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?

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The Palm of my Hand

I recently had a kitchen accident that required a visit to Care Now for five stitches on the palm of my left hand. So now, every time I glance at my palm I see  the new scar.  In time it will fade, but I was recently reminded of how God’s love for me will never fade.  When I look at my palm, I am reminded of a painful experience, but I like to think when Jesus looks at His palms, He not only sees pain, He also sees sacrifice and love…the sacrifice and love He gave to me on the cross.  My sweet daughter recently gave me a wonderful gift as a thank you for keeping her children so she and her husband could get away.  I was delighted that it was More

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?

When Your Child Wakes You Up For The Fourth Time In A Night…

Well, it draws many questions … What is going on?  Did you wet the bed?  Bad Dreams?  Spiritual Warfare?  Too cold?  Do you need another blanket?  Do you have to pee?

It draws many emotions … I’m tired; yay! It’s only midnight, 5-6 more hours of sleeping!; oh, dear goodness, NO … It’s only 2 am.; is it bad to turn on the TV at 3 am and just let him sit there while we sleep?; it’s 4:45 … may as well just get up.

It’s weird.  Sometimes I’m actually angry when kids wake me up a lot at night.  That’s kind of revealing … it shows the selfishness of my heart for just wanting uninterrupted sleep.

The ability to not go back to sleep at 4:45 also shows the condition of my heart around certain circumstances right now.  I was worrying.  “what does she think about me.  I don’t want her to think I’m that kind of person, etc.”.  It makes me want to go to said person and say certain things … reiterate things just to make sure she knows I’m not that kind of person.  Control was creeping up.   More

31 Days: Let’s Just be Honest Day 30: Acknowledgement

Acknowledgement.  Do you know what it means?

acceptance of the truth or existence of something; the action of expressing or displaying gratitude or appreciation for something

Do you know Jesus as your personal Savior?  If you do, the very first time you met Him you submitted your life to Him.  To His rule, His reign, His Lordship, His supremacy, His power, His authority.  Sounds heavy, doesn’t it?  When it happens though, it’s freeing.  It’s usually a culmination of realization that you cannot handle this life on your own, your ways aren’t working, nor should they because you have no authority over this life.  Your eyes and heart have been opened by the power of the Holy Spirit to reveal all truth to you (John 16:13); The Truth is: you need saving.  You need Jesus to wash all your sin away and bring you back into a right relationship with God.  And you submit your life to that.  To Him. Trusting that what He did by dying for you on the Cross will do just that.

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Acknowledgement is doing a form of that every day in prayer.   More

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 25: How To Know Truth

So how do you know truth? How do you know what’s right and what’s wrong … what to do and what not to do?  Well, Let’s just be honest: I know the answer to this one!!!   More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 14: Influence

Unfortunately, I’m not a writer by nature.  The only thing I am by nature is a sinner.  100% tried and true sinner.  The only thing I am by the work of the Holy Spirit is redeemed.  Totally, supernaturally, a completely different person.  Just because I’m not a writer, doesn’t mean I do not like to write or want to blog.  I enjoy it.  Sometimes I wonder why I do it, ya know, besides because I just enjoy it.  God reminded me the other day that it’s because He might just use this in someone else’s life.  That’s my hope and prayer.  That whatever I do is being used by God to influence other people towards Him.

Why do you do what you do? More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 13: Worship

Today is Sunday.  It’s a day of corporate worship.  Where we gather together in churches all across the world and worship God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in Spirit and Truth.

At least I hope that’s what today is for you.   More

31 Days: Let’s Just Be Honest Day 9: I’m Already Googling 3rd Grade Math

Let’s Just Be Honest: I just had to google my child’s 3rd grade math homework.  I’m sorry.  I don’t remember what the properties of addition are.  They are 4 fold.  Thanks to AAAMath.com, I’ve now learned something new.

This does make me wonder.  If she doesn’t know this stuff and I can’t remember, how is she going to remember when she has to take these crazy state tests at the end of the year?  What if she doesn’t remember this stuff?  Do I need to start making flash cards that we go over like every so often throughout the year until those tests come so she doesn’t forget?!?!?!? This is the cycle of crazy that just went round and round on the hamster wheel in my brain.  AGH!!! More

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