Encouragement, Momma Prayers

Today I Pray For The Momma That Can’t Find The Words

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Lord, today I pray for the momma that can’t find the words. She can’t find the words to explain how her heart and mind are flooded with more emotions than she has the words to express. Right now Lord, she feels like her world is spinning out of control and she doesn’t know how much more she can handle. As the tears stream down her face, she wants to call out to You Father. As she is gasping for her next breath in between her sobs, she wants to tell you how desperately she needs your help. She wants to tell you that she needs You to listen to her as she pours her heart out to you, and that she longs for you to wrap her in your love, calm her fears, and to let her know that everything is going to be okay,  but no matter how hard she tries, the words just won’t come. With each word she attempts to speak, the tears only flow harder, and the words stall upon her tongue. It’s been a while since she’s talked to you Lord, and she wonders if you still even hear her; if you still even care for her. Things haven’t gone the way that she though they would Lord, and she just doesn’t understand. She doesn’t know what to do, and she has no where else to turn. She needs you to move in her life Father. She’s tired and she’s broken, and she can’t carry these burdens alone anymore. She wants to tell you Lord, but the words… they just won’t come. Lord, I don’t know what she is going through, but I know that you do. I don’t know the fears that have kept her awake at night, nor the pain she might be experiencing right now, but I know that you see every tear that she has cried and that you are with her this very moment. Father, I pray that you will speak peace unto her heart today. Remind her that even when her words won’t come, that you hear her heart. You know every detail of her life and her circumstances…and she didn’t have to utter a word. Thank you for Lord for hearing our prayers even when our burdened hearts won’t allow us to speak. Thank you for your Holy Spirit which intercedes on our behalf with groans that our words could never even express ( Romans 8:26). I thank you for what you are doing in this momma’s life today Lord. I ask these things in Jesus name. Amen.

Encouragement

He Wants My Heart

     you-own-the-skies-and-still-you-want-my-heart-23308054     It’s 8:00 AM and your alarm begins blaring…an hour later than it was supposed to have gone off. You must have been so tired last night when you set it, that you hit the wrong button. It feels as if you’ve only blinked while you slowly creep from your warm bed , stumble to your coffee pot, and recite the mental checklist you’ve quickly compiled in your mind of everything you need to get accomplished before heading out the door to make morning service. You were 15 minutes late last week and you are determined to be on time this Sunday. You jump in the shower and quickly put yourself together and begin waking up the children to get dressed. Your husband hits the snooze a few more times before finally making his way out of the bedroom and into the shower for himself. Breakfast is cold cereal again this morning, but the children don’t seem to mind. Everyone is moving slower than you had anticipated and you find yourself starting to feel slightly anxious. Time is ticking and there is still so much to be done. In the rush of the morning, the beautifully pristine home you worked your entire Saturday on has unequivocally earned a guest spot of the next episode of Hoarders. Patience is diminishing and anger begins to surface. While you exhaustedly run around looking for the mates to lost shoes (I will never understand how all of my children can lose one of EVERY pair of shoes that they own simultaneously), your husband calls out from the bathroom stating that he is unable to find his beloved striped shirt. He’s looked everywhere in the closet, but just it isn’t there. He’s absolutely sure of it. You go to the said closet and retrieve his “absolutely not there” striped shirt with a begrudged smile, and hustle back down the hallway to check on the progress of all of the children who are supposed to be getting dressed in what you had originally planned to be beautiful frilly dresses and freshly ironed clean slacks and dress shirts. There is no time this morning, so wrinkly jeans, t-shirts, and leggings it is. Upon the realization that you have apparently been talking to yourself for the last 30 minutes because everyone is still leisuring in their pajamas, you lose your temper. You raise you voice and spout things out of anger before you even realize the extent of what you have said.  Your mind is teeming with thoughts… “Do they not realize how much hard work and effort it takes for me just to get them out of the front door? Do they not care how hard I work? They really don’t appreciate me. I’m just wasting my time. I worked on this house all day yesterday and look at it now. I bet other mother’s don’t go through this. What does it matter anyways. I might as well just give up!” You fight back the tears while packing the last of the diapers in your bag. You’re aforementioned outburst has everyone tiptoeing around you quietly afraid of triggering another outburst. You feel like a jerk for yelling but FINALLY, everyone is dressed. You are mere moments away from loading your crew into the van when the baby spits up on your dress. You run in to change yourself and the baby and by this point, your frustration has reached a new high. “I don’t even want to go anymore. It’d be easier to just stay home this morning. I just don’t have the energy to deal with all of this today.” You take a few deep breaths, choking back the tears of defeat and discouragement, but just as you snap the last button on the baby’s clean onesie, you hear Him. You hear Him speak the words ever so softly. “I only want your hearts”. Those words spark a revelation that makes the tears spill over despite your best efforts. God doesn’t care how clean my house is or if the kids had to eat cold cereal for breakfast. He doesn’t care if the jeans are wrinkled or if all of the kids even have matching shoes on for that matter. He doesn’t care about any of that… He cares about me. He cares about my husband, and he cares about our children. He wants our hearts and that is all.

