Creating My Prayer/Mom Space

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2

What is Prayer/Mom Space?

Prayer/Mom Space is that place you go to think and talk to God.  That place that brings you peace in the middle of a storm.  It can be your spiritual space in your heart or a physical space in your home.   I decided to make my space physical and devote it to the Lord because without Him I would have nothing.  I also needed a space away from my bedroom, away from the kids, away from life where I can just sit down and turn off the world.  That is the only way this blog can exist.

How do I create a space?

Simple.  First and foremost, pray.  Ask God to help you find a space you can go and meet with Him privately.  You will be amazed at what He says to you.  Second, research ideas..  What appeals to you?  What makes you sit down, close your eyes and say “ahhh”?   For me, my space has to be in a corner of the living room.  So, two things have to happen.  First, it must go with the rest of my living room decor and second, it must be able to take me away from one of the main areas of our home.  Fortunately, we have teenagers who have forgotten our living room exists anymore so distractions will not be a big issue for me.

What is my style?

I am not an interior decorator.  I like to create things but putting them together to create something beautiful in my home is a challenge.  However, if I have something that sparks an idea or a few ideas I can create some very beautiful spaces.

Here’s my first process:

  • Set a timer for 30 minutes
  • Gather magazines
  • Just cut out what appeals to me
  • No thinking; just cutting

Once you are finished gather your pictures and analyze what you cut out.  You will find some theme to them.  For me, I like french country, rustic country and all things country.

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This is the area of my home I will use to create that space. I rent my home for now so I am limited to what I can do.  However, in June/July/August we will begin looking for our forever home and that means no holds barred for this DIY-er.  Lee loves my home “piddling” as he calls it.

Excuse the dog, she was a little tired and needing of attention:)

My second process I will be do the following:

  • Pray: God help me find some spaces that appeal to me.  Reveal to me the style you wish for me to have to align Your will with my will. 
  • Set my timer for 30 minutes
  • Get on Pinterest
  • Create a Board for my space
  • Search for things of interest to me-mom spaces, prayer spaces, heart rooms, rustic offices, french country; whatever God places on my heart to find.
  • You can find my Mom Space Pinterest board when you click here

My girls will join me if they are around but for the most part I like to do stuff like this alone without distraction.  This is a very important space for ME!  This is key to making it successful for you.  It is YOUR space.  I have to tell myself that because many times I forget and let the kids take over spaces mentally, spiritually and physically.

I am not a selfish mom but I am learning to be one.  Not because I’m mean and selfish but because I have to do what makes ME happy.  I have to do for ME to do for others.  ME is not a word a lot mom’s use very often.  When I am with God that is my time.  It does not belong to anyone else. In a house full of strong-willed Type A personalities -it can quickly be forgotten. But remember, He is Your Father.  He is THE King of kings and Lord of lords.  So you can afford to be a selfish, princess or diva for a few moments of planning for Him.

Finally, I will go shopping.  I will search Craigslist, go to Canton (huge flea market in TX), hit the Goodwills and Salvation Army’s and as a last result go to the furniture store.  Remember there is not right or wrong to this process.  This is MY process that God put on my heart to share with you.  Tweak it, use it, don’t use it but remember whatever you do it will be right for you and just as You are fearfully and wonderfully made as told in Psalm 139:14 so will this space for you and God be made. God does not make mistakes!

How will your space be created?  What will it look like?  There is not a right or wrong answer.  This space is subjective.  It is yours!  Your opinion is the only one that counts.  But I would love to hear about or see your space so please comment below or link to this blog.  I will share mine as soon as it is created.

Whatever you do to create your space do it with this verse in mind and in heart.  Pray it over the space you will be using.  That’s what I have done.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.  Philippians 4:8

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

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Art Therapy

“Moreover, there are many workmen with you, stonecutters and masons of stone and carpenters, and all men who are skillful in every kind of work. “Of the gold, the silver and the bronze and the iron there is no limit. Arise and work, and may the LORD be with you.” 1 Chronicles 22:15-16

Life is slowing down for me as I enter my last few days at my old job and begin the new one.  As I have more time, I am rekindling my love for arts n crafts and gardening.  I am loving myself again!  To do this I use to have my art journal that was just a diary of all things Me.  I had magazine pictures, quotes, pics of things I’d like to make, how to steps etc.

