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Worthy of the Calling Bible Study (Days 1-14)

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She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. ~Psalm 3:15

I am about to be as transparent as I can be.  The last year has been rough.  Marriage is hard.  Blending lives is difficult.  Couple that with two demanding jobs, a husband working on his doctorate, a 15 year old boy, growing into a young man, learning to drive and pursuing his dream of baseball.  Non-stop weekends that start on Saturday morning at 5 AM and end Sunday night at 11:59 PM.  You combine it all and Satan has been given an opportunity to dwell around the Hutcheson household.  He has lingered and brought a cloud of negativity like no other.  My children were bickering, my husband and I were in constant disagreement, and illness has plagued our home-me, kids, husband.  To say Satan had a foothold on my life and in our home is an understatement.

At the beginning of October, I was admitted to the hospital.  Prior to being admitted, my  husband and I were on the brink of divorce.  My son was not talking to his father.  My girls were not talking to each other.  Misery and heartache were overshadowing my positive outlook with a darkness and taking over my life.  I was not fun to be around.  I loathed getting up.  I did not care what I looked like or if anyone saw me like that.   My breaking point was reached.

My first night in the hospital was fine.  I was only being monitored.  Then the next day I was told my gall bladder needed to be looked at because I was symptomatic of that.  A day later I found out I was chronic.  My gall bladder was full of stones and suddenly I understood half of the reason I felt the way I did.  Surgery was scheduled and it was the most horrible pain of my life.  I would say worse than childbirth.

20171021_18291859285302.jpgI had too much time in the hospital and at home resting for a total of seven days.  I had to do something so I read books, wrote, jounaled, etc.  In that time I picked up my tablet and started doing a deep dive into a bible study called Worthy of the Calling by Sarah Koontz I had the pleasure of previewing, helping with edits, and launching it.  I never knew this book of the Bible was the RX I needed.  Ephesians!  I have studied it often.  Never like this!

Sarah Koontz has a way with words and explanations that I do not need a Masters of Theology to understand what she is telling me.  I have done Beth Moore and Priscilla Shirer studies spending hours daily studying.  Half the time I missed a lot of the meat of the issue because I just wanted to get through it.  But Sarah only needed 15 minutes of my attention and WOW!  I never knew 15 minutes could make a big difference in my life.  Sarah spoke to me in short emails that spoke to my hardened heart.

When I was given the opportunity to launch her bible study, I had no idea of the impact it would have on my life.  I have read many Christian books and studies but this one study on Ephesians changed me.  For the better.

Sarah’s easy to understand text intertwined with daily activities and the most beautiful freebies I have ever seen created for a study, make this a winner for any woman at any stage of her life.

Day 01 Quote Graphic Ephesians Study

In the last 14 days I have learned that in Christ I am:

  • Chosen in Love to be holy and blameless
    • I am not at fault because Jesus has paid the price for me and my sins
  • Chosen by God to be His daughter; a recipient of His inheritance
    • I am His princess entitled to the riches of His kingdom
  • Forgiven
  • Redeemed
  • A treasured possession
  • Free
  • Defined by God (and ONLY God)
  • Humble

Day 12 Quote Graphic Ephesians StudyThis is a short list of what I have learned in the first 14 days.  By day one I learned that with the first two verses of Ephesians 1:1-2 I AM WORTHY!  I am a faithful servant of Jesus Christ.  I remembered who I am and whose I am.  By day three, my marriage was saved.  My husband and I talked through our issues like never before because my heart was softened.  By day seven, my girls were loving one another and being kind to one another again.   By day fourteen, a father and son finally hugged for the first time in months.  Satan is no longer lingering in our home.     Why?  Because through this study, I found my Christian heart again.  I was reminded of an unconditional love of a father and his daughter.

I never realized how much changes when we truly put God first.  This study has helped me establish good study habits because I could not wait to see what God, through Sarah, would share with me.  I enjoy my Sabbath now with rest and reflection because Sarah stresses this within the study as well.  Whether it was reading my prayer cards or coloring my downloads, I have finally truly learned to rest.

