Pam Taylor - Christian Life Coach

Are You a Curmudgeon?

file000495201931-morguefile-kitchens-smallI once heard a story about a mom who went to the kitchen to get a drink of water, only to find that the kids had taken the liquid dish soap and squirted it all over the floor. They had removed their shoes and were sliding back and forth like it was an ice rink. They were laughing and having a blast!! Lots of fun! UNTIL they saw her there in the doorway. They stopped in their tracks, looking at each other. TERRIFIED as they waited to see what her response would be.

So, there she stood with her hands on her hips observing the situation and trying to decide what to do. She saw their delight. She heard their laughter. But…she also saw what they had done.

She decided that it looked like so much fun that she took off her shoes and slid across the floor in her socks. She threw her head back in laughter. She was really enjoying herself. The kids couldn’t believe it! Then…suddenly…she stopped.

She looked them straight in the eyes and said,  “That was fun! Now LET’S clean this up.”

I’m pretty sure she told them not to do it again, but she understood how fun it was and it was not EVIL or SINFUL what they were doing. It was not DEFIANT. They didn’t know. So she enjoyed the moment but let them know that there were consequences to their decisions. BUT she helped them clean it up. That way they stayed on task. 

Isn’t that exactly how God is with us? He enjoys us and yet He gently guides us back to Truth. He tells us the rules and then He guides us into following the rules. The blessing comes in the obeying. For our kids and for us.

It’s so much more fun to embrace and enjoy life and to appreciate the differences of others, than to be a curmudgeon. You and your child/children are each very different. Choose to enjoy the differences. It is most definitely a choice. It probably won’t come naturally.  

And yet…you still have to be the Mom…the adult…in the relationship. Yes, of course, the adult makes rules and they also keep them. But…don’t forget to remember that the child-like things they do are normal. They are learning how things work and what is acceptable and what is not. They are experimenting.

They are also teaching us to lighten up a bit. And that, my dear sweet mom friend, is a good thing! A very good thing!

Hope this helps…

Filed under: MomCouragement — Tags: , , , — Pam Taylor @ 11:04 am

Are You On a Merry-Go-Round? I’m Still Grinning :-)

Have you ever had them ruin your day? You know…the people in charge that have power to grant your request or not to.

Them. The ones that don’t really care about you personally. You know what I’m talking about.

The Carnival was in town this last week.

For three years they have told me I couldn’t ride a horse on the merry-go-round. I could sit on one of the benches but not ride one of the horses.

Hmrmph! NOT my idea of riding the merry-go-round!!! So I said no thank you.

Riding the merry-go-round horses has been a pleasant childhood memory. So being told no made me sad each year.

But I knew there was nothing I could do to change the mind of them.

I am not the adventuresome type, so this is the only ride I will even consider going on. (I know. I know.)

Funny, how important it became to me.

Well, THIS year, they changed their minds.

WHY did they change their minds?

GOD used a friend who knows the owners.  He went to them and told them my story. My disappointment.

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Have you ever wondered about God’s love for you personally? Whether He cares about the little things in YOUR life?

You’ve heard it said, “It pays to know people in high places.” Here’s proof. Look what OUR God did…

This is just one small story about how intimately God is involved in our lives. How much He wants to bless us.

Sometimes He makes us wait three years. Sometimes it is immediate. But the answer and the timing is ALWAYS from the hand of a Loving Creator God.

God cares about every single silly little thing that matters to us.

He delights to delight His children with tangible proof of His love!

And in this case, His child is me.

I’m still grinning…

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I thought you might enjoy another post about the town where I live:
Are You Living An Orchestra Life?


Independence Day
Fun, Facts & Trivia*

Independence DaySometimes we forget the 4th of July holiday we celebrate every year is more than picnics, parades, and fireworks. It is actually a celebration originally called Independence Day. Let’s review together some of the reasons WHY.

