More In June . . . Equality

So . . .

Father’s Day . . . is a big deal.  Obviously.  There’s so much to be said.  I decided to address one item out of the millions of things to discuss: equality.  No worries.  This is a brief statement on a subject which needs volumes of books to be written.

Because.

It’s important to this generation and all who follow.

The thing is . . .

Some men have taught me the value of equality by unfair and dishonoring behavior, including male leaders in the church.  There are those who say they are “for women” but believe male clergy will always do better than women.  That’s fun.

Yes.  There are some men who are loud in their support of women in leadership, but they often miss the point of what it means.  A side note:  I’ve wondered how people would respond if, I said,

“I support men in leadership.”

Because this should not have to be said.

Anyway.

I’ve been blessed with men in my life who value the individual rather than the gender, giving respect and honor to all.   My father taught me that I could do anything, never giving me reason to pause and wonder if, a woman could or should do it.  My husband has been my greatest cheerleader, walking beside me, defending my rights, believing mountains would move no matter how it all seemed.    My brothers, brother-in-law, son, son-in-laws, nephews, as well as many male friends, co-workers, peers, and professors have stood with me in all seasons.

I see all these men as door openers–ushering my generation and all those behind me to live beyond the constraints of inequality and disregard.

To these men–I say thank you.  May you be blessed beyond measure today as you keep the door open for women to live out their potential and purpose.   May the next generation experience the blessings of equality by the way you intentionally live.

Happy Father’s Day–Kerrie

Gregg and I

Dad–blessing me at the end of my leadership at Red Door Church December 2017.

Dad and Gregg with Tricia and Tiffany for a summer pizza party.

My brother, Kelly, and Gregg.

So . . . here’s the men in our family.

So . . .

today . . . is beyond incredible.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Studio 365 and Tablethink.

It’s been a lot of work to get to our 100th episode at Studio 365. We’ve recorded an episode for each day, beginning March 4, 2018.

The thing is … with God . . . all things are possible!

Thank you family and friends–your encouragement, support, and love–are beyond words!

Celebrating–Kerrie

Here’s our 100th Episode Special Edition NewsLetter 

June 10, 2018

Hi all,

It’s a great day in Studio 365 as we celebrate our 100th episode.

100. Process. Sunday: One Hundredth Episode!!!!!!

It’s epic.

It’s unbelievable.

It’s God.

Without a doubt only God could’ve done this big-deal thing.  We’re grateful for God’s work and for you, our  awesome listeners.

What would we do without each other?

Our goal has been to produce a short morning show, blending inspiration, positivity, practicality, and laughter, motivating listeners to develop a deeper perspective of God, others, and self. We’ve learned so much from Studio 365, which has stretched our creativity and helped us to become stronger and wiser in its daily production.

Our prayer has been for you to set aside 6-7 minutes a day to listen, share, and take the conversation to your table.  And, we need your prayers for Studio 365 as we begin our next 100 episodes.

As we continue to learn how to produce and develop Studio 365 in the best way, we’re at work developing a new media production,  which will be launched this coming fall.  We want to give you our very best and can’t wait for you to be a part of it all.

Is that cool, or what?

Thank you for being a part of our “table” at Studio 365 Dailyand After Hours.  We look forward to being with you for our next 100 episodes.

And.  You are invited to take a seat at our “table” for the new arrival this fall.

Once again, thank you!

Co-hosts,  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . . all the tablethink team

Tablethink is a creative organization, imagining and developing ideas to transform the way we connect through media.

Tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals to live the best life.   

Tablethink invites everyone to take a seat at the table to listen, share, and take the conversation from table to table.

  • Tablethink. 147 Commercial St. NE Suite 6. Salem, OR 97301.
  • Phone:  971-209-2527
  • Email:hello@tablethink.com

June 6

So . . .

there’s always more . . . and it’s a process. Life is never as simple as we think.  Ever.

Starting the new of life is an adventure BUT it often does not go as planned. A new circumstance, relationship, job, school, home, or whatever else holds the potential for great things as well as challenges.  The complications of it all can trip us up, hold us captive, and change who we are, what we do, and where we go.

It’s one reason how we process it all is key to living the best life.

“BUT the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11, NIV). *Joshua and I discussed this God-word in Studio 365 today as well as a key principle to understanding the will of God as we move towards the finish line.

Here’s to the process of it all–Kerrie

P.S. These two little cuties reminded me just last night that there’s work in the process every. single. day.  And.  The work is totally worth it all!

*Reference

097. Process. Thursday: Start.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss the process of starting the new in life, determining the purpose of God, being open to where it will lead, even when it does not go as planned.

June 5

So . . .

June is just love.  There’s grads, newlyweds, newborns, fathers, birthday stars, and all the rest to celebrate with all of our love.  I know.  It all seems too packed to even begin to get through every event.

BUT.

The key is to find a way to be present in one another’s moments with love.

And . . . yet . . .

it’s easy to discount the power of love in one another’s life.    At the end of the day, God’s activity in our lives is a never-ending love, releasing the power of darkness from our life, empowering us to be who we are meant to be.  In turn, you and I have the privilege and pleasure to share that love and be a part of something so much bigger than can be imagined.

It’s all about love.  I previously mentioned Bob Goff–and still want to encourage you to read his two books about the power of love:   Love Does and Everybody Always.

Just love–Kerrie

PS. I’m excited about our new series in Studio 365–“Process.”  This series is key to living the best life–for all ages.  So, as we say at Studio 365–Listen.  Share.  And, take the conversation to your table.

Released:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door Joshua and Kerrie discuss the value of being aware of the process of managing life as they introduce the series, “Process.”

92. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss how the process of entering a new season can be difficult; however,  God provides a way to do it.

093. Sunday. Process: Prioritize Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the main priority in the process of developing relationships and situations.

094. Process. Monday: Finished Joshua and Kerrie discuss how to reduce stress and worry through the energy of Christ’s words:  “It is finished.”

095. Process. Tuesday: The Choice Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the courageous choice of blessing God and others regardless of their personal situation.

We had a great family celebration this past weekend.  I caught Mr. J being his cool self.  This little cutie is just love.

June 2

So . . .

I thought I would catch you up on some of the new things going on at tablehink, spelled with a little “t.”  It’s a lot of work.  And, it’s so much fun.  The thing is . . . I’m grateful . . . to have tablethink in my life . . . because I believe in what can happen through different formats of media in this era.  I want to thank you dear friend for being willing to start with us and to express your ideas to help us to move forward.

I pray the month of June will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine–Kerrie

This is off the subject . . . BUT . . . there are some things we choose to keep as we make our way on the journey.  I call them markers of my mileposts. I’m often asked where my bike came from.  I’ve had it in all sorts of places throughout the years.

My bike is one of my markers. It sits on my porch to remember wherever we go, we need a place to call home.

Anyway . . . here’s what we’re up to at tablethink . . .

Tablethink powers all of the formats of our media production now and in the future.  Our intention is that whatever is produced will start conversations and inspire individuals to live the best life.

There’s so much to learn.  It’s a process. We’ve realized the process of learning and growing in this effort is to be shared.  So.  We’ve begun this month with the series, “Process.”

We’ve started categorizing Studio 365 Daily Episodes this month by numbering the episode rather than dating it to make it easier to use the episodes as a resource:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door

092. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.

And.

There’s so much in Studio 365 After Hours:

Episode #5 has just been released!

Episode #5 After Hours . . . Who We Are

Our conversation had so much in it, including:

  1. Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard (Author), Sheldon Bowles (Author), Harvey Mackay (Foreword):  Click to go to amazon’s site.
  2. Busick Court in Salem, Oregon: @ https://www.yelp.com/biz/busick-court-restaurant-salem
  3. Chip and Joanna Gaines:  @https://magnolia.com.
  4. Kerrie’s stuff:  @https://kerrielpalmer.com
  5. Joshua’s business: @ http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

And.

There’s so much now and in our not yet . . .

June 2018 Newsletter

Hi all,

We’re grateful for you.  Thank you for being a part of our new adventure at tablethink.  It’s been an interesting process.  We had no idea how much work it would be to produce media when we started Studio 365 on March 4, 2018. And, now, on June 10, we will celebrate Studio 365’s 100th episode.  Only, God!

The thing is . . . we’re learning and growing . . . and excited for everything in front of us.  Studio 365 is one piece of many formats of media planned for tablethink.

Thank you for being a part of our “table.”

We are excited for what’s next . . .

Co-hosts,

  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . .

all the tablethink team

 

See, I am doing a new thing! ~Isaiah 43:19

tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals and their all to live the best life.

There’s so much more in the newsletter.  Go to: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/

June 1

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In June . . . Celebrating Our 100th Episode!

So . . .

today . . . is beyond incredible.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of Studio 365 and Tablethink.

It’s been a lot of work to get to our 100th episode at Studio 365. We’ve recorded an episode for each day, beginning March 4, 2018.

The thing is … with God . . . all things are possible!

Thank you family and friends–your encouragement, support, and love–are beyond words!

Celebrating–Kerrie

Here’s our 100th Episode Special Edition NewsLetter 

June 10, 2018

Hi all,

It’s a great day in Studio 365 as we celebrate our 100th episode.

100. Process. Sunday: One Hundredth Episode!!!!!!

It’s epic.

It’s unbelievable.

It’s God.

Without a doubt only God could’ve done this big-deal thing.  We’re grateful for God’s work and for you, our  awesome listeners.

What would we do without each other?

