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Lisa-Jo @ The Gypsy Mama
In between
Snapshots of life lived between countries, callings, and kids
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So many choices I would go back and do differently if I could. But the lessons I have learned through them? Invaluable.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2010 on Do you regret that choice? at (In)Courage
You are his through and through and it shines through in everything you do and say and give and love. Thank you for being you! LJ
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on If blogging makes you feel small at (In)Courage
Thank you for sharing your hearts here today.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2010 on If blogging makes you feel small at (In)Courage
Oooooo August birthdays in the House! Me too. Me too! And an anniversary and 6 other birthdays. August is a very expensive month around our place!! ~Lisa-Jo
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2010 on My Birthday is Coming Up at Tiffany Harper
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@Nancy - we couldn't agree more! Creating room for dialogue here is a number one priority to us. And we are planning some technical changes on the back end that will make that easy peasy. And a monthly calendar/screen saver? Lovely idea. Thank you. Keep 'em coming! ~Lisa-Jo
Please know we are taking close notes and incorporating your ideas into our plans. And yes, yes, yes, we agree that an (in) courage community where we can all interact, encourage, and share with one another is a top priority! ~Wishing you each a sunkissed day! Lisa-Jo
Oh Holley. Yes. How is it possible that we should so very much miss friends we have not yet met. I look at this photo and feel homesick for the words and the women behind them. I hold you in my heart, Holley. Lisa-Jo
I don't have anything more profound to say other than that my son has a security blanket he's had since he was just a few months old. He is 4 and a half now. And he loves that thing beyond words. I was looking through old photos and realized how very very often it turns up. It will be hard for him to give it up. It is hard for me to give up my own insecurities. It's a heart-tugging reminder. ~Lisa-Jo
@Dee: That is a hard truth - and a good one to raise. And the amazing thing about our Abba Father is how he shines through even the most cracked and broken of our earthly parents. This story is my version of that - because my dad had a notorious temper when we were kids, and the fact that he chose to be gentle on this particular occasion was profound evidence to me that my Heavenly Father was shining through him.
... I will take care of your kids when you are not with them. Thank you Holley - for the reminder that insecurity and questioning God is not a new game in town - it's the oldest one around.
Cowgirls - It has been a privilege of epic proportions to spend the day with you all. What a ride. What a collection of beautiful stories all shared and re-shared; all read and appreciated; all lovingly commented on. You have made this a Thursday to be remembered for a long time to come. Ride on; comment hard! Lisa-Jo
Toggle Commented Jan 8, 2010 on The Day We All Pony-ed Up at (In)Courage
Cowgirls - it is *never* too late to pony up. You havent missed the challenge, you are just arriving at the party fashionably late! ;)
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2010 on The Day We All Pony-ed Up at (In)Courage
I know EXACTLY what you mean. It can be so daunting to put yourself out there and never hear back from anyone. But, someone is always, always listening. So whisper your heart into the keyboard and be sure the Father treasures up each of your words and starts planning a response.
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2010 on The Day We All Pony-ed Up at (In)Courage
Oh, thats so hard, Jenny. Thank you for sharing your courage with us. Because it takes a brave heart to surrender such sacred areas to the Father. I pray peace and blessing on you this New Year.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2009 on Is There Life After "No"? at (In)Courage
Ha, Khrys and Tammy - You guys are funny. I will have to write a follow up post sometime, but the short version is that the picture of the pine trees you see is the tiny town of Owosso, Michigan. This is where He led us - the most unlikely of places. And it was a safe harbor from the storm of the prior two years. A place to recover, nurse our wounds and fall in love with each other and the Lord all over again. And out of it all came our second born son, Micah. Named for the book and the promise therein that God restored to us. You can read here for a bit about Micahs arrival.’d-rather-eat-glass-than-have-kids/ And you have inspired me to write a part two about our leap from SA to Owosso MI and what we learned in the transition. But a lot of the roads we have traveled since then are chronicled on my blog Come on over and visit sometime, its sure to fill in some of the blanks. Lovely to meet you, Lisa-Jo
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2009 on Is There Life After "No"? at (In)Courage
Oh Wanda, I know exactly what you mean! I spent many nights wondering if God was done with me - with us. If we just werent as important to Him as all the other happy folks around us who seemed to have their prayers answered with super sonic speed. I felt utterly alone and abandoned. But gently, slowly I was able to lift my head again and look around at the new world we found ourselves in and only then did I realize I had gone to ground in the shelter of His hand. Without realizing it. My prayer for you is that you find yourself there as well. Blessings, Lisa-Jo
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2009 on Is There Life After "No"? at (In)Courage
Somedays it's hard to face all the need in the world while lying in the comfort of your own bed. It aches. It feels impossible. Until we get out of bed, put our sneakers on and start helping whoever is in our reach. Just do it? Yea, that's about the only way. Every other approach will paralyze you. I assume that's what the evil one is counting on. Thanks for the share.
Toggle Commented Oct 20, 2009 on Dead faith? at
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That's powerful imagery. Thanks for the honest sharing. I came over on Holley's recommendation and your post stopped me in my tracks. My own mom died a week to the day after I turned 18. Her battle was with another member of the cancer family, leukemia. It's been 17 years now and I am staggered by the fact that she has almost been dead to me as many years as I knew her alive. I'm even more amazed at where I have come since then. I wrote about it here
Toggle Commented Oct 13, 2009 on Thief of memories at
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