Thursday, March 15, 2018

Judah's Wife Book Review

I received this book from Bethany House for free if I agreed to read and then blog about it.

Judah's Wife is by Angela Hunt.
I've read a few of her books and absolutely enjoyed and loved them!  I was very excited to be picked to read this book!

I've honestly not read anything from the books of Maccabees.  This story is the "silent years' between Malachi and Matthew. I really would like find Maccabees now to read it since I've read this book.

This book was amazing!

Love being able to read stories that really capture what it was like.  Angela Hunt has done this in this book.

I really enjoyed how she told it from Judah's side and Leahs side.  It would go back and forth, but it wasn't confusing at all. Talks about Leahs up-bringing and how she struggled. Her father wasn't a real father figure and in time she realizes how much her mother protected her from her father and his blows. She struggles to truly love Judah at first who was somewhat forced to marry someone before they moved.

Leah got thrust into a marriage, a move away from anything she knows, and has a hard time trusting Judah.  But what she doesn't see at first is how much Judah loves her, but not only that, how much God loves her.

She grows to truly love Judah and trust him, but it came at costs.

Judah becomes a leader that Leah isn't too excited about.  He is a warrior and is leading the army that fights in many battles and wins because God is on their side. Leah isn't excited about his role as warrior because her father always liked to fight and she wasn't for the violence.

In time she understands what God has called Judah to do. She also learns to fully trust Judah and understand what it's like to be truly loved.  Not only by Judah, but God.

Now that comes with hardships, but she learns to trust and have the courage she needs.

This book really captures what I feel it was like for both Judah and Leah, even with not having read the Books of Maccabees.

The ending, I won't spoil it for you, but it was hard to read.  But it was a great ending.

I recommend this book, and if anyone local wants to borrow it, I've got it for you to borrow!  :)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Quick Tips for Busy Families Review

I signed up to be a review blogger for Bethany House books.  I did not pay for this book.  I got it for free if I would agree to read it, blog it and write a review and post it!

This book is called Quick Tips For Busy Families by Jay Payleitner.

Honestly I wasn't too sure about this book at first, but I found quite a few ideas in this book!  I thought we are busy, but we aren't "that" busy, are we?  But in this day, everyone I believe is busy and if there are some good tips, I am gonna try them!  Some of them we actually have done before!  Nice to know I'm not the only one who has done some of them too!

What I liked about this book is that it is Christian based.  He takes those ideas and has a Christian perspective. Not always easy finding a good, funny, Christian based book.  You will be laughing and rolling your eyes thinking, yep, that has happened, or no that hasn't happened, but I see that happening. to getting to the serious and important topics. He has a way with writing that makes you think, but it isn't to heavy.

A couple of my favorites one are:

Twenty-one Things to Write on a Sticky Note
Make Room in the Fridge
Clean Stuff Besides Dishes in the Dishwasher (Which was a very good reminder for me!)
Be Smart With Smartphone Photos
Keep Reading Out Loud
Be Their Favorite Critic

There are more, but these are the few that really stand out!
For those of you who are local, you can borrow my book, but but I guarantee, this is one you will want to have on your bookshelf.  This is definitely a book to keep and have around, not just for now, but for later...  Even when your kids are grown up and have kids...  ;)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Miscarried Joy

I signed up to receive books for free, and in return, blog about them...  Whether good or bad!  :) And this is one of those books!

I saw the title of this one, and knew I had to check it out!  After having 2 miscarriages, and no one seems to talk about it.  Or more like, you don't hear about it until you have one.  Why is this not talked about?

This book was a good read.  Hard at times because I have been through it and felt a lot of what Tanika had gone through.  Now, I hadn't gone through everything she did, but still.

It was a comfort to read and know that all the emotions and thoughts, and even angry is ok.  My first one I lost was 13 years ago.  I was very mad at God, and I questioned Him.  The second one, still, very hard to go through because it was completely different than my first (long story, and if any one wants to know it, I'll share it.... I ended up in ER losing my baby naturally.... Had a D&C for my first one... and actually still needed one after my second...  again, long story!) but I knew that God had me and had everything in control.

