Saturday, March 30, 2013

I Have Some Exciting News For You

For those of you have been following my weight loss journey over the past months, I have some EXCITING news!

If you want, pop over to The Grace & Strength Lifestyle over here and check it out!

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Broken

WORD PROMPT: BROKEN




Imagine with me for a moment...

You are a beautiful glass vase upon a shelf.  
You shine and glitter in the sunlight.
You sit there, completely sufficient to be beautifully dotted on and adored.
You are content with your purpose.

Until one day... someone walks by and trips.

Then knock you onto the ground and the beautiful glass vase you once were is no longer.
Now you are a scattered mess of broken, shattered pieces.

You have no ability in and of yourself to fix this mess.  
You lay there, helpless, hopeless.

Until...you hear about a healer.  A potter that can mend the most horrific of messes.  
You realize you are in a desperate state; mentally defeated, and physically maimed.
You desire to be restored to wholeness so you cry out to the potter.  His name is, Jesus.

Jesus, save me!  I believe that you are the potter and I've heard you can restore broken messes!  I am broken and in need of a Savior.  I put my trust in YOU, Oh Lord!

And in an instant, in your weak, broken, vulnerable state, He scoops up your shattered edges and revives you.




You look down at yourself, and you are surprised to see there are no lines or seams where your edges were mended.  You are more beautiful than before.  Fully restored,like new!

Now you have a purpose!  You are no longer just a vase, for He pours His living water into YOU, the vase.  He places some freshly cut flowers down inside.  Because of His living water within you, you are a life-giving vessel for His glory!

Jesus came to redeem YOUR broken places!  


Life breaks and falls apart

But we know these are
Places where grace is soon to be so amazing
It may be unfulfilled 
It may be unrestored
But when anything that's shattered is laid before the Lord
Just watch and see 
It will not be unredeemed. ~Selah Lyrics


Linking up with FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY.  

John 3:16-18

"16For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God."

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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

I Wore Lots Of Yellow This Week!

Outfit #1-Yellow Polka Dots
scarf-etsy / earrings-target / shirt-old navy /jeans-target /shoes-target





Outfit #2-Flower Boot Socks & Teacup necklace
socks-etsy / dress-down east basics/ jacket-american eagle /
boots-walmart/ necklace-esty






Outfit #3-Multicolored Necklace

necklace-etsy / yellow tank-impel clothing/ sweater-thrifted/
jeans-sears/ brown heels-shoe department




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Raising Little Girls


Our six year old girl was upstairs crying in her bedroom last night.  I ruffled her pink and purple butterfly comforter and sat down next to her.

What's wrong honey?  She told me she didn't know and that she just felt sad.  Instead of going through all the reasons that I thought she might be sad, I simply asked her if she wanted a hug.  

I pulled her onto my lap and hugged her.  After about 20 seconds I asked her if she felt better.  

Yeah, I do feel better Mommy.  Thank you.

Sometimes all we need is a good hug!  We all can feel sad, lonely, left-out and just plain "blah".  A hug lets someone know that you are there and ready to listen to them. 




 I got out our Mama and Me Journal and asked her if she wanted to write in it.  Here's how our conversation progressed.  

Riley to Mommy:  Dear Mommy, I love you.  Thank you for cheering me up when I was sad and that's why I love you.  Love, Riley

Mommy to Riley: Dear Riley, You're welcome.  Sometimes I feel sad too and I don't know why.  Hugs always make everything better!  I love you.  Love, Mommy

Riley to Mommy: Dear Mommy, I love you even when I get mad at you.  I want to spend more time with you.  I hope we can.  Love, Riley

Mommy to Riley: Dear Riley, I'd love that!  What would you like to do together more?  Love, Mommy

Riley to Mommy: Dear Mommy, I want to go to the movie theater and drink soda and eat popcorn.  Can we have popcorn tonight?

I love how her heavy and sad countenance turned around by just communicating with me.  I always want to leave this door of communication open with her; especially when she enters those dreaded teen years!

