My Right Now Life

learning to fully embrace this moment and fully live right now…


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Seasons

It’s fall in Cincinnati… the leaves are starting to burst in color, the mornings are cool, and it’s time for hoodies and boots.  Even the sky has changed. The hazy skies of summer are gone, leaving behind a brilliant shade of blue.

I had planned to run errands last Saturday morning and my son wanted to tag along.  He woke before I did, and I sleepily told him that he should wear pants instead of shorts because it was chilly out… and then I bolted awake with this thought:  I bet nothing from last fall and winter fits him! Continue reading

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First Day of School (My Thoughts on Surrender…)

Part of learning to live right now is learning to surrender.

And surrender is hard.  So hard.  Interestingly, even writing about it is hard.

It seems like lately my life has been one moment of surrender after another.  It’s becoming more and more obvious to me that God really wants me to trust Him and Him alone, because He has asked me to surrender some pretty big things (to me), things that I maybe had more faith in than Him.  He is teaching me that I need have full confidence and trust in Him alone, and not in these other things. Continue reading


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Stop Shaking My Snow Globe!

Ok – so confession time! I don’t like change. No, that’s not true… I actually think I HATE change. I hate change the way oil hates water. I don’t want anything to do with it. Please don’t make me interact with it. I will do anything to avoid it.

Over the past 6 weeks or so, a lot of really big things in my life have changed.

It’s not been like “I’m going to rearrange the furniture” kind of change. It’s more like “move into a whole new house in a whole new country” kind of change. Big, major changes. Continue reading


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Gripping the Steering Wheel

We were in the car when she asked the question:

“What are you working so hard to do, here?  What is in your hand that you are not willing to let go of?”  Those words poured out of my friend’s mouth, and I gripped the steering wheel tighter. Continue reading


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Counting to 1000

I’ve mentioned it before, but it is worth repeating: Ann Voskamp‘s book, “One Thousand Gifts” seriously changed my life. And I don’t use the phrase “changed my life” often or lightly.

I found out about the book at a time when I desperately needed it, but didn’t know it. Continue reading