This book brought me to tears and even laughter.  It is a must read for anyone that has gone through a miscarriage.  I love the fact that she put scripture all throughout the book! How she talks about that God is still there!

Here are some quotes from Tanika that I really liked:

The blessings that come without challenges sometimes aren't appreciated as much as those that arrive after a struggle.

(wow.  Talk about a blow.  But a good one!  I feel like applies to life in general, not just after misacrage)

God doesn't work according to our time. He works according to when we are ready to receive the blessing that He has stored up for us.

If you allow God to privately develop you, He will publicly bless you.

Our brokenness has a tendency to prevent us from seeing what God is building is our lives.

These really hit home.  Now I have had a baby since my last miscarriage, but truly enjoyed and was able to grieve more over my babies that are in heaven right now. I will also be sharing this with my friends that I know have gone through this recently and in the past.  I feel that this book will really help them.  We aren't alone and I feel more ladies need to know that!  They need to know that God is with us, no matter what.  They need to read this book and be reassured of His awesomeness and His timing and His love for us.

We all go through a time of not really being patient, it is so very hard.  Especially when you are talking about having a baby.  She also talks about and has scripture about how to be patient, and she herself is being patient, and CLAIMING that baby.  Love the prayer at the end and how to claim that child as your own.

Thank you for opening up and being willing to write what you have gone through so others can be assured that they aren't alone. It can be a very dark and scary and lonely time, but God is ever so good and faithful!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

God's Plan, Not Mine

Thankfully God knows what He is doing...  Because I'm a little confused. Was upset and frustrated this morning to be honest.

Baby number 7 is due Sept 1. Found out last Tuesday that this lil one is breech...  Had an ultrasound on Wednesday at Milford to confirm for sure, and then another doc appt on Thursday for options.

Option 1 would be they would've taken me in last Friday or Saturday (the 21st or 22nd) and try to turn baby.  If baby turned or even if didn't, and everything was ok, I would've been sent home to wait it out.  If something happened, I would need emergency c-section.
Option 2 schedule c-section at 39 weeks or after.

I was not very comfortable with the first option, so I scheduled it.  They got me in today, exactly 39 weeks.

Finally got the call the night before to find out what time I was scheduled for.  All ready to go, at peace, not nervous, and ready!  This kid has been laying the wrong way and it has just been painful.  Not trying to complain, but being honest.  :)

Got to Kent and go through EVERYTHING, 2 bags of IV fluids, all the docs and nurses coming in and talking about what will happen, how they do the spinal, everything.  Up to the point of them about giving me the little 1 oz drink to help with the acid in my stomach from the c-section.  They get the sonogram machine and the doc looks for the head.  But the head it not where it was last Wednesday...  The baby's head is down and no longer breech! (not engaged, but down)  So guess what that means?  I go home.  They won't induce me, I'm 39 weeks, I wanted to be induced.  I was ready to have this baby.

The frustrating part for me was getting me all ready to go and then do the ultrasound...  Why not do that first? I'm in the 5%- FIVE PERCENT- of ladies whose babies turn.  Baby could turn back, but for now, I just wait.

I'm still barely at 2 cm and 50% effaced, which I have been since 37 weeks.

I had a few hours this afternoon to myself while the kids were playing and just sat and rested and prayed.

I know without a doubt that God has this! HE has me through everything!  No matter what happens.  I will continue to praise Him no matter what!  I was just having a human moment and not liking what was going on. I also had the thought that my old doc in MD would've let me be induced at 39 weeks, so I was frustrated that they were letting me go.

I understand and know surgery would be harder and recovery would be longer and harder.  I know that God is protecting me and this babe.  Who is very stubborn...  Takes after his/her father for sure, because we all know I am not stubborn...  ;)  haha

So while still tonight I'm slightly disappointed that there is still no baby and I was sent home, I will praise Him.  I will continue to trust in and on Him and know that He has brought me this far, so I know He has me and He won't leave me.  I don't always understand why things happen, or the way things happen, but I know that He is in control!  I deep down wasn't excited about c-section, never having one, I didn't really want my last one to be that way, but was ok with it.

