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Daily Word Prompt: Nightmare

maxresdefaultThe born again christian takes comfort in the fact that God does not break His promises. Our hope rests in Jesus Christ. He came to this world and defeated death and evil. Victory and vengeance will be His in the end. My heart aches for the loss of human life but we lie to ourselves if we do not acknowledge the evil that takes place in this world. Violence and murder happen every single day in every area of this world. Hate, greed, envy, pride, and immorality plague us as a race….of HUMANS. None of us are immune to the nightmares that play across our screens on what seems like a weekly basis. We take it in…..we cry….we get angry…..we pray. I ask myself what is the real terror? Isn’t it dying  and then waking up in your eternity and realizing you are in an even darker place because you decided during your life that you didn’t need God, that religion wasn’t for you, or that you had plenty of time to search for the truth?

JOHN 3:16-21 (ESV)

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

As Christ followers we anticipate and pray for Jesus’ return. For we know that according to God’s Word once He returns for His church the tribulation (a synonym for nightmare by the way) will play out and then the horrors will end. The wars that have played out past, present, and future will hold nothing to the final battle between Light and darkness. God wins! The nightmares will stop.

Now is the time to be bold in your faith. Renew your relationship with your Savior and let Him set your soul on FIRE!

Proverbs 2:3-5 (ESV)

yes, if you call out for insight  and raise your voice for understanding,if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures,then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.

Acts 17:24-27(ESV)

24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God,and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us,

I write this as a reminder to myself as well. Do not ignore or disregard the One whom you gave your heart to. Remember the day you said, “Yes God I believe in your Son….I am a sinner and I need forgiveness…I give you everything I am because I am nothing without you.  I am so thankful that God’s love is unconditional and His grace and forgiveness to His children immeasurable.

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“Hang In There Momma”

This memory pops up from time to time. My worst grocery trip with the boys. There is no quicker way to feel like a failure than being a mom in a store with 2 kids melting down and a dozen people looking on. Oh the humiliation and defeat. Then four words from a stranger and a sympathetic look and smile came just at the right time. She didn’t stop and try to get involved. She didn’t look at me with that disapproving “get your children under control look” or the even worse “look at the mom failing at being a mom” look. You know the looks I am talking about and admittedly before I became a mom I looked on situations with that same “this is what I would do because she is doing it all wrong” attitude. So let me tell you about the time I was humbled to the point of tears….on my knees….with 2 boys crying, 5 aisles in and a full cart.

I had my list and I was focused. “Forty-five minutes tops,” I thought as I put Caleb (about a year old) in the front seat of the cart and had Noah (4 years old walking beside me). I was in a rush. No reason why I am just always in a rush when it comes to the grocery store. I want to get it done and not have to think about it until next week. It was busy. Of course it was. I was already getting frustrated because Noah wouldn’t stay by the side of me so I could maneuver him over and out of the way when people were coming up the opposite end of the aisle. Then Caleb started in. He wanted out! He wanted out now!! What felt like fifteen minutes later we were still in the middle of the cereal aisle, the most popular aisle in the store at this moment in time. Caleb is screaming and I told Noah to start walking so we could just go check out. Rounding the corner Noah stops right in front of the cart (where he isn’t supposed to be) and consequently the cart runs into the back of his heel. Now Noah is crying and yelling, “oh it hurts, it hurts so bad!” Caleb is still crying. I manage to get us in the next aisle and parked to the side. I get down on my knees and am trying to console Noah. Caleb is reaching over the cart still protesting his captivity. Now I am the mom who attempted murder on her child with the cart. My blood is boiling and tears are stinging my eyes. I am telling Noah to breathe and I am sorry and I didn’t mean to hit his heel but why can’t he stay beside me and we just need to get out of here. The sample lady who witnessed the whole thing keeps turning around to shoot me more looks.  Her face said I was failing at this mom thing. I am back up trying to keep Caleb from flipping the cart over and then  I crouch back down and hug Noah. Caleb is still crying. Having been a retail worker there was no way I was abandoning this cart full of groceries. Unless you have worked retail you have no idea just how rude this is. I look up and this lady is walking past us slowly. She was observing. I met her eyes and she smiled a sympathetic smile and said “Hang in there momma.” I smiled back through tears and whispered, “thank you.” In four little words that lady picked me up off my knees and got me moving. I took Noah by the hand and although he was still sobbing and Caleb was still squirming and fussing we made our way to the check out. When we got home I told my husband I was NEVER taking both of them to the store again! yeah right. Moral of this story and what it changed about the way I view other moms in public……you can be the one who casts a judging look at the mom who’s kids are melting down or even the mom who is melting down OR you can be  like the lady who boosted my mommy confidence with just four little words. I want to be the person who encourages with a look of kindness and a soft word. To all you mommas out there…”Hang in there!”