In this study, I have cried tears of sadness, prayed in a different more spirtitual way and let my past go.  I can look myself in the mirror for the first time in a long time and see the woman God created me to be-fearfully and wonderfully made.  I have nothing to be ashamed of because all my trials were the ones He prepared for me.  He knows my story.  He wrote it.  Only He knows the ending.  No matter what path I choose going forward, I know I am Worthy of His Calling on my life.

In September of this year, I would wake up.  Get dressed.  I might brush my hair or I might not.  I would go to work.  Come home. Live in depression and strife.   I, a blessed woman of God, never understood that I am worthy only because He made me.

Today, I woke up blessed and full of His love for me.  I got dressed.  I did my hair.  I put on my makeup and looked in the mirror for the first time in months and said “I am Worthy”.

Thank you, Sarah Koontz!  Because of this study, my family has been saved.  I have come out of the darkness which has brought others in my home out of the darkness.  God is first again.

I cannot wait  to see what else God has in store for me in the next 17 days of walking with Sarah through the rest of Ephesians.

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How to Pick Up Your Crown Step 2

1 Corinthians 10.31

In the blog, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl I discussed 10 steps to gaining confidence.  I also folowed up with Step 1 in the blog How to Pick Up Your Crown Step 1.  In this blog I explain the most important step of picking up your crown and owning it- coming to know God through a personal relationship with our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Another very important step in being able to pick up your crown is to Give the Glory to God ALWAYS and to honor Him ALWAYS!

Let’s face it it’s easy to love God and praise Him when things are going right but when things are falling apart it’s hard to say “thank you, LORD”.  I know, I’ve been there and done that.  I tithed when things were great and didn’t when they were bad.  I prayed when things were good and didn’t when they were bad.  When everything in my life fell apart, I blamed Him instead of praising him through the storm.

giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, ~Ephesians 5:20

The Bible does NOT say give thanks to God when things are good.  It says FOR EVERYTHING (good or bad).  This is very hard to do.  When I was learning this lesson I was living in a hotel because I had lost my job, got evicted from my home, and I had 3 children to raise and feed.  ALL BY MYSELF!   This was during a period in time when finding a job was next to impossible.  The economy had taken a downward spiral and jobs were scarce.

So that weekly hotel you pass on the highway and think who stays there weekly?  Well, me and my children did.  The PTA mom, the soccer mom, the baseball mom, the Jr. Leaguer with her hair done just right and dressed just like you -she stayed there. This is why I never judge a book by its cover-I’ve been that book misjudged many times.  I know what is happening on the outside is not a true representation of what is happening on the inside.

I look back on what seemed to be a very dark moment in my life and I am reminded of how great God really is because as I look back on that moment I am reminded of a  what was born from me being there in that moment of time.  A sweet friend of mine came to visit me at my worst at that hotel and as I was crying about my circumstance and complaining about my life, she saw a need I could not see.  All I saw around me was MY situation.

Out of my darkest moment a very good ministry was founded for the children who lived there.  Kids playing soccer next to a highway.  Kids running around without solid parental guidance.  Teens having sex in the hallways and rooms of a hotel because of the lifestyle they were raised in. They finally had a voice through my sweet friend and her Life Group from church.

Funds were raised and kids who didn’t know what a Christmas tree was like or the joy of decorating for Christmas suddenly found that joy. Children and parents were mentored on a life with Jesus and still are because I weathered a storm.  Because although I reached my lowest moment in my life; there were families reaching one of the highest moments in their lives-coming to know the LORD.  Only God could make that happen.  But if I had not lived in that place for that season of my life, it never would have happened.  My life made that happen.  That, my friends, is very empowering to know my life impacted others in that way.

I could tell you countless stories of weathering the storm, we all have them.  Some of us have more than others.  But the biggest lesson I learned through all my trials was that God DOES have a plan for me.  He does have a hope and a future for me.  I just have to listen to my Heavenly Father and see the beauty being created even when my life is a hot mess for that hot minute.  That, my sweet friends,  was so empowering to me.

