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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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That’s the Book for Me!

Do you have a stack of books you need to read?

  • In my living room, I have 25 new books.
  • In my office, I have 3 new books.
  • In my purse, I carry 4 new books.

All purchased in the last 2 months.

You know the books I’m talking about, ladies.  The ones that discuss growing deeper with God, they help you be a better Christian wife, Christian mother, make Christian decisions and all the Christian topics you think will “fix” or “help” you?  If you’re like me, then yes!

Why?  Because I’m going to read them all!  Right?  Well no.  However, in my defense, I am currently reading 3 of the 25 books.

My husband just shakes his head and walks off every time we are at Lifeway and he says “Why are you getting this book?” and I reply “Um, for Bible Study” and he replies “How many bible studies do you do?  Shouldn’t you finish one before you start another”  Um, OUCH!

This recent conversation with Lee and a group of friends who are in the same boat  with me made me think.  If we are doing this, there are others doing this!  We are overwhelmed with where to start.  We are tired.  Which one do we read first.

If you are like me, then you get on Facebook and join your Christian groups in a quick early morning conversation.  Then you head over to your devotional you go to in the morning where you click a link and  you are lead to read through a blog, that blogs leads to another, and another.  The next thing you know hours have flown by and it’s 10 am or 12 pm.  AND now your email is overwhelmed with the 4-5 devotionals you signed up for in the process.  Then you feel guilty because you don’t have time to read them all.  Guilt hits you because afterall, THIS IS GOD’S WORD!  ln the process you also came across 1-2 more books you need to purchase because if you get them, everything will be okay!!!!  You feelin’ me, ladies?

WE NEED TO STOP DOING THAT!

Don’t get me wrong, I love these books.  They all are written by wonderful men and women with awesome insight to the LORD.   And the blogs, I love them.  I write one and have friends who write some beautiful words and I cherish them all but Oh -My -Goodness I have become overwhelmed on where to start because of my desire to be a better Christian wife, mom, daughter, and friend

Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God. ! ~2 Corinthians 3:5

Ladies, hear me closely:  God says we are good enough!  As long as we are following Him we are enough.  Do we need insight and fellowship from our Christian sisters, heck yes!   Are these books awesome resources,  heck yes!  But that’s just it, these are resources not our whole source.  Have faith that God will lead us to what we need.  He did not intend for us to freak out and be overwhelmed in our walk with Him.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~ 2 Corinthians 12:9 

I’ve sat here with 6 books piled up, over 20 blogs to read through, and feeling like I would never get through it all in a day.  That’s because I won’t!  I work fulltime outside of the home, I’m a mom, a friend, a daughter and most importantly a wife.  I have a household to run and two regions to manage with 500 agents.  As great as it would be to sit with a cup of coffee nestled in the corner of my couch wrapped in a beautiful blanket reading and posting blogs about my new wonderful findings, I can’t. God blessed me with a family, a career, and a Bible.

God told me my solution was simple, when all else fails, start with the Bible and a simple conversation with Him to lead me to what and who I need in my life. I did this recently and was blessed with this wonderful group of mentors who are guiding me in ways I never thought imaginable.  I have formed new friendships and been guided to Him like never before in my life.  Who knew the solution to being overwhelmed by a simple, enjoyable act like reading and self improvement was so simple.  ASK and PRAY!

I reassessed my involvement in all things in my life.  I deleted Facebook groups and business groups I didn’t visit anymore or are no longer aligned with my values in all areas of my life.  I gave myself permission to read what God leads me to and puts on my heart.   I have a crown on my head put on there by God Himself.  I am His princess.  He is my King and He told me I am “fearfully and wonderfully made”.  He told me what studies I need to attend and who I need to be around right now.  Most importantly, God told me I AM ENOUGH!  My crown is straight again.  I just needed to slow down, take a deep breath and LISTEN!

So, if you are like me and want to “fix” your life or need “help”.  Yes, God provided resources but the most important source he gave us is the Bible.  Do a google search on scriptures that cover your topic.  Ask God to help you find what YOU need.  If you find a book, ask God if this is the one.  Sometimes he’ll show you through cost, shipping, difficulties ordering.  LISTEN TO HIM!

