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Truth

It has been a long, long time since I actually made a blog post, but as I have began to journey in a new Bible Study, I couldn’t help but write a tidbit about TRUTH, God’s TRUTH, His Word.

In John 18:37, Jesus told Pilate that He was “born . . . to testify the truth.”

So were we!!

My whole reason for being should be to be like Christ, to testify the truth of His Word, to share His love with others.

Jesus knew the truth inside and out – this should be the desire of my heart. And, not only did He know the truth, He was willing to give His life for the truth.

There are going to be times that I am ridiculed for the truth. There are going to be times when my parenting style is going to be ridiculed as I seek to lead them in truth, but if Christ was willing to die for the truth, surely I can take a bit of ridicule and wonder from others.

Often, it’s hard to truly in our heart of hearts believe that God’s Word applies to us all the time every day when it was written years and years ago, but God’s Word is enduring through all of the ages!! When I’m in the Word more, I see God’s Word come to life in my day to day life. When I make His Word a priority, I am able to use His Word to guide my every move.

Posted in Proverbs 31 Wife

I Simply Adore Him

I have been so blessed to get to be in a Bible Study with a group of ladies over the past couple of months. It has been refreshing to see them each week, to pray with them and for them and to be encouraged. It has also been a blessing to be challenged in my walk with God as a woman, as a wife and as a mother. I’m looking forward to many more weeks with them and the lifelong friendships that we are investing into each week. I encourage you ladies to get involved with a group of ladies that can serve in your life as encouragers, prayer warriors and accountability partners, as well.

God does not intend for us to walk this journey alone.

As I walk this journey with girlfriends, I get an even greater blessing of walking this journey with my husband, I man that I simply adore, a man that I truly admire. But, does he know that I admire him? Do I tell him often enough? Have I even told him that I admire him since I vowed to always admire him in our wedding vows? Through our bible study this past week, I have been challenged to “complete” my husband. As I work on this, one of the challenges has been to share with my husband (and the world) the things that I truly admire about him.

I invite you to join me in this challenge. It has been a great reminder of the reasons why I first fell in love with Nathan. It has reminded me of the reason why God joined the two of us together – we compliment one another. I have been reminded that he is an amazing man. He isn’t perfect, he isn’t like I always want him to be, he frustrates me at times and makes me crazy during other times, but he is my husband, the man that I worked so hard to impress in our dating days, the man that will be by my side for years to come, he is the man I simply adore.

Here’s what I admire about my husband:

  1. He is a hard worker. He continually amazes me with the ease in which he does his job. He amazes me that he will work for hours to make our yard look great no matter how tired or busy he is.
  2. He is strong. He has survived some really difficult times in his life and can handle difficult times with ease.
  3. He is funny. He makes me laugh.
  4. He is a fun dad. He is the parent that the kids run to for fun times. He would spend every waking moment with them outside because that is what they love. He will take them on golf cart rides and walks around the block. He will play basketball or catch for hours. He will build campfires when it is too hot to sit by a fire because that is what Nate loves.
  5. He values my opinions. Before he makes a decision, he talks with me. He listens to me. He heeds my advice.
  6. He is loyal, trustworthy and dependable. If he says he will do it, he will do it whether it be at home, at work, with friends or family.
  7. He is tender. He has a soft spot in his heart. There is nothing he won’t do for me or our children. He remembers the firsts in our family, he tears up in sweet moments. He cries if his heart is hurting.
  8. He loves Jesus. He serves alongside me.
  9. He has a very generous heart. He is actually much more willing to give than I am.
  10. He supports me. He encourages me. He is my biggest cheerleader.

Please join me in sharing your admiration for your husband. Comment below what you admire most about your husband and share it with him today.

 

 

Posted in My Testimony, Proverbs 31 Wife, The Crazy Life

Has another voice crowded out the voice of God in your life today?

So many things (and people) take our attention away from God. Well, they don’t take our attention, we allow them to take our attention away from constant fellowship with our Father.

Some girlfriends and I are joining together each week for a Bible Study, and this week we have talked a lot about distractions. We have talked a lot about our spiritual need to truly walk with God in every step we take, every breath we breathe, every word we speak.

What is keeping you from spending time talking with God, listening to God and simply just being with God?

I can think of so many things that take up my time, so many things that I allow to take up my time.

Children. Husband. Work. Facebook. Amazon. Television. Email. Shopping. Friends. Family. Housework. Laziness. Silly games. School. Church.

So many of these things are things that are required of me, so how in the world do I get rid of them and replace them with quiet time for just me and my Father?

