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Friday, November 11, 2016

King of the World



Ever since Natalie Grants song "King of the World" started playing on the radio, it has become my favorite song. Hearing this song constantly reminds me that God is so big! His ways are so much  better then mine, and I need to remember that he truly is the king of the world. I find comfort in my everyday life knowing this. I have posted the lyrics as well as the song below. I will let the song speak for itself. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.



I tried to fit you in the walls inside my mind
I try to keep you safely in between the lines
I try to put you in the box that I've designed
I try to pull you down so we are eye to eye
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world
Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas
So who am I to try to take the lead
Still I run ahead and think I'm strong enough
When you're the one who made me from the dust
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you're the one who holds it all
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world
Oh, you set it all in motion
Every single moment
You brought it all to me
And you're holding on to me
When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world
How could I make you so small
When you're the one who holds it all
When did I forget you've always been the king of the world
You will always be the king of the world
Written by Becca Mizell, Natalie Grant, Samuel Mizell • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Music Services, Inc, BMG Rights Management US, LLC



Post by Veronica Hurst I am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of  2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him

 My ultimate goal is to share the truth of God's word with everyone, and to create a ministry to women with my blog. I named it Wonderfully Made  because we are all wonderfully made by Christ.




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Sunday, November 6, 2016

5 Free LulaRoe Giveaways!


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Hello everyone! I don't know about you, but I can't believe it's November! We have a new giveaway in honor of the thanksgiving season. You will have multiple chances to win in a drawing! Here is how it works. First, if you are subscribed to my blog you are automatically entered to win. If you invite friends to subscribe, you will automatically be entered again, for each friend that subscribes! There is no limit to how many friends you can invite to subscribe! All you have to do is email me and let me know your friends names and I will check to see if they are on the subscription list and enter you into the drawing again! The deadline for the drawing is November 22nd. There are 5 different items you can win, so we will have multiple giveaways. Next week, I will post about our generous Lularoe consultant sponsoring the giveaway, Hollie Lindberg. Stay tuned!

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Post by Veronica Hurst I am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of  2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him

 My ultimate goal is to share the truth of God's word with everyone, and to create a ministry to women with my blog. I named it Wonderfully Made  because we are all wonderfully made by Christ.

Friday, November 4, 2016

The Most Important Candidate In Your Life




I was scrolling through the countless posts on Facebook, seeing people passionately supporting or loathing a particular candidate. I was about to shut my computer and give up for the day when this meme caught my attention and got me thinking.

 
I suppose it was meant to be funny considering that many people are not to happy with either of their choices. But let’s think about it more deeply for a moment. What if we really did focus on the soon coming of Jesus and His government? What if that topic permeated the newsrooms and every Facebook page? What if there were debates on His character and the character of the prince of this world? I wonder whom the world would lean towards. 

When you feel passionately about a candidate you have a burning desire for everyone to know the truth about his or her character. This issue is a matter of grave importance. It is vital because you want your friends and family to make the right decision. You feel like their future life on this planet depends upon it. Whether they will be ruled under a fair and just government or one that will use coercion and threaten to get their agenda established is a matter not to be weighed lightly.

But what does their future really depend upon? Since the beginning of time on this earth, God's character has been misunderstood. His “name” or reputation has been smeared for thousands of years. Just as we see public executions of politicians right before our eyes, Jesus too, was crucified physically after being crucified in the courts of public opinion. His acts of benevolence were scrutinized and seen with judgmental ridicule and excused as being done through the power of evil. At that time, you couldn’t convince most of the crowd that He was the son of the Living God. The one God literally sent to love and heal us and reflect His thoughts and feelings about the Father!

Right now he's working to gather together those who are listening and longing to know more of Him. Is that you? He wants us to understand who He is so we can campaign for Him! We can let the world know what He is really like. We can share our personal testimony of what Jesus did for us. Jesus longs to cast away all of our fears with his perfect love so we can fearlessly stand in any political, economical and physical climate for Him. Then we can easily proclaim the truth about Him to the world. But first, we must understand that truth.

The truth about God's character is the only thing that can really set us free! We're worried about our freedom being preserved in this country but chains of unbelief already bind us. We lack trust in God because we really don’t know Him personally. We’ve only read about Him or heard about his life but haven’t experienced his love, forgiveness and healing for ourselves.