My life is very blessed now but I have a past.  I had shame from bad relationships and poor choices in men.  I had guilt from bad choices that led to sexual promiscuity and poor financial management.   I had loneliness from low self esteem.  Sound familiar?  Good news is that it will get better.  You see one day I found out I have Jesus and my whole life changed. My Jesus is my friend and he held my hand when I thought no one else in the world was there.He led me to Central Texas.  He brought me to my beautiful life in my beautiful home with my amazing husband, my three beautiful children and friends who are now family.

It wasn’t easy and it has taken a lot of healing and a lot of forgiveness of others and myself.  It took me realizing that no matter  what God has a plan and no matter what He deserves the glory for all my hurts, all my pains, and all my success.  Without the trials and tribulations I would not be who I am today.  I would not know a life with God.  I would not be a mother who prays for her children not to know the experiences I endured in my life.  I would not be a wife who submits to her husband and prays for him daily.  I would be a lost soul walking on this earth filled with pain, filled with misery, and void of the love and laughter that my family and friends today bring me.

It’s not easy to always give the glory to God.  Sometimes we forget.  We are human, it happens.  But I have prayed for God to convict me when I fail to praise him even during the bad times and He does.

My challenge to you today is simple:  Find your hope and your future even when you are in the storm.  See the beauty in your hot mess moments.  We all have them.  Turn the negative into a positive.  Know that no matter where you are in life at this moment that God, and ONLY God brought you to where you are today. GIVE HIM THE GLORY FOR IT ALL!  But most importantly, know that even when we are a hot mess in those hot minute moments we still deserve to pick up our crowns and a know that even when we feel no one else is there our Heavenly Father is because we are the daughters of the King of Kings and LORD of Lords.

And that my sweet friends, makes all of us blessed women!

God Bless,

Myra

A Blessed Woman in TX

 

 

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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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How to Pick Up Your Crown Step 1

Revelation 3.20

In the blog, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl I discussed 10 steps to gaining confidence.  So step 1 to pick up your crown and owning it, is to come to know the Lord through a personal relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I know that at this point you are probably thinking oh great another preaching on getting closer to God and I will tell you, YES!  You are probably also thinking, I’m a bad person.  God doesn’t want people like me.  God only wants “good” people.  Wrong!  I tell everyone, especially my kids, there was only ONE perfect person on this earth and his name is Jesus Christ born of the Virgin Mary.  Who is your mother and What is your name?

My mother is Benita Medina and I am Myra Medina. I am not perfect!   When I first came to know God I was in this position:  Single mom, 3 kids, 3 different dads, raised Catholic praying to Saints and Mary, obviously with 3 children I had fallen from grace many times and had just an all around unhappiness.  I had just left the one man in this life who I thought loved me more than anything and he did except for two things-alcohol and drugs.  I had transitioned from our beautiful home with cars lining the driveway for every occasion to no car, no job, living with my parents and no way of taking of myself.  I had a man who paid the bills, took care of the cars and yard and all I had to do was go workout, clean the house and cook dinner on occasion.  I could not tell you anything about our home and its expenses except that we lived on Oak Tree Lane in Midlothian, TX and it was clean.     So, at that time I came to know Jesus all I could think was “Why me, Lord?”

Soon tragedy struck my middle child, Marissa, and I found the Lord through a stranger at the hospital.  Life did not instantly turn to sunshine and roses but it did get easier day by day.  I had grown up a very spoiled child.  I then found a man who played into that and gave me everything I wanted needed and desired.  I rarely from the time I was a baby to the time I was about 30 heard the word “no” from anyone.  I stuck my nose up in the air to people and situations.  Between my parents and Lee I had everything I ever wanted and so did my children.  But that night in the hospital my whole life changed.  Over time I came to know this man named Jesus.  For many years to follow He was my one true love.  He was a father to my children.  He was my everything I had been searching for.  And He told me No many, many times.  We fought about that on several occasions but i quickly found that unanswered prayers are still answered prayers

To get to this relationship with the Lord has taken many years, a lot of faith and a path down a road-The Roman’s Road.  I have heard salvation preached many different ways.  But when I heard from a very dear friend of mine about the Roman’s Road I thought he was crazy.  But he wanted me to better understand what I was committing to in my new relationship with the Lord.  It is the best explanation I have heard.