How do you stay connected with your children as they grow out of childhood into their teen years?  I would love to hear your ideas!

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jennifer Dahl Designs Giveaway

WE HAVE A WINNER:  pomocanthus at hotmail dot com. 

I instantly fell in love with Jennifer Dahl Designs!  We are giving away the Winged Monogram Oval Bubble Charm Necklace by simply liking the facebook fan page here, and leaving a comment below that you did.

*Psssst!  Anywhere you share this giveaway will earn you an extra entry!



In case you want to get started on purchasing some goodies, feel free to use this code below to receive 25% off your purchase! 

sweater-thrifted Gap, jeans-Target, boots-American Eagle Outfitters, necklace-Jennifer Dahl Designs 

This necklace is a perfect addition to any outfit (dressy or casual).  It's chunky and fun yet delicate and feminine.  Be sure to check out her other beautiful creations like soldered charms, round charms, hand stamped charms, custom charms, and more!  

Contest will run through the weekend and then random.org will pick a winner!  Go ahead and like the facebook page and leave a comment that you did below!

Linking up to WIWW over at The Pleated Poppy.

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The Day I Had Church In My Car

I reached for him and scooped him up in my arms.  He is the size of a five year old boy now but I manage to place him on my hip, kiss his cheek and tell him what a blessing he is.  I spoke these words into him today:


"Do you know how much Mommy loves you?  You are SO special to me.  When you were in Mommy's tummy there was something wrong with you, but God chose to heal you!  



This boy has taught me so much about life and faith.  The day I heard that I would have to weigh my options to carry him, I knew there were no options to weigh.  God had a plan for this little boy's life! (You can read more about that story over here).

Just this morning on the way to our ladies bible study, he asked me a question in the car.  What are those ropes up there?  

I told him they were power lines that bring power to all those houses over there.

He then replied, what are those wooden poles that keep bumping into them?

I explained that they were the poles that were holding all the power lines up!  

In that instant I had church right there in my car!  God impressed on my heart how so many people see Him as bumping into their lives when in fact He is the very one that is holding them up and allowing their power to flow!

The wooden poles even look like a cross, in which my Savior Jesus bled and died.  Praise His name!

Romans 5:8-10

"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son."

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Rest: Five Minute Friday


I rush here and there.  Early mornings press hard and fast.  They are abrupt and threaten my retreat to covers piled high over head to cancel out the light.  Daylight peeks in and most mornings I crave the darkness, stillness and quiet of the night far more than the pressing demands that await.

A beautiful composition of lines and notes and clefts still require breaks and rest.  I've heard little ones pound piano keys harsh and brash.  There is no rest in their pounding.  I've also been blessed to have my ears tickled by the art of a true musician.  They play their music from deep within and their fingers dance across the keys and right into my soul.  I can feel their passion and purpose.  I hear the crescendos of life and they are always followed by a careful pause and rest.  

Life pleads for rest.  Without rest the soul will grow weary, burdened and void of radiant beauty.

May we all find rest as David penned in the 23rd Psalm,

He lets me rest in green meadows.
He leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths.

The dark paths are promised to come.  The valley's deep where rest seems afar and calamity echos within the mountain peaks.  It is in those times I'm beyond grateful for a Shepherd that walks close beside me.  He does not rush ahead nor fall behind.  His steps are steady with mine and His gentle hand is continually outstretched.  He folds his fingers in my grasp and His smile is bright and promising.

He, my God, brings inner peace and rest.  We break bread and feast upon a picnic basket full of blessings laid out in the presence of my enemies.  Arrows fly overhead, and we feast on a checkered blanket of love.  

He alone, is my rest.  He is the musician of my heart.  He is the gentle Shepherd that guides me up through the valley upon the mountain top once again.  He is so very faithful and His promises are always true.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Let's Start A Praise Revival



I'd love to start a praise revival! Revival begins within your own heart.  Praise Him and your pity party will turn into beautiful worship!  There are only two people invited to your pity party: you and the devil.  {cue cuban shuffle music and dance moves}... can you picture partying with the devil?  No fun!  *side note: I love the Cuban Shuffle!