All too often we believe the devil.We fight, we argue, we freak out every other moment (and I'm including myself here). Many have turned to drinking and drugs just to get through the day. That's not freedom! There is true freedom only when all of our fears are removed. When that happens we can stand in the living judgment, this time of probation left on earth. We can receive the healing from Him now and reflect Him more every day through His grace. We will be His ambassadors. This is what God wants to do for His people! (1Jn 4:17)

We serve a God who has everything in His loving hands, a God who died to give us a chance to live with out fear. We serve a God who has OUR BEST GOOD in His heart and His perfect plans, a God who never fails, who protects us, and fights for us. We have a God who promises to finish the good work He has started in our hearts and will meet all of our needs. We have a God who knows the full truth about his children. There is nothing hidden from Him and He loves you immensely. He longs to show you areas that cause you fear and have paralyzed you from reflecting Him. He is a true friend that reveals things that no one else could know and desires to bring you to a life of freedom. We don't need to protect ourselves any more. There is no need or time for anxiety and worry. Don't defend yourself; let God be your defense.

We know through scripture that things are going to get worse and worse, then much worse in this world! But in conjunction with the escalade of war and violence all around us our hearts and our families can get deeper and deeper healing making us stronger and stronger in Him. As the darkness closes in on this world our lives can shine brighter and brighter, our joy become deeper and deeper! This is an exciting time for the followers of Jesus and those who will answer the call.
Why was Jesus so strong? He knew THE TRUTH. His kingdom is NOT of this world. He trusted His Father. He knew what His Father was like in nature and He felt safe. Jesus only did what His Father asked Him to do. Jesus said only what His Father asked Him to say. He could do that because He knew it was right and for our best good. They had that kind of relationship; they spent that kind of time together. We need to be that confident in our Savior, we need to know our Heavenly Father as Jesus did. We can only do this because of what Jesus did to pave the way by showing us the Father. What a wonderful revelation!

Do you think Jesus looks back on the cross or His life here and regrets that pain of those moments? No! He did it for the joy set before Him. We must do the same! We are His Joy and He must be ours. Making room for Him in our hearts must be our passion and our study. I could go on and on because the whole bible is screaming this truth to us. The true important decision being made right now is not which candidate we will pick for president. The devil wants to divide our families, our homes , our nations over two candidates diametrically opposed to one another. The devil wants to get our eyes off the real candidate that desires our allegiance and devotion.

Come Lord Jesus is my vote today and every today. I will not let this election divide me from my brothers and sisters as I make the pilgrimage to my eternal“home” , the place we all were designed and created to inhabit in perfect peace. This is just a short journey here, this is not our home.

Will we believe God's truth or the Devil's lies ? Is Jesus the candidate for the King of all Kings in your life? Your future depends on your decision today and every day until He comes.

If you are disturbed by the evil in this world and want to make a difference, you can. The difference will be made one heart at a time and it must start with our own being filled by the truth about God’s love for us, His character. Then you will be able to fulfill his perfect law, to "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'’ Luke 10:27 I can almost Jesus declare in the very next verse “ Do this and live”. Let’s change our focus and lift our eyes to Jesus, the real candidate lets choose life together today!

I would like to thank my friend Meg Smyth for collaborating on this post with me!



                                                                                     
Post by Kathryn Styer I'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.


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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Women... Lets Be Kind to Each Other!

Just a little thought on kindness today...


As women, we can be hard on ourselves, and flat out mean to other women. We often compare ourselves with others in ways that make us feel inadequate. I think we are all guilty of letting our jealousy and resentment fester at times. Comparing ourselves is an easy thing to do. We can easily compare physical features, marriages, friendships, families and material possessions. I think this can lead to women tearing each other down instead of building each other up. I've even witnessed women doing this very thing to strangers! Comparison and judgement is a powerful thing!

We are all made with a divine purpose. And the devil just loves it when we get stuck in the comparison trap. Theodore Roosevelt said that "comparison is the thief of joy" and I have come to believe that from past experiences. We all serve God in different ways, and it's not fair to dislike someone or feel jealous toward someone for having a different purpose and plan in life. In the long run you've not only potentially hurt someone else, you have hurt yourself too, a jealous and bitter heart is toxic.

If you are feeling this way towards someone else, pray about it and talk to a friend, it is very helpful and friends have great advice and can help you see things in a different light. Also, make an effort to be uplifting to other women, you have no idea what is really going on in their lives. You don't know what is happening behind the white picket fence. Be intentional about being kind to others women even if you think they don't deserve it. Who truly deserves anything? Try giving compliments to other women, it's always so nice to receive one. Be kind, and celebrate the successes of others. These are just little ways to start building each other up from friends to strangers. After all, aren't we called to do just that?

"Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing." 1Thessalonians 5:11 









Monday, October 10, 2016

On Raising Our Little Arrows



I am sure most of you have seen or heard of the video of a mom reciting lyrics to a song she heard on the radio and crying, that went viral a few days ago. This mother was so saddened and distraught by the type of music that is on the radio that people are listening to these days., specifically, the song she was shocked to hear the lyrics to. She was literally having a heartfelt meltdown. I felt so bad for her and for all of the people that see nothing wrong with the lyrics. Of course, millions of people are now making fun of her saying that it's really not a big deal, while others are leaving downright nasty and hateful comments, but I would expect nothing less and it saddens me to say that. I don't like to write about such events but this was on my heart today. It hit home thinking about the world we are raising our children in.

Have we become so desensitized? As a mother, I can relate to her anguish in this ever changing world in which very few people seem to have a problem with lyrics that are degrading, lack any positive message and are downright offensive. No, its not "just a song". This is evident not just music, you only have to turn the t.v. on for a few seconds to hear a curse word thrown around casually or see a show or commercial filled with women only used as sex symbols. 

I often think about the society in which my children are growing up in, especially my daughter. My sweet little angels, whom I want to protect from these things as long as possible. I know the world will only get worse, but I wanted to remind you (and myself) that we can still raise godly children in a very ungodly society. We first must realize that raising Godly children does not happen on accident. We must remember to make everyday intentional. We cannot only hope that our children will be impacted by the Bible. We have to work on this every single day with an eternal mindset! Raising kingdom kids does not mean they are sinless or perfect, but we are called to raise the arrows God has blessed us with. Pray for your children every day and trust in the Lord with ALL of your heart. There are several verses listed below in regards to raising godly children. My favorite verse is the second one listed.

Genesis 18:19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

Proverbs 22:6
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Isaiah 54:13
All your children shall be taught by the LORD, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

Psalm 127:3-5 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Proverbs 22:15
Folly is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Proverbs 15:5
A fool despises his father's instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent.

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

1 Timothy 5:8
But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

1 Samuel 1:27-28
For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Proverbs 20:11
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Isaiah 54:13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.


This post was written by: Veronica HurstauthorI am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of 2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him. I am so thankful for my family.



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Thursday, October 6, 2016

Where are Your Roots?

"Blessed in the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is found in Him. He shall be like a tree planted by the water, who spreads his roots through the ground. He never fears when heat comes, his leaves are always green. He never worries in years of drought and never fails to bear fruit." Jer 17:7,8



My husband surprised me on my birthday last year with this piece of art by Seth from Creature Gallery in Thomas, WV. I almost cried as I realized how perfectly it expressed the truth that God had been bringing to my heart over the past several months. Like every tree we all have roots, the problem is that we've connected those roots to false sources of strength. We've protected ourselves from the things we fear by connecting with self, with other people,and the material things of this world with lies. The result is bad fruit and a withering tree. If you are in the middle of a drought, if all your sources of strength are failing you, if you fear you may just shrivel up and die, if you have nothing left to give, reach out your roots to a new source!

Our roots need to be reaching down, reaching deep to that source of living water. Then when the heat is on, when the world has nothing left to offer, WE STAND. We stand in confidence and trust. We know where our roots are. We feel the refreshing waters from the throne of God (rev 22:1) flowing through our veins. We have no needs that are not already being supplied by our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Husband. We can stand tall and strong in the middle of a parched land where everything around us is dying and offer the fresh fruit of our faith and love to a starving, famine stricken world.

The living water will not lack, the source is sure. Psalms 36 reminds us again and again that in every situation that can be thrown our way GOD's LOVE NEVER FAILS. Have you ever stopped to think about the verse in 1 John 4:18 that say's, "perfect Love cast out fear"? Why does perfect love cast out fear? Because when we are connected to His perfect love, we know that His true love can never fail us, that ALL of our needs are met in Him! If all of our needs are met in Him then what can we have to fear? What else do we need? The world can be crashing around us and we can stand like a strong tree knowing that our deepest strongest roots are connected to the source of all life.

Reach to that river of life, the source of perfect love, reach out for truth. Ask Him and He will give you living water.

