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War Room, Prayer and Blessings

I have not told enough people about this movie-War Room.  Hands down one of the best life-changing movies out there.  God really spoke to me while watching this.  So much so, I got out my bible, highlighted verses I saw  during the movie.  And Ms. Clara is my favorite in the movie.  I want a Ms. Clara in my life and I want to be a Ms. Clara in someone’s life.

I don’t know about those of you who saw the movie but I personally love the scene where she walks through the house and kicks Satan out of her home and life.  That was the life changing moment for me.  My husband does this every morning before we ever get out of bed “I pray the blood of Jesus over my home and my family.  Satan you have no place in our lives or the lives of our children, family members and loved ones.  You need to flee”.   I use to giggle when he did it but I realize now as I look back on my journal that it made a difference.  There were  days when we barely spoke to each other much less pray together and as noted in my journal those were the hardest.  Lee had not banned Satan from our home and our lives like he had done in the past.  Prayer works and God gave us the authority to remove Satan from our lives. This was one of my biggest faithbuilders……..

Lee and I are barely married six months and the struggle was real for us!  I was on the brink of divorce in our first 90 days of marriage because I was too focused on what my husband wasn’t doing, my lack of a prayer life and my ideology of what marriage should be that I overlooked all he was doing.  God shook me up and woke me up.  It took totaling a car and almost going over a bridge to scare me straight but sometimes God has to do that.

Shortly after seeing this movie War Room, I took a trip to Lifeway.  I didn’t know what I needed but I knew I needed something then I came across Fervent and The Battle Plan for Prayer.  I read them daily!  Whether deep in your walk with the LORD or trying to figure out this prayer thing, both books are much needed additions to your library.

I still do not have my “war room” setup but I do know my prayer life is HOT!  I have found my self saying “God, help me” “LORD, guide me” and just in constant communication with the LORD more often everyday.  I am in the beginning phases of getting my Momspace/War Room recreated in our new home.  I have created a few things to go in there like this cross made from the left over brooches from our wedding:

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It’s the focal piece in my quiet space that is just for me.

And I also made this one thinking I would use it in my new space but it ended up in the bathroom as a decoration on a bare wall in there.  I have a different way I want to go with my focal point wall 🙂

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However until it all comes together, I have my journal and I have my appointment with the LORD everyday.  I know my marriage is much stronger, my children are happier and good things are happening all around us because of my prayer life.  For that, I am truly blessed!

God bless and have a good night!

Myra

A Very Blessed Woman in TX

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Medicare or Bust!

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Our Hearts are Sick when they are burdened with Stress

Nothing rings truer to me right now than this quote.

In the last 14 days I have traveled from Austin to DFW.  I have spent more than 8 nights away from home.  What did I do in that?  I trained over 120 agents on Medicare 101, our call center opportunity, and our clinic initiative. I have attended 2016 Product Rollout Meetings for the multiple carriers we represent.  I have held the hands of about 50 new and existing agents to help them grow their insurance portfolio and their business.  I have done over 20 personal business and strategy meetings with agents one-on-one.  I also have to deal with the political warfare that happens in any corporation.  When you start rising to the top, people try to keep you down.  So I’m constantly trying to overcome the things that are being said and I work three times as hard.

I have also broken bread multiple times with the Executives from these carriers and our offices as well as entertained agent managers for each of these carriers.  When did I sleep?  How many nights was I home?  I counted.  In 14 days, I was home 6 days.  However, even when I was home, I was still plugged in.  I was answering phone calls, text messages and emails.  So in reality I have been gone from my family for 14 days.

Has it caused strained on a new marriage?  HECK YES!

Are my children feeling abandoned?  HECK YES!

I have reached a point in my career that most can only dream of.  I have everything I want professionally.  But personally, I haven’t been able to attend church or our COM group in 14 days.  I am exhausted.  I am tired.  I am weak.  I can hear my body screaming “STOP” My skin is dry, my hair is falling out and my husband and children are miserable!  When I am home and finally have a moment to myself, I want it ALL to myself.