I have a doc appt Thursday morn, and will go from there... Now I'm praying that they will induce me at 40 weeks since my mom will be here for sure.  If I go into labor on my own, I'm praying it isn't the middle of the night!  ;)

Oh and no, I didn't feel any extra movement for when this babe turned.  The nurse asked me and even the doc and I said no, I didn't feel anything extra.  Just the typical in consistent contractions and an elbow here and there.  But no extra hard movement or jumping around.  I have NO clue when this babe decided to turn!

God has had His in this pregnancy and continues to have His hand in it.  He does have a sense of humor...

Never a dull moment in the Cecil house...  ;)

God's Plan...

Ever been down one path that you think you are supposed to be on, and then God says, Hey, let's wait a bit for that path, I need you to go down this one instead first?

Yeah, that would be me. A year ago in June I had a friend come over because she wanted me to pray for her. I prayed over her and her family, and other things.  She then prayed for me, she then squeezed my hands and said God I don't want to say this but everytime I keep pushing it back you keep pushing it more. Please bless Mandy and open her womb and bless the baby she will give birth too.

As soon as she said those words I felt the holy spirit move in me, in my womb.  It was like nothing I've ever experienced before.

She very quickly said amen, and ran out the door.

I was alone. Curt was away on a missions trip with his work.

I wrestled with God that night, wrestled.  I kept saying God, this wasn't the plan, we are supposed to adopt or foster to adopt, or both.  There are so many kids out there that need a home, and I want to give them a home. remember God, one less?  

As if I needed to remind God about the one less?  He clearly knows what He is doing right?

Every time I said God, He kept saying, Trust Me, I've got this, you need to trust Me.

Finally by the time the sun came up, I gave up.  I threw my hands up in the air and said, ok, God, fine.  But You've gotta convince my husband, he will laugh at me.

Hubby got home later on Saturday and after hearing all about his stories and his trip I told him what happened.  He laughed, which I knew he would, because I was still thinking I don't know about this....  We talked and prayed about it...

Almost a year later and we find out we are expecting in January.  :)

I went through some appointments because the doc thought the baby was measuring small...  Finally saw the heartbeat and measuring at 6 weeks, breathe a sigh of relief. Then got another call that I needed another ultrasound because he was concerned.  I went for my u/s on 6-10 at the imagining center in Waldorf.  She kept asking me questions and I didn't see the screen, so I knew something wasn't right.  Then when she said, I'm going to go get the doctor and will be right back.  Then I knew I lost the baby for sure because I've never seen their doc.  He confirmed and said he was very sorry.  Then they asked me to wait in the waiting room so they could call my doc.  That wasn't so fun.  It was starting to register and the tears were starting to fall.  Finally my doc called me and I asked the lady up front if I could leave since they called me.  

I left, grabbed my kids from my friends house, then headed home.  Curt was supposed to be gone all week, but he was on his way home.

Love my friends, they had food all lined up for the week for us.  It was a huge blessing to not have to worry about dinners....  

Wednesday I had an appt with my doc who did an u/s and I got to see the lifeless limp baby, who looked even smaller than it did a week ago when i had seen the heartbeat.  He asked if I wanted a D&C or the pill, which he didn't fully recommend because it causes more cramping and more painful.  I said no to the pill but wanted to talk to my hubs about the D&C before I scheduled it.  He said ok, call us back and ask for so and so.

Went home talked and prayed and called the office back to schedule the D&C.  i waited all day.  Never got a call back.  So I tried again the next day at 8:15, 15 minutes after they open. Waited all day, never got the call back either.  So Friday rolls around and I'm too upset and tired to call them yet again.  I figured after 2 days, they should be calling me back.

Thankfully my mom was planning on coming this week-end anyways before she went to my brothers house.  She got here late Friday night.

Saturday I'm starting to cramp. Sunday a little worse...  Went to church, and feel ok...