I have not done this in over 2 years and I miss it.  Here are some of the things I use to create from this time.   These  of my favorite pieces to create.

wpid-img_89801088760046.jpegAlthough you think creating a collage is “easy”, it isn’t. Getwpid-img_89810714135563.jpegting the color schemes together and decorating with 2 blank canvases, 2 unstained wooden adorations, and lots of scrapbook paper and embelishments was much harder than I imagined it to be in my head.  Time for both:  4 weeks.

This newpid-img_89651414723749.jpegxt piece I did for my oldest daugther’s boyfriend at the time.  These were the $2 crosses in the wood section at Wal-mart.  Because these are hand painted I could not guarantee the stains but I am pleased with how they turned out.  Time:  2-3 weeks

These were based on the following bible verse: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13

These next few pieces were created for FFA at my son’s school.  They took about 48 hours to create.

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These were more gifts for family and friends.  These took anywhere from 24 hours to 14 days.  Some the techniques used required plaster of paris.

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These are just a few of my art pieces that aren’t necessarily the greatest of art pieces but they are my pieces and I am pleased with them.  I firmly believe all my creations were spirit filled.  God gave me what I feel are skills I need to create these things.

In 2015, I will rekindle this hobby and see what He brings to me to create. I am re-invoking my “All Things Me” journal again.  Tomorrow I will go out and buy markers, colored pencils, water pencils, and a beautiful journal-the expensive ones at Barnes and Noble.  I am worth that!  I will fill it with all the things that speak to me.  I will ask friends, neighbors, and strangers for magazines.  This is a great thing to get your kids doing as well.  We use to have family time doing this one task every Friday night.   My girls especially love doing this.  My son wasn’t thrilled with it but it has taught him how to brainstorm now for those bigger projects.  I will get a post up on the “how-to” of this soon.

What is God leading you to do in 2015?  Not sure?  Write for 30 minutes every morning when you wake up.  Here are the rules:

  • Set up a mom space in your home-it can be an office, it can be section of the living room, but whatever it is make it yours
  • Wake up before everyone else in your home
  • Set your timer for 30 minutes
  • Get your journal and pen out
  • Pray this simple prayer “God, please place Your will on my heart and help me see my purpose through Your eyes. Remove all negativity from my life for the next 30 minutes and bring me peace to see Your plan for me.  Bring me the words I need to begin developing Your plan for me. Amen”
  • Start writing
  • Don’t let the pen stop
  • Don’t think just write
  • Grammar does not count
  • Get it all out
  • Stop when it goes off no matter what
  • Do your devotionals and start your day

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

The Characters in My Life Story

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

Before I continue writing and referring to people and continually reminding you of who they are, I decided to do a quick reference page of the most important people in my life-my family.  They provide so much entertainment on a daily basis.  I am in constant laughter with them around.  There are times I can use a break from them but I could never live without them.  The love I receive is too precious, priceless, and irreplaceable.  They all make my bad day’s better and bring so much joy and happiness to my life. Without their love I cannot imagine having a blessed life.

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Name:  Leewpid-20140924_162409.jpg

Nicknames:  Hutcheson, Lee Hutch, Hutch

Role in My life:  Fiance, future husband, my right hand, my everything

Career:  Christian Counseling, LCDC, Pastor

Name:  Meganwpid-img_10909925248910.jpeg

Nicknames:  Megs, MeganEggan,

Role in My Life:  My oldest child, the reason I started this journey call motherhood

Career:  Administrative Assistant

Name:  Marissa Ashleywpid-img_20141101_190512.jpg

Nicknames:  Riss, Rissa Roo

Role in my Life:  My middle child and the reason I know the struggles of the disabled.  She was born with Spina Bifida and she is my true inspiration to keep going.  If she can, I can!

