26 September

This is why I can’t remember your name…..

This is why I can’t remember your name…..

On about 1000 occasions, I have forgotten someone’s name. It never fails. It can happen in small groups or big groups. It can happen at church or school or in the grocery store. It can happen if I have known you for five weeks or five years. I just go blank. It always leaves me […]

24 September

It is My Fault!

It is My Fault!

It is always my fault! As a mom, do you ever feel like you try so hard, get credit for very little, and get blamed for everything?  Welcome to the dark side of conception! No one tells you that those cute bundles will grow up and deflect their failures to us in many moments of […]

19 September

Morning Necessities…..

Morning Necessities…..

I have recently re-entered a season of writing and speaking. With this reentry, I have found myself wandering towards Starbucks more frequently for a little caffeine when I hit the afternoon or occasionally late night lull. Funny thing is, I am not even a coffee drinker. A non-fat, chai tea latte is as serious as […]

17 September

Avoiding Unnecessary Pain….

Avoiding Unnecessary Pain….

For several days, my daughter had complained of blisters as a result of her cross-country training. I provided the Band-Aids, the Neosporin, and the pep talk but let my 8th grader take care of her toes. Then one day she got in the car barefoot after practice and I saw the severity of her concern. […]

12 September

A Battle Worth Fighting …

A Battle Worth Fighting …

Last week, I blogged on my need to re-establish the Sabbath.  Then Saturday came.  Being in ministry eliminates Sunday as an option.  Having a teenager who enjoys high school football eliminates Friday as an option.  Being an American eliminates Monday through Friday as an option.  So there I was on a Saturday.  A little bit […]

10 September

A Heart to Heart Conversation…

A Heart to Heart Conversation…

There is nothing better than having a heart to heart conversation with someone who really gets you.  Some of us feel like we have that person that gets us, some of us don’t.  But who gets you all of the time? On every subject? Can I pull the God card? Yep. All of us need a safe […]

5 September

Learning from a Chicken…

Learning from a Chicken…

Anyone had a furious start to the fall?  School is here and all that goes with the beginning of autumn.  Seems like everyone lives a faster and faster paced life with each passing season, including the Conlee crew.  This week we have had cross country, Open House, dentist appointments, the kickoff of fall Bible study, […]

3 September

Resisting the Half Empties ….

Resisting the Half Empties ….

“How are you?” It is the question that comes out of our mouths without even engaging a brain cell. Somewhere along the way, we have been conditioned to ask this overused question as a matter of habit. Over the years, I have developed a love-hate relationship with the question… more hate than love. First of […]

29 August

Working from Home is for the Birds….

Working from Home is for the Birds….

I know this is a little strange, but I find my most productive hours of work occur in my car.  Originally, I made this discovery because we lived so far from where our kids were in school.  It wasted too much time for me to drive back and forth from the house between school drop […]

27 August

Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

Never, Ever, Ever Give Up

This past Sunday at Highpoint Church, we were privileged to see a 74-year-old mother baptize her grown daughter. It was evident that this mom had labored in prayer over her daughter for years. Patsy, the daughter being baptized, shared that she had spent many years away from the Lord and it was the recent death […]