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 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

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 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 that I can encourage and inspire others 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's sort-of because there are approximately 7,000 of them in the Bible so 31 days + 7,000 do the math.  And, the words God's Promises really just appeared to me one 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 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 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!


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Party Sneak Peek

Goodness, I really don't like it when I click on my favorite blog and I get only a "sneak peek" at something they are about to reveal, but I'm doing it to you guys.  Sorry.  I actually have so many things I could blog about today --- the new frame design for the Kiwi Wood Werks kid's section, some home inspiration I've been saving --- but I'm going to choose to drive you crazy and give you a sneak peek.  :)  Enjoy!

Be back soon, but the party is this weekend so I gotta get busy.  Be sure to read the guest post from Shelly that I posted yesterday.  Amazing testimony!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Part 3 - Encouraging Husbands While Your Marriage Is Being Healed

It's been a while since I've posted in the Encouraging Husbands Series, but it's well worth the wait!  Considering I have a few blog readers/friends who are experiencing broken trust in their marriages and are struggling, I wanted to write a post on encouraging our husbands during the healing process, and even afterwards.  Since I haven't experienced this sort of struggle in my marriage, I didn't know where to begin.  But, I oh-so-bad wanted to offer some encouragement to these women I've grown to love who have trusted me.  Thankfully, God placed Shelly in my life through our blogs.  I have to say....she's pretty brave and I'm so proud of her for sharing her testimony on my blog today, as well as ways she encourages her husband.  Even if you have not experienced this type of hardship in your marriage, I highly encourage you to read this post in it's entirety.  God speaks through Shelly on many levels.  There are words she's written we all need to hear.  So encouraging!


Thanks Cat, for thinking of me to share my testimony here for others that may be going through troubled marriages, mistakes, hurting and depression. Sounds like all sortsa fun doesn't it?

I'm Shelly. I am married to Todd. I am a stay at home mom and my husband is a Lt. Col, in the US Army.

I have 3 grown, graduated step children.  We also have 2 little blondies of our own.  Todd and I have been married for 8 years. We have known one another for 10. We met while we were both going through long term relationship break ups and turned to one another for conversation, company and just, a smile and laugh. Our relationship was first built on those foundations.
Friendship and laughter. He's the funny one ;)

When it comes to sharing our testimony with others, it's like a good novel.  It's worth it to read it to the end. God worked a miracle in this little grey house of ours and if you ever doubted His grace, this story will for surely change your mind.

Todd and I eloped in Colorado in a hot air balloon wedding ceremony. Just us 2, a camera man and the pilot who married us!

We got pregnant right away.  Doing this while he was a mobilized soldier on leave of absence from  his police job was kinda stressful. In the beginning, Todd came back home 4-5 nights a week. Alot of driving.

From the beginning, the odds were stacked against us...
*Neither of us were true Christians. We didn't understand grace until years later; when we both accepted and let God be the guide to our marriage.
* We were a military/Army family.
* We were a "blended family" with older kids who weren't particularly fond of me.
* My husband is 19 years older than I am, so that was awkward to them.
* I was noted as"the other woman" to anyone in the community, based on gossip.
* I was young, he was 19 years older.
* I hadn't learned how to communicate yet at the age of 21, and he hadn't learned how to communicate EFFECTIVELY yet.
No communication=disaster

When things started getting stressful, I didn't know what to do. I just did what I knew.
I did what I thought would help ME get through things. I talked about our marriage to "friends", I nagged to him, I badmouthed the decisions he made. I was everything opposite of the Proverbs 31 woman!

Todd spent 8 months overseas in Kuwait. I had found out I was pregnant when he was still stateside, training before his deployment. It was the very first week he was away. I broke down, cried and was so upset. I couldn't understand why God was bringing another baby into this family when I was so unhappy and unable to mature how I should have been.

Many times I didn't think Todd did enough to make me feel better about "life". I was the "damsel in distress" and he didn't come to save me.
Us now:

I worked insane hours. The people I worked with were drama and it was so easy to fall in the trap of gossip.  Here's where the truth comes out: I eventually gave up on the marriage idea and never told Todd that. I just let the tension turn into self-pity and self-indulgence. I thought I needed some words of affirmation and I didn't want them from my husband.