     We too often fall into self made traps of perfectionism and unrealistic expectations that we have set for ourselves. How many times have we set the mom bar at unreachable levels for ourselves, pushed ourselves to extreme limits, and have given up when we are completely exhausted with the outcome? We allow society, social media, and even the opinions of well intentioned individuals to make us feel like our best is simply not good enough, but Momma, you ARE enough. Your worth doesn’t come from your accomplishments. It doesn’t come from how sparkly your kitchen countertop is or how perfect your daughter’s french braids are. It’s not found in your bank account, your education level, or your circle of friends. Your worth is not found in who you are but in WHOSE you are.  You are His and He loves you! 

This mom thing… it’s hard. It’s really hard, but mommas, we can’t lost sight of the gift and the opportunity that God has given us as mothers. He has entrusted us to raise these children for Him. We have been given a privilege to instill big seeds in little hearts. The enemy wants to steal the joy that comes from motherhood with small trivial occurrences that discourage us and make us feel depleted. The piles of dirty dishes and mounds of dirty laundry seem daunting and overwhelming to us now, but 5 years from now we won’t remember them. We will remember the meals eaten on those dirty dishes and the trips to play in the rain that helped to add to that mound of dirty laundry.

Give yourself some grace today momma. It’s okay if you don’t get it all done. When the enemy makes your frustrations outweigh your joy, strive to give the same grace to your family and to yourself as God gives to you. We make mistakes, we don’t listen to Him, we operate on our own timelines, we are unappreciative of all of the blessings that He has given us, and we throw up our hands and quit the moment things don’t go our way… in essence we’re all just really big toddlers trapped inside adult bodies. God will always forgive us, offer us loving correction, and encourage us to keep going. God will never give up on us or stop loving us no matter how many times we mess up. What you are doing in your home matters momma so don’t give up. You are changing the world one set of sticky fingerprints at a time.

Encouragement, Homeschooling

Motherhood…Cropped To Perfection

 

 

 

   –  “All that glitters is not gold” –

 

In a world that revolves around technology, it comes as no surprise that social media outlets like Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have taken such a powerful hold upon us as people today.  We have been handed open platforms that we can share our thoughts, feelings, and opinions on. We have the ability to stay up to date on current events and keep abreast of the latest trends and fashions. We are able to make connections with other individuals that we might otherwise have never formed connections with to begin with. While social media does offer us many positive commodities, I have become more mindful and aware of many of the not-so-positive aspects that come along with the use of social media.

It’s so easy for us to get caught up in all of the false realities that we scroll past on our social media newsfeeds. Pristine homes of grandeur, perfect figures with flawless complexions, and numerous selfies providing us with only small glimpses into seemingly quintessential lives, more often than not recruit us as the newest contestant on the “Comparison Game Show”. We so quickly make judgements and unfounded presumptions based upon a single photograph…one single photograph. “Her life seems so perfect. She has it all. I could never measure up to her. My life compared to hers is nothing short of a failure. She just had a baby and it looks like she just left a beauty parlor. Why can’t I be like her?” We’ve all done it, whether we like to admit to it or not, but the “Comparison Game Show” is a slippery slope. A slippery slope that if not quickly bridled, can leave us feeling lonely, depressed, jealous, anxious, and cumulatively unhappy with life. One of the hardest hit demographics on the “Comparison Game Show” is that of mothers.