Now Noah and Caleb are almost 8 and 4 and I have taken them to the grocery store together. I am still always in a hurry (it’s just me) but to this date there has never been a meltdown of that caliber. In the moment I was mortified but when I look back I smile. These are the things that build our mommy character, build our patience, and make us better parents and people.

Being a mom is the greatest blessing God has given me.

 

 

 

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Daily Word Prompt: FALSE

 

John 8:44(ESV)
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

What you see coming from your TV screen is inaccurate.
What you see coming from your computer screen is faulty.
What you see on your smartphone is fake.
What you read in the paper and what you hear on the radio is distorted.                                   The life you are living is poisoned by the lies of this world.
Wake up from your fanciful dream and seek the only truth there is.

1John 8:1:8(ESV)
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
John 14:6(ESV)
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

God is love…..however when He returns to this world it will be to judge. Which father are you serving?

John 3:36(KJV)) He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life;but the wrath of God abideth on him.IMG_5660

 

 

 

 

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Daily Word Prompt: Forbidden

My love for written words and lyrics has come back to me with a rush of enthusiasm and anticipation. To write is a license to thrill, anger, comfort, inspire…..to impact someone. Bringing them into your world or taking them into others. When you pour yourself out onto a piece a paper nothing is forbidden and everything is possible and within your grasp.

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I am>than what the scale says…

Following the Whole 30 eating plan…..

It’s actually much easier to say what can be eaten than what can’t. Lean cuts of
beef, fish, chicken, veggies (there are exceptions) and fruit. You can search Whole 30 to get the specifics.
Let me just say that I have been here before….only once on this specific plan but many other times on many other diets, fads, supposed life changing workout routines, and I have thrown my (and my families) hard earned money in the garbage chasing after that magic trick, pill, drink, DVD, or other amazing secret thing that was going to give me my dream body and make that number on the scale go down. All of them leaving me only a few pounds lighter (or none at all), feeling guilty and worthless. I think of myself as a happy and positive person. I just have very bad eating habits which I have acquired and fine tuned throughout my life. In my late thirties and with two energetic boys I don’t want to feel tired all the time. I am fed up with being overweight and bogged down by fat. I am done with knowing the unhealthy things I am doing but only talking about what I could and should do to change. I am seeing my own children becoming addicted to sugar and beginning those same habits. There is type 1 diabetes in my family, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, cancer, etc. In the last few years I have experienced migraines, shortness of breath, sleep disruption, stomach issues, frequent viruses, etc.

I have been here, once before, at the beginning of this 30 days. I made it 9.(yes I realize that isn’t even half way) I was feeling wonderful….really I remember the feeling of energy and alertness. I was more focused on my day to day than I have ever been. I was 8 pounds lighter (even though I was not suppose to weigh….I had to….what can I say I am a rebel). So what happened?! I happened! I had a late night and slipped up in the morning and it snowballed by the end of the day I was inhaling everything I gave up the 8 previous days and then I was mad at myself. So to get past those times that I want to give in I have decided to journal my experience. What better place to do it than my blesseddaily blog. What a better time than right now to tackle this issue in my life. I am not posting my weight because we are all so much more than that number. I will share pounds lost but most important I will share the changes in my health and life. The only $$ I am spending on this is towards food. I have listed my reasons for wanting to do this and will come back to this list when I want to give up, which I know will happen because I know me!
1. Health
2. To be the example in this house especially to the boys.
3. Because Philippians 4:13!
4. To feel better about myself.
5. For the love of clothes and all things girly.
6. To look and feel younger. (not that I am old:)
7. More stamina and endurance in everything I do and to begin exercising again.
8. I could say not for others or for attention but Hey! everyone loves to feel
attractive and I would love to hear someone say that they can tell I have been
doing something good for my health and to keep it up. So YES for positive
attention and feedback when it comes to how I look.
9. 1 Corinthians 6:19
10. To prove to my children that if you are determined to do something and you
work hard and stick with it you can accomplish anything!

Start date July 4, 2016

I will be updating soon…..

