Saying Yes

We had a little bit of free time on Tuesday night before Brooke Allen went to GiGi’s and I went to a meeting, so I decided it would be the perfect time to take Brooke Allen over to a big park and let her play for a few minutes. We talked about it all the way home, and while we were upstairs changing clothes.  She was so excited to go the park.  Halfway down the stairs, Brooke Allen realized that we were not going on a walk to the park here in our apartment complex.  We were getting back in the car.  And the conversation went like this: NO MOM!  I want to go to the pwaygwound! We are going to the playground, sweetie. NO!  We getting in da car! Well, yeh…we have to drive there. NO! WE HAVE TO WAAAAAAALK! No, baby.  We’re not going to the little park.  We’re going to the big park! NO!  I WANT TO GO TO THE PARK!  *sits down on the steps* WE ARE, Brooke Allen.  We won’t go to ANY park if this attitude continues. NO MOMMY!  I WANT TO GO TO THE PARK. Brooke Allen, just get in the car, and

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I had the pleasure this weekend of attending a women’s conference at Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham with my mother in law.  We attended Shades when we lived in Birmingham, so it was nice to be back and see all of our friends. The keynote speaker for the event was Jen Hatmaker.  If you have not read her books or heard her speak, I would highly encourage you to.  You know that episode of Friends where the book Kujo scares Joey, so he puts the book in the freezer?  Jen Hatmaker did the same thing for me with her book, Interrupted.  I’ve actually hidden it so well that I can’t find it anymore, which is a shame because Mom wants to borrow it. I have to hide it because she speaks truth so well that it hits the deepest core of me and it scares me to death that I am actually being challenged to do what she is asking of me. But it’s not her asking me at all.  It’s the Holy Spirit prodding and urging and pushing me to do these things that He’s called me to do.  And as Mordecai made it clear to Esther (Esther

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