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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A Tweak or Two will Do

Adjusting to fit in is common.  A tweak here or there to even the playing field doesn’t hurt right?  But what if those tweaks change who we are?  Little by little, those adjustments can change the landscape of our lives.  At first glance, our reflection looks the same, but after further review, standing before you is someone you don’t even know.  How did I get here?  What did I do? Over time “tweaking’ compromises who we are.  I recently read  “When we compromise, the effectiveness of God’s power is diminished”-(InTouch Magazine, July 2015)  Whoa!  So I have control over the effectiveness of the Holy Spirit?  If not used properly, the effectiveness is lessened?  Luke 10:19 says….19 Listen carefully: I have given you authority [that you now possess] to tread on serpents and scorpions, and [the ability to exercise authority] over all the power of the enemy (Satan); and nothing will [in any way] harm you!(Amplified Bible) So yes, through the Holy Spirit, God has given us control, the ability to activate His power in everyday life.  When activated we are representing Him and His loving power.  So standing firm on who we are and what we believe pushes the cause!  Tweaking only allows Satan to get a greater hold on this world and chokes out the Light we are called to be.

Stand firm my friends.  Ask for daily Godly wisdom to navigate your life.  Only the hand of God can truly TWEAK who we are.  Leave that changing up to Him.

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Will you be my friend?

On the back row of the school bus, I’d been watching this girl who was well liked, but not popular.  She was cute, but stood out.  She didn’t blend in, there was something different there.  I went up to her, not really knowing her or what she was all about and said..”you wanna be best friends?”  Looking back at me, sizing me up, looking me up and down, she said, “yeah”.  Twenty-nine years later….she’s still my very best friend.  Friendship is one of the greatest gifts given to man-finding the one(s) who share your ups, downs, dreams, and despair.  But among women-friendship is a special treasure, finding that one gem or rare stone, is well worth it.  A sisterhood that plays out in sororities, clubs, ministries, it helps to have a true friend.

What makes a true friend;-honesty-she’ll tell you when you’re fat!  -Dependable-she’ll arrive at your doorstep for support, even after you’ve said you don’t need her to come.  Supportive-she’ll listen to your gripes and complaints about the rotten boyfriend she told you to dump 2 years ago.  Objective-she won’t agree with all your decisions but will give objective feedback and scenarios so you’ll be able to do what you think is best.

God loves us so much that he gave us friends.  The very best friend in Jesus Christ!

John 15:15-I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.   A friend that died for us so that we could live, love, and share his sacrifice with others.   

Will you be His friend?

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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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Without Change there’d be no Butterflies……..

We all may know the story of Job in the Old Testament.  Beginning in Job Chapter One, the bible describes an upright man, who loved the Lord and stayed away from evil.  It goes on to say how Job was successful and prosperous because of his relationship with God.  As the lesson goes on we see that Job’s great health, his wealth, his children, his possessions, his status was snatched away from him in an effort to “prove” his faithfulness and love for the Father.  Fast forward through all this, Job goes through his trial and all that was lost was doubly restored. Of course this story of restoration is great and amazing, gives encouragement and hope, but to who?  The Job Lesson is really meant for whom?  For Job, for his family, for his friends, for his foes?  Why does God  allow one to go through a major trial and to come through it better off than they were before?

I believe that yes, the lesson is to build one’s faith and trust in the Lord, but its also for the on lookers who may not believe in the power of God to see his perfect glory!  Job had tons of nay sayers around him while he was going through.  Lots of them wanted him to “curse God and die”, but he refused.  And thank God for his refusal.  His refusal led to our deliverance.  We see that if God can bring Job back from the brink of despair, how much more can He do for us.

So the lesson then and now is that sometimes we go through a major trial to show others the power and glory of our God.  God allows us to go through a change, a metamorphosis so that we can be made new.

Remember-without change there’d be no butterflies.

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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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What’s Next…………

So here we are, basically at the end of May, ready to roll into June.  In this second quarter of the year…..I ask myself, “What’s Next?”  Life has so many distractions, work, school, family, and even church!  OOOOO!  How can church or family be a distraction?  I’m so glad you asked!  Anything thats out of balance can be a distration.  If our family life is out of balance, for example as a mom if you are always caring for others and not for yourself….distraction.  If our church life is out of balance….for example if you attend every service your church has to offer, never taking time to digest what you’ve learned….distration.  Too much of something, even if its a good thing can be bad for us!  The bible even tells us that too much honey(a good thing) can make us sick!-Proverbs 25:16 When you find honey, eat only what is sufficient for you, lest you become stuffed with it and vomit it up.-

So what’s next-for me as I enter June I really desire to refocus and realign my life goals, as a few of them have gotten out of balance.  For me…anything that I’m involved in that doesn’t honor God is a distration.  God’s desire for all of us is to live a healthy life spiritually and physically, and if anything threatens that, its time to realign.

June is going to be a great month of vacations, graduations, weddings, and restoration!!

Refocus. Realign. And be Restored.

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