November 30, 2011

Worship Wednesday (Christmas Time)

What a merry christmas morn'
The saviour of the world is born
The God of all the universe
Is bringing light into the earth
So everybody join and sing
Celebrate the newborn King

November 27, 2011

Women are...

I LOVE being a woman!

Women are classy, women are strong, women are sensitive, women are loving, women are influential, women are the staple of the home! Women are captivating. Women have the ability to bring so much joy to a room. Women can be tough AND gentle. Women are beautiful. Women are kind. Women are smart. We are important. Women are courageous. Women are faithful. Women are victorious.

Women have class!
Women are advocates!
Women are confident!
Women are kind, smart & important!
Women are precious!
Women are survivors!

Clothed in STRENGTH
Women are wondrous!



Women are fighters!

November 22, 2011

This is Your Brain on...


Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. -Hebrews 11:1

Faith-filled minds are knowing that no matter what God has got this!

Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment. -Matthew 15:28

Faith says With God all things are possible!

Repeatedly in God's word it says "your faith has healed you, your faith has made you well, your faith has cleansed you". Such power in Faith!

Faith is an act of obedience! The Lord wants us to trust Him in all things and to have faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. -Hebrews 11:6

Minds on Faith BELIEVE!

Believe God has GOOD for you! Believe God is GOOD! Believe the best is yet to come! Believe in hard times! Believe God holds this world in the palm of his hand.

Believe! Have Faith!

He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord -Acts 11:24

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. -Acts 27:25

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. -Romans 3:22

Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God -Romans 4:20

Faith heals, strengthens us, makes us righteous, speaks volumes to the world, it gives us hope, and makes us humble.

How do we get faith???
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. -Romans 10:17

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. -Romans 10:10

Tasty Tuesday (Potato Crusted Salsa Quiche)

 Using left over mashed potatoes, spread evenly in a pie pan to form your crust
Bake at 400 for 8-10 minutes
 whisk 7 eggs
 add about 1/4-1/2 cup of half & half
 add 1/4-1/2 cup of salsa
 1/2 cup of cheese
 salt & pepper
 Pull out your crust
 add egg mixture & bake at 400 for 30-45 minutes depending on your oven
Voila!! It's delicious! Enjoy!

November 17, 2011

Thursday Thoughts (making the most)

Colossians 4:4-6
Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. -NIV

Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don't forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I'm locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I'll be able to make Christ plain as day to them. Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don't miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. -MSG

Pray that I will be able to preach so everyone can understand. This is the way I should speak. Be wise in the way you live around those who are not Christians. Make good use of your time. Speak with them in such a way they will want to listen to you. Do not let your talk sound foolish. Know how to give the right answer to anyone. -NLV

Ephesians 5:15-16
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. -NIV

So be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise, but live wisely. Use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. -NCV

So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! -MSG

What are you doing to make the most of your every opportunity?

November 16, 2011

Worship Wednesday (Power of Your Name)

I will live to carry your compassion
To love a world that's broken
To be your hands and feet
I will give with the life that I've been given
And go beyond religion to see the world be changed

November 15, 2011

Whose Approval?

Most of us have had the feeling or experience of rejection. 

When others reject us for merely being ourselves, our self worth and esteem becomes so deeply bruised it crushes us.

That feeling of not being good enough or never measuring up can be so demeaning and heart-breaking.

As I write this, I am reminded of the Pretty Woman moment, where "Vivian" is shopping and the ladies reject her because of how she looks. They are beyond rude and snotty to her as if their poop doesn't stink just because they "appear" to be better. 
Appearances aren't everything though. 

Surely some of the prettiest people can have the ugliest hearts.

So, Julia Roberts or "Vivian" goes shopping with her sugar daddy & gets this whole new look & major confidence booster. With her new lease on life she walks in to the exact store she was in the day before, she reminds the ladies she was there earlier and is able to go on to say my favorite line in the entire movie!

"BIG mistake, BIG mistake, HUGE!" (at 3:20min)

Oh how I'd love the opportunity at times to tell someone they made a big mistake when they have rejected my family or me! How I'd love to show someone who I really am. To prove haters wrong. To say "You made a huge mistake" or "you were wrong about me". Or to make it known that "dissing me was the stupidest move one has ever made".

Perhaps someone has made you feel less than. Maybe you have been told you aren't good enough, smart enough, pretty enough, fast enough, skinny enough, mature enough, wise enough, etc. Maybe you have been wrongly labeled or pegged something you are not. Or people have narrowed in on only one of your traits and made that all you are about when you are about so much more. Maybe you have felt like you can't do anything right. Maybe people use your past against you, causing you to feel like you can't move on. Maybe you continuously feel rejected or like an outcast.


It doesn't matter what people think.

If we are so concerned with the opinion of man, then the base of our self worth has been seriously misguided and is in need of some major redirecting. It's time to live for an audience of one. The One. The only One who matters.

If what you are doing, what you say, how you do it or how you say it, is pleasing to God, then nothing else matters and we can trust Him to have our back. We can trust God to allow all else to fall in to place.