When signing up for devotionals know you only need 1-2 devotionals per day.  I have one for the morning and one for the evening.  And I know it’s the right ones because they usually address something I’m facing in my life at that time.  God’s timing is everything!

I was signed up for so many online bible studies before I did nothing but study, study, study.  I had no time for application and it was not fruitful for me anymore.  I was still receiving these updates and such and although the information is useful and awesome material I unsubscribed.  Not because I don’t like them, but because there was a time these were right for me, but now God told me I needed something different.  He has provided it.

Find what resonates with you right now, this minute.  Ask God to lead you.  It can be overwhelming and cause you greater stress as you try to read through a pile of books and click through blogs to fix your life.

I read blogs for fun and leisure.  I love seeing what my friends are doing and what God places on their hearts as well.  But I don’t look at each one everyday.  Sometimes I’ll read 4-5 when traveling sometimes all I have time for is 1.  Sometimes they are pertinent to me and sometimes they are pertinent for a friend and I pass it on.  No matter what I am reading, I have learned God leads me to where I am for a purpose.  I may not know that purpose today, but eventually it will come to me and be useful.

I love books, I enjoy reading and learning more about my walk with the LORD.  I am in no way saying don’t read books or blogs.  I am just saying read what is intended for you and your circumstances.  Maybe you are firm in your decision making processes so books on this are fruitless to you however, if your prayer life needs some sparking then books on prayer would be fruitful for you.

In 2016, I agreed to simplify my life and increase my prayer life.  So being the Type A personality I am and overachiever I have purchased every book possible to make this happen.  But God and I talked.

Today, I am reading 3 books:  Lord, I Want to Know You for bible study at church, Fervent for my online study and The Battle Plan for Prayer for my personal knowledge.  I also purchased the Audible versions since I travel so much.  The more I hear it AND read it the more it resonates with me.  I will also turn these on when cleaning or cooking at home or working in the office.  I have loaned out some of the other books I purchased to friends.  If I get them back great, if not, then when I need something God will provide it.

I am blessed with the resources God provides.

God Bless,

Myra

A Very Blessed Woman in TX

 

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Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom Part 2

In my last blog, I shared one of my husband’s sermons.  This is the last and BEST part of it (to me at least).   This was where I had new insight to a very long history with Prayer.

If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
    the Lord would not have listened.   ~ Psalm 66:18

  • We must remain in right-standing with God.  We must not have unconfessed sin in our lives.  We must confess our sins routinely, keeping short accounts, then going to the Father seeking forgiveness, grace and mercy.

“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” ~Matthew 6:14-15

  • Be pure in heart.  We cannot have have unforgiveness in our heart toward anyone.  No resentment or longheld bitterness.  If so, ask the LORD to create a clean heart in you to reveal anything you may have overlooked or have buried deep within you.
  • Pray with love and ferventcy out of a pure heart with all sincerity.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
 ~Hebrews 11:1

  • Speak of things as though they are not as they are.  In 2 Corinthians 4:18 we are told as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal And in Romans 4:17  we are told as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.  God did, Jesus did, Abraham did, and WE MUST!

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
    because you have rejected knowledge,
    I reject you from being a priest to me.
And since you have forgotten the law of your God,
    I also will forget your children.  ~Hosea 4:6

  • Pray in knowledge of God’s word.  Look up and know the scriptures pertaining to certain requests.  Know God’s promises.  We must know how to stand on God’s word.
  • Never doubt.  God hears and will answer on HIS time.  And it may not be a yes.  If it goes unanswered it wasn’t HIS will.  At least not yet! Sometimes unanswered prayer is a blessing.
  • Pray in Jesus’ name and authority always

And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. ~Job 42:10

  • Pray for others regularly.  God will bless you for it and readily answer more of your prayers.  Everything Job lost in his terrible ordeal was restored to him DOUBLE when he entered into prayer for his three friends who had accused him so vigorously of sin.

