Thankful to Be Thankful

This month I have the honor to guest post over on Devotional Diva http://www.devotionaldiva.com.

It’s a gratitude theme as it’s Thanksgiving month…but each day is an opportunity give thanks!  In every situation, in every success, in every failure, give thanks!

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Desperate Housewife

  • 6am Rise and Shine
  • Prayer
  • Review Planner
  • Morning Routine(Husband, Kids, etc)
  • Work from Home
  • Errands/Cook Dinner/Clean
  • Relax with the Family
  • Bedtime

Does any of that look familiar?  Taking a glimpse at my day doesn’t look much different from any other wife/mother in the world!  No matter what race, nationality, geographic location, or socioeconomic status, we have a ” plan” for our day.  And the running theme……never taking time for yourself!  I know for me, its hard penciling myself in.  Taking care of my husband, children, and the household always seems to rise to the top, while my needs lag in the distance.  Having a need to run the household like Bree Van de Kamp…perfect and perky, all while wearing pearls is a goal most of us try to acheive.

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Bree Van de Kamp photo credit: ABC Series-Desperate Housewives

But being perfect in God’s eyes is what I now strive for.  I had become desperate for alone time, for me time, for personal time…just to hear my own thoughts, to seek God for MY benefit, to see what’s in store for me.  Desperation is a barren place, where most of us don’t wanna be.  The definition alone-“feeling, showing, or involving a sense of hopelessness”, is like a dirty secret we dare not utter, but that’s where I was. One thing I’ve learned, if I suck, it’s pretty much down hill for the family!  So being desperate led me to seek after God more and more.  I became deserate for him……a desperate housewife.

Psalm 142:25-7 (NIV)

I cry to you, Lord;
    I say, “You are my refuge,
    my portion in the land of the living.”

Listen to my cry,
    for I am in desperate need;
rescue me from those who pursue me,
    for they are too strong for me.
Set me free from my prison,
    that I may praise your name.
Then the righteous will gather about me
    because of your goodness to me.

Desperately seeking Him-

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Is working from home really working from home?!

Heck yeah!  Let’s just get that out-of-the-way.  For all of you who think that working from home isn’t really “working”…sorry, it is!  Working from home is a blessing for some and not so much for others.  I’ve been blessed to work from home for the past 6 years and it was an adjustment, since I’m a chatty chatster who takes pleasure in chatting it up with the coworker-homies.  But working from the confines of your home is just as much a REAL JOB as it is working offsite.  The key to working from home is planning, balance, boundaries, and patience.

Planning-is my fav!  Planning for me is artwork in a binder.  I didn’t see myself as artsy or crafty until I began keeping a lifeplanner to organize.  Planning is key if you want to be a home based success.  Pen to pad lists have been proven to increase memory and save a frazzled mom a time or two!  (All in favor say Aye!)  Whether spiral or binder form, get a planner, write your crap down, and get organized.

Balance-BIG SIGH!  There really isn’t a magic bullet for this one, it’s just something we’ve got to achieve. When we’re out of balance it’s unhealthy for us and the people around us.  It causes stress, burn-out, anger, sadness, depression….it sux.  So balance comes from a place of realistically looking at your life, one chunk at a time, getting things done, in small batches, day by day, piece by piece.  Work-Life balance has to be implemented if you work from home.  Since home IS the workplace, lines are easily blurred if there is no balance.  Having a specific area to work in, a specific time to report to, and a specific schedule to adhere to, helps.

Boundaries-Kinda goes along with balance.  But set clear concise boundaries for yourself and for your family to follow.  If your “work” hours are from 7am-3pm Monday-Friday with a 30 minute break, post it so that expectation can be set.  Be sure that you adhere to those set boundaries as much as possible,.  If you don’t take it seriously…others won’t either.  Finally never put work before the family.  If you have a good daily plan or schedule, work hard to complete your tasks, and save the rest for another day.  Never work late just to clear you list….remember family first!

Patience-Be ginger with yourself.  I didn’t become a work from home genius in one day!  It took me about 2 years to get myself and the family acclimated to what my goals and expectations.  Over the years, these have changed, so I’ve had to renew the process several times.  Six years later, I think we have a rhythm that works well.  But I had to be patient with the process, and to pray when I was overwhelmed.

So let’s recap-working from home is most definitely work.  It takes planning, balance, boundaries, patience…….

and PRAYER-

Dear God-bless all of us who are fortunate enough to work from home.  Even if it’s not a fortunate situation, we count it all joy in your name.  Help us to keep you first in all that we do, to be good stewards of our time and energies, to have healthy work-life balance, to keep clear boundaries, and to have patience when we do all we know to do and things still seem to go wrong.  We depend on your love for guidance, comfort, and peace.  Thank for all things!  In the name of Jesus we pray-Amen

