Category Archives: Pearls of Wisdom

Pearls of Wisdom: You’re doing a good job.

I mentally drafted this post off and on for the past few days, but when I sat down to actually write it, I scrapped all the things I’d been thinking about writing.  Because a deeply personal post would have been about me, not about you, and I want this to be about you.

My parents always taught me that the best gift to give is the one you’d like to receive.  So today, I’m telling you what we all so earnestly need to hear some days: You are doing a good job.

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If you’re a new mom and no one (most especially that brand new, non-verbal baby) is telling you, YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by your personal life, your job and your many commitments… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe your family is going through a rough patch, or the bills are piling up, and you never feel like you can get enough done in the day… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you feel guilty for working and leaving your babies with someone else… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.
Maybe you are raising pre-teens or teenagers and you are wondering where those sweet little babies went… YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Life is really hard some times, even sometimes in the midst of your happiest days and seasons.  Whatever it is that is weighing heavily on your heart today, I just want you to know that you are trying your hardest; YOU ARE DOING A GOOD JOB.

Know someone who might need to hear this?  Tell them. Chances are you are right, and they need to hear it more than you could imagine.

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Pearls of Wisdom: the Grace of Providence

I ran across this little pearl of wisdom while perusing some of my favorite blogs (that I used to have time to read all the time) over the weekend.  As I was catching up on Tammy at Wing and a Prayer Farm‘s lamb and goat shearing, and lambing, and exciting farm news (one day I WILL HAVE GOATS AND LAMBS AND CHICKENS), I stopped in my tracks at this poetic gem in the midst of the farm news, and I knew that I just had to share it.

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“…the grace of providence, how much more beautiful life is when you’re open to working with the blowing wind instead of being consumed with how to build a shelter against it.”
– Tammy, Wing and a Prayer Farm

Isn’t that the truth?  I’m reminded every. single. day. that God instructs us to pray for our daily bread.  Not to be be consumed with collecting enough bread to stockpile for days ahead, but to trust Him to provide for us each and every day.  And I’m reminded so often that when we do trust him, when we work with the blowing wind, and only worry about our daily bread, we are gifted the most divine solutions to our problems, and everything always works out as it should.  As I get ready to embark on the greatest adventure of all time in a couple of weeks, this is a prayer I intend to repeat daily and a sentiment I’ll keep close to my heart.

“Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.’”Exodus 16:4 (NLT)

2 weeks until Baby Kirbo’s arrival! Unless he or she decides to make an appearance sooner. :)

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Pearls of Wisdom: Liz Gilbert

Tuesday afternoon/evening, I took myself on a date.


I left work a little early, took myself to Tallahassee, did a little window shopping (and bought not a single thing… does this mean I’m growing up?), went to dinner, and then to a show.  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a big fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, most especially her latest book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear.   As it happens, Liz Gilbert came to Tallahassee as part of the (what used to be Seven Days of…) Opening Nights at FSU.  


She spoke at Ruby Diamond Auditorium Tuesday night, and I went all by my lonesome, and it was wonderful.  I’m so grateful to have taken an entire afternoon and night to be with myself.  It could be quite a while before I get that chance again, as le bebe is set to arrive the first week of May!

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In addition to being one grateful introvert for time spent alone and unhurried, I was so grateful to have been able to hear Liz Gilbert speak.  She speaks just as she writes, and she is inspiring, motivating, witty, entertaining, down to earth, and so, so funny.   I was furiously jotting down notes when I remembered to do so, and I came away with two favorite quips from Liz.  I couldn’t decide which one I liked best for this graphic, so I made both.

Liz Gilbert on Authenticity


And if you ever get the chance to see Liz in person, don’t miss it!

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