This morning I woke up around 2:30. I was uncomfortable and wide awake. I wanted so badly to go back to sleep but instead I prayed silently. "Lord, if you need me to spend time with You I will." My spirit felt a prompting to go ahead and get up. I slid out of bed and tip toed downstairs carrying my daughters laundry. Knowing I had finished writing my Bible study on marriage I knew that this time I didn't have an agenda in my "prayer closet" (aka laundry room). I started a load of laundry because the sound of the washer and dryer in my laundry room/office space is quite comforting. I sat in the darkness just praying and asking that God share with me what He needed me to know. After a time I pulled out my pen and note pad and wrote out all the things that were currently weighing on me and needed prayer.
Can God really depend on me to do all of these thing?
As I was praying over this list, His whisper to my soul was that I had these all in the wrong order. First, I needed to work on my priorities and go back to the prayer list again, putting them in order.
Again, that whisper. The Lord pressed on my spirit the word: Expectation
"Don't try to be what the world needs. I, your God, am what the world needs. Stay focused on Me & I will show you where to go, I will teach you what you need to know."
Then I opened my Bible. If you've read my devotionals you may know that I'm a believer in that there's a message where your Bible opens.
Because you are a (daughter), God sent the Spirit of his Son into your heart, the Spirit who calls out "Abba, Father." So you are not longer a slave, but a (daughter), God has made you an heir. -Galatians 4:6-7 (emphasis added)
When I read this verse and replaced the "son" with "daughter" it became very clear what God was saying. My priorities have to begin with a prayer perspective, a posture approaching the throne of Heaven, that I am a child of God and belong there. I go to my Heavenly Father knowing that I am a daughter to a King, and boy does that change everything. I took another look at my list. If you know me, you also know I don't believe in coincidence. My first prayer begins with recognizing that I am the daughter of the King of Kings, an heir.
I love to follow the scripture footnotes and attached scriptures, they always take me on a journey of better understanding. Let me take you on the same journey.
Go Deeper | Roman 8:17
Now if we are children, then we are heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
Go Deeper | Galatians 3:29
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams seed, and hear according to the promise.
Go Deeper | Titus 3:17
so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having hope of eternal life.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 1:!4
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 6:17
Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
Go Deeper | Hebrews 11:9
By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in the foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac & Jacob.
Go Deeper One More Time | Romans 11:29
For God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
God calls us to a higher purpose than our own, He provides His angels to minister to us and help us see that purpose through. As heirs, we have a duty to ask Him what that purpose might be and to help us keep our priorities in order.
What I came to realize was that as I approach the Father in the Heavenly Place through prayer, I am to straighten my crown and carry with me a spirit of expectation that He will cascade His blessings down on the things I do in this life that serve His purpose. My life, dreams, and desires, when they align with His, create miracles and blessings and bring forth favor. We aren't promised it will be easy and painless; remember, Jesus himself suffered. We have a greater promise as children, adopted into the Kingdom.
You are unique and perfect in every way that I made you. Care for your body that your soul resides in, it is a temple that I reside with you. Remember, even the flesh fades but the things you do, that no one sees, are for Me. You desire to be significant, don't you see you already are when you are serving Me. Come into My throne room as My daughter.
-A Father's Whisper
I encourage you to make a quick list of things you've had on your heart that need prayer. You've been meaning to pray on these things but time is short. Write them all out. Then get ready to write them again. The second time, at the top write, Being a Daughter of a King, because we all need a lesson on this daily. Our crowns are always crooked it seems. Then list the rest of the items as if you are seeing them through the eyes of Jesus. Maybe start with the things closest to you, family, loved ones, personal needs. Then, look out a bit further. Maybe the next ones are concerning your neighbors, friends, loved ones, etc. Then look a little further into your work place, community needs and keep doing this until you feel that they are in a true order of importance. It doesn't really matter your method of sorting.
Now, as you pray, lock your arms with Jesus and step into the throne room. You are His child. He desires to spend this time with you and hear about your concerns. Ask Him about His will for your life and the purpose He has. Askfor direction and guidance on the matters you are concerned with. He is concerned too. Believe that you are about to receive the blessings and answers you need like a cascading waterfall. You'll find some things are truly left in His hands and others you must see to by your own.
It's all in your approach, it's all in how you wear your crown.
