Friday, January 31, 2014

Our Fridays and Saturdays happen to fall on Tuesdays!

Our days of the week are not the same as the majority, but we sure do make the most of them! My hubby's typical days off are Monday/Tuesdays so those are our family days. The plus to these days off is we go places and the places won't be busy or often time have places all to ourselves. This week we went to Clarksville to go to Target, yes I love some Target and that is the closest store for us. What we didn't realize was there is a mall and all these choices to eat at! There was barely anyone there on the day we went. Then we chose to go for a little drive touring a little more of the Tennessee area and went to Paris and decided to go bowling, again it was like having the place to ourselves. We treasure our family days we have! What do you enjoy doing on family days?





Lately I have been thanking God for my gifts and the calling He has placed on my life. I am thankful for my calling of being a mom and how God uses my children and marriage to grow me.

Here are some Bible verses and quotes to help in your parenting:

Psalms 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. 
Proverbs 1:8-9 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for your neck. 
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.


1 Timothy 3:4-5 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?)

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than, that one lay down his life for his friends. 
Sally Clarkson says in the book Desperate "Love is the fuel that energizes every type of growth. If you love well, you will influence your children, and your love will cover over many inadequacies."


Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Another quote by Sally Clarkson "I am so very glad that Jesus did not create one box that He wanted all mothers to be stuffed into. Each family has its own puzzle and there is abudant grace and joy in figuring it out through the eample of our loving Savior."
"The process of cultivating our children into excellent, healthy and strong adults requires someone willing to put in hours, days, weeks, months and years of diligence and endurance." Which made me think of the scripture Ecclesiastes 9:10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might." 

Yes I did sign up for this, I am one blessed mama and wouldn't want it any other way, but that doesn't mean there are not days I dream of a vacation...  http://mrsgoresdiary.com/2014/01/09/i-signed-up-for-this/
 
I am 100% called to be a mom, and so I want to walk fully and faithfully into my calling. See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2014/01/the-hidden-years/ Also be sure to check out her book Desperate, it is a read for all of us moms. I am blessed to be apart of her focus group for her upcoming book. Here is one quote from the book Desperate that she said that resonates with me "Don't neglect to see the beauty of the life around you while being overwhelmed by the duties of life" She is saying we are to rejoice and be thankful in all things, but I do fail at that sometimes because I get overwhelmed or burned out doing those mundane things. However, God wants us to enjoy life and we are to rejoice and be thankful. Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord had made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
I am 100% called to be a mom, and so I want to walk fully and faithfully into my calling. - See more at: http://sarahmae.com/2014/01/the-hidden-years/#sthash.4R9lQ1vo.dpuf

One last share for my readers. I love for you to check out my dear friends blog, she has a love for the Lord and glorying HIM in all she does. She is also our fearless Bible study facilitator for our moms group and she is teaching a Sunday night class called Wake Up Oh Sleeper. If you can't make the class you can read about the lesson on her blog http://michellehawkins2003.wordpress.com/
If you like more information about our mom group~Moms Connect, contact me. 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Box

This just proves that you do not need to spend money buying toys. Yes really your kids will spend hours playing with a box, we designed one into a garage with parking yesterday, nothing fancy. However our next one will be! It was a fun project to do together and they played for hours with it and first thing this morning Aidan got it out. Another great thing, you can turn it upside and put your cars in it for storage!


It really is the simple things!!!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Sharing

A few things I like to share to those stopping by:

I am part of a focus group for a book that will be released later this year called Life By Choice by a christian author. This week we were challenged to answer the following three questions:
1. Are you satisfied with the whole of your life?
2. What greatest prayers/hopes came true?
3. What would you change?
This was really thought provoking, great way to see God at work in my life, and I think a wonderful way to examine your life, which may lead to possible changes you like to make for your future. I can't wait to share more with you.

I finished reading Desparate~Hope for the weary mom. By Sally Clarkson and Sarah Mae. I have so many things to share, this week I will share a few of those:
Sally Clarkson writes "Going at it alone is, without a doubt, one of the most common and effective strategies that satan uses to discourage moms. A woman alone in her home eventually wears down and becomes a perfect target for satan to discourage. Some women have journeyed alone for so long they are not even aware of their urgent need for mentors, friends, peers, and fellowship." 
-we live in an isolationist culture
-we are made for relationships
-God designed families
I couldn't agree more with her, why I am so thankful that a few years ago a mom invited me to MOPS and why I started a moms group in our community.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)
Two are better than one,
    because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
    one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
    and has no one to help them up.