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WoW Wednesday- Fill me up

Food!  Who doesn’t like to eat food?  Well I’m sure some people may have food struggles but I’m a foodie!  I’m the type that takes pleasure in eating not preparing.  Cooking doesn’t bring me joy until the end when it’s time to eat.  Being a Southerner, comfort food and down home cooking is how we get down everyday!  I’m a meat and potatoes kinda gal.  But mostly potatoes!  I can eat some form of potato everyday-french fries, hash browns, mashed, baked, scalloped, souffle’ its heaven.  Then when we add the cheese, the sour cream, the ranch dressing, the bacon, the butter……I mean come on, it’s HEAVEN. I just sit there and act like I have no control over my hand and allow it to shovel that yummy-ness into my mouth until I’m full!  It’s bad…I know!  But what if we did that with the Father?  What if we sat down and gave him full control of our lives and allowed Him to shovel His goodness inside of us..what would happen?  Does He even desire to do that? He does!  Psalm 81:10-New Living Translation-For it was I, the LORD your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it with good things! UmmmK.  Being a food freak-when I first read that scripture I thought about food…”open your mouth wide and I will feel it with good things”, screams food to me.  But once I got past the flesh, I realized that God wants to fill us with his goodness.  He wants to physically feed us of course, but more importantly He wants to satisfy us spiritually.  And He wants to do it to the fullest!  Open your mouth wide He says!  Because what He has for us is so great and mighty, you gotta be ready to receive it!  Also at the beginning of the passage, He reminds us that He is the God that rescued His people from Egypt.  So that tells me that He is reminding us of who He is.  No problem, trial, bill, or desperate situation can negate who God is!  Hallelujah!  He has always been bigger than our situations, its up to us to remember!
So for this Women of Wisdom Wednesday, get full!  Don’t cut back the word of God, take a full plate and dine on its goodness.  Open your mouth wide, and fill it with good things.

-bbprep ❤

WoW Wednesday

For this Women of Wisdom Wednesday our topic is integrity.  We all know what integrity means; “doing what’s right when no one is looking, having strong moral character and uprightness, not being afraid of doing what’s right, even if you’re the only one doing it…….all the things our mothers taught us during our youth.
Now that we’ve had several chances to walk the walk, what does integrity mean to us today?  Does integrity mean walking what seems like a mile to return your Target shopping cart?  Returning the cash that a stranger dropped right at your feet?  Informing your neighbor that your kid hit their mailbox when they stole the car!? (YIKES)
Today it seems integrity is a lost art.  The nightly news proves it’s been replaced by corruption, selfishness, and pride.  However at the end of the broadcast, “the person of the week”, may show a glimmer of hope.  Someone who has stepped outside of themselves to be a helper, a supported, a friend, a person of integrity.  But is that it?  Is that all we get?  One person per week that has gone over and beyond to rescue a kitten from a tree?  No offense but there has to be more of us who want to honor God by living a life of integrity.  Proverbs 28:18 (ESV)-“Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall.  God’s plan for us is to be delivered.  He sent Jesus for that reason.  To deliver us from our sins and to give us hope and a great end!
So be your own “person on the week”!  Be the one who does what’s right when everyone is looking and when it’s only you. Instead of saving half the cake for yourself, send a couple of slices next door! (that’s for me)
Be WoW!
-bbprep ❤

#GodChallenge

Chug a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds, spin violently and try to perform a task while dizzy, dunk your entire body in cold water for hours, the list unfortunately goes on and on.

Internet challenges: the new happy hour, loved by many, successfully completed by few.  Not to mention the health risks, these things can go bad…QUICKLY!  Only the brave at heart (or utterly stupid) participate and post.  Hashtags inundate our timelines, news feeds and dashboards.  Its not just viral, its contagious!

The verb form of  “challenge” -to invite, to engage, in a contest or task, shows there must be one who gives the challenge and one who accepts.

King Hezekiah was a sickly man who one day was given an awful report.  He was told by the prophet Isaiah to set his affairs in order, because he was going to die.  He would not recover from his illness.  Hezekiah was devastated by this word but he turned to God in prayer.  He challenged; invited, engaged, God to remember that he was a faithful man who had served God with his whole heart.  He wanted Him to remember that he walked in truth, which pleased God.  After this Hezekiah continued to weep, the bible says he “wept bitterly” (2 Kings 20:3)  Before Isaiah could leave the King’s courtyard, God commanded him to return to Hezekiah and say This is what the Lord, the God of your ancestor David, says: I have heard your prayer and have seen your tears. So now I’m going to heal you. Three days from now you will be able to go up to the Lord’s temple.  I will add fifteen years to your life. I will rescue you and this city from the power of the Assyrian king.” (2 Kings 20:5-6)

It would appear that God accepted Hezekiah’s challenge, since He extended his life.  Hezekiah invited God to remember his good deeds toward Him.  He wanted God to remember that he was His servant.  Let’s take the #GodChallenge.  When faced with adversity, strife, sickness, or doubt, let’s challenge God to remember that we are holy people, who serve him with our whole heart.  He is our beginning and our end.  Without him, we’re useless.

Challenge God to REMEMBER who you are!

#GodChallenge

-bbprep ❤

Mascara and Me

Beauty mavens world over stand by a hand full of products that are must haves.  A good face powder, makeup brush, the perfect hue of lipstick, and unfailing mascara.  These ingredients can turn your “mourning into dancing” with a few strokes.  Out of the four, my guilty pleasure is mascara.  A great mascara can transform short, thin lashes, into the longest, darkest, mysterious, feature you possess.  With a few strokes, your eyes become framed in devastating darkness.  The kind that lures you in, and once there, you’re glad you came!

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Photo Credit- Mary Kay, Inc. http://www.marykay.com

Mary Kay’s Lash Love Waterproof mascara, massages your lashes with a black gel-like solution that goes on smooth and easy.  Giving you the look you desire.  It’s waterproof, so don’t be afraid of those big belly laughs that bring you to tears.  This mascara won’t budge.  Faith is like that.  When life’s disappointments bring you to tears, it doesn’t budge. And like mascara, only a bit is needed to produce amazing results.  The bible instructs, “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong”.- 1 Corinthians 16:13

Unscrew your bottle of “faith” each morning.  Make it a part of your daily routine, layer your life with faith.  For mountain moving faith, a mustard seed stroke will do.  Just a enough to cover, lengthen, and fortify your day.  FAITH-looks good on you!

-bbprep ❤