Here is where it gets a little sad and crazy. I started to revert back to that girl I was in college. The party girl. I started remembering how easy life was when I could just drink the emotions down and act a fool. I put my ultimate worth in the words of drunk college guys at parties.
I'm writing from a place of pure honesty. I know I'm not the only woman that has a history like that. A history where guys were able to give make us or break us with just a word or actually, no words....

Eventually I was swayed by a "tell you what you want to hear" type of guy.
I felt like this person was listening. Reality check. He wasn't. He had a game and he played it. And I, unfortunately was a participant.  When I talked to this guy, I would feel hurt in my heart with each message I sent, and knew that THERE WAS SOMETHING or SOMEONE trying to stop this conversation and relationship from happening. I know now, that that pull in my heart was the Holy Spirit. And man, did he pull hard....
I was unfaithful.

I eventually came clean to my husband. Life became a blank slate. Every conversation I had hid from him, came out, and every stupid mistake I had made was brought to light. It was horrendously embarrassing. But necessary. He confessed to me also, things I hadn't known. It was good that we started fresh.

I decided I wanted my kids to have a mom they could respect, and I wanted my husband to have no other choice, than to move on without me.  I gained some liquid courage one day after I left our house, when he was home.
Eventually I was found after I had been drinking all day and taken a box of sleeping pills, off in a parking lot of a wildlife refuge area. I asked God to forgive me for what was about to happen. I also didn't think I deserved eternity anymore.

What ensued after this was a long, very long road of regaining my mental strength and training myself to know there was purpose in life for me.

It didn't come easy.  I believe that the gospel was written for me. I had to remember that He promised forgiveness and grace, for occasions such as these.

I found all this out when a man came into my room while I was in the ICU. It was a military chaplain from Todd's work. He drove an hour and a half  to talk to me for 10 minutes about the love of Jesus and God's forgiveness. The words he said are still clear as a bell to me.  He said, "Your story is going to help other people.You will share your story with others..." there was more to it than that, but those words are the ones that God reminds me of.
I learned that God would take the devastation, hurt AND ALSO the healing, and use it in His own way. I knew that this was going to be my testimony. I wasn't real excited to be shouting from the rooftops that I was an adulterer but I wasn't going to hide the fact that the amazing Grace of God saved MY LIFE.
That would have been the most selfish thing I could have done. Not allowing God to use this for His good because I was embarrassed.

If someone could see that a life was spared, a life that had been a sinning life...well, maybe they'd give God a chance. If I never talked about it, then nobody would know of this great Love and amazing Grace He has for us.
God used my marriage as a way to Him. He cleared a path, through my bad decisions, and made it lead directly to His forgiveness. God took my mistakes, and brought them to a place of healing and understanding. I never thought I'd understand how I could have done this. How this was my fate for the rest of my life.  But I know that God took that opportunity when I was at my lowest, weakest point, where life seemed much too difficult to come back to, to show me His great light.

His arms carried me to a place of heavenly peace, and I know that He will never let our hurt go in vain.

NOW.......back to building trust and encouraging our husbands. Now that you know what I did to earn the dis-trust, I want you to know what I'm DOING to earn his trust back.

The first thing, the VERY FIRST THING was to give God a chance. I shared and encouraged Todd to do this too.

When Todd saw me turn to my Christian friends, and saw some of them soften my fall with their prayers and their amazing words of encouragement, I came to realize that what I did wasn't who I am. It is only a tiny sliver in the days of my life on earth.  I am not perfect on earth, and nobody is, or ever will be. That is what our destiny in Heaven is for.  We can't understand the perfection there is in heaven, unless we truly understand that earth is a place so far from God it just can't be compared.

When Todd saw me turn to God, and to begin to try to understand things from a Godly perspective, he too was able to join me.

Also, I am blessed enough to be a stay at home mom. I got to spend the first years of my daughters lives here with them. In that time, we began implementing prayer at meals and bed time. We all take turns saying "I'm thankful for". We ENCOURAGE our kids together.

I began blogging. The single most amazing and important thing I have done in our relationship to save and bring it back, was to openly share my story and testimony with others. I know that when Todd reads a heartfelt blog post about our past...He knows that God restored that part of our marriage when it fell apart.
Another thing that helps Todd is that I am able to look at my step kids and show them support in their own trials. I am blessed they gave me a second chance. When Todd looks at that, and sees that I want to be invested into HIS kids lives he knows that I am invested into OUR life. He witnessed a softening and a new leaf was turned. I was able to accept and love them for who they are.

