Word of the Year

I wasn’t really planning on having a “word” for 2017. I don’t do that often. Maybe once or twice. But, as I sat in church on New Year’s Day, I was struck. Have you ever had one of those moments? You know, when you are in deep prayer, and God is near. I would love for them to happen more often, and I know that is my short coming not His. But Sunday I was struck. I heard God’s voice. Now, each time this has happened to me, I only hear one word. Maybe He knows that I’m not mature enough to be still long enough to hear more, I don’t know, but one word answers are what I get. And to be honest it’s all I need. The word spoken is full of meaning, and is all I need to know exactly what He’s getting at. What’s the word you might ask??
Word of the year for 2017 @ frazzled JOY
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September Happenings

Here we are, almost to the end of September. Where does the time go these days?? Although, I’m actually okay with it because it means I am one month closer to having my boy home for a few days from college.  I’m telling you, having him far away for college has been one of the hardest things I have had to do as a parent so far. But, he is loving it and doing well and that blesses my heart immensely!

September is always  a time for me to regroup from summer.  A time to get the house, and my family back on track and back into a healthy routine.  It’s a good time. So, I thought I would share with you a little peak into what’s been going on around him with our little family.

If you follow me on instagram you’ve seen some of these pics.

The temps have dipped down cooling enough here and there and I have happily taken advantage of that by pulling out the boots and sweaters!!

Cooler temps in the evenings also means more walks with my honey – precious quality time.

(I don’t know what’s with the feet pictures??)

Cooler temps also signals my craving for fall foods and snacks!  Candy corn is #1 in my book. And, a homemade apple pie just can’t be beat!

Especially when you use grandma’s pie plate ;).

I officially have another teenager in the house! Love him!!  Birthday’s call for yummy birthday lunches, complete with old-time vanilla shakes :).



We’ve been watching this kiddo run cross-country for the first time this year and rockin’ it!


Got to see this precious face thanks to the wonderful world of technology.  Things like this do make the distance a tad easier.


I am a perpetual piler.  I admit it.  So, sometimes I have to go through the piles…


Happiest of days was winning this amazing paint sprayer through an instagram contest held by 11 Magnolia Lane and Home Right.  It came in the mail this week and I have a long list of things waiting to be sprayed!!  


With the state of our world these days it seems hard to hold onto the joy.  I read this in my quiet time several days ago and it brought me such comfort.  I pray that we never forget that even though things may be unraveling all around us, God will hold us together if we will only hold onto Him.  

Praying you have a blessed weekend friends!! Thanks for joining me now and again in my frazzled mess of life!!

Fun things coming to the blog in the near future – stay tuned!

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Belong – Five Minute Friday

I am in the trenches of raising a teenage daughter.  And although I am loving it and her, it might be the hardest thing I have ever done.  I remember what it was like to be a teenage girl – vaguely.  Constantly searching for a place to belong.  

They are a multitude of things that can complicate this.  Do you have a place to belong at school – good friends.  Do you have a place to belong at home – a safe place to come to when the rest of the world has gone crazy.  And probably the biggest and best – do you have a place to belong in Jesus?  
I am so thankful that my daughter belongs to Jesus.  That she has that sense of belonging to help her get through these tumultuous teenage years. What a blessing to know you belong to Jesus!!  No matter what might be falling apart in this world, we know we can count on Him.  

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One Day At A Time {Family Friday}

Sorry for my absence from Family Friday – life is swirling around me in a mess of chaos!! Why is the month of May so crazy??  

I have shared before here about feeling overwhelmed.  Trying to keep my head above water.  Trying to keep my head on straight.  The title of my blog is ‘frazzled’ JOY right? I’m not proud of my worry-wort characteristics, but I do own them.  I know that I can’t blame anyone else for my insanely crazy state of mind.  

So, May.  Concerts, state playoffs, high school graduation, church events, 5th grade graduation, college stuff, need I go on.  

A few weeks back when talking to a friend, we were both lamenting over our schedules, and how much we wished we could just be enjoying these moments, but we weren’t.  We were both in this funk because of the craziness.  

I was reminded of this post I read months ago from Sasha at Lemonade Makin’ Mama.  

I remember reading that post and seeing this sign that she painted, and thinking YES!! Then she strategically placed the piece on her kitchen counter as a reminder.

So, after my talk with my friend I went home and cleared a spot on my chalkboard door. At the top I wrote “Today”, and at the bottom I wrote “one day at a time”.  I have been consistently writing the schedule of extras each day, and the reminder of doing just today has been such a blessing.  


Yes, tomorrow will come, but I can change nothing of it by worrying about it constantly. So, thank you for the reminder Sasha!  
  
We all have busy seasons.  I remember when the kiddos were small, feeling the same overwhelming feelings. Whether it was holidays, or really just the everyday craziness of trying to potty train a toddler!! How do you handle busy seasons??  When the waves come – remember, God’s got this.  He will supply your every need. Find the JOY in your today!!

In the Bible Jesus said “so do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

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Good Stuff For Good Friday

I’m so excited to celebrate my Risen Savior on Sunday!!  I wanted to share with you today a couple of goodies.  Pieces of worship that I enjoy year around that remind me of the glorious victory that He proclaimed by walking out of that tomb!!

This song by Kari Jobe was shared on another blog I follow and it has quickly become one of my favorites.  The poem in the middle of this video is wonderful – it takes a while to get to but it is worth it.

This song is an all-time favorite of mine, and speaks of the resurrection as well.

Next, you’ve surely seen or heard this, and I shared it last year, but it’s just soooo good.


When I truly think of all Jesus went through willingly to save me from my sins I stand in awe and wonder.  You may ask “why”, but I know it was His love for me that allowed Him to do what He did.  I am thankful for this love every second of every minute of every hour of every day.  

Happy Easter everyone!!  He is Risen!!

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