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Let it Go…(Really I don’t have to run the show??)

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Let it Go 

How to stop running the show and start walking in faith

By Karen Ehman

As parents but mothers specifically there seems to be a desire (in many parents)to live for our children

and be so involved they don’t have chances to

make choices

make mistakes

live for themselves(note I’m not saying selfish though they  may be)

In “Let it Go”

Karen takes us

from micromanaging to mothering

from being over-involved to learning to let go

complete with questions/answers at the end of each chapter  “Let it Go” would make a great book club for moms book

Check out Karen’s Website for more great information

now I must confess I am not much of a housewife


I do find myself hovering in other ways

part is due to the kids food allergies and as a  parent the fear that accompanies that.


part of it is personality

wanting to be everything to everyone


getting burned out(which is good for no one)

Karen’s book walks you through the ages and stages of letting go.

in her book she quotes Psalm 62(among other bible passages I will end with that passage here:

Psalm 62

Song of Trust in God Alone

To the leader: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall never be shaken.

How long will you assail a person,
    will you batter your victim, all of you,
    as you would a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
Their only plan is to bring down a person of prominence.
    They take pleasure in falsehood;
they bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse.Selah

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honor;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us.Selah


What Direction Next?{The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity}

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I read a lot!

I mean a lot!

I always have multiple books with bookmarks in

and magazine articles clipped.


My Goal of this Blog

is to post about inspirational books,

books that touch the heart and/or lift the mind or some combination of both.

So sifting through my memory and in trying to decide what’s next I’ve neglected posting about books…unable to make a decision…

until now.

I have a teenager…and in a few years I will have 3 teenagers

so I’ve been reading various books on how to deal with  and live with and love teenagers.

This next book stems from that.

The Smart Teens’ Guide to 

Living With Intensity

How to get more out of Life and Learning

By.Lisa Rivero

So the other day at the Library this book  jumped out at me


I thought my kid should read this


I read it

and you know what?

Every Parent Should Read This As Well

Although the books focus begins a bit on “gifted” students  really…all teenagers are intense in their own way and this book will likely be eye opening for parents and teens alike regardless “classification” or “labels”

She breaks down the different types of intensity displayed by people

Intellectual, Psycho-motor, Sensual, Imaginative, Emotional

If we understand what makes us intense and what makes our kids intense

we can grown in compassion

when we regard our




with our children

Each “Intensity” gets its own chapter

with a breakdown of how it (the intensity)

affects learning

affects Relationships

Now Bring in Chapter 9

“The Care and Feeding of Intense Parents”

If only all children(teens and adult children)

would take a few minutes to read this book

perhaps some of the insecurities

some of criticisms we have of our parents

would turn more toward compassion and understanding.

Fast forward to Chapter 14

Waiting until the Last Minute:Procrastination, Perfectionism, and creativity.

Complete with a checklist and websites for creative inspiration.

Then the book ends with list of Habits of Mind

and different ways of thinking

for example

instead of too intense think wonderfully intense

instead of not fitting in think just where I should be

now run out and get your own copy

and while you’re at it

check out her website

Lisa Rivero