” For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of the Lord”  Romans 3:23 NKJV;

No matter if you are what you think to be a good person or what some think of as a bad person God sees that ALL have sinned.  Not some but ALL have sinned.  He also tells us that ALL fall short of God’s glory as well.  Think about that.  ALL fall short!  Whether you are a sexual predator or “good” person doing works God tells us that we ALL fall short.

As it is written “there is none righteous, no, not one; Romans 3:10 NKJV

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned.  Romans 5:12

What are God’s laws?  What does the Bible tell us and where do we begin to learn the basic principles of living.  Simple:  The 10 commandments.  Have you lied?  Have you disrespected your parents?  Did you play keeping up with the Jones’ because you coveted your neighbors goods?  You have broken God’s law and God tells us in James 2:10 For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.

Step 1:  Admit you are a sinner

For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our LORD.  Romans 6:23

Sin leads to death.  There is also something known as a spiritual death.  It occurs when we continuously sin.  It alienates us from God and it can last for eternity.  There is a place called Hell for those who die this kind of death..  But when we come to know Jesus our sins die and God gives us the gift of Grace.  Grace is the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Step 2: Understand that our sins deserve the death penalty

Step 3:  Ask God to forgive you of your sins and save you

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:8

God tells us in John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Jesus died on the cross for us and our sins. He paid the final price for our sins with the understanding we believe in Him and what He does for us. The wages of sin have been paid! 

Step 4:  Believe in Him and accepts his gift of life; Give your life to God!

 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Step 5:  If you feel God knocking on your heart, open it for Him.  Ask Him to come into your heart and save you!

Ask God to come into your heart and make you new.  God tells us in revelations all we have to do is ask for He says “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 

So, if you feel called, ask!  Even if you have been saved and feel the need to rededicate your life-ask!  The only guaranteed no from God is the unasked question!  I have rededicated my life recently because I have not always been on a straight path with Jesus.  But I am now!  And this time, it’s a lifetime commitment.  That’s the blessing of my relationship with the LORD.  He is always there for me-unconditionally whenever I am ready to receive Him.  No matter how bad I messed up or how far I have strayed, just as a mother loves her child, God loves us.

Step 6:  The final step is to pray!  Pray a prayer of salvation that includes all the steps above.  Invite Jesus into your heart and see how your life changes day by day.

As I have said, life will not be sunshine and roses immediately.  But over time, you will learn as you dig deeper in God’s word that You, my dear sister in Christ, deserve God’s grace and favor.  You are precious in His sight. No matter where you are right now you can dust yourself off and have a conversation with the LORD and be saved!

You are a child of the most high God.  He is the King of kings and LORD of lords.  So, Pick Up Your Crown, Girl!  Then get connected in a church community, bible study,  online bible study, and whatever you need to keep you grounded in the faith of Jesus Christ who saves you!

Send us a prayer request and let us know you have accepted God as your Lord and savior.  If you have questions, ask!  I am here to help and bless those with the knowledge I’ve received and help spread the joy of the LORD!  I will pray for you and answer any questions you might have.  If you give us your address, we might just send something special in the mail for you.

I am blessed to have shared this word with you today!

God bless and goodnight!

Myra

A Blessed Woman in Texas

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Special Girl, Special Graduation-One of God’s Biggest Blessings

On June 4, 2015 my middle child, Marissa, overcame so many challenges mentally and physically and graduated from High school with a basic High School diploma.  We originally thought she would have to go with the state mandated special needs I-know-the-plans-I-have-for-you-says-the-LORDoptions but Belton High School pushed her (and I said many a prayer) and Marissa went into regular ed classes.  I could not be more proud than I am of this child.  All my children give me a reason to be proud to be their mom but his one-well, she’s just a miracle!

