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Making More Room For God In Your Everyday Life

By January 29, 2017 Encouragement

Do you want to make more room for God in your everyday life?

How do you do that you might say.

Life is so busy. Between rolling out of bed in the morning to climbing in the bed at night (yep, I have to roll and climb in and out of bed, short girl problems) there are only thousands of things that we have on our to-do-list.

So, how do you make more time in the day you say. There are only 24 hours and we need our sleep, our children need to eat, our houses need cleaning, laundry has to be done, and everyone needs to be taken somewhere. I get it I really do. As a mom of 5 ranging from 15 to 1, I totally get it.

We may desire more of Gods word and presence in our lives but do we really make him a priority?

You have to make room for Him.

Let me just tell you that just as bad as you need more of God in your life, he desires the same thing. He desires time with you!

Remember that God is present all the time.

When you wake up in the morning thank Him for breath and life.

When you are worried, seek His guidance and draw near to Him.

When your children are “upsetting” you, pray and let them see you praying. Sometimes you don’t have to actually say anything to them. You can pray openly in front of them and let them see and hear you asking God for guidance.

When you get in your car to take the kids to school or practices, pray for safe travels.

When you are on Facebook and you see a request for prayer, stop right there and pray.

When you are feeling lonely, scared, hurt, overwhelmed, emotional, in pain, unhappy, or worried remember
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth”.

Whatever you are doing include God.

Get out your Bible and read it. Don’t just let it collect dust. Don’t just use it on Sunday’s. Lay your Bible out on the counter and focus on one verse per day. Think about that verse all day in each thing you do that day. Let it sink in and understand it.

I love to make stick it notes of important verses and put them on the bathroom mirrors, fridge, or over the light switches.

Another great way to get Gods word in is to do hand verses. Take a verse and write it on your hand. You will see that verse all day long and be reminded of it and God. It is a great example of how He is always there with you.

He wants to be in every part of your day, from the small things to the huge things.

I have found that when I do these small things it really changes my mood. I feel more calm, joy, confidence, and comfort in my daily walk of life.

We just need to make God a priority in our lives and then our lives won’t seem so hectic.

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

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Let It Go! Gifts, How Many?

By December 9, 2016 Encouragement

Most families around the world give and receive gifts around Christmas time.

Do you feel like your family is more focused on giving or getting?

How many items does each child in your home receive?

In the fourth century St. Nicholas practiced the gift of giving. His gifts were small items.
In the tenth century gift giving had taken over the world.
Now gift giving in America is very big. Over 504 Billion dollars are spent each year.
The average person spends $801 dollars on gifts for friends and family each year.

Gift giving can be loads of fun. It can also be very stressful.

What to get each person is a struggle.
Wondering if the gift will be liked or if it will be returned.
How much to spend on each person.
Making sure each child has the same number of presents or the same amount of money spent on each one.

It can cause unneeded chaos in your life.

This Year Lets Scale Back And Let IT GO!

I want to challenge everyone to scale back this year. Back off on all the gift giving. Focus on what truly matters.

There are so many around your circle of friends, neighbors, city, and the world that are less fortunate.

How Many Gifts Should Each Child Get

We have focused many years on each child getting the same amount of presents.
Than we started focusing on how much money we spent on each child.

When you have multiple children this can be a job!

The past few years we have focused on 3 items!

Yes, 3 items per child.

They get to make a list of these 3 items.

1 thing they want.
1 thing they need.
1 thing that brings them closer to God.

This works great in our home. It keeps the list shorter and more realistic.

Don’t get me wrong we still get the list at times with 50 items or items that cost hundreds of dollars. You know the list that is made for someone with a money tree in the back yard.
We do not charge Christmas in our home. We save all year for it. We put back a specific amount each week in a special account and that is taken out at Christmas time. We try to teach our children that there is a limit.

We want them to realize that some children get nothing. Some children would be happy with a baby doll or a pair of new jeans. It hurts to see how much we have and how little others have.

What To Focus On

Lets focus on how we can do for others not just what we want to get and what we want to give to our family.

You could help a neighbor by baking them something special, making a special gift for them, or caroling through your neighborhood.

How can you reach out to others to make their lives better. Maybe you could adopt or sponsor a child through a program across the world or one in your home town. Pick an angel off the angel tree. Pay someones electric bill that is struggling. Take an elderly person something nice or take them shopping. Maybe even sit and spend time with them. Donate toys to children that are needy.