Our goal has been to produce a short morning show, blending inspiration, positivity, practicality, and laughter, motivating listeners to develop a deeper perspective of God, others, and self. We’ve learned so much from Studio 365, which has stretched our creativity and helped us to become stronger and wiser in its daily production.

Our prayer has been for you to set aside 6-7 minutes a day to listen, share, and take the conversation to your table.  And, we need your prayers for Studio 365 as we begin our next 100 episodes.

As we continue to learn how to produce and develop Studio 365 in the best way, we’re at work developing a new media production,  which will be launched this coming fall.  We want to give you our very best and can’t wait for you to be a part of it all.

Is that cool, or what?

Thank you for being a part of our “table” at Studio 365 Dailyand After Hours.  We look forward to being with you for our next 100 episodes.

And.  You are invited to take a seat at our “table” for the new arrival this fall.

Once again, thank you!

Co-hosts,  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . . all the tablethink team

Tablethink is a creative organization, imagining and developing ideas to transform the way we connect through media.

Tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals to live the best life.   

Tablethink invites everyone to take a seat at the table to listen, share, and take the conversation from table to table.

  • Tablethink. 147 Commercial St. NE Suite 6. Salem, OR 97301.
  • Phone:  971-209-2527
  • Email:hello@tablethink.com

June 6

So . . .

there’s always more . . . and it’s a process. Life is never as simple as we think.  Ever.

Starting the new of life is an adventure BUT it often does not go as planned. A new circumstance, relationship, job, school, home, or whatever else holds the potential for great things as well as challenges.  The complications of it all can trip us up, hold us captive, and change who we are, what we do, and where we go.

It’s one reason how we process it all is key to living the best life.

“BUT the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11, NIV). *Joshua and I discussed this God-word in Studio 365 today as well as a key principle to understanding the will of God as we move towards the finish line.

Here’s to the process of it all–Kerrie

P.S. These two little cuties reminded me just last night that there’s work in the process every. single. day.  And.  The work is totally worth it all!

*Reference

097. Process. Thursday: Start.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss the process of starting the new in life, determining the purpose of God, being open to where it will lead, even when it does not go as planned.

June 5

So . . .

June is just love.  There’s grads, newlyweds, newborns, fathers, birthday stars, and all the rest to celebrate with all of our love.  I know.  It all seems too packed to even begin to get through every event.

BUT.

The key is to find a way to be present in one another’s moments with love.

And . . . yet . . .

it’s easy to discount the power of love in one another’s life.    At the end of the day, God’s activity in our lives is a never-ending love, releasing the power of darkness from our life, empowering us to be who we are meant to be.  In turn, you and I have the privilege and pleasure to share that love and be a part of something so much bigger than can be imagined.

It’s all about love.  I previously mentioned Bob Goff–and still want to encourage you to read his two books about the power of love:   Love Does and Everybody Always.

Just love–Kerrie

PS. I’m excited about our new series in Studio 365–“Process.”  This series is key to living the best life–for all ages.  So, as we say at Studio 365–Listen.  Share.  And, take the conversation to your table.

Released:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door Joshua and Kerrie discuss the value of being aware of the process of managing life as they introduce the series, “Process.”

92. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss how the process of entering a new season can be difficult; however,  God provides a way to do it.

093. Sunday. Process: Prioritize Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the main priority in the process of developing relationships and situations.

094. Process. Monday: Finished Joshua and Kerrie discuss how to reduce stress and worry through the energy of Christ’s words:  “It is finished.”

095. Process. Tuesday: The Choice Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the courageous choice of blessing God and others regardless of their personal situation.

We had a great family celebration this past weekend.  I caught Mr. J being his cool self.  This little cutie is just love.

June 2

So . . .

I thought I would catch you up on some of the new things going on at tablehink, spelled with a little “t.”  It’s a lot of work.  And, it’s so much fun.  The thing is . . . I’m grateful . . . to have tablethink in my life . . . because I believe in what can happen through different formats of media in this era.  I want to thank you dear friend for being willing to start with us and to express your ideas to help us to move forward.

I pray the month of June will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine–Kerrie

This is off the subject . . . BUT . . . there are some things we choose to keep as we make our way on the journey.  I call them markers of my mileposts. I’m often asked where my bike came from.  I’ve had it in all sorts of places throughout the years.

My bike is one of my markers. It sits on my porch to remember wherever we go, we need a place to call home.

Anyway . . . here’s what we’re up to at tablethink . . .

Tablethink powers all of the formats of our media production now and in the future.  Our intention is that whatever is produced will start conversations and inspire individuals to live the best life.

There’s so much to learn.  It’s a process. We’ve realized the process of learning and growing in this effort is to be shared.  So.  We’ve begun this month with the series, “Process.”

We’ve started categorizing Studio 365 Daily Episodes this month by numbering the episode rather than dating it to make it easier to use the episodes as a resource:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door

092. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.

And.

There’s so much in Studio 365 After Hours:

Episode #5 has just been released!

Episode #5 After Hours . . . Who We Are

Our conversation had so much in it, including:

  1. Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard (Author), Sheldon Bowles (Author), Harvey Mackay (Foreword):  Click to go to amazon’s site.
  2. Busick Court in Salem, Oregon: @ https://www.yelp.com/biz/busick-court-restaurant-salem
  3. Chip and Joanna Gaines:  @https://magnolia.com.
  4. Kerrie’s stuff:  @https://kerrielpalmer.com
  5. Joshua’s business: @ http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

And.

There’s so much now and in our not yet . . .

June 2018 Newsletter

Hi all,

We’re grateful for you.  Thank you for being a part of our new adventure at tablethink.  It’s been an interesting process.  We had no idea how much work it would be to produce media when we started Studio 365 on March 4, 2018. And, now, on June 10, we will celebrate Studio 365’s 100th episode.  Only, God!

The thing is . . . we’re learning and growing . . . and excited for everything in front of us.  Studio 365 is one piece of many formats of media planned for tablethink.

Thank you for being a part of our “table.”

We are excited for what’s next . . .

Co-hosts,

  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . .

all the tablethink team

 

See, I am doing a new thing! ~Isaiah 43:19

tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals and their all to live the best life.

There’s so much more in the newsletter.  Go to: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/

June 1

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In June . . . Process

So . . .

there’s always more . . . and it’s a process. Life is never as simple as we think.  Ever.

Starting the new of life is an adventure BUT it often does not go as planned. A new circumstance, relationship, job, school, home, or whatever else holds the potential for great things as well as challenges.  The complications of it all can trip us up, hold us captive, and change who we are, what we do, and where we go.

It’s one reason how we process it all is key to living the best life.

“BUT the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.” (Psalm 33:11, NIV). *Joshua and I discussed this God-word in Studio 365 today as well as a key principle to understanding the will of God as we move towards the finish line.

Here’s to the process of it all–Kerrie

P.S. These two little cuties reminded me just last night that there’s work in the process every. single. day.  And.  The work is totally worth it all!

*Reference

097. Process. Thursday: Start.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss the process of starting the new in life, determining the purpose of God, being open to where it will lead, even when it does not go as planned.

June 5

So . . .

June is just love.  There’s grads, newlyweds, newborns, fathers, birthday stars, and all the rest to celebrate with all of our love.  I know.  It all seems too packed to even begin to get through every event.

BUT.

The key is to find a way to be present in one another’s moments with love.

And . . . yet . . .

it’s easy to discount the power of love in one another’s life.    At the end of the day, God’s activity in our lives is a never-ending love, releasing the power of darkness from our life, empowering us to be who we are meant to be.  In turn, you and I have the privilege and pleasure to share that love and be a part of something so much bigger than can be imagined.

It’s all about love.  I previously mentioned Bob Goff–and still want to encourage you to read his two books about the power of love:   Love Does and Everybody Always.

Just love–Kerrie

PS. I’m excited about our new series in Studio 365–“Process.”  This series is key to living the best life–for all ages.  So, as we say at Studio 365–Listen.  Share.  And, take the conversation to your table.

Released:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door Joshua and Kerrie discuss the value of being aware of the process of managing life as they introduce the series, “Process.”

92. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss how the process of entering a new season can be difficult; however,  God provides a way to do it.

093. Sunday. Process: Prioritize Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the main priority in the process of developing relationships and situations.

094. Process. Monday: Finished Joshua and Kerrie discuss how to reduce stress and worry through the energy of Christ’s words:  “It is finished.”

095. Process. Tuesday: The Choice Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the courageous choice of blessing God and others regardless of their personal situation.

We had a great family celebration this past weekend.  I caught Mr. J being his cool self.  This little cutie is just love.

June 2

So . . .

I thought I would catch you up on some of the new things going on at tablehink, spelled with a little “t.”  It’s a lot of work.  And, it’s so much fun.  The thing is . . . I’m grateful . . . to have tablethink in my life . . . because I believe in what can happen through different formats of media in this era.  I want to thank you dear friend for being willing to start with us and to express your ideas to help us to move forward.

I pray the month of June will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine–Kerrie

This is off the subject . . . BUT . . . there are some things we choose to keep as we make our way on the journey.  I call them markers of my mileposts. I’m often asked where my bike came from.  I’ve had it in all sorts of places throughout the years.

My bike is one of my markers. It sits on my porch to remember wherever we go, we need a place to call home.

Anyway . . . here’s what we’re up to at tablethink . . .

Tablethink powers all of the formats of our media production now and in the future.  Our intention is that whatever is produced will start conversations and inspire individuals to live the best life.