Sally writes "God calls each of us to seek Him, to look for His wisdom and to follow where He calls us by faith, and it will be a different story for each family, marriage, and individual mom and dad. To walk that uncertain line, we must trust that God will be faithful to lead and guide us." "Be yourself, be the best and most excellent and most righteous self you can be but live in the freedom of God's call and design for your life."
Again yes, we must trust HIM and develop discernment. The world we live in is full of evil and we are not of this world, actually thankful for that!
Hebrews 7:19 since the Law made nothing perfect, and a better hope is presented, by which we approach God.

Here are a couple quotes from our book No More Perfect Moms by Jill Savage that we are reading in our moms group.
"It may not be well with my circumstances, but it is well with my soul."
 God does not change.

"The way to "happy " is holiness." 
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

This is so worth sharing, especially for new moms. I enjoyed reading through it, can so relate to many of them, some great advice. But remember it is only advice. http://lisajobaker.com/2014/01/50-tips-for-new-moms-as-shared-by-you/

This was a good devotion I read this week  If you want things to be different, you’ve got to do things differently. http://proverbs31.org/devotions/devo/things-have-got-to-be-different-this-year/

These are just a few things that God shared with me this week. What did God share with you?


Friday, January 17, 2014

Friday Snow Day?

Friday Snow Day!! Well not us, but our neighbors!!
Woke up this morning to school being cancelled, so I looked outside and there was nothing. But just a few miles north of us got ice and snow, so that explained it.  Either way I don't care, we got to stay in our pj's a little longer!! Though I do have to admit I was looking forward to doing my grocery shopping with just one child this morning. We finished our shopping, took a little longer then normally would but we survived. On another note, my mouth is a bit sore from yesterday still and I am getting use to my new diet with braces! This just reminds me of all the things I am thankful for!!

1 Thessalonians 5:18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

I have been feeling tired a lot lately, maybe my age is starting to catch up to me, maybe being cooped up inside too much because of cold weather, or maybe it is that my son is an early bird, earlier then me! Whatever it is, it has been a teaching moment, God has been teaching me about His love and joy!!

1 Peter 1:8-9 NIV  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

John 15:11-15 MSG “I’ve told you these things for a purpose: that my joy might be your joy, and your joy wholly mature. This is my command: Love one another the way I loved you. This is the very best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends. You are my friends when you do the things I command you. I’m no longer calling you servants because servants don’t understand what their master is thinking and planning. No, I’ve named you friends because I’ve let you in on everything I’ve heard from the Father.

 



"I love that you remember to dance in the rain.
Maybe not every day.
Maybe not today.
But tomorrow. Yes.
Definitely tomorrow."
 

"Love is the most powerful weapon in this world. And it’s the only one that heals instead of wounds." - See more at: http://www.incourage.me/2014/01/when-you-want-to-change-the-world-but-dont-know-how.html



I love that you remember to dance in the rain.
Maybe not every day.
Maybe not today.
But tomorrow. Yes.
Definitely tomorrow.
- See more at: http://lisajobaker.com/2014/01/a-love-letter-to-all-the-tired-mamas-everywhere/#sthash.bM9HR6nS.dpuf

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Toy Box

I am so blessed to have a hubby who is very handy with tools, fixing things, and making things! I told him Aidan needs a toy box for his tractors and trucks because they are just all over in his room piled up in a corner. So hubby came to the rescue and made a toy box Aidan would love! It is in the John Deere theme of course. All of us had a hand in making it, with my husband doing the majority of the work. Proud wife showing off her husband's work!!


Aidan loves it so much he cleaned up his room and put everything in the toy box!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Love~Living Beyond Yourself

Love is the best message to give and way to live!
Sow love, reap love, and it will be a blessing in return!

Galatians 6: 7-9 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Jesus lived this heart of service life, even to His death. Jesus was patient, gave grace, loved all, served with a servant heart! Now I know it isn't always easy to love everyone, I can be selfish and judgmental at times, but if we have Jesus in our hearts He will help us, all we need to do is ask. Sometimes the moment before serving or helping someone I will have fears set in or my mind tell me what ifs...we have to overcome those and hear the voice of God tell us what to do. God does not give us fears, He gives us grace, fills our needs, and loves us more then I can wrap my mind around.

