Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Road Blocks and Detours

It seems like roadwork and construction never ends in the state of Maryland! There is always a road block preceding a detour. You're cruising along in your car when you come to a sudden halt and that dreaded detour. With detours, you never know exactly where you are going, the only thing you may know is that you will end up back to the road you originally left. Back to where you need to be.

As I reflect on my own life, I see God’s hand in everything. Discovering God's plans for your life starts with accepting that your life is not your own, and that detours can and will happen. Life without detours can be appealing, but what would we ever learn? What would build us and bring us closer to our creator?

Life with detours that lead us to back roads and new discoveries are the roads that grow our faith. Detours can be frustrating and confusing, but they take us to places we never imagined. Expect and accept detours. Learn and grow from them. When life brings unexpected changes, surrender your own plans and take a detour that will lead you closer to God.

"For whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it".
Matthew 10:39

Monday, May 9, 2016

8 Baby Products That Are Amazing!

There are so many products out there for newborns, from wipe warmers to bottles that look and feel like the real deal. We all want whats best for our babies, but it can be hard to determine what is useful, cost efficient and liked by other moms. I have a two year old and a four month old and I wanted to create a list of what I think is worth buying. Again, this is just my opinion and it is based off of what I use the most that I have purchased myself or received as a gift. This does not include the obvious items you need such as a car seat, stroller, clothes, diapers, etc. You can click on any of the pictures below to view the product details.

Totally Worth It!

1. Aidan + Anais Muselin Swaddles
I absolutely love the Aidan and Anais muselin swaddles. They are extra large, and light weight and very soft. I used them for swaddling (without overheating) , as a nursing cover, changing pad and burp cloth. My two year old still likes to cuddle with her's too. They come in a pack of 4 and all of the colors and designs are cool.

2. Boudreaux 's Butt Paste
I have never had a rash that this butt paste did not cure within a few hours, even the really bad diaper rashes. It has natural ingredients and it smells good, unlike Destin! I received this as a gift for my baby shower and I have been using it ever since. My son has sensitive skin and this works well on him.

3. Fisher Price Rock and Play
I had everything I needed before my baby was to arrive in March of 2014... or so I thought! Little did I know my poor baby would end up having terrible re-flux! She was unable to lay flat for the longest time. My sister in law bought us a Rock and Play to see if it would help. It was amazing! We were finally all able to get a good nights rest. The Rock and Play is slightly angled so that your baby is lying down on a slant, with his or her head elevated. The Rock and Play also cradles the baby so that he or she will feel as if they are being held still, and it fits closely to your bed for easy night time access. My son currently uses it too.

4. Diaper Genie
I know not everyone is fond of the diaper genie, but I stand firm on my decision to include this in my top 8 list. The diaper genie truly prevents your house from smelling like dirty diapers. By the time your baby starts solids, trust me, you do not want to smell their diapers! I only have the very basic model in which you have to push down the diaper (manually) into the diaper pail. It is kinds of gross, but well worth it, just wash your hands afterwards and move on with your life. There are newer models that are censored to open automatically, but they are more pricey. You will have to buy the special bags for it, but I get them at Costco, they have 4 diaper tubes for $19. Not bad at all, and they last forever. I think my husband and I cram at least 30 diapers into the pail before it needs changed.

5. Medela Steam Bags
This steam bag is wonderful! It disinfect's your breastpump breastshields, accessories, breastmilk bottles, nipples, pacifiers and more in about 3 minutes. If you need to pump at work, just toss the pump parts into the bag afterwards and disinfect it. As mentioned above its also great to sterilize bottles and what not on a regular basis. I believe you can use each bag up to 20 times. Experts say you don't need to sterilize anything, but I feel better doing it.

6. Sophie the Giraffe
Yes, Sophie the Giraffe has lived up to all of it's hype. This is an all natural latex teething device. It is easy for babies to grasp since their motor skills are still developing. Both of my kids went to town on this toy when they were teething (actually my 4 month old is currently gnawing on Sophie the Giraffe). Does it look like a dog toy? It sure does! But that's ok, because one day you will catch your child with a real dog toy in his/her mouth anyway. I know it's disgusting but it will happen my friend, just you wait!