There’s so much to learn.  It’s a process. We’ve realized the process of learning and growing in this effort is to be shared.  So.  We’ve begun this month with the series, “Process.”

We’ve started categorizing Studio 365 Daily Episodes this month by numbering the episode rather than dating it to make it easier to use the episodes as a resource:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door

092. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.

And.

There’s so much in Studio 365 After Hours:

Episode #5 has just been released!

Episode #5 After Hours . . . Who We Are

Our conversation had so much in it, including:

  1. Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard (Author), Sheldon Bowles (Author), Harvey Mackay (Foreword):  Click to go to amazon’s site.
  2. Busick Court in Salem, Oregon: @ https://www.yelp.com/biz/busick-court-restaurant-salem
  3. Chip and Joanna Gaines:  @https://magnolia.com.
  4. Kerrie’s stuff:  @https://kerrielpalmer.com
  5. Joshua’s business: @ http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

And.

There’s so much now and in our not yet . . .

June 2018 Newsletter

Hi all,

We’re grateful for you.  Thank you for being a part of our new adventure at tablethink.  It’s been an interesting process.  We had no idea how much work it would be to produce media when we started Studio 365 on March 4, 2018. And, now, on June 10, we will celebrate Studio 365’s 100th episode.  Only, God!

The thing is . . . we’re learning and growing . . . and excited for everything in front of us.  Studio 365 is one piece of many formats of media planned for tablethink.

Thank you for being a part of our “table.”

We are excited for what’s next . . .

Co-hosts,

  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . .

all the tablethink team

 

See, I am doing a new thing! ~Isaiah 43:19

tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals and their all to live the best life.

There’s so much more in the newsletter.  Go to: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/

June 1

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In June . . . Just Love

So . . .

June is just love.  There’s grads, newlyweds, newborns, fathers, birthday stars, and all the rest to celebrate with all of our love.  I know.  It all seems too packed to even begin to get through every event.

BUT.

The key is to find a way to be present in one another’s moments with love.

And . . . yet . . .

it’s easy to discount the power of love in one another’s life.    At the end of the day, God’s activity in our lives is a never-ending love, releasing the power of darkness from our life, empowering us to be who we are meant to be.  In turn, you and I have the privilege and pleasure to share that love and be a part of something so much bigger than can be imagined.

It’s all about love.  I previously mentioned Bob Goff–and still want to encourage you to read his two books about the power of love:   Love Does and Everybody Always.

Just love–Kerrie

PS. I’m excited about our new series in Studio 365–“Process.”  This series is key to living the best life–for all ages.  So, as we say at Studio 365–Listen.  Share.  And, take the conversation to your table.

Released:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door Joshua and Kerrie discuss the value of being aware of the process of managing life as they introduce the series, “Process.”

92. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.  Joshua and Kerrie discuss how the process of entering a new season can be difficult; however,  God provides a way to do it.

093. Sunday. Process: Prioritize Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the main priority in the process of developing relationships and situations.

094. Process. Monday: Finished Joshua and Kerrie discuss how to reduce stress and worry through the energy of Christ’s words:  “It is finished.”

095. Process. Tuesday: The Choice Joshua and Kerrie’s conversation centers on the courageous choice of blessing God and others regardless of their personal situation.

We had a great family celebration this past weekend.  I caught Mr. J being his cool self.  This little cutie is just love.

June 2

So . . .

I thought I would catch you up on some of the new things going on at tablehink, spelled with a little “t.”  It’s a lot of work.  And, it’s so much fun.  The thing is . . . I’m grateful . . . to have tablethink in my life . . . because I believe in what can happen through different formats of media in this era.  I want to thank you dear friend for being willing to start with us and to express your ideas to help us to move forward.

I pray the month of June will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine–Kerrie

This is off the subject . . . BUT . . . there are some things we choose to keep as we make our way on the journey.  I call them markers of my mileposts. I’m often asked where my bike came from.  I’ve had it in all sorts of places throughout the years.

My bike is one of my markers. It sits on my porch to remember wherever we go, we need a place to call home.

Anyway . . . here’s what we’re up to at tablethink . . .

Tablethink powers all of the formats of our media production now and in the future.  Our intention is that whatever is produced will start conversations and inspire individuals to live the best life.

There’s so much to learn.  It’s a process. We’ve realized the process of learning and growing in this effort is to be shared.  So.  We’ve begun this month with the series, “Process.”

We’ve started categorizing Studio 365 Daily Episodes this month by numbering the episode rather than dating it to make it easier to use the episodes as a resource:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door

092. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.

And.

There’s so much in Studio 365 After Hours:

Episode #5 has just been released!

Episode #5 After Hours . . . Who We Are

Our conversation had so much in it, including:

  1. Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard (Author), Sheldon Bowles (Author), Harvey Mackay (Foreword):  Click to go to amazon’s site.
  2. Busick Court in Salem, Oregon: @ https://www.yelp.com/biz/busick-court-restaurant-salem
  3. Chip and Joanna Gaines:  @https://magnolia.com.
  4. Kerrie’s stuff:  @https://kerrielpalmer.com
  5. Joshua’s business: @ http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

And.

There’s so much now and in our not yet . . .

June 2018 Newsletter

Hi all,

We’re grateful for you.  Thank you for being a part of our new adventure at tablethink.  It’s been an interesting process.  We had no idea how much work it would be to produce media when we started Studio 365 on March 4, 2018. And, now, on June 10, we will celebrate Studio 365’s 100th episode.  Only, God!

The thing is . . . we’re learning and growing . . . and excited for everything in front of us.  Studio 365 is one piece of many formats of media planned for tablethink.

Thank you for being a part of our “table.”

We are excited for what’s next . . .

Co-hosts,

  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . .

all the tablethink team

 

See, I am doing a new thing! ~Isaiah 43:19

tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals and their all to live the best life.

There’s so much more in the newsletter.  Go to: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/

June 1

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In June . . . So Much

So . . .

I thought I would catch you up on some of the new things going on at tablehink, spelled with a little “t.”  It’s a lot of work.  And, it’s so much fun.  The thing is . . . I’m grateful . . . to have tablethink in my life . . . because I believe in what can happen through different formats of media in this era.  I want to thank you dear friend for being willing to start with us and to express your ideas to help us to move forward.

I pray the month of June will bring you so much more than you could ever imagine–Kerrie

This is off the subject . . . BUT . . . there are some things we choose to keep as we make our way on the journey.  I call them markers of my mileposts. I’m often asked where my bike came from.  I’ve had it in all sorts of places throughout the years.

My bike is one of my markers. It sits on my porch to remember wherever we go, we need a place to call home.

Anyway . . . here’s what we’re up to at tablethink . . .

Tablethink powers all of the formats of our media production now and in the future.  Our intention is that whatever is produced will start conversations and inspire individuals to live the best life.

There’s so much to learn.  It’s a process. We’ve realized the process of learning and growing in this effort is to be shared.  So.  We’ve begun this month with the series, “Process.”

We’ve started categorizing Studio 365 Daily Episodes this month by numbering the episode rather than dating it to make it easier to use the episodes as a resource:

091. Process. Friday: Open The Door

092. Process. Saturday: This. Is. New.

And.

There’s so much in Studio 365 After Hours:

Episode #5 has just been released!

Episode #5 After Hours . . . Who We Are

Our conversation had so much in it, including:

  1. Raving Fans: Ken Blanchard (Author), Sheldon Bowles (Author), Harvey Mackay (Foreword):  Click to go to amazon’s site.
  2. Busick Court in Salem, Oregon: @ https://www.yelp.com/biz/busick-court-restaurant-salem
  3. Chip and Joanna Gaines:  @https://magnolia.com.
  4. Kerrie’s stuff:  @https://kerrielpalmer.com
  5. Joshua’s business: @ http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

And.

There’s so much now and in our not yet . . .

June 2018 Newsletter

Hi all,

We’re grateful for you.  Thank you for being a part of our new adventure at tablethink.  It’s been an interesting process.  We had no idea how much work it would be to produce media when we started Studio 365 on March 4, 2018. And, now, on June 10, we will celebrate Studio 365’s 100th episode.  Only, God!

The thing is . . . we’re learning and growing . . . and excited for everything in front of us.  Studio 365 is one piece of many formats of media planned for tablethink.

Thank you for being a part of our “table.”

We are excited for what’s next . . .

Co-hosts,

  Kerrie and Joshua

and. . .

all the tablethink team

 

See, I am doing a new thing! ~Isaiah 43:19

tablethink is devoted to producing quality media resources with positivity to inspire and equip individuals and their all to live the best life.

There’s so much more in the newsletter.  Go to: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/

June 1

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In June . . . Celebration

So . . .

it’s a new month with a lot of living to do, starting with  June 1  . . .  a day of celebration.  Our little Miss S is celebrating her birthday today, this weekend, and basically all month.

I believe in the power of celebrating in the good times as well as in the hard of it all.  It’s soul-lifting when we take time out to celebrate with one another.

The thing is . . . Miss S . . . has been waiting for this day all year.   This sweet child is literally bursting with joy now that the time has come, which makes it more than wonderful to celebrate her.

So . . .

my heart is singing today in celebration of this . . .  bright-shining, energetic, amazing, smart, kind, and talented human-being in my life.

To know her is to love her.

And, for you friend, I hope you make time to step out of all your daily stuff to celebrate . . .  and sing . . . or at least hum–Kerrie

This. is. joy.

PS. I will talk about it more . . . BUT . . . we’re celebrating Studio 365’s 100th episode on June 10.  This. is. huge.  (You can read more in the June 2018 newsletter: https://www.studio365daily.com/june-1-tablethink-newsletter/ )

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.