John 15:13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

All we need to do is trust God (He loves us), love people! Love is the most important commandment! Love is what fuels us! What is the best thing about this? It is not money or things, love can't be brought...it is given to us by God freely! 

Here is some simple/easy ways to share love..."None of these things require you to spend money. None of these things really require much more than a few minutes. But these 6 actions can provide a great gesture to someone in our life."see more at: http://peak313.com/featured/the-right-now-resolution-6-ways-to-share-kindness-on-the-spot/

Heartwarming story, if we all did this, just stopped, paid attention to those in front of us placed by God...http://www.itakejoy.com/a-story-about-life-changing-interruptions/

Let go of the distractions, the worries and trust God to handle them, He already said he will. Keep your focus on Jesus in your everyday living, you will be surprised how many opportunities God presents you with. People in your family, your next door neighbors, driving down the road, grocery shopping, picking up kids at school, at gym, work, etc...

 Sow love, reap love, and it will be a blessing in return!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Vision~choosing how to live

This is for part of a focus group for an upcoming book about choosing how to live, we will be focusing on the areas of : self-discipline, health, mothering, living a deeper Christian life, being true to how God made me, and living beyond myself. I can't wait to share more with y'all! 

First challenge is to create a vision board, something I have never done and since I haven't scrap-booked in years and don't have what I need to make a board I am using pinterest and my blog to create it. In my journal I have wrote more details about each area, but these are the verses I chose for each area.

I already have a focus verse that I posted about a couple weeks ago...
My heart desires a deeper relationship with the Lord and I know with that only goodness can flow from it! I want to glorify God in all I do; as a wife, parent, being a friend, serving in ministry, yoga, grocery shopping, just every day living, etc... Now I know that I won't always get it right, thank God for His grace! 
John Piper says it perfectly "When Jesus becomes greater in the world and I become lesser in the world, my joy increases. And when this is the purpose and plan of Jesus himself, it is not egomania. It’s love."

FOCUS VERSE
He must become greater; I must become less. - John 3:30 NIV This is the Message version: This is the assigned moment for Him to move into the center, while I slip off to the sidelines. and KJV He must increase, but I must  decrease.

SELF-DISPLINE


                                                       YOUR GIFTS/PERSONALITY

                                                                         HEALTH
                                                         LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF
                                                                   MOTHERING
 

                                                                  SELF-DISPLINE

 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Love

 He must increase, but I must decrease.~John 3:30
Because I don't have it all together, I am not perfect, I keep my focus on God! 
I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.~ Philippians 3:13-14 (MSG)


I like this quote about how much God loves us!
"Take your human feelings, multiply them exponentially into infinity, and you will have a hint of the love of God revealed by and in Jesus Christ...God is loving us-you and me-this moment, just as we are and not as we should be"~Brennan Manning

This song: How He Loves~David Crowder
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCunuL58odQ


Regardless if you mess up, God always loves you!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Books

Most of you know I love reading books.
This is my stack of books (in middle of shelf)  I need to read, plus I have a couple dozen on my kindle. I love to get through all these this year, but that would mean reading a book in a week or two, which isn't possible for me, as I tend to reread parts of a book, take notes and journal about what speaks to me. I am also finishing up two books right now and we will start a new book for our Wednesday night class.


On my Kindle:
Fight: A Christian Case for Non-Violence
To Live Is Christ
The Case for Faith: A Journalist Investigates the Toughest Objections to Christianity
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe
Deeper: Living in the Reality of God's Love
The Heaven Answer Book
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess
Relentless Love: Unfolding God's Passion, Presence, & Glory
Scripture Prayers For a Beautiful Life
Plus a few dozen more, but these are my priority list. 


Last month I finished up reading Beyond Ordinary http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Ordinary-When-Marriage-Enough/dp/1414372272 . This is one of the books I got free on my kindle, so I thought why not read it. After reading it, I would recommend the book to anyone getting married or currently married no matter if you are happily married or not. I wrote four pages of notes from it. Having been married and divorced and now happily married, though we have had a couple not so happy times, but we overcame those times and it strengthened our marriage and has made it what it is today, and I am so thankful. I learned a lot from those not so happy moments, has made me a better person and I can now use what I learned to help others. Here are some notes from the book:

This book made me look at marriage differently. You should look at your marriage as a covenant, not a contract, which maybe the reason the divorce rate is so high. Contracts expire, can be renegotiated, have contingencies/stipulations. A Covenant lasts forever, it is a promise, holy, without conditions. 
Quote from the book:
"Extraordinary flows from covenant, ordinary from contract. Ordinary isn't something we choose, it's something that happens by not choosing extraordinary."

