Looking Back

In January it will be 38 years since I asked Jesus to be my Savior.

Looking back over the years I see my Savior’s mercy and grace in my life. I see the times He has picked me up. I see the the times when He carried me through. I see the times when He sustained me. I see the times that He chastised me. I see the times that He made me wait on His timing. I see the miracles that He performed in my heart and life. I see the times when He answered my prayers even before I knew there was a need. I see the times when He gave me strength when I had absolutely no strength.

Looking Back I can see how God guided my steps through every season of my life. How He would lovingly nudge me back to the right direction when I took a wrong step. Looking back fills my heart with gratitude for the Savior’s hand that continually works in my heart and life. I am thankful that for the last 37 1/2 years I have never been alone, I have always had my Jesus with me.

-Pamela

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Back To Basics

Have you ever wondered what God’s Will for your life is? Have you ever wondered about the direction of the path you are on? Have you ever questioned God about the doors He closes? Have you ever wondered about what to do if God’s Will seems unclear at the time?

When I am not sure of God’s direction, and I just don’t seem to know what the next step is. I always go back to the basics. You might ask , “what does that mean?” It means I turn to the Word of God and go back over what His basic Will is for each of us.

First: He is not willing that any should perish, but all should come to repentance. God’s Will is that we would accept His gift of Salvation.

Second: He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to spend time with Him in His Word and in prayer. He wants us to draw nigh to Him. He wants us to turn to Him. He wants to have a deep relationship with each and everyone of us.

Third: He wants us to Live for Him. He wants us to show others the Love of Christ. He wants us to tell others about the Love of Christ. He wants us to live in such a way that draws others to Him. He wants us to honor and glorify Him with our everyday lives.

Lastly: He wants us to just trust Him. He wants us to simply put our faith in Him and obey Him. He wants us to put our lives in His Hands. He wants us to take each step forward in faith. He wants us to trust Him enough to follow Him. The Bible says His word is a lamp unto our feet, and a light unto our path. He doesn’t light up the whole path, He just leads us with His Light to our next step. He wants us to follow Him one step at a time. Where He leads he wants us to follow in obedience and faith.

So next time you feel like you don’t know what direction to go. When you just don’t know what to do. Just go back to the basics, and wait on Him.

-Pamela Henry

Thoughts

As I contemplate the cross, the sacrifice, the Lamb of God this week. I can not help but think of the disciples. The supper in the upper room. Jesus telling them that one was going to betray Him. Peter being told he was going to deny Christ three times. Going to the garden to pray with Jesus. Passover was coming. Little did they know or understand that the Lamb of God was going to be the ultimate sacrifice the ultimate Passover. He was going to lay down His life for all.

The disciples had dropped everything and followed Jesus. They walked with Him, ate with Him , and watched Him perform miracles. They knew He was the Messiah, the Promised One. They believed He was the Son of God.

After the supper in the upper room while praying in the garden Jesus was betrayed with a kiss. Peter didn’t understand everything that was happening. So after Jesus got arrested, Peter followed from afar. After he denied Christ three times, he went and wept.

Oh how confusing this must of been for all of them. As we read the scriptures we can clearly see that Jesus was trying to prepare them for this, but they did not completely understand. So as the trial proceeded and and He walked up Calvary’s mountain and was crucified, the disciples must of thought all hope was gone. Only a few stayed near the cross. I can not imagine the pain and sorrow they must of felt at that moment. I can’t imagine what Mary must of felt.

Sorrow , sense of loss, and hopelessness must of filled their being. When they went to the tomb to dress his body and anoint it but they couldn’t find Him. They must of been confused and scared when the angel spoke to them. He was not there for He conquered death. He AROSE!

Oh the joy, surprise, and amazement when they got to walk and talk to Jesus after He arose. I can only imagine how shocked and happy they were.

Looking in the pages of my Bible I read about how he said, “It I s Finished.” I read about His glorious resurrection. I read about The Lamb Of God being the ultimate sacrifice for my sin. Oh it is easy for me to judge the disciples and others for their lack of faith. But then I realize my own lack of faith at times.

I hope everyone enjoys this Easter… This Resurrection Day… Just please take time to meditate on our risen Savior……

-Pamela

Keeping it clean

I tell my children  often, “Little messes are easier to clean than big messes.”

It is much easier to keep a clean house by cleaning as you go than it is to clean a dirty house. By that I mean it is easier to pick up things and put them away after using them. Pickup and put away toys after playing before you take something else out. Put clothes in hamper instead of on the floor. Put kitchen appliances away after using them. Tidying the kitchen as you cook and prepare a meal. I know it isn’t always possible to do, but it is a great habit to make. It will also cut down on cleaning. 

One of the things I like to do with my kiddos is the five minute cleanup. You do this several times throughout the day and it helps keep the house cleaner. It helps for everyone to have a certain area of responsibility, that way no one is trying to do the same area at the same time.  I like to do a five minute cleanup once in the morning, around noon, and in the middle of the afternoon.  If you are home alone you can do a five minute cleanup in different areas at different times of the day. 

One of the things I try to do every night is make sure I clean my kitchen.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but it does have to be clean.  Naomi’s responsibilities is loading and unloading the dishwasher, sweeping, and cleaning off the table.   I clean the countertops and the stove.  Sometimes Brian will sweep for Naomi while she loads the dishwasher.  I personally love waking up to a clean kitchen.  I try to remember to have the coffee pot set to make coffee in the morning, I am going to get better at that this year. 