7. White Noise Machine
It wasn't until we had our second baby that we purchased a white noise machine. Every night we turn on "ocean waves" to create a soothing background noise for our two year old. We live in a townhouse, its not loud but at times you can hear noises from the neighbors house (dog bark, running up steps, etc.) this blots out the noises as well as the sound of our youngest crying in the middle of the night. Make sure you buy one that plugs into the wall, instead of one that needs batteries, since every thing else requires batteries! Here is the one I have:

8. Pacifiers
I think nipple confusion is overrated. Babies are super smart, trust me they know the difference! That being said...if you don't want to become your infant's personal human pacifier, work on finding a brand your baby will take! They will sleep better and you will too, plus pacifiers has been shown to reduce the risk of SIDS. If your baby wont take one right away, keep working on it.

Continue to add to the list in the comment section to help all moms (including myself) see what products you think are great! Next week we will go through products that are a waste of money. 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mother's Day FREE Jewelry Set Giveaway!

I am conducting a free giveaway in honor of Mother's Day (you do not have to be a mother to qualify). If you are already subscribed to my FREE blog newsletter, you are automatically enrolled for the contest drawing. Contest will run from May 5th- May 12th.  If you are not subscribed, or know of a friend that would love the beautiful set below, share the link and simply subscribe and confirm in your email. Subscribing simply means when I make a post you will get it in your email inbox, you wont be bothered with anything else.

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About the Designer

I have the privileged of receiving sponsorship from a well know jewelry designer Jennifer DV. Jennifer is the founder and designer for DTailsULike. Jennifer DV is an artisan from Puerto Rico living in United States since 2004, creating unique jewelry pieces. Most of her jewelry designs are inspired by the Caribbean and nature's beautiful colors. Jennifer DV designs are made especially for  Latin woman but her jewelry have been worn by women around the world. Her jewelry line features original designs that are simple, elegant, casual, timeless, unique and have been worn by many celebrities. All pieces are hand crafted by Jennifer DV using natural stones, leather, pearls, contemporary chains and beads.

Jennifer DV created the name using her view of jewelry and combining her family initials. For her, detail in her pieces are important (DTail) to enhance your natural beauty. It has her last name initial (D), her husband's last name initial (T), and her son’s initials (UL) that is the reason for so many capital letters on DTailsULike!

Jennifer DV in association with The Artisan Group has gifted her original designs to:
  • The stylists of popular and hit TV series and independent films 
  • Worn by Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez
  • Worn by Chelsea Kane on Season 5 episode 13 of Baby Daddy
  • Worn by actresses Stephanie Drapeau, Ashley Hume, Jolene Purdy, Adina Poter, Soni Nicole Bringas, Laura Slade Wiggins, Courtney Hope, Kelly Dowdle, and Cary Deuber. 
  • Gifted to the media press at the GBK Golden Globes Luxury gift lounge 
  • Celebrities and VIP's at 2016 MTV Movies Awards. Both at GBK's Luxury gift lounge
The awesome thing about DTailsULike is that 10% of DTailsULike annual sales goes to charities that serve people with autism. All of their sales support therapies and services including: Alianza de Autismo de Puerto Rico, Autism Chalk Festival, Kindling Studios, and Celebrate Autism. Its a great shop that supports a great cause. Check out the following links to shop and learn more about DTailsULike.


Thought's for Mother's Day

The first Mother's Day took place on May 9, 1914. President Woodrow Wilson asked all Americans to say "thank you" to their mothers. Ever since that time, we have been celebrating mothers and everything they do for us. Mothers day may be an emotional time for some. Maybe your mother is no longer around, or maybe you want to be a mother too but for some reason, you are not able to right now. This just goes to show how special mothers and being a mother is, and the tremendous impact they have on our lives.

It is hard work to be a mom, I know this because I am one myself. I am also one of five children and my mom made it look so easy! My mom was pretty "strict" growing up. I guess you have to run a tight ship when you have five kids! When she said "no" boy did she mean it! Back then I viewed this as "I'm not allowed to do anything" but that was far from the truth. I had a wonderful childhood with wonderful memories and just for the record, everything she said "no" to, is the exact same things I will say "no" to when my children ask me!