A fun way to start is to take this Independence Day Trivia Quiz. Exercise your brain. Test your knowledge of Early American History. Multiple choice.You can do it!

Here you go… Independence Day Trivia Quiz:  http://puzzles.about.com/od/trivia/l/bl_july4quiz.htm

How many did you answer correctly? (I answered 8 out of 11 correctly. Looks like it’s good I took this refresher course, huh?)

 

Thoughts to Ponder

On July 4, 1776 The 2nd Continental Congress in Philadelphia, PA declared independence from Britain. On August 2, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the 2nd Continental Congress.

When was the last time you read the Declaration of Independence when you didn’t HAVE to for school assignments?

You might be enlightened by a look see here: http://usgovinfo.about.com/bldecind.htm

Please take the time to especially read the first few paragraphs. Read for yourself the “vision” of our founding fathers.

 

More Thoughts to Ponder

What was THIS about? (Hint: It had something to do with taxes and tea. )

The Boston Tea Party http://coffeetea.about.com/cs/history1/a/bostonteaparty.htm

 

Three Quick Facts About The Star Spangled Banner:

1.The Star Spangled Banner was written by lawyer/poet Francis Scott Key, because…

2. He was inspired during the British attack of Fort McHenry on September 13, 1814 and the courageous defense made by American forces.

3. In 1931, the U.S. Congress designated the “Star Spangled Banner” to be the National Anthem of the United States.

 

I’m especially inspired by the last verse of our National Anthem.
Here it is for your convenience:

“O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand
Between their lov’d home and the war’s desolation;
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,

And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave

O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave”

We (the United States of America) are a nation of people so proud of our independence. And rightly so. But the Star Spangled Banner gives the Glory to God Almighty. He is the Power that preserved our nation and He is our only hope even now. When we forget that we are INTERdependent on each other and most of all DEpendent on our GOD, we get in trouble. In the beginning of King Solomon’s reign, he prayed (2 Chronicles 6:13c, 14 NIV) “He {{Solomon}} stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. He said: ‘O LORD, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way.’”

I end this post with a prayer from Psalm 86:9-13 (NIV) “All the nations You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; they will bring glory to Your Name. For You are great and do marvelous deeds; You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O LORD, and I will walk in Your truth; give me an undivided heart that I may fear Your name. I will praise You, O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. For great is Your love toward me; You have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.”

May God bless You with a fresh understanding of His desire for those who call themselves by His Name.

I’d love to hear your thoughts. You continually refresh my heart. I am blessed that you are part of my life.

May this be the best Independence Day celebration you have ever had!!!

Until next time…

 

*Reference source for the Independence Day trivia: Ask.com


Having a Tough Day?

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“Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” — John 12:24

That pretty well sums up parenting…and especially motherhood. Motherhood is so daily!

Dying to self. The single seed dying to self for the greater good…the good crop. Meaning…when we truly surrender our rights to the Lord, beautiful things begin to happen within our hearts. And in our families.

In his very first sentence in the book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren states a Biblical Truth: “It’s not about you.”

That single statement reminds me to get my priorities in alignment with God’s. It’s NOT about me. It’s ALL about HIM!!! The LORD! If there is a Lord (and there is) then there must be servants who do His bidding. (That’s you and me.)

The Small Catechism states “the chief purpose of man is to love God and enjoy Him forever.” We enjoy God when we obey Him. We obey Him because we believe Him when He gives us directions how to live a life which is pleasing to Him and is joy-filled for us.

And WHEN we surrender to that, He gives us His strength, in our weakness! When we are weak, then He is strong! Hang in there, Mom!

You are loved! And yes…it *is* worth it!

Click Here to leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts.

This has been a word of encouragement from:

The MomCourager™
Pam Taylor, Christian Life Coach

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Filed under: MomCouragement — Tags: , , , , — Pam Taylor @ 8:24 pm

Memorial Day With Gratitude

Memorial-DayJust stopping by for a quick minute to tell you how my day began.

