Never ending Love 

This past week we had been very worried about finances due to my husband being off work for his shoulder. I realized it’s one thing to get paid by an employer it’s a completely different story to get paid by workmans comp. I say that with harsh feelings towards them. I hate to say that but it’s almost like they don’t realize that these people who are needing paid have families and bills that require that money. Well enough on that rant 🙂

    This past Monday I went out to my grandmothers to take a few things for my sister who will be coming back for a visit this week and set them up so everything was ready. While in route home from visiting with my grandmother and my oldest sister my husband calls me. The first words you know “so in so” ( not sure if they would want to be named so leaving it anonymous) I said yes of course. He proceeds with you know her dad “so In so” I again said yes. This point though many bad things were running through my head…..Had my friend been hurt, were her kids and husband ok? Please tell me her dad is okay! Is everything with his church ok? ( he is a pastor at a local church)….. With all this running through my head he proceeds to tell me that her father had stopped by. I wasn’t sure why he had I didn’t think much of it just figured he wanted to check in on us since the last time I had gotten to see him I was pregnant with my littlest. My husband says he talked to him for a few minutes and gave him an envelope addressed to us. He asked if he should open it I said of course. What he said next had me in tears leaving Fremont.

    He said there is a card in it. He read the card to me which was so amazing to hear and proceeded to tell me that we had been blessed. I was wondering earlier that day how I would be able to put gas in my vehicle as well as feed our family the rest of the week well really until we got the check from workmans comp considering we had no idea when that would be coming. I was so humbled and gracious to find out we we not have any issues with making sure everyone was fed and still being able to make all the graduation things we needed to be present at this weekend by having gas I’m the van. 

    If you live in the Omaha, council bluffs area you know traffic in west omahacan be difficult sometimes. I was at 168th and dodge and was crying tears of happiness as I was driving.  For someone to be praying for us and ask his congregation to pray and help us out as well is truly a blessing. 

    We always hear hear God works in mysterious ways, I haven never believed that more until that day. With that being said take a moment pray for those who you know could use and extra prayer you never know when that extra prayer for them will be just what they need. 

God is good all the time and all the time God is good. 

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Mother’s Day

For the past three years I have celebrated Mother’s Day with my kids, husband and in laws. I have loved every year and I have stayed strong each year with not a tear in sight. Until today.

    Today, Mother’s Day, recital day and the first day I have been back to my mothers grave site in almost 3 years. Many are going to read that as I’m a bad daughter for not going more often. Let me say though that yes this is where my mother is buried but it isn’t where I feel her. I feel her at night when we say prayers before bed, I feel her when I’m in dollar tree ( our favorite place to kill time ) , I feel her at South Omaha Church of God, and I feel her at the thrift store where the books are. All these places give me good memories of her where as where she is buried is a beautiful spot but we were never there together to make beautiful memories. But today I headed back there for me but also to bring Weston to where his nana is. 

    Yes he is never going to remember but I think it helped opened me up some. Today was the first day since my mother passed that I finally broke down and bawled for most of the day just missing her. For the past three years I have put a wall up thinking I had to be strong for my family so they could grieve and I could keep everything together. These past few weeks I have come to realize that in order to be able to be happy I needed to take a step back and grieve fully so I can be at one with what has happened. 

    Today I not only started to grieve but turned to God for guidance and strength as I grieve for my mother and have faith for what is to come. While we aren’t promised today, tomorrow or next week we are promised the love of the Lord. He is there for us all we have to do is turn around and be there with him. 

    The Lord has walked me through a hard day that towards the end I was able to cry happy tears as I watched my beautiful sister dance gracefully across the stage in her last dance recital of her high school career. I was blessed to be able to see what God has done in her life to bring her where she is now and I am forever grateful to be able to continue to watch what the lord has in store for her in the coming years.  

     

  

 The lord is my strength and I will be strong with him on my Side.

Tough week leads to ending in smiles

The last 8 days have been a trying one for sure.  From our own medical issues to multiple vehicle crashes involving ones we know and love to the death of an amazing little boy. From all this though I’m able to sit here as I write this and put a smile on my face.

    Not because I’m happy any of it happened but because I’ve had the ability to become closer with God as i have asked him to watch over all involved. 

   You always hear you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. I don’t believe that is true for our community back home. We all know what we have and I’ve seen us all strive harder to make every day count. I know for us personally as we have dealt with our older sons disabilities and set backs the past three years we don’t take a single day for granted, even more love has been through our house over the past 8 days to make sure each and every one of our kids knows how much we love and care for them.

