Not Today Satan {Tips For Keeping the JOY in Christmas}

Yes, I know that’s kind of a heavy title for a Tuesday right?? Well, sometimes I just feel led to share my feelings and my story. Just in case someone else out there is struggling with something similar. So….if you stopped by hoping to see some pretty Christmas decor then scroll on through and enjoy the pictures that I added just for you. Really, it won’t hurt my feelings at all.¬† ūüėȬ† But, if the holidays have got you feeling like you’re at the end of your rope, then maybe some of these words will be helpful.

JOY for the Christmas season

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September 2017 In Review

Hey there! So two things. One – I had a totally different post planned for you this week, but the cloudy weather changed my plans (very hard to photograph with no natural light). Two – I haven’t done one of these in a while, so I thought it would be good for today!
September 2017 in review at frazzled JOY
Fall is finally here and I am so glad!! Along with the rain with had this week came cooler temperatures. Yay for sweater and boots! How is it possible though that September is mostly gone?? I swear, the older I get the faster time flies by.
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Tip For Baseball Moms

This post is a little random.  But, as I was doing this laborious, but somewhat rewarding. chore the other day I thought maybe this might be a useful post for someone out there so here ya go.  I have been doing a lot of this lately.
my boy playing baseball
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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. ¬†ūüôā

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 Рwhat 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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