Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It's Our Birthday Celebration!

It's our BIG day!  Double Portion Inspiration  is a year old and we are ecstatic.  We wanted to say thanks for your love and support.  We are amazed at all God has done through us.  No matter where we go, we are encouraged by our faithful readers stories of inspiration and joy.  We are honored that you take time to read the blog at work, home, in the airport or on the baseball field.

What began as a simple way to share our writing style with potential editors and publishing companies, grew into an opportunity for us to share our triumphs, trials, and lessons from our journey through life.  At the beginning, we weren't even sure what it meant to be a blogger, but with a surrendered heart, we followed God and He activated our greatness!

Here are just a few of our accomplishments this year:

Renee, Dr. Cindy Trimm, Roslyn (L-R)

Florida Christian Writer's Conference

  • Attended first writer's conference
  • Completed first half marathon
  • Blog viewed internationally within the first week
  • Submitted our manuscript to various publishing houses
  • Launched speaking ministry
  • Met our favorite author, Dr. Cindy Trimm

Our first half marathon!

Here's a quick glimpse down memory lane with some of our most viewed posts:

Stay tuned because the best is YET to come!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Say What He Says

Double Portion Inspiration is celebrating BIG this week.  Any ideas what we're celebrating?  Leave us a comment below with your guess.  Before we can celebrate, it's time for our Monday Morning Inspiration. 

Being the mother of a toddler is awesome.  Even though there are times when my three year old can try every fiber of my being, the interaction between toddler and parent is fun!  Toddlers are exciting because they are finally learning to talk in a manner in which you can understand.  For so long they've used their own language and normally parents serve as translators for the grandparents or anyone else that will listen.  As they mature and their vocabulary grows, they can't wait to use every word they've heard you say.

Be careful though, toddlers love to repeat what you say.  Not only will they repeat it, they will say it loud and normally at the worst time ever.  Like the other day, Jordan knew he was in trouble.  I can't remember what he'd done but this was one unhappy mother.  I turned around to him and said, "Jordan that was ......" and in a moment's notice he finished the sentence, "inappropriate".  My son is smart but let's be honest, he doesn't fully understand what inappropriate means.  However, since I often use the word when talking with him about poor choices, he just repeated what he's heard.  It served as a beautiful lesson.

The Bible is full of God's promises for every situation in my life and yours.  When we read, we may not understand every detail but just like the toddler, "say what He says" about your circumstance.  Most people find themselves dealing with issues concerning money, health, and relationships.  The word of God provides numerous answers to your questions.  Here are just a few of my go-to scriptures when life's journey throws you a curve ball:

  • Money:
Matthew 6:31-33(NLV)
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

  • Health:
Psalms 103:3 (NLV)
3 He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases.

  • Relationships:
I Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLV)
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The next time we find ourselves at our wits end, let's just say what He says!  (Posted by Renee)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Morning Assignment

School is now back in session after Winter Break.  As much as I love to have my boys home, I enjoy resuming a regular routine.  Having my kids in school gives me the opportunity to learn all over again.  I attempt to help with homework.  But honestly, most nights I don't feel smarter than my 1st grader.  My husband and I learned NOT to help my 6th grader with his math-ugh!

One thing that is universal in most schools are the clear goals that are given to kids first thing in the morning.  In preschool and elementary children have circle/calendar time.  As you move through middle & high school you utilize your planners to write your daily assignments/homework.  These clear goals help kids organize and prepare their mind for the day ahead of them.

What about us as adults?  We all have the same 24 hours in a day.  Yet it seems that many Americans are frazzled, running late and disorganized.  There is an energy of procrastination that starts at a young age and carries through until we are older.  Trust me, our home has spent many late nights working on projects  the night before they are due.  Even though my son had an entire month to complete it.  This leads to higher levels of stress and just a general feeling of exhaustion.

How can we exist in our day if we don't know our assignment?  
What are we trying to accomplish in our day?

It amazes me how Jesus Christ was on Earth only 33 short years, yet in that time He was able to fulfill and complete the redemptive plan for all mankind-talk about being efficient!  How did He do it?

"I have brought you glory on Earth by finishing the work you gave me to do." John 17:4NIV

In this scripture, Jesus was praying to his Father.  Christ did not allow others to dictate His daily schedule.  His only concern was to complete the assignment that God had for Him.  We are not able to be productive with our day because we are filling it with tasks for other people.  We don't have clear assignments from our Creator.  Have you ever asked God, "What is the work You have for me today?"

Our mission this year is to have One Word that we work towards 365 days.  It's not a long list of goals or resolutions but a word to keep you inspired.  Knowing where you are going, helps create the daily assignments God has specifically for you.  Your assignments are unique.  The assignments of yesterday are not the same goals to be accomplished today.  

Spend time asking God-What is my purpose and assignment for this season of my life?  