Meal planning and meal prep should actually take a load off your schedule. Having meals prepared and ready may seem time consuming at first but as soon as you grab your first meal and head out the door knowing you have healthy nutrition locked in for the day, you'll be hooked. It can literally all be done in around an hour. Imagine having all of the meals shown above prepped and ready and you don't even have to think about it again for several days. There are man different "meal plans" to fit different life styles and goals. I'll be listing some of the most popular over the next week but if you want to learn some basic nutritional information to help you make healthy decisions anytime, I do offer nutritional workshops for FREE. They are live and hands on. You wouldn't believe the difference it makes for people that attend.
Below you'll find links to downloads starting with a grocery list and meal plans. The below plans are high protein, moderate carb, and low fat.
Below you will find information for a Keto way of eating. If you're looking for low carb, moderate protein, and high fat, this is the information you'll need. Keto is an excellent way to eat to strip bad fats and lower blood sugars but it isn't for everyone so please do some additional research before deciding on this plan. You can also click here for more info.
A few years ago I held myself accountable for working out with a monthly calendar. I set a very strict goal, one that I would be proud to accomplish. I started with the calendar below. It was a small calendar, one that most people wouldn't have noticed but to me it was a big deal. At just 2" x 3" it served a HUGE purpose. I choose Sunday for my rest day and committed to working out 6 days a week for the rest of week. I only allowed myself 2 days for the entire month to fall off. The results were worth the effort.
Below you will find the calendar for accountability and if you'd like to join our accountability group simply click here. To add an extra layer to your goal setting, bring out the CRUSH IT fitness goal setting worksheet.
Releasing in February of 2018; Brave Moms, Brave Kids is a much needed addition to the world of Christian readers. It is groundbreaking in this day and age, and, while many of us can relate to the fear of the world that drives our decisions as moms, this book will serve as the gold standard for how to trust our Heavenly Father through motherhood. Perhaps, though, you have never actually considered yourself brave. Or, perhaps you have to be brave in the face of circumstances but you feel weak and scared.
The first part is of Lee's book addresses how tired we are of being afraid. It's centered around how to build your faith in what God can do in a world that seems to be after our children's innocence, to help you grow (intellectually and spiritually) by seeing circumstances from a Biblical view, and to help make good decisions about why we so desperately need to hand it all over to the One who knows best. The second part of book is becoming a hero for your children. She walks you through her experiences that led her to begin to release fear and pick up the weapons God has given us. She shows us that we too can have the power to let go of fear and be brave. The third part of her book is how to teach our children to be brave. The lessons, through out, are truly timeless and universal
Lee gives practical tips and scriptural references that encourage you to walk outside of fear. She spends time discussing how to cultivate a family that is centered around God's promises while the world around us seems hopeless. Such as, lessons on prayer and relationships provide guidance that is essential. Lessons on serving and self-control that are often misunderstood or left out. The final lesson asks us to cast vision: Do you cast vision for your children and your family? Many of us moms are so deep in the day to day that we forget that vision is what makes us flourish and move forward. The lessons are the important part. Thanks to the author, for not forgetting that we need help teaching our children to find their identity in Christ.
I daresay there is no other book that I have read as a Christian mother that I could relate to more. It’s the book that, from chapter one, had my heart pounding: I could relate to nearly every story she shared, on some level, our stories are the same. We can thank Lee after reading her book because our vision will be broader, yes, but she has given us permission to share with our children and others what is possible with God.
I received a copy of Brave Moms, Brave Kids for free in exchange for my honest review and participation.
I am so thankful I recorded this memory for my boys. In April of 2011 we took a little journey across a field....
The boys and I took a walk and ended up at my Granny's house a field over from ours. We were out looking for an idea for a ladder for Coopers bunk bed redo or something that we could salvage and use. No luck but we knew Granny (their great grandmother) would have ice cream and probably cones to go with it so we stopped for a visit.
After the eating of all the ice cream. Granny told Cooper that he left his "Flip" the last time he was there and he had NO idea what she was talking about. She told him where it was and he came back into the kitchen, held it out in front of him and said..."THIS?" Yep, that was what she meant. Cooper looked at it and then said, "It's called a Slingshot."
"When I was a little girl it was called a Flip." Granny informed him.
She said that the last time he was there she was watching him try to use it and he couldn't get the rocks through the slot. She said come on, I'll show you how. So, my 83 year old grandmother and oldest son walked outside and started hunting rocks, looking for the right size. She found a few, set them in the Flip, pulled back and nailed the garbage can. I ALMOST DIED I tell you. 20 years ago I wouldn't have been a bit surprised but to see that lady pull a slingshot back and let it rip was AWESOME!
