began to take shape. As I edited the third section, He reminded me of our example in David. Last week, I ended up in the fourth section, and recalled His message of the importance of His Spirit.
I then shared the post regarding “How I get it all done” (which you know I don’t, if you were able to read), and then share a tidbit about Saul. Re-reading had me fire up! It had me ready to go! I was getting excited. Oh. My. Goodness! Can I tell you our GOD IS SO STINKIN’ GOOD?! Can I tell you that? Can I shout it from the roof top?! Because that is what I want to do!
Yesterday we had our in-laws over for our Thanksgiving lunch-dinner-day. We decided to forego attending our church home, and chose to stay home to prepare. We also listened to Times Square Church from New York. I’ve shared before my connection to the church there and how much I began to grow once listening to the teaching.
It was a DIVINE appointment. I’m not kidding! As I heard the message I was blown away by Pastor Teresa’s message. If you have time, please have a listen. If not, here are but a few of her own words that have me EVEN MORE fired up!
As I shared on Friday, I am absolutely convinced God has certain things He needs to say and do through my life, for very specific people. This is a confirmation to me. Please have a listen and if you are moved, inspired and ready to RISE UP – please connect with me. We are being called, each one of us, and God is doing something we are all designed to be a part of. Are you ready to join us? It’s apparent, it’s time to RISE UP!
several times in the past week or so, or it's been commented "I don't know how you do it". I keep thinking about it and wanted to share a few tips or thoughts with you, in hopes that it will shed some light...
***TIPS AND THOUGHTS ON DOING IT ALL***
1. I DON'T do it all. I don't always have a ship-shape house. My laundry isn't always done (each member in our home does their own laundry). My room isn't always clean (again, my kiddos clean their own rooms.
2. We share responsibility in our home, in order to TEACH responsibility. Fortunately, our kiddos are old enough to do chores like cleaning up the kitchen, taking out trash, tending the pets, etc. They have been doing chores since they were very young. My husband is amazing in that he helps a ton with dinner if need be (like last night when I couldn't do much), we work together with carpooling for practice, and he does amazing work around our home. We are a team, and everyone does their part to help the team out.
3. I try to keep a laser focus with Jesus. Every. Single. Day. This is why you will rarely see me NOT post devotions for the day, but maybe lax on food and exercise posts. Devotions, prayer and worship at the beginning of each day (I utilize my half hour work commute for prayer and worship), set my compass and course in all areas of my life.
4. Which leads me to prioritizing. Like my multiple projects at work, I prioritize what is most important, and identify the immediate need for the day in areas of my relationships FIRST - hubby, kiddos, friends/family, co-workers, and LES Ladies. I trust God's Spirit to lead and guide me. I then focus on projects SECOND - soccer boosters, website, social media posts, cleaning out the closet, organizing the bedroom, and right now, the devotions book.
5. Once prioritized, I try to layout when certain things can get done throughout the day and then move to the plan - keeping in mind, the plan is NEVER more important than relationships, and tasks are never a higher priority than meeting the need of someone God places in my path that I didn't "plan" - be it a stranger, my child, or a friend...
6. The daily plan, fits into a weekly schedule, I typically layout on Saturday or Sunday. This is when we look at our work schedules, appointments, sports practices and swim schedule. We plan our meals and grocery shopping around this (to the best of our ability, admittedly we get carry-out from time to time) schedule as well, and know what we're going to have for dinner for the week (most of the time, remember, I don't do it all, all the time).
7. I really don't spend much time surfing social media and watching television. I know that may seem hard to believe, when up to three posts (sometimes more) are seen from me on a daily basis, but keep in mind, one post takes a few minutes out of a 24 hour time frame. Responding can be done while taking a bio-break ;) Television has no appeal to me, unless my family wants to sit down for a movie together. PLUS, I've recently been connected with someone who is helping me with creating images and editing the devotions book. Which leads me into point eight...
8. I have help. Just like my husband and children help, I have been blessed with amazing friends and mother-in-law who help with our kiddos. AH-MAZING. I fell for the thinking too long that I needed to be super woman (or should I say be the one in control?) and I needed to do it all, on my own, or I wasn't good enough. Well pooey! That's a lie. God designed us to connect with others, so we could support one another with practical things in life, not just prayer and psychological help :D.