It’s been pouring rain. I thought our Memorial Day remembrance by the lake would not happen. (Oh me of little faith!)

But God cleared the sky for a short time so we could stop…to remember the sacrifices of our heroes and their families.

I was moved to tears as the High School band played the Star Spangled Banner. (Yes, our flag is still there. In spite of wars and rumors of wars.)

Tears were still in my eyes as the VFW honor guard stood at attention. As many in the crowd saluted or had their hands over their hearts throughout the remembrance time. (They honored the flag of our country.) The raising of the flag by our local Boy Scouts (but only to half mast…to honor the fallen). That prayer by the Chaplain of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). The prayer included honoring by Name our Lord Jesus. Openly. Without hindrance. Another reason for tears of gratitude: for wonderful small town Iowa with its “old-fashioned values”!

And then the band played TAPS. More tears. More emotions of gratitude. More hands over the hearts. I am thankful for those in Clear Lake, Iowa who organized the remembrance.

I’m glad I stopped to remember today. I wanted to share my joy with you.

Yes this is celebrated as a HOLIDAY in the United States, but there is a reason why we have a “holiday” to celebrate. Today, I am not taking that freedom for granted. It came with great price.

I am thankful to God for stopping the heavy rain long enough for us to draw together as a community and remember with gratitude those that suffered much so we could stand there today FREE to do so.  THANK YOU seems small for such a great gift!

Filed under: Clear Lake,Holidays — Tags: , , , , , — Pam Taylor @ 12:33 pm

Tick… Tick… Tick… Here It Comes!

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Don’t Let This Summer
Slip Away Like Sand
Through Your Fingers!
Use It to Jumpstart
Your Life…

Two days and counting…
May 1st will be here
before you know it.

We can work out the details of WHEN, scheduling around your ever fluid spring/summer schedule. I’m happy… no! I am delighted to do that! AND… just a reminder… this is by phone, so you can be literally anywhere in the world to follow through (together) with this great opportunity!

What are your plans for making this your most memorable summer ever?

  1. Have you had a dream but not yet acted on it? What’s holding you back?
  2. Do you long to change something in your life, but wonder why nothing you’ve tried so far has worked?
  3. Are you wondering why life seems so difficult and so everyday? Maybe you even think something is WRONG with you.
  4. Do you wonder why you see things so differently from those that you live with, work with, worship & serve with?

Spend part of your summer with me (virtually) and you will:

  1. Wake up each day with eager anticipation for what the day holds
  2. Stop comparing yourself with others
  3. Use your gifts and strengths joyfully and effectively
  4. Realize Creator God’s design for you was meant to bring you joy

I would consider it an honor to walk this part of your journey with you.

Sign up by May 1st for a 25% Discount.

The Spring/Summer Package includes:

  • Leading From Your Strengths (LFYS) assessment
  • Two-hour phone LFYS consultation
  • Three additional 45-minute coaching sessions
  • Reasonable accommodation to your fluid spring/summer schedule

The Value of this package is: $350.00
Spring/Summer special offer is: $262.50
(if you contact me by May 1st)

To take advantage of the 25% discount,
contact me by May 1st
pam@loavesandfishescoaching.com

Why should you do this for yourself? Because God loves you and He wants you to know why He created you the way He did and how to be the best YOU you can be!

Want to read more about Leading From Your Strengths? I’ve written several blogs about the topic. Click Here to read a popular one that many people found helpful.

Ready to sign up? Have Questions?  Email me and let’s get started!


Ready for Your Best Summer Yet?

relaxing_in_beach_chair_800_clr_8678Time is Running Out
to take advantage of this great opportunity for the Greatest Summer Ever!

Don’t delay and miss out.
Remember – it is virtual (by phone) so we can do this together from anywhere in the world! YAY!

What are your plans for making this your most memorable summer ever?