Career:  Senior in High School

wpid-img_20141224_180412.jpgName:  MacKenzie

Nicknames:  Mac, Bubba, Baby Boy, Kenzie, The Kenzler

Role in my Life:  He is the baby of the family and my only son.  Just a totally different relationship from the girls.

Career:  8th grader, baseball and football player

Name:  Kennedywpid-wp-1420605327206.jpeg

Nicknames:  Puppers, Puppy

Role in My Life:  My best friend and family dog

Career:  Protecting us from the mean streets of the suburbs

Seasons of Change

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

As I was driving back from Dallas last night, I was struggling with the changes I need to make in 2015-kids growing up, career changes, and oh yea-I become a pastor’s wife.  I looked in my review mirror and saw my 17 year old fast asleep and I asked myself “where has this year gone?” I looked over at my son sitting next to me in the front with his head phones in and he is definitely his father’s son.  That thought warms my heart.  He is growing up to be all the good parts of his father.  Loving, Kind, Caring. God-fearing. And soon he begins the last phase of childhood-high school.    So many changes for us in 2014 and even more in 2015.  How do I deal with all these changes?  Then I am remembered Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5  God is with me always as long as I stay content.

During the trip home,  I received a call from a church member just checking up on me.  I told her what was going on and she said something to me that struck hard.  She said, “Pray and ask God if your purpose is being fulfilled.” WOW!  I have prayed a lot of things but that is one I forget about.  What is my purpose???

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

God gave me a purpose.  He knows it, I know it (or at least think I do).

I am passionate about what I do for a living.  God gave me a purpose and I am living it out. However, my job duties required me to be away from the office and my home 2-4 days a week.  Now that I am back to normal so to speak, I feel so disconnected. Disconnected from my office and coworker friends; disconnected from my children and most importantly disconnected from myself.

I should be on cloud 9 right now with 390% increased sales in one market and 25% in another.  I have two amazing jobs with two amazing bosses.  I have a beautiful man of God who loves me like no other and between us we have 6 beautiful children who provide us so much joy and happiness.  So why am I so “BLAH?”

It’s because I am disconnected from ME.

Since February 2014 I have been traveling up and down the I-35 corridor from Austin to Dallas and occasionally taking a diversion down I-20 to Longview.  I have missed 4 baseball games, 4 football games, spent little time with my children, ended one very bad relationship,  grew my agent force in two markets, increased sales for our company, and rediscovered my one true love in life and made my family complete again, well almost complete.

I have been on a whirlwind of agent trainings, agent dinners, agent lunches, product launches, provider engagement, and no time for me or my family.  The little time I did have I spent with Lee and the kids but I was still “on” at work.  I answered my phone at 8 or 9 pm at night, sometimes even midnight.  I was at the office at 8 or 9 pm at night if not driving home at 1 or 2 am. That is not quality time!  Lee is the first to tell me about it too 🙂

I have worn myself out.

Have you been there?  You give and give and give you just can’t give anymore?  I find myself cranky and irritable.    I find myself being a not nice person.  I just want to be left alone but then I come home and people are here, I go to the office people are there.  I’m not happy because I’m exhausted.  I have worn my body out!

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

So, today, I worked from home after I got the kids off at school and went to my doctor appointment.  I did some soul searching and I found myself again.  I also made a commitment to God and myself that in 2015 this will not happen again.    I don’t like feeling that way.

Here are some things God put on my heart:

Lee is first and foremost.  Our children will grow up and leave but he is with me forever.  God made us to be one flesh and I need to make him the same priority he makes me.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31

My children still need me even though they aren’t little anymore.  My youngest is 13 and my 17 year old turns 18 next month and graduates in June.  Then she is suppose to launch into adulthood and this precious little baby I brought home 18 years ago is starting her life as a young woman.  My baby boy makes the transition from Middle to High school and he’s the baby of the family.  That’s our last born child.  Sigh!  Where did the time go? I am so blessed to be a mother to them all.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:13-16

My job will still be there even if I’m not.  If I do not return to the office tomorrow, they will function without me.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him  Ephesians 6:5-9

I need to slow down and listens to ALL God’s purposes for me not just at work but in all aspects of my life.  I am a Woman of God.  How am I living out my faith? Am I living up to the Proverbs 31 woman? I am a wife-to-be.  Am I submiting to Lee as I should?  I am a mother.  Am I training my children in the direction they should go?  But of all I am, most importantly I am a child of God and I am his temple.  If I do not take care of me, I will self destruct.  I am also a mirror to my children of how to live.  My children learn from me.  The wife I will be, the parenting I do and how I live my life even at 24, 17, and 13 they are still learning.  I need to slow down and set a better example.

