Thursday, October 6, 2011

Day 5/6 of 31 Days of Promises & Truths posted....

Just a reminder that I'm no longer publishing here at constantinchaos.blogspot.com.  I've moved my blog to my new domain name --- http://www.catdmoore.com/ and there are new posts published.  Update your readers!

Thanks!
xoxo,
cat

Monday, October 3, 2011

Blog Has Moved!

Wanted to inform all of you that Constant in Chaos has moved to http://www.catdmoore.com/
This site will forward anyone who still comes to this site.

I'm sad to say that I want have my beautiful design over at my new Wordpress blog, but one day I hope to be able to hire the FAB Carolyn from Carolyn V. designs to make-over my blog again.  But, I felt it was time to make the move to a more reliable site since I was having some problems with Blogger.  I hope you will continue to read over at my new domain!  Please update you Blogger accounts, Google Readers, Blog Rolls, etc.  Thanks so much!

Day 3 of 31 Days of Promises & Truths is now posted on my new dot.com, too!  Can't wait for you to read it!

Thanks for reading, xoxo
Cat

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Day 2 of 31 Days of Promises & Truths

"If you don't have enemies, you don't have character."
- Paul Newman

I get encouraging comments and emails because I write this blog.  I love that.  But, if we were all to be honest, how do we really react when someone compliments us? 

Someone to me last night: "Oh, your make-up look so pretty tonight, you look beautiful!"

My thoughts at that moment: "No, it really doesn't.  I wish I knew how to put on make-up right.  Gosh, now I'm having flashbacks to 1999 when I was a freshman in college and my friend invited me to a makeover party.  Everyone laughed at me when I looked up from doing my eye make-up and said I looked like a clown"

Seriously.

What came out of my mouth: "Oh, thank you.  That's so sweet.  I never know if I do my eye make-up good."

Smiling back at her all the while.

Why do I focus all day long on the ONE hateful comment, but I only let the encouraging ones sink in for about 1 minute (or less)?  Why is it so hard for us to believe others when they tell us wonderful things about ourselves?  Why do I let that hate comment define who I am....convince me to quit....question myself....have thoughts of just shutting down the blog all together?

You are getting the picture, I'm sure.  Can you relate?

Here are some amazing truths that our God has to say about us:

I am a child of God (John 1:2)
I am the daughter of the King (Psalm 45)
I am called (Jeremiah 1:5)
I am purposed (Ephesians 2:10)
I am chosen (Ephesians 1:11)
I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:13-14)
I am equipped for battle (Ephesians 6:10-17)
I am part of God's plan for justice on earth (Isaiah 61:1)
I am free from condemnation (Romans 8:1)
I am the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)
I am free from sickness and disease (Matthew 8:17)
I am delivered from sin (Romans 6:7, John 3:16)
I am accepted in Him (Ephesians 1:5-7)
I am loved beyond measure (John 17:23)
I am completed in Him (Colossians 2:10)
I am a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17)
I am training the next generation to live well (Titus 2:3-5)
I am delivered from the power of darkness (Colossians 1:13)
I am saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8-9)
I am created to bring glory to God (2 Corinthians 3:17-18, Colossians 1:15-17)
I am living to honor and worship God Romans 12:1)
I am transformed by the renewing of my mind (Romans 12:2)
I am the will of God (Revelation 4:11)

"Seeing ourselves as He sees us is a primary step on the journey of loving ourselves."
- Holly Wagner

This past weekend at our church's women's conference, our pastor said something so profound....a perfect ending to this post.  Our enemy will shoot fiery darts, people who do that don't want to face you.  True.  They are shooting these darts from afar because we have something they don't have and it's Truth.  God's Word.  Next time, lets choose to focus on that and the fact that it's building our character instead of the my critics comment.

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Day 1 of 31 Days of Promises & Truths

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"Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me...and Your right hand will save me."
Psalm 138:7

Do you remember the footprints in the sand poem?  The one with two sets of footprints except during the hard times.  The author writes of how they asked God why He left during the times they needed Him the most.  His reply was that He didn't leave....it was then that He carried them.