About 4pm it started. Don't wanna gross you out but I passed the baby, and kept bleeding. I thought I was going to be done.  Nope...  At 8 I asked Curt to take me to the ER because I didn't think this was right to be losing this much blood.  The ER was really busy and as I posted there was  family there that had lost their little toddler.  Such heartbreaking news...  Kept praying for the family.  

Finally got in and had my blood taken..  I saw 4 tubes and said oh man, 4 tubes?  he said oh good, thanks for reminding me, you need 5.  I told him, I may pass out on you, I've lost so much blood already.

I got to tube 3 and said ok, not feeling good.  So he let me lay down and he finished up the other 2 tubes.  I had to get up to the bathroom, so after laying there for a bit, I went to get up.  Made it to the bathroom door, and sat on the ground.  I looked at Curt and said, I am sorry hun, I can't do this, and then I flopped over. I remember coming too for 2-3 seconds and then back out.  They got a full iv bag in me in about 10 minutes.  I was extremely dehydrated.  Lost alot of blood and blood clots the size of ping pong balls. I was in the bathroom every 7 minutes, literally...  When they hooked me up to heart monitor and blood pressure it was 73 over 59 for blood pressure and heart rate was around 110...

I got back to an ER room and had a cervix exam which the doc said I was over the hard part and should be better.  May still pass a few things, but it would be ok and not to worry.  She said it was "normal" to lose all that blood and the clots when having a miscarriage naturally. 

Had a follow up with my doc with the next day and my doc wasn't there, he had an emergency c-section, so I saw the PA.  She did an exam and an u/s and said that I still had a thick lining so I needed to have a D&C.  So I looked at her and said because your office failed to call me back I went through crap last night and still have to go through with this?  Again, twice? She apologized, but I couldn't hear it, or accept it.  I was honestly way too upset.  The night in the ER and what I went through at home was NOT what I wanted to go through.  Yes, I was at peace if it happened that way, but not my choice.  

She then gave my 800 mg ibprophen and one antibiotic to take 12 hours after the surgery to fill that day so I wouldn't have to do it on the way home from surgery. I got in the next day to have it done.

Got to the hospital and was cramping and had a major head-ache.  Doc came in and asked how I was and told him, then he asked if I got my scripts filled.  Since we had gone there before going to hospital, I said yes, and we showed him.  He then said, oh, um, only one antibiotic?  I said yes, she told me to take it 12 hours after surgery.  he said no, you need a week of that, not just one.  Plus you need another one to keep your cervix closed.

So I clam up, I'm mad.  Not only did I waste our time going to get the scripts filled before surgery, we have to go AFTER now to get them, and the PA didn't know what she was doing. He gets them written out and he goes, and the nurses come back in and get me ready.

Part of my didn't want to the D&C because I had one 11ish yrs ago.  I can tell you EVERYTHING they said and did and what I said and did.  I thought it was a curse that I remembered what happened.  I used to get nightmares about that day.  I went into deep depression with that miscarriage.  I was not as close to God as I am now, nor was my faith as strong.  Don't get me wrong, I've still got growing to do.  We all do if we are honest.  Everyday is growing closer to Him.  But then, I hated Him.  It was bad.  This time, I was praising Him.  Yes, it hurt and it still does, but I know without a doubt that God has this.  I don't know what His plan is.  But I have told Him, use me no matter the cost.  This was big.  I don't know how He is going to use this, and honestly, I'm totally ok with that.  Just knowing that He has me and knowing that I can lean into Him, and let Him comfort me.  To give Him all the praise even when it's hard.  And it has been.  Recovery for this one is NOT fun.  A nurse friend told me that since I lost that much blood that it could take me 4-6 weeks for recovery.  GAH???!!!!  WHAT????!!!!!!  My legs hurt, they need to be stretched, but when I try, I'm moving more than I should be, and so I bleed more.  It's a lose lose right now...  haha...  But again, I'm giving it to God.  He has it.  He has this all under control.  I may not like what's going on, but I have faith in Him.  I still have cramping and the raw scrapped feeling, I don't like that feeling.  Thankfully it's not all the time consistent, but it was.  It still hurts.  The 800 mg ibprohpen doesn't do anything for the pain.  It's not helping the head-aches I've been getting either.  I also got Vicodin from the ER, that didn't do anything either, and I took 2....  (Only b/c my nurse friend said I could!!!)