Just like in school your assignments will always change but your purpose (gaining an education) remains the same.  This is the perfect time of year to refresh, refocus and renew. (Posted by Roslyn)

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Last week we challenged you to come up with one word that you would commit to for the remainder of 2012.  We were overwhelmed by the number of responses on Facebook.  It inspired teachers to use the concept in their classrooms and managers to use it with their teams.  If you missed last week's post, here's the link.

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday!  He was passionate about his fight for equality.  On Friday I had the opportunity to see history being made when I traveled to Jacksonville to witness the first African American mayor welcome Dr. Martin Luther King's youngest daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King.  Her message was thought provoking and stirred me to write today's post.  She simply asked each of the 2400 attendees, "why can't we?"  She was blessed to grow up in a home where her mother and father remained committed to servant leadership.  They recognized that they would only travel to the promiseland of equality by uniting together and working for a common cause. 

"Why can't we?" 

With all of our scientific and technological advances, "why can't we" set aside differences for the betterment of all people?  She suggested that it is due to rugged individualism.  In a year when we prepare to select a candidate for President, the divide between party lines couldn't be more evident.  We must work together.  As much as it sounds like a cliche, laboring together toward a common goal is vital to our success as a nation. 

It can't be completed by just one person

If you feel that we haven't realized the dream that Dr. King spoke about in the 60's, could it be that we are the reason why?  What are we committed to?  Here's a poignant statement from Friday's message, "if you haven't found something worth dying for, you are not fit to live."  It doesn't have to be a physical death.  Maybe it's the demise of a prejudice mindset or to hindrances and disruptions that are meant to derail our forward movement.

God chose Dr. Martin Luther King to prick our conscience.  He would want us to know that we ALL have a responsibility to change a nation and it starts within.  (Posted by Renee)

Sunday, January 8, 2012

My One Word for 2012

As a blogger, I often read other blogs during my quiet moments.  The other day wile reading the Praise and Coffee blog, I ran across a post that suggests throwing away New Year's resolutions and instead coming up with one word for 2012.  It immediately caught my attention because I am not a huge lover of resolutions.  Normally by the third week of January my resolutions are a thing of the past.  However, a commitment to one word seemed simple and easy.  I dug a little further to find out more about the One Word 365 movement.  Here's a quick recap from the One Word 365 website:
One word can change everything.

Forget New Year’s Resolutions. Scrap the long list of goals that you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word.

One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live or what you want to achieve by the end of 2012.

One word that you can focus on every day, all year long.

It will take hard work, and will require commitment. But if you let it, your word will shape you and your year. It will guide your decisions and help you grow.

Discover the big impact one word can make.

One word. 365 days. A changed life.

My One Word for 2012
So here's my one word, intentional.  I vow to be intentional with my living.  You might be wondering what that really means.  It signifies that I will be deliberate and purposeful with every moment that God gives me.  In this season, I will not allow people or circumstances distract me from God's intended purpose for my life.

I will no longer permit a precious moment of my time be wasted because I can never get it back.  Each second, each minute and each hour of every day has an intended purpose and I will use discipline and perseverance to make the most of each moment.

That's my one word, what's yours?  Pray about it and leave a comment below.  (Posted by Renee)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Road Less Traveled

Happy New Year
My family always spends our Christmas holiday in Orlando.  This year we traveled to Davenport, Fl.  Using our GPS as a guide we decided on a new route (US27).  We always take the expressway (Turnpike) when we travel.  Taking US27 was taking me out of my comfort zone because you are traveling through small cities with many stoplights.  I was afraid a 3 hour trip would take 6 hours.
My uncle's front yard

The experience was wonderful!  We went through small towns like Clewiston and Moore Haven.  The average population in these cities is 2,000 people.  US27 is the road less traveled because it is surrounded by agricultural fields. We saw huge fields of sugar cane and bountiful orange groves.  The ride was quiet and peaceful.
Mother's Garden

During our Christmas vacation we  journeyed to Archer, FL.  My boys played outside all day being entertained by cows and acorns falling from the massive oak tree.  It was a rare glimpse to see them not asking for their Xbox or Wii games.  They enjoyed smelling the country air and using their own imagination for games to play.

The highlight was Christmas dinner prepared by my mom.  She grows most of her vegetables.  My boys had fun watering grandma's garden and pulling off the veggies that were ready to be harvested.

As we embrace a new year realize that sometimes the road less traveled is the exact road that God wants for you. 

 My first choice was not to ride on US27 but I am pleased that we did.  I saw God's hand as I drove through poverty stricken communities.  I don't want to rush through another year, but instead enjoy the journey and the obstacles (we had a flat tire on our road trip).  As I start 2012 I have a new sense of tranquility & thankfulness. (Posted by Roslyn)

What are you expecting in 2012? Have you set any goals for the new year?