Becoming a mother has been one of the greatest blessings that God has ever bestowed upon me. Truly, it’s all that I have ever wanted out of life. As a little girl I dreamed of being a wife and a mother. It’s where my heart was. It’s what I longed for and prayed for every night from the age of 7. Even at a young age (before the age of social media had even began) I was met with adversity because “I should want a career and more out of my life”. Even at a young age, I began to compare myself to other mothers. In retrospect, it seems almost cretinous that I, still being a child myself, had already begun noticing the tension and animosity that came with expressing my hopes, dreams, and desires. I began to ask myself, ” Am I wrong? Are my dreams not good enough? Will I ever be able to be enough?”

Fast forward to my life today… I am happily married to my husband of 14 years. We have been blessed with 6 beautiful children here on Earth (and 2 more in Heaven). I stay at home and homeschool our children while my husband works outside of the home to provide for our family. We are very involved in our church and enjoy our ministries of working with and teaching other children about God and His love for them. I love my life and couldn’t imagine it any other way! I’m so happy and my heart overflows with joy! God has truly given me the desires of my heart that I have prayed for since being that little girl filled with all of those hopes and dreams of marriage and motherhood, but I have all too easily been affected by the negative thoughts, views, and opinions of others about my life and the choices that I have made.

By comparing myself to others, I have at times made myself feel lonely. I’ve made myself feel depressed and sad, and in all honesty, I too have felt jealous at times while peering into the lives of others. There is an undefinable amount of pressure placed on women today. If you don’t have children, somebody somewhere has something negative to say about it. If you do have children, somebody will have something negative to say about it. If you breastfeed, if you formula feed, if you work outside the home, if you stay at home, if you choose traditional or alternative education choices for your children, entirely organic diets versus diets teeming with chicken nuggets and french fries, right down to the choice of diapers you put on your little ones’ bottoms… someone will ALWAYS hold a different opinion from your own (and some of them aren’t too shy to let you know about it). We mistakenly allow other’s thoughts and opinions to make us feel as though our own thoughts and opinions are “wrong” or that they are not held to the same level of esteem. WHY? WHY do we do that to ourselves?

There are underlying circumstances that we can’t always see from a cropped photograph that pops up on our timeline. Messy kitchens and bathrooms can be cropped out and edited, corrections can be photoshopped, and those magical little photo filters give our skin that perfect glow. We seem to forget that that “perfect” photo might have taken 50 tries to get that right angle of “perfection”. It’s time that we as women realize that our lives were never meant to be about COMPARISON. Our lives were meant to be about COMPASSION! Our love for others can impact the world! We allow the enemy to steal our joy every time that we compare ourselves to others and give life to the thoughts that we will never measure up to the imaginary standards that we have designed in our minds. Life is so much more than selfies, perfectly edited statuses, and cleverly thought out hash-tags.

Our words and actions hold so much power, and it’s up to us to decide how we want to use them. We have the ability and the opportunity to lift one another up and encourage one another as God’s Word instructs us to do (1 THESSALONIANS 5:11-13) or we can tear down, destroy, and destruct. Social media is permeated with keyboard warriors that seem to know every detail of our life and the way that we “should” be doing things. They are entitled to their thoughts and opinions, but we don’t have to become a slave to these. I know what God has called me to do. There is such freedom that comes from finding your identity in Christ as opposed to finding your identity in the thoughts and opinions of others. I am who God says that I am! I don’t have to be anything else! I know the calling that He has placed on my life, and I don’t have to offer explanations or excuses to anyone for it. Others won’t always agree with me, and that’s OKAY! They don’t have to! God has placed a different calling on their lives, and it is simply that…it’s THEIRS…not mine. When the harsh words flow and the unfriendly comments post, I can simply smile and move on.