This post was written by: Kathryn Stryer
authorI'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

5 Daily Cleaning Musts!

There is nothing I love more then seeing my kids play and have fun, but  if I'm honest, I also love having a clean house too with everything in order! Over the years, I have learned that everyone has a different definition of clean. I am OCD about having things in order. I am learning that it is nearly impossible to have the house looking the way I want it too at ALL times. That's OK though, I believe God is trying to teach me to let go of some things and enjoy life. This doesn't  mean I never pick up and clean during the day, I'm just learning not to be obsessive about it.
 I adore my home, but part of what drives me nuts is that our living room is our dining room is our playroom is our laundry folding area... I think you get the drift. With limited space available it can be tough keeping order. I have been using a quick 5  step process to clean on a daily basis. I still try to deep clean once or twice a week depending on how dirty the house gets with my daughter running in and out of the house to the back yard and a dog that always finds the one patch of mud in the yard!
#1. LET IT GO: Just like Elsa on Frozen! There are times where you just need to relax! I'm always tempted to clean something up "real quick", but its OK to skip it and have time to yourself or time to make another mess with your kids (i.e., lets finger paint instead!). 
#2 MAKE YOUR BED: For some reason, even if the room is a disaster, if the bed is made I feel great! Take a few minutes to make your bed. Help your little ones make their beds too if they cant do this on their own. Its a great habit to start the day and it feels amazing slipping into cool unwrinkled sheets at night.
#3: KITCHEN: I like when I wake up to a clean kitchen with an empty sink and clean counter tops. If anything, clear the sink that way when you wake up to go get a cup of coffee, you wont feel overwhelmed by the clutter and possible smell from last nights dinner sitting in the sink.
#4: PUT CLOTHES AWAY: I don't know how this happens, but there always seems to be piles of clothes lying around. Its probably my fault. I despise folding laundry and even more, putting clothes away. It really makes a difference in terms of clutter when shoes, jackets, clothes are put in it's proper place.
#5: QUICK PICKUP: At the end of the day, conduct a quick 5-10 minute cleanup. This is when I place all the toys in the toy bin and wipe down the table, sweep under it, etc. It is amazing what I can accomplish in 5-10 minutes!  Do as much as you can during this time.
There you have it! That was pretty painless right? I think most of us are in the same boat when it comes to trying to keep everything together. Its important to try and create a nice clean home environment, but its not the most important thing. Try these 5 steps, and also let me know if you have any quick tidying up tips in the comment section below.


This post was written by: Veronica HurstauthorI am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of 2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him. I am so thankful for my family.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Don't Run on Empty!

I have been on a accidental hiatus lately! I am adjusting to life with a toddler and a now very mobile 9 month old! He is super busy and into everything! His favorite activities include sneaking up the steps (heart attack!), playing in the dogs water bowl and on the rare occasion I forget to put the toilet seat down, he quite enjoys splashing around in it (I know... gross!). I clearly need to put this kid in a water sport!

Right at this moment, I have two beautiful babies taking a nap... at the same time! Shocker! So I wanted to take a moment to write about "running on empty." Honestly, I feel like I am running on empty most of the time. I work hard all day to meet the needs of my family and at night my children do not sleep well at all! It is exhausting and at time discouraging when I see the sun begin to peer through my window in the early morning... already?



No matter how busy it is on a daily basis, I am reminded of Proverbs 11:25 " A generous person will prosper, whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." I find this to be so encouraging. It is a great reminder that God wants us to purposefully pour into and love our families, friends and neighbors. We can be sure that when we put the needs of others before us, God does not forget us, he takes care of us. It also reminds me to take care of myself. I want to feel refreshed spiritually, mentally and physically that way I can serve my family on a day to day basis feeling refreshed and ready pour out to others. Remember, if your cup is empty you cannot pour out to others, make sure you have some time during the day to rejuvenate yourself.



This post was written by: Veronica HurstauthorI am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of 2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him. I am so thankful for my family.
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Monday, August 1, 2016

Willow & Luna FREE Sponsored Giveaway Awesome Leather Tote!!!


In celebration of Wonderfully Live's 20,000 visitors and subscribers, I am conducting a giveaway! We have an awesome sponsored giveaway from an amazing company called Willow and Luna!
Erin is a fabulous military wife, mother and is the owner of Willow & Luna.

"Willow & Luna started while we were stationed in Wilmington, NC! My husband and I had just moved cross country, had our son and I felt the need to create something, anything. Armed with my sewing machine and several trips to the fabric store, I sewed my husband a memory quilt. From there my quilting obsession grew and grew fast. I was looking for any and every reason to make quilts from new babies to birthday presents. As time went on, I began to sew bags. The store is now centered more around bags and wallets then when it began. I still love to make quilts and will make custom requests. This Etsy shop allows me, as a military wife, to have a business that can move along with us.