As a child I never noticed my mom putting everyone else before her. I never noticed her selflessness and deep love for her family. Even as adults she still is concerned for us and now I see that the worry never ends! From checking on your infant in the middle of the night to make sure he/she is still breathing, to wondering if your grown up children are doing alright.

I honestly will never know how she kept the house so clean, or how the heck she totted us around to all of our dance and sports classes all while looking glamorous. She never looked tired of us and was always happy to see us.  My mom never looked rattled or like she had just had the longest day unless we really pushed her buttons. She usually could get us to stop anything we were doing with her ever so famous mom look. You know exactly what I'm talking about! This is a super power that I am still trying to master. When I give the look, my two year old laughs because she thinks its hilarious... go figure!

One day we were all in the car and my youngest brother was in the drivers seat, I was in the passenger seat, and my mom was in the back seat (behind the drivers seat). We were impatiently waiting for my oldest sister to get into the car so we could leave. My brother kept honking the horn and my mom told him to stop. He honked the horn again. My mom said stop and added the look to her request. Again, my brother boldly honked the car horn. We all looked directly at my mom, just waiting to see what she would do. For a split second it appeared that she didn't know what to do, but a moment later she reached over and pulled my brothers hair pretty hard and said "I told you to STOP!"
I remember laughing so hard with my youngest sister! To this day my sister and I still laugh at this when we talk about it. It is one of the only times my mom almost lost control...but almost doesn't count.
There she is, "mama bear" with the whole family before my wedding.
All jokes aside, mothers have an important and unique role in the lives of their children, you will always play a role in the lives of your children and influence them to some degree. Your children will have many lifelong memories, perceptions of you and lifelong lessons they will carry with them. There are several verses that direct parents on how to raise their children in Christ. Let's take a look at the Bible, and what is commanded of a mother.

Be available to your children. Help them grow by spending time and guiding their hearts towards God."These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up." Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Guide your children, teach them scripture and a biblical worldview.
"Remember the day you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, when he said to me, assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children" Deuteronomy 4:10

Help your child discover his/her spiritual gifts, and develop/ strengthen them to glorify God. Train your child to know and serve Jesus. "Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

Mother's are to provide a nurturing environment where they care for, and encourage growth and development while loving unconditionally."Then they can urge younger women to love their husbands and children." Titus 2:4

You are a role model to your children, they will mimic you starting at a young age. Model a Godly lifestyle for them."Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them." Deuteronomy 4:9-10

Children are a gift from the Lord  (Psalm 127:3) and as you can see from the few verses above, it is an important and serious role. I absolutely love the quote by Andy Stanley. He says "Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise."

I want to thank my mom for taking her calling to be a mom seriously, and for guiding me and loving me through good and tough times while building great lifetime memories. Love you mom, and Happy Mother's Day!

Don't forget to tell your mom, or the wonderful women that raised or influenced you "Happy Mother's Day!"

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Accepting the Unexpected

I love structure! I love schedules, predictability, symmetry, parallel lines (haha) and everything else that goes along with structure! I might even be a little bit on the obsessed side.  There is something about checking off completed tasks that make me feel so happy and accomplished. A day filled with schedules, efficiency and routine sounds amazing, and also unrealistic. for the most part, my days are organized and somewhat follow an outlined agenda, but I definitely do not complete everything on my "to do" list. Especially with children! Yesterday I planned to do a load of laundry, dishes and clean the bathrooms during nap time, but silly me, my kids wouldn't nap yesterday!

I wake up (ever so slowly!) with the greatest intentions of making the most out of my day but there are always unexpected twists, bumps and curves. I am currently learning to "embrace" the unexpected. God is training me to accept any disturbances in my "schedule" with the expectation of a cheerful and trusting heart. I am learning that when I am faithful and joyful despite circumstances, the Holy Spirit brings strength and peace to my soul.

It is good to be organized and prepared, but also to go with the flow of changes that occur. I am learning daily to surrender my day, and how I think my days should go and letting God direct my steps. His ways are always best! Things will change at any given moment, sometimes they are good changes and sometimes they are not (at least not in that moment) but remember when things aren't going as planned that God "withholds no good from His children "(Psalm 84:11) and try to use every moment as an opportunity to be obedient to God and rejoice in Him.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Couples Scripture Challange

Do you remember memorizing verses as a child? Why is it that most of us stop when we become adults? Memorizing scripture is the number one tool we have to resist temptation.