What God Says

Matthew 25: 37-40

“Then these righteous ones will reply, Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you? And the King will say, I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”

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Let It Go!! Traditions Can Be Torture!

By December 6, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life

Traditions can sometimes become more like torture than fun.

Do you have family traditions that you do every year around the holidays?

Do you feel like you have to do the normal traditions or you are messing up the entire holiday?
I mean you have to bake those specific cookies.
Go to the same get togethers at the same place.
Read the same stories.
Go to the mountains to get your Christmas tree and get it cut down from the same tree lot.
Make gingerbread houses and stress over the kids not doing it perfect.
Go to the same place to see the Christmas lights.
Visit the same Santa each year for your annual picture that never turns out very good.
Struggle to get a good picture while fussing with your kids because they hate it.
Send out Christmas cards with those wonderful memory filled pics on them.
Make a special treat for everyone to hand out at the family get togethers.
Write the perfect letter about your perfect family.
And of course you have to read the same Christmas story book and put out the same treats for Santa on Christmas Eve. I mean if you don’t do all of these things then it just isn’t Christmas, right?? Wrong!

Why do you have to do all of these things?

Does the happiness of your family depend on it?

Does anyone truly enjoy it?

Is it creating great family memories?

Most likely the answer to most of these questions is, No!

Choose Joy and Calm Over Traditions That Cause Torture

This year instead of keeping up with all of your traditions that cause torture to your loved ones lets choose Joy and Calm. Let it GO!!!

Re-evaluate your traditions. Find the ones that your family wants to do. The ones they actually enjoy!

Have a family meeting- Get your family together and ask them their honest opinion. (And really listen while being open.) Ask them what they like to do and what they don’t. (Don’t get your feelings hurt here.)

What to ask- 
What traditions do you really like and look forward to?
What traditions do you really not like? (Be Honest!)
What makes you happy during this Christmas season?
What makes Christmas not fun for you?
Is there a new tradition you would like to start?

Write these things down and study them. Re-evaluate what you are doing and what the family wants to do. Make changes and let it go!

Release the control and embrace the freedom. I promise that if you skip a tradition it will not ruin the Christmas season and life will go on.

Maybe you have fond memories that you did with your family. Really think about them. You may find out that you didn’t do them every year :0! It may be something you did a few times and it just stuck with you. Maybe because you enjoyed it and wasn’t pressured to do it :0! Oh my!

Let it go! It will be OK!

What God Says

Mark 7:8 

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.”

 

 

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Let It Go! Trying To Be Like The Joneses or Not

By December 5, 2016 Encouragement

Well most of us know who the Joneses are, right?

Trying to be like the Joneses can lead to unrealistic expectations.

Well, as a child the Joneses always had everything.

They were always dressed to the tee with their new expensive clothes on. They had all the accessories to match from head to toe. They would get out of the nicest of cars that looked like it had just been washed and well I doubt they lived on a dirt road.

They took the best vacations to great places. They would go to Disney, Hawaii, Mexico, Cruises, Beaches, and Mountains way more than we did.

The best thing was when I was young we were not on the internet all the time or on social media having it thrown in our faces all the time. We would run into the Joneses a few times a year and would hear about their trips or new cars every now and then. Now days with the internet we see the Joneses and their posts all the time. We are always seeing pics of them dressed in their new clothes, their expensive shopping trips, their vacations that are outrageous, their new cars, that expensive house that is decorated like a magazine, and the vacation house that we only dream of staying in. Social media is good but bad. It is nice to catch up with others but it is bad when we have to see somethings all the time. Now it is right under your nose all day everyday.

We also have tv shows now that show us how others live.

Pinterest pins that make us attempt to do things that may never turn out like the picture.

It is hard when you are trying to keep up with the Joneses.

Maybe your expectations have been hard to live up to like mine. These things can make the holidays not so much fun.

Unrealistic expectations cause hurt, feelings of failure and defeat, and make for unhappy holidays.

 

Being Me Is Better Than Being Like The Joneses

Thankfully I have learned not to try to be like the Joneses. I can just be me and be so much more happy.

I have chosen to just Let It Go! Is it easy? No. But it is possible.

I had to do a few things with the help of God.

1- Accept  Being Imperfect
I have realized that being imperfect can be fun. I actually have fond memories of times that were not perfect. Memories of waking up to the tree being on the ground, water spilled out of the base all on the new carpet in our new house, and just laughing instead of crying and getting upset. We put that tree back up 3 times that year because it just kept falling.

