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

Clean Ten-A Saving Grace for Parenting

Have I told you about Clean 10?  I got the idea years ago from a random blog I read once.  Maybe I found it on Pinterest? I really have no idea.  I would give credit where credit is due, but I really can’t remember where I learned about it! I do know I tried it once, shortly after reading about it and it revolutionized the fighting, whining, crying, awful-ness that A.L.W.A.Y.S. comes after telling my children that it is time for them to clean their rooms.   More

What Do You Do In The Morning?

Besides just trying to wake up and get out of bed, there are things I’m trying to do in the morning. One of those things is to focus my heart. It’s not that something weird happens when I sleep and I go all crazy, but that I just need re-focusing, on what matters, daily. So, what is it that matters? Let me tell you…

1. My heart and where it’s at with God. I need to read truth–scripture–to train my mind to believe all things true and think like that instead of thinking all the other crazy thinks my mind tends towards!!!

Honestly, that’s the only thing I really try to make sure happens. All other patterns of thinking stem from that and all other necessities {or perceived ones, like coffee:) } will happen automatically.

What are you trying to get done in the morning? Are you trying to refocus your heart on what’s important? How do you do that?

Balance-Speaking The Gospel To Yourself Daily

2013-11-21 10.21.49Balance. I laugh in the face of balance. And then I kind of start to whimper, and then I kind of start to cry, because I realize… well at least this morning… I feel like I have no balance. Not the kind of balance where it’s like “whoa, I’m going to fall”, but the kind of balance to wear everything in your house and your home and with your life is working in good order and all is okay. Did not feel like that this morning.

I’m on day three of the new job that, by the way, is a great and wonderful. But just the transition to something different like this is hard. I’m trying to get not only the kids to school on time but also have myself ready and walking out the door so that as soon as I drop them off I can go straight to work. That’s kind of hard.

So on the way to work, when I started to feel the tension rising, I tried to remind myself of the Gospel. I tried to speak truth into my own heart and my own mind to combat the lack of balance I was feeling. I reminded myself of God’s goodness and grace to always care for me in every situation I’m in. I reminded myself of Matthew 6, where Jesus is talking about the lilies of the field, and how God knows every detail of their life and their beauty. I was able to remind myself that He knows and feels the same for me. That He knows how I feel that He knows what I’m going through; that He ordained what I’m going through; that He is with me in this, and that He is for me in this.

In those moments, I was able to verbally reiterate, through prayer, my faith and trust in Him as my Lord and Savior & as the one to whom I commit my life too.

Guys, this is living out the gospel every day. This is speaking the gospel to yourself. This is speaking truth to yourself. This is what I have to do all the time all day long. It’s amazing how my heart and my mind wander so quickly and so easily and I’m not able to focus in on what matters all the time.

So I want to encourage you today, to do the same thing. What are you thinking? What are you doubting? What are you feeling? Are you talking to Jesus about those things? Are you looking in Scripture to find help for where you’re at? These are the things you’ve got to do on a daily regular basis to have our hearts right before him all the time.

Will you do this with me?

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 29: Pumpkins & Messiness!!

We carved Pumpkins today! It was great.

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31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 27: I Dropped The Ball

Let’s Just Be Honest: I dropped the ball.  I’ve been doing it a lot lately, but mostly with myself and family stuff around the house.  It’s not yet to the point where it’s affecting that many other people besides me and my husband.  More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 12: Friends

We all need friends.  Let’s just be honest: I love friends.  Friends are fun.  Friends hug you.  I love hugs.  Friends are sweet to you.  Friends listen and give of themselves to you.  Good friends are great.  Do you have good friends?  I’ve been blessed over the years with great ones.  I totally see that.  Yet sometimes, friendship can be complicated.  Friends hurt each other.  I’m at the stage in life where *hopefully* we’re being hurt unintentionally.  Here are my tips to being a good friend in these older stages of life:
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31 days of Let’s Just Be Honest: Intro

I have a blogger friend that lives in Austin.  I’ve gotten to know a bit over the past few years.  She’s great.  Her name is Jamie Ivey and you should check her out over here at Dreaming Big Dreams.  About a week ago she emailed asking if I wanted to do this 31-day challenge with her where we blog on the same topic for 31 days during the month of October.  The challenge came from NESTING PLACE.  I think this is her fifth year doing it and last year she apparently had 1200 people participating.  I’m actually suppose to have one of those fancy buttons that others put on their website, but I don’t know how to make those.  So I don’t have one.  Do you know how to make one? Can you make one for me ? 🙂 This will be my home page and I’ll have links here daily.

