Perfect Truth, Perfect Love

25
Mar
2014

God's Perfect-Love

Boy, I needed this chapter TODAY!  Seriously – today, and I need to remember this everyday.   No More Perfect Moms, Chapter 10.

I am NOT perfect, but God is.  

I often cause a lot of my grief and despair with my unrealistic expectations – I want to try with all my might to be it all – but I just cannot.  

Why can I not remember this?  Why do I often almost kill myself trying?

We must understand that the imperfect parts of our lives are counterbalanced with the reality of a perfect God who longs to shine HIS light through the cracks in our lives.

Such a great reminder…. I am full of cracks and need to share how imperfect I am so that others can rest in the comfort of knowing they are not alone and we can fine hope in the one thing that is – HIM.

Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.  Philippines 1:6 NIV

My soul needs to be reminded of this daily….some days…hourly.  He has presented us with challenges along our path to mold us into who He desires us to be.  We often fight against these challenges, do you get me?  

In fact, right now I am in the midst of a HUGE challenge that I am not really digging too much.  I am struggling, fighting to keep things the same, but I know there is something bigger on the other side, I just need to let go of the control and let Him lead me through.  Why do we resist?

So many parts of our lives are like that – we want to keep control.  We want the reigns…in parenting, motherhood, our marriage, controlling our space……it all comes to a head when we cannot allow Him to come in and do some switching around.  We can fight, or we can surrender…it is a choice.

God loves you and me whether we’re having a good mothering day or a bad one.

Can you remember that?  I have to say I have a real hard time remembering.  I wish I could sticky note that all over my house, my car and the inside of my eye lids.  I can carry guilt around so heavy that it is suffocating.  

I have to grasp how much He loves me, even when I disobey His commands and do it my way.  All the times that I know I disappoint myself and Him as well….He still loves me.  He never fails me…..NEVER.

How can you remember that God loves you even on your worst days?

What identity in the Appendix do you want to memorize about your identity in Christ?  I am still reading through to figure out the one I will hold onto.

How can you fit more time into connecting with the truths that God so lovingly wants to lay on your heart?  Is it through reading scripture, listening to worship music, meditating in stillness?

What is your biggest take away from this chapter?

No More Perfect Moms – Week Nine

24
Mar
2014

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It is the final week – I don’t know if I should be happy or sad???  I love these book studies and truly feel that it is the calling of this space on the web, to provide support in this way for moms all over the world to connect, grow and share.  Ah, my heart is so full!

This last week we are talking about God, our relationship with Him and the qualities He possesses.  I love hearing peoples stories, their journey through life, the good, bad and ugly – it is what makes us all who we are.  I also love sharing God’s powerful redemption even in the midst of seemingly hopeless situations.

Here is the agenda for this week:

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Week 9:  March 24 – 28 , 2014

Monday – watch the video, download the discussion questions for WEEK NINE

Tuesday – come prepared by having read Chapter TEN, join the conversation

Wednesday – check in over at Facebook for a few questions 

Thursday –  we will be wrapping things up and putting application to what we’ve learned

What struck you while you watched the video?

Please share in the comments and hop over to the Facebook page.  

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New Years Resolutions for Moms

30
Dec
2013

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Do you like having a fresh start or do you dread it?

For me, having a regrouping at the end of a year is rather refreshing and exhilarating – I truly enjoy looking at what has happened behind me and consider what things could be going forward.

It is the end of 2013 and it is time to consider some resolutions for 2014.  Having set goals and expectations for yourself as a mom, wife and woman will help keep you focused and driven rather than just floating along with no real measurable progress.

If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably end up somewhere else.  ~Lawrence J. Peter

That quote is so true, if you allow things to just come at you, you will be subject to just float along.

Here are some tips and ideas on what you can consider as you set some goals for 2014. Tomorrow, come back because I will be specifically focusing on how to care for your body….and ladies, it is not all about losing weight, although that seems to be one on everyone’s list each year.

Pray it through

The worst thing one can do when setting a goal is to be hasty when making it. Take the time to truly pray about what God may have in store for you and allow Him to reveal areas that He thinks should be a focus.  We can always come up with our own plan, but often times it is just that, OUR plan….not Him working in us.

You can spend a lot of time working toward a goal that perhaps isn’t really where God wants you to spend your time.  I know I have a lot of great ideas, but if they aren’t truly goals that are from God, then I can sit spinning my wheels and get no where.  I end up frustrated and feeling less than because I did not involve Him in the process.

Be reasonable

Another reason a lot of people don’t achieve their New Year’s resolutions is because they set unreasonable goals that aren’t practical.  I know for me, I can set some pretty lofty goals and then when I do not see any progress I tend to get real discouraged.  Examine whether it is truly the season for you to focus on a certain goal.  We moms can do a lot, but you cannot do it all – all the time.  

Instead of setting a goal of getting some exercise in 7 days a week, start with a smaller increment and move up.  If you have little ones at home, it can be literally impossible to set aside that time to do it every single day, but perhaps carving out 30 minutes three times a week is more manageable?  If you are just starting a new morning routine devotional time, instead of starting with an hour 5 days a week, pick a smaller goal.  You can always go up from there!  How about 10 minutes, 5 days a week?

Yearly Word

I love this one!  It is my favorite and I think last year it became a bit more popular and I joined in.  Picking a word that is your “theme” for the year is one simple way to have a focus.  I felt led last year to pick the word  PERSEVERANCE.  