I have become everything I want to be professionally but not who I am personally.  Maintaining the professional life has caused so much stress with travel, a constantly ringing phone and last minute office trips that my heart is sick.  I am sick with stress.  It has taken over my life and it is spilling over into my personal life affecting those I love. I sleep on the couch away from my husband, my son can’t talk to me because I just want to be left alone and my daughter just stays away from me because well in her words “you’re grouchy” And everything they do, annoys me (some of it warranted but most not).

Then one day, I “let it go and let God”.

And Jesus is the eternal healer of hearts

As hard as I work, I do enjoy my job.  I am blessed to lead a small group of women in our Women’s Leadership program.  All 4 women are strong Christian Women of God.  I could not get through my week without these 4 fabulous ladies.  They keep me grounded-in faith, in my work life balance, and in everything I do.  Last week we had a very brief meeting after one of our trainings.  We were chit chatting when one of my agents blew me away.

She said, “Can I pray for you?”

I’m sure I had a shocked look on my face.  And she said again “Myra, honey, you are a newlywed and you look like death warmed over.  You should be on top of the world right now, but you look like the Walking Dead”.

I chuckled.  Then she asked the tough questions “How’s your marriage? How are the kids? When was the last time you ate at home?” Because of the close relationship I have with these women I began tearing up.  Then she started quoting me on some things I have preached to them.  “You must take care of you or you are no good to anyone else-your spouse, your children, or anyone.  You aren’t doing that are you?”

I tried to be strong but I could feel God with his hand on me telling me to let it go.  As much as I wanted to be their leader, I felt God’s hand guiding and I heard this voice saying “open up”.  I broke down for the first time in 14 days.  I let all my worries, all my stress out and laid it all out to this small group of women I lead; this group I trust.  This group of women I’m suppose to be strong for.  These women I am suppose to lead saw me vulnerable for the first time ever.  But then something amazing happened.  As I began talking about my worries, my life stressors something came over everyone and each one of these fabulous women opened up.  None of us had any idea we were each dealing with “things”; with stressors in our lives.  I think we get so stuck in our own world we forget that others deal with stress too.  In this small conference room, 5 women laughed, cried, “let it go” and then closed in prayer.  The stress immediately lifted.

JESUS IS MY HEALER!

I am blessed that God has placed some fabulous Christian brothers and sisters in my work environment.  I am blessed to have children and a husband who love me unconditionally.  But most of all, I am blessed that Jesus is my healer!

God Bless,

Myra 🙂

A Blessed Woman in TX

 

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A Baseball Family-One of God’s Blessings for My Son

Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.” Ezra 10wpid-20150626_201326.jpg:4

Yesterday, my son and his team secured 1st place in their baseball league.  However, it was also the last time my son and some of his teammates will ever step foot on the Troy Little League field.  It was a little emotional for me!  Since this child was 4 years old, baseball has been a part of our life.  He could throw by the time he was 18 months, he could swing a bat by age 2 and every year he would ask if he could play.  It was always in his blood.  If he wasn’t playing little league, he was watching the big big leagues-Texas Rangers to be exact.

By the time  he was 4 he could wake up, log onto my computer and type e-s-p-n-.-c-o-m.  I use to laugh thinking the kid was trying to pretend to read and then one morning he was so excited about Ian Kinslers stats he read them off to me.  I about spit my coffee out realizing the kid could read and he was only 4.  YIKES!  This was a precursor to having to stay not 2 but more like 5 steps ahead of him!

Ever since he was 4 I have prayed the same prayer for him every time he stepped on the field.

God, You created this boy and you tell me he is fearfully and wonderfully made. Let him know that as he steps on the baseball field.  Be with him tonight and help him use the kills and abilities you gave him and have developed in him.  Let Your light shine through him as he plays.  Remind him he CAN do anything through YOU LORD who strengthems him.  Keep him safe and away from harm.  Place a hedge of protection around him that only you can place and protect him from evil. In Jesus’ name-Amen!

