Get Your October On Friends

I promise I have not abandoned this blog. I promise. But Autumn is here in Colorado with full force and things get a little nutty in the Abel Abode. Football games, parent teacher conferences, fun clients and week-long trainings for Rocky Mountain Media Group. This list doesn’t even include the amazing activity going on at Family Life Services. All of these beautiful wonderful things keep me insanely busy.

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Abiding in Praise ~ A Psalm for Vocation

Yesterday I posted this status on Facebook. As I read over it later, and talked with folks who inquired privately about my passion for my work something dawned on me. I realized what I had posted was kind of personal psalm to the Lord:

The stillness of this house and the beautiful light that comes shining through on Fridays when I am here by myself is rest for my soul. I know the calm comes after an evening of intense ministry where hurting families have gathered to find peace. The ticking of the clock serves as a wonderful reminder to me of the rhythm of ministry that has taken place here for 70 years. I am thankful to be apart of it ~Family Life Services.

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Abide, Rest, Love

This long weekend I am taking time to abide, rest, and love.

So far it looks like this…

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Leadership Lessons from Bierstadt ~ Manage Expectations

The day started out nothing like I thought it would. Right from the beginning I had to manage expectations. The first thing I didn’t count on was this when we pulled up to the Bierstadt parking lot…

Not even 7:30 AM and I had to begin to re-work what I thought the day would look like. I thought we were super early. I had no idea there would be that many people climbing. I thought it would be a quiet day on the trail.

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Hiking a 14er

I can’t believe I’m doing this again.

Earlier this Summer when I climbed Pike’s Peak for the first time, I thought I was getting hooked. Smitten with a newfound love.

But still, I can’t believe I’m doing this again. Hiking a 14er. The very concept seems so strange for a suburban mommy who drives a Ford Freestyle and runs carpool between business meetings. I also like saying I’m hiking a 14er too, because it makes me feel so…not boring.

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Finding Inspiration

This week I’m finding inspiration. It is seems to be all around me. Calling, taunting, moving and motivating me. You could blame it on all of those gold medals the USA won, or my husband’s determination to get healthy and drag our family into his craziness.

I could also say it comes from the beauty of Colorado I have witnessed this Summer in God’s creation. Maybe it is coming from some recent books I have read.

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Leader Use Your Vacation Time

Today I am sharing an archived post I did a few years ago on the importance of using your vacation time. Recently I was at a state-wide meeting with non-profit leaders and they were talking about how they rarely feel like they can take time off. How sad! Many times ministry leaders personally have a hard time justifying taking time off. I don’t have that problem and this post explains why. 

Recently some friends had to decline a vacation condo in Pagosa Springs, CO due to prior work commitments. They knew that Jeff and I love exploring our home state with our family and asked if we would be interested in going in their place. Hum…give me two seconds to think about this…SURE!

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Leadership Lessons From The Cairns On My Pikes Peak Climb

This weekend I crossed off a huge personal goal by hiking Pikes Peak. Tomorrow over at Jeff’s Crazy Idea I will be sharing what I did to prepare and insights into the physical and mental part of this adventure.

Today I’m talking here about a very unexpected leadership lesson I learned while climbing my first fourteener.

My friend Deb went with me on this journey. She is an experienced climber who I trust and asked to go with me. My goal for her? Don’t let me die and drag my butt up the mountain even when I want to quit.

Deb was awesome. She helped me prepare weeks in advance and the day of the climb she kept me safe, focused and aware of what was going on around me. She also is a wickedly smart business woman, so I had 5 1/2 hours of personal consulting time on this trip. I’m smarter than the average bear when I pick my traveling companions.

At one point, we got to a part of the trail where she yelled over her shoulder, “Watch for the cairns”.

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Friday with Freda ~ You’re Going to Climb What Mountain?

Grandma has been asking me a million questions all week about my Pikes Peak climb today.

You’re going to climb what mountain again? Pikes Peak, remember the one we drive by all the time? 

How long will it take you? About five hours.

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Why Colorado Is Finally Home

My fascination with the west started when I was kid. Sunday afternoons spent watching cowboy shows, Coors beer commercials and movies like The Wilderness Family fueled my youthful curiosity of Colorado.

As I grew up, got married and started having my own children, my childhood dream of living in Colorado began to unfold like a story from a book. My husband accepted a job to work in Colorado Springs in the summer of 1997 right after the birth of our son. I remember spending the better part of that summer packing boxes and trying to get my infant to sleep. I solidified my resolve for Colorado by playing John Denver music over and over again in the middle of the night to prepare myself for the move.

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