So, Cooper and I started looking for the right sized rocks while, Jake and Evan were jumping up and down screaming," let me try, let me try". We all gave it a try until we saw my husband drive by in the truck. We decided we'd better head home and on the walk back, I had to give Cooper a SERIOUS lecture about what not to aim at like small birds, dogs, cats, windows, cars, brothers....
My son no longer has a child's toy, Granny taught him well and now he has a weapon!
What was even sweeter was that she made it a point to tell the kids "that's how David killed the giant." Cooper said, "You mean Goliath?" She said, "Yeah I think he used a different kind of sling and smooth stones."
What a sweet moment we have shared with my Granny. We hugged and kissed her and left her enjoying the cool afternoon sitting on a porch step.
Fast forward to January 5, 2018. Our sweet Granny is playing in heaven and we will too when we get there. I read this story today with tears. I miss her and even though that moment was so real then, now it's a memory. I don't remember the temperature that day or even what my babies looked liked at that moment but in my mind, it was a perfect evening, like a scene out of a movie. I can almost see my husbands old truck rolling past her house. I almost hear my babies voices. Time is much, much too fleeting and it's these moments we should be recording and remembering. They may not mean much to the masses that read a blog in a corner of the internet but they mean the absolute world to me and my children.
Write so you won't forget.
I don't know about you but the adult me has struggled. It makes me sad to know that my adult life, up until a few years ago, was miserable. My battle with my weight led to a cycle of being miserable, unhappy, and depressed for so long. I am so thankful that I finally found a way to break that cycle...
I have been mothering boys for a long time. The one thing I always share concerning raising boys, is raising boys whose future wives won't hate me. They know how to help out and pitch in. They may not always do it willingly or in a timely manner but they know how to get it done. Here is a simple chore chart if you need to help keep your little ones (or big ones) on track.
Christmas with too much stuff is exhausting and I'm hearing the cries of Momma's and Daddy's everywhere that they are sick of stuff. It seems like this season has taken a turn like I've never seen before.
Blueberries are one of my very favorite fruits. They grow wild around here. I have a friend that made me blueberry jam recently and I ration it's deliciousness.
I don't know why I write. I feel like most of the time they are just ramblings in my head and I just need to get them out. Occasionally, I receive a kind email or comment thanking me for sharing but for the most part this is just an empty space for me to pour out.
As my husband and I are moving closer, day by day, towards the adoption of our foster babies God has been opening up scripture and circumstances He needs us to be aware of.
This morning on my way to church my 15 year old son was sitting next to me with earphones in, mad. James , my husband, had to work today to be off Friday, a VERY important day for our family.
Foster Care | Savings, paying off debt, making room, filling out paper work, training, classes, home inspections...so many things to do to prepare, to feel prepared.
I can rattle off to you every aspect of my life that feels like it falls short of glorious and lack of consistency is what keeps it from being so. Maybe because it's not meant to be so
God has been all over me to dig in His Word today. As I sit down to do some reading I decide it's probably a good idea to start with the book He keeps pushing towards me today...Exodus. So I open up to Exodus and my eyes fall on a section called "Bricks Without Straw" and this part of a scripture...
And it shall come to pass, while my glory passes by, that I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and will cover you with my hand while I pass by: exodus 33:22
I used to be fascinated with the spiritual world in that I didn't understand hauntings and things that were unexplained. A few years ago, I picked up a book by a local pastor to Chattanooga, Ron Phillips. He's also pastor to several friends.
While the Bigs were all getting ready for school I told my husband The Toddler was laying in his bed, awake, ready to pounce on the day. The first sign of life and he is up. I was right.
Those times when it is 2 o'clock in the morning and you are wide awake and can't sleep and you're fighting your own thoughts and your responsibilities as a mom weigh heavy, that's when Jesus is calling you.
In my circle of friends I have a girl friend that is expecting her first baby...well, babies. She is expecting twins. They are little miracles who we have waited for and waited for.
Psalm 91 is the key to winning the spiritual battles going on around you. It's the key to winning your day. As a foster mom, I see first hand the spiritual battle going on.
I am a momma to 5 beautiful souls, birth mom to my 3 boys, adoptive mom to 2 sweet babies, wife to my high school sweet heart, and daughter to my King. I love to write. I am no scholar but I love my Lord and He helps me.