Chuck Swindoll wrote, “I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified” (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61).
Today I wanted to provide a challenge for couples to memorize scripture together. There is one assigned verse to memorize a week, that's super easy! Even I cant find an excuse not to participate! On the link below, I have two months worth of verses you can memorize with your spouse, and or boyfriend/girlfriend (I choose verses that pertain to couples, although anyone can participate even with a friend!). Follow the chart, memorize the verse, recite the verse to your significant other and pray together after!

I hope you are willing to participate in this two month long challenge. Let me know how it worked out for you and if you noticed any changes in your relationship (use comment section below).

Click here to download the memory verse challenge: Couple's Two Month Scripture Memorization Challenge

Young Living Essential Oils Winner!

Our winner from the Young Living Essential Oils contest is Mrs. Jackson from Maryland! Congrats! I hope you enjoy your peppermint essential oil from Ashley Weber. We will have another Mother's day giveaway soon from another sponsor, stay tuned! 

You can still order the essential oils directly from Ashley, by visiting:  
https://oilybychoice.wordpress.com/ or email her at ash.weber@live.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

FREE Sponsor Giveaway: Young Living Essential Oils!

I am happy to announce a FREE giveaway from a Wonderfully Live Sponsor! Subscribe to Wonderfully Live between April 18th - April 22nd, and you will automatically qualify to win Peppermint Vitality from a random computer selected winner. Peppermint Vitality is great for headaches, allergies and even cramps! My wonderful Sponsor is Ashley Weber, a passionate distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.

Why Use Essential Oils?
Like many of us, Ashley was naturally concerned with all of the toxins around us that impact our family and daily lives. Ashley has family members with reoccurring allergies and thought to herself, what can I do to have a healthier environment and family? She tried different vitamins with "immune boosters", and cooking healthier meals but that didn't seem to cure winter's colds and springtime allergies.

Ashley was soon introduced to Young Living Essential Oils and there was no turning back! Ashley says "These amazing God-given essential oils that have been provided for us, are bringing natural immune boosting powers to my family. They are helping with the uncomfortable spring sniffle season. They are helping my girls (1 and 3 years old) sleep better and breath better. They are impacting my husband's allergic reactions in a way like never before. They are taking the lines and stretch marks from my body and making them a distant memory. They are giving energy and motivation when needed, and (the next part is what sold me on all this) they are helping me manage my stress levels while dealing with my sometimes "three-nager", a teething one year old, 2 high energy golden-doodles, and all while in a transition of moving from our old home, into a small apartment and (soon) into our new home. I couldn't believe how quickly these essential oils started transforming my life and the life of my family."

With all of the options out there why did she pick this specific company and brand to become a distributor for? Ashley says "Several things stood out to me about the company that caused me to choose them over their competitors. One of them is their "Seed to Seal" guarantee (seedtoseal.com). They are involved directly with every aspect of the product from conception to the customer's hand. This spoke volumes about the quality of product they are providing. You can even drop by at a moments notice to any of their farms and get a tour! Obviously they have nothing to hide! "

Thank you Ashley, for sponsoring this free giveaway, we all strive to keep our families healthy!

*If you want to order these wonderful products from Ashley, you can visit https://oilybychoice.wordpress.com/ or email her at ash.weber@live.com

Friday, April 15, 2016

Reasons to Believe You are Worthy!

Have you ever felt worthless, inadequate or just not good enough? There are days when Satan can bring you down with feelings of worthlessness. He can catch you off guard, take a seemingly great day and make you feel terrible about yourself. He is constantly telling us that we just aren't good enough.

Satan tries very hard to make us feel valued based worldly things, such as on our dress sizes, the clothes we wear and size of our home to name a few. He tries to make us feel like we are not good mothers, and we don't have the things and skills that others have (comparison). Satan knows each of us well. He knows what we struggle with and he knows exactly what lies to fill our heads with.