So tonight to help me slow down,  I pray the 23rd Psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
    He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

Life Planning

2015 almost got away from me without what my kids call my 4-1-1 book, but last week this box arrived at my doorstep:

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I was never more excited!  Inside was my life planner, the elastic bands to keep it bound during my travels up and down the 1-35 corridor from Dallas to Austin, and the newest “gadget” for 2015-coil clips! Lee has his “man” stuff and I have Erin Condren and Hobby Lobby.

I could probably order everything on Erin’s website.  However, I am grateful to have the resources to be able to purchase this wonderful tool that keeps my life organized with the ability to tap into my creative side.  I am positive Lee and the kids are  grateful as well.

I have ordered from ErinCondren.com since 2010.  Best decision I ever made.  In 20wpid-20150104_215301.jpg14, this Life Planner transformed into my Everything Scrapbook and  Journal.  I began writing daily bible quotes from devotionals and other sources.  Then one day I found myself writing down quick easy prayers for every day situations in it.   It also housed my office notes, my thoughts, my ideas, my weekly grocery lists, chore charts for my kids wpid-20150104_215247.jpgand everything our family did or wanted to do.  It became something totally new and different to me.  It was amazing!

With my travel schedule, I could not join traditional Bible Studies so I joined the online world.  However, I hated carrying 2 journals everywhere I traveled so I began using the section in the back of my planner with blank and lined pages–GENIUS!    wpid-20150104_215331.jpg

I also have pockets to store receipts, church bulletins, notes and a pouch to keep essentials ready for me to use-coil clips, stickers, post its, tags, and washi tape from my RAK group.  Erin Condren really makes this planner great for any woman to be creative and live as God intended her to live.

The Erin Condren Life Planner gave me the space to still do what I love as far as my cwpid-20150103_192340-1.jpgareer and still honor God as I continue to grow as a Christian woman.  As I do my Reading Through the Word study, I write the main study verse down as well as the main idea in my planner.  As I do Bible Studies or hear verses in everyday conversations with Lee or others,  I write them down  on index cards and clip into my planner with my coil clips.

I am nwpid-20150103_192352.jpgow super excited to take my time planning my life.  Why?  Because I get to use Washi tape and stickers to create a beautiful work of art for God and myself.  My days, my weeks, and my months are planned with delight. I use 1×1 powpid-20150103_202809.jpgst its, washi tape galore, embellishment stickers and actual photos glued down in my planner.  It becomes my scrapbook/journal of my year.

How do I plan?  Living with the principle that God is first, I place my church commitments on my calendar first.  Since Lee and the kids are second, I fill in our family obligations next.    Third, I go to my work calendar and fill that in as well and see where I have overlaps.  I try to fix the overlaps if possible and if not find the work around.  In January, I place all my permanent obligations on my calendar first.  I do this in this order-yearly, monthly, weekly and daily.   Again, fix the overlaps or find a work around.  After the first week of January I can get on a normal schedule.

Every night I review and update as needed. Every Saturday night I plan for the next week.   I use a different color for each family member and family obligation.  I also use stickers for simple reminders like baseball games and football games–actual baseball and football stickers and I write the time on the sticker. These are things that work for me.  There is really no science to this, you do what is best for you and your family.  My brain functions differently but my family is use to it 🙂

As my life planner gets built up over the year, I like to sit in meetings and review what is in it.  You know those non productive meetings where you are like “Why am I a part of this?”  I can sit in those meetings and review some of the key verses I write down on the pages. This calms my mind and reduces my stress level. I also update lists, create new lists, or write a quick reminder in my planner.

