Last Day of being 5

My baby girl will be turning six tomorrow. Last week it hit me that this was probably the last time I will have a little five year old in my home. So today I am trying to soak in every second of my baby girl as a five year old. I am trying to not cry or be a little sad that all my children are growing up and getting older.

I pray that the next few years she still wants to snuggle, play make believe, build pillow and blanket forts, draw cute pictures, read together, draw sidewalk art, play with dolls, build with blocks, and enjoy just being a kid. I pray that she still keeps that light and sparkle in her eyes. I pray she keeps her imagination alive.

Tomorrow we will celebrate her birthday, but today we will celebrate her last day of being five.

-Pamela Henry

Burdens and Bridges

Unexpected Journey

I remember this sermon that was preached in chapel when I was at college. Bro. Jeff Owens preached “ Turn Your Burden Into A Bridge”.
He talked about the ants and how they will take items that they are carrying and use them to crossover areas that seemed impassable.

God equips us. Sometimes we overlook our load and see it as only a hindrance to moving forward on our path. We see that there is no way forward but God can use our load, our burdens, and make a bridge for us to cross over. We just got to trust Him enough to cross that bridge.

As a mom of a special needs child, I have to put my trust in His plan and His path. If I don’t the worry over the future of my son will consume me. To tell you the truth it does consume me at…

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Intentional

You ever feel like you have been on autopilot for extended periods of time? You ever feel like you are busy but you are in such a routine it is easy to forget what you have and haven’t done? Have you and I been good stewards of our time? Have we been intentional?

I have to be honest that I have not been intentional. I have not been redeeming my time as wisely as I should. Some days we get busy and I automatically turn on autopilot without even knowing it. Before you know it, it is time for bed and our day is over.

I have been working on being more intentional in my life. Let’s face it, we are all busy. If you want to accomplish something you are going to have to purposely do it. Because we all know that time will slip away from you if you don’t intentionally manage it.

I want to be intentional with my walk with God. If I don’t purposely set time aside for God it will not happen.

I want to be intentional with my family. Just because you live in the same house does not mean you are giving everyone the time and attention they need. You have to be intentional with your relationships.

I want to be intentional with my health. I have to remember to eat, drink enough water, and to exercise.

I have to be intentional with my work. From homeschooling to chores. I have to be intentional in my shopping. I have to be intentional in my meal planning and prep. I have to be intentional in seasonal work that has to be done. I have to be intentional when it comes to changing out and storing kids clothing. I have to purposely put time towards doing my work and accomplishing it.

You have to have a plan, you have to be organize, and you have to purposely set aside time to accomplish what you need to accomplish. I know that I need to be more intentional with my time and my actions.

– Pamela Henry

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

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