 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

You can email:  kerrie@tablethink.com

Studio 365:  https://www.studio365daily.com

Tablethink:  https://www.tablethink.com

Tablethink email:  hello@tablethink.com

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . . Boldness And Building

So . . . what we believe . . .

drives the outcome of how we live.  I’ve found it’s wise to evaluate and make sure truth is guiding me.

Sometimes a closer look is required in order to see if a belief is based on truth or a lie.  And, yes, it takes work to untangle from the lies that attach to us.  You and I can be the worst offenders, telling ourselves lies . . . “I am not good enough . . . it’s never going to happen . . . ”

The thing is . . . the Spirit of God fills us with boldness based on truth . . . that allows us to push through the wilderness of impossibilities to accomplish more than can be imagined.

Joshua and I had a great conversation about boldness as we took a look at Acts 4:13.

There’s a difference in managing life when God empowers the truth with boldness versus when we give power to what’s not true. I’m talking about the lies we end up believing, which talk us out of receiving the “good” God gives so generously.

(You can find today’s podcast show @https://www.studio365daily.com/wednesday-may-30-2018/)

So.

This weekend our little ones built a beach house. It began with “M.”  She first employed “S” and then the rest of our beach party. Anyway, she not only boldly believed in her building project–she inspired all of us.  Boldness inspires.  Always.

It’s a great day to be bold and inspire the world around us–Kerrie

You can find all of our shows

at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com) 

and our weekly podcast “After Hours” show is

at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

Boldly building . . . believing in what is . . . and what can be.

May 28

So . . . it’s easy to miss the wonder of God . . .

in the busyness of getting through.  Our weekend get-away has reminded me of how refreshing it is to be in a state of wonder–living with intentional awareness of the miraculous presence of God.

I mean.  The power of God is front and center.  And.  Yet. it’s so easily missed with all the stuff that must be faced and managed.

Proverbs 8:25-30 describes it so beautifully:

“Before the oceans depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, I was there, dancing! Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up,
    I was already there, dancing!  When he created the earth, the fields, even the first atom of dust, I was already there. When he hung the tapestry of the heavens and stretched out the horizon of the earth, when the clouds and skies were set in place and the subterranean fountains began to flow strong, I was already there. when he set in place the pillars of the earth and spoke the decrees of the seas, commanding the waves so that they wouldn’t overstep their boundaries,  I was there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him” (TPT).

May you experience the wonder of God today–Kerrie

PS. I hope you have a moment to listen to our 6-minute podcast show today–it’s about a leader who serves–which is crucial for each of us to think about in this era.  You can find it at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com)

and our weekly podcast After Hours show is at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

The wonder of God is revealed in the way the earth is put together.

The blues of the sky and ocean have been breathtaking.  The patterns of the wind-blown sands and pools of water are picture perfect.

We spotted this tree rooted in the rock.

May 27

So . . .

I love being together at one of my most favorite places on earth . . . the Oregon Coast.

I love the Oregon Coast when it’s stormy and drizzly, but it’s a dream come-true when there’s blue skies and a bright sun.

I love taking a breath together.

It’s so much fun!

And.

All about love.

I’m grateful.

I pray you can take a breath and experience something more this weekend . . .

some fun . . .

and always love– Kerrie

PS. I love connecting with you every day with our podcast show at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com)

and weekly with our weekly podcast show at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

A glimpse . . .

This. is. fun.

our view

May 26

So . . . I never met my grandfather . . .

but I know him through the stories told. My grandfather, Sgt. Roy Edward Carlisle died too young.

My father gave the members of our family a copy of the letter my grandfather wrote to my great-grandfather while he served in the military,  printed in The New Teller Newspaper on January 15, 1919.

I’m sharing it with you because it’s easy to forget that those who have served in the past have stories which mattered then, as well as now.

His writing gives a glimpse of his positive attitude, determination to serve, and his willingness to sacrifice.

We learn from these kind of stories.

Because.

Our stories matter–Kerrie

So . . . here’s a piece of my grandfather’s story . . . .

The New Teller Newspaper

York Nebraska. . . January 15, 1919

Dear Father:  Well how are you getting along these days?  I am feeling fine, and am sure having a good time.

They gave twelve men from each company in our division passes and I was one of the lucky.  We were in the northeastern part of France when the armistice was signed.  We were about twenty miles from Belgium and forty miles from Luxembourg.  We crossed the Meuse River the night of the 10th and were close to a little town by the name of Pollia when we were told to stop.  Believe me we were doing some scraping then to. It sure seemed awful quiet when we couldn’t hear a big gun anywhere, but never the less we certainly were Glad to have it over with, as we had been on the advance for eleven days and nights.  We sure were a tired bunch but there was more fight left in us then they ever took out of us.  I took my platoon of forty-six men, I had no other sergeant or officer to help me but we got by just the same.  I am now in the south central part of France.  I sure have traveled over a good bit of France.  I have got to see the coast of Ireland, Scotland, and I have been in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany.  We saw by the aid of the field glasses.  It has been some trip, but I hope I never have another like this one.   We were on the front ninety-three days without relief, so you can see we had lots of fun dodging big shells, but it soon got old.

I never have missed a day in ranks since I got to France or any of the drives.  We also spent seven days in the Argonne forest you have read so much about.  That was a plenty.

Well, dad, I could sit here and write for a week about where I have been but will close now and tell you the rest when I get home.

I am, as ever . . . Sgt Roy E Carlisle Co F355th AEF

 

May 25

So . . . friends . . . we’ve arrived!  I can’t believe we are at the big weekend! I mean this is BIG! I want to mention the release of our fourth Studio 365 After Hours show this evening.

And, then –after a few words about the show and a picture of our first newly built barn door–I have a serious word to share with you.

My Studio 365 After-Hours Co-Host,Joshua, is not only fun, but an incredible blessing. We talked about our home improvement projects, Paul Harvey, the hard of life, positivity, and choosing to do something new as we look at what “God’s more” means.

As you will hear, our discussion is multi-faceted–and a great teaching tool for all ages.  I use our discussion points in conversations to help people navigate all sorts of  situations, including times of loss.

I loved what Joshua said about God’s more, which led me to an “aha-moment” on the air when he mentioned Paul Harvey.

If, you want to know more about pieces of our conversation you can go to:

  1. Studio 365 After Hours show: studio365daily.com/afterhours/
  2. Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story:  NPR tells about it
  3. Apple:  apple.com
  4. Barn doors and shiplap:  Take a look at Chip and Joanna Gaines site @ https://magnolia.com.
  5. My blog:  Right here @https://kerrielpalmer.com. 
  6. Joshua’s expertise:  http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

Here’s the first of two barn doors I talked about on our After Hours–thank you to my Mister–it’s in process:

I know life can be really hard.  Sometimes, you carry huge things that no one has any idea about.  You continue on . . . with a smile, doing everything you know needs to be done, feeling separate and alone.

And.

Under it all, there’s pain.  You feel it.  You think it.  You can’t get away from it.  I may not understand your pain; however, I know pain.

An individual told me that if, I really knew pain I would not be able to approach my life with positivity.   The thing is . . . I’ve had a lot of living and learning to manage life with this approach . . . and, I’m still learning.  Actually, I’m always learning.

And.

I can tell you for sure that God always provides a way through it.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  I am saying you can do it by leaning into God like never before.

This is the key.

Blessings to you friend–hope you will join me in Studio 365 each day and for the weekly Studio 365 After Hours–Kerrie
https://www.studio365daily.com
https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/

May 24

So . . . I’ve been thinking . . . how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . . Wonder

So . . . it’s easy to miss the wonder of God . . .

in the busyness of getting through.  Our weekend get-away has reminded me of how refreshing it is to be in a state of wonder–living with intentional awareness of the miraculous presence of God.

I mean.  The power of God is front and center.  And.  Yet. it’s so easily missed with all the stuff that must be faced and managed.

Proverbs 8:25-30 describes it so beautifully:

“Before the oceans depths were poured out, and before there were any glorious fountains overflowing with water, I was there, dancing! Even before one mountain had been sculpted or one hill raised up,
    I was already there, dancing!  When he created the earth, the fields, even the first atom of dust, I was already there. When he hung the tapestry of the heavens and stretched out the horizon of the earth, when the clouds and skies were set in place and the subterranean fountains began to flow strong, I was already there. when he set in place the pillars of the earth and spoke the decrees of the seas, commanding the waves so that they wouldn’t overstep their boundaries,  I was there, close to the Creator’s side as his master artist. Daily he was filled with delight in me as I playfully rejoiced before him” (TPT).

May you experience the wonder of God today–Kerrie

PS. I hope you have a moment to listen to our 6-minute podcast show today–it’s about a leader who serves–which is crucial for each of us to think about in this era.  you can find it at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com)

and our weekly podcast After Hours show is at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

The wonder of God is revealed in the way the earth is put together.

The blues of the sky and ocean have been breathtaking.  The patterns of the wind-blown sands and pools of water are picture perfect.

We spotted this tree rooted in the rock.

May 27

So . . .

I love being together at one of my most favorite places on earth . . . the Oregon Coast.

I love the Oregon Coast when it’s stormy and drizzly, but it’s a dream come-true when there’s blue skies and a bright sun.

I love taking a breath together.

It’s so much fun!

And.

All about love.

I’m grateful.

