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.
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.
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.
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……
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
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….
Sometimes in life you find your self on a different path from everyone else. It is a path that can be scary, dark, and lonely. It is a path that only a few have trod. It is a path less traveled.
There is always beauty to find along the path. You will discover beauty that others do not have the privilege to see. This less traveled path is full of wonder and only a few get to pass through.
There are lessons to learn. God gives His Wisdom to us when we ask Him for it. There is wisdom that comes with this path, but only if we seek it.
There is the strengthening of our faith. I like to think of it as a path of faith. With each step forward I rely on Christ to lead me to my next step. I ask Him to guide my steps. I ask Him to light my path. It takes faith to travel on a path that few have traveled. It sometimes feels like an uncharted territory. Oh but I know my Christ knows this path, and I know it isn’t uncharted to Him.
There is joy on this path. A joy that comes from our journey along this path. Oh the joy that comes from the beauty we find. Joy from lessons we learn. Joy from the people we traveled with on this path. Joy from the strength we obtain from this path. Joy from the Lord as we travel our path.
So next time you find yourself on an off beaten path; just remember to try to find the beauty, lessons, faith, and joy in the journey.
When people think of disability they think broken, not working properly, and not able to do something.
So here is the thing. I have a son with many disabilities and I have never thought of him as disabled. Last year someone sent me a link on Face Book about Disability Awareness Month. I read it and I turned around and asked my husband, “Does Aaron have a Disability ?” My husband just looked wide eyed at me and responded with a yes. He was shocked that I even asked.
I never really thought of my son as having disabilities. I know that sounds naïve. He is nonverbal and there is lots of things he can not do. When I start listing the things that he can do, most people don’t think it is a lot. Some people might say that his accomplishments are small. Oh but I don’t listen to most people. I think He is pretty amazing. His smile and his laughter is contagious. He lights up my day when he comes and snuggles with me. He has taught me so much about love. He has taught me how to communicate better. He loves life and even though his life has many challenges he is almost always happy. His life is simple and I love that about him. What if we all had the ability to live a simple, happy life and love life?!
So don’t feel sorry for my son or other people with disabilities. Just pray. Pray for grace, acceptance, and love for all children and adults with disabilities. Pray for their families and pray for the challenges they may face. Look at them through a different lens, see them for who they are and not their disability.