Emphasis On Moms ~ September 2011
In This Issue: Home Impressions: Through The Window
Heartstrings: Just Too Busy Memory Lane: Blockheads
Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” ~ C.S. Lewis
Mom Minute: In An Instant Nurture Your Soul: You Can Be Different Timeout: The Most Important Place On Earth Treasure Box: Job 6:4 All About Relationships: Listen All of Ya’ll
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Between You and Me ~
Well, here we are. My next to the last issue as your Founder and Editor. I’m so excited at what the future holds. Sometimes we fear change when in reality, it can open up a whole new world to us and provide such energy and excitement!
I’d like to introduce you to Carie Trost. Carie has been writing the character column for me over on the website and has decided she’d like to take over the reigns of Emphasis On Moms after I step down following next month’s issue. I’ve asked her to introduce herself to you this month and to kind of explain her heart and where she feels God is leading her with this ministry. Please take a few minutes to read what she has to say.
Thanks. ~ Dionna (email@example.com)
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Carie Rachele Trost. Dionna and I have been friends since high school and youth group days. It is my honored privilege to take on the baton of running her well developed and founded on Jesus website, and finish the race with as much strength and wisdom from God as possible. I can only hope and pray that you will want to keep running with me whether you are a contributing writer or faithful reader!! My heart is bursting with such joy at all the amazing possibilities for the future of this ministry. To begin with, and its already going to be tough for some, but we are renaming the website with the name "STEPPING STONES XO". The website will continue to keep its sub name of "Emphasis on Moms" and will continue to be an outreach to mothers as well as women of all ages - whether young girls on up to older women...single, divorced, widowed, married, students or alone; the mission statement will be focused as follows: "It's about who your following and who is following you!!" Stepping Stones XO in a nutshell is in the stepping stones of life its all about who I am following...and for me it's God, Jesus' dad, and who is following me like, my kids, friends and so on. So please know that you are invited to the celebration of transition from one beautiful servant of God, Mrs. Dionna Sanchez and into the care of Mrs. Carie Trost. Welcome on this journey of growing together in who God made each of us to be and encouraging each other every step of the way! XO (I like to end my emails, texts and so on with XO because well its peaceable and kind and what God calls me to do with even my enemies; it means Kisses and Hugs...so that way YOU always feel loved! The website address will be: www.steppingstonesxo.com (it's a work in progress at the moment will be up and running in a few short weeks!!!) ~ Carie
THROUGH THE WINDOW When Mom looked out the kitchen window, she saw us in the second-story barn window. My older sisters held me by my legs and arms, and they swung me back and forth several times before tossing me out the window.
What she couldn’t see was my landing. The garage obscured her view. She charged out the door in a panic, rounded the corner of the garage and…saw the hay truck stacked with straw and me rolling in laughter and delight. What a great day! Mom, on the other hand, didn’t share my joy. She was relieved I was okay, but her initial fright gave her enough momentum to yell at all of us and demand we stop the fun. Sometimes the fun ends in crying because someone gets hurt. Sometimes crying occurs because the fun ends!
I was having a blast. It might not have been the safest way to pass the time, but many of the “fun” things we did on the farm weren’t necessarily safe. And sometimes, someone did end up crying. But some of the
most memorable experiences are the adventurous ones. We’re creative through adventures. We learn through adventures. And we often struggle through adventures. Struggling often produces growth. Think of an adventure that thrilled you. Now think of an adventure that challenged you. How did you grow through each?
Adventures often involve risks and usually involve excitement. Approach today with an anticipation of adventure. Learn. Struggle. Be creative. Make some memories. Children, come and listen to me. I will teach you to worship the Lord. You must do these things to enjoy life and have many happy days. Psalm 34:11-12
Susan is the author of two women’s Bible studies, Pure Purpose and Pure Emotion, and is passionate about pouring into women through writing, speaking, and training. Download study samples and get to know Susan better at http://purepurposebook.wordpress.com/ 6
Nurture Your Soul
You Can Be Different â€“ Sarah Markley
Get up now. You. You donâ€™t have to do the same thing today that you did yesterday. You absolutely do not. You can make different choices today. You can love your kids better. You can speak kindly to your husband. You can stop the internet binge. You can shut the door to the refrigerator. You can stand up and get outside and go for a walk. You can clean up the clutter on your kitchen counter. You can be different today.
You can take a minute to breathe. You can take a second to pray. You can focus your mind on what you have to be thankful for. You can speak a blessing to another person. Get up and do it now. You can begin the project that youâ€™ve been putting off. You can stop making excuses for yourself. You can make that phone call that has been weighing on you for months. You can listen to the little voice that is telling you to GIVE. You can do this. I know you can. Me? I am going to be thankful. I am going to stop the binge and be reborn into today. I am going to speak blessings. Iâ€™m going to stop making excuses. I am going to pray. What are you going to do? Sarah Markley is a freelance writer and a stay at home mom. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Chad and her daughters Hope and Naomi. She blogs daily about faith, marriage and mothering at http://www.sarahmarkley.com. Originally published at www.sarahmarkley.com in May 2009.
MEMORY LANE Blockheads ~ By Dionna Sanchez These are blockheads.