Oh, that was the other thing, I was at the Target pharmacy 3 times within 2 days, the pharmacist there made sure I wasn't taking certain drugs together that they kept prescribing me b/c they don't mix. Hmm, the doc didn't notice what he was giving me, or didn't pay attention to the drugs I already had?  

Anyways.... It doesn't matter at what point you lose you baby, it's still painful.  It hurts.  It doesn't make any sense to me.  But I don't have to understand why?  I just have to have faith and trust that God is in control!  And He is.  Thankfully!  ;)  I'm still going to have some hard days.  I may just start crying.  That's ok.  Grieving sucks sometimes. There really is no warning as to WHEN it will happen.  But if you see me start to cry, either ignore me, or give me a hug.  I may not even know WHY I'm crying.  ;)

Thank you to all who have sent encouraging notes and letters and messages, and those of you that helped with food.  You are a blessing and I am so blessed to have you all in my life.  Those meals where amazing and wonderful, more help than you know!

Many of you asked if you could help, and right now, I don't know how.  We are ok.  But I won't turn down a meal...  ;)

I'm still so weak and tired and just made a super easy dinner tonight of tuna.  (BLAH, but I ATE it..  protein...)  It took me long enough to make it because I kept sitting down, or I sat down to mix it up.  Kotah and Gavin have been a HUGE help, but was trying to let them be tonight.  Curt took off all last week, but is back to working this week, and at an overnight church conference right now.  Trying to drink lots of water and one vitamin water a day...  Trying to eat, but not hungry, or when I do eat, I can't eat much because I get full.  But will get there!  Keep looking at my kettlebells and want to get back to that, but just can't.  not allowed to do much of anything for atleast another 2 weeks....  Going to call and make a followup appt and then after that, I'm done with this doc.  My heart is softening a teeny tiny bit for forgiving them, but still not fully. I know you are supposed to forgive, but right now, I can't fully. I pray by the time I have to go back in and I talk to him, that I will be able too.

A few songs that have really popped out at me...  There are more, but here's a few...  Love the lyrics.

Your Hands- JJ Heller

I have unanswered prayers
I have trouble I wish wasn't there
And I have asked a thousand ways
That you would take my pain away
You would take my pain away

I am trying to understand
How to walk this weary land
Make straight the paths that crooked lie
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine
Oh Lord, before these feet of mine

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands

When you walked upon the earth
You healed the broken, lost and hurt
I know you hate to see me cry
One day you will set all things right
Yeah, one day you will set all things right

When my world is shaking, heaven stands
When my heart is breaking 
I never leave your hands

Your hands that shaped the world
Are holding me
They hold me still

Nothing Holding Me Back-

Now nothing is holding me back from You
Redeemer of my soul
Now nothing can hold me back from You
Your Love will never let me go
Verse 2
Thank You for Your death and resurrection
Thank You for the power of Your blood
I am overwhelmed by Your affection
The Kindness and the Greatness of Your Love
The Kindness and the Greatness of Your Love
Verse 3
Thank You that we’re living in Your Kingdom
Jesus You’re the King upon the throne
Thank You for the way You always love me
Now I get to love You in return
Now I get to love You in return
Jesus, You make all things new

Praise Like Fireworks- Rend Collective

I lift my voice to praise You
I lift my voice to praise You
My concrete heart won't stop me
My concrete heart won't stop me

I'll sing like it's the first time
I'll sing like it's the first time
And leave behind the cynic
I leave behind the cynic in my soul

We're letting praise like fireworks
Loose from our thankful hearts

We're bringing You our praise, bringing You our lives
We're bringing You our praise, bringing You our lives
We're bringing You our praise, bringing all our lives to You

Through joy and pain we worship
Through joy and pain we worship
With heart and soul wide open
With heart and soul wide open