Prior to opening up this little Etsy shop, I was working in an office for forty hours a week counting down the days until my husband came home from his last deployment. It was a transition to go from the workplace to the nursery. This store offers me the possibility of staying home with my little guy and being able to continue sewing. I love to share my love of sewing and making great products with your family and friends."

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Are You That Negative Person?


Do you know a “Negative Nelly”? The person in your life who is always highlighting the terrible things on the news, sharing information about who is ill, dying or just died. The person who is quick to cast a shadow on well…anything and everything. Have you ever been a “Negative Nelly” when you are out with your family or friends? We all go through difficult moments where we experience loss and it is perfectly acceptable to grieve. However, have you considered that a person who is constantly focusing on the negative on an ongoing basis, when a person is not grieving, may not be following God’s plan?

 As Christians God has called us to be the Light of the World. A light shines the way for others. Christians are to be examples of joy to others. Have you ever noticed the light in someone’s eyes when they smile or laugh? The Bible instructs us to “rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4). It can be very difficult to rejoice, when our goals do not seem obtainable. God does not promises us happiness on this earth, yet he does ask us to focus on “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8). We need joy, especially in the bad times. I think of the apostle Paul singing in jail. He could not have been happy to be shackled hand and foot in cold dark surroundings with little if any nourishment or comfort (Acts 16:25). Yet, in his dark hour he was praying and singing to God. It was such a witness to those around him that all the incarcerated felons wanted to stay near Paul and Silas even after they had the opportunity to go free. Paul was a light of joy and I want to be a light of joy to others during the rough times in life, look for something to praise and thank God for.

Perhaps it is your health, your job, your family, your friends. Look around in nature to find a bird, flower, or shining star. Or better yet, look at those less fortunate than yourself. Look at the homeless on the street corner, those in the hospitals, neighbors who are struggling. It doesn’t take much to find someone you know who needs our prayers. Often when we focus on ourselves we can be discouraged but when we find things we are thankful for, we are encouraged. Another great Bible text that illustrates this point is found in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which says “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Keep track of all the things you are thankful for and see if it lifts your spirit. Many times our friends can encourage us, if we share our struggles. Ask a friend to share what they are thankful for. Don’t be afraid to admit your heartache. It’s only when we are vulnerable that we can receive the help we desperately need.

 I recently read a little book entitled Finding Joy: Developing patterns for a joyful life by Jill Briscoe. This easy read is filled with biblical examples of God working in people’s lives. Briscoe suggests that there are “joy snatchers” eager to rob the blessing of joy God desires to instill in you. Recall Jeremiah 29:11 which says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” God wants us to be joyful with hope for a bright a glorious future (if not immediate than in the future New Jerusalem). Whether you are constantly faced with a “Negative Nelly” or you are struggling to find a light, hope, and something to be positive about, there is joy all around us if we take the time to look and talk about it.




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 This post was written by: Monica Nudd I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a teacher since 2005. I previously taught in Maryland and Virginia before coming to Indiana in 2013. I enjoy challenging my students and planning inquiry-based lessons that engage my "kids." I earned a master's of education degree from University of Maryland with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership, and mathematics. I previously earned a B.A. in elementary education from Washington Adventist University. I enjoy camping, cooking, traveling, and board games.
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Simple Humble Advise From a New Mom of Two

I am a brand new mom of two! My son made me a first time mom in 2014 and I just had a darling little girl towards the end of may! So first and foremost, I don’t have everything figured out, my life is one hot mess so don’t worry about judgment! This is just what I have found to be true for me and I hope this post finds you well and can help bring a little peace and sunshine to your day!



Know what you need to be all right each day, and get it!

What I mean by that is, we all have one thing or a few things that we need on a daily basis that makes us feel human and sane. For me that is a shower and coffee…. now that does not have to be a 45 minute shower and a Starbucks coffee. Rather it’s actually usually a 5 minute really hot shower (sometimes with one or both kids sitting on the bathroom floor waiting for me!) and home-brewed coffee in my favorite hot pink travel mug! Don’t get me wrong I do love lattes and iced coffees from my favorite local coffee shop but that is just not feasible every day or even every week. When I don’t have these things I am not okay, I can’t function well and for that my family suffers. After all as a mom you set the tone for the household. If you are happy, the family is happy and the house is a little calmer! So take care of yourself first so that the family can be a family. In saying that, this isn't selfish, this is simply finding "that thing" that makes you feel like you can make it to the end of the day in one piece with your kids in tow. That may be having breakfast alone, washing your hair each day, or even sweeping your floors, but whatever it is for you do it! To accomplish those things, you might have to get creative. For example, make a weeks worth of breakfasts and put them in the freezer for you or wake up before the kids get up to sweep the floors, then maybe even climbing back in bed before they wake up!