9. I trust and believe within everything in me, God has certain things He needs to say and do through my life, for very specific people - and I am driven by His need. I know I have a purpose, and He has a plan. I know I cannot do it all on my own, but He can do everything through me, IF I KEEP LOOKING TO HIM. Which leads me to my final thought...
10. Rarely do I compare my life to the lives of others. I just don't do it. I was in a study group not too long ago about the comparison trap, and it was really a struggle for me - I couldn't relate. I've learned to never look at someone's current chapter, and think their's is "better" than my own. After all, I have no idea what that person has fought through, to get to where they are. I've learned my course and path is mine a lone, and I am the only one who will answer for what I did or did not do - not anyone else. I have to be faithful to what I believe God has laid out for me. Finally, I always think of Saul, when tempted to reply or live in a way that OTHERS THINK I SHOULD. In 1 Samuel 15:24 Saul shares he was afraid of the people and did what they demanded. Because of this, God ultimately rejected Saul and sought another king.
My obedience to the Lord is more important than opinions, acceptance, or rejecting by others. I feel because I believe this, He empowers me to do all that continues to be done. I pray you have a great day, and perhaps one or several of these tips or thoughts resonate with you, and may be of value in your own life.
Duty calls, God bless and have a FANTABULOUS weekend <3
I cannot seem to get this image out of my mind. Since I awoke on Wednesday morning, I have felt such heaviness. Such burden. I akin it to the morning after 9/11, because of the state of our nation. The pain people feel. The hatred being exchanged. The words and imagery being encapsulated. All of it hurts. And then I close my eyes and I cannot help but picture a saddened Lord. Weeping. Lamenting for each and every soul lashing (or crying) out from both sides, all sides, in all places – in a multitude of ways.
I sense His sadness for those holding on so dearly and so tightly to the very things keeping them from Him, because their wounds turned them to places seemingly providing refuge. I sense His sorrow as He witnesses those who call Him their Lord, but launch stones via words, and images, and hateful remarks. I sense His heart breaking, as free will creates chaos, disarray, anarchy, and fear – rather than peace, compassion, understanding, empathy and love.
I recently heard something from Steven Furtick with Elevation Church, “I know, but I’m not nervous”. This has been my sentiment, along with the heaviness I’ve felt. My husband and I kept discussing who would become our President-elect. He believed it would be Clinton, based on the numbers. I believed it would be Trump, based on what I knew to be God preparing me through prayer. Neither of us wanted to vote for one or the other, yet we did our civic duty anyway. Before getting any knickers in a knot, I didn’t vote for either. My prayer time leading up to E-day did not lead me to. But I did know Trump would be elected. In fact, I woke up at 2:50am, right before Mr. Trump walked onto the stage to deliver his speech, and thought to myself, “wow”. My husband? He was just as shocked as many in the nation.
When I informed our daughters, one was surprised, the other was not. Their days went on just like normal, their hearts unscathed, no dreams shattered. We committed to continuing to pray for our leadership, and more importantly pray for the leadership of the Lord through His Holy Spirit in each of our own lives. After all, His Light, Life and Love through us – is the only way this nation will experience peace, compassion, understanding, empathy and love; provided we continue to free-willingly seek Him every day we’re blessed to be here.
As I write those words, I see the Lord weeping again. Not for sorrow but for gladness. He knows He does have a people willing and able to rely on His grace and mercy every day, trusting He is leading by the law of His Spirit, truly being His hands and feet in the world. And I imagine it makes His heart happy. I pray this assembly grows. I pray those He’s entrusted to tend to His people, remain faithful, and in some cases, return to Him in order to lead as He intended. I pray those wandering, hurt, broken, starving and thirsty, are found, nurtured and cared for. I pray His glory is seen and experienced on the earth in ways that may surprise us all. I pray NOT ONE should perish, and all would find their place, rest and hope in Him. Because that is what He desires. I pray those who love Him, see and love others, as He needs us to.
Be well and THANK YOU VETERANS for serving and protecting each and every one of us. God Bless.
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