Your strength will never fail us
Your strength will never fail us
We're not lost in the darkness
We're not lost in the darkness
You are here

The Broken Beautiful-

That Your love will never change,
that there's healing in your name
That You can take broken things,
and make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
and make them beautiful
I'm better off when I begin to remember
How You have met me in my deepest pain
So give me glimpses now of how You have covered
All of my heart ache, oh with all Your grace
Remind me now that You can make a way
That Your love will never change,
that there's healing in your name
That You can take broken things,
and make them beautiful
You took my shame
And You walked out of the grave
So Your love can take broken things
and make them beautiful
You say that You'll turn my weeping into dancing
Remove my sadness & cover me with joy
You say your scars are the evidence of healing
That You can make the broken beautiful
You make us beautiful, oh oh
You make us beautiful

Joy- Rend Collective

The pain will not define us
Joy will reignite us
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

The dark is just a canvas
For Your grace and brightness
You're the song
You're the song
Of our hearts

We're dancing to the rhythm of Your heart
We're rising from the ashes to the stars

You're the joy joy joy lighting my soul
The joy joy joy making me whole
Though I'm broken, I am running
Into Your arms of love

Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Just keep thinking about this picture I took when we were in China.

Take a good close look.

Do you see it?  It's kinda gradual, but it's there.

One lady is dressed in the "traditional" old Chinese clothing....  Then the middle one is dressed a little bit more "modern", while the last "girl" is wearing short shorts and belly tight shirt.

When we were there we saw all three types of dress.  The younger generation was wearing more "modern" clothing.  It didn't match, and their shoes, holy cannoli, their SHOES!!!!  Never have I seen sooooo many types of DIFFERENT shoes!!  Even the MEN!  ;) Anyways, getting off point here...

And I am not posting this to get an argument on what I define as older, and what "traditional" clothing is.  I really could care less what you wear (but I won't agree with the skimpy clothing, but am NOT judging you!!!!), but my point is on change.  It changes over time.  Lots of things change over time.

Not just our clothing, but our time, we want things faster, and better, and clearer, and our food, same thing.

But what about our time with God.  Has that changed?  Do you now not have time for Him and your devos? What about working out?  Do you find the time for that too?

Since we want things NOW, and we are always in such a hurry, do we really take that time we need to SIT down and FOCUS on HIM?

What is your devotion time look like with Him? Do you do it first thing in the morning?  Or last thing at night?  I don't care when you do it, as long as you do it.  You NEED to find the time, or even schedule time to do your devos.  Not only that, but your work out.  I believe that you can't only just Spiritually feed your body, but you need to physically feed your body.  You do that by working out and watching what you eat.

What is taking up your time?

How often are you on Face Book?  Or watching a football game?  Or going to a football game? Or playing Candy Crush, or whatever the latest game is?  ;) or sitting on the couch watching a movie?

I'm not here pointing fingers at ANYONE!  And before you go saying, well that't not me!  I don't play Candy Crush, or I don't like Football....  I'm to blame just as much as anyone else.  At night after a long day of watching my littles, teaching them something, or so I hope I'm teaching them something, breaking up a fight between one or two or three or all six of them, getting one off the couch before they do a double back flip onto a pile of pillows on the floor, chase them before they run away, stepping on those nasty little tiny Legos, feeding them THREE meals a day, etc etc etc...  I get it, you are tired at the end of the night.  And you are tired when you wake up.  But I can guarantee you if you would set your alarm for even 15 minutes earlier, read some scriptures and even start small with a workout, your day will go so much better!