The doctor’s told me when she was born not to expect much from her.  They said I needed to prepared for an early departure from her-maybe by age 2.  But Marissa (and God) had other plans.  Her first 5 years were pretty traumatic.  About 5-6 surgeries including 2 brain surgeries.  It is because of this child that I developed a relationship with the Lord.  When she was having her second brain surgery after having a shunt malfunction, we had a 2 week stay in the hospital.  However, one night I couldn’t sleep.  I was worried.  Marissa was always a lively little girl.  Never sad always happy.  But for the first time I saw my daughter’s struggle.  I saw her in pain and suffering.  Any mother out there can relate to me saying nothing will bring you to your knees faster than your child’s sufferings.

So I took a stroll down to the chapel where the woman in the room next to us had been staying.wpid-fb_img_1422970462430.jpg  After a long talk and a lot of crying, she saved me.  She showed me how to have an intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  So, even though our first five years were rocky, if Marissa had not been in my life, I don’t know that I would know the Lord as I do now.  She is a blessing for a lot of reasons.

So this post is dedicated to one of my 3 most precious accomplishments in this life -Marissa Ashley Medina

Graduation week started with the Baccalaureate services on Sunday.

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And she did it!  So now we can go party for Project Celebration.  That was kind of when it all sank in for me that my baby girl, this little girl who took me to Holland instead of Italy (only special needs mom really know this reference) has grown into a beautiful young woman.  Even though I went to Holland instead of Italy, it has been the best ride of my life!  We have had ups and downs but it is these ups and down that have helped me grow as an individual, a woman and a mother.

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Her last bus ride

A week later we had her graduation dinner with the family and friends

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Look at that yummy goodness inside that cake!!!

 Awpid-fb_img_1434305667193.jpgnd then there’s the party itself.  My mom and aunt, Juana, on my mom’s side helped out tremendously;  Without them this event would not have happened since I have been wrapped up in my wedding as well as my career. I don’t know what I would do without my parents and all the support they give me and my children.

My aunt made these awesome centerpieces pictured just below my beautiful niece and brother.

Then Marissa visited with some very close friends and relatives.  We opted for a Mexican retaurant venue we use for work quite often.  Rio Bravo in Plano is the best!  The staff was cordial and they are always awesome to us.

There’s Rhea who was her shadow at Fellowship Church Grapevine since she was in 2nd grade.  However, the two quickly connected and Rhea became family very quickly giving me a break as a single mom she and Rick would pick up Megan, Marissa and MacKenzie to give me a break once a month.  Total Godsends those two are……..

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All in all it was a great two week span celebrating Marissa and her accomplishments. It use to terrify me to get her into adulthood.  But now, I know God has plans for her.  I don’t know what they are, but they are there.  Together, Marissa, Lee and I will figure them out for her. And I will continue to be blessed to be her mom!

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God bless and goodnight!

Myra

An extremely blessed mom in TX

Christian Living · cooking · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31 · single moms · workathomemoms

Oils and Starbucks Do Mix!

Alrighty friends! I know there are many of you wanting to try out essential oils because they are amazing. So, the first 4 people to grab their premium starter kit will each receive a $20 Starbucks gift card from me (because really, who doesn’t LOVE Starbucks?) and Young Living is still throwing in the extra bonus oil! *tangerine, lemongrass, or orange* so that means you will receive TWELVE oils, a diffuser, sample packets, a rollerball fitment, and literature! Oh, and access to the Happy Oils Handbook for FREE!!

Click here to get started>>>>>  ORDER MY KIT NOW!

Oils and Starbucks

Christian Living · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31 · single moms · workathomemoms

Pick Up Your Crown, Girl!