When I ask myself this question, I am reminded of an amazing lady. My best friend’s mother was and is a lady that juggles so many hats. But, her juggling is different than mine – she juggles as she walks steadily with God. She juggles as she relies on her Father. She juggles as she sings praises, recites scripture and prays from room to room. As she faces the distractions of this world, she is so in tune with God that He does not allow those roles in her life to be distracting, but yet, they are moments that allow for more conversations with God. What a cool way to walk with God!!

Now that I look back at my list of distractions, I can see clearly how I can truly BE with my Father in all situations. The voice of God can be heard in all of those moments . . . if I am listening.

Posted in My Testimony, Proverbs 31 Wife, The Crazy Life

Walk with the King

This week I have been reminded over and over again that we serve a King, the most powerful King, the most amazing King, yet, the most humble King.

And, we are called to walk with Him daily. We are called to be truly devoted to Him in all that we do.

Sometimes, we tend to think that this is an impossible way of life, but a man in the Bible was so devoted to God that he was spared from death.

Enoch was devoted to God.

And when the LORD looked at Enoch’s life, He decided that Enoch’s walk was so good that Enoch needed to skip the pains of death and come on up to heaven. What was his life like? We must be able to learn some things from him.

Genesis 5:21-24

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

21 Enoch lived sixty-five years, and became the father of Methuselah. 22 Then Enoch walked with God three hundred years after he became the father of Methuselah, and he had other sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.

Enoch was a parent of many children, and he still managed to walk with God in such a way that God took him to Heaven early. I’m not positively certain, but I don’t think that God did that with anyone else in the Bible.

I only have 3 children, and I can’t get this whole walking with God thing mastered!

The Hebrew word translated “walk” is הָלַךְ (“halak”). What is amazing about this word is that it describes the way Enoch walked with God. It describes the way Enoch walked as a simple, steady walk with God. Enoch didn’t have lots of highs. He didn’t perform miracles. He was known throughout the land as an evangelist. He was simply a father that walked step by step devoted to his heavenly Father.

We often look for big things to do for God. We look for big moments to receive Him. Instead, let us just walk with Him, devoted to Him, step-by-step.

In the book of Hebrews, we find that God was pleased with Enoch’s simple walk.

What can we learn from Enoch? I’m learning a bit about Enoch through a bible study I’m getting to be a part of right now. This is what I have learned so far:

  1. Walking with God is pleasing God. You want to please God? Walk with Him. Simple, steady, day after day, month after month, year after year. Eliminate the clamor of this world!
  2. Enoch had a testimony because of his walk with God. Enoch’s walk gave him a story he could tell others. Sometimes we glamorize the extreme testimonies (for instance, when a drug addict turns to Jesus) but minimize the powerful testimony of someone who has walked with God all of their life. Let’s celebrate with all of those who are walking with Jesus!
  3. It is possible to please God! Without faith it is impossible to please God, but with faith it is possible.
  4. A person who walks with God will walk with Him during good days and bad days. You know God is always there. A person who walks with God craves a walk with Him, knowing that He rewards those who walk with Him with blessings that are out of this world!
  5. Develop a daily routine of time alone with God. Build this into your daily schedule. It is that important. Read the Bible. Pray. Think. Reflect. Respond.
  6. Walk with God all day long! Pray without ceasing.
  7. Learn to apply the Word of God to your life.
  8. Pray the Word of God. Read the Bible, and turn the Scriptures into a prayer to God. When you are saying God’s Word back to Him as a prayer, you know it pleases Him. And it is best for you.

What an amazing testimony to be able to say that we have had a steady, simple walk with our Father. What a testimony to leave!! I want to be devoted to God.

Posted in The Crazy Life

10 Marriage Tips Every WIFE Needs to Hear

Great advice . . . even if being a great wife isn’t on your list of New Year’s resolutions! This is pretty much a must read.

Eighth Rising Blog

eighthrising.com

There’s a blog post that’s recently gone viral, written by a divorced man featuring some really sound advice about marriage (click here to read it).  I really have to applaud this guy.  It takes guts to stand up and be transparent about your failures.  It’s equally as commendable to stand up and say how you’d do things differently.

One thing that his post is lacking, however, is the female perspective.  After reading his post, I wanted to take some time and write down some things that I’ve learned in the last ten years.  You see – I’m now in my third marriage.  When people learn this fact about me, their reaction is usually pretty awkward.  It’s almost as if they’re waiting for me to be embarrassed by my admission. While going through two divorces was some of the most painful times of my life, I’d only feel ashamed if…

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Posted in Inspiration, My Testimony, Proverbs 31 Wife, The Crazy Life

It’s Time to Slow Down

God has been telling me again and again through His Word that I need to slow down in order to hear His voice, the voice I talked about yesterday morning in my post. Apparently, He really wanted me to slow down today because He kept me home with a sick little girl.