I pray you can take a breath and experience something more this weekend . . .

some fun . . .

and always love– Kerrie

PS. I love connecting with you every day with our podcast show at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com)

and weekly with our weekly podcast show at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

A glimpse . . .

This. is. fun.

our view

May 26

So . . . I never met my grandfather . . .

but I know him through the stories told. My grandfather, Sgt. Roy Edward Carlisle died too young.

My father gave the members of our family a copy of the letter my grandfather wrote to my great-grandfather while he served in the military,  printed in The New Teller Newspaper on January 15, 1919.

I’m sharing it with you because it’s easy to forget that those who have served in the past have stories which mattered then, as well as now.

His writing gives a glimpse of his positive attitude, determination to serve, and his willingness to sacrifice.

We learn from these kind of stories.

Because.

Our stories matter–Kerrie

So . . . here’s a piece of my grandfather’s story . . . .

The New Teller Newspaper

York Nebraska. . . January 15, 1919

Dear Father:  Well how are you getting along these days?  I am feeling fine, and am sure having a good time.

They gave twelve men from each company in our division passes and I was one of the lucky.  We were in the northeastern part of France when the armistice was signed.  We were about twenty miles from Belgium and forty miles from Luxembourg.  We crossed the Meuse River the night of the 10th and were close to a little town by the name of Pollia when we were told to stop.  Believe me we were doing some scraping then to. It sure seemed awful quiet when we couldn’t hear a big gun anywhere, but never the less we certainly were Glad to have it over with, as we had been on the advance for eleven days and nights.  We sure were a tired bunch but there was more fight left in us then they ever took out of us.  I took my platoon of forty-six men, I had no other sergeant or officer to help me but we got by just the same.  I am now in the south central part of France.  I sure have traveled over a good bit of France.  I have got to see the coast of Ireland, Scotland, and I have been in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany.  We saw by the aid of the field glasses.  It has been some trip, but I hope I never have another like this one.   We were on the front ninety-three days without relief, so you can see we had lots of fun dodging big shells, but it soon got old.

I never have missed a day in ranks since I got to France or any of the drives.  We also spent seven days in the Argonne forest you have read so much about.  That was a plenty.

Well, dad, I could sit here and write for a week about where I have been but will close now and tell you the rest when I get home.

I am, as ever . . . Sgt Roy E Carlisle Co F355th AEF

 

May 25

So . . . friends . . . we’ve arrived!  I can’t believe we are at the big weekend! I mean this is BIG! I want to mention the release of our fourth Studio 365 After Hours show this evening.

And, then –after a few words about the show and a picture of our first newly built barn door–I have a serious word to share with you.

My Studio 365 After-Hours Co-Host,Joshua, is not only fun, but an incredible blessing. We talked about our home improvement projects, Paul Harvey, the hard of life, positivity, and choosing to do something new as we look at what “God’s more” means.

As you will hear, our discussion is multi-faceted–and a great teaching tool for all ages.  I use our discussion points in conversations to help people navigate all sorts of  situations, including times of loss.

I loved what Joshua said about God’s more, which led me to an “aha-moment” on the air when he mentioned Paul Harvey.

If, you want to know more about pieces of our conversation you can go to:

  1. Studio 365 After Hours show: studio365daily.com/afterhours/
  2. Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story:  NPR tells about it
  3. Apple:  apple.com
  4. Barn doors and shiplap:  Take a look at Chip and Joanna Gaines site @ https://magnolia.com.
  5. My blog:  Right here @https://kerrielpalmer.com. 
  6. Joshua’s expertise:  http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

Here’s the first of two barn doors I talked about on our After Hours–thank you to my Mister–it’s in process:

I know life can be really hard.  Sometimes, you carry huge things that no one has any idea about.  You continue on . . . with a smile, doing everything you know needs to be done, feeling separate and alone.

And.

Under it all, there’s pain.  You feel it.  You think it.  You can’t get away from it.  I may not understand your pain; however, I know pain.

An individual told me that if, I really knew pain I would not be able to approach my life with positivity.   The thing is . . . I’ve had a lot of living and learning to manage life with this approach . . . and, I’m still learning.  Actually, I’m always learning.

And.

I can tell you for sure that God always provides a way through it.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  I am saying you can do it by leaning into God like never before.

This is the key.

Blessings to you friend–hope you will join me in Studio 365 each day and for the weekly Studio 365 After Hours–Kerrie
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May 24

So . . . I’ve been thinking . . . how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . . So Much Fun

So . . .

I love being together at one of my most favorite places on earth . . . the Oregon Coast.

I love the Oregon Coast when it’s stormy and drizzly, but it’s a dream come-true when there’s blue skies and a bright sun.

I love taking a breath together.

It’s so much fun!

And.

All about love.

I’m grateful.

I pray you can take a breath and experience something more this weekend . . .

some fun . . .

and always love– Kerrie

PS. I love connecting with you every day with our podcast show at Studio 365 (https://www.studio365daily.com)

and weekly with our weekly podcast show at Studio 365 After Hours (https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/). 

A glimpse . . .

This. is. fun.

our view

May 26

So . . . I never met my grandfather . . .

but I know him through the stories told. My grandfather, Sgt. Roy Edward Carlisle died too young.

My father gave the members of our family a copy of the letter my grandfather wrote to my great-grandfather while he served in the military,  printed in The New Teller Newspaper on January 15, 1919.

I’m sharing it with you because it’s easy to forget that those who have served in the past have stories which mattered then, as well as now.

His writing gives a glimpse of his positive attitude, determination to serve, and his willingness to sacrifice.

We learn from these kind of stories.

Because.

Our stories matter–Kerrie

So . . . here’s a piece of my grandfather’s story . . . .

The New Teller Newspaper

York Nebraska. . . January 15, 1919

Dear Father:  Well how are you getting along these days?  I am feeling fine, and am sure having a good time.

They gave twelve men from each company in our division passes and I was one of the lucky.  We were in the northeastern part of France when the armistice was signed.  We were about twenty miles from Belgium and forty miles from Luxembourg.  We crossed the Meuse River the night of the 10th and were close to a little town by the name of Pollia when we were told to stop.  Believe me we were doing some scraping then to. It sure seemed awful quiet when we couldn’t hear a big gun anywhere, but never the less we certainly were Glad to have it over with, as we had been on the advance for eleven days and nights.  We sure were a tired bunch but there was more fight left in us then they ever took out of us.  I took my platoon of forty-six men, I had no other sergeant or officer to help me but we got by just the same.  I am now in the south central part of France.  I sure have traveled over a good bit of France.  I have got to see the coast of Ireland, Scotland, and I have been in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany.  We saw by the aid of the field glasses.  It has been some trip, but I hope I never have another like this one.   We were on the front ninety-three days without relief, so you can see we had lots of fun dodging big shells, but it soon got old.

I never have missed a day in ranks since I got to France or any of the drives.  We also spent seven days in the Argonne forest you have read so much about.  That was a plenty.

Well, dad, I could sit here and write for a week about where I have been but will close now and tell you the rest when I get home.

I am, as ever . . . Sgt Roy E Carlisle Co F355th AEF

 

May 25

So . . . friends . . . we’ve arrived!  I can’t believe we are at the big weekend! I mean this is BIG! I want to mention the release of our fourth Studio 365 After Hours show this evening.

And, then –after a few words about the show and a picture of our first newly built barn door–I have a serious word to share with you.

My Studio 365 After-Hours Co-Host,Joshua, is not only fun, but an incredible blessing. We talked about our home improvement projects, Paul Harvey, the hard of life, positivity, and choosing to do something new as we look at what “God’s more” means.

As you will hear, our discussion is multi-faceted–and a great teaching tool for all ages.  I use our discussion points in conversations to help people navigate all sorts of  situations, including times of loss.

I loved what Joshua said about God’s more, which led me to an “aha-moment” on the air when he mentioned Paul Harvey.

If, you want to know more about pieces of our conversation you can go to:

  1. Studio 365 After Hours show: studio365daily.com/afterhours/
  2. Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story:  NPR tells about it
  3. Apple:  apple.com
  4. Barn doors and shiplap:  Take a look at Chip and Joanna Gaines site @ https://magnolia.com.
  5. My blog:  Right here @https://kerrielpalmer.com. 
  6. Joshua’s expertise:  http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

Here’s the first of two barn doors I talked about on our After Hours–thank you to my Mister–it’s in process:

I know life can be really hard.  Sometimes, you carry huge things that no one has any idea about.  You continue on . . . with a smile, doing everything you know needs to be done, feeling separate and alone.

And.

Under it all, there’s pain.  You feel it.  You think it.  You can’t get away from it.  I may not understand your pain; however, I know pain.

An individual told me that if, I really knew pain I would not be able to approach my life with positivity.   The thing is . . . I’ve had a lot of living and learning to manage life with this approach . . . and, I’m still learning.  Actually, I’m always learning.

And.

I can tell you for sure that God always provides a way through it.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  I am saying you can do it by leaning into God like never before.

This is the key.

Blessings to you friend–hope you will join me in Studio 365 each day and for the weekly Studio 365 After Hours–Kerrie
https://www.studio365daily.com
https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/

May 24

So . . . I’ve been thinking . . . how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . . A Story Of Sacrifice

So . . . I never met my grandfather . . .

but I know him through the stories told. My grandfather, Sgt. Roy Edward Carlisle died too young.

My father gave the members of our family a copy of the letter my grandfather wrote to my great-grandfather while he served in the military,  printed in The New Teller Newspaper on January 15, 1919.

