JOY frazzled

Last week was full of frazzled!!  Such a crazy, busy, insane week.  You know the kind where at the end of it all you just stop and say “seriously”?  Ya.  It was that kind of week.  Sooo glad it’s over and today began a new one.  In the midst of all the frazzled, there were sweet moments of JOY that I want to share.  These are the things that get me through the crazy 🙂

 
Woo Hoo!!  60 degrees!!! 
 
 
I LOVE listening to my “little” boys practice the piano!!
 

 
You can barely see, but one of my sweets wrote an “I love u” message on the dew of my car window this morning.  Made.  My.  Day.
 

 Soccer games…they’re so awesome 🙂
 
 
Enjoyed some great worship and Bible study at the Beth Moore (love her) Living Proof Simulcast on Saturday.  Her worship leader is Travis Cottrell but this is my favorite song that he sang by the original artist.  I hope it blesses you like it blesses me.
 
Even in the midst of the crazies, life is good.  My God is good.  Don’t forget to grab your moments of JOY even on those weeks when they are far and few between.
 
 
 
 
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Unraveling

In the 16 (almost 17 – oh dear…) years that I have been mothering children, I have discovered what I believe to be one of my favorite parts.  As my oldest son is now in his Junior year in high school, I am on pins and needles in eager anticipation to see what is going to happen next.  He is a great kid, we are truly blessed.  For whatever reason God has given me a peace concerning his future.  I see that it is open wide with possibilities.  He has only a small idea where he wants to go to school, what he might want to major in, or what he wants to do for a living.  All he knows he wants to do is play baseball.  🙂  I know there are some of you parents out there that probably think I’m crazy.  But, I am not pushing or stressing.  I know that I just turned 40 and I’m still not sure what I want to be “when I grow up”.  I know with confidence that God has BIG plans for this kid.  He is a great student, loves people, is full of passion, and is quite a competitor.  As my husband and I drove away from our visit to church camp this summer I expressed my excitement about the future.  “I am loving watching it all unravel!!”  The Bible tells us that God knew us before we were born, when we were in our mother’s womb, that He had a plan for us before we breathed our first breath.  In Psalm 139:19, The Bible says “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”  I believe that with all my heart, and this is why I can without worry sit back and watch, eagerly waiting for God’s plan to “unravel”.  
I know…”unravel” is not typically the word used in this context, it might be used more often when things are going wrong.  But when I read the verse above in Psalms I think of God “knitting” a sweater around a newborn baby and over the years as He transforms, shapes, and refines that child the “sweater” is unraveling and His purpose is being fulfilled. 

Becoming a Christian as an adult, I understand how freeing it is to give the reigns to God.  Knowing that I am not in control allows me the freedom to not worry about tomorrow, or even the next minute.  I am a worrier by nature, I come from a long line of worriers…and I know what it can do to you, emotionally and physically.  So, knowing that God is in control of my tomorrows and those of my family allows me to sit back and watch to see what happens next.  What will the next chapter bring??

“The first offspring from every womb belongs to Me…”Exodus 34:19

This is the verse that caught my eye as I was reading my Bible this morning.  My husband and I have been in awe lately as the unraveling continues.  We can see the Lord’s blessing on our first-born son and we are amazed.  We know that God has big plans for all our children because that is what He says in His word, but it is just so amazing watching it happen.  We have no idea what that difference is or why.  Although after reading this, maybe this is the clue.  He is the first offspring from my womb, and he belongs to God…  I am breathless as to what that might mean…  I know he is in good hands, but still…. He belongs to God, end of story.  What is God going to do with him?
 
 
 
 
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Saturday Funnies

Every once in a while we enjoy some YouTube entertainment as a family at our house and last night was one of those times.  Laughter always makes me feel better and to enjoy it with others makes it even better. 

I wanted to share with you one of our family favorites

Here’s one that we watched last night

Tim Hawkins…aahh we love him
 
If you like corny jokes then you might want to check out The Pioneer Woman’s post here!!  Ha!!
 
Take some time to have a belly laugh this weekend!! 
 
Back to the garage sale I go!!
 
(Here is my disclaimer – remember our youngest child is 9 so I will say if you search other related videos you may find some that are not appropriate for younger children.  We were first introduced to these when our kids moved into the youth group at our church – so proceed with caution :))
 
Have a blessed day!!
 