    I’ve seen our community come together before but these past few days it has come together in ways I don’t think many will ever understand. Between the whole school showing support for a little boy fighting hard for his life as he came through town, to the whole town showing support for three boys involved in a bad accident that same day, to the very next day showing support for another student hurt in a bad accident and the unfortunate passing of that brave little boy. Being from a community that stays so strong I believe is what has helped me stay so strong when it comes to our own family. 

    I thank God every day for what I am able to experience with my family, neighbors and friends as we strive to live every day to its fullest and cherish every moment with our loved ones. 

    Take a moment today and thank God for your life and the people in it. Then make sure you let them know how much you care. You never know what life has in store so showing love and compassion every day is worth the five minutes it takes away from you busy life. 

Reflections on God’s Word

-Today’s reading was Isaiah 1-6

Isaiah 1:2- Hear, O heavens, and give ear O earth, for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

The Lord has molded us in a certain way and many have decided to go against that and rebel against God.

As I read that verse this morning all I had the news faint in the background. Of course as many have read and watched there is yet again another incident happening in Baltimore right now. Lately is seems the younger generation mine included has gone to many extremes an it seems like this is now to normal thing for many. As a mother of 3 young children this scares me so much! I’ve begun to ask my self these questions. When my kids get older are we still going to seeing these extremes all the time? Will they have it worse than what we are seeing right now? How can I protect them? Whether this becomes the norm for them or even if it is worse it seems like the only way I can try and protect them is by teaching them what is right and wrong and instilling in them God’s word. I know the day will come when each one of them will rebel against us at some point but we will try hard to help keep them on the right path and one that is filled with a relationship with God and one that they realize we aren’t the only ones raising them that God is raising them as well. We hope that they will be able to stay on a righteous path  and continue their relationship with God long after leaving the nest. We as parents can only do as much as God has. He has nourished us and brought us up. If our children rebel against us and God we will do whatever we can to try and bring them back to the path of the Lord but hopefully with the guidance of God throughout them growing up won’t have to worry bout a mass rebellion like we are seeing in the news so often theses days.

Tomorrows reading will be Matthew 1-2

May God bless your day!

Daily Scripture Reflections 4/27/15

S: Job 1:21-22

And sad, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22: In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

O: When reading this it shows me that even back then people understood that anything can happen and even in the bad we should trust in the Lord.

A: Often times when things go wrong we hear people say well there must not be a God or I should just do what I want because God doesn’t help me out anyways. Every time I hear someone say this or see it posted on social media I want take these people and shake them and ask what is really so bad that you would want to go against God? I then think back to really not that long ago just about 3 years ago when I didn’t want a relationship with God. I didn’t because I was so upset that he had taken my mother away. It took me almost 8 months to want him back in my life and when I wanted him back was when my son was diagnosed with Epilepsy. He was the first person I turned to because I knew God could help me through. I’m trying so hard right now to never lose faith. I’m trying now that I watch my little guy fight everyday with his delays and seizures.to not lose faith and keep my mind on the Lord. Watching all the bad in the world is one way to see things but we need to remember just because of the bad doesn’t mean we should go against God. I myself need to remember everyday to take a few minutes and thank God for what he has given and has taken away to help complete the plan he has for me. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

Sorry for being so much shorter than the others. when both writing this on paper and typing I started to really be concerned regarding current healthy scare of my son  and decided best to make this one a short one so I can try and stay positive until we know anything. If you all could just maybe say a little prayer for out WJ and just ask the lord to watch over him.

Tomorrows scripture reading Isaiah 1-6

8 daily habits for a smoother running household

These 8 simple changes have helped our household and I hope they can help you too!

1. Wake up early. I have never been able to really do this continually until these past few weeks. I can say though it has helped so much with getting things done around the house and still having time to enjoy a cup of coffee.

2. Evening preparations. Make sure if you are leaving the house at any time the next day that you plan ahead and have everything ready to go so all you have to do is grab it and go. Sometimes the mornings can get away from us and having things already ready will make life that much easier.

3. Institute meal-planning. I have been trying to get some new recipes rounded up so we aren’t eating the same things each week. With this I make a weeks worth of meal planning where I make the plan for dinner for everyone and since it’s just me and the boys (usually) during the day do to school and work for my daughter and husband, I have been doing a simple but healthy lunch meal plan as well. These have surely helped! There is no more, “so what do you want for dinner?” coming out of my mouth to my husband. 🙂

4. Do one complete load of laundry a day. This was always my HUGE downfall! Recently though I have begun this and it’s nice to be able to look at my closet and the kids and see them full! Every night now after everyone has their jammies on I round up all the laundry and toss it in the washer but I don’t start it. I then wait until the hubby and kids are dressed for the day and round of the jammies and toss them in and then start the load. While it’s going is when I get to enjoy that cup of coffee 🙂 Once it’s all done I take 10 minutes and fold/hang it and put it all away. So much easier than waiting until the end of the week like I was doing.

