Positivity Jar

Hey there friends! How ya doin?? Life has been kind of crazy around here lately. I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’ve been a bit frazzled lately. Sometimes life can steal your joy. Am I right?? We are in one of those cycles of all the annoying and frustrating things happening. One right after the other. We keep bobbing to the top, just to get pushed back down again. It has been very difficult to stay positive. But, I know that this is just what the enemy wants. So, I decided to be proactive.
A positivity jar is a great way to keep your focus on the positive things.
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It’s Friday…

But Sunday’s Comin.

Today is Good Friday – the day we remember the sacrifice that Jesus chose in the cross.  I am so very thankful that Jesus chose to be obedient to The Father and die on the cross for my sins.  I found this video a couple of years ago, and maybe you’ve seen it or heard the sermon before but it is so powerful, and I love it so I am sharing it.  Feel free to share it with others, it is such a good testimony to the whole celebration of the crucifixion and the resurrection.  

 

What a blessing for us, that we know Sunday’s comin.  Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend celebrating The Risen Savior!!
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Worn Out

The first time I heard Tenth Avenue’s North’s new song “Worn” on the radio I thought – “this could be my theme song”.  But, the more I talk to my momma friends the more I realize that it could be an appropriate theme song for all momma’s out there.

 

Then today I heard it again, and right before they played it they shared this verse of scripture

 

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 (NASB)

 

Why do I get so consumed with my to-do list and my worries that I forget He is waiting to give me rest?  We all need rest, but sometimes what we need more than physical rest is spiritual rest.
 
Have you ever noticed that when you are intentionally trying to align yourself with the will of God that you experience attack from the enemy even more.  Good grief.  My husband and I have been working on getting our family back on track and let me tell you, the devil does not like it!!  On one hand I’m encouraged because I know that means we are on the right track, but on the other hand I’m worn out and beaten down.  As I heard this scripture shared, tears welled in my eyes and in my head I said “duh!”.  Why do I try so hard to do it all myself?  It’s not even possible to do it all myself.  I must lean on Him if I expect to get it even close to right.
 
I wanted to share this song with you in case you haven’t heard it.  I hope it brings you comfort and speaks to your worn out heart.  My favorite line is right at the beginning….”I’m tired. I’m worn.  My heart is heavy from the work it takes to keep on breathing.”  Sometimes it seems to take so much work just to draw our next breath.  
Blessings to you and yours this weekend.  Hope to find some time next week to share some fun projects with you!!
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Parenting Is Not For Wimps

I have to tell you, the past couple of weeks have been tough around here.  This parenting gig is kickin my butt.  I feel like for the most part we are doing ok – I mean everyone has food, clean clothes (most of the time), a place to lay their head and plenty of love.  But, when we have weeks like these I find myself stopping and thinking “where have I gone wrong?  I wanted more than ok.”  Which is exactly the conversation my husband and I had at the end of a very emotionally exhausting day yesterday.  And we came to a couple of conclusions.  You can find his interpretation here.  I love that are minds work as one.  🙂

We will recover and get things back on track as soon as we are intentional in regrouping and reordering our priorities.  More time together with God, and more time together.  I would not say that our kids individually are over scheduled, but I would say that as a family it is more than challenging to have time together.  With two active teenagers and two active grade schoolers we might have one night together as a family.  This leads to 6 people living separately in the same home.  Ugh!!  Not at all what I had in mind when we agreed on 4 children.  See, I am an only child.  Way before my husband and I got married we talked about family – what was important to us, how many kids we thought we might want etc.  We both said 4 kids, and that is what The Lord blessed with.  But what is going on around here is not what I envisioned.  There is way more tearing down then building up.  I am learning the dynamics of sibling behavior, but I refuse to accept the constant barrage of ugly words and actions.  We have allowed things to stray.

So, we are buckling down, getting on our knees, working on being more diligent to get in The Word together, and working on being better examples of love and grace for our kids.  Can anyone out there relate with any of this?  Have faith, God is right there in the fight.

From our family to yours – some words of encouragement from God’s Word: 

He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken  Psalms 62:6 (NASB)

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  Psalms 18:2 (NASB)

 

Be to me a rock of habitation to which I may continually come; You have given commandment to save me, For You are my rock and my fortress.  Psalms 71:3 (NASB)
Then the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;  Exodus 33:21 (NASB)
“You neglected the Rock who begot you, And forgot the God who gave you birth.  Deuteronomy 32:18 (NASB)
Incline Your ear to me, rescue me quickly; Be to me a rock of strength, A stronghold to save me.  Psalms 31:2 (NASB)
Blessed be the LORD, my rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle;  Psalms 144:1 (NASB)
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.  Psalms 40:2 (NASB)
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.  Matthew 7:24-25 (NASB)
Father God, let us be those who and act and be like the wise man who built his house on The Rock.  
 

 

 

 

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Friday Thoughts

Let me just say that this week has been a little crazy!!  And, today as it comes to an end I’m having some thoughts.  

Satan is real, and working against us everyday.  Yes, I can say I had a few days this week when I felt like I was face to face with him.  

God is bigger and we have victory through Jesus!!  Amen and amen!!  I won each time 🙂

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  The small stuff is what will get you hung up in a rut, e.v.e.r.y.t.i.m.e.

You cannot make everyone happy.  No matter how hard you try.  It’s just not possible.  For fellow people pleasers like myself.  This truth is really difficult to take.  But I dare you to grab on and hold on tight and see what freedom and peace you receive.  The One you should aim to please is The Master.

My kids are getting older right before my eyes.  They are able to do things that they couldn’t do before.  They are so much more independent then they used to be.  They just don’t need me as much.  I really thought I would welcome this, but as they pull away more I find myself running after them saying, “wait, let me…”

Time moves so quickly and I don’t want to waste an ounce of it by 

  • fighting a fight that has already been won (you know against that satan guy).
  • worrying about the little things (God is into the details and He will take care of it).
  • trying to please everyone (just not possible people, I speak truth and you know it).
  • making a mental recording of every inch of my children (I want to hold onto this time and these memories forever).
Excited for a long weekend, hoping to get some stuff done, and spend some quality time with those not-so-little guys.  
 
Blessings to you and yours!!




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