This is a hard challenge for me to do.  It’s blogging on 1 topic for 31 days in a row.  Wow.  Not sure I can do this.  If you follow my blog, you know sometimes I blog weekly, sometimes it’s 6-8 a month and sometimes a whole month comes and goes, in blogging silence!!!  I’ve got a lot going on right now, so I’m hoping a lot will flow and you’ll get to share in the fun, hard and good of it all.

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I Have a Lollygagger In The Family … And It’s Not Me!!!

Do you see this one? …

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She’s much older now, but none the less … she’s my lollygagger.  Here’s the dictionary.com definition of that word:

a person who dawdles or fools around

She takes her time.  She walks slowly, singing or humming as she goes.   More

Jesus, Meet Me in My Mess

There is so much I have to do today.  I have to clean the house for bible study tonight.  Vacuum … mop … sweep … bathrooms … dust … I’ve got to get everyone ready … do breakfast … intervene fights … take care of the dog … welcome play date guests … intervene play date fights.  Oh, our guests will be here in two days and the guest room/playroom is a mess. I’ve got to finish moving my stuff into there and move all of Tucker’s stuff into his new room.  I’ve got to get groceries this afternoon … in the heat of the day … with tired children.  There’s so much to do.  I feel the tension rising.

{Please join me as I link up today with my friend Jamie Ivey on her blog Dreaming Big Dreams.  You can continue reading the rest of this post over here.}

I feel it in my neck.  The tension creeps up.  My neck and shoulders are tightening.  The kids are bickering.  I can’t get it all done.  I just feel a mess this morning.  Just a mess.  Not just organizationally, but I’m off with the kids … that’s a mess this morning.  I’m off spiritually.  I like to sit and read and pray every morning and that hasn’t happened this week like I’ve wanted it to. .  Jesus meet me in my mess!!!  Help!  I feel like I’m drowning here!

I finally give in and break down and throw out these prayers to heaven hoping they connect …

Jesus, I want you to meet me here.  Be here with me.  Come and take it all and make it right.  Make the house clean; make the errands be done; make the kids stop fighting; make it all go away and be done!

Y’all … this really happened a few days ago.  I’d been just sitting in this place of ‘God where are you?  What are you doing here in my crazy every day mess?!  Why aren’t you coming to make it all go away!? ‘ But then I realized something …

He IS in my mess.  He’s here.  He’s always here.  In the book of Matthew, Jesus is risen and speaking to His disciples and gives them specific commands for when He’s gone, along with some comforting truth.  Here is what He says: 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (bold added)

So I really don’t need to plead for God to be with me in what I’m going through.  He is already here.  He knows what I’m going through.  He actually is allowing a little bit of crazy in my day so that I might lift my eyes and heart to Him and be drawn back to Him in the midst of the crazy.  

Realizing this has been life changing for me.  God is always with us.  Jesus is ALWAYS there to meet our every need.  His death, burial and resurrection were given to us so that we might secure our eternal whereabouts, but also so that He might meet our every need here on earth. 

How do you reconnect to God during the crazy? 

I’ve found that once I recognize I’m in the midst of something overwhelming – whether emotionally, spiritually or just circumstantially – then I need to stop.  Just stop.  Stop and pray, acknowledging to Jesus that I’m in over my head and that I need Him to help me right here, right now.  I get really specific about what I’d like for Him to do in the moment and then I just surrender it all to Him and His will, knowing that He is going to do a far better job taking care of me than I ever will. This always comforts me in those moments:

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

Jeremiah 29:11

So I challenge you today to acknowledge the crazy that’s around you.  Take it to Jesus in prayer and allow Him to work it out through you.  Sit in the comfort and peace that His plans for you are full of welfare, future and hope.  I’ll be doing that with you today … let me know, below, how it goes.

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