Regardless of choices, thoughts, and opinions, we as mothers do hold some common ground. We are all just momma’s that love our children, and we are doing the very best that we can everyday. Let’s ENJOY the life that God has given US and ENCOURAGE others along their walks as well. Reality isn’t perfection. Reality is puke covered t-shirts, and baggy eyes from sleepless night. Reality is stretch marks and endless piles of laundry. Reality is filled with good, happy wonderful times, but it is also infused with pain, sorry, disappointment, and grief. I don’t want to feel like I need to crop out the mess. I don’t want to edit out the imperfections. Those messes and imperfections are reality…my reality. It’s real motherhood… real motherhood and all of the beautiful chaos that comes with it. Ask yourself today…Do you live a life that revolves around comparison, or are you leading a life that is fueled by compassion? Hang in there momma’s! You are making a difference in the world, one set of sticky fingerprints at a time… regardless of what anyone else may say.

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Encouragement

God Called Us to Be People-Lovers…NOT People-Pleasers

 

“I learned soon enough that God called us to be people-lovers, not people-pleasers. We can have the power to love people without becoming slave to their opinions or behaviors. Boundaries are your responsibility. At some point, us people-pleasers must set the tone for how we should be treated and the direction in which we are called.”-Brittney Moses

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Hi. Let me introduce myself.  I’m Heather and I’m a people-pleaser. I like when people like me. I don’t like it when people don’t like me. I feel like I should be able to make everyone happy at all times and feel responsible for how other people feel. I apologize for things that I haven’t even done simply because I can’t stand the thoughts of someone possibly even being mad or upset with me. One of my greatest fears is conflict and I will go to great lengths to avoid it. I can’t communicate with others about if they have been unkind to me or have hurt my feelings because they might get mad at me for saying something to them about it. I can’t say no to someone even though I really want to. In the past, I have landed myself in some very toxic friendships where my inability to say “NO” or to express my true thoughts and feelings left me in vulnerable positions where I was taken advantage of and treated very poorly. I felt that I was responsible for fixing all of their problems and that when things didn’t go the way that they wanted them to, that it was my fault. I learned that for the majority of my life, I have found my self worth in how people treat me and what they think about me. (It all sounds really crazy when I see it written down like this)

My 1 year old has a new favorite word. “NO”. It’s his favorite response to any and every question, and at times, I find myself almost envious of his ability to let the word roll so easily off of his tongue. It’s somewhat baffling how a tiny, two letter, one syllable word can hold such power within it’s connotation. The inability to effectively use the word “NO” has gotten me into a mess more times than I care to recollect. I have gotten in over my head, taken on more responsibility than I could effectually handle (while keeping my sanity), and has led me to do or say things that I really didn’t want to do. 

I am under the belief that no person that we encounter in our lives is a mistake. God allows each person into our life for reason. Some of them bless our lives in some way and others though painful, help to teach us valuable lessons. Over the past couple of years I have learned some hard truths. Truths that I still struggle with, but God is helping me to accept them and to grow in His wisdom concerning the matter. I will NEVER be able to make EVERYONE happy. There are some people that no matter what I do, I will NEVER be able to make them like me. I have learned that it is okay to say no, even if people get mad at me. I have learned that if the only reason someone likes me is because I begrudgingly agree with them and say yes to their every request, they don’t truly care for me. I have learned if a person gets mad at me for saying no, they will eventually get mad at me for saying yes as well. I have learned that I can speak truth with love, compassion, and concern and people might hate me for it. I have learned that I can not be responsible for the way another person feels. I have learned that I can have complete love in my heart for everyone, but I don’t have to agree with them or their actions. I have learned that I can love others while not placing myself in toxic and vulnerable positions. I have learned that it is my responsilbility to guard my heart and to establish healthy boundaries within relationships. I have learned that I can not find my self worth in the way I make other people feel or the way that they feel about me. I have to find my self worth in who God says that I am. I have to find my identity in Christ Jesus and I do not have to be anything besides who God made me to be.

