Life Is Good

Life Is Good

New ThingForget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in  the wasteland. –Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

The hope these verses raise in me have made it a favorite of mine. The idea of God ushering me past old things and making a way toward new life is exciting!

This is MOPS’s verse for the year. The theme: Be You, Bravely.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I’ve been in a state of transition for awhile, but this school year definitely marks something, well, new.

My girls are in a local public school full time, leaving  just my 3 1/2 year old son at home with me. Our schedule and routine is completely different from anything it’s ever been.

I’m building a business.

And I joined MOPS.

Let me break that down: The only “homeschooling” in sight is reading books with Anthony and informal letter, number and color practice. I have lots of feelings about school: homeschooling, public schools, and the transition that I never thought I’d make.

Mostly though, I feel like I can breathe again. For the first time in many years, I am overjoyed to begin a school year. Driving home from school drop-off a few days ago, I had a thought that I never imagined I’d have:

I’m so glad I’m not homeschooling anymore.

I’d guess not many people go from homeschooling to public schools, but then, I’m learning how very against the grain God created me. I’ll take the peace of His plan over going with the flow.

The business: Using Young Living Essential Oils, researching what oils can do, and sharing that with other people is energizing me in a way that few things ever have. When I read “new thing” in that Isaiah verse…it was clear that this oil thing is some thing new! Maybe I’ll write some time about how it all unfolded and how I see God’s hand in it, but right now, I’m just blown away by how life-transforming it is and how much I’m learning.

I haven’t been in a paid position since before my kids were born. And talk about going against the grain…I just knew I wouldn’t go the whole polish-my-resume, interview, leave-home-and-go-to-a-location-for-a-chunk-of-time route for an income.

Practical people may call me crazy. However, I’m doing something I love that aids people in healing and walking into greater freedom. It certainly equates to growing in freedom in mind, body, spirit, and finances for me.


MOPS. I’d heard of it often but didn’t exactly know what it was. My sister-in-law invited me to go with her last week. Not walking in alone gave me courage, and I was surprised to see a few familiar faces. The women were smiling and warm. There was coffee–bonus. And there was simply a feeling of rightness from my first moments there.

Part of the explanation for the year’s focus reads “Dreaming (ahem) bigger than we ever have before and getting swept up into the plans of a God who leaves us breathless with wonder…We are so excited to journey alongside you this year as we ask one another what it means to ‘Be you, Bravely.’”

I’m in.

Life isn’t even close to perfect. Challenges still abound.

But. Still…

Life is good.


Do you have something new in your life?

When has being yourself meant going against the grain?


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  1. I am so proud of you! I love reading all the new things God is doing in your life. This was such an exciting post to read! praying for you friend

  2. You are awesome! You will love MOPS. I have very fond memories of my years there. You go you!! Glad you are content with your decision to change schooling methods. Can’t wait until my “kit” arrives so we can talk shop :))!

  3. Hi Mandy- that’s awesome! I’m excited for you!! This is the first year two of my kiddos are in school too…2nd and K, and I have just the baby at home (which comes with its own challenges! but thats another story!)…I’m trying to get into a new routine and totally hear you about feeling like you’re in transition! That’s exciting about your business too (:

  4. Super Like <3

  5. That is one of my favorite scriptures. Isaiah 43:18-19. God is doing something new and if we are open there will be a blessing. Right now I am seeing it in my own life and our parish. Thank you for sharing your faith journey.

  6. Yay, for you Mandy! Blessings as you follow the path that Christ is leading you toward. May you find yourself becoming even more like him every day as you do. I’m feeling life is good, this morning. God has been speaking to me about changes lately and a first step into our church’s mom’s group happened this morning. The people around the table were lovely. I still have steps to take about finding me time and a good rhythm with my husband, but I feel like God is teaching me slowly.

  7. I’m so excited and proud for you!! I was a part of MOPS when my kiddos were young and it was such a great way to connect with other women. Be you, bravely…I think you are living this motto well!
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