I’m sharing it with you because it’s easy to forget that those who have served in the past have stories which mattered then, as well as now.

His writing gives a glimpse of his positive attitude, determination to serve, and his willingness to sacrifice.

We learn from these kind of stories.

Because.

Our stories matter–Kerrie

So . . . here’s a piece of my grandfather’s story . . . .

The New Teller Newspaper

York Nebraska. . . January 15, 1919

Dear Father:  Well how are you getting along these days?  I am feeling fine, and am sure having a good time.

They gave twelve men from each company in our division passes and I was one of the lucky.  We were in the northeastern part of France when the armistice was signed.  We were about twenty miles from Belgium and forty miles from Luxembourg.  We crossed the Meuse River the night of the 10th and were close to a little town by the name of Pollia when we were told to stop.  Believe me we were doing some scraping then to. It sure seemed awful quiet when we couldn’t hear a big gun anywhere, but never the less we certainly were Glad to have it over with, as we had been on the advance for eleven days and nights.  We sure were a tired bunch but there was more fight left in us then they ever took out of us.  I took my platoon of forty-six men, I had no other sergeant or officer to help me but we got by just the same.  I am now in the south central part of France.  I sure have traveled over a good bit of France.  I have got to see the coast of Ireland, Scotland, and I have been in England, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany.  We saw by the aid of the field glasses.  It has been some trip, but I hope I never have another like this one.   We were on the front ninety-three days without relief, so you can see we had lots of fun dodging big shells, but it soon got old.

I never have missed a day in ranks since I got to France or any of the drives.  We also spent seven days in the Argonne forest you have read so much about.  That was a plenty.

Well, dad, I could sit here and write for a week about where I have been but will close now and tell you the rest when I get home.

I am, as ever . . . Sgt Roy E Carlisle Co F355th AEF

 

May 25

So . . . friends . . . we’ve arrived!  I can’t believe we are at the big weekend! I mean this is BIG! I want to mention the release of our fourth Studio 365 After Hours show this evening.

And, then –after a few words about the show and a picture of our first newly built barn door–I have a serious word to share with you.

My Studio 365 After-Hours Co-Host,Joshua, is not only fun, but an incredible blessing. We talked about our home improvement projects, Paul Harvey, the hard of life, positivity, and choosing to do something new as we look at what “God’s more” means.

As you will hear, our discussion is multi-faceted–and a great teaching tool for all ages.  I use our discussion points in conversations to help people navigate all sorts of  situations, including times of loss.

I loved what Joshua said about God’s more, which led me to an “aha-moment” on the air when he mentioned Paul Harvey.

If, you want to know more about pieces of our conversation you can go to:

  1. Studio 365 After Hours show: studio365daily.com/afterhours/
  2. Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story:  NPR tells about it
  3. Apple:  apple.com
  4. Barn doors and shiplap:  Take a look at Chip and Joanna Gaines site @ https://magnolia.com.
  5. My blog:  Right here @https://kerrielpalmer.com. 
  6. Joshua’s expertise:  http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

Here’s the first of two barn doors I talked about on our After Hours–thank you to my Mister–it’s in process:

I know life can be really hard.  Sometimes, you carry huge things that no one has any idea about.  You continue on . . . with a smile, doing everything you know needs to be done, feeling separate and alone.

And.

Under it all, there’s pain.  You feel it.  You think it.  You can’t get away from it.  I may not understand your pain; however, I know pain.

An individual told me that if, I really knew pain I would not be able to approach my life with positivity.   The thing is . . . I’ve had a lot of living and learning to manage life with this approach . . . and, I’m still learning.  Actually, I’m always learning.

And.

I can tell you for sure that God always provides a way through it.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  I am saying you can do it by leaning into God like never before.

This is the key.

Blessings to you friend–hope you will join me in Studio 365 each day and for the weekly Studio 365 After Hours–Kerrie
https://www.studio365daily.com
https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/

May 24

So . . . I’ve been thinking . . . how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More in May . . . The Big Weekend

So . . . friends . . . we’ve arrived!  I can’t believe we are at the big weekend! I mean this is BIG! I want to mention the release of our fourth Studio 365 After Hours show this evening.

And, then –after a few words about the show and a picture of our first newly built barn door–I have a serious word to share with you.

My Studio 365 After-Hours Co-Host,Joshua, is not only fun, but an incredible blessing. We talked about our home improvement projects, Paul Harvey, the hard of life, positivity, and choosing to do something new as we look at what “God’s more” means.

As you will hear, our discussion is multi-faceted–and a great teaching tool for all ages.  I use our discussion points in conversations to help people navigate all sorts of  situations, including times of loss.

I loved what Joshua said about God’s more, which led me to an “aha-moment” on the air when he mentioned Paul Harvey.

If, you want to know more about pieces of our conversation you can go to:

  1. Studio 365 After Hours show: studio365daily.com/afterhours/
  2. Paul Harvey’s Rest of the Story:  NPR tells about it
  3. Apple:  apple.com
  4. Barn doors and shiplap:  Take a look at Chip and Joanna Gaines site @ https://magnolia.com.
  5. My blog:  Right here @https://kerrielpalmer.com. 
  6. Joshua’s expertise:  http://joshualindleyconsulting.com

Here’s the first of two barn doors I talked about on our After Hours–thank you to my Mister–it’s in process:

I know life can be really hard.  Sometimes, you carry huge things that no one has any idea about.  You continue on . . . with a smile, doing everything you know needs to be done, feeling separate and alone.

And.

Under it all, there’s pain.  You feel it.  You think it.  You can’t get away from it.  I may not understand your pain; however, I know pain.

An individual told me that if, I really knew pain I would not be able to approach my life with positivity.   The thing is . . . I’ve had a lot of living and learning to manage life with this approach . . . and, I’m still learning.  Actually, I’m always learning.

And.

I can tell you for sure that God always provides a way through it.  I’m not saying it’s easy.  I am saying you can do it by leaning into God like never before.

This is the key.

Blessings to you friend–hope you will join me in Studio 365 each day and for the weekly Studio 365 After Hours–Kerrie
https://www.studio365daily.com
https://www.studio365daily.com/afterhours/

May 24

So . . . I’ve been thinking . . . how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More in May . . . Energized

So . . .  I was thinking . . .

how energized I am by those who manage their life with positivity.

Joshua and I talked about positivity in Studio 365 (Listen @ https://www.studio365daily.com/thursday-may-24-2018/)

Spending time with our sweet ones produces so much positivity in our life.  We took a quick trip to the zoo a couple of days ago.  I mean the enthusiasm to find a monkey, elephant, or seal is beyond fun and generates a lot of laughter.

I can’t imagine anything but . . . wonderful . . . when we do life together.  They energize my heart and soul.  I pray they always see life through the Light of Christ and live a life of positivity.

I mean . . .

And, then . . . there’s the morning fun . . .

And.  Enjoying the spring weather . . .

At the end of the day, it’s a matter of perspective.

I’m not sure that we’re aware of the profound difference of positivity and negativity.  The thing is . . . this era of negativity has deep consequences . . . so, it’s up to each one of us to turn it around.

Both positivity and negativity have an ongoing impact in our personal lives, relationships, homes, work, and beyond.

The thing is . . . I think some of the exhaustion that so many suffer from . . . is produced by the stress and weight of negativity.  It will eventually lead to a dead-end and hopeless way of living.

Those who manage life with positivity are the ones who look for the best in someone and in circumstances.  And.  Of course.  Gratefulness is a huge piece of positivity.  Being grateful for the ordinary small things of life can loosen the grip of negativity.  By the way, positivity does require a daily effort in our negative climate; however, it will generate soul-energy.

So . . .

I’ve realized much of the negativity arises from the darkness of hurt and harm.  While true positivity comes from the healing Light of Christ . . . who releases continual and unstoppable love and grace . . .  promising more than can be imagined.

 

The people who walk in darkness will see

a great light.

For those who live in a land of deep darkness,

a light

will shine

(Isaiah 9:2, NLT)

It’s a great day to be energized by sharing positivity–Kerrie

May 19

It takes a lot of work to disengage from what’s been done and even more, to want the best for those who occupied your space without invitation.   Many of these characters give little thought to the consequences in your life from their actions.

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . . Love

Love.  It’s what Joshua and I focused on during today’s conversation in Studio 365.

We based it from these words that speak deep into the soul, crucial for living the best life and making a difference in this world:

If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;

but if I didn’t love others,  I would have gained nothing”

(I Corinthians 13:3, NLT).

Love is ultimately our purpose and reason for every. single. day.

Love.

Whether you are a fan or not of royal weddings, the power of love was spoke to the world today. The Most Reverend Michael Curry gave words to remember in Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s wedding ceremony today:

“Imagine our homes and families when this way of love is the way. Imagine our neighborhoods and communities when love is the way. Imagine our governments and countries when love is the way. Imagine business and commerce when this love is the way. Imagine our world when love is the way.

Imagine this tired old world when love is the way, unselfish, sacrificial redemptive. When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again. When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an everflowing brook. When love is the way, poverty will become history. When love is the way, the earth will be a sanctuary.”–Most Reverend Michael Curry

It’s a great day to intentionally give love to someone with a simple act of kindness.  Imagine what the world could be if, we love–Kerrie

(You can listen to the 6-minute devotional podcast @https://www.studio365daily.com)

May 18

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More in May . . . But . . .

We released the third Studio 365 After Hours Episode this evening.  Of course, we have some fun–sharing about the “Laurel and Yanny” phenomena–which leads to some great conversation.

