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Chuck Norris, Psalm 31 woman, Jack Bauer and Moms

Yesterday was Mother's Day and besides having a blast hanging out all day with my 5  fabulous kiddos, I loved, loved, LOVED seeing all the pics on social media of all my mom friends and their children. So many wonderful tributes written to celebrate Motherhood, but I have to admit this Facebook post written by my oldest sister about our mom is my 'fav' for the day! Not that I didn't always think my mom was pretty incredible, but now as a mother of five myself  I think she was way beyond incredible! Before you get all weighted down with not measuring up as a mom, let me explain. She was incredible because she continued to be a mom... In...

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My Late Summer Retreat...

I had really hoped to spend at least a few days away this summer just to get away and enjoy some family time without the distractions  from our normal everyday activities. So when on my Birthday a week ago my oldest daughter started experiencing severe stomach pains and eventually ended up in the hospital I posted this pic late one night while she was sleeping.  With the caption... Pretending I'm at a weekend getaway at a fancy hotel! #dontjudge #painmedsRworking#ericasout #thankyouJesus (Guess I should have moved the bed pan for the pic ! ) She ended up having to have surgery and being in the hospital for a week.   After an up and down, exhausting 10 days I'm taking a break......

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Last thing I want to be is a fake person...but sometimes the real person scares even me!

I've decided to blog instead of  going with my urge to post a crazy FB status that would probably evoke private messages in my inbox asking "what's wrong?? everything ok??" Yes, I am a Christian and yes I am a pastors wife and yes I am having a bad day!  Actually...since I'm being  "real" it's been a bad few weeks! I hate the feeling of being worn down by the cares of life...where everything that is out of order is screaming at me and drowning out all that I know to be true.  I'm embarrassed to admit that it's not an unfamiliar feeling.  I've been here before...many times.  And every time I get mad at myself for letting myself get...

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Are you being used?

Nobody likes to be taken advantage of...yet sometimes we willingly allow ourselves to be used. Let me explain... The enemy of our soul is so cunning and crafty that it's not always obvious in the beginning how he is scheming in our life.  We find ourselves in certain situations and immediately start reacting.  (Believe me; I'm speaking from experience on this one!) Most of the time if we will stop reacting and take a look at the situation with our spiritual eyes, not the eyes of our flesh that are SCREAMING at us, then we will see that things are not as they appear.  There is usually a lot more going on behind the scenes. One of the biggest areas of deception is the enemy whispering...

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