Monday, February 23, 2015

Him, and not the world...


Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in world- the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions- is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 
~1 John 2:15-17

Food and nourishment for the soul...
A blessed and happy week to you, keeping our eyes on Him :)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

thankful...rest













Thankful for...

rest, 
snow days & hot chocolate, 
prayers, 
His grace,
encouragement from a friend and our similar seasons, 
lavendar, 
chicken soup from my mama, 
being pat on the head (lop-my love language is touch),
smiles from little ones,
hot showers, 
blog reading, 
glorious sunrises, 
moonlight upon the fresh fallen snow (that is rarely here-amen!),
learning to truly trust my Heavenly Father,
thankful my Father is so patient with me,
my husband (love this guy),
peace,
a whole lot of love,
HIs mercies are new every day...

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 
-Romans 8:35, 37

Sunday, February 8, 2015

rest for the weary...



I love sitting outside. I was recently listening to Edie Wadsworth’s podcast, The Life You Love Manifesto, and at some point she said (I am paraphrasing) how there is a longing in us when we see God’s creation, almost a yearning and thirst. My initial thought was of desperation but I couldn’t wrap my head around that. I feel peaceful when I am sitting here in the mornings before everyone else is up? But then all of the sudden it sunk in- she’s right! Being outside in the mornings listening to the birds, watching the squirrels gather what they need, the gentle breeze and the sound of the leaves fluttering or seeing the sunset (simply just from the backyard) with its glorious and rich colors not made by anything but the hand of God, it is overwhelming! There is a glorious richness of peace that blankets you as you take in just a sliver of His glory. There is an awesomeness that can’t be put into words.

Life is fast and hectic: laundry, bills, dishes, meals, school, quality time…There is so much to do and it too can be overwhelming, but not in the same sense. Taking the time to rest in God’s presence in quiet is a need. It is a time to recharge, to be loved on by the Father…it is a gift to us. When we can rest in His presence, we are then refueled to do what we need to.

Yesterday I was almost to my breaking point. Tired, empty, overly emotional, stressed by a to do list and for me it is in those times that the enemy likes to remind me of my own ugliness and distort truth into the world’s lies. I can’t explain it any other way. And in these moments I must cling even more tightly to my Father (one of the huge reasons to memorize scripture!) It’s sink or swim time. There is no reasoning with one’s self, simply prayer, His Word, praise music…think on that which is lovely (Him!)

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
~Philippians 4:8-9


God is so faithful. He, as always, met me where I was. Yesterday became better, nothing physically changed and I still had everything to do, but my heart and mind were put at rest and I didn’t crawl into the bed and hide. And this morning I am sitting in the backyard (nothing special or grand by any means) with a mug of coffee and having the sweetest moment, reading one of my favorite devotionals, Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest and taking the time to write this. To God always be the glory.

Running this marathon of life with the Father (and remembering I need to rest with Him along the way) that I may press on towards the goal. If I am empty I have nothing to give but my own self, which isn’t pretty. If I am full in Christ, He can use me to love and serve others in His love, a humbling truth…and gift.


 How are you doing?

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

~Philippians 1:14-16 ESV

Friday, February 6, 2015

"I've got this"


Reading here this morning...
...how I am feeling right now. Not in a bad way, just tired. My plate is full, the soup bowl is sloshing around and I am feeling pulled in so many directions. I am a tired mama...but I keep going because He gives me the strength to. I am so very thankful for the husband and children God has blessed me with, the opportunities He has allowed us and the favor He showed us yesterday in such a mighty way. A nudge and hug to say, "Keep going, I've got this, I am with you."
One step at a time, praising Him through it.

"Take no thought for your life" ~ Matthew 6:25
"Be careful about this one thing only," says our Lord, "your relationship to Me." Common sense shouts loud and says, "That is absurd, I must consider how I am going to live, I must consider what I am going to eat and drink." Jesus says you must not...Jesus Christ knows our circumstances better than we do, and He says we must not think about these things so as to make them the one concern of our life.
~Oswald Chambers

Saturday, January 31, 2015

sweet to the soul...



photo by our 5 year old :)
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
Psalm 86:5 ESV

Finding joy in the little things, resting in His care, thankful for His provisions (both physically and spiritually) and knowing we are the apple of His eye. May His Word be the apple of our eyes.
(Deut 32:10, Psalm 17:8, Prov 7:2).

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Praise!

 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. 
~Job 2:10

When we don't have answers to our whys...






Let the righteous one rejoice in the Lord
    and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult!
~Psalm 64:10

we continue to praise Him... 

Thanking God for who He is, despite struggles, knowing He is unchanging and His love is sufficient
... and that our struggles are minor in the grand scheme of things.

Praise the Lord for His unending mercies.
My heart will rejoice :)

Monday, January 5, 2015

Organization and...The Power of Moms


(buttons from google images)

Have you heard of the Power of Moms? After Christmas was winding down I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a free webinar with a happy looking lady at a desk. Needless to say I thought how lovely that would be to learn about organizing and have some quiet time to glean something new. Oh my goodness, can I tell you this was an answer to prayer! The webinar was so well done and honest and easy to follow. Although the ultimate part of the organizing part of the program does have a very reasonable cost, April Perry doesn't just sell you something on the webinar. She actually gives you information that you can take and implement for free! Everything beyond that is a wonderful bonus, learning opportunity and community gathering. There is an eCourse available and a Moms Premium subscription. In addition, the website is full of not only organizing help and instruction, but also encouragement and other topics (kids, life, support...).

I so highly recommend this! I have the precious opportunity to take the Mom eCourse so I will be posting pictures of my (gasp...please don't judge! ;) ) piles and the transformations, not just of the piles, but also our organizing system. Being a wife, full-time student and mama of five and hubby and I running our own business...oh what a blessing this would (and will) be!

What a gift for others to share their talents to help others. God created the body of believers to support and encourage one another. The Power of Moms has brought together a team of women (families truly) to use their talents to help others and also as a means of support while still being able to care for their families.

Happy and blessed week to you as the kiddos start back to school. As our sermon at church yesterday emphasized...FOCUS. Focusing on Christ, being intentional, and the rest will all fall into place.

"3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members,[e]and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[f] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."- Romans 12:3-8

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