2- Avoid Being Perfect
I have learned to avoid trying to make my house look like the magazine pictures. I don’t try to be the best in the neighborhood. I let the kids decorate the tree and if someone doesn’t like the way it is decorated when they visit it is OK! It is our tree and we love it. We have fond memories of decorating it and not stressing over it being perfect.  Maybe you are all sick with the flu or a stomach bug over Christmas and you don’t go anywhere. You stay home and just lay around making memories all day.

3- Redefine What Perfect Is
I have accepted that perfect is different for everyone. What the neighbors see as perfect is not the same as us. Different expectations cause different views. Use your view to set your standards not your neighbors or the internet. You don’t have to be overly controlling or have everyones input on your decisions. Have a happy heart as you go through the holidays and enjoy a less stress calm Christmas.

You don’t need to be like the Joneses you just need to be the person God made you to be. He doesn’t want us to all be the same, that is why he made us all different. Embrace who God made you and enjoy it. Clothes, cars, toys, vacations, and all the things the Joneses do are not what is important in life. It is that you know that Jesus died for you on that cross and that he is your Lord and Savior. Work more on your relationship with Him then trying to be like the Joneses. I promise it is more important.

 

What Does God Say

Isaiah 43:18-19 
“Do not remember the past events, pay no attention to thing of old. Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert.”

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Let It Go! Be Calm Not Stressed

By December 2, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life
Let It Go! Be Calm Not Stressed

Are you the one that has to be in charge?

Do you want to go from stressed to calm?

Can you relate to having to be in control of everything?

Decorations?
Schedules?
Food?
Gifts?
Poses for the pictures?

LET IT GO! LET IT GO! LET IT GO!

 

I like to have a plan and I want that plan to go as planned each and every step of the way.

I like everything to have a place and be in it’s place.

In years past I have always wanted to make sure the decorations were just right. The tree lights hung just right and the ornaments in their places. Everything on the mantle needed to be symmetrical. Outside lights needed to be in place and cords hidden just where I thought they should go.

Letting my children or husband do it the way they wanted was so out of my comfort zone.

I am the MOM and I am supposed to be responsible for these things, right?

LET IT GO! LET IT GO! LET IT GO!!

This year I decided to just let it go.

We chose a tree pretty quick when normally I have to walk all over the hills looking for the perfect tree. Dragging all of my family behind me. This year it was actually fun. I didn’t tell the kids no. I didn’t walk around every tree finding something wrong with it. It was the easiest, fastest, and most pleasant tree picking experience we have had.

We put the lights on and they were not perfect. The next day when half the lights on the tree went out I didn’t even get upset I just said, ” Oh well, we will go buy some more and add them to the tree.” It may be odd but it worked and it was not stressful.

We decorated the tree with our cheaper ornaments. The ornaments are pretty much stuck in the tree near the bottom. Some are hanging, some are not. Some are clustered together. Some are even on the floor under the tree. The littles are redecorating the tree everyday. I’m not stressing over it. I just let it go! I decided that I would not even put out the nice ornaments this year. It is just not worth the stress of having to keep them away from the little hands. Worrying about them getting broken or having to tell the littles to leave them alone. I chose to be joyful and not stressful.

The outside lights are getting put up this weekend I believe and I am not even stressed about the fact that we have two wreaths hung on the bottom front two windows and the others are still in the garage. Normally this would really bug me and the fact that they are not up yet would normally drive me crazy. But guess what. I’m not stressing over it. We had rain on the day I was going to go on the roof to put out the wreaths and lights and I am just thankful for the rain. The lights will get up when we get to them. Is it really worth stressing over? Nope! Ahh I feel the calm.

We have presents in the office that need to be wrapped and I plan on doing that soon lol. But stressing over the presents that are not wrapped and the fact that the tree has no presents under it is not worth it. Letting the littles play around the tree and under the tree and just playing and watching them have fun is more important. Calm not stress.

I am enjoying the moment and letting my children help do things.

Being Calm and Not Stressed

There is just something about learning to loosen up and not being in control. There is a sense of calmness that takes over you. The stress is gone.

To not be bossy.

To not be on edge.

To not use sharp words.

To not be rolling eyes.

To not being harsh.

To not crush spirits.

To not shoot down hopes or ideas.

To not be stressed.

To not be overwhelmed.

It is way less work and stress by letting go and not having to be in control.

How can you Let It Go?