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14

As I reflect on my week, I realize how much I have counseled women on confidence!  This breaks my heart for a lot of reason but mostly because I know the feeling.  I have been beaten down.  I have been used and abused emotionally, sexually and physically.  I have carried shame.  I have carried guilt.  But then God put all these amazing people around me to show me how fearfully and wonderfully made I truly am.  True story, they are all church-going, actively involved Christians.  Amazing people!

I could not have done life without them guiding me, leading by example.  I have been shown that I can do life and overcome my past.  But most important of all, I was shown that God, the most high Heavenly Father, loves me no matter what.  When I was alone, He was with me.  When I was a single mom, he was my co-parent. As I look back at that time when I was feeling unsure of myself, I realize how much even though I wasn’t being loyal to Him, He was carrying me and loyal to me.

which God will bring about in his own time–God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
 1 Timothy 6:15

I wish someone had told me what I told the women I spoke to this week, including my daughters.  I told them to “Pick up your crown, girl”! Every little girl, young lady, grown woman on this earth deserves to wear a crown.  We are the princesses of the most High God. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords.  He himself tells us in Psalm 139:14 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made.  Who else do we need to hear it from?  God is about as high as you can go when it comes to the food chain! God asks you this question in Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ. How are you going to answer Him?

I didn’t get over my confidence issues easily. It took some action steps.  Here they are in written form ( I will expand on these in the days to come):

  • Accepted God as my Lord and Savior
  • Give God the Glory always for all the good stuff
  • Keep honoring God and being faithful to Him during the hard times
  • Find a good church based Bible study and join the women’s group
  • Study the word at home
    • Read your Bible
    • Set time aside each and every day for God
  • Pray, Pray, and Pray some more
  • Find my worth
  • Find my value
  • Surround yourself with sisters in Christ who lift you up
  • Find a mentor or two or three 🙂

The best resource I have read on this is Tracie Miles’ book “Your Life Still Counts“.  Awesome read and worth the time to sift through the pages of it and the Bible.  Tracie currently has a bible study (click here for more information) and the Facebook group is here.  If you can’t afford the book, you can message them privately, they have resources to send you one.  All excuses removed!

I close by saying this:  Pick up your crown, Girl.  You are a valuable resource to those around you.  You are a beautiful child, young lady, and/or grown woman who is fearfully and wonderfully made.  If noone else tells you this, I just did.  I don’t know you but I do know you are a child of God and God does not make mistakes!!!

God bless!

Myra 🙂

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife · motherhood · prayer · Proverbs 31 · workathomemoms

The Essentials

Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” James 5:14(NKJV)

My step daughter and I have not been very close over the years.  When Lee and I dated initially Natalie was in OK and we were in TX. She came a few times over the summer months but for the most part she was not able to be around 24/7.  She was a beautiful little girl then and has grown to be a gorgeous young woman.  She is now a mother of a beautiful 7 month old and understands parenthood from our perspective now.  Needless to say a lot has been forgiven 🙂

Fast forward 14 years later and Natalie has accepted our marriage moreso than any of Lee’s 3 children.  She is quite excited for it and her dad’s renewed life.  Most of all she is happy her little brother has his dad in his life.  It has taken me by surprise that the one child I was not close to in her younger years is the one I am now developing a closer relationship with in our later years.  The funny part is that it was with one single Facebook post that everything changed.  But what am I saying?  It is because of Facebook Lee and I are back together.  🙂

Natalie posted about her allergy issues a couple weeks ago and some essential oils she found to help Parker, her 7 month old and Chase, her husband.  I asked a simple question and next thing I knew I had 12 essentials sent to my front door.  it was a fabulous deal.  I have never been one for the “natural” way of life.  Any convenience I use it.  Any doctor med prescribed I take it.  So me on essential oils I’m sure is a hoot for some of my friends.  However, I will try anything once.  So, I took a risk and am loving the results not just the physical changes in our health but the emotional connections with my stepd-daughter.