Share Openly and Honestly

Lets face it being a mom is hard messy work! It doesn’t look perfect all the time, you don’t look perfect (skinny jeans, cute top, heels and hair all done) all the time, and your house certainly doesn’t look perfect all the time. If this is not true for you, then you hold the secret that no one else holds! I have found that the more honest I am about things the better I feel about them, and the more helpful feedback I receive. I used to hold tight to the notion that if I show flaws and problems that I was showing weakness, but I have found that to be very untrue! Admitting you need help or that things are not okay is a sign of strength. As a mom of a two year old who is way to clever and wise and a newborn with belly issues, I need help, advise, friendship, and kindness. What I don’t need is to look perfect on social media and at church on Sunday morning! Now as a side note,  on Instagram or Facebook, just looking at my pictures is deceiving! I am a photographer so it kills me not to take or use a good picture but take a bit to read the caption and you will see! I still find myself going over my newsfeeds seeing pictures and comments about how amazing this persons new baby is doing, and all the things that mom got done with her 3 kids and then thinking to myself wow they have it all together or it must be nice to have a child that sleeps 8 hours for you at 2 weeks old. I just have to tell myself that they are showing their best things for the world to see and they have troubles and flaws too! Don't stop sharing the good things that happen to you, because you need to do that too! Just don’t only share the good and the perfect, show the real!



Choose your Response
We all have those days that we are awoken by a child earlier then normal so the day just starts off on the wrong foot, you didn’t get your shower and you didn’t get your coffee before the chaos starts. So you skip the shower for now and you make the coffee with the baby screaming in your arms. Its in those moments when the thought of choosing joy for the day comes by hard, or maybe it isn’t even a thought at all! It’s in those moments I am learning to stop, breathe, say a prayer and decide that it’s a good day. I still get to drink my coffee, and at least I have a child to hold even if she is a screaming one! Or maybe the struggle for you comes later in the day when your toddler only wants to bounce all over you couch and reek havoc on your living room. You are ready to scream at them and send them crying to their room to think about how to behave, but what if instead you put aside whatever you were trying to get done and pull the pillows off the couch and play hot lava with them! The tone of your afternoon and your toddler just shifted into a laughing fun game which is sure to exhaust them for naptime, giving you the afternoon to finish the task you were trying to get done! Trust me this is not something I have perfected or are even remotely good at, it’s just something I am working on and have felt upon my heart to pass along. It brings me back to a quote I have loved forever and I am not sure who even said it, “everyday can be a good one if you choose it to be”. Yes! bad, annoying, sad, and frustrating things happen everyday, but there is something good that does too! It’s where you choose to find the emphasis and which moments you choose to live in. Real life example: I took my son and daughter out to a little coffee shop for lunch the other week, we ate outside at a little table watching the cars go by! I think I often take for granted how well my son behaves for being a 2 year old but that is beside the point. He finished eating and was just sitting watching the cars while I finished up. I was throwing the trash away and grabbing his hand to leave when a man siting also eating lunch stopped me and said “I just wanted to take a second to tell you how well mannered and behaved your son is, that is so refreshing to see these days, so keep up the good work”. So I get in the car in very good spirits, arriving home thankful and happy! Well that "well behaved"child didn’t last longer then a minute once we got home, in the hour before naptime we had 3 tantrums over nothing. My mindset when from a 10 to a 2 in less then 15 minutes! I put him in for nap and just sat with my daughter wondering how we can go from one extreme to the next, but you know what I stopped myself from going down that long dark rabbit trail which will ultimately ruin my happy day, and choose to hold onto the moment of joy when the man told me to keep up the good work! Don’t worry he woke up from his nap happy as can be.

I will end with a little word of encouragement that I use as my phone screensaver a lot of the time, because so often I find myself saying I have no clue how to raise these children, or that they are to overwhelming; this has got to be more then I can handle! It’s a Quote by Karen Ehman,

“God knew what kind of mother our children would need long before they were even born.”
Thanks for reading, now go choose joy for your day!