People are going to disappoint us our entire lives. (insert debbie downer music here) People will let you down, because that is man's nature. God is fair. God is just. God doesn't disappoint. Whether you always agree with Him or not. Understand His ways or not. He is good. He is full of favor for those who love him & live for Him. Life is not fair, but God is. Circumstances are not fair, but God is. People are not fair, but God is.

Seek to please God first & foremost and you will be amazed at your new found confidence. Live for an audience of One rather than trying to please everyone on earth.
When we run around trying to appease man we resemble chickens running with their heads cut off. It's impossible. Just as people will let us down, we are going to have our moments as well. We will let others down. But we are to not live for the approval of man. Unless we enjoy the cycle of letting people down & being let down...over, and over, and over again.

Galatians 1:10
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. NIV

Do you think I speak this strongly in order to manipulate crowds? Or curry favor with God? Or get popular applause? If my goal was popularity, I wouldn't bother being Christ's slave. MSG

Do you think I am trying to make people accept me? No, God is the One I am trying to please. Am I trying to please people? If I still wanted to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. NCV

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. KJV

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant. NLT

November 14, 2011

Restless Monday Morning

It's 4:30 in the morning. I've been up since 3 something. THIS IS RARE. I am so not a morning person. Up until 2 years ago I used to rise early and truly look forward to my time with God in the morning. But with the trauma & tragedy of my brother's accident I somewhere, somehow find myself comfortable with sleep. Is it fear, am I afraid to rise for what the day might bring? I honestly don't know. But it's time to get those mornings back. That precious time with God before beginning my day. It's time to move past the emotional exhaustion of life's troubles. Time to grow & heal. Time to mend & build. Time to chill before the hustle & bustle of my day.

I find myself very restless this morning. I have a lot on my mind from is an espresso bean and a coffee bean essentially the same thing to My nephew Trevor who is in Boot Camp & graduates as a Marine this week!! And then another family member who I desperately want to see the truth and love God with all of his heart, yet I can't understand why it's not happening or what the barrier is. Then I know that its time to step out in pursuit of the call God has on my life personally, the time is here. But where do I exactly go from here?

Regarding the espresso beans, there's no such thing. Thank you Google (Espresso beans vs coffee beans)!

These Lyrics from Need to Breathe are beautiful :
Push the urge away
To wake up feeling just the same as yesterday
Time, it heals the pain
But painful is the angry heart when time remains

I am thinking that I need to push that urge away to sleep my day away. No matter what has happened in my life. I can choose my attitude for the day and refuse to wake up feeling the way I used to. Time does heal pain, but being that time still remains I am not fully healed from a lot of things in life. Because I sweep them to the side and go on with my busy life. Never really taking the time needed to tackle each individual issue. I think we all have so many underlying issues that we never really know about until it's too late and has escalated in to so much more. Little things add up. Tiny, seemingly innocent issues add up.

I'm not talking anything major or earth shattering. It can be the most minuscule situation, problem, issue, or feeling. At least half the time we haven't a clue what we are dealing with.

That's why that personal time with God during the day is so precious and so necessary. Whenever is best for you. For me, I have to do it in the morning. I have to give God my first fruits and I need Him so that I can find my strength for each day IN Him. 

Another great song: Whatever You're Doing 
Whatever you're doing inside of me
It feels like chaos but somehow there's peace
It's time to surrender to what I can't see
I'm giving in to something heavenly

There are a lot of unknowns in this life. We can all get caught up, overwhelmed, or lost in the hustle & bustle of life. In the mass chaos of it all. Taking on far more than God ever intended or desires for us to take on. 

Number 6:25-26 the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace

Psalm 29:11 The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 68:19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

My family member I daily have to give it up to God. I have to surrender him to the Lord continuously, knowing God loves him even more. We, as christians can't magically make anyone believe. We can be examples and love them, but we can't make them believe. 

Pray, pray, pray, pray, pray and TRUST God. 

What is this "time" in your life? 

For me it's a time to heal, mend and a time to build.

I am excited about what the future holds. God is so good. 

I'm done going through life afraid and holding back as a result of fear. I'm going to go on and do it afraid. Surrender my all to my Jesus. My Jesus, my constant companion He walks WITH me. 

No more subconsciously, not even realizing that I am, worrying about what is on the other side of this day, moment, or hour.

God's got this.

No more carrying my burdens.

November 11, 2011

Good Things Come For Those Who Wait...

With the exception of:

Things we can't procrastinate...







November 10, 2011

5 Steps to a Thankful Heart

1. See the good in every person and every situation
  • Look at the all of the good things that surround a person, place, thing, or circumstance
2. No matter how you are feeling, no matter what the present circumstance-always look for the silver lining. (It's there!)
  • Seek comfort, hope, and joy in the midst of difficulties or stress
3. Make a habit out of maintaining a sense of optimism and joy!
  • Positive Outlook
4. Keep a list of what you are thankful for
  