5. Get your dishes done in the evening. I do this after the kids are in bed and the hubby is watching one of his shows. I wash them/ load the dishwasher and let it run. This is by far one of the easiest things to do for me at least. Even though I hate dishes knowing the dishwasher is cleaning them while I relax with the hubby for the evening makes loading it totally worth it!

6. Bathroom wipe down. I will admit it I make a mess doing my hair and make up everyday, well every day I actually do them. With being home more and having people over more lately and only having one bathroom I’ve had to keep it clean. The easiest way to do this is wiping down the sink and counter, then the shower/tub and then wiping down the toilet quick. Tossing that cloth in the dirty clothes and nabbing another one that I use for wiping down the mirror. This simple little task has made my bathroom look so much better! I’m not scared for anyone to head in there now.

7. A place for everything. Everything in our house has a particular place that works best for it for us. When things are not in their place we mini panic attacks when it comes time to need that thing. Now we are getting things situated to where we just automatically put things where they are supposed to go the first time and when we need them things run so much smoother. Now if I could just remember to do this with my car keys I wouldn’t run around the house for 15 minutes trying to find them every day.

8. Bedtime routine. This has been a relatively easy one for my daughter. Thank goodness. We start by picking up any toys that are out, then bath time, then brushing our hair and teeth, then picking out clothes for the next day, then tucking in and prayers. It may seem like common sense to most but making sure you stick to the same routine every night helps ensure things get done every night. This helps instill in your kids as well that routines help things run smoother. We have had less “melt downs” with our daughter by enforcing this routine at night. Less melt downs means more sleep for this mommy and that makes everyone happy 🙂

Sunday Sermon Reflections 4/26/15

Today’s sermon was amazing as always. It’s funny how things I’ve read this past week ended up being relevant in both the actual sermon and our little prayer offering sermon.

I’m going to start with our prayer offering sermon. This was done by a guy I’ve known since I was 4 years old. Back then I never would have thought he would have been called to the ministry but I am sure glad he was! Hearing him speak today regarding waiting for the “WOW” moment was so enlightening. Often times we want things to be instant. It’s the world we live in today. We get our paychecks instantly deposited into our bank accounts on payday, we can instant download a movie and have it stream on our devices, we can just about instantly order a sandwich and have it delivered. We can get so caught up with these things that we expect God to be instant when we ask him for things. God is old school, plain and simple. He works on his own time because he knows his time is the best time for things to happen. When we take a step back and look at things when we do get our WOW moment we will realize, yes God this is what I want. Thank you for allowing me to have this! Not everything needs to be instant, sometimes old school can be a good thing.

The sermon our pastor did today had 4 key points of how we as believers basically mess up. This will make sense I promise you! The verse we started out with was Proverbs 9:6- Forsake the foolish and live; and go in the way of understanding.

1) Do not submit to fleshly desires

We as believers need to make sure we act as believers. There are many out there who are non believers who will “tempt” you. Tempt others by the way they dress and act making us want to think things are better on their side. We as believers need to remember we are here to serve God not to submitted to those fleshly desires. I located another verse that seemed to fit in with this point. Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

2)Listening to those who are unfamiliar with God.

We all come to a time of needing advice and guidance. When we choose to go to those who are non believers for advice the advice and guidance they are going to give is not of which will lead us down a holy path. They may not always mean to do this but without knowing the word of God and being a believer there is no way that they can help you understand what is the best path that will continue to take you down a path of righteousness. When you do receive advice and guidance from believers have them show you where their advice is coming from so you can refer back to it constantly to help keep you going down the right path. Proverbs 9:9 -Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser; teach a just man and he will increase his learning.

3)Blame others for things that we blame ourselves on.

We all make mistakes. When we make these mistakes we need to own up to them not blame others and try and make things seem like they are everyone else fault but our own. This one to me is just common sense but we don’t always remember this so its best to be reminded sometimes 🙂

4) Taking responsibility for those who make mistakes.

We by nature want to play mother hen to those we love even when they make mistakes. By doing these things we aren’t allowing them the ability to learn from what God is showing them. My instinct still to this day is to protect my younger siblings. I still have the want to take any blame for anything they do wrong just to try and protect them. Now that they are getting older though I need to take a few steps back and let them make mistakes and let them figure out the right path to head down. As much as I would like to mother hen them for the rest of their lives I know they need to see and do things with God themselves not with me in the middle.

Besides the WOW moment something to really remember which will help with all the points in the sermon is before we jump head first we need to stop and talk to God. He loves us and has a plan we just need to stop and consult him on what it is.