-Ashlee



This post was written by: Ashlee Zimmerman
authorI am a wife to Galen and mommy to Haidyn (2.5) and Lincoln (2 months). A little about me… I love to create in all forms (photos, cakes, dinner, painting, weddings, and the list could go on and on), Coffee is my favorite food group, I love the color yellow, Sunflowers are my favorite flower. Being neat and tidy is not my strong point, I love people, and most of all I love being around my family!
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Follow Me

Below are some of my thoughts that came to me this morning during my worship. I know that every mom has the whole world on her shoulders.  But God has never asked us to take on those burdens, He only asks us to take that one step, to follow Him, and he gives us all the strength and guidance to make that possible. "Take MY yoke upon you." We can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us!



I am so thankful for the rod of discipline! We have a shepherd who looks out for us every moment. A shepherd who is leading us to green pastures. The road is treacherous and narrow. There are vipers in our path; but our shepherds rod keeps us moving, prompting us, return to the way of rest and salvation (Is 30:15). When we veer to the left or the right His rod is a voice behind us saying "this is the way walk in it" (Is 30:21). As His sheep He bids us "Trust in the Lord with all your heart lean not on your own understanding, in all your way's acknowledge me and I will direct your paths"Prov 3:5)

The stinging strike from that rod fades away as the light shines and we see the jagged rocky precipice that we were about to walk over to sure death. We thank our shepherd and try to listen more attentively to his voice. We trust a little more that he knows the way and His rod is for our safety. As we get closer to the green pasture we are no longer able to navigate on our own, it too confusing, every path seems so right and so wrong all at the same time.  We throw our selves at our shepherd mercy depending on his rod to keep us, loosing all confidence in our own steps we quietly put our confidence in Him finding a strange strength to press on despite the worsening conditions. A peace that passes all understanding covers us like a blanket.

We remember what it was like trying to find our own way, the worry, the stress, the anxiety and pressure. The responsibility of the world resting upon our shoulders. We remember how it felt to be so pressed on all sides we could barely breath the thick air. We remember standing frozen in the darkness unable to progress as fear gripped our hearts. 

But now with faith we look into the kind eyes of our shepherd. We placed the world back on his shoulders and treasure the simple task he gave us in return.  With tears of love in our eyes, filled with thankful hearts we marvel as we hear the shepherd calls, FOLLOW ME.




This post was written by: Kathryn Stryer
authorI'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Welcome New Blog Contributors!


Hello everyone! I am so excited to introduce to you three new blog contributors that will be joining me! I am so thankful and excited about the growth of subscribers to this blog over the past two years . I am grateful for the encouraging emails I receive saying that you look forward to reading the blog posts sent to your emails. With the additional authors, I will be able to keep up with the content and gain awesome new posts for the girls! I want this to remain a God glorifying blog where we can interact together and learn more from each other about life, faith, and family, and I am sure these ladies will do just fine here! Let's give a big welcome to...




Monica Nudd I am a wife to a wonderful husband and a teacher since 2005. I previously taught in Maryland and Virginia before coming to Indiana in 2013. I enjoy challenging my students and planning inquiry-based lessons that engage my "kids." I earned a master's of education degree from University of Maryland with an emphasis in curriculum and instruction, teacher leadership, and mathematics. I previously earned a B.A. in elementary education from Washington Adventist University. I enjoy camping, cooking, traveling, and board games.





                                                                                   

                                      
                                                                                     
Kathryn Styer I'm a wife and mommy of 3 girls ages 5,7,11. They get to see my real self and love me anyway. I believe in a simple, minimalist life with no clutter but you would never know that if you walk in to my house. I'm passionate about Jesus and the work he is doing for us in the Sanctuary. I love to teach people about that healing work through group classes and one on one. I long to do a better and better job of that as he works on me. I believe Jesus is coming super soon and I wan't to take everyone there with me.