For those of you that have been around for a while, you know my story.  Things have been quite un-normal for quite some time.  I analyze our situation.  I've come to realize that it usually all goes back to one thing.  Fear.  Enter God's promises:

"Be strong and brave.  Don't be afraid...and don't be frightened, because the Lord your God will go with you.  He will not leave you or forget you."
Deuteronomy 31:6

"Be anxious for nothing, but in EVREYTHING by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:6-7

E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G.
It seems so simple.  Yet why is it so hard?  The Bible clearly states for us to stop being so anxious and worried about our life.  One of my favorite authors, Max Lucado, once said: Jesus doesn't condemn legitimate concern for responsibilities but rather the continuous mind-set that dismisses God's presence.  Destructive anxiety subtracts God from the future, faces uncertainties with no faith, and tallies up the challenges of the day without entering God into the equation.....Worry is the darkroom where negatives become glossy prints.

I love the part about the continuous mind-set that dismisses God's presence.  As most of you know, we moved to Mississippi from Birmingham.  I see now that moving was more our plan that it was God's...on many levels.  I wanted to move so bad that I was willing to do anything to make it happen.  I didn't pray about this, I didn't consult God about this.  It's hard for me to admit that.  After two years of asking why every day....why we couldn't sell our house and move on with our life in Mississippi.  Why?  What did our life, finances, marriage seem to be falling apart.  Why was God not there when we needed Him most. 

Talk about carrying us.....

He knew where we needed to be...and that was back in Birmingham.  I will never ask why again.  In fact, I welcome anything that God throws our way now.  I considering it all a blessing. 

If there is one thing I want to remember every single day of my life it's that God is for us.  He loves us more than anything.  He wants the best for us.  He is watching over each of our lives.  He has our best interest at heart and sometimes we're not meant to see the whole picture right away.  What if we did....as we are, in the flesh, we're certainly mess it up.  Our job is to trust the Lord and cast our burdens upon Him.  He promises that we will be blessed upon doing so and this is one of God's many promises I wanted to share with you today.  How wonderful it is to know that we have Him beside us every step of the way to carry us.
And that is the main message I want to send through my blog every day.....that life's chaos may shake me, but His timeless truth will carry me.  And you.



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31 Days....

You may remember me mentioning a certain blogger hosting a little something called 31 Days of....
Well, it starts tomorrow.  And for the next 31 Days, I will be writing about anything my little heart desires.  My topic for the next 31 days?  Well, if you're wondering why you haven't heard from me lately it's because I've been praying for God to lay a topic on my heart.  One that I can write from the heart about....one that I can encourage and inspire others with....one that I could easily relate to.  It hit me last Wednesday night in church.  So...


Am I nervous?  You bet.  Do I know just how I'm going to pull this off?  No, but I have faith that He led me here and He will see my through.  Have I been at battle about this?  You bet.  Have I eaten a lot of chocolate?  Yes and will continue to do so until October 31st.   In fact I'm eating some now.  Have I changed my mind 100 times, telling myself that I'm not as good as this blogger or this blogger or this blogger?  Yes.  Did I then tell the enemy to stop whispering lies in my ear, to get behind me and did I get over myself?  Yes, as a matter of fact I did!

So, just how does this work?  Well, this incredibly lovely blogger named The Nester writes every October for 31 days on one topic.  Last year, she invited 7 other bloggers to join her.  This year, she is linking up with anyone who wants to join her!  And, I've accepted the challenge and made it a big goal for me.  

Why write on God's promises & truths?  Well, I'm not gonna lie....it's sort-of because there are approximately 7,000 of them in the Bible so 31 days + 7,000 promises....you do the math.  And, the words God's Promises really just appeared to me one night...in my head, heart, mind, ears.  I can't explain it except that it was totally a Holy Spirit thing.

Can you join in?  Absolutely, just click on over to The Nester's blog to read more about it and link up!

I look forward to growing this month and sharing some life experiences with you as well as God's promises and truths.

On another note, I feel really legit now.  I have a dot.com and I am so thrilled!  At this very moment (and for the past couple of weeks prior to this very moment), someone has been working very hard to switch my blogspot blog over to a Wordpress blog.  I've been wanting to do it for some time and I feel so blessed that someone was willing to help me get it all switched over because signing on to Wordpress is like entering into a foreign country to me!  I'm not going to share the dot.com address or the new site with you just yet because it's not quite finished (talk about last minute... I know, that's just how I roll), but hopefully it will be up tomorrow, just in time for the start of 31 Days of writing!  I'm super excited about all this and honestly a little overwhelmed!  But, mainly excited.  ;)

I'll give you more information on that as soon as I'm able, but for now keeping visiting me here and please come along for the 31 Days ride!
 