9 years of prayer for this child and the other night I finally shared it with him through a text message.  So now, he can say this prayer for himself.  But I expanded on it for him a little.  Here is what I sent him and his best friend, Chase who has been like a second son to me.  They have been best friends since 3rd grade and Chase is his brother from another mother.  You tell him his second momma called and he will say “What did Christi want”.  They are our family so praying for Chase and Christi is a daily thing for me.

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Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

It is scary to me that next year, he plays at the high school level.  This little boy who came home with me at only 22 inches and almost 9 lbs.  He is starting to tower me a little and stretch up.  But I have to learn that I have to let him grow.  I have to give him wings and let him fly. I have to be there for the good as well as the bad.  This child will soar and I have to let him.  If he falls, I will pick him up, dust him off and release him all over again.  He has done some amazing things so far in his first 13 years of life-1 Homerun, a lot of RBI’s, a lot of sacrifice bunts, very few errors on first, very few errors on catching, A/B honor roll kid, and tons of academic awards.  He is a well mannered, highly intelligent, calm child who’s only passion is baseball.

I now have to trust in God and my faith that I as his mom have helped him grow and he will make the right choices.  That is tough!  Mac is the baby.  After him, that’s it.  But I am reminded everyday through daily phone calls (sometimes hourly), text messages and facebook posts that my children, no matter how old they get will always be my babies.  I have to have faith, he will always be close to his family-especially his momma.

It will be a tough week of some grueling practices in the hot TX heat.  But come hell or high water, I will be there and at his games-Mac’s #1 fan, cheering him on no matter what.  Win or lose, he has succeeded as long as he has given 100% and this child has had heart for this game since he was 2. He is a kid who does not like failure and like his mother-extremely hard on himself.  But I want him to know, I am extremely proud of the Young Man of God he is growing up to be in this world.  Despite not having his dad in his life for 13 years, he taught himself the game of baseball.  He was also blessed with 2 very awesome coaches who gave him their time for the last 5 years.  Not many families will do that for kids like Mac with no father figure, but we found 2 families-The Delao’s and the Tanner’s.  Both full of very special people that I will forever be grateful to in this life.

Our #1 rule in this house is all glory goes to God.  So I know it is the grace of God that placed these two families in our lives.  Our #2 is always count your blessings. These two families are nothing but blessings to us.

The Troy Rangers are district bound!  I am proud of all of them this season.  We have a lot of talent.  I am praying for God’s grace and favor for them.  In the meantime, while we wait, here some pics of these fabulous group of young men.

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I am blessed to be a mom of a Ranger! Keep these boys in your prayers in the coming weeks as they battle for the state tournament. 

God bless and goodnight,

Myra

A Blessed Baseball Mom in TX

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All Things Me!

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”  Psalm 45:1

 

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I spent some time at Barnes and Noble today investing in me. It was great. I love journals. Leather, decorated, etc. However, I love these sketchbooks from BN because they can be easily dressed up and the pages inside are great for all kinds of artistic expressions from collages to oil pastels.

 

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The first thing I did was dress up my journal. I used embellishments from Hobby Lobby and made it mine.

Then I did something I do every time I start a new journal.  I must write down some key verses that help me define who I am.  Philippians 4:8; Jeremiah 29:11 and Proverbs 31:10-31.

Throughout the year I will put my prayers, thoughts, and create collages in this journal.  I break it down into sections-Romance, Family, Career, Home, and Garden.  I will print my own personal pictures or I will pull pics from magazines.  Whatever it is I do, it is mine.  There is no right or wrong.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.Psalm 32:8

There have been times I have decorated the whole cover from top to bottom other times I just wrote a word and today I kept it simple-a sticker and  cross sticker.  I’m not very artistic yet but as I spend more time working on this process the more in depth my journal becomes.  Also, the more I do my 30 minutes a day of writing/brain dumping the more I get in touch with my creative and spiritual side.

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This is how I start every journal-with scriptures that define ME

 

I love this time I get to spend with me.  I am finding the time to spend with me again.  At the very least, I need to spend 1-2 days a week with my journal and myself.    It’s also a time I can spend with the kids because we can work on our journals as a family.  My son is reaching an age where this isn’t cool anymore but he still enjoys the time we spend as a family.