Ashlee Zimmerman Hi, I am Ashlee a 27 year old, wife to Galen and mommy to Haidyn (2.5) and Lincoln (2 months). A little about me… I love to create in all forms (photos, cakes, dinner, painting, weddings, and the list could go on and on). Coffee is my favorite food group, I love the color yellow, Sunflowers are my favorite flower, neat and tidy is not my strong point, I love people, and most of all I love being around my family! Back to the husband, we were married in 2008 and have lived in the same little rancher ever since, I love him dearly and he is truly my best friend! As for the kiddos, I have two spirited children so they keep me stepping! After my daughter was born I have gained a whole new appreciation for mothers with more than one kid, this is hard stuff!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Spiritual Life of a Busy Mom


It has been quite a while since I posted anything! Between a 2 year old that is super busy during the day, and a 6 month old that has sleep issues at night,I have been struggling! I'm so tired, not sure coffee does anything for me anymore! It's been a challenge for me to find time to spend with God. I know that sounds terrible to say but it's true. I've been slowly learning how to spend time with him in this busy season of life. It can be tough to find a balance between busy kids, housework, spending time with God and your spouse too.

First, I recognize that children are such a blessing and a gift. They are not an interruption, a mistake, or a hindrance to God's will for my life; they are God's will and for my life and part of his plan. With that being said, here are some tips to spend your time with God. It looks different but remember you will be in different places in life and need to adjust to make room for what's important, and we all know Jesus is the most important!

Electronics
Facebook, Twitter, TV, texts. These are all great resources to keep in touch with loved ones, but be careful, it can consume a lot of time. I have a small retail store on Poshmark and I make a constant effort to make sure it isn't taking time away from my kids and husband. You could also use some of those times to read a short devotion.

Read Outloud
Lately, my 2 year old has been interested in reading. She has some great devotional like books and bibles created for her understanding. I like to read them to her, it benefits us both.

Nap Time
If I'm lucky enough to get both kids asleep at the same time, I usually go nuts cleaning the house, but I'm doing that less and less. Instead of every day, maybe every other or every 2 days I keep up with the basics of cleaning.The truth is the house will be a disaster again after they wake up anyway. Instead, I try to relax and rest and read during this valuable quiet time. I can always mop the floors later.

Shower Time
I love taking long, hot showers in the evening while my husband hangs out with the babies. It's so relaxing to me and it's a great place to think, plan and talk to God. It's true you can talk to Him anytime and anywhere but the shower is a nice, quiet place to reflect on your day.

Just Ask Him
Ask God to show you discernment and what will work for your family. Every family is uniquely made.. Since it is God's will for you to know Him, ask Him to enable you to create new ways to work with this season of your life. Houses, cars and other stuff will all pass away. We won't regret time invested in His Word and in raising our kids to love Christ.

I would love to hear your suggestions too! I find that most people like to email me instead of posting in the comment section. You can do either or!


This post was written by: Veronica HurstauthorI am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of 2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him. I am so thankful for my family.
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Friday, June 3, 2016

Proverbs 31: Physical Appearances


"Our loved ones are taking mental snapshots of us to build memories"



Once again, it's that dreaded bathing suite season! Ever since the pools opened over Memorial Day weekend, I've stood in front of a mirror almost daily, staring at my reflection less than pleased! My second child did a number on my body, specifically my thunder thighs! Would I do it again? Absolutely, in a heart beat. Still, I like to feel good about myself! I'm thankful that beauty is not just skin deep, beauty reaches to your soul. Characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman never mentions anything related to physical appearances. It's great to try and stay healthy and well kept, and take care of our temples (bodies) but it isn't healthy to obsess over our flaws.
 "Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who feareth the Lord, she shall be praised" Proverbs 31:30.
One thing that helps me not obsess, is to remember that every moment we spend with our loved ones, they are taking pictures of us. Not necessarily with an actual camera, but with their mental cameras. They are taking mental snapshots of us to build memories. How will they remember us? What will they learn from me? Will my kids and husband remember mom looking sadly in the mirror, or mom sitting in the shade with all of her clothes on because she doesn't want to wear a bathing suite? Or will they see snapshots and memories of mom jumping in the pool and playing with them or mom demonstrating the things that are important in life? Allow your beloved memories and snapshots to be centered around love, don't let society make you feel as if you can't enjoy yourself or make you feel bad about yourself because your not a size 2. 

Physical appearances will inevitably fade away. What won't fade is what we offered to the ones we love and to those around us. We should be concerned about what God thinks of us and our families. We can start by striving to be a woman after Gods own heart, a proverbs 31 woman.

Check out the characteristics of a Proberbs 31 woman blog post.

This post was written by: Veronica Hurst
authorI am the author of Wonderfully Live Blog, I am a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mother of 2 amazing children. I love spending time with my family, writing, reading, baking, and gardening. I strive to use the talents God has given me to bring people to Him, and to glorify Him. I am so thankful for my family.
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