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

our kids share a lot of things lately....

As you already know, our kids shared a birthday party this past weekend.  Pictures to come soon.  So many to edit.  The party was awesome.  The weather was PERFECT and everyone had such a great time.  I couldn't go to sleep that night because I was just so overwhelmed with emotions, thankfulness, excitement from the day.  We have such wonderful family and friends.

But, besides sharing that....I've been thinking about my kids sharing something else.  A room.  I would have never thought that I'd want my son and daughter to share a room, but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt they'd absolutely LOVE it!  They are so close.  They are close in age.  They eat together, play together, do everything together basically.  There are a few other reasons.....
We live in a small, small house.  And, we may be here a couple more years.
We want a "play room".  It just makes sense with 2 small kids and all the toys in a small house.
We want a space we can do crafts and school.  We're 99.9% sure we are homeschooling and even if we don't, we want a place we can do learning activities and need to spare up a bedroom to do so.....
And the list could go on and on.

But, above all those reasons, I really think the kids would love it.  The first thing they do when they wake up is ask where the other is, and then they lay with me and play, wrestle, snuggle with each other.  I would love for them to stay close!  :)

Here are a few images that are inspiring me when I think about them sharing a room....ok, more than a few.  :)  Enjoy!

Love the simplicity of this:

Love the balance:

Love the daybed:

Love the colors:


How cute would this be using your children's art work?!

I do know that I want the beds to be low and build on wood with wheels...that lock:

Love the color of the natural wood and the art:

Love the colors:

Love everything!

Love the map.  And the white.  And the beds.

LOVE this idea!  How cute and saves space:

Love everything about this pic:

This is fun!
 {all above image sources can be found on my 'For the Home' board on Pinterest}

Love these beds:
CCG Interiors, LLC. eclectic kids

 Love the colors and all the white:
Austin Modern Farmhouse modern bedroom

LOVE the letters!  I'm hoping JT can make some!
Kids Room. eclectic kids
{all above images sources can be found in my ideabook on Houzz}

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Friday, September 16, 2011

Random Things On My Mind....

Since I'm in no position to be organized, this is going to be totally random thoughts I want to document or share.  Happy Friday!

:: I'm so excited about this weekend.  I get more excited about my kids' birthdays than I do mine. 

:: When I stop to think about the fact that I have a little big boy who is turning 4 and a tiny little girl that is turning 2, I tear up.

:: Even though it was hard the first 6 months...ok, the first year...I'm really glad they are 2 years and 2 weeks apart now.  I love that they play together and never fight....yet.

:: I have the sweetest moment etched in my mind forever --- yesterday we were walking around the neighborhood and the kids were in front of me, side by side.  It was quiet and we were just walking.  Their hands brushed against each other.  Without saying anything, just totally natural to both of them, they reached out and held each other's hand.  My heart seriously melted.  Like, I felt my heart actually do something.  Maybe skip a beat, sink...perhaps my heart was hurting.  I don't know, but something happened inside of me and I just couldn't hold back the tears.  So many emotions.  If there was one time I wish I had my camera, it was that moment.

:: Taz is really into his Cars 2 sticker book.  And by that I mean he eats, sleeps, breathes it.  Lately, when JT leaves to go run an errand, he'll stop at the dollar store and get him a pack of Cars 2 stickers to go in his book.  They are both collecting them all.  :)  Yesterday as JT was leaving the house to go to the bank, Taz yelled out: "Bye-bye Daddy!  Be a sweet boy....go get some Cars 2 stickers...."

:: Liz got in bed with us at 5:00 am one morning.  All was well and all was quiet until....she passed gas.  In the sweetest, almost 2 year old, tiny little girl voice she said: "Excuse yoooou."

:: This birthday bash is probably the one I've spent the least amount of time/money on and it's going to be my absolute favorite!  It's amazing how cute and functional you can make things you already have!  So excited for the kids.  I think I'm more excited than they are!  ;)

Happy weekend!

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