I only wish that I could have come to these conclusions years ago. The amount of heartache that it would have saved me is astronomical, but I know that God has allowed things to happen the way that they did and that He allowed me to encounter the people that I have for a purpose… His purpose. While I still struggle with my people-pleasing habits and setting healthy boundaries, God has given me a revelation into what His expectations are for me. He does not expect me to please all people, but He does expect me to love them; to honestly, genuinely, truly, whole heartedly love them. Even those that are unkind or hurtful, those that hate me, those that don’t agree with me, those that persecute me, those that talk about me… I’m called to love them… and that’s exactly what I will do.

Encouragement, Homeschooling

When Mommy Goes Back to School

 

 

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”

C.S. Lewis

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Your daily routines… same things, just on a different day. You know what to expect and though life can at times seem mundane, you are seemingly happy, peaceful, and content. But then, just when you feel like you’ve kind of got your stuff together and are feeling pretty good about all of your efforts, with everything is in its place, and you know what lies ahead of you, God throws a curveball into your life that you never saw coming. A curveball that knocks your lights out and leaves you trying to grasp if those birdies looming above your head have just become your new reality.

2019 has been a year of big changes for us! In case you didn’t know… change is difficult for me. I don’t like it at all. I hate uncertainty. I thrive off of schedules, routines, and lists. I love the safety and security that comes with having a routine. I love making to-do lists and the satisfaction that comes from putting that little check mark beside a completed task. After an extensive self analysis, I discovered that I found a large portion of my self-worth in what I was able to get accomplished. Life felt great without the worries of what I was going to be doing that day, the next, and the following week…or so I thought.

Yeah, I thought I pretty much had life my planned out. The problem being, I had gotten so caught up with “being in control” and “scheduled”, that I began to rely more on myself than I did on God. I prayed and asked God to help with situations as they would occur, but instead of leaving things in His hands, I took it upon myself to try and remedy the situation…usually making a big ole’ mess of everything.

As a homeschooling mommy to six children that had made her place as a wife, mother, and homemaker, I never envisioned myself going to college, but God had a plan for me. At 32, after being out of school for almost 15 years, God provided me with an opportunity to further my own education. I have to admit, I was overwhelmed with the fear of failing. I just didn’t know if I could handle full time classes and schoolwork on top of everything else I already had on my plate, but when God has a plan for your life, He always makes a way for you! I have been able to further my education while being at home with my children, and for that I am so thankful!

Returning to college has been an amazing experience thus far. This process has richly added to our homeschooling  journey. I have been able to incorporate some of the topics from my coursework into fun and exciting unit studies for my children. We have been learning new things together and I enjoy the experience and opportunity that much more for it. I recently wrapped up my first semester back to college with a 4.0. God has been so good to me and has been with me every step of the way. I don’t know what God has in store for the days ahead, but I know that I trust Him, and I’m excited for the new paths that He is paving in our lives.

 

Encouragement

If We Are Faithless, He Remains Faithful

2 Timothy 2:13 If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.

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Life… it’s totally unpredictable. Sure, we all have plans for our future and have set goals for ourselves that we strive to achieve during our lifetime. Some of them come to fruition, while others are left unfulfilled. Life is beautiful but at times messy. It’s seemingly peaceful whilst still teeming with chaos. It’s joyful yet at times filled with indescribable sorrow. Life and the situations that we face within it influence us in one way or another, whether we like it or not.

But here’s a simple truth… our lives won’t always reflect shiny rainbows, sweet gumdrops, and glitter doused unicorns. Death, loss, grief, unemployment, loneliness, sickness, disappointment… Why is it that during the seasons of good fortune that our faith seems so much easier to pronounce? The procurement and profession of our faith when things are going the way we want them to occurs almost effortlessly, but when life takes those unexpected turns, why does it suddenly become harder for us to stand on the same platform that we so easily stood on before?

During those trying times when our faith seems to dim and hope begins to waver, it’s important to remember that God’s faithfulness to US does NOT. It never has and it never will. God remains faithful to us despite what we might be facing or enduring. He promised He would NEVER leave us or forsake us. He promised us that we could trust Him. He promised to supply our every need and that He would make all things work for our good. God loves us despite our mistakes and mishaps. He loves us despite our shortcomings and failures.