Start off small, like lunges, or squats, yoga, or my personally fav is the kettle bell. You can do all kinds of AMAZING workouts with just a tiny kettle bell!  And start off with a size (weight) that is good for you!  Anywhere from 5 lbs to 200 lbs!  Just START!  :)

I've been setting my alarm for 5:30-5:45am.  I get up, work out, then I do my devos and spend time in alone quiet prayer with God.  Ok, so some days it's not fully alone, but it's still what I need to start my day!  (My kids aren't supposed to come downstairs until 7am, but sometimes they come down a little sooner.  But they also know they need to leave me alone until I am done with my devos.)  Get a workout on and done, do my devos, pray, do facebook, and move on to making breakfast.  I can't tell you how much better my day goes!  BUT I will tell you if you are just now starting this, Satan will try to bring you DOWN.  He will tell you LIES to keep you in bed until you REALLY need to get up to get your day going!  Don't let him win.  He is a scumbag full of lies.  I have a pair of Red TOMS shoes, and I wrote on the bottom of them this verse: Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
I love that verse! I also LOVE wearing those shoes!  The first time I wore them after writing that verse on the bottom, my feet felt HEAVY.  No joke.  We were also going through adoption process and was hearing all kinds of lies from him, so I wrote that on my shoes, b/c those were the only shoes I wore for the LONGEST time (it was also very warm outside...  ;) )

I want to set an example for my kids. They watch what I do. They watch what I eat. They aren't the only ones who watch me. I want my kids to know that they need God to survive! They need physical training too. They also need a good balanced "diet".  I don't like saying diet b/c it isn't a diet, I guess some say lifestyle. ;) I want them to eat healthy, so they feel good and not full on all that sugary foods and drinks.

Start them young... 

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. (Proverbs 22:6 ESV)

Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! (1 Chronicles 16:11 ESV) 

Ask God to help you. Not just in working out, but with getting your devos done, or even to get through the day, or sometimes the hour.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 ESV) 

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20 ESV)

How do you start your day?  It is on a solid foundation? Not just physically, but Spiritually as well.

Again, not pointing fingers at anyone b/c I struggle too.  They say it takes 30 days to form a habit, make it a good habit that you form.  Schedule a time to do your devos and your workouts.  

But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10 ESV) 

Monday, December 9, 2013


(wrote this back in August... and left it...)

We are having mower issues...  As in, can't get the riding one to work.  It's been one part after another.  ;)

But have an awesome friend who won't give up and helping, well, let me re-phrase.  He's doing all the work, we just buy the part and stand out of his way!  :)

Anywho...  Mowing today, earplugs in my ear, drowning out noises...  Always do alot of thinking when I'm mowing, since I have to walk, it takes longer, which is TOTALLY ok!  SO not complaining here!  SUPER thankful I have legs to walk and be able to mow!

Just thinking and thanking God for slowing me down enough to mow.  Yes, I'm thanking Him for mowing.  It seems like life has just taken off.  No slowing down.  Even when we were on "vacation" I felt like we were going going going...  Again, NOT complaining b/c I was so grateful to be able to see friends and family!  But we got home, and bam, right back into our crazy life of appointments, getting this and that done and Curt's schedule just went crazy insane!  It never ends does it?  :)

So back to slowing down.  When was the last time you just sat?  Sat and prayed? Sat and thanked God for all He has blessed you with? Sat on your front porch, clearing your mind and not worrying about the laundry, what is for dinner, what work things you need to get done.

Everything now and days is fast.  Faster phone, faster computers, faster service for oil changes, fast food restaurants, frozen food/pre made food...  I could go on.

Now hang on, I do every now and then buy that frozen pre made stuff, but I much rather prefer to make something, so I'm NOT judging.  I'm just letting my brain go.  :)

I went and bought Taco Bell about a month or so ago.  Sitting in the drive-through lane thinking and watching the clock, starting to get annoyed that it was taking so long.  Um, wait a minute.  Did I seriously just complain that my food wasn't ready at this restaurant in less than 5 minutes?

Really.  Come on.  I don't want my life to be a blur.  I don't want to take things for granted. Seems like life in general is just more busy.  What happened?  We drive faster cars.  We buy things to make our life easier.

Which is ok, to an extent.  Just make sure you are taking the time you need and SLOW DOWN.

I have 6 kids, 2 whom need appointments quite often and one that has needed more care than I was hoping for.  BUT my God is AWESOME and has blessed us beyond measure!

Make sure you sit back and enjoy what God has blessed you with!  No matter what you are going through!  Find the joy and cherish it and treasure it!