Wednesday, December 25, 2013

In the Quiet of this Christmas Morning

This Christmas morning as I sit, computer on my lap, coffee at my side, baby playing quietly at my feet, I reflect. On the year gone by, on years past, on previous Christmases, and on that very first Christmas. The one when God sent his SON to be born as a human so that he could DIE for us.

His son who was with Him in Heaven. In the perfect place with no hurting or sorrow. Sent him to take on flesh, to become one of us. Knowing. Knowing that Jesus would grow up and be persecuted and die. That other humans, mothers and fathers with kids of their own, would kill him.

God sent His son to die for us. So that all of mankind could be saved.

What an amazing gift. One I'm not sure I could give, quite honestly. So, to take that for granted, to ignore it, to not share it with others. That would be almost as bad as not accepting it in the first place.

On that first Christmas day, our savior was born. Born into this world so that he could ultimately pay the sacrifice for our sins so that we don't have to. We are all sinners, born into an imperfect world, but we don't have to die sinners.

Romans 10:9 says that if we believe in our hearts and confess with our mouths that Jesus is Lord, we will be saved. It's that easy. God sent his Son to die as punishment for our sins. Accepting that gift is as easy as believing and confessing. If you haven't already, won't you today?

Send me a message or comment below if you'd like to talk more about this. I don't have all the answers but I'd love to look with you and find them together!

Have a blessed Christmas and do be sure to enjoy your Gift!


Monday, December 9, 2013

In His Time

I've been reading "A Confident Heart" by Renee Swope with a fantastic group of women. Such a great read, very encouraging, and I'm learning so much! I hope the others are getting as much out of it as I am!

Hebrews 10:35 says: "so do not throw away your confidence..." This tells us that God has already given us confidence, it is in us somewhere, we just have to dig through the crud of our past and our insecurities and find it and trust in God along the way. Chapter 8 is titled "When Doubt Whispers 'I Don't Have Anything Special to Offer'" and it deals with spiritual gifts and finding one's purpose. In my own thoughts and in our discussion and in discussions I've had with others in the past, I have noticed a main theme: no one seems to know what their purpose is. This is incredibly frustrating to me personally. I'm a very goal oriented person, I like to have something that I am working toward.

I was expressing this frustration to Dan the other night, paraphrasing Proverbs 29:18- "without a vision, the people perish." Right after I said that, God whispered to me and he told me that right now, in this moment, my purpose was to be a wife and mom and to take care of our family and our home. As I thought about this more later, I realized that as I trust in Him and live this out, that he will reveal the next part of my purpose to me when the time is right. And now, here I sit in awe of the God who is my Father and who loves me so much that he has GOOD plans for me because do you know what? I just went and looked that verse up in other versions and the message version says THIS: "If people cannot see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed."


What if right now, in this moment, we took time to enjoy where we are at, quit looking for some grand purpose and just lived out the life that God has planned for us, revealed to us as we are obedient in fulfilling it.

Because not everyone in the world can be missionaries or entrepreneurs or CEOs or all these perceived BIG, IMPORTANT people.

The world needs moms and wives, too. Women who will raise their kids and support their husbands and love them and nurture them. And I love being a wife and a mother. I really wouldn't change it for anything in the world.

Aren't they just the most handsome, precious kiddos?

So why do I get frustrated? Why do I feel like there's got to be more to it than this? Well, because the world and, ultimately, Satan tells me so. That's what he'd like me to believe. He would love for me to believe this so I can try to get through it as fast and haphazardly as I can so that I can move on to "bigger and better" things.

Don't get caught listening to the lies! God has big plans for me and for you, maybe not by the world's standards, but by His and that's all that matters. And there is more, just not right now. I won't always have kids at home. Eventually, they'll be grown and leave home and THEN it will be time to move on to something else.

Wherever you are right now, is part of God's plan for your life. He has a plan and a reason for everything that happens in our lives. It might not always be pretty but it is always for a reason. Sit back and trust Him and continue to seek Him and His will for your life, and He will continue to reveal the next step when it is time- in His time.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

And... It's December!

No Spend November is over! I must say, I'm rather indifferent about it. I could go on and on with this no spending stuff. Well, to an extent. I have to admit one of the first things I did on Monday morning was go to Biggby :)

Anyway, I think I'll do a no spend November every year. I keep joking that I'm going to do a no spend 2014 but my kids don't think that's funny. My husband thinks it's a great idea on the other hand. Personally, I'm SURE I couldn't do it. A month is one thing

but a whole YEAR?!

I didn't just do the challenge for a month to go back to my old ways. I do plan to maintain what I've learned and to keep new habits I've formed. I think a lot more about purchases I make and I've been spending my time more wisely. Goal accomplished.

I have a lot of things that I'd like to do in 2014, one of which includes quitting eating cereal. LOL I bet you didn't know I LOVE cereal, did ya? So, we'll see what happens... maybe I'll do a challenge a month for 2014.

Then again, maybe I'm just coming off of a successful challenge and feeling a little too ambitious.

We'll have to see what 2014 brings. Keep reading this here blog and I'll keep you posted.