We knew people would still be talking about this phenomena.  And, though we didn’t talk about it, we knew the Royal Wedding across the pond would be on many minds.

But.

We did not know about the tragedies of the day, including the shooting in Texas’ Sante Fe High School, leaving 10 dead and 10 wounded.

So.

I think the point we made in our After Hours conversation is needed today:  It’s time to take a seat at the table together to listen to understand and value one another’s perspective.

The thing is . . . we need to come together and figure this out . . . for the sake of this new generation.  I pray we can give assurance that we will work together despite our different perspectives and find the best solution.  And, ultimately, I pray they know they are loved and valued.

This is my hope–Kerrie

May 17

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More in May . . . soul-calm in the storm

At Studio 365. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this new work as I learn from this new season of my life.

Life storms come. The hard of it all challenges all of us at some point.

But.

It’s a choice to let the storm wreck havoc deep within.

I’ve learned from the best–my parents, George and Marilynn Carlisle. In today’s Studio 365 conversation, I tell one of many stories about “these people.”  My sister and I often call our parents “those” or “these” people when they appear to be bigger than life.  “How can “those people be so utterly amazing?”

Anyway.

I shared a little about the time a devastating fire destroyed my dad’s office. They faced many hard challenges because of the fire.  Even so, they remained incredibly calm through it all, taking one step at a time to manage what needed to be managed.  Years later, I’m still in awe over it all.

Gregg and I with mom and dad at one of their favorite places to eat, Bentleys.

They leaned into God, clearly saturated with unexplainable soul-deep peace.

When you know me for 2.5 seconds, you find out I keep a journal of my favorite God-words, which breathe life into me.

This one is a family favorite, which came to life during the fire-storm, shared in today’s morning show:

“When you pass through the waters,  

I will be with you;

And through the rivers,

they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire,

you will not be scorched,

Nor will the flame burn you” (Isaiah 43:2 (NASB)).

These words quiet the mind, opening our heart to receive God’s promise to be with us when the storms of life move in.  Yes, we will experience the power of the storm, but our response shifts when we know soul-deep that God is walking beside us every step of the way. It results in unexplainable peace and calm.   I pray you too experience this soul-deep peace and that your day is the best ever–Kerrie

May 15–It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

More In May . . .

At Studio 365. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this new work as I learn from this new season of my life.

It’s a beautiful spring day in my corner of the world.  And.  I’m making sure I have some porch time with a cup of coffee and my journal.

I want to spend more time thinking about what we talked about in today’s Studio 365 conversation.

By the way, we used The Passion Translation, which I love:

Ask, and the gift is yours.

Seek, and you’ll discover.

Knock, and the door will be opened for you.

Matthew 7:7, TPT”

Anyway, I hope you have time to listen to our conversation @http://podcast.studio365daily.com, think about it, and take the conversation to your table.  These kind of conversations matter with our family and friends.

I hope your day is the best day ever–Kerrie

This Week . . . May 14-20

These four.  I see God’s favor:

Light that breaks through the darkness.

Hope that never disappoints.

Joy that moves mountains.

And. Unstoppable, pure, undying love.

It’s what I pray for my family and friends.

The Month of May

I love spring. It defines new beginnings.

It was in the spring, a million or more years ago, when I discovered that no matter what is going on . . .  life is full of beautiful surprises . . . because God promises to make all things new.

It’s  to be underlined deep in the soul: ” See, I am making all things new”  (Revelation 21:5, Voice).

These are words that I take to heart in this season.  There’ve been some dramatic changes in my personal life, none of which I planned, some of it unwanted.   It would be easy to let the negative rule.  Please understand, I am not discounting the pain in the hard of life.  The thing is . . .  the hard can teach . . . and produce a new perspective.

I have learned from the hard and I do see God at work, making something good out of it all.  It’s part of the journey.  Doesn’t God have such incredible flair and amazing power to bring us to a new beginning rather than leaving us at a dead-end?

So.  I pray this will encourage you . . . and that you will feel welcomed to my corner of the world in the month of May.

By the way, I will be adding updates to this post during the month of May

until my next big post for June 2018.

May each day be your best–Kerrie

More . . . because there’s always more . . .

May 7-13

This moment in time . . . when Tim arrived home . . . changed me forever.

These three opened my heart to more than could ever be imagined.  It’s love.

Wherever you are today, whatever you are facing, remember love wins.  Always.

Strength For All Women

When my first became a mother with her first . . . I saw the gift of strength . . .  given from the women who came before us. The thing is . . . we stand strong together from one generation to the next . . . no matter what.

I know Mother’s Day can be difficult for those who grieve for their grandmothers, mothers, and/or children. Whether there’s been death, a broken relationship, an illness, struggles with childbearing, or something else, grief often goes deep this weekend.

We can give a gift of strength to those who need something more through intentional connections with one another.  I pray each of us blesses a woman that could use a word of encouragement and huge dose of love. It’s a good thing to celebrate and bless women of every generation this weekend.

May God’s strength be upon every woman. It will make a difference. I know this for sure.

Tricia became a mother . . . four generations

8 years ago . . .

Celebrating this girl–it’s been 8 years since she came into our lives–my heart is full.

These two met 2.5 years ago. It’s stunning to see how our little ones have immediate and an all-in-love for one another. This is what this weekend is about–amazing love.

At the end of the day,  when all is said and done, and we take our final breath,  love wins!

Love is patient; love is kind. Love isn’t envious, doesn’t boast, brag, or strut about.There’s no arrogance in love;  it’s never rude, crude, or indecent—it’s not self-absorbed. Love isn’t easily upset. Love doesn’t tally wrongs  or celebrate injustice; but truth—yes, truth—is love’s delight!  Love puts up with anything and everything that comes along; it trusts, hopes, and endures no matter what (I Corinthians 13: 4-7,Voice).  

Happy Mother’s Day Week!

 

Dear Mom,

No matter what . . .

You’ve loved us.

You’ve been able to see the best in us.

You’ve been positive, believing  something good will work out, despite it all.

You’ve moved forward, even when life was difficult and dark.

You’ve stayed the course, never losing faith.

You’ve been a diligent and relentless prayer “warrior,” calling prayer teams all over the world to join you, expecting God to be at work, believing mountains will be moved when people pray in the name of Jesus.

You’ve said the same words repeatedly throughout the decades:  ”I know it will work out.

You’ve had an attitude of gratitude.

You’ve staked your life on the power, presence, and peace of God.

You’ve kept this way of living the priority for all of us . . . your kids, grandkids, great-grandkids . . . and friends

We honor your life of love, knowing our lives have been impacted by a great woman who has relentlessly loved and lived with faith that with God . . . nothing and I mean nothing . . . is impossible.

You are a great woman.

We love you MOM.

And.  Thank you for constantly speaking and living the words, “ So the impossible is possible with God” (Luke 1:37, Voice).

Simplicity of Living

1.  Soul Deep

2. Surrendering

3.  Sacred Space

4.  Stewarding

5. Savoring It All

1.  Soul Deep

Here’s what I think:  Those who risk being generous with their lives are humanity’s heroes.  The desire to give love and service is soul deep.  It’s what brings light into the darkness of countless lives, moving the hopeless to a place of hope, and ultimately producing a love that will never stop.  Thank you heroes.

One of my current heroes is Bob Goff.  His words speak loud and make a difference.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

He states in his newly released book, Everybody Always:*

**“The moment we take even a tiny shuffle forward, what God is already thinking about us is this: I love you. You’ve got this. You know enough.”

Isn’t that good?  By the way, Bob Goff’s book is a great read.  We’ve had many  conversations about “Everybody Always”  in Studio 365.   I encourage you to read the book and take the conversation to your table.

Anyway . . .

I’ve learned God wants you and I to experience more than what can be imagined every. single. day.

It’s all about a relational connection with God and one another.  As we open the door for God’s generous love to move deep within our soul, we are enabled to be generous to all. It’s the basis of true generosity, the ultimate mission:  Love all.  Serve all.

Of course, it’s a process.

There’s some big questions in the process:  “Who, what,  when, where, why, and how?” 

“Who” is in the process?   Anyone who has served with me is familiar with what I  say:

If, you’re unable to answer a question, then,  say, “Jesus.”

I say it with a smile.

But.

It works.

When we seek God first, we can be sure we will be supernaturally led to those who are in need of love and service.   God gives insight through the Spirit to evaluate and analyze what our response is to be to anyone and everyone.

And.

There’s wisdom in meeting with a spiritual advisor.  Three things:

  1. I am a spiritual advisor.  And.  I have a spiritual advisor.
  2. A spiritual advisor is honest, even when a discussion does not make someone  happy or comfortable.  A spiritual advisor realizes that the with-God life is a process through the presence and power of the Spirit of God.  In the end, it’s most important for a spiritual advisor to be honest with love and truth.  And, it’s crucial for a spiritual advisor to see the best in those they advise as well to believe the future is filled with unlimited possibilities.
  3. Along the way, I’ve learned I don’t need to always agree with my spiritual advisor but I do need to trust this individual to love me with the love of Christ and want the best for me.  It’s what I communicate with those who ask me to be their spiritual advisor or mentor.  Of course, it takes strength to trust despite disagreeing.

It took quite awhile for me to fully realize it’s okay to disagree with one another’s thoughts, words, or actions, if, we always love and want the best for one another.

What would our world look like, if, we all followed this key-principle?