If you want to join me this season then jump right in. Back off on making all the decisions. Let your family decide what they may want to do, even if it is very different from the norm. Ask their opinions on things and let them feel involved.

What Does God Say

Phillipians 2:3-5

“Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.”

 

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COCOA For CHISTmas

By November 29, 2016 Encouragement
Cocoa for Christmas

The holiday season can be very busy. Everyone running around trying to get just the right present.

All the fun get togethers that we have to prepare for and go to.

Sometimes it’s nice to just sit down with a cup of hot COCOA and enjoy the moment. Sit looking at your tree and the lights, or watch your children as they enjoy the season and soak it all in.

While you sit with your cup of hot COCOA this CHRISTmas season think about this:

C – CHRIST

Matthew 1:18 NKJV

Christ Born of Mary

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

Christ is the reason for the season, we all know that. But, it is so easy to get distracted by all the shopping, planning, and running around. As we try to find just the right present lets also try to focus on God’s word and heart this season.

O – ORNAMENTS

1 Peter 3:3-4 NKJV

Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.

We spend so much time decorating our house to try to make it look just picture perfect. We also need to try to have His kindness and patience and  adorn our heart and spirit with the love and compassion of God. Let’s look for ways to bless others and those in need just as Jesus would have.

 

C – CHEERFULLY CELEBRATE THE SEASON

Proverbs 15:13 NKJV

13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Christmas is meant to be a joyous season, but not everyone is joyful. Some are sad and depressed from different situations in life and this time of year can make those things worse instead of better. Remind yourself each day that you are loved as a child of God. These seasons will come and go but the love and compassion of the Lord is always there no matter what day or time it is.

O – OVERJOYED NOT OVERWHELMED

Matthew 2:10-11 NKJV

10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

During these busy times it is so easy to become overwhelmed. When you find yourself getting overwhelmed by all the things that still need to be done stop what you are doing and think of how Jesus came to us and is our Savior. Become overjoyed by His love and what Jesus did for us on the cross.

A – ABUNDANCE

John 10:10b NKJV

10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

CHRISTmas is an abundant time for sure. There is an abundance of food, gifts, laughter, smiles, and happiness in general. Although these things are sometimes temporary we can be assured of the abundant life Jesus gave to us. We have Jesus everyday of the year and can celebrate that each and everyday as we have His peace, mercy, and Love.

So, as you sit with your hot cup of COCOA this year think back to these things. Let the warmth of the COCOA fill your mind, body, and spirit with Jesus who is the Reason for the Season. As these things pour into your heart let them flow out to those around you.

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When You Don’t Feel A Part Of The Group!

By November 18, 2016 Encouragement, General, Mom Life
When You Don't Feel A Part Of The Group!

If you are anything like me then you know exactly how it feels to be left out and not part of the group.

There have been many times in my life that I have felt lonely. I have felt like I was just not in the “clique”.

I have shed many tears wondering, “why?”.

Many times I would feel part of the group only to be left out of something.

I was a high school cheerleader, so you would think I was part of the “in girls” right? No!

I was friends with them and we had fun but I was not always invited to the sleepovers, the parties, or the shopping trips. It hurt!

I had close friends that I love dearly even to this day, but we have been pulled apart in different directions through the years. Marriages, babies, jobs, and just life in general have made getting together not so easy. Being in different stages of life made it awkward to hang out. Sometimes it was just easier to not get together.

Of course that is not what always happened or how I always felt.  I remember crying when I thought I had a new friend that was going to be my new best friend only to find out that she was out doing something with other girls and didn’t invite me. I would ask myself.

“Are they cooler?”
“Are they more fun?”
“Am I weird? ”
“What is wrong with me? ”
“Did I make her mad?”
All these things would go through my head and to be honest it only made me feel worse. Why was I left out of the group?

I now see my teenage girls going through the same things. Friendships are hard! With all the social media these days it can sting even worse than when I was young. Girls texting each other in group messages and leaving one out and then talking about the message in front of the one left out. Instagram pics of parties, shopping trips, or sleepovers. Selfies or WEfies  that leave someone out. Or maybe you were all together somewhere taking pics and then you see all the pics posted except the ones you were in :(.  If you were asked to  take the pic of someone and their friends only to not even get photo credits.  And well snapchat is just a work of the devil I believe, but posting all the fun and videos that are going on at the moment and the one not invited gets to see all the fun but not be a part of it. That hurts! Social media just amplifies the hurt of being left out of the group.