TO BETTER UNDERSTAND HOW TO PRAY FOR YOUR FRIENDS READ AND MAKE NOTES ON PAUL’S PRAYERS FOR HIS FRIENDS

Paul prayed that his friends:

  • Ephesians 1:18-19  Might have wisdom and power
  • Ephesians 3:16-19 Strength in the inner man
  • Philippians 1:9-11 For discernment
  • Colossians 1:9 That they would know God’s will
  • 1 Thessalonians 3:10-13 That they have a growing love for one another
  • 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 That they be worth of their calling
  • 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 That they be comforted and established
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:5 That they be steadfast in their love for God
  • 1 Timothy 2:12 They they live quiet and peaceful lives
  • Philemon 6 That they recognize all they have IN CHRIST!
  • Hewbrews 13:20-21 That God would work in them that which is pleasing to Him.

Begin to pray this way and you will become a real prayer warrior and the devil will flee from you.

And there it is.  This is my favorite sermon from my husband.  Knowing him and living with him makes these sermons even more personal because I know the blood, sweat and tears that went into writing these sermons.  I know the backstories to each one of these sermons and makes it mean that much more to me. I am very proud of the changes he has made in his life and the man he is today.  Putting on the new man has never in my life looked so good as it does on him.

I am blessed to live with my favorite pastor.  I am blessed that he shares his faith with me.  I am blessed he prays with me and for me everyday.  I am a blessed woman.

God bless,

Myra

A Blessed Woman in TX

 

 

 

 

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Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom Part 1

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” ~ Matthew 16:19

My husband has spent quite a few years studying for his M.Div and now his Doctorate.  He has had many assignments.  However, my favorite assignment he had to do was one called “Capture the Sermon“.  In this assignment, he had to listen to and rewrite the sermons in his words as he would teach the lesson.  From that assignment he wrote one called “Prayer-Keys to the Kingdom“.    This one is special because it was a sermon by our favorite Pastor, Steve Griffith out of Dallas, TX.  Steve was not only Lee’s mentor but also the Pastor who married us in July.  I also owe Steve a lot because it was him who gave me my husband back.  Without Steve, Lee would not be in my life or our son’s life.

This is a very timely find because of my new passion for my relationship with God and my desire to improve my prayer life.  Since watching the movie War Room, I have reignited my passion for the LORD and my prayer life.  Imagine my surprise when I was going through this file and found this beauty at the bottom of the stack.  God’s perfect timing once again!

Here it is:

wp-1453485935397.pngPrayer, there is nothing simpler or more powerful.  In 1 Timothy 2:1, we see the first instruction Paul gave the church was to pray.  Prayer is a constant challenge for most Christians- finding time, following up, knowing what to pray for.  And here lies the problem-making it an activity on the to-do list instead of a lifestyle that leads to victory.

Ephesians 6:18 tells us to “Pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to the this end with perseverance and all suppliaction for all Saints” This means:

  • Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit
  • Don’t stop praying
  • Call on all believers to help you pray
  • Pray for one another

We are in a constant attitude of prayer; a constant state of communicating with the LORD; a continual dependence on Him, moment by moment in life.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “Pray without ceasing.” We should pray about everything and on all occasions.  Anytime, Anyplace. Whether we are in prayer circles, meetings, our closet, family table, bible classes, devotionals, intercessions we should be walking and talking with God.

Prayer is our spiritual fuel.  We are human but now we have a spiritual engine.  That engine needs not human fuel or fuel of the world but prayer, which supplies our spiritual needs.  Prayer provides the energy needed to wear our spiritual armor (aka The Armor of God).  We cannot fight spiritual battles in our own strength-running on human effort.  We MUST rely on PRAYER.  It is the key to wearing God’s Armor into Victory!

Satan will use every device to keep us from praying. He will cause physical fatigue and zap our energy.  He will make us mentally unfit for prayer through the cares and burdens of the home and business.  He will destroy our power and prayer life through doubt, discouragement and depression.  So, when we feel least like praying, this is the time we need most to pray, for Satan has already gained a foothold in us.  The enemy knows when we haven’t prayed and moves into attack.  Prayer CANNOT be a matter of emotion.  It must be a CHOICE OF WILL.  A constant act of devotion and communication with God.