Not only so, but we[a] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. – Romans 5: 3-5  NIV

Let me just say, last year was a year that was like no others.  I was met with many obstacles throughout the year like never before and I know the Lord helped me pick that word and also I dove into finding scripture that would help me walk through troubles and live it out.  It was hard, often overwhelming….but if I had not had my word of the year…..I think I would have gone a bit whacko!  It was something solid I could grasp onto when I felt things tumbling down around me.

So what will your word for 2014 be?  I am praying about mine now!

Start small

As a mom, you understand what it means to start small. We do this all the times with our kids, but we can often forget that to is okay for us to start small too.  I mentioned this above about taking baby steps towards goals instead of biting off big chunks.  It can be very overwhelming to feel like you need to begin a morning devotional routine, lose 20 pounds, declutter your bedroom and start a home based business all at the same time.  So take some of those ideas (after you have prayed about them) and break them down into truly bite size pieces.  Then you can cross off smaller goals and feel accomplishment along the way.

When small goals are set, and met, we can stay motivated.  We all love the feeling of success and celebrating!

Make a plan

I know you’ve heard the phrase,  “Failing to plan is planning to fail?”

Well, it’s true!  Especially, when setting goals. And, it’s even more true for mothers making goals. There are so many factors that have to be considered by moms when they set goals for themselves because they don’t just have themselves to worry about. They have the entire family to worry about too.

Therefore, if you want to make some New Year’s resolutions for yourself, and achieve them, you need to make a plan. Look at your family’s schedule and figure out when you will be able to carve out time for yourself so you can work towards your goal. For example, if losing weight, getting fit or eating better is your goal, you are going to have to make time to  exercise, plan meals and shop with more determination.  This can be difficult with kids, but it’s still possible when you look at your schedule and purposely schedule time in to accomplish and work toward a goal. 

As a mother, it doesn’t matter what your New Year’s resolutions are, you have to have a plan for achieving them or they will never be more than goals. Why? All of the life stresses (kids, spouse, bills, busy schedules, etc.) you are constantly dealing with will continue to get in the way of you reaching your goals.

However, if you purposely make a plan and carve out a little time every day to devote to your goals, you will make your New Year’s resolutions a reality!  Not sure where to start?  Read this post I shared last year for a few ideas!

If you’ve already chosen your word for 2014, I would love for you to leave a comment below as to what it is and your inspiration for choosing that.

The Greatest Gift of All Is Jesus

24
Dec
2013

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With all the busyness of the holiday season and its emphasis on gift giving and gift buying, it’s all too easy to forget that Jesus is the greatest gift from the Father.

James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”

Jesus is the long awaited Savior, who was prophesied to come in the book of Genesis, when God told the serpent that He would put enmity between it and the seed of the woman. While the serpent would strike His heel (by His crucifixion) ultimately Jesus would crush his head (when He was resurrected).

Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection…

We are children of God.
He calls us His friends.
We have been justified.
We have been bought with a price and belong to God.
We are members of the Body of Christ.
We are chosen by God and adopted as His children.
We have been redeemed and forgiven of all our sins.
We are overcomers.
We receive eternal life!

Knowing these truths should cause us to rejoice no matter what the circumstances of the holiday may hold. The expectations of a perfect holiday can be overwhelming to fulfill. In a fallen world, no Christmas will ever be perfect. Until Jesus returns, there will be struggles with finances, sicknesses and death.

Let’s give thanks to our Lord and Savior for His incomprehensible gift of redemption. We can honor Him throughout the year by loving each other, reaching out to the poor in spirit in His name, and remembering His death.

I pray your family has a Blessed Christmas celebration – May His presence be felt in your home!

 

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God Is Always With You – Emmanuel

23
Dec
2013

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For many, this time of the year can be full of heartbreak, loneliness and feelings of loss. 

There are times when you may feel as if you are alone. I know, even as a busy mom running around caring for my family, there are times I can feel very alone.  It is funny, even though my ministry is to thousands of woman all over the world, I can still feel alone and forgotten.  In the midst of chaos with 5 people running around inside our four walls, we can still feel alone.  It  happens to many people.  Maybe you are experiencing feelings of loneliness this season?

When I begin to feel very small and alone, I have to run to my Bible and grasp hold of the real truth.  Not the ‘feelings’ that I may be experiencing, but the real truth that God whispers into my ears, when I allow Him near.  It is usually when I may have gone a few more days than I should being away from His word that these feelings creep in.  

Is it time for you to get new Hope from His word?

…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Matthew 28:30 NIV

In Matthew 28:20, Jesus, tells us that He is with us always, even to the ends of the World. That means that He never leaves you! Why would He. He loves you with an unconditional love and knows that for Him to leave you would be like throwing you into a dangerous pit.

The Bible is full of scriptures that remind us that God is always there for us.

“I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Genesis 28:15 NIV

That means that whatever God has for you, He is there to help you finish it to completion. All it takes is for you to believe and receive!

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lordyour God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”   Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Simply put, God is right there for you and He will never let you down. We let ourselves down when we place false hopes and dreams in the midst of the path God has for us.

God has a specific plan set for each one of us. When we don’t follow the plan, it may appear that He is not there. However, even in the midst of the mess we create, there is God making a way out of what seems to be no way.

No matter what you may feel, the fact remains that God is right there with you, through it all! There is nothing that man can do that will cause God to turn from you when you are obedient to His Word and call on your life.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;  never will I forsake you.”  So we say with confidence,  “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.  What can mere mortals do to me?”  Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV

Following God may seem like a lonely road and in terms of people sometimes it is. However, in terms of a Father who has more love for you than the world over, it is never true. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

Lastly, my favorite verse and one that I have memorized to keep close to my heart….

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  Romans 15:13  NIV

I pray these verses will give you some comfort, write one down and keep it close by.  Remembering He is always with us.  

 

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