So many people are always looking for the next best thing, when that doesn't exists. God is the only one that can fill our hearts desire (Psalm 37:5-7).
We should be thinking and choosing what is best for my spouse and marriage, not what I want, deserve, what is owed to me. LOVE IS: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 Quote from the book:
"One thing I know is that you can't be selfish and have an extraordinary marriage. Marriage isn't designed for selfish people." Live is self-sacrificing and keeps no records of being wronged. (1 Corinthians 13:5)
Quote from the book:
"In your relationship with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus. Jesus didn't just intend to be a servant, he chose to be a servant, He chose to put others (us) ahead of himself, even when this choice was painful for Him." (reference to Luke 22:41-44)

This book also talks about brokeness and forgiveness. At one time or another we have all been a broken mess and need forgiveness or need to give it. During my struggles those are the times I lean into God the most. "Beauty found on the narrow path of brokenness." 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
Which made me think of this song  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TATJev3l0Y4
Better Than A Hallelujah~Amy Grant
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a hallelujah

"Forgiveness is a process but trust is a prized possession." "Forgiveness is a gift that flows from grace."
This is so helpful for any relationship, as forgiveness doesn't always come easily. God gives us all grace, so we need to do the same also. If you are like me, I have struggled with trust, I tend to protect my heart, but now that I am getting older, it gets easier, maybe because I don't let what others say or do bother me as much. I feel more free in my thoughts and in my skin. I believe it is my faith which has helped me the most. "Freedom is the love of a Savior who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!" 


I want to share one more book as right now it is on sale, so I want you to be sure to grab it up, it is for us moms! Desperate~Hope for the Mom who needs to breathe http://www.amazon.com/Desperate-Hope-Mom-Needs-Breathe-ebook/dp/B008GVZ0FK/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid= I got this book a year or so ago, with intentions of reading it right away, but I set it aside, something with the title didn't resonate with me, as I don't feel desperate. I got the book because I love Sally Clarkson and her books. Well I started reading the book a week ago, and I am about 1/4 way through it. I am kicking myself for not reading it sooner. I have high-lighted a lot so far for us moms to note, but here are just a few things from the book I will share:
The forward of this book was wrote by Ann Voskamp: "My kids don't need to see a supermama. They need to see a mama who needs a Super God. That maybe being the mama I wanted to be wasn't so much about being more but believing more; believing and trsuting more in the God of Hagar and Ruth and Hannah, the God who sees me, who nourishes me, and show hears me and answers me."
OK I know why I didn't read it last year, because it wasn't right timing, but since God has placed it on my heart He must increase, but I must decrease. John 3:30  verse as my focus this year, this all makes sense now! 

"Wisdom is my companion, and leaning into God is my hope." 

"Think biblically for ourselves instead of being enslaved to other people's thoughts and opinions. To truly follow God with everything in our lives we must learn to develop discernment."  

"Walk by faith and obedience be yourselves; be the best and most excellent and most righteous self you can be, but live in the freedom of God's call and design on your life."

"Resolve to walk with my God on the good and the bad days. Resolved to trust in who He says I am, righteous and perfect (2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 10:14)" Did y'all catch that we are righteous and perfect in God's eyes! When I read a verse in a book I like to sometimes look it up in the Bible, especially when God speaks to my heart about it. Then I always read a few verses before and after the verse. I did that last night and the verse before 2 Corinthians 5:20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors... I then read the message version of this passage:
16-20 Because of this decision we don’t evaluate people by what they have or how they look. We looked at the Messiah that way once and got it all wrong, as you know. We certainly don’t look at him that way anymore. Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other. God put the world square with himself through the Messiah, giving the world a fresh start by offering forgiveness of sins. God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he’s already a friend with you.

I love how God speaks to me! I have friends going through struggles right now, that are in my hearts and prayers, I see this as a message for all of us.  

From there I created a list of what I must increase and decrease to keep my focus on Jesus. I will tell you it is a long list!