  1. Have you had a dream but not yet acted on it? What’s holding you back?
  2. Do you long to change something in your life, but wonder why nothing you’ve tried so far has worked?
  3. Are you wondering why life seems so difficult and so everyday? Maybe you even think something is WRONG with you.
  4. Do you wonder why you see things so differently from those that you live with, work with, worship & serve with?

Spend part of your summer with me (virtually) and you will:

  1. Wake up each day with eager anticipation for what the day holds
  2. Stop comparing yourself with others
  3. Use your gifts and strengths joyfully and effectively
  4. Realize Creator God’s design for you was meant to bring you joy

I would consider it an honor to walk this part of your journey with you.

Sign up by May 1st for a 25% Discount.

The Spring/Summer Package includes:

  • Leading From Your Strengths (LFYS) assessment
  • Two-hour phone LFYS consultation
  • Three additional 45-minute coaching sessions
  • Reasonable accommodation to your fluid spring/summer schedule

The Value of this package is: $350.00
Spring/Summer special offer is: $262.50
(if you contact me by May 1st)

To take advantage of the 25% discount,
contact me by May 1st
pam@loavesandfishescoaching.com

Why should you do this for yourself? Because God loves you and He wants you to know why He created you the way He did and how to be the best YOU you can be!

Want to read more about Leading From Your Strengths? I’ve written several blogs about the topic. Click Here to read a popular one that many people found helpful.

Ready to sign up? Have Questions?  Email me and let’s get started!

Filed under: Lead From Your Strengths — Tags: — Pam Taylor @ 4:14 pm

A Spring/Summer Special Treat Prepared Just for You!

A Time-Limited Special Offer.
Offer Ends May 1st.

heart-my-coachWhat are your plans for making this your most memorable summer ever?

  1. Have you had a dream but not yet acted on it? What’s holding you back?
  2. Do you long to change something in your life, but wonder why nothing you’ve tried so far has worked?
  3. Are you wondering why life seems so difficult and so everyday? Maybe you even think something is WRONG with you.
  4. Do you wonder why you see things so differently from those that you live with, work with, worship & serve with?

Spend part of your summer with me (virtually) and you will:

  1. Wake up each day with eager anticipation for what the day holds
  2. Stop comparing yourself with others
  3. Use your gifts and strengths joyfully and effectively
  4. Realize Creator God’s design for you was meant to bring you joy

I would consider it an honor to walk this part of your journey with you.

Sign up by May 1st for a 25% Discount.

The Spring/Summer Package includes:

  • Leading From Your Strengths (LFYS) assessment
  • Two-hour phone LFYS consultation
  • Three additional 45-minute coaching sessions
  • Reasonable accommodation to your fluid spring/summer schedule

The Value of this package is: $350.00
Spring/Summer special offer is: $262.50
(if you contact me by May 1st)

To take advantage of the 25% discount,
contact me by May 1st
pam@loavesandfishescoaching.com

Why should you do this for yourself? Because God loves you and He wants you to know why He created you the way He did and how to be the best YOU you can be!

Want to read more about Leading From Your Strengths? I’ve written several blogs about the topic. Go to www.loavesandfishescoaching.com/blog and use the search function to search for Lead From Your Strengths. There’s a IV-part series you might enjoy.

Ready to sign up? Have Questions?  Email me and let’s get started!


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

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Put yourself in this Mom’s place. Traveling alone with a baby.

Look closely and then tell me…What’s “wrong” with this picture? Maybe “wrong” isn’t the “right” word. Maybe “unusual” is the right word.

I’m pretty sure this would not be what I would look like if I were at a major airport, ready to travel a number of hours with my baby on a plane…ALONE! What about you?

Here is what is (wrong/unusual) = remarkable: She is smiling! She is a real, live person and she is smiling! And at peace! How did that happen?

Lindsay sent me this picture. It inspired me so much that I asked her if I could use it on my website. I figured if it inspired me, it would inspire you, too. (I’m passionate about helping Overwhelmed Moms find their way out of the fog. And this picture speaks volumes!!!) And then…when I heard her response, I just had to share it with you right away.