After supper and before getting ready for bed I like to have everyone straighten up their area of responsibility.  That way in the morning we can start our day off on a good note.  Sometimes we don’t get to cleanup before bedtime and it always throws off our day. 

I will breakdown our area of responsibility in my next post.  Well, I hope everyone is having a great year so far. Thank you for stopping by…..

 -Pamela

Celebrate Life

January 22, 1973 history was made and Abortion was made legal.  Here is the thing not everything in History is good.  Yes, History was made but it wasn’t a good thing.  Ever since that day countless of babies have died at the hands of the ones that were suppose to protect them.

Today I choose to celebrate LIFE!  I choose to have a real discussion with my children about the value of LIFE!  I choose to talk to them about the value of every SOUL!   I choose to take today to celebrate LIFE!!!!  I choose to mourn the children that lost their lives and was never given a chance at LIFE.   I choose to take a stand for the unborn!   I choose to use my voice for the countless souls that was never given a voice.  

I have said this many times but HUMAN RIGHTS starts with the RIGHT TO LIFE!   There is no such thing as HUMAN RIGHTS if you are not even given the RIGHT TO LIVE!  I believe in Human Rights and I believe every life has value.  I believe God loves every soul even before they were formed in the womb.   Every LIFE has VALUE! 

So today I weep for our country and I weep for the countless souls that was taken to soon.  I celebrate LIFE and I celebrate my six children that God has Blessed me with.  #ShoutYourBlessings  #ShoutYourChildren  #CelebrateLife 

-Pamela

5 Myths about Organization and Decluttering

Here are five myths about organization:

1. It is to expensive. Yes, organizational tools can get expensive. I like to think outside the box and up cycle items I have around the house. I also use items for different purposes.

Tip: These are dishwashing pans from Walmart. I use them to organize toys and school books. They are less than a dollar each.

2. I will not have to purge and declutter if I get organized. Purging can be hard, but it is necessary to have a organized and tidy home. Tips on purging. If you haven’t used it in over a year get rid of it….

3. I am going to wait till I can have a yard sale to get rid of clothes and toys. I am all for yard sales and I think it can be a great idea, but Sometimes you might not have enough stuff for a yard sale. Also sometimes when you put stuff aside for a yard sale they magically end up back in the house. Tip: Have a donation box, a keep box, a trash bag, and a future yard sale box to put items in when you are going through items in your home.

4. I think my donation box is safe in the garage or shed. Nope, your donation box is never safe from your families hands. They will slowly bring in everything. Tip: Get your donation items in your car and at the donation center as quickly as possible.

5. If I declutter and organize I won’t have to clean every day. Here is the thing, organization is just a tool. When your home gets messy organization helps you pick up and put things away quicker. Decluttering helps you get rid of things and have less to clean up. Tips: make homes for everything in your home and make it easily accessible. Keep it simple! I have a saying at my house,” Everything has a home and everything gets put back in its home.”

“Every thing has s place and everything in its place.” Hope everyone has a organized new year…

-Pamela

2019

Last year our word was Focus, and I wanted to zoom in and focus on Christ. I still want to emphasize this in 2019. As we focus on Christ, we Grow.

2019 our theme is ‘Be Fruitful ‘. I want my family to grow in Christ. I want to see more fruit in my life and in my family.

Happy New Years everyone!

– Pamela

2018

2018 is coming to a close. It is so hard to believe that today is the last day of the year. It seems as if the year just started.

So our word and theme for 2018 was “Focus “. I wanted to focus on the important stuff. I wanted to focus on Christ, family, and myself. I found when I zoomed in on my heart and life I found somethings that needed to change. There was a lot of things I needed to work on. I needed to work on my attitude. I needed to work on my walk with Christ. I needed to work on my words. I am still working on all these things, and more….

So as the rest of the day ticks away, I will focus on the important things my God and my family….

Have a wonderful last day of the year….

– Pamela

Toddler, Teens, and Everyone In between

The fun thing about having a bigger family is all the ages and different stages. Sometimes it is hard, everyone needs something different from you. You feel pulled in a million directions. But they all bring something wonderful and unique to your heart and home.

I love watching the older children interacting with the younger children. Something special about their relationships. They have a unique bond. I like watching the older ones teaching the younger ones something new. I love seeing them work together. I love seeing them snuggle.  I truly enjoy seeing my children kindly interacting with one another.

I now have two teenagers in my home and one preteen.   Sometimes that comes with its own drama.  I am not a drama momma, so I ask them to resolve their differences in a peaceful, respectful way.  Doesn’t always happen that way, but that is the goal.  I also have a special needs son that is nine. The two littles are seven and four.  They are always up to something mischievous together.  Well not always, but they are always getting into something together.  Sometimes they have their own drama, and I am trying to teach them how to resolve their differences.

I am learning that every stage has their own set of challenges.  I am learning that life is never perfect. I am learning to love each day and each stage.  I am learning to embrace the mundane.  I am learning to be more flexible.  I am learning to never take one second for granted.  My oldest is fourteen and just started ninth grade.  Oh my, what a wake up call…..   He is taller than me, and I have seen him grow right before my eyes.  The last few years passed in what seems like seconds.

I am not saying that it is easy.  I am not going to say that you will enjoy every second of every day with your children.   I am not going to say you won’t get exhausted.  I am just letting you know that it goes by fast.  They will not stay little for long.  Everyday they are growing.  Everyday that are changing in little and sometimes big ways.  Everyday is a gift, so don’t let that gift slip away….

-Pamela