you are stuck drinking milk, turn some worship music on (the Jordan Howerton Band station on Pandora is the bomb, so do it and turn it on!) and spend some intentional time with the Lord. Start in the book of John if you’re not sure where to begin, be reminded of the greatness of the love the Lord has for you.


Obedience isn’t something that’s always fun or easy. My kids certainly don’t find emptying the dishwasher or taking out the trash fun. They do find that being obedient in doing their assigned jobs results in being allowed to do fun things. While at least to me taking out the trash never becomes fun, the amazing thing about being obedient to get in the scriptures is it does become fun. Down right addicting even!


As I type the above words, words that I wrote in my notebook days ago and have been pondering since, I realized that these words are truly for me. The words on obedience are soooo for me! I have been missing here (I hope you noticed and maybe even missed me!) and part of the reason I’ve been missing is simple disobedience. Now I have made some really good excuses. I’ve been really busy leading a bible study during the time I was writing in. I’ve been spending more time in my prayer nook with the Lord.  Another excuse is I feel that I’ve somewhat lost my vision, I am unsure of my big dream so I’ve used that to be lazy and to just stay still.


I’m so thankful to serve a God that serves up big heaping piles of grace. That He lovingly reminds us of his love and his plans for us. That his plans are really just simple acts of obedience that he is calling us to.  Girls, do it today, act obediently. Find time to get quiet and hear what he is calling you to. Is he calling you to time with him or to be brave by sharing your story or to boldly encourage another person. No matter what the action of obedience is for you, don’t hesitate, be bold and act how the Lord instructs you.


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