Today, I talk to Natalie at least once a day, where before I spoke to her once a month.  We are growing closer over time and so her relationship with not just me but her father will be strengthened.  My allergies are in good condition with reduced allergy issues.  I have more energy than ever before in my life and Lee’s health issues are subsiding as well.  Eczema being his worst issue.  When I signed up for  Young Living, I thought I was just getting a product.  However, God had another plan.  He knew this was what we needed to bring our families closer.

Yesterday I made some creams to help my skincare, sleep deprivation and pain issues for Lee.  I’m sure you’ve seen them on pinterest.  If not, here is a link to my Pinterest board (click here)  with recipes.

To get started I ordered my starter kit here.  In it I received the following for just $150

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$300 retail value for $150

But for a limited time I also received an additional oil for FREE-lemongrass!  So all in all I ended up with 12 oils.  Little did I know the value of this until I put lemongrass on my thyroid and on day 2 had a ton of energy.  Then I found some cream recipes on pinterest and gave them a try.  AWESOME results.  I also feverishly cleaned our bathroom and kitchen with Thieves and Lemon oils.  Love the clean smell and the phenominal job these two oils can do for cleaning.  I also drink 5 drops of citrus fresh and peppermint oil in my water every morning.  Frankincense is great to inhale just before devotional time.  Finally, I diffuse the allergy trio below nightly and our allergies issues are subiding in our home.

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I am feeling fabulous!  But I  think the best part of this whole deal is getting closer to my step daughter and her family now.  Seeing our relationship blossom has been my favorite part of this whole experience.  I am reminded of what Titus says in Chapter 2

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.  

~Titus 2:3-5

I hope I can teach all our girls these things as they watch Lee and I over the next 50 years.  It has been a blessing to teach Natalie what I know about marketing and giving her ideas to help her grow her business so she can be at home with our beautiful granddaughter, Parker.  I don’t know what the future will bring but I do know Natalie and all our children are a huge  part of it.    I can’t imagine my life without our 6 children, 8 beautiful grand-babies, and most of all life without Lee.  Without him life would definitely be lonely and different.  For it is with him I find happiness, joy and the meaning of true love.

I am blessed!

Have a blessed night!

Myra

A Blessed Woman in TX

Christian Living · Christian Wife · crafting · decorating · prayer · Proverbs 31

Life Changes-Wedding Update and other stuff

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” Luke 1:45

Wedding update:

We are down to the last 48 days.  WHEW!  The big stuff is complete, now it is just the little stuff.   And there is a lot of little stuff!!! Decorations, seating charts-if any, rsvp management, follow up with caterers, photographers, honeymoon planning, ceremony planning.  I should be stressed but I’m not!  I find great peace in crafting and creating.  This is my favorite part of it all.  Planning this wedding has been one of my greatest joys.  We have been together before however this time is different.  This time I have the husband God intended for me.

Now that I have Lee here with us 24/7 life is so much easier.  I can get things done quickly and easily with his help.  We make a great team.  As he gets his private counseling practice up and going, I can work and not worry about the home and kids.  He is having to be Mr. Mom as I do my job until 8 or 9 pm 2-3 days per week or travel at the last minute anywhere between Austin and DFW.  And he is very supportive in doing so.   He makes sure my car has gas, the tires are good, and the oil level is what is supposed to be.  This is why I love this man.  This is why I’m ready to marry him and be his wife.

Together we will build a ministry that God has intended us to lead.  Lee has some great fellowship meetings this week here in Temple and I have been invited to an exclusive Women’s Ministry group with a group of about 8 women from DFW to Austin.  This can only help us grow even more rapidly!

I think we have found our church home at Vista Community Church.  They have embraced Lee’s counseling services and willing to work with him on growing this ministry. God’s favor is with us as we search for a house, grow Lee’s ministry/counseling practice and get Marissa transitioned to adulthood.

As always, life has been a blessing here in the Medina-Hutcheson household.  It’s crazy busy as we clean up for our wedding but it’s a good busy and not a stress filled mess 🙂

God is good all the time; all the time God is good!

Have a blessed night!

Myra 🙂

AKA a very blessed woman