About Me

I am a thirty-something wife of the most handsome man on the planet (we’ve been married for almost 14 years now!), mama of three boys under 10, and daughter of the King of Kings.

my honey and me

Realizing that life is much shorter than I can anticipate, this year is one I will spend purposefully slowing down and focusing on the greatest treasures and high calling God has sent my way – being an encouraging helper to my husband in his ministry of arrow fashioning and in our new home business. I am purposing to slow down and smell all the divine appointments the Lord sends my way, focusing on home and hospitality.

Dad and Boys

My blog used to be called One Beggar’s Bread.  I loved the idea that I could share bits and pieces of my discoveries, not because I know so much but more like one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread (taken from ‘s quote about evangelism!)

The common theme in my life over the past 6 years has been a burning desire to have my heart focused on our home.  This is HARD for me to do as my natural state is to be busy as a bee, impressing others in ministry and such, and neglecting home and hearth.  I love this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O’er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.

Up a Tree

At times, my mind and heart ache from all the thoughts and feelings churning and jumbling around inside, and I feel all tied up in knots. I am hoping this blog will provide a dumpstation for my overfull brain, allowing me to lighten up and fully enjoy these short days with my family and friends.

CJ Pretzel

 

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Nice to see pix of you and the family. Miss all of you in town. I got this from Emily baginski. Nice to have some family contact even know it is a “Blog”!
    Love ya Deb…Paige

  2. I stumbled helplessly onto your blog and truly believe it was a divine appointment. I am of those people searching vas regret…with a heavy heart. I would have preferred to email you privately, but couldn’t locate you’re email address on your site. I would love to ask you a couple of questions. Thanks for your post on the topic.

    Rachelle Moon

  3. I was searching for info on the Fox Faith “free Direct Tv movie screening” deal that was offered to our church (and many others). I was considering it but wanted to do some homework on it before asking our Pastor to have it installed at our Parish Hall. Have you heard of anyone getting it and/or if it’s on the level.

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  5. in response to your pokemon inquiry:)

    http://www.cephasministry.com/pokemon_5.html
    http://www.cephasministry.com/save_our_children_pokemon_booklet.html
    http://www.crossroad.to/text/articles/pokemon5-99.html

    These articles are very anti-pokemon and will give you the full Christian-negative view of pokemon. I agree with them. If we live in a spiritual world, getting deeply involved with pokemon is not good for kids. As I wrote in my post, though, I knew my 7 year old had a good foundation, knowing all about the spiritual world, so I let him explore and learn new things on his own, under my supervision. He never got into pokemon the way his friends did: chanting their names or carrying them in his pocket everywhere and having to do battles until he was master…and just last month he told me he wanted to sell all his cards because he knew we didn’t like pokemon and Papa thought it was evil so he didn’t want anything to do with it anymore. 🙂 hope these articles help! as the Bible says in Philippians 4:8 think about only good things, but also in Romans 14 do what you know is appropriate according to your faith and do not judge or hinder your neighbor! 🙂

  6. These articles are very anti-pokemon and will give you the full Christian-negative view of pokemon. I agree with them. If we live in a spiritual world, getting deeply involved with pokemon is not good for kids. As I wrote in my post, though, I knew my 7 year old had a good foundation, knowing all about the spiritual world, so I let him explore and learn new things on his own, under my supervision. He never got into pokemon the way his friends did: chanting their names or carrying them in his pocket everywhere and having to do battles until he was master…and just last month he told me he wanted to sell all his cards because he knew we didn’t like pokemon and Papa thought it was evil so he didn’t want anything to do with it anymore. hope these articles help! as the Bible says in Philippians 4:8 think about only good things, but also in Romans 14 do what you know is appropriate according to your faith and do not judge or hinder your neighbor!
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