Read and meditate on this today:
Psalm 34:1-8 


"1 I will praise the Lord at all times.
I will constantly speak his praises.
2 I will boast only in the Lord;
let all who are helpless take heart.
3 Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness;
let us exalt his name together.
4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
He freed me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
he saved me from all my troubles.
7 For the angel of the Lord is a guard;
he surrounds and defends all who fear him.
8 Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!"



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

On How Facebook Is A Breeding Ground For The "F" Word



If we allow it, Facebook can become a breeding ground for the "F" word:  Failure.  The clarification is if we allow it.  Facebook can be a wonderful way to encourage and uplift and just make friends and build up the ones we have.  But all too often this happens instead:

You are having one of those days and decide to get on facebook in order to feed your curiosity, boredom, and ego.  Your ego is shot right to the dirt today, and you mindlessly type 

w w w d o t f a c e b o o k d o t c o m.

You scroll and scroll through pictures of amazing photos and the latest and greatest recipes, do it yourself crafts with your kids and everyone else's best moments.

Your insides shrink.
You feel defeated.
You covet.
You compare.
You beat yourself up.
You look around at your messy house.
Your joy is snatched.
You start thinking negative thoughts.
You begin thinking bad about that person.
You wish your life was better.
You dream of having that person's dream life.

When in reality, not one of our lives are a dream.  
Not one of our lives are picture perfect.  

Facebook tends to show the picture perfect shot after 50 messed-up-crying-baby scenes.

So don't get on facebook if you have a critical spirit, judgmental attitude, or ready to compare yourself with others.

BE YOU!  Whenever we compare ourselves with others, we aren't being who God had us be!  Facebook does not make you a failure!  You are so much more!  

You are:

Fearless.
Forgiven.
Favored and Loved.
Fun.
Fabulous.
Faithful. 

Don't let anything steal your JOY!  Don't let the F in Facebook make you think you are a failure!  Remember who you are in Christ.  I think you are pretty amazing!  

John 15:5-11

"I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full."

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What I Wore Favorite Outfits Of The Month

This week I'm doing a recap of my favorite outfits over the past month.  Which one is your favorite?  I just love the What I Wore Wednesday Blog Hop over at The Pleated Poppy.  I can't wait to check out all your fabulous outfits this week!


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Monday, March 11, 2013

To My Baby

Your breath smells like heaven.  I kiss your cheeks and tickle your sides and you explode with that infectious giggle.  You steal my heart, over and over and over again.  

You are getting taller and growing out of that cradle-in-my-arms stage.  I let you give me open mouth smooches on my cheeks as the drool runs fast and my heart melts all the faster.

My eighteen-month old baby, can you stay just that?  A baby?

Soon you will be riding bikes, scraping knees and climbing trees.

I love you, my sweet boy.

You have a feisty spirit and and a will that is strong.  May you use this stubborn energy and gutsy strength for good.  May you grow up to be a leader with convictions strong.  May you lay down the reigns and harness that strength to the Father's will and way; for His glory.

A mother to a boy, there is nothing like it.  May you always treat women like ladies and honor them like your Daddy does your Mommy.

I love you my sweet baby boy... for as long as I have you as a baby, I will cherish this time.  I will bottle it up... moment by moment.

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Friday, March 8, 2013

Home- Five Minute Friday



Home is comfy pajamas and a warm mug against a cold cheek.

Home is my three children piled high on my lap reading book after book.

Home is a date night at home with my love, cuddled on the couch.

Home is being able to giggle so hard that milk bubbles out your nose.

Home is music and candles and laughter.

Home is a safe haven from the storms of life.

Home is a place to welcome in the unlovable.

Home is a place to dwell by the fireside of unconditional love.

Home is a lighthouse atop jagged rocks and large waves with white foam.

Home is a place where the enemy tries to get a foothold, but I will not let him.

Home is a place that is cherished by my Jesus.

Home will be protected at all costs.

Home is where I leave and where I hope to always return.


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