Sursee Saturday :: Take a Day Off!


Sursee Saturday Let's Be Today

Sometimes the Sursee is in the resting and taking the day off!  Putting your feet up and reading the latest issue of Southern Living.  Or reading through all of the paper.  Working out in the garden.  Making a BLT with extra bacon and loving it.

So today, why not take a walk in a new neighborhood?  Eat out breakfast.  Nap. Read a chapter in your book.  Sit outside and listen to the birds and watch the leaves fall.

 Sursee Saturdays are not only about the doing- today it is about the being.  God made you a human BEING- so Be today.

Tell me how you did this in the comments below.


Mentoring Matters :: A Road Map for Mentoring


Mentoring Matters A Road Map for Mentoring

I am passionate about mentoring.  I believe we should all be involved in mentoring and I enjoy encouraging others to participate in this biblical mandate.  Today, I want to share with you what it looked like this week for me to mentor and just lay out for you what I do with the Moms I meet with on Monday nights.  Here are a few details.

I meet with a group of women two times a month- the second and fourth Mondays.  We meet from 7:00 pm till around 9:00 pm.  I serve a snicky- snack, and we talk briefly; then we get down to business.  We talk about the book we are reading  and share our thoughts and questions.  Everyone participates- I just keep plowing through the chapter and try to finish on time.   We always end with prayer.  I pass around index cards, and we write our prayers out and then pass our card to the right.  Then we  pray for each other.  We try to spend the time praying and not sharing what we need prayer for.  Most nights we end on time.  Some gals might have to leave earlier than others.  No problem.  I hope that helps you to get a picture in your mind what is going on over here.  Very simple.  Very real.

We have read several different books and  done different studies, and right now we are reading through an old Linda Dillow book, Satisfy My Thirsty Soul.  It is going to be good for our souls to study this book and learn more about worship and what it looks like.  One take home from this week is this:

Worship is the path to experiencing the presence of God, the way to face-to-face intimacy.  Linda Dillow

Another facet of what we do is memorize scripture because hiding His word in our hearts is important and this hiding will change us from the inside out, which is what we need.  This week we challenged each other to memorize Psalm 16:11

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.  Psalm 16:11

Do I really believe what this verse is saying? Is that the way I am living? These are questions we asked.  We are real and honest and none of us have it all together.  Our little Mom Heart study is a great time of encouragement for me and for the gals.  I try to make it a safe place to ask those hard questions.

So that is a little picture of what it looks like with my Mom Hearts group.  Mentoring is not rocket science and probably most of you all are doing it out there with someone.

Mentoring is all about just taking the next step and being available.

I hesitated to tell you the details of what I do because I want you to mentor the way God leads you.  But, I also know that sometimes, it is helpful to see how others do it.

 So, the Sursee for today is that mentoring can look like what you want it to look like.  It is all about listening to the Lord and hearing what He has for you.

Freedom.   Mentoring can be a group time or a one on one meeting.  A long-distance phone call or an early morning coffee at Starbucks.  I will share from time to time what I do when I mentor to encourage you that it is not  hard and that you can do it.  I would love to hear how you are mentoring.  It sharpens me and gives me new ideas.  Do tell in the comments and mentor me!




Sursee Saturday // My Favorite Pen

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Last week I showed you my new fav journal here and I promised you I would tell you about my pen love.  Now I don't know about you, but I only recently bought a pen that I really love.  I used to just have a drawer full of give away pens from hotels … [Continue reading]

What to Fix for Dinner? A Yummy Salad with an Amazing Dressing that is a Go To Meal

Carol's Amazing Salad

  When it is time to have people over or just prepare dinner for your own family, do you find yourself fumbling around- indecisive about what to serve? I think it is important to have a few recipes that are your Go To Meals.  These are … [Continue reading]

Sursee Saturday :: New Covers on Old Favorites

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I love the artist Anne Bond.  I think I first read about her in Southern Living and I follow her on Instagram;  it is fun to see what she posts and to see her artwork as it is coming out fresh.  She is the founder of Rifle Paper Co.  I am pretty sure … [Continue reading]

Quiet Time Sursees // A New Journal

Journal Love

  I am standing at my window willing it to be fall out there.  Needing a cool breeze to blow in and shake off some of these cobwebs.  Ain't seasons grand?  Can hardly wait for this cool front that the weatherman is telling us is coming...I even wore … [Continue reading]

What’s Up and What I Am In To Right Now

great brownies for entertaining

Hey there, Just a note to say life has been busy.  You, too? Reminds me of the Mary Englebreit quote: .   But I want more.  Not just the daily.  I want more of Him, not more of busy. The other morning I was starting my day and was … [Continue reading]

Wild Obedience :: Sursees from Declare 2014

Declare Conference 2014

Recently I attended a writing conference and wanted to let you know some of the things I learned. But, how do you wrap up and write about a three day long event with hundreds of conversations and inspiring speakers and Sursees galore at our table … [Continue reading]

Sursee Saturday :: Felt Ball Trivet

Sursee Saturday Trivet

  I love felted wool and saw this trivet made of felted wool balls and thought it was super cute.   Fun.  Happy.   I love when something that is useful is also beautiful. I have it sitting on my table.  What do you have on your … [Continue reading]

Mentoring Matters :: A Reminder to Moms Taking Kids Off to College

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Hey Moms out there, I know that it is back to school time which means some of you are sending your babies off to Kindergarten.  Middle school.  High school.  It always a little bittersweet isn't it? Some of you are even taking your kids off to … [Continue reading]