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The Unseen

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He will make a way.

With God all things are possible.  As a believer we know this.  Our minds know this but does our hearts believe it?

Faith is trusting in what you can not see.  So when things are uncertain we need to have faith.   We all know that as a believer we are suppose to have faith in God and we are to put our trust in Him.  If you were to ask most Christians if they have Faith they will answer yes.  The truth is most of the time we don’t.

The unseen, the unknown, the unpredictable future when hard times hit in our lives can sometimes rock us to our core.  Sometimes we can not see how anything good can come from our current circumstances.   Sometimes we question God.  Sometimes we look around and all we can see is the wilderness, desert, and a place that is undesirable.  That is when we need our faith the most.

Sometimes the future scares me.  When I think about my children and their futures it scares me a little.  Especially when it comes to Aaron.   Who is going to take care of him?  Who is going to make sure he is safe?  A million other questions pop into my mind at times.  That is when I cry out to God.  I look for that stream in the Desert.  I look for that rock that is higher than I.  I pray for that peace that passes all understanding.  I look for His unmistakable path in the wilderness.   Because I know that God will always make a way.  Even when I can’t see the path in front of me and every step seems as a leap of faith, I know God will light my path.  I know that He will go before me and He will direct my path.

“He will make a way, when there seems to be no way.  He works in ways we can not see, He will make a way for me.  He will be my guide and draw me closely to His side. ”  I love this part of this song.  It reminds me that no matter what is happening in my life God got this!

-Pamela Henry

 

The Lies Satan Tells Us

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It is Monday Morning and the house literally looks like a tornado hit it.  The laundry is backed up again because you decided to take a Sunday laundry break.  You didn’t exactly do a grocery shopping run because time seemed to run out.   Your head didn’t hit the pillow until around midnight.  It is early and you keep falling back to sleep while reading your devotions.  Coffee is your breakfast this morning because well you just don’t have the energy to fix anything else.  As your children wake up one by one you point them to the kitchen so they can fix a bowl of cereal or a frozen waffle.   You look around because quiet time is over and you try to decide where to start first.  In your mind you think, can I just camp out under the covers and hide there all day.  You try to get your head together and make a to do list.  Then you remember that it is Monday and we have school to do also.  You feel overwhelmed and you just don’t even know where to start.  Then your little one starts crying.  You start to cry.  In that moment Satan starts to whisper, “Pamela, You are such a failure, just look around.  You know other moms have it together and you don’t.  You can’t do anything right. There is no hope.”

Here is the crazy thing about these Lies, we believe them.  We believe these lies.  We fall hook, line, and sinker for Satan’s lies.  Well, I don’t know if you do fall for them but I know there are times that I do. Way to many times I let myself fall for these lies.  It seems as Satan whispers these lies in my ear when I am at my weakest, when things are not going right, and when I am feeling defeated.  I whisper back defeated, “I know.” At that moment I believed Satan’s lies over God’s Truths and promises

I forgot who I am, I am a child of God. I am the daughter of the King.  I have forgotten where my true strength comes from, it comes from God.  I forgot that He gives me grace, mercy, joy, and strength.  I forgot about the promises of God.

” From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Psalms 61:2

We all have found ourselves overwhelmed by life.  We all have found ourselves overwhelmed with the tasks before us.   When you are drowning in Satan’s lies remember you have a rock, You have a hiding place, and you have a shelter in Jesus Christ.  You have strength in Christ to complete the tasks that are before you.  You have a unlimited source of mercy, grace, and joy for each and every day.  So when Satan comes at you with his lies, come at him with the Truth of God’s Word.

-Pamela Henry

 

 

 

Love Language

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Five Love Languages:  Quality Time, Words of Affirmation, Receiving Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch

Quality time: spending one on one time together.  Word of Affirmation: praise and encouraging words.  Receiving gifts: small or big gifts; even the smallest things mean a lot.  Acts of service: doing things for them.  Physical touch: snuggling, cuddling, and hugs.

My love languages are quality time, physical touch, and words of affirmation.  My husband’s top love languages are acts of service, physical touch, words of affirmation.