We must pray in prosperity and adversity; sickness and in health.  When we pray, pray prayers of praise and thanksgiving.  Then pray for what we will, desire and need.  James 4:2 says “we do not have because we do not ask…”  Often we strive after something without even praying about it and asking God for it.  Asking is the rule of the kingdom. If Jesus had to ask, you and I cannot expect to be exempted from it.  God knows what we need but HE wants us to ask Him as a sign of faith and dependence on Him.

The Holy Spirit provides us with power.  “Praying in Spirit” is all about God’s will.  We learn to pray the will of and according to the Word of God by yielding to the power of the Spirit who lives in us.  The Spirit directs us to pray in alignment with God’s plan and purposes, so God is able to answer.  If we pray on our own strength and wisdom, we will not find agreement with God.  We must have the mind of God which the Spirit provides as we pray.

Praying needs to become natural to you!  We must have perseverance in prayer, not giving up.  Prayer should also be done out of spiritual willingness and should not be forced.

The enemy has many ways he will try to discourage you from praying.  Let’s say you have two good days of praying in a row.  Satan will try to convince you it will be like that the rest of your life.  Listen closely, it won’t!  The third day when your prayer life is fruitless, the enemy will try to convince you that you’ve blown it and there is no use trying anymore.  THIS IS A LIE!!!  Do not listen!

If you have a couple of good days of prayer, then thank God for them and try for a third.  If the third day is a failure, just pray again on the fourth day.  Forget what is past and start anew each day.  Persevere in prayer.  That is the only way to get it done.

An old saying about the devil and prayer is that “The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying.  He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less works or prayer-less religion.  He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom but trembles when we pray.”

And that is the first half of his sermon that was completed on September 6, 2010. Tomorrow I will share keys to prayer effectiveness and some guidance on prayer from Paul.  This is my favorite part of this sermon.  However, if you are like me, and not holding a M.Div. as my husband does then you have quite a bit to ponder for now.  I have to read and reread to fully grasp his words and the content.  I encourage you to do the same.

I am blessed with such a God-fearing man full of wisdom on the subject of our walk with the LORD.  Sometimes I get overwhelmed to make sure I’m living up to the standards Lee has but what I, what we both have realized is each of us has our own walk with the LORD.  Lee’s calling is his own and my calling is my own.  Our expectations for our walks are tailored to each of us but there are certain expectations we share.  This is a lesson we both had to learn the hard way.  It took us both humbling ourselves and almost losing one another to learn it.  Place your spouse/significant other in God’s hands and He will give you what you need.  Together, as one, we now encourage and support one another in our walks through the powerful gift of PRAYER.

God Bless,

Myra

A Very Blessed Woman in TX

 

 

 

 

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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

Christian Living · Christian Wife · prayer · Proverbs 31

The Blessings of Rain

For the last few weeks, our time has been limited.  From October to April Lee was here with us every other weekend come you know what and high water!  From April to now, we have had one weekend together and a few days in between where we could see eachother for a quick lunch or quick dinner before one of us was heading back to our respective towns.

Lee has been preparing for his graduation from his LCDC program to become a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern.  I have been dealing with my career which is in full swing, managing my son’s baseball schedule, and trying to spend as much time as possible with my Senior girl as she prepares for adulthood.  Oh and to top it off, I’ve been preparing for our wedding.

To say the least, life has been overwhelming for both of us!!!!

