The Father Comforts … all by Himself

One recent Sunday I so badly wanted someone to know the hardness of what I was talking to God about; the topic will remain unnamed, but I just wanted people to know.

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Holy Week Wednesday

2013-08-15 06.50.41Googling “Holy Week Timeline” is awesome b/c you get a great feed of exactly that.  Jesus.org has a lovely link that includes side-by-side comparisons of day/night cycles of the Jewish culture, with Galilean Jews and our modern cultures day/night cycles.

Wednesday is apparently a ‘silent day’ as there is no record of anything said or done by Jesus.  The site very well states “No record in the Gospels, but much activity {was going on} as Jesus prepares for Last Supper and as Judas and Sanhedrin prepare for Jesus’ arrest”.

A Silent Day.

What would it be like if we spent the day in silent, reflecting on what had already happened that passion week and what was going to happen in the days to come? Maybe you can’t actually be silent all day today, but what if our hearts, minds, thoughts and prayers were all pointed in that direction?

John 16: 13-14 speaks about the Holy Spirit being the “Spirit of Truth”. That “He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak”.  Jesus says the Holy Spirit “will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and disclose it to you”.  Wow.  Is it really that simple?  Us being silent … prayerful … asking … and being reliant upon the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth, revealing Jesus to us?

Join that journey with me today.  One of silent reliance on the Holy Spirit to draw our hearts in to our Father God by revealing what this ‘Silent Day’ must have been like for Jesus amidst the Holy Week.

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos

I just made these this recently and although high in calories, very delicious and easy.  We topped them with queso! Please make these soon and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Jalapeño Popper Chicken Taquitos

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Celebrating

IMG_0912Do you celebrate things at your house?  We try to.  Things big and little — holidays, meeting/reaching goals from potty training to degrees being earned.  We celebrate values and goals all things physical, spiritual and emotional.  It’s a fun way to turn your heart to thanksgiving.  I don’t know about you, but I often remember the bad, hard and negative, but I really have to work at celebrating and marking the good.  Last year we implemented a “Memory Jar”.  For us, it’s as simple as you see here.  I found the idea on Pinterest last year.  As things happen, I jot them down on a sheet of paper and throw it in there.  At church this week talked about how good it is to celebrate; you can take a quick listen here.  I’d love to hear how and what you celebrate on a regular (or not so regular) basis!

Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Last night we had these Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes and they were wonderful!!! I Just had to share the recipe! I got this from a website called: Averie Cooks.  Make them this week! They are perfect for Autumn and they are soooo good!  More

My Feet Hit the Floor All Tingly

Let’s be authentic, okay?  I’ve been battling getting up early this week to meet with Jesus.  It’s not that I don’t want to, because I do, but man, sleep, life worries, laziness, work worries, house duties … it all seemed to get in the way this week.  Yesterday I had a good lunch hour and spent it journaling; I was talking to God about my desires for Him and how I planned to get up early the next day to meet with Him.  Because He’s worth it.  He’s worth waking up early.  He’s worth putting housework off.  He’s worth pushing worries aside to concentrate on Him and my relationship with Him.  Why? Because He controls and sustains all that anyhow.  I’m not in charge of it, He is.  And if I come to Him and surrender it all to Him from the start of my day, it allows me to remember — all day long — that He is in control and will take care of my heart through it all.

I woke up 3 minutes before my alarm today.  That never happens! But it was sweet.  I thought about going back to sleep for 3 minutes, but who was I kidding … I’d never get back up!  So my feet hit the floor, all tingly.  And this song popped into my head: Come Ye Sinners by the Robbie Seay Band.  Listen to it.  Give it it’s 4 minutes and enjoy.  Allow your heart to come to Jesus as you listen.  Receive and be reminded of the truths in this song.  Enjoy Him right now and every moment of today.  I’m in it with you!

Come Ye Sinners Robbie Seay Band

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Welcome to Summer!

photo 1Well, summer is officially here for us. Today was the last day of school for the kiddos.  Nothing could be sweeter to them!!!

As a mom, I wanted to do something to make their ‘entry’ into summer a bit special, but I’ve been short on time and creativity lately.  I remember seeing this on Pinterest … I’m sure I even have it pinned somewhere, but it came to mind … it’s easy and doable and I think it will help communicate my excitement for summer to my kiddos!

The green is just poster board that I cut in wavy lines because it’s cute and mostly because I can’t cut a straight line!!! My original thought was to paint it, but I was short on time so I just used one of those big fat black permanent markers. I threw down some candy and sparklers and viola!

 

Here’s how my children responded when they got home … I’d say they were excited!

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What do you do to celebrate things with your children?

Mango Grilled Chicken

Tonight is a Mango Grilled Chicken sort of night. Our nights here in Austin have been just beautiful lately… We want to spend every moment we can outside. photo-2

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It’s Sunday – Are You Praying For Your Pastor?

photo-2I hate to admit this … it’s very humbling in fact.  And even takes courage on my part to ‘put it out there’.  I was raised in a church that did a GREAT job of teaching me that daily time with Jesus (a ‘quiet time’ as we called it) was vitally important to a growing spiritual life.  I’m so glad I was taught that because it is true.  Sometimes you want to read scripture and pray, sometimes you don’t, but none the less … doing it daily is vital if you want to have a growing relationship with God.  Since I did my best to do that every day of the week, I somehow told myself that Sundays were ‘break’ days.  Since I was about to get up and go to church, I didn’t need to have a quiet time that morning.  No one ever told me to believe that or do that, somehow, I just thought it was okay to skip my quiet time on Sundays because I was going to church that day.

 

THAT IS SOOOOOO NOT TRUE!  Listen to this …  More

A Mommy’s Time With Jesus

So every morning I try to spend time with jesus.  For me, this is just a time of prayer (confession, repentance, surrendering my heart and plans to His will, etc.) and reading scripture.  I have really had some stuff on my heart lately.  I’d been wanting to take some time and ‘get it all out’ in prayer with God.  I do that by journaling.  Here is what my journal was from late last week: (I’ve omitted some details that don’t need to be ‘out there’ just yet!) Still … you’ll get the gist:  More

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