Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Update and Encouragement

My heart has been heavy this week and my mind crazy, that is my fault as I take on too much sometimes, OK a lot of times. Still working on that best yes and overcoming perfectionism. My aunt died this week unexpectedly and it sucks to live thousands of miles from family sometimes. This is life, it is always changing, and this world we live in can be full of darkness, but I do my best not to get sucked into it. I am thankful for Jesus who overcame the darkness for us so we can live in JOY and be shining light of Him. God is always good, and will use these situations for good. All I need to do is trust and have faith, which can be hard sometimes to let go off, with my I can do it all attitude! God is the only one who has it all under-control, none of us do, He has gone before us. Which really brings me peace, because I can rest in that. This week was MOM Group and we had a some things come up where one would think it would end in disaster, but God has shown me again and again, that He always provides the needs, so for once I didn't panic! Hallelujah!! Our MOM Group had a blessed time of encouragement from one another, because sometimes the journey is rough, and that is why we need each other!! Matthew 18:20 Jesus said "For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them."

I am just a couple days away from completing 30 Day Shred workout with the lovely Jillian Michaels, she is tough and yes that is my sarcasm, because I love doing it, not really, just thankful I can! It hasn't been easy staying on track with it, some days I love to just do something easy, however this workout gets my heart rate up and builds strength, which I didn't realize I was lacking so much of but I was, now pushups and squats are not so challenging anymore. So yes, it does pay off!!  My tip, don't give up, make a new habit, be dedicated, find your why for doing it and you too can do it!! Also find something you like to do for exercise, I really don't like the workout, but it is only 20 minutes!

This week we finished week 21 of school, science has been interesting as we have been learning about the body, how it works, and the senses. We also have been reading some great books: Twenty and Ten, Johnny Appleseed, Little House, and Chance of Meatballs. Spelling words are getting tougher, but she likes the challenge. Since the weather was so beautiful this week, Abigail got back to horse lessons. She has so much more confidence on the horse now! We are looking into adding in piano lessons soon!

We also decided to put up our Valentine's tree! I love Valentine's one of my favorite holidays, because I love what it represents, LOVE!!  1 John 4:19 We love each other because He loved us first.

Here are some snapshots of the week:
Art project using shapes we see, she used the neighbors house.

Horse lessons

Flowers from neighbors, so thoughtful! Great example of love your neighbor, y'all!! :)

Our Valentine tree!

Weekly encouragement, be sure to check out the links, good reads....

Without perspective our lives can start running us.

To dance, sing, laugh uncontrollably, to love deeply, to drink from the pleasure of life He has allowed, even in the midst of the fallen places-this is to know Him and His presence every day.

"[Jesus] was busy, but never in a way that made Him frantic, anxious, irritable, proud, envious, or distracted by lesser things... Jesus knew the difference between urgent and important. He understood that all the good things He could do were not necessarily the things He ought to do."

Are you living a life of purpose? Or are you floundering, about to sink? Most likely you're somewhere in between.

With Jesus, we’re already and always Wonder Women {although I think I’ll swap the superhero suit for yoga pants — you too?}.

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