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Understanding God’s Love

Psalm 127:3 (NIV) “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.”

He Gives Us Real-Life Examples

Sometimes, I wonder does God give us children to understand His frustrations, unconditional love, empathy, and desire for more than we want for ourselves. I can remember my mother telling me, “I can’t wait till you have children of your own.” Of course, it wasn’t until I had children of my own; I could understand her perspective.

Reminders in the Word

When reading the word, I sometimes relate to motherhood. It is something that is a part of my identity and that I can easily relate and understand. For example, my children’s selective hearing. I will tell my daughter specific instructions, at which she will do something entirely different or my favorite, nothing at all...

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We Left the World

Flash Back Friday calls for a post that was originally published June 2015!  Through our faith we have managed to find a steady foundation for our family to  stand. We have lost some friends, gained some and opened our eyes to a new life in Christ.  Together as a family we work steadfast to be a light for God in all we do. Although, we may fail we are no longer living in the world that we once were.

I have not always been a mother fueled by her faith. Not long ago, I was a mother trying to raise two little girls to be the best they could be in this lost world.  We were living in the world. We were believers but we didn’t have a relationship with God. We would say our goodnight prayers but that was about all I had taught my children about God.

As our family grew from just one little...

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Waiting with or without God

FaithFueled Friday

Learning to Wait

When my youngest daughter was one-year-old, she signed, which is an excellent way to communicate her needs. Two of my daughters signed (my middle one refused). Our signing girls during infancy/toddlerhood were comfortable. When we wake up in the morning after our good morning kisses, my baby will sign “milk.” I usually reply “Wait” (in sign) at which she begins to get anxious. Continually signing milk, waving her arms, kicking her feet. She knows it is coming, but she wants it NOW! Once she gets it, she is satisfied and content.

Now, my baby is also a “healthy eater,” horrible sleeper, but more than makes up for it in food consumption. When she was youngers she would sign “eat” and I respond “wait” her reaction is completely different than when she wants milk...

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My Journey of Faith and Fitness

FaithFueled Friday

Feeling Lost

Since I accepted Jesus, I have been intentionally on a faith journey. A year ago in my devotion, a common theme came up; a map. Continually finding references to maps and guided paths. Looking back, I now know this journey had begun years before I was saved; without my knowledge. What makes the map so significant is last year this exact time I was lost. I would continually journal and pray for God to show me a plan; seeking guidance on my next steps. I would ask for God to give me a map or compass to guide me.

I felt like I was just wandering aimlessly with no purpose and feelings of discontentment. I used to tell people, “I feel like I am just throwing noodles on the wall and seeing what sticks.” I ate those feelings and replaced the discontent with guilt and disgust...

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Idolizing Success

FaithFueled Friday

Psalm 31:6 (NIV) I hate those who cling to worthless idols; as for me, I trust in the Lord.

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Chasing the impossible dream

Did you ever have to read the poem, A Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes? I loved it; I used to think of it when things would go wrong in business. It now has new meaning. I used to be an Entrepreneur I was so obsessed with the “Success” of my business; fulfilling my dream. At the time, I had two little girls 10 and 6 and one on the way. I don’t know if it was the pregnancy hormones, but I was on a mission to put my business on a stable platform before I had my baby. My need to succeed placed on any other priority. I relentlessly pursued every opportunity right or wrong...

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Does busy equal important?

Psalm 62:1 (NIV) Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

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What I knew

I was always taught “idle hands are the devils playground.” It has stuck with me all throughout my life.  Always busying myself with task, some meaningful and some meaningless.  Then, I became a mother and applied that to my children. Signing them up for classes, keeping their weekly calendar full with outings, play dates and activities.  Teaching them that they should always have something to do and not allowing them to have time of rest or leisure.When I came back to Christ a few years ago, I was reintroduced to the story of Mary and Martha.

Luke 10:41-42 (NIV) “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed onl...

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Marriage Prayer Challenge Day 9

Day 9

Today’s Prayer: Praying for our husband’s responsibilities

1 Timothy 5:8 Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially  for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.

Every morning for 10 minutes before my husband and daughters go to work and school we have devotion.  (If you’re looking for a great family devotional I have finally found one after month’s of searching) We begin in prayer, do the devotional and I usually end in prayer. This is my opportunity to pray for my family with my family before they go out into the world. I look forward to it, I always pray for protection for them, that they will be a light for the Lord and what we learned from our study may they be able to keep in their hearts and teach it to others...

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Meant to be together

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I don’t think I realized my need for a community or friends until I left college.  When you’re in a social setting that surrounds you with opportunities to create friendships, it’s easy.  Then I got married, had a baby, and moved six hours away from my friends, family and the life I had made. I went through seasons of life in a flash. We lived in Massachusetts and my husband was following his career aspirations and worked long hours. I stayed at home with our newborn daughter and although I wasn’t alone I felt very much alone.  It took years to make friends, which were just mom friends of children that my daughter grew up with.  There were a few lasting bonds as our children grew older but nothing like my good ole college days.

A change of heart

Six years later, we moved back to my h...

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My Need for Discernment

This Or That Way Directions On A Wooden SignpostAccording to the dictionary, discernment means “the quality of being able to grasp or comprehend what is obscure.” This is not a strong trait of mine.  That saying, “can’t you just take a hint?” NO! I am very black and white; concrete thinker. When it comes to picking up on clues that’s what I need God for.  I have to pray everyday for his help in this department, sometimes several times a day depending on the day that I am having.

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Now we (and I am referring to saved Christians) know God leads we follow, whether we actually follow that is another blog post.  Some of us stumble along and others confidently go on our way.  He opens doors we graciously or reluctantly walk or bump into them. I wish there was always a clear cut path to take.  I struggle with this in parenting too...

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