Wednesday, June 20, 2018

His Plans > My Plans

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. -Jeremiah 29:11

    I was talking to a Mom the other day about our kids, and it really opened my heart to a way of thinking.  Today, in my devotion I read something that really reflected in my heart upon that conversation.  Author Carol Kuykendall says that letting go of our kids is a heart attitude that begins at birth.  It begins with recognizing that children are a gift from God- and that they are merely loaned to parents for upbringing and nurturing in the Lord.  The process continues with a daily choice to relinquish a child to God's care, Gods instruction, and Gods control. 
   What does this mean to you?
   To me, it rings true with the bible verse I mentioned above.  For I (God) know the plans I have for you.  God knows.  That's really hard for us, as parents, to accept that someone besides us knows what is best for our children. 
   We live in a world that likes to tell us exactly what is best for our children.  It tells us that they should get a certain education.  That they should be as socialized as the world dictates.  That they should be involved in every sport that we can get them into.  That they should look, act and dress a certain way that means they are successful.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Diary of a Weight Loss Journey: Allowing God to be a part of your story

   I've been reading an Oswald Chambers devotion, "My Utmost for his Highest", and I've loved it.  Yesterday's devotion really spoke to my heart, and rang about something that's been on my heart and mind so much lately, so I really needed to share it on here!

"Where there is no revelation (Or prophetic vision) the people cast off restraint...." Proverbs 29:18

Saturday, May 19, 2018

My Fun Recipe Book and Meal Planner!

   Hi friends!!!!
    One of my biggest issues has always been meal planning.  I'm just downright no good at it sometimes.  One of my biggest goals is to get better at meal planning.  It has so many advantages across the board.  It keeps you from throwing things together last minute that aren't healthy.  It saves on the grocery budget big time, by keeping in check what you buy and what you don't buy.  It also helps just to keep things from being too chaotic at home.  I've finally found a fun way to keep all of my favorite recipes on hand, and incorporate meal planning into it as well, and wanted to share that with you today!

    First we start with our planner!!!  I personally like disc bound planners because they are so easy to customize!  This is simply the Staples Arc Customizable Notebook System 9 x 6.5.  These are completely customizable!  You can find them at staples, and it comes apart piece by piece.  You can purchase different discs, more pages, different covers...  etc.  They really are fantastic!  I have this one and some of the bigger ones that I keep my study notes in!  If you get really into this planner too, (Like I did, obviously...) you can also even purchase a Staples Arc Desktop Paper Punch.  This helps you to make your own sheets for the planner!  I absolutely love these planners!  You can get some of the things on Amazon, or slip into a Staples store and you can find lots more!  Disc bound planners really are amazing, and you'll see why during this post!

Friday, May 18, 2018

Self-Care, and my favorite Essential Oils!

   I really put myself on the backburner for years.  Years and years.  Honestly, until my husband and I started visiting the doctor when we finally had insurance in January, I really didn't even realize just how much I wasn't caring for myself.  Back in April, I started posting weigh in blogs and started to wonder what it was really like to take care of myself.  I had spent years caring for little ones.  My little ones are not so little anymore..  as a matter of fact, my 'baby' is five years old, and very self-sufficient.  I started to look around and see that I had a few more moments in the day..  and decided I should do something magnificent...  take care of myself!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Creating Peace: The Noise Noise Noise Noise....

And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!

That's one thing he hated! The NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! NOISE! 
-The Grinch

   Indeed, as a Mom of four, my house is quite noisy. But that noise is something that I've grown to love. The laughter, the toys... the songs and music. That is precious noise. I've accustomed to the fact that there will be one day when that noise is silence, and I've grown to love and appreciate it. Yet there's another noise that can invade my peace.. go on and on in my head, drowning out thoughts of peace and absolutely destroying my productivity...
   And lots of that noise comes from one device.
The smartphone.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Seeking Peace, and leaving survival mode

    I sat down to my computer just before 4.  I told myself I was giving myself some "me" time, because I had tried to find some of that time all day long.  I hit the ground running today, as I do many, many days...  because I overslept.  I sit down in front of my computer, in front of my blog...  and I long for just a moment. 
   As I sit here, needlessly I see something that needs to be returned to the kitchen.  As I walk into the kitchen, I realize that the island is a mess, and the floor needs to be mopped.  After those things are finished I feel guilt that the hallway has not been swept, the shoes have not been organized in the shoe basket, and somehow the living room is a mess- again! 
   And now it's 5:18.  Just long enough to pen down a few words before I have to cook dinner.
     Where did my me time run away too?
    I fall into bed at night, exhausted, and my house is a disaster- and I think, have I done anything all day long besides clean
    Running..  cleaning...  never taking time for yourself....  It can only lead to one thing.
   Total and complete...
   And we are there! 
     Is anyone else there with me??

    What is your story?  Why did you click on this to read?  I'm assuming because you, also are seeking peace in your life.  Perhaps your life is a lot like mine...  four kiddos, homeschooling, lots of noise and things to clean.  Piles of laundry and sinks full of dishes and papers upon papers upon papers to grade.  Perhaps your story is a little different?  Perhaps you're a working Mom who comes home to a messy house and lots of homework and bath times and for the love.. another fundraiser?  Or perhaps you're even in a stage of life that doesn't include raising sweet little ones but you're dealing with lots and lots of noise going on in your life- lots of business, calls from the outside, and just- so much noise, so much busy! 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Somewhere only we know...

I walked across an empty land
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand

I felt the earth beneath my feet
Sat by the river, and it made me complete
Oh, simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old, and I need something to rely on