Lee and I started to get snippy, quippy and cranky with each other.  The stress got the best of all of us-me, Lee, and the kids.  So, I did this weird thing–I told Lee how I felt.  What?  Communication?  Yes, we should all try it!!!!  I won’t go into the details of our conversations but we both said hurtful things over the past few weeks and we were both about to explode.  SO, I had a conversation with God one day and this is what he told me :

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9

Okay, God I hear you!  We needed to come together as one again and face life together.  WOW!  What an awakening that was for me.  I realized my next conversation needed to be with Lee.  I mean really, my dog was coming between us?  Um, no that was not going to happen!  So, I took this big leap of faith and discussed nicely how I was feeling with Lee.  Something amazing happened.  He felt the same way and it had nothing to do with the dog!!!!   We found resolution to our problem before it became a big problem.

I was forced to look at myself in all this as well.  It is so easy to blame others.  It is so easy to say HE DID IT ALL WRONG.  This is something our society does well.  However, I know I am as much to blame as he was for all the things we both were feeling.  I owned it and fixed it; so did Lee.

I felt neglected because he was constantly serving the Ministry he serves and finishing his school work.  He felt neglected because I was constantly busy with work and kids.  Sound familiar?

He came to town last week and God gave us this blessing in our life-RAIN!  Baseball game cancelled.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is nothing I love more than watching our son play baseball.  He is my favorite player.  However, lately it has been baseball 24/7.  Between Mac’s games and the TX Rangers constantly on my TV at home, I have to admit I was a little baseballed out.  The rain was just the break we needed.

That next day we spent the day together.  I worked from home and he did too.  We had lunch together, later ran errands together, and ended our night at my office helping one of my agents move some furniture into our office.  As simple as all that sounds, it was one of the best days we have had in a while.  We didn’t do anything “special” but my time with him was special because it was something we haven’t had in a while-togetherness.  Lee made me and our family the priority and so did I.  We discussed his business plans and I updated him on my office projects.  We discussed us, the wedding, the kids and just got back to the basics of all things Lee and Myra.

We are back on track.

Lee is my best friend and the first to know anything I know.  He treats me like a princess.  To the point where he spoon feeds me ice cream; it’s kinda the only way I will eat now when we are at home LOL The kids say we are disgusting because he takes very good care of me and my needs.  However, we both let the stress get to us and let it affect our relationship. We let it get bad.  Going forward we will do the following:

  • Put God first and foremost in our relationship
  • Pray; pray for ourselves, pray for each other, pray alone, pray together; pray for our goals as individuals, as a family and as business partners in ministry.
  • Communicate:  We have never been that couple that runs out of things to say. We just haven’t made time to really talk.  I call it “getting naked” because you have to go deep and not stay just on the surface. We talk about his plans, my plans and how they can unite.   We’ve always been that way.
  • Make Time:  We had become that couple who were two ships passing in the night; NEVER AGAIN! We will make time daily to talk and weekly to get away from everything.  And for Memorial Day Weekend we will be detached-no cell phones or laptops (this will however be a challenge for me so please pray).  We are taking a family vacation to San Antonio, however it is still time together as the kids drive with headphones in their ears we will talk for the 2 hour commute.

Although I am now tired of the rain we have seen here in Texas, I thank God for it.  Who knows where we would be if it hadn’t happened.  Once again, God blessed me and us with what we needed.

So tonight I leave with this verse I pray over Lee everyday.  I hope it resonates with you and your significant other/husband/wife

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Ruth 1:16

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

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

Lessons from an Overworked Mom of Teenagers

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5

Being a single mom for many years, I prayed for the day my children would grow up.  I thought it meant I wouldn’t be needed anymore.  However, as I threw myself into my career over the last year and a half I look back and realize how much I missed just in the last 3 years with my daughter and all my children.

The other day we filled my middle child’s application to Texas A&M PATHS program.  Now, I have known since this child was born that this day would come.  However, since I have slowed down I realize how out of touch with my children I have become.  I have missed so many important moments in their lives.  She brought home her cap and gown order form.  This next weekend we do Sr. Pictures and I ask myself one question “Where did all our time go?”.

I look back and realize somewhere I was misinformed.  I thought once my children were old enough to care for themselves I wasn’t needed anymore.  Also, as the mother to a special needs child in the back of my mind I knew that raising a special needs child never stops. However, there comes a time I had to stop.  I had to stop because I was tired.  I was weary.  I could not do it by myself anymore.