Lately, the devil is trying to convince me that I am not worthy of blogging for Christ. Who am I to run a blog dedicated to Jesus when I am so very far from being perfect? I am stubborn, I can be short tempered, I am not always nice or pleasant to people, I don't always read my Bible, there are times that I don't feel like going to church, and there are times I do not wake up excited to start a new day with my babies because I am so tired. It can make me feel so guilty. Why should I continue to write when I feel like a hypocrite? Satan loves it when I feel this way. He wants me to believe that I'm not good enough, and that maybe I should just give up and shut down my website.

Here are a few reasons why you should not listen to the negative voices.

Satan is a Liar
Satan is a liar! He is so good at lying, but remember he has been a liar from the beginning and he will always try to stop you from doing God’s will for your life. He will continuously attack you because he hates that you have the holy spirit inside of you! Resist the devil by putting on the full armor of God every single day.
"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil." Ephesians 6:11
You Were Bought with a Price
In our flesh we are unworthy. We can never be worthy on our own. But many believers allow Satan to rob them of life by believing his lies about how God views them. They believe they can never be worthy in his sight. You were bought with a price. Jesus died for you, God loves you and God has a plan for you, so how are you worthless?
 "For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."Corinthians 6:20 
He Cares for the Sparrows
God cares for all of his creations so much! Not even one sparrow dies and falls on the ground without God noticing it. Sparrows seem so small and worthless, in fact in the Bible, two sparrows were sold for a farthing (less then one cent)! If God values the sparrows so much, how much does He care for us? God knows so much about us that even every hair on our head is numbered! You are loved and you are worthy in Christ!
"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered."
Matthew 10:29-30
The reason I keep writing is because of Jesus. I am not a perfect writer or speaker, I don't know everything and I am definitely far from being a perfect person, but I refuse let Satan define me or allow him to make me feel unworthy of serving Christ. Serving Christ looks different for everyone. You can serve Him at work, at home, in your everyday life. Don't compare your calling or journey to someone else's. My favorite verse that fits well with this is the verse that inspired this site. Psalms 139:14 says "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful , I know that full well." You are wonderfully made, so wonderfully live your life for Christ.

*For a list of encouraging verses when you are feeling unworthy, check out Bible Verses to Read When You are Feeling Unworthy 

Bible Verses: When You Are Feeling Unworthy

 "For God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body."Corinthians 6:20

 "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11
"Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?"Matthew 6:26

"Others were given in exchange for you. I traded their lives for yours because you are precious to me. You are honored, and I love you."Isaiah 43:4

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope."Jeremiah 29:11

"But now this is what the LORD says, the one who created you, Jacob, the one who formed you, Israel:“Do not be afraid, because I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called you by name; you are mine."
Isaiah 43:1

"However, those the Father has given me will come to me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me, not to do my own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day."
John 6:37-39

Post your favorite encouraging verse below in the comment section.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Incorporating Christ Into Your Toddlers Day

The one thing my husband and I never disagree on is that  God is the foundation of our home and of our family. Since we have children it is essential that we build our family on a solid spiritual foundation; on the word on God. Our first child is 2 years old, and I think its important to incorporate Christianity throughout the day. We are in a spiritual battle every single day of our lives and our children are included. Children are an easy target for the devil. Children are so trusting and easily influenced. Start right now, teaching your children about Jesus.  1 Peter 5:8 tells us “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” That verse is one of many that tells us this is very serious and should not be taken lightly.

Toddlers are growing everyday and absorbing information quickly. They are so smart and will learn/ retain anything you teach them. Teach on their level, explain in ways they will understand. Set a firm foundation starting right now! Here are some ways you can include Jesus in the everyday life of a toddler.

Set an Example
I learned quickly that your children are always watching you and that they want to be just like you. You are the first to really influence your children. If you think they are not watching and learning from you, you are wrong! My daughter copies everything that mommy and daddy does. She prays, opens her daddy's bible while pretending to read and sings "Jesus Love's Me" to her baby brother. She also is a bossy little firecracker, that definitely comes from me, but I am working on that one although I do partially blame it on my Latin blood! Enough said, incorporating Jesus into your children's every day life starts with you.

Prayer is so powerful! It is our direct contact with God. Pray for your family, pray for your children and pray with your children! 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tell us to pray without ceasing!You can pray anytime and anywhere, but meal times and bed time is a great opportunity to pray and give thanks with your toddler. Prayer is essential to our Christian walk and relationship with Jesus. It is important for your children to learn to talk with God, and for them to know they can do it at anytime and anywhere.