I go to a weekly bible study and am held accountable by other Christian women. I also found a couples bible study for us to join, so we can have some alone, focused time with other married couples, talking about God's principles in our lives. These things speak for themselves of importance and why they would show trust building.

He sees my efforts to bring God into our home. Recently I made a bedspread for our bed with 1Cor 13: 4-8 on it.

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
 Love never fails."

We remember that verse and read carefully the laws of Love, governed by our God.  Living that out loud is a fail-proof way to keep your everyday focused on supporting and encouraging your husband.

I do things often for Todd now, that I didn't do before, to let him know I am thinking of him. I figured out his Love Language and I spend time putting his needs first. I know HOW God made him and I respect God's vision for Todd's life. I don't try to change it or mold it into my own.
I trust that God knows Todd better than I and that the personality that he has is the one that God needs him to have to be successful in our life.

I throw my words out into the WWW. I acknowledge his greatness and brag about him to my family and friends. But most of all, I forgive HIM too!

To read Part 2, click HERE
Part 1, click HERE
Introduction, click HERE

Shelly blogs HERE

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Thanks & Kid's Party Revisited

I want to first thank you for the encouraging comments on my last post.  And, I got a few emails that seriously mad me cry!  You should really just be reading the comments because that is more encouraging than anything.  And, I do know that there have been problems with the comment system and I'm trying to figure all that out.  So sorry about that!  If it keeps happening, please let me know (  Thanks!


The last time I posted about the kid's joint birthday party, it was going to be cowboy/cowgirl theme.  When I posted that, we thought by the time the party rolled around John Taylor would have a new job.  Since he doesn't, I revisited the party idea/theme for obvious reasons.  I had no idea what I was going to do until my friend Megan suggested we share decorations!  Um, yes please!  Not only is it a wonderful idea, but Megan has the best style of anyone I know, she is super creative and crafty, and she is amazing when it comes to party stuff....especially on a budget.  So, the kids are still having a joint party, but it's just a celebration of them both.  I picked a few colors to stick with for the theme.  Most ideas are Megan's and a few are mine, so I don't have a lot of pics to show you that I gathered for inspiration.  You'll just have to wait and see what we (and when I say "we", it's mostly Megan) come up with.  :)

Here are a few things that are in the works for the celebrations:

* burlap table cloth with big, white polka dots painted on it *

* brown & white burlap party bunting *

* cute cupcake toppers that I'm going to design/print myself *

* bright, colorful tissue poms *

* long kids table covered with craft paper with crayons for drawing *

* set of 4 long benches for kids to sit at table painted in bright colors, built by KWW *

* custom cupcake tray stand, built by KWW *

* personalized m&m's *

* super cute 'Happy Birthday' banner made by Megan *

Did you know that you could get these?  Personalized m&m's!!!  Here is the site:
My M&M's
You get to pick your colors (which they had all the colors I'm using in the kid's party!) and you get to personalize them with initials, name, number, whatever!  How cool is that?!

So, the m&m's were my splurge item.  They are only$11 per bag, but considering our party budget, that's splurging.  :)  Here is a run down of all the other stuff:

burlap: we already had some, but got more at Walmart for $2.17 per yard
twine for bunting: Megan already had
cupcake toppers: design/printing by me & bought 1 package of sucker sticks for placement
tissue poms: had some tissue paper, but bought a few other packs at various stores for only $1 per pack
kid's table: using our little white table and borrowing two others to make 1 long table
craft paper to cover kid's table: already have a roll
4 benches for kid's table: JT building out of scrap wood, etc.
cupcake stand/tray: JT building
personalized m&m's: from site listed above
paper for 'Happy Birthday' banner: bought from Hobby Lobby
party invites: designed & printed by me

Can't wait for you to see our joint birthday party celebrating our kids!  On a budget, too!


And because I feel like this post needs some cute, inspiring photos, here are a few from my Pinterest:

Chore sticks!  Hey, it would make cleaning up a little more fun.  :)

Fabric book holders, hanging on wall with curtain rods.  How stinkin cute is that!  And creative!

Just love this.

And this.  Garden baskets for toys/books in child's room.

Chore chart for kids.

Creative entry way.  Would be cheap and easy to make.

* all image sources noted in my Pinterest account, link above.

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Monday, September 5, 2011

So, just how are we makin it?

I think it's hilarious that people think it's ok to ask us just how we're "makin it".  Well, it is ok to ask us.  In fact, it's more than ok to ask us because it give me to the opportunity to tell them just how we're "makin it".  ;)

But, before I tell all of blog land and the world wide web just how we're makin it, I wanted to share this....

I click on blogs all the time and the first line of their post reads something along the lines of this: "I'm sooooo sorry for my absence lately....." or "I'm sorry I left you all hanging....".  I have to admit that I used to be one of those people.  Not anymore.  Don't get me wrong.  I love, love, love this and I love my (few) readers.  But,  I've had a good excuse.  You've all heard me say that my son has had a hard time with the move.  Well, there is much more to it and I really will share one day.  My hope and prayer is that I have the energy (emotionally, physically and mentally) to sit down and inform you all of everything.  But, at the moment I just don't.  And, the reason why I'm not ever going to apologize for my lack of blogging is because my family is most important.  I hope that anyone who knows me and reads finds that admirable.  :)  No one wrote me being rude or anything...I just felt led to share because I've learned SO much about myself, life, God, God's Will, God's Promises through "all this".  I'm exhausted (emotionally, physically and mentally) and now is just not the time for "all that".  I hope this makes sense.  It's past my bed time.  ;)

So, just how are we makin it?  I suppose people mean financially.  Well, it's truly because of God that we are where we are today.  That's THE only way I can explain it.  It all goes back to God.  Our family has helped and we are so very grateful for that, too.  But, I know that in some ways God was trying to draw John Taylor and I closer to Him.  When we started turning towards Him, we quit trying to make our own way.  Things changed.  Miracles happened.  Lives were saved.  Literally.  Words can not even begin to describe just how big God has showed up in our situation.  Even things that are big to me, but in the scheme of things are so small ---- crying to my mom because I can't afford to buy my baby girl new shoes.  Praying that night.  A friend showing up on our door step the very next day with a big bag full of girl shoes in HER SIZE!  We're talking mary janes, crocs, sandals, every style and color.  Amazing.  No, Amazing God.  Miracles like that happen all the time at our house these days.  :)  Remember when I picked the words TRUST and SURRENDER for my words this year.  Wow, that has really done a number on me, but when I remember to trust and surrender amazing things happen.  When I rely on God instead of myself and my own understanding, growth is what happens.  And with growth comes spiritual maturity and with spiritual maturity comes closeness to God which in turn develops greater understanding and more trust and more surrendering.  It's a great cycle.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them
Matthew 6:25-32

So, how are we makin it?  There is only ONE way and that's with Him.  And, I can promise you....we're tried makin it on our own without consulting with Him and it's just a big mess.

Around here lately, I've been planning the kids' birthday party.  Post on that next.  I've also jumped on the band wagon of Pinterest and you can find me on Pinterest HERE.  I'm also leading a small group this semester at our church.  I'm so excited about it. 

I've also been seriously thinking about doing this little series that The Nester puts on every year in October.  It's called 31 Days.  This year is on change.  I would have to write my story on any sort of change for 31 days in a row and post it.  I know what you're ain't gonna happen.  But, I'm praying about it.  I want it to seems like it's a good thing.  Just not sure it's a God thing.  Ya know?  There is something so scary to me about putting my story and deep thoughts out there.  I really want to be real and transparent and share honest thoughts.  Not that I'm lying, but you know what I mean.  ;)  Everything I share is out there....on a server somewhere....FOREVER!  I know I wouldn't regret it, but there is always fear.  Fear of rejection.  Fear I'll be taken the wrong way.  Fear my thoughts will be stolen and someone will make them their own.  But guess what honey....fear isn't from the Lord.  So, I better get to praying.  Sometimes we're not exactly comfortable with our calling, but it's God's work in us for Him.  How will His Will ever be done if we don't get to work on our calling?  How will the Will for our lives be lived out if we keep listening to those little lies that tell us the complete opposite from the truth?  So, pray for me.  I have a lot to say and not a lot of courage to say it.  ;)

Ok, so this post exhausted me.  Toodles and good night.

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