Although I had relationships in the 14 years Lee and I were separated from one another, they were not fruitful relationships.  I still took care of me and mine all on my own.  However, as I look back now I realize where I didn’t take care of me.  Because I was alone I did everything for all three of my children 24/7.  I did not set boundaries.  I turned my back on God because of a disagreement and I was not fulfilled.  I thought things would fulfill me.  I thought this man who came into my life 3 years ago was the answer.

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

But honestly, if I had looked up to God instead of around me for things I would have found my solace.  As parents we struggle with balance.  As a special needs parent, that balance is even harder to maintain.  You run and run and run.  You worry and you run some more.  You go from Dr. appt to dr. appt to therapy appts.  You are up late at night cleaning up messes.  You are up early in the morning fixing special meals.  You are given this precious special gift that God created for you and as much as you love him or her you get tired.  However, I now know it is okay to be tired!    I now know God is my refuge.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”  Psalms 46:1

“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.”  Psalm 18:32-36

For years, I felt guilty leaving my oldest and youngest however leaving my middle child was harder.  But because I did not take care of me I ran away.  I hid in my career for the last one and a half years.  It was my escape from dealing with life at home.  I ran away from the most important years in my daughter’s life and I am ashamed of what I did to her.  I abandoned all my children this last year. I am ashamed of what I had become running and hiding from my home and what I needed to deal with.

Two to three days a week I was in DFW.  Weekends I was in DFW.  Two to three days a week I was in Waco, Temple and/or Austin.  I left home at 5 or 6 am and got home anywhere from 2 -3 am or even 2-3 days.  I wore myself out to the point that over the last 3 weeks as I began to slow down I have been battling walking pneumonia.   All because I was too selfish to give it to God and let Him guide my ways.

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:6-9

However, I have talked to many friends and we have all done this at some point.  We have to find the balance between being a parent, a child, a spouse, and being yourself.  It is not easy.  However, I am finding peace now as I transition to a more family friendly schedule.  I am finding this peace because of one simple fact–I give it all to God now.  He guides my ways not me or my children.

God has shown me that no matter how old my children are I am still mom.  I will never stop being mom no matter how old my children grow up to be in this life.  My 24 year old still needs me as much as my 13 year old needs me.  The needs are different, but I am still parenting.   I am sharing my faith more with them.  I am enjoying conversations with each child on their lives.  I actually talk to my middle daughter now about her day and it has made a significant much needed change in her life.

This weekend I did nothing.  I am tired.  I am weak. I am this way because I did it to myself.  I overbooked my schedule. I wore myself out!  I made my job my priority instead of God and family.  Learn from my mistakes.  God is first and your family is second and everything else follows.  This is why your quiet time is so important.  I know my best days start in the word with God.   If you are too busy for God and your family, you are too busy for anything else!

I am blessed with a family who forgives me for my mistakes.  I am blessed with a mom and dad who love me and help me and my children through anything we need.  I am blessed with three beautiful children and a very loving and supportive man.  And going forward, I will make sure they know how important they are to me.

“Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”  Psalm 16:5-8

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Christian Living · Christian Wife

The Characters in My Life Story

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

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

Goodnight and God Bless,

A Blessed Woman

Name:  Leewpid-20140924_162409.jpg

Nicknames:  Hutcheson, Lee Hutch, Hutch

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

Career:  Christian Counseling, LCDC, Pastor

Name:  Meganwpid-img_10909925248910.jpeg

Nicknames:  Megs, MeganEggan,

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

Career:  Administrative Assistant

Name:  Marissa Ashleywpid-img_20141101_190512.jpg

Nicknames:  Riss, Rissa Roo

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

Career:  Senior in High School

wpid-img_20141224_180412.jpgName:  MacKenzie

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

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

Career:  8th grader, baseball and football player

Name:  Kennedywpid-wp-1420605327206.jpeg

Nicknames:  Puppers, Puppy

Role in My Life:  My best friend and family dog

Career:  Protecting us from the mean streets of the suburbs

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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