I know as a teenager I would try my best to fit into the group. I have seen girls now on social media do things they normally wouldn’t do just to be a part of the clique so they didn’t feel left out. You have to cut your hair a certain way, wear a certain makeup, and wear the exact clothes, shoes, and carry the purses that the “in girls” do only to find out that well that didn’t work either. You still did not feel part of the group.

Thankfully, one day in high school I found God. I had cried for God to help me. For God to guide me. Then I figured it out. God told me, Life isn’t about finding yourself. It’s about discovering who God created You to be.

In 1 Peter 3:4  the Bible says, “Your beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of the great worth in God’s sight. 

I struggled for a long time before I realized that I didn’t have to belong or fit into the group. God doesn’t want you to try to change who you are to fit in. He made you just how he wants you. If you don’t fit into this clique, group, or circle of the “in girls”, that is because that is not where God wants you. He had designed you to be a part of another group. He may have work he wants you to do within another group of girls or women. He will use you where he puts you. If you try to push or change to be part of a group that God doesn’t have you planned to be a part of then you will always feel left out. It has to be in God’s design. He has designed you just like he wants you. You are not weird and nothing is wrong with you. You are just who God created you to be. Be open to where God wants you. He will bring the people in your life right when you need them. They will stand by you in good times and bad, not just the fun times. They will be the friends that let you cry on their shoulders during a break up, stand beside you at your wedding and wear the ugly dress, tell you your pretty when you are 9 months pregnant, help you when your baby won’t sleep, be there when a loved one is sick, and celebrate with you when your children do wonderful things like when they take their first steps, learn to go potty, and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They will be there no matter what.

Not everyone will feel this in their life. Some girls and women fit in no matter what. If you happen to be one of those girls then try to be compassionate and understand how the others feel. When you are posting on social media think about who you could be hurting with your simple but thoughtless post. What doesn’t mean anything to you could be devastating to someone else. If you know someone is hurting by what you have done then try to go out of your way to show love to that person. They may not fit into your “group”, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be hurtful or rub it in their face that they “don’t fit”!

1 John 4:19
“We love because he first loved us.”

John 15:12-13
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.”

 

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Am I Offending God?

By November 7, 2016 Encouragement
Did I Hurt God?

Ephesians 4:30
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

Sometimes we ask God a question and want an immediate answer. It doesn’t always happen does it?

It would be awesome if every time we wanted an answer about something we could just pray and know that at that moment God would very clearly answer that question. To have clear immediate answers would just be so nice. No wondering or thinking. No questioning if it was God speaking to us or not.

Oh yeah, that would be pretty awesome!

I have had to deal with some difficult situations through life and asked God for answers, clarity, or a push in the right direction. I have prayed, read scripture, meditated on His Word and searched for an answer. I wanted a clear answer of what God wanted me to do. You know a light bulb moment where I just knew it was from God. Point me to a verse that will be very clear. Speak out loud to me. Make something happen. I wanted a very clear answer so I felt confident in making the decisions I needed to make.

I have even said, ok God if you make this happen today then I will know you want me to do this. Or Lord make this happen if you want me to go this path. I have even said, “God why are you not answering me? Why is this so hard? Can you just please show me the way. You know I’m waiting on you, right?”

That is when the verse form Ephesians came to my mind very clearly. The only thing I could do was think oh how I have grieved the Holy Spirit of God. I apologized to God. I told God how much I loved him and how I loved him more than life and that he was the most important thing. I am so unworthy of His love.

As I read Ephesians 4 God directed me toward words that were answers I needed. Like a light was shinning down on the verse and highlighting certain words for me.

It hit me that I was not really in God’s word like I needed to be. I was not being a good christian mom, wife, daughter, or friend. I was being frustrated with the ones I loved. I was letting bitterness and anger inside my heart. All these things were causing me to grieve His Spirit which was not what I wanted at all, but the little sins were causing so much bad in my life. I was not showing good fruits of the spirit. Love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, and self control were not being expressed by me at all. This was hurting the feelings and emotions of the Holy Spirit.

As I told God how sorry I was and confessed my sins I felt such a relief and closeness to God.

To live like Christ we must forgive and extend kindness to others forgiving them as God forgave us. We must express love from deep within our hearts.

God gave us a His Holy Spirit as a guide and companion for life. I thank God for His unconditional love for me. He loves me even when I am not acting as I should. I pray God will make me aware of my sins and help me to repent and move forward in Him.