We have the ability to be content in every situation, in every season, and in every circumstance in our life. (Philippians 4:11-13) We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Things might seem dark, difficult, and maybe even hopeless right now, but cleave to your faith my friends. God will answer. He will provide. He will make a way. He is faithful! Never give up on God, because He never gives up on you.

 

 

Encouragement

Who Am I?

 

untitled.pngWe each have our own personal identity. We have driver’s licenses containing our photos and personal information and assigned numbers from the government used to help identify us. Our fingerprints, medical and dental records, and other unique physical characteristics can be used for purposes of identification. We also tend to classify ourselves into groups…our job title ( I’m a doctor, lawyer, business owner,student). I’m a wife/husband, mother/father, daughter/son, family member/friend. As a society, we have created a plethora of identifying criteria for ourselves that we use on a daily basis. We even make the mistake sometimes of letting others classify us as this or as that, and we even start to believe their words at times (some of which can be quite hurtful) I love seeing others happy! It’s an amazing rush that flows through me when I see those smiles and hear their laughter! However, I all too easily allow myself to fall into a self made “people pleaser trap” if I’m not cautious. I start to draw my self worth from the opinions of others. I start identifying myself by what others think of me. When those thoughts and opinions aren’t so nice…I STRUGGLE  But why? God knows my heart and my intentions so why do I let what others say and think about me affect me so greatly? THE ANSWER: I’m trying to find my identity in the world and in others. My identity needs to be found in Christ! I AM WHO HE SAYS I AM! I am REDEEMED. I am FORGIVEN. I am LOVED. I am ACCEPTED I am CHOSEN! Not everyone is going to like me…and that’s ok! The world can call me what they will, but I know who I am…and I AM HIS! So, with that being said…DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU REALLY ARE?

Encouragement

I Am Not A Victim… I Am A VICTOR!

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I’ve been in a real slump this week. So, when I woke up with a God given giddy-up in my step this morning, I was ECSTATIC! I was EXCITED for LIFE, fully of ENERGY, and READY for the day and it felt GOOD! The devil didn’t like that very much though. 1 leaky poop diaper, 1 1/2 gallon of spilt milk, 1 overflowing sink from a “Barbie Pool Party”, 1 broken cellphone, and a squished doggy doodle in my carpet later, I wasn’t feeling as enthusiastic about my day. :/ As I was trying to clean up, my heart became so burdened for my husband. I began praying for God to keep him safe and to surround him with a hedge of protection. A few minutes later, he called me. I was so happy to hear his voice. He always has a way of making me feel calm and collected. I started unloading on the events from my morning and ended with a sarcastic, “So…how has YOUR day been going?” to which he replied “Well, I was driving along and a truck hauling scrap metal had a large piece fly off the truck and hit my car.” My stomach started to feel queasy. ” It ripped the mirror off and scraped down the side of the car.” I was beginning to break out in a cold sweat apprehensive of what words might be coming from his mouth next. ” They didn’t stop or come back, BUT I’M FINE!” The words I was waiting to hear! My panic and fear quickly turned to anger and frustration. “GREAT, JUST WHAT WE NEEDED! NOW I’VE GOT TO TRY AND BUDGET FOR ANOTHER CAR REPAIR! WHY CAN THINGS NEVER JUST BE EASY! IT’S ALWAYS SOMETHING! ONE RIGHT AFTER THE OTHER!” I felt myself sinking into the “poor pitiful me” mindset. The devil was having a field day with my thoughts by this point. Stress, finances, worries, fears…and then I heard…” YOU ARE BLESSED HEATHER. HE IS FINE! THINGS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT DIFFERENT.” That snapped me back to reality in a second. Oh Lord, I am SO BLESSED and THANKFUL! My husband IS SAFE! My children are healthy and SAFE! YOU ARE SO GOOD!!!! Forgive me for being so selfish and allowing the devil to make me feel as though I am a victim to my circumstances. I AM NOT A VICTIM BUT I AM A VICTOR THROUGH CHRIST! Jesus has already defeated our enemy! We can not approach life from a stance of defeat. We must approach life from a position of VICTORY! LIFE…it’s hard for ALL OF US! Things ARE going to happen. Today when those “things” happen and the enemy tries to make you lose sight of what’s really important, when he tries to make you feel drained and discouraged, declare VICTORY over him THROUGH CHRIST JESUS! God has given us ONE life…it’s PRECIOUS! Cars…they can be fixed, doggy doodles can be scrubbed, spilt milk can be mopped…but we have ONE life and I am going to live mine serving my GOD and from a position of VICTORY that HE has ALREADY won FOR ME! If God puts it on your heart to pray, STOP DROP AND PRAY PEOPLE! It is for a reason! Prayer changes things!