I knew the importance of knowing our love languages.  I really never thought about my children’s love languages.  So last valentine’s day I asked them questions and tried to discover their love languages.  I also asked them again today because as we grow sometimes our needs changes.  Here is what I discovered.

Austin:  His top love language is receiving gifts. Second is words of affirmation. His next one is quality time, and his last is acts of service.

Naomi:  Her top love language is quality time. Second is words of affirmation. Third is acts of service. Last is receiving gifts.

Abigail:  Her top love language is receiving gifts. Second is physical touch.  Third one is quality time. Lastly words of affirmation.

Aaron:  He loves praise. His top love language is words of affirmation.  Second is physical touch.

Colt:  His top love language is physical touch.  Second is quality time.  Third is words of affirmation.

Alana:  Her top love language is receiving gifts. Second is quality time.  Third is physical touch.

As a parent I believe we should know how our children feel loved.  I think we should try to know their individual love languages, and try to show them love.   We need to remember that each of our children are different and feel things differently.  So if you haven’t done so yet try to learn your child’s love language.  You might be surprised at what you discover.

-Pamela Henry

Paper Hearts

 

img_4608I want to teach my children to be diligent and mindful of their heart.  I want them to be caring and loving, yet not leave their heart exposed.  I want my children to guard their heart with all diligence.

When it comes to matters of the heart we need to be wise.  We need to teach our children to be wise about their friendships and what they expose themselves to.   Our hearts are like paper hearts at times.  They can be blown away, torn apart, and just left behind by others.  That is why we need to teach our children how to protect their hearts.   I am not saying build a wall that no one can penetrate.  I am not saying let your heart become cold and unloving.  I am just saying to have wisdom and be diligent when it comes to the matters of the heart.

I have one daughter who is super sensitive.  She cares deeply, she loves deeply, and she is just a passionate person.   When she dives into something, she dives in with all of her heart.  Her heart gets broke and as a mom it breaks my heart.  We go over how to protect her heart without loosing her passion for others.  Oh how I wish we could save our children from all pain, but we can’t.  All we can do is love them and help them put up safe guards around their heart.

As our children grow and as they mature we want them to find meaningful relationships.   We want them to grow in Christ.  We want them to have a Christ like love for others.  We want them to show others the love of Christ.  We want them to flourish and bloom in life.   We want them to use wisdom and discernment as they go through life.  We want them to use their head and their hearts as they go on their journey.   We do not want them to have paper hearts flapping in the wind.  Teach them diligently to have  balance and have wisdom when it comes to their hearts.

-Pamela Henry

 

Chore Charts

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I have decluttered and organized every room in the house.  Now I want to keep it clean and organized.  I had a chore chart and I really tried to stay on top of it.  A few days ago I read a blog post about chore apps.  So I decided to go and find one that fit my family.  I have children ranging in age from thirteen to three.  So I needed something that would work with every child.  I also didn’t want to pay a lot.  I decided to try ChoreMonster .  ChoreMonster and Mothership work together.  Mothership lets you customize your child’s chores and rewards.  Landra also works  with Mothership, Landra is for teens only.

These apps track points for you.  It replaced the chore chart completely.  Everyone has done their chores and has done extra work for extra points.  Big win for MOM!  So if you are looking for something  to replace that chore chart check it out! Best part is it is FREE!  Yes it is free!  Got to love that!!!

If you already use a chore app that you love please share your thoughts about it in the comments.   If you decide to try these apps let me know how it works out for you.

Thank you for stopping by.

-Pamela Henry

Day 9 Decluttering and Organizing Challenge

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1. Make sure you have a bin or basket for your donation and keep pile.

2. Have a trash bag and recycling bag with you.

3. I like to start with the dressers. One drawer at a time. I don’t like getting overwhelmed.

4. I like to get the top of the dresser next.

5. I like to get under the bed next.

6. Lastly the nightstands.

Dresser Drawers Done

donation bags ready to go

Thank you everyone for doing this project with me…

-Pamela Henry