Ephesians 4:30
“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”

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Listening For God As If You Had No Ears

By October 25, 2016 Encouragement
Listening For God As If You Had No Ears

Have you ever tried to listen to someone speak with ear plugs in?

It’s hard to hear them isn’t it?

Have you ever thought how those who can’t hear actually listen and understand what others are saying?

You don’t have to have ears or be able to hear. You must learn to listen with your heart, soul, and from within.

We have all had times where we feel our prayers are not being answered. Yes, God is listening! Maybe you have heard that God answers prayers in more ways than yes or no. This is very true!

When I am praying about specific issues day in and day out and I feel like nothing is happening I often think is God listening? Does he not hear me? Are you telling me no, Lord?

There are times when things do not end up the way we wanted, prayed, or just not how we thought God would answer them.

Someone passed away that we had prayed for a miracle for.

A sickness is still causing pain and issues for a loved one.

Someone is paralyzed after a tragic accident and there is no hope for them to regain their mobility.

A child is born with a deformity or is special needs.

You have prayed for children, but have not been blessed with children.

You have prayed for a spouse, but are still single.

Divorces happen after much prayer.

Children disobey or go astray despite all your constant prayer.

I could go on and on about things that happen that we just don’t understand. We question God if he was listening, if he didn’t care, or if he just said no.

He doesn’t always answer prayers the way we think he should, but he is always working and making it the way he wants. Sometimes it is best to pray for God’s will to be done. Yes, I know it is hard in those dark moments to not want what we want.

We must open our ears and listen for the Lord to speak to us. Try to listen with our heart, soul, and deep within ourselves. How would you listen if you could not hear His voice? God speaks in many ways and we must be open to however he is speaking at that moment.  Try to listen as if you had no ears to hear.

 

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Mountains and Mole Hills of Motherhood

By May 6, 2016 Encouragement
Mountains and Mole Hills of Motherhood

Some days as a mother you will face mole hills and some days you will face mountains.

It is all in how you approach the mountains and mole hills and how you climb them and overcome them as to the example you leave for those watching.

There are days that you see mountains and mole hills everywhere you turn. The mountain of mail and papers sitting on the counter, the mountain of laundry that is overflowing, the mountain of dirty dishes that are never ending, the toddler that is screaming and saying no to everything, the baby that will not sleep day or night, the potty training 2 year old that is determined to go potty everywhere in the house except the potty, the dogs that track mud in and leave paw prints, the teenagers that need something and it is always right now or already late, maybe it is aging parents that are forgetful or having health issues, maybe you are dealing with bringing a parent into your home or choosing to put them in a care facility, maybe you have a loved one going through a health crisis. It can be exhausting to deal with all the mountains and mole hills.

Have you ever found yourself in one of these situations? Maybe all of them even on the same day.

With 5 children I can find myself in many of these situations each and every day at times.
Sometimes the little mole hills turn into mountains because you are already stressed about a mountain that you have already dealt with.

If we let ourselves get overly stressed by these mountains and mole hills then we can find ourselves sick, moody, and cause many other issues.

There are highs and lows of everyday. I like to ask our kids at the dinner table each night what their low of the day was. After we discuss their lows and work through any problems then we discuss our highs. It is always fun to go around the table and see how the day played out for everyone. Sometimes when it is my turn the kids can answer for me. They may say oh I know your low was when “…. happened, right mom?”  Normally they can guess because when mountains and mole hills occur I don’t always deal well with it and it shows in my actions.

At times we have to pull back from a mountain and rest and nourish our mind and soul. If I take a moment to pray or turn on a christian song or even sing as scary as that may be 🙂 it helps me to deal with the mountain a little better. I may see through all the negatives of the mountain I am trying to overcome. Maybe I see the testy teenagers side of the argument or problem. Maybe I realize the laundry and dishes are a blessing that we have food and I have healthy children that like to eat.  I may realize the toddler is at least learning what it feels like to potty even though it isn’t in the correct place and the floor needed deep cleaning anyway. Maybe the parents that are aging just need more time with me and I need to take the time to enjoy them right here and right now. Maybe the sick loved one is a sign that I need to thank God for good healthcare and the fact that I have this person in my life. You can change your outlook on the situation just by stepping back taking a deep breath and letting God take over the situation.

Psalm 62:5 says “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

With the help of the Lord we can take on those mountains and mole hills of life.

Don’t let every mole hill become a mountain in Motherhood.

Be an example and show those watching how to deal with mountains and mole hills of life.

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