Encouragement

GPS – God’s Positioning System

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The alarm clock blares…it’s that time again. Time to get up, get dressed, and out the door. You gather yourself and your belongings, buckle your seatbelt, program the GPS, and hit the pavement! You KNOW where you are going! You already have a specific destination plotted on your GPS. It’s telling you how to get where you need to go. All the turns and exits are mapped out for you and all the guesswork has been removed from the equation. If you follow the directions given, you WILL get to your destination. ( eventually for the most part 😜 WV backroads are a little tricky ) But, what if you got behind the wheel with no destination in mind? 🤔You would just continue driving endlessly, right? With no purpose, no direction, nothing to work towards, no stopping point…you’re just making circles around yourself, going no where! 🚦This analogy can be used to describe us…when we are without a VISION. The Bible says that ” where there is no vision, the people perish” PROVERBS 29:18 Has God given you a vision for YOUR life? Have you asked him for one? Maybe you feel like your are running in circles, unsure of where to go, what turn to take next. Life has you stuck at a crossroads and you don’t know where to go from there. 🛑 You need to consult a different GPS ( GOD’S POSITIONING SYSTEM) ASK God for a vision for your life! ASK him for direction! He WILL guide and lead you…IF you allow him to. When you are obedient to God, when you go where HE tells you to go, and do what HE tells you to do…you will NEVER be left spinning your wheels. That doesn’t mean it will always be easy. There will be changes that occur in your life…the people, the places…the plans YOU had for yourself…change isn’t always so easy, it isn’t always comfortable… BUT…GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE! HE HAS PLANS TO PROSPER YOU AND TO NOT HARM YOU! HE HAS PLANS TO GIVE YOU HOPE AND A FUTURE (JEREMIAH 29:11) Seek God and the vision that HE has for your life today! Let Him have control of the wheel and be ready for the amazing places He will take you!

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As Iron Sharpens Iron…

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I have always loved learning about history! During my own education, it was my favorite subject. Now, as a homeschool mom, it’s my favorite subject to teach as well! (I’m quite certain I drive my family insane with all of the historical documentaries we watch ) Do you remember the stories of those brave knights who fought valiantly with their clanging metal armor and glistening swords? Envisioning those swords always makes me think of PROVERBS 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so a friend sharpens a friend.” A warrior is NOT going to go to battle with a dull, dented, and dingy sword. ( Well he COULD, but it might be the last time he ever would )He needs a strong, straight, and sharp sword for combat! The same is true for us! We have to surround ourselves with people who are going to sharpen us! I NEED MY PEOPLE, MY SHARPENERS and I’m not afraid to admit it! They BLESS my life! My people who encourage me when I feel like giving up. My people who inspire me to learn more and to grow closer to God and immerse myself in His word deeper and deeper. My people who love me enough to offer Godly correction when I’ve made a mess of things. My people who help to uplift me when I’m not strong enough to stand on my own two feet. My people who join forces with me to go to battle in prayer and stay the course until victory is achieved. The force of friction that is used to produce that sharpening works both ways. As much as WE need others to inspire and “sharpen” us, others need US to help “sharpen” them. Today, surround yourself with SHARPENERS! Surround yourself with BUILDERS and UPLIFTERS! Choose to be a sharpener, a builder, and an up-lifter today to someone else.