However I work on my journal,  I just make sure it remains mine.  I stay in my lane and no one is allowed to enter my zone.  I also do not cross over into my childrens’ lanes.  I have to let them grow into who God intended them to be in this lifetime.Again, in a house full of Type A, control freaks, it can be fun seeing who gets out of their lane first.  But what is truly amazing is realizing the talent and skills my children have.  Their art work shows me how their brains work. It makes for a very fun family night.

 

It never ceases to amaze me what God reveals to me whether alone or with my family.  He is an amazing God who has restored our home to a Christ centered home.  He has brought me to a point where I experience joy and happiness on a daily basis.  I am blessed

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”  Psalm 37:4

What scriptures define you?

Goodnight and God Bless

A Blessed Woman

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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At Last

21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs[a] and closed up the opening. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man.

23 “At last!” the man exclaimed.

“This one is bone from my bone,
    and flesh from my flesh!
She will be called ‘woman,’
    because she was taken from ‘man.’”

                                                                   Genesis 2:21-23 NLT

Today I started Reading Through the Word with Wendy Pope.  In our daily readings we journal our take away, something old and something new.  My something new that stood out to me today was reading Genesis 2:23 “At Last” the man exclaimed. This one sentence struck me.  All the years I have read this book and Adam’s excitement to have a companion was overlooked.  This tells me that God created man to rely on us as women. After all, he did take us from the man’s rib. (Genesis 2:21-23)  We are an extenstion-bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh-of the man God has intended for us.

Men want us in their lives and live for us to be with them. God created them that way! However, God also created them to be the leader in the relationship. This is where we as a modern day woman struggle.  Not unbelievable since we are now single mothers, business women, and live on our own.  However, He gave man the power and control not us. He tells us this here in Genesis, he tells us this in Ephesians and it is a repeated theme in the Bible. The man is the spiritual head of the relationship. God wants us as women, even today, to submit to them and let them lead.

Easy task?  Not really.  When you are truly submissive you put someone else’s needs above yours.  For us a mother, we are submissive to our children with no problem.  But not our husbands or significant other.  This is what causes so much strife in our lives.  We as a modern day woman place our children and our careers above all else. But in doing so, we are living against God’s will.  God tell us in Ephesians 5;22-23 we must submit to our husbands.  He does not say your children, your job, your friends.  He says, YOUR HUSBAND!!!

As I look back on my own relationships I know submission was a problem for me for a long time. It was the downfall of every relationship I had before Lee came into my life. I would not give up that control. I would not give up putting my children, family and friends first.  Why would I?

At the time, I was not aware that God created one man for me.  I was not aware that God not only created this man but he made him have a burning desire for me!  Think about that ladies–God created this man who will say “AT LAST!” just for you.  WOW!  How good does that make you feel?  I see some mustard seeds being replanted in a lot of lives right now.

Now as I look back on my past relationships I know that was not what God had intended for me. I know because the men I was with I was not equally yoked with much less did we live with God at the center of our lives.  Instead I lived for the “next big thing” that came along.  Never feeling that WOW that God had waiting for me.  I did not feel it because that was not the man God intended for me and I forced something against God’s will it did not work.

These verses in 2:21-23 for me shows me that God creates one woman for one man and that man is waiting for us to find him. However we are always looking for the beautiful and overlook what God has given us. That man over there is more handsome, that man has more money, that one is better than this one.  Because of those things we pursue what is bright and shiny instead of what God has intended for us. It’s our typical “the grass is greener” phenomenon we fall into repeatedly in today’s society. However, if we look at what God gives us and has placed in our path we see the true beauty of a relationship between a man and a woman as God intended.

Every morning I wake and say WOW!  I have been given the gift of God’s love not only through my children but through a man who truly loves me and adores me as God loves his church.  Yesterday when I picked up Lee this was our convo:

Me:  How are you?