Read the Bible/ Tell Stories
My daughter is slowly starting to let us read to her, but up into this point she was not interested. That's OK, you can still tell stories and talk to your children. There are wonderful crafts and toys out there that incorporate Bible stories. If your toddler doesn't mind reading, there are wonderful Bible's for toddlers that shorten stories that will capture their short attention spans. The Bible contains pure truth about God, about life, the nature of mankind and our own hearts as human beings. It is essential in knowing God and and His will for our lives.

My husband and I love music, and my daughter has developed a love for music as well. She continues to amaze me with how quick she can memorize the lyrics. Music can be very uplifting and a great way for your children to learn more about Jesus. 

Attend church
Its not always easy or even motivating to dress everyone for church, and constantly bounce your baby on your lap so he/she will not cry during the sermon, but going to church as a family is very important and worth the effort. Belonging to a community of believers is important for the whole family. Members of the body of Christ gather together to worship, support one another, learn and grow together. It will strengthen the entire family.
Your children will learn to worship with others, become active members , and learn that they are an integral part of the church, and that their prayers and songs are a joyful noise to the Lord and that it does matter.

Guard Your Home and Children
A Godly family is the foundation of productive society and Satan is out to destroy it! He wants nothing more then to destroy our marriage and families. Be very careful to not allow Satan into our homes. He is sly and will slip into our homes unnoticed at first. He can come in our front door through games, toys, music, the internet, books and so much more. Teach your children to use discretion from a young age. Teach your children a Biblical attitude towards evil before they become attracted to and tempted by everything this world has to offer.

Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord, but children come with a great responsibility. Work hard at keeping Jesus in your everyday life and your family's daily life.

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016

First World Problems

Lack of sleep is the direct result of having children! I don't think I have slept since December, when my husband and I welcomed our son into our little family. For me, lack of sleep is the tree trunk and the branches connected to it are anger, impatience, emotional instability (lol) and a few other terrible things. You know what though? No matter how my day goes, whenever I look at my family I cant help but smile and feel so very blessed.

If I take a step back and look at my life, most of my concerns are first world concerns. What is a first world concern? First world concerns are issues in first world nations that are complained about only because of the absence of more pressing concerns. Wow! how spoiled are we? Sure I'm tired and cranky but I have a roof over my head for goodness sake! I have healthy children, an amazing husband and so many more things I can think of! I am so thankful to everything the Lord has provided. All of the sleepless moments with my daughter and son I wouldn't trade for the world. I love my small cozy home and my growing family. I may be tied, but I have a place to lay my head down at the end of the day. I have it good, really.

I am not diminishing tough times, in fact my family is in the middle of a new season with changes we aren't exactly prepared for, but I can truly say I have all of my confidence in Jesus. If i did not have God in my life I don't know how I would handle everything. No matter how tough things are, I try to remember all of my blessings and thank the Lord for it. Being thankful is something we should practice everyday, not just during Thanksgiving. What are some of the things that you are very thankful for?

Monday, October 5, 2015

Guest Blog Post for Blogs by Christian Woman

Check out my guest blog post for Blogs by Christian Woman!  I am honored!

Monday, September 28, 2015


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Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm Not Ashamed: Who Do You Choose?

I just saw this movie trailer this morning and was once again reminded of how fragile life is. There is nothing we can do to control what will happen, or what may happen. This movie trailer forced me to think about and reflect on what life boils down too. What is your purpose? What direction are you heading in?  What or who are you putting your trust and hope in? Who are you serving?

Click on image to view movie trailer

Although we may at some point get caught in dangerous and frightening situations. we have to remember who is in control. If you have given your life to Jesus, you can experience a kind of peace that I believe you cannot have without Jesus in your life. You also have to give your family to God too, he loves them so much and will take care of them no matter what. This doesn't always mean things will turn out perfectly, but he has powerful plans beyond our understanding for each of us. Talk to Him, He is waiting for you...

Here are a few Bible verses that you can read for comfort and for reminders of God's faithfulness.

"For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”Isaiah 41:13

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Proverbs 3:5-6

"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”John 16:33

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ..Matthew 6:25-7:29

"It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
Deuteronomy 31:8
... Just something to think about ...

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