 


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“Labor” Day Weekend

Labor day weekend is a four day weekend this year!!  Yippee!!  Again, my list is so long, I’m really not sure where to start and I’m afraid because of that I have not gotten much done.  Ugh!! 

I have been working on getting my fall decorations out and in place.  It might be 100 degrees outside but I am moving on.  I am done with summer and ready for fall. 

We have been trying to do some outside clean-up, but as I mentioned, it’s 100 degrees outside…literally.  Ugh…

For the past 6 months I have been purging my house.  I had a revelation last January.  I just couldn’t take it anymore.  Every single corner and crevice of our 2000 sq ft home was crammed full of stuff.  And, to my surprise, I didn’t even know I still had some of the stuff I found, didn’t know why I still had some of the stuff I found.  Crazy how much stuff you can accumulate over 10 years in the same house.  This is the result of the de-clutter (can’t believe I’m showing you this)
I tried to make it look as big as it really is, but it was impossible to capture the overwhelming mess.  If you can see toward the back next to our garage fridge is a large stack of tubs which are full of more junk.  Ugh…

I am making myself sweat through the mess because if I wait one more week to have a garage sale, it will all go to goodwill.  Hopefully soon I will be able to post after pictures of a clean, organized garage. 

In between getting things done thinking of what to do next I was perusing my craigslist app on my phone and found a winner!!  Hubby picked it up today…
Chair and ottaman set in pretty good shape for $75, yes please!!  Not sure if I will keep the red check and put it in our bedroom, or whether I will recover it.  Definitely will be changing out those wimpy little legs.  Those won’t last a week in my house of boys. 
 
Hope your weekend has been productive and relaxing!!
Blessings until next time!!
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First Day For Me….and Jesus Calling

Today was MY first day of school.  I am the director of our weekday program at church – Mother’s Day Out.  Today we welcomed around 140 children into our classrooms for the first time this year.  We survived!!  And, I can say with confidence that this was the best first day yet out of the five I’ve had as a director.  There were the usual tears (from kids and moms alike), bumps, and odd building issues (cricket invasion).  But there were a lot of happy, excited faces (kids, moms, and teachers).  Excited for their new adventure to begin.

This morning I woke up with a case of the first day jitters and headed straight to my favorite devotional that is my go-to especially when I am feeling a little overwhelmed.  “Jesus Calling” . It is written as if Jesus is speaking directly to you from His Word.  Every time I pick this up I feel like it was written just for me just on that day.  But, you know the awesome thing about God?  I have several friends who have this same devotional book and they feel exactly the same way!!  God is soo good.  Stress and worry has become so common these days, it’s just part of everyday life.  We have become used to it. 

A couple of weeks ago I was awake at 4am full of worry and stress and this is what I read:

“STOP WORRYING long enough to hear My voice.  I speak softly to you, in the depths of your being.  Your mind shuttles back and forth, hither and yon, weaving webs of anxious confusion.  As My thoughts rise up within you, they become entangled in those sticky webs of worry.  Thus, My voice is muffled and you hear only “white noise.”

Ask My Spirit to quiet your mind so that you can think My thoughts.  This ability is an awesome benefit of being My child, patterned after My own image.  Do not be deafened by the noise of the world or that of your own thinking.  Instead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Sit quietly in My Presence, letting My thoughts reprogram your thinking.”

It seems that at those times we most need to hear from God are the times we are most stressed.  Our minds are so full of “anxious confusion” from our own thoughts of worry, our own efforts to problem solve, that we can’t hear the voice of God.  I wonder how many times we miss the blessings, take the wrong path, make the wrong choice, simply because we were too worried to simply pause and listen for God’s voice. 

The day that I read this was a day filled with lots of important decisions.  I needed to hear God’s voice.  I photocopied this page out of my devotional and hung it up in my office, so that throughout the day when my thoughts of worry began to create too much “white noise”, I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to quiet my mind.  What a glorious power we have if we would only remember to use it. 

Today when I picked up my little book, there was a different message, but still a reminder that God is in our corner.  How amazing. 

I challenge you…”STOP WORRYING” long enough to hear His voice, and remember God is there for you…let Him fight your battles. 

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