Lee:  I am a blessed man honey

Me:  Blessed?

Lee:  Yes, I am with you now!!!

As simple as that convo is, it means everything to me.  I get convos and texts like this all day long every day.  Lee constantly shows me that kind of love and I truly feel as though I am an extension of him.  I feel him saying “AT LAST” every time he sees me. Never a doubt in my mind that I have made the right choice.  However, had I made some judgements and not forgiven him for past mistakes life would be different.  I would have looked for the next shiny thing to come along and I would be missing out on what is the most amazing person God put on this earth just for me.

This is why I am blessed.

Goodnight and God Bless!

A Blessed Woman

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Never Again-A close to 2014

As 2014 comes to a final close tonight, I am reminded of all I have been through this year.  I have gone from being a single mom to having the love of my life back after 14 years of solitude.  Yes, I said solitude. I choose this word not because I was not other relationships but because I was in those relationships alone.   But today I end 2014 with a man who loves God and loves me like no other.

In order to get here, I had to let go of a lot of things and hand some things over to the Lord.  This website www.encouragingbiblequotes.com has been my go to place from 2012 through 2014 to make this transfer of control easier.  I want to share a poem Never Again because it changed me from the moment I read it in 2012 and every time I read it now. Hopefully, this poem impacts you to make the changes needed in your life to bring the fruits of the spirit into your life like it did to bring them into mine.

I firmly believe NEVER AGAIN helped shape my relationship with Christ.

As we close 2014 and begin 2015, remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season and our relationship with Christ can begin anew anytime we invite Him into our hearts.  So, as we write our resolution list let us resolve to say NEVER AGAIN and add these items to our lists.

My prayer tonight is that this reaches those who need it and  they say NEVER AGAIN in 2015 to live a blessed life like I have been given.

God Bless and Happy New Year!

A Blessed Woman

NEVER AGAIN

A poem copyrighted and written by www.encouragingbiblequotes.com

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on “I can’t,” because the Word says: “I can do all things through Jesus Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on fear, because the Word says: “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but one of power, love and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on doubt and a lack of faith, because the Word says: “God has dealt to each one [every person] a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on weakness, because the Word says: “The Lord is the strength of My life” (Psalm 27:1) and “The people that know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.” (Daniel 11:32)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on the supremacy of Satan over my life, because the Word says: “Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on defeat, because the Word says: “God always causes me to triumph in Jesus Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:14)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on a lack of wisdom, because the Word says: “Christ Jesus has become for me wisdom from God.” (1 Corinthians 1:30) and “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on sickness, because the Word says: “With His stripes I am healed.” (Isaiah 53:5) and Jesus “Himself took my infirmities and bore my sickness.” (Matthew 8:17)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on bondage, because the Word says: “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” (2 Corinthians 3:17) and “My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on worries and frustration, because the Word says: I am “Casting all my cares upon Him who cares for me.” (1 Peter 5:7)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on condemnation, because the Word says: “There is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1) I am in Christ, so therefore I am free from condemnation!

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on loneliness, because the Word says: Jesus said, “I am with you always, even till the end of the age [forever].” (Matthew 28:20) and “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on curses or bad luck, because the Word says: “Christ has redeemed me from the curse of the Law, being made a curse for me: that the blessings of Abraham might come upon the gentiles [that’s me] through Jesus Christ: That we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Galatians 3:13-14)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on discontent, because the Word says: “I have learned in whatever state (circumstances) I am, to be content.” (Philippians 4:11)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on unworthiness, because the Word says: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on confusion, because the Word says: “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.” (1 Corinthians 14:33) and “We have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.” (1 Corinthians 2:12)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on persecution, because the Word says: “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on the domination of sin over my life, because the Word says: “The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8:2)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on insecurity, because the Word says: “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the LORD will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught.” (Proverbs 3:24-26)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on failure, because the Word says: “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on frustration, because the Word says: “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on fear of the future, because the Word says: “As it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit.” (1 Cor 2:9-10)

NEVER AGAIN will I confess or focus on troubles, because the Word says: Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)