Because…here’s something else that is remarkable about this Mom: Her response was “Yes…but…I wasn’t overwhelmed.” WOW! She wasn’t overwhelmed??? Astounding!!!

What do you suppose was Lindsay’s secret?

Lindsay had a plan. She had spent the days leading up to this day (as she prepared to move to another continent in a few short weeks) speaking God’s promises out loud to herself as she packed and as she took care of her baby. Her husband was far away…on another continent because of his work. It was unavoidable. This was a fog she was going to have to find her way through without her husband’s help. She wanted to be victorious, even though her life was in an uproar! But you would not know it to look at her, would you?! She had chosen the HIGHER ROAD.

Life is a series of choices. Flesh or Spirit. Which will rule? Which will we “feed”? The Spirit or the flesh?

This Mom had chosen to listen to praise music even though the things in her life were in chaos. While helpers were shouting questions at her. While she had to make a ton of last minute decisions. While she had to remember to eat. While she had to remember to change the diapers and nurse the baby. While movers came and went. While her apartment looked more like a war-zone than a home…with all the sorting and packing materials all around. Lindsay had chosen to have God on the throne, rather than let her feelings rule her. She did what she could do. She fed her Spirit Soul food and it nourished her to the point that her countenance would actually shine! You can see that for yourself!

She did what she could and left the rest to God. He likes that! 🙂

lindsay-baby-cropShe is an amazing woman. She is one of my favorite people and I wanted to share a bit of her story with you. I pray it inspires you to take the time to stop, drop and pray. To remember that nothing is too big for God to handle. IF we let Him.  She made a conscious choice to meditate on the promises of God. To feed her soul with music. Not just any music. She chose music that nourishes and exalts God. Proving: You definitely are what you “eat”. His Word (the Bible) is her nourishment. AND…Praises helped her rise above her circumstances. God has a plan and she followed it. And this is the result!

Please take time to comment and let us know what this has stirred up in you. And please also share stories of times when God’s Spirit has ruled and you, too, have been victorious in a difficult circumstance. We would love to hear from you. And as Lindsay prepares to move from her familiar surroundings, your remarks could be perfect timing and have the same effect on her to encourage her to keep looking UP because GOD is BIG.

“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work,” Jesus said. (John 4:34 NAS)

{{Lindsay Nichols Estes has a message for women in transition. She walks her talk and more often than not, she comes forth trusting God’s promises. She knows the secret of success. If you are in transition, and want a coach to walk through it with you, you can find her here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/lindsaynicholsestes }}


Short Spurts Toward Success! Week 4

It’s the final week of the Challenge! How are you doing? My guess is, from the dearth of comments on the blog this past week, that you’ve been exceedingly busy! I hope you’ve squeezed in time to incorporate the nightly routines we’ve been learning, though.

So, it’s a new year and I’m ready for a fresh start – how about you? Let’s get started by remembering the first three Challenges and then adding #4…
Challenge #1 – Do a quick straighten up of the house before bed each night.
Challenge #2 – Put away clean dishes. Set the table/prepare for the next day’s breakfast.
Challenge #3 – Be sure no dishes are left undone. Fill Dishwasher. Dump the old coffee grounds. Add fresh coffee for the morning.

Challenge #4.

Lay out clothes for the next day. Straighten up/quick clean the bathroom. All before bed each day.

I hope you are feeling a new sense of control over your environment. You’re probably even sleeping better, knowing that you are the “alpha dog” of your home environment. What a great way to lessen stress!

Please be sure to leave at least one comment this week to let us know how you are doing with the Challenge. Remember, each comment gives you another entry to win an autographed copy of Uniquely You: Discover Your Life Purpose” by Kim Avery. Next week I’ll be sharing an upcoming opportunity for you to Discover YOUR Life Purpose – stay tuned!

Filed under: Challenges — Tags: , , — Pam Taylor @ 8:11 pm

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