Blog Spotlight (Sunday): “Home Sanctuary”

May 18, 2008 at 6:28 pm 1 comment

Tonight, we are taking a family night.  The kids are all there out jumping on the trampoline (happy sounds at the moment), a breeze is blowing through open windows–I need some simple REST. 

I’m so proud of our church…usually it is TOTALLY REFRESHING no matter how tired I am.  But, I will not look good on Monday unless I take a break from all activity.

Tonight, I did surf a blog Dori referred me to lately.  It’s Home Sanctuary.  It does have music if you are a night surfer…funny music on her topics…cracks me up.  But, you can subscribe in an RSS feeder if you can’t read and listen at the same time (or just turn down the music…it’s so entertaining, it’s hard!).  I have that trouble on occasion.

Here is an excerpt from one of her posts this week:


I often use the Blame Card to come up with plausible reasons for my own shortcomings:

My house doesn’t look nice because I can’t afford new furniture.

I can’t get a “real” job because I don’t have a college degree.

I can’t be a good mom because my kids are too needy.

I’m not a good cook because I don’t have nice pots and pans.

I don’t have many friends because I have to work so much.

I don’t manage money well because I wasn’t taught how to.

I can’t fix that because it’s not my job.

All this stress is making me short-tempered and irritable.

My house is messy because no one helps me.

The only problem with playing the Blame Game is that it leaves me in a state of inertia.  It blocks my mind from thinking big thoughts.  It binds me to the past.  It makes me bitter.  It affects my home sanctuary negatively.

But I don’t want to be like that.

Today’s Small Thing is to think about something in your life that you’re blaming someone or something for – that’s keeping you from taking responsibility and moving on. 

She gives a challenge every time she posts…it helps motivate me to know another mom needs to challenge herself each day, just to get the floor swept.  That’s me! 

Enjoy the rest of the blog entry at Home Sanctuary.

I love to be challenged by new directions and thoughts.


Entry filed under: Blog Notes, Christianity, Church, Faith.

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  • 1. Misty  |  May 19, 2008 at 8:53 am

    Whoa, deep. I actually kinda had that same thought process going on early this am. That I’ve been blaming shortcomings on other people or situations and not taking responsibility or accepting things as they are. For some reason, deep thoughts come to me when I’m sleep deprived.

    But now, I’m just sleepy. I’m not blaming anyone–just accepting it for what it is. I’m accepting that the floor will not be swept again today and that I’ll likely migrate from the couch to the computer a lot today 🙂

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