Shelly Mackerell Photography

This key has taken time to develop in me, which ultimately led to being healed of the need to make everyone happy.  There’s freedom in giving of self without needing anything in return.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m continually learning.  I’ve learned  the value of life is not based on how many agree with me or accept me, but rather  “who” I am soul deep. It takes work for most of us to come to this understanding

“What” is the purpose of the process?

The “what” of each step requires trust with the choice to go forward in faith with grit, grace, and anticipation for what God is doing rather than focusing on the impossible, no-good, hard of it all.

There is no magic cure for the hard of life.

Shelly Mackerell Photography

It took me a fair amount of time to learn this BIG TRUTH.

BUT.

There is a way to manage the hard of it all.

It requires intention, determination, and going the extra mile to break through the POWER OF THE HARD.

It requires guts.

When” should each step in the process start?  

The “when” of taking each step matters.  The thing is . . . we tend to let pressures and problems take precedence . . . and delay proceeding forward.

It really goes back to seeking God first, evaluating, and asking trusted advisors the hard questions to be able to push through our hard stuff so we’re able to take the necessary steps to make a positive impact in whatever we are doing.

Why” is the process necessary?

The “why,” the purpose, of the step  in any and every situation . . . is ultimately about making a generous difference in this world . . . through the love and kindness of God.  At first glance, we might look at a situation and think, “What does this mean to me?”

But.

We need to take a deeper look and ask, “What does this mean to others?”   There is a ripple effect with everything we do.  If, it’s not based on love, then, it’s worth nothing.

The reality is that the value of our life is based on love.

Shelley Mackerell Photography

“How” will the process proceed?  

How”  we move forward is as big of a deal as the outcome.  In the end, the process is what transforms and makes us new.

Finally.  Sometimes situations seem too hard, especially when things aren’t going our way.  It may seem reasonable and even exciting to look for something new to do, rather than asking and trusting God to make all things new in the present situation.

My dad told me on more than one occasion:   “It’s better not to leave when things are hard.   Wait until  you’ve done your part to turn it around, then, leave.  In other words, finish well.”

Our leaving can end up being a problem for us personally as well as those we impact.   God has asked me to stay and be a part of the solution on many occasions.  It took a major adjustment on my part to restrain myself from leaving in certain situations.  But.  I’m glad I stayed.  I became stronger in faith and character by staying and being a part of the solution.  Most importantly, I’ve learned that I never can be too generous with my life.

Obviously, every situation is unique and must be examined from all different angles; however, we’re responsible for doing our part in any and every place.  Even so, there are times when leaving is the best thing to do.  When it’s right for someone to leave, it’s right for all those concerned.

Regardless of the situation, we can be sure God will make all things new because God is always generous.  This. is. truth.

“Watch closely: I am preparing something new; it’s happening now, even as I speak,
        and you’re about to see it. I am preparing a way through the desert;
    Waters will flow where there had been none” (Isaiah 43:19, Voice). 

2.  Surrendering

When surrendering is a daily value, we’re made new, opening the door for God to do more than can be imagined.  Surrender has many components.  When we intentionally surrender it all . . . we’re able to be generous with our life.

If, you’ve been around me for 2.5 seconds, then, you know I love the word, BUT.   Take a look at this beautiful 3-lettered word.   It’s  a connection to something more.

So.   The other day I realized the words which come before the BUT are usually the things which need to be surrendered.   These are the words which represent the negative side of the statement.  Everything we face holds a positive as well as negative, light as well as darkness, and the list goes on.  In the end, negativity leads to . . . well . . . negative issues.  It seems to me that we need to not only do this for ourselves but model and teach this key as a legacy to this generation.

For, example:

“I’m right, BUT I want our relationship to be right more than I need to be right.”   Surrender “I’m right.”

This. is. hard.

We might find satisfaction in  being defensive–by either ignoring or attacking–those who disagree with how you and I think, speak, or act; however, the relationship is the issue.  Are you and I willing to surrender our “right” perspective in order to make the relationship right?

This. is. huge. 

We are responsible to do our part–sometimes we meet half way on the “bridge,”  other times we must cross the “bridge” to the other side to make the relationship right.  It’s what Jesus does for us.

This. is. relationship. 

Yes.  We need boundaries.  But.  The critical component in this piece of our life is extending the peace of Christ, which resides in those who choose the with-God life.  Peace is key.  By the way, we are only responsible for our part of the relationship.

There’s More:   

This month . . . I am surrendering 5 days . . . to do 5 intentional healthy things. I don’t have a lot of time, BUT I choose to have time for healthy living by keeping it simple.

I’m surrendering my time to have as much time possible to be generous with love and service. 

It’s my 5-for-5.

I am doing five intentional healthy things each weekday for the month of May–5 days/week

  1. 5-minute breaks, taking 5 slow breaths, letting go of what doesn’t matter, focusing on God.
  2. 5-well-balanced small meals or 3 regular meals and 2 healthy snacks =5/day
  3. 5-aerobic exercise sessions, 30 minutes long, at least 5/week.
  4. 1-organizational small task –at least 5/week.
  5. 1-intentional act of kindness–at least 5/week.

Let me know if, you would like to join in.  You can email me at kerrie@tablethink.com.

Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes”. (Romans 12:2, TPT)

 I love this God-word, especially the statement–“This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life. “
 
It’s a statement of God’s favor.

 

3.  Sacred Space

Sacred spaces are gifts, allowing us to take a breath and become new.

I enjoy the art of creating space for beauty and grace to bless others.   It’s so needed in today’s world.  So . . . each month . . . I will give you a glimpse of what’s going on in my world to hopefully inspire ideas for your space.

For me–less is more.  I love to create space to refresh all those who come through our door.  We are living in what I refer to as a row house in a porch community.

I don’t have a name for my style.  It’s a combination of  Cottage—Country-Rustic–Industrial.  So.  I would love to hear what you think my style should be called (kerrie@tablethink.com).

So. Here’s our main room.  We’ve accomplished some tasks and have many to go.  Everything is DIY.  We employ our creativity in place of spending dollars.  We have put one slider (barn) door in at our entryway and will be working on the same thing for our pantry.  I love the combination of wood, metal, and glass, both old and new.  My grandma used to have fresh flowers on her table regardless of where they lived.  And. We’ve kept the tradition.  It’s part of being home.

Our kitchen table has leaves to extend it, but I love keeping it round.  Because.  My grandparent’s farmhouse kitchen table was round.  I loved being at their table.  And, I love friends and family to take a seat at our table.

The table is a place to be valued, to belong, to have a voice, to be heard, and most of all to be loved.

Our front porch decor changes with the seasons.  I love the porch.  As the weather gets nicer, we are spending more time on it.  It won’t be long and we will be serving ice cream cones in the evening to whoever wants to drop by to visit.

4.  Stewarding

We have responsibility to care for who and what we receive from God.

“For in him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28, (NIV)).

I love having family and friends in our home.  I want to be a steward of their time with us and make sure they know they are valued and belong.  So.  I invite them to take a seat at our table.  And. I try to keep cookies on hand to serve with coffee, tea, or milk as a signature of our love for them.

The thing is . . . I love to serve fresh cookies  . . . which means I need something quick and easy.  We’ve served these easy simple lemon cookies forever:

Simple Lemon Cookies

  • 1 package lemon cake mix
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

Combine the ingredients and mix well.  Roll into balls and flatten on cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 13 minutes or until light brown.  Cool for 3-5 minutes. Frost

Frosting

  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

Mix well.  Add more powder sugar or lemon juice as needed for the right consistency.

5. Savoring It All

. . .  It happened in our family years ago.   At the time, it seemed the hard of life defined each day.  Each day seemed harder than the day before.  Something needed to change.

Jesus said, “Don’t be afraid.  Take courage I am here.” These are the words that anchor us to make it through the day, to face the hard stuff, to have faith that He will get us through the overwhelming moments, even when we feel like we are drowning.

It took me a great deal of time to realize I needed to change, I needed to find the gift of each day,  I needed to do only what matters, and I needed to savor and memorize the moments that God  graciously gives me.

Here’s a few moments from our recent time together . . .

Turns out . . . Tricia and Tiffany . . . will always be “the girls.”  It’s who they are together.  I love this picture of the girls’ families from Easter afternoon in our home.  By the way, the announcement is out:  There’s another little one coming this fall.  I mean.  A sweet new life is pure joy.  A gift!

And, yes, there’s more . . . because there’s always more . . .

I pray this section of May’s post will inspire you as well as deepen your life with-God.

Our organization, tablethink, is slowly coming to life.  Yes.  It’s all in lowercase.  Studio 365 is our first podcast show.  It’s every. single. day.

You can email us @ hello@tablethink.com.

 Studio 365 daily podcast . . .

I hope you will listen, share, and take the conversation to your table @https://www.studio365daily.com.

We’ve just started a new weekly podcast called Studio 365 After Hours.  I can’t wait for you to take a seat at our after hours table and join our conversation. It’s a joy and work.  Isn’t that how it always goes?

Joshua and I talk about behind the scene moments at Studio 365 about what’s happened in the week, what it means to live the with-God life, and anything else that comes to mind. Studio 365 “After Hours” is a weekly 20-minute or so podcast show to laugh, to feel good, and to be inspired to live the best life.

After Hours

The second episode has been released:  https://www.studio365daily.com/906-2/!

Also–our first After Hours episode can be found @
https://www.studio365daily.com/001-begun-studio-365-hours/

**Excerpt From: Bob Goff. “Everybody, Always.” iBooks. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/everybody-always/id1287634417?mt=11

 I hope you and I are able to connect soon.

Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2018 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED