"Our family will base our success on one thing...our impact for the Kingdom of Christ." -Rick Burgess

Monday, February 20, 2012


I'm plundering through the archives today.

This is a post that I wrote last month for Jana at Grace for My Mess.

I never published it here, so I thought I'd share it today.

This Christmas brought with it a production from the children of our church. This years play was entitled “The Christmas County Spelling Bee”. The “Bee” included a cast of contestants, the pronouncer, the judge, and the commentator. I’ll give you a little overview of how it went…

The kids were all part of a spelling bee. This spelling bee was made up of the names of Jesus. It was a play full of meaning and quick wit. One of the scenes that stood out for me included a fast paced, back and forth between a contestant and the pronouncer. It went something like this…

Contestant Number 17 Katie Collins steps up to the mic.

Pronouncer: Your word is “WORD.”

Katie: Sentence, please.

Pronouncer: Your word is “WORD.”

Katie: You just said that. Sentence please.

Pronouncer: That WAS the sentence? The word is “WORD.” “WORD” is the word!

Katie: Oh, that Word. W-O-R-D.

Pronouncer: Correct!

Annndddd Scene. J


Does that sentence hit you like it did me?


It’s our source, It’s our comfort, It’s where our knowledge comes from, It’s where we find our strength, IT’S JESUS! “The Word become flesh and dwelt among us.” John 1:14

I was thinking the other day about how much I’ve grown to love the Word of God.

It’s always there.

HE’s always there.

Speaking to me through His Word.

In It’s pages I find peace.

When I sit down to read the Word it’s my time to commune with God.

He meets me there.

He speaks to me…to my needs.

Sometimes I find myself laying my hands on the pages of my open Bible. I lay them there longing to feel the presence of God with me. Right there in the room. Longing to be closer to Him.

There have been days when I’ve been at my lowest. At the very end of my rope. On these days, I’ve sat. Bible open. Face down, pressed hard into the pages…into Him. Tears flowing. And He’s always met me there.

He’s met me there with the comfort, peace, compassion, and understanding that only He can bring.

He’s met me there with words…with His Word.

So yes indeed ladies and gentlemen Word is the WORD!


Resting in His Word,

Standing on His Promises,



Psalm 119:11

Isaiah 40:8

John 1:1

“The Christmas County Spelling Bee” was created by Celeste Clydesdale and arranged by David T. Clydesdale. Published by Word Music Group, LLC

Tracey Padgett, Author of Life of Eucharisteo, is an ordinary girl trying to live a life that exudes the message of Jesus. She's a Stay-at-home-mom to three girls, and wife to one, out-of-town, hard working man of God. Her mission is to exault God and her prayer is that God uses her words to speak first to the hearts of the lost, and second, to speak encouragement to her sisters in Christ. She's a self-proclaimed imperfect perfectionist. She prays that as she shares her His words, words about her real life, that you learn from her mistakes. Follow along her journey as she stumbles along, following Jesus.

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Big Finish

Well folks...She did it!

She crossed the finish line on her 10 miles today.

Wish you could have seen her face as she rode those last few feet.

I'm so  thankful I was able to witness this...her finding her wings....her stretching them out and embarking on a journey of giving.

What a blessing it was.

She wants to say a BIG thank you to everyone for their support.

Special thanks go to....

Deborah Arrant, Pam Hambrick, Sherry Layton, Kasey Bossard, Kim Madden, Lori Bonds, Twilight Carden, Jacque Byrd, Sharon Chavers, Keith Nall, and Renee Johnson.

Thank you all so much for blessing people you will never even meet. Your humble gift will make a huge impact in a child's life. You've allowed God to work through you....through your generosity.....you've been His hands and feet.

Thank you again,
from one PROUD Mama,
and one little girl whose legs are feeling like noodles,


Thursday, February 16, 2012


I'm dusting off the cobwebs today. The ones that have collected here in my absence. Clearing the path to do some counting.

#251. Sweet Valentine's chocolate (Ferrero Rocher) from my mama

#252. a phone call from a friend

#253. hearing feeling someone say that you are appreciated

#254. unhurried days

#255. long, soul-refreshing walks

#256. rain on a tin roof that makes for great sleep

#257. for not waking up tired

#258. being used by God

#259. friends to share life with

#260. feeling comfortable in my own skin

#261. Instagram

#262. reading the Word with my girls and actually getting feedback from them, which means they were listening!

#263. books (I'll give a list of what I'm reading at the end of this post)

#264. my sister is off work and can go see the Gaither's with me (God definitely had His Hand in this one) planting seeds

#265. first stage of our floors...done. Insulation....next week. Two steps closer to being done with the house!

I'm on a reading kick again! Here are a few you should check out....

Beautiful Battle by Mary E. DeMuth

Don't Make Me Come Up There by Kristen Welch

Kisses from Katie by Beth Clark and Katie J. Davis (Haven't started this yet, but can't wait!)

Be a Circle Maker by Mark Batterson

Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman (Set this one a side for a while...gotta pick it back up now that my toes feel better)

Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

7 an experimental mutiny againt excess by Jen Hatmaker (Can't wait to dive into this one!)

Happy Reading!

More thankful by the minute,


Friday, February 3, 2012


 Linking up with Lisa-Jo over at The Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Friday!

Today's word?


Here I go....

I love real.

I love the “realness” of people’s lives.

I love it because the real is what God sees.

So why not let everyone else see it.

When we get to see the real of other people’s lives it sort of let’s us off the hook.

You know that hook don’t you?

The hook of perfection.

No one’s life is perfect. And when people let us catch a glimpse of their real, we don’t feel such an overwhelming need to live flawlessly.

I had a really real moment this morning.

Want to see my real? I mean my really real…my toilet bowl scrubbing, snotty nose wiping, laundry washing real!

Here ya go!

I spared you the pic of the deceased-two-day-peanut-butter-snatching-mouse.

You can thank me later.

And as a bonus, I’ll take it a step further and share this….

The really real, straight-out-of-the-bed-hair-in-a-clip-no-make-up-late-for-school-ME! And the "real" about the pic...it took three vain tries to get the one I was happy with, and it was filtered with Sutro on Instagram. ;)

Okay, I don't think I can get any more real than that today. It's taken all the energy I had.  Let me go sit on the couch and recharge while I watch Little Bill with KP#3.

Have a great day, REALLY!

Keepin' it real,
Lovin' Jesus,


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A Child's Heart

I'm writing today on behalf of my precious middle "KP".

Kelsie is a 10 year old with a heart for missions.

This fills me with joy and scares me to death all at the same time.

For now I will focus on the joy.

I'm honored to walk alongside Kelsie as she puts feet to the ideas that she has bouncing around in her head.

Ideas of how to help others.

Ideas of how a 10 year old can make the world a better place.

This is her mission for Feburary....

Biking for $Bills$

Raising Funds and Awarness for the children and families of World Vision.

Kelsie has been led to help children around the world without ever leaving home. Her vision is to raise enough money to purchase some form of livestock for a World Vision family. Kelsie will raise this money using her prayers, her bicycle, and her leg power. She will bike for as many miles as her legs will allow. Her goal is 10 miles. She will be asking people to sponsor her by the mile, or if they choose, simply by giving a donation. Using the World Vision Gift Catalog, Kelsie will choose from a variety of animals to help a family sustain themselves. She will even have the option of donating the funds she raises to dig a fresh water well. This will give clean drinking water to an entire community. Please join Kelsie in the fight against hunger and poverty in our world. Help her show the love of Jesus to a dying world.

Kelsie and her family have adopted the following motto:

“Don’t fail to do something just because you can’t do everything.” -Richard Stearns

“He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me? declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 22:16

Learn more about helping a family or sponsoring a child at:
www.worldvision.org or call 1-888-511-6443