IN THE MORNING

Just a quick reminder that God wants to hear us cry out to Him.  He also wants us to start our day with Him.  Then we should prepare our day around Him and His will for us and watch our lives unfold according to His plan.  

My days go much smoother when I do this. 

May your day be blessed according to His will for you, today!

God bless,

Myra

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A Lesson From My Children

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It is in watching my children grow together that I am reminded of this verse and it’s meaning. Having a special needs sibling can be tiring and exhausting but it is also what brings you to a relationship with Christ like no other. My youngest and oldest struggle with this everyday as they watch their sister struggle from Spina Bifida and all the other minor diagnosis’ she received.

Just when I think I need to get on my knees because of animosity amongst them, I turn around and can capture moments like the one in the image of my son pushing his big sister in difficult terrain for a wheelchair.  It is then I am reminded that I have done my job as a mom.  They do love her and care for her just as I do as her mom.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.  ~ Hebrews 6:10

They are siblings and they will fight.  But being the sibling to a special needs sister is different and requires a lot of hard work and understanding.  It can be exhausting coming second to her needs.  You can grow resentment because you just don’t understand why mom has to keep spending time with her at doctor appointments and performing procedures that MUST be done for her health. 

However, just when I think my children are falling apart I notice things.  Things like hearing them reassure one another when one of them is down.  Watching their faces brighten up when they spend sibling time together.  There is no better sound than their laughter.  It brings so much joy to my life and makes my heart full.   But most of all I see them make sure their sister is included or find a way to include her.  When she’s having a hard time, they lend her a hand. 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  ~ Galatians 6:2             

This is where I take my lesson.  I need to do that more as a wife, as a friend, and as a mom. How many times do you get frustrated with your spouse?  The friend who asks for advice but never takes it?  The kids calling out “mom” for the 100th time in a day?  I need to make sure I am including those who are often forgotten or different. When I am tired, exhausted and feel like someone should be able to do something for themselves,  I need to reach out and help anyway. 

I have to love people for who they are and meet them where they are. I am blessed beyond measure and just as God has loved me I must love ALL his people.

Children give you teachable moments too. This is one of mine. 

Fervent Friday- Prayers for my Husband

This book is so easily written and not bogged down in fluff that praying for my husband has never been easier.  I am expanded beyond the normal everyday prayers into praying for his Christian maturity, his health, his career, his relationships in new ways.  

If your prayer life needs a lift, this book can help!!! It has helped me go from being the average wife praying for her to husband to a fervent wife praying for her husband! 

The Golden Journal- The Only Place to Keep God’s Word and Wisdom

Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” ~Psalms 27:14

A few months ago I took one of my infamous trips to Hobby Lobby.  I came across this beautiful, gold journal normally $30.  However, they had it marked for $10.  I also bought the gorgeous journal insert with my 40% off coupon costing me $17 total for the entire journal.  


So as you can see, I could not pass up this deal.  If you’ve ever visited Hobby Lobby you know the struggle when you find that ONE deal. It was like the heavens aligned and God put this together for me and only me as there was only one left!!!  I actually pray before going shopping for God to make known my needs.  This one was easy to see although I did not know why at the time.

I have what my husband and children call a jounal/crafting/Hobby Lobby addiction.  I call it my stress reliever.  However if you come to my home, you will find a journal in every corner of my home as well as a stash in a Rubbermaid container under my table/desk.  If you come to my office, you will literally find 3 pad folios 20 spiral business notebooks 2  five subject notebooks and 3 journals.  I love paper products and pens.  Maybe my family has a right to feel the way they do!

Now why this one journal popped out at me that day, I didn’t know until here in the last few months.  I have been asked to help launch a few Christian books in the last year.  I have a habit of writing notes, tagging pages, and highlighting as I read.  But I don’t like to go back for references I like my journals for that.  

As I was reading my friend Barbara Koob’s book Dream Discoveries It really came upon me that I needed a place to keep my notes.  Here’s where God’s timing came in to play for me.  As I was praying about this, it came over me to clean my home office and this beautiful, gold journal showed up as if God was hitting me over the head with it.  

Now I use it for my dream disvovery journaling (more to be written on this topic/book soon).  I also use it for the exercises in Hope  Prevails as well as Fervent and Power of a Praying Woman prayers and scriptures from those books.  What better place to keep God’s word than this gold leather journal? It is a good fit for this princess that’s for sure!


Anyone of you who know me, know this journal will be blinged out and used.  It is a Project Life journal so I have so much flexibility with it.  As you can see below, I have inserted some pocket pages and been truly inspired by Barbara’s and Dr Michelle’s books.  Individual reviews  are coming soon.  


God blessed me with great women like Barbara and Michelle in my life.  Helping them grow their message has been a true blessing to me and expanding my faith in different ways.  
My husband and children can roll their eyes when I walk through the door from one of my hobby lobby trips but they have no clue how much stress relief this one find has given me.  Bi-regional living is hard! This journal has kept me sane…..  

This is my fun way of expanding my knowledge as I read, pray, and journal.  How do you do it?  
God bless and goodnight 

Myra

A blessed woman in TX 

The Prayer Jar

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
    You have given me relief when I was in distress.
    Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
                                                     ~Psalm 4:1

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My children are too old for Easter baskets this year but a prayer jar will last forever!

Every week a new prayer is written and placed in this jar.  As troubles arise in each of their lives and verses are discovered they are placed in this jar and prayed over constantly. 

The girls’ jars are complete and finishing my son’s in the morning.

At the end of the year, they will get their jars to read through and it will be their gift to cherish. 

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Have a Happy Easter and remember the best way to be the best mom possible is to pray for yourself, your spouse/significant other, and your children. 

God Bless!

Myra
A very blessed woman in TX