It is in our unhurried moments that we can see and hear clearly. In our unhurried moments, we are able to listen to our spouse and understand him or her more clearly. In our unhurried moments, we don’t lose our temper with our children. In our unhurried moments, we do our best work.

When I think of my unhurried moments, I think of times that my home is cleaner, our dinners are more well-rounded, mornings are smoother, the kids get along better, we have a sense of peace in our family.

When I think of our hurried moments, I have flashbacks of a messy house, laundry piles, take-out food, missed quiet times, raised voices, children bickering, running late, losing my cool.

The unhurried moments bring far more joy than the hurried moments. The same goes in our relationship with God. God desires for us to slow down and spend time with Him, getting to know His Voice.

We need SOLITUDE! We need time alone with God. I find that the only way I will make this time with God is if I make it happen first thing each morning. This is my only time for complete solitude. When I rise early to spend time with God, there is a peace in our home as everyone else sleeps. I get to pray, read and listen to God’s voice all by myself without interruption.

We need this time to recharge. We need this time to read the words that God has given us. It’s only in the Bible that we get direct words from God – this is His Voice.

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THE Voice

We listen to voices all around us. In this world in which we are currently living, we listen to voices from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. We listen to voices through our laptops, our iPads and our iPhones. We listen to friends (and people who aren’t really our friends). We listen to coworkers and bosses. We even listen to our children.

We are influenced by many different words – some lead us to the throne of God, but oh so many lead us away from truly serving our Father.

We listen to ways to be better mothers and wives and friends and workers in this world. But, is the world equipped to advise us in our walk with God? Does the world know the calling that God has placed on our lives? No. No. No.

The voice that we should be listening to is the voice of God. The advice we should be seeking is found in His Holy Word – we can hide it in our hearts, we can dwell on it all day long, but instead we dwell all day long on seeing the latest status update or photo upload. Instead, we compare ourselves to the lady next to us or down the street. We compare our husbands, our children, our homes and our jobs. We even compare our relationship with God.

I write this today to me more than anyone. I write this as a reminder to me to seek only the face of God. He is my Creator. Today, I pray that I will block out the voices of this world and tune in to listen to the voice of my Father. I yearn for an appetite that hungers after God. Let us pray for a passionate love for our Savior.

This is my challenge to myself and to each of you for this week:

Every time we pause from our day to check our social media site, pause instead to seek God’s voice.

If you are reading this, you are probably like me desiring more of God in your life. I leave you with this promise, this awesome promise:

 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8).

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Group Bible Study & Phenomenal Friendships

Some of my greatest friendships have evolved through Bible Study groups. I hold particularly close to my heart a few college girlfriends that allowed me to deepen my relationship with God as they kept me accountable to serve Him. Our friendships today would not be the same without us being in a weekly Bible Study group together. I am certain of it. And, these friendships are the types of friendships that we need most in our lives.

The ladies in our Sunday School class have been talking on and off about starting a new Bible Study together, and I am reminded today that we have got to make this a priority sooner rather than later.

Why is a strong Bible Study group so important?

  1. Ladies praying for one another daily.
  2. Ladies loving one another as Christ first loved us.
  3. A time to be real and honest surrounded with ladies that will keep all of our struggles confidential.
  4. Accountability (when you want it and when you don’t)

What hurts a Bible Study?

  1. Talking too much about things that don’t matter.
  2. Failing to have our quiet time to prep for the study.
  3. Judgmental comments and thoughts

What is essential in a Bible Study group?

  1. A leader that will be praying for the ladies every day
  2. Good material to study
  3. Consistency
  4. Prayer time
  5. Time management
  6. Confidentiality
  7. Food & Laughing

I am praying to be revived through Bible Study soon, and I am praying the same for each reader. I promise, a great Bible Study group will be one of the biggest blessings – we must make time to share this journey with one another.

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Busy Does Not Mean More

As a mom, I sometimes get caught up in thinking that the more I have going on for and with my kids, the more well rounded they will be and the better I will be at this whole parenting thing. I mean, doesn’t it make me a better mother to juggle 3 children to and from extracurricular activities, parties and church?

Nope. Wish it were that easy!

This morning, I read Ecclesiastes 4:6, and it has reminded me that more in my life does not fulfill me. More stuff in my life does not complete me. The only thing that can complete me, the only thing that can complete my children is more of God in our lives.

“Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.”
~Ecclesiastes 4:6
And, you know, as I look back over Christmas break, days of snow and ice, I look back on a piece of this tranquility. We did nothing at our home, we didn’t go anywhere, and we had some of the best days in our home.
Sometimes we say “yes” to too many things and we lose time to truly focus on our purpose. This new year, let’s learn to say “no” and learn to enjoy doing what God calls us to do.