My Bible is my first book of choice and my Life Planner is my second.  I don’t leave home without it.  With my life planner by my side, I have a place to write down special moments, moments of gratitude, memories, things the kids say, things the husband/significant says, reminders of things they want or need to do, and all the things that occur in my blessed life.

Gooodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

I do need to take a minute and give Lee praise for yesterday, because he gave up the first hour of NFL playoff season to take me to Hobby Lobby as I prepared for this post.   He also took a quick trip into Hemispheres with me which ate up more time.  He did begin to rush me and did tell me no to Tuesday Morning but when he said “Honey, I was the only man in the store and I’m missing the NFL playoffs” I had to listen.  You pick and choose your battles, ladies!

Getting it Together in 2015

And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. Habakkuk 2:2 ESV

As a traveling business woman and mother to an active 13 year old and 17 year old, as well as being a mom to a newly career oriented 24 year old who has launched into adulthood, staying organized is essential.  I am often asked how I maintain my schedule, my bosses schedule, my kids’ activities and my home.  Now factor in a wedding to plan because in 2015 I’m adding a husband to the mix.  Not just any husband but one who will be serving the Lord through ministry.  So now we will be living under a microscope.  No pressure here!!!

I would love to sit here and paint you a fairy tale picture that every morning we get up and life runs perfectly-my devotional time, family prayer time, breakfast cooked, lunches packed, kids out the door, dog walked, eat as a family every night at the table, and we have this awesome system we follow and we are in bed by 9 pm with an immaculately cleaned home.  However, God tells me I cannot lie-it doesn’t.

I live in Central TX and Lee lives in DFW.  My job requires me to travel up and down I-35 from Dallas to Austin and sometimes I have to divert my path down I-20 to go out to Longivew/Tyler.  Lee is finishing up his schooling for his LCDC program and also working on his doctorate in Christian Counseling as well as his ministry work.  We are swamped!!!  Lee can start his day in prayer and scripture with no problem in his home but when he visits us every other weekend he feels my pain.  He has been known to get wrapped up in the chaos and our days bend in a different direction than we intended.

There are more mornings than I care to admit that life gets hectic from the time I get up.  We overslept.  Clothes are not dried from the previous evening.  Papers are not signed.  Cranky kids.  You name it, it can go wrong in our house.  There are also more evenings than I care to admit that we are sitting at BJ’s or Sol De Jalisco’s eating dinner.  We get home late from baseball or football (10:30 or 11 pm) or my daughter’s therapy hits right in the middle of dinner.  You name the interruption, we have seen it.

I could tell you  I’m at peace with this but again I cannot lie and I am not.

Honestly, life as a mother alone can be overwhelming.

  • Mom I need
  • Mom can you sign
  • Mom, don’t forget
  • Mom, come get me
  • Mom can you take me (and my friends)

Life as an assistant just makes it even more interesting.

  • Where is the producer report
  • When do I go to DFW
  • What meetings do I have today
  • Who do I meet with today
  • Are the focus groups organized
  • When will you have that done
  • I need that yesterday

And the list goes on…………

Sometimes, it can be very overwhelming when you are on the phone at home scheduling a meeting while cooking dinner, signing school papers, texting coaches and the fiance all at the same time.   It is in these moments  I remember through Him who gives me strength I can do anything! (Phillippians 4:13).  Once I remind myself of this, I am at peace.

In 2015 I have resolved to get and keep my family organized.  To do so, I have done some soul searching and this is how our family will manage in 2015.

  1. God
  2. Family
  3. Work
  4. Everything else follows

We will also follow four simple rules:

  1. If you take it out, put it back
  2. If you open it, close it
  3. If you throw it down, pick it up.
  4. If you take it off, hang it up

These 8 things will make a huge difference in our home.  But for me to truly stay organized and on top of what I need to get done I, myself, must do some things.

Study the Word, Live in the Word, and Live the Word

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. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Joshua 1:8

The foundation of any relationship begins with God.  In order for me to not be overwhelmed and living a hectic life I must stay focused on Him and thank Him for all he has given me.  God tells us in 2 Timothy chapter 3 that he gave us the scriptures to properly equip us to do our jobs-as children, as wives, as mothers, and as an everyday individual.  There is no circumstance in life where we cannot refer back to His word in the Bible.  We must also meditate on it day and night as directed from God.  So in 2015 I will do the following to maintain that relationship with Him.

  • Join a Bible Study
  • Read the Bible Cover to Cover (Reading through the Word with Wendy Pope is awesome)
  • Be an example to my children and others around me
  • Start and end my day in devotion and prayer
  • Learn to pray for my husband to be and my children
  • Learn to be a prayer warrior

Get Healthy and Fit

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 

Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3 John 1:2

I cannot be a good wife and mother if I am unfit and unhealthy.  I will not have the strength to keep up with the demands of my family.  God also tells us that our health has a direct correlation to our soul.  That makes this girl ready to change everything!  I need a healthy soul. To get that healthy soul I must do the following so God’s temple is not destroyed.

  • Exercise 5 days a week-cardio and strength
  • Drink 1/2 my weight in water daily
  • Eat at home 5 nights of week
  • Be in bed early

Prepare Daily, Weekly and Monthly

But all things should be done decently and in order. 1 Corinthians 14:40

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. Acts 20:28

Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 1Timothy 3:2

The Lord tells us to pay special attention to the details of all you have been blessed with to oversee in life.  The first thing anyone must do for anything is prepare and make a plan.  We all have those daily, weekly and monthly things we must do.  But how do we remember them all?  For me I had to get organized and call on Erin Condren.  Now I do the following:

  • The last Sunday of the previous month write down all monthly standing meetings for work and kids’ activities, add practice schedules and game schedules for kids , standing dr. appts and monthly to-do’s
  • Every Saturday night review standing meetings, update the calendar with additions and confirm changes, confirm dr. appts, and update with any additional to-do’s
  • Every night before bed review the next day’s schedule and to-do list and update as needed
  • Make laminated lists that can be reused-groceries, to-do’s, etc

2015 almost got away from me without what my kids call my 4-1-1 book, but last week this box arrived at my doorstep:

wpid-img_20141230_191306.jpgTomorrow I will show you how I use this to stay in touch with God while I plan and live my over-scheduled life as a traveling mom of 2 teenagers, a 24 year old, and the fiance to a true Man of God.  I would not have it any other way.  I am blessed beyond measure.

Good night and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Acceptance, Obedience, Self Control and Sin

You will be accepted if you do what is right. But if you refuse to do what is right, then watch out! Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you. But you must subdue it and be its master. Genesis 4:7

You will be accepted if you do what is right
God gave us the ultimate statement of acceptance. He WILL accept us as long as
we are living the right life. Therefore, if we are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), we as parents need to set these same expectations of acceptance for our children. Today’s society tells us to back off our children and “let them express themselves” However, I feel we need more discipline, rules and guidelines like we once had. For me, this reaffirms my discipline with my children at home and the high expectations I place upon them.  What greater gift can we give our children than the gift of God’s acceptance?  Now that is the “in” crowd I want to be a part of…….

But if you do refuse to do what is right, then watch out!
God gives us warning of what is to come if we disobey. He gives us rules and holds us to high expectations for us as His children. We must do the same for our children. We cannot have rules without consequences.  We must share these consequences with everyone in our lives not just our children.

Sin is crouching at the door, eager to control you.
God tells us that sin can control our lives if we allow it. We must cast Satan out of our lives continually. We need to stay away from sin or it will take over our lives. Every day there is spiritual warfare. I face it daily myself. Therefore, I must put on my armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) and be prepared to battle. To do this I must pray, live in the Word, and live the Word.

Armor of God

But you must subdue it and be its mater
4. God gave us self-control to subdue sin. He gives us the will to be the masters of our own sin. If we are living in the Word, we can control ourselves better. I know my prayer sometimes is very simple “God, remove the negative influences and strongholds from my life”. It’s amazing what happens when I pray that prayer. Sometimes it removes people from my life and sometimes I lose things. Either way, God is always with me no matter what I lose.

Tonight’s memory verses:

16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. ~Romans 6:16-18

Good night and God Bless!

A Blessed Woman