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Daily Word Prompt: Burn

The fire that burns inside a patriot will never be quenched. Their loyalty to country and kin echoes long after their last breath. Liberty is seared into the heart of the person who fearlessly supports the foundations that this great and wondrous nation were founded on. The power the patriot holds inside is what will incinerate the enemy. The fire that flashes and flickers behind their eyes are the stories of pain and loss. Family, friends, and moments they have willingly relinquished to serve while we sit in front of our TV screens and over indulge on pizza. It is because of them we snicker at the thought of an invasion. Rolling our eyes when another speaks of an uprising or battle in our borders. Their sacrifices have allowed for our comfortable illusion of safety and security. Always prepared…..Always vigilant. They exist with one half of themselves focused on their day to day lives and the other half alert to the ever developing threat growing in our country and pushing in from the outside. Dear Patriot, I see you with your torch. Standing watch while we sleep so soundly. Thank you for your dedication. We know you by your flame. If a time arises when fancy words and politics are not enough to keep our country from tyranny  you only need to raise the flag and shoot a flare. The inferno will follow and we will be with you. God Bless America!

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Daily Word Prompt: Pleasure

Not my pleasure but yours Lord…..

I need a daily reminder (ok maybe hourly) of how living life with my own pleasures locked in my sights always, always ends up not so pleasurable. I’m left feeling empty, unsafe, exposed, and restless. As a Christ follower I think it is a continual struggle to live in this world of self love, pride, and gratification and extremely hard to stay away from the “do what I want or what pleases me” mentality. I am a planner at heart. It pleases me to  make plans and lists of things I need or want to do and how I am going execute them. Not considering at all what God’s plan is. Writing down my hearts desire for today, tomorrow, and down the road. Hearing the approval of people is something that, even as I get older, I can’t shake. The praise of others is a lovely sound to my ears and fills that empty space for a moment. Shortly after the attention, however, I am left alone. Seeking another way to fill that void. What a silly girl I am to think that anything other than God’s perfect attention and affection would be enough to satisfy. This selfish world is filled with empty pleasures. Hollow things that disguise themselves as beautiful, delicious, and meaningful. Once consumed their talons dig deeper into you. Like a serpent wrapped around you, every breath you exhale is an opportunity for it’s grip to tighten. Soon there seems to be no hope to release yourself of that suffocating grasp. It is a choice we face over and over. Close your eyes and give in to whatever it is that has a hold of you or use the power God has given you to break free.

If you could plan out your child’s life for them would you not go over every fine detail? Exhaust yourself with making every single day perfect for them. Fine tune little moments here and there as you see their personalities develop and their interests change. As parents we worry over our children’s futures. We worry over their health, relationships they will have, and if they will fit into this world’s idea of a valuable member of society. If we as flawed parents can wonder and contemplate and even attempt to plan our children’s lives how much more does our Heavenly Father carefully and strategically map out ours. Once you have met Jesus you have the freedom of giving over the steering wheel of your life to a God who loves you more than you can imagine. I find myself confessing my selfish wants and calling upon God to bring me back up out of my own mess. Then I again get to  feel the pleasure of knowing I am right where He wants me to be.  I am so thankful for a patient and forgiving Savior. Psalm 16:11 (ESV) You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy;at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. I can have so much more pleasure in every moment when I allow God to make the plans and trust Him with my life and the life of my family.  Psalm 18:30 (ESV) This God-his way is perfect;the word of the Lord proves true;he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.

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“Is That Jesus Coming Back!?”

Last night on our way to dinner I caught this picture of the sun breaking through the clouds. It reminded me of a few years back when Noah and I were driving and the sky was all clouds. Suddenly there was a hole and the sun blasted thru. It was one of those moments where if you weren’t outside or if your attention was on something other than the sky you would miss it. Before I could say a word Noah exclaimed, “Mom, Look is that Jesus coming back!” The excitement in his little voice made my heart soar. It also reminded me of being a little girl and looking up at the clouds. I was certain that heaven was hiding on top of the biggest, most fluffy, pure white cloud in the sky. As children our little world’s don’t stretch out much farther than what we can see and yet a child can imagine the most beautiful images of heaven and with an absolute and undeniable trust know that Jesus is real and coming back someday.  Perhaps breaking through the clouds with rays of light that put our sun to shame. As this world becomes darker and angrier towards the light we can have hope that the ending has already been written. Pure love and truth will conquer all and every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. Our children are the best example of faith without sight, love without gain, and trust without doubt. Matthew 28:3 (KJV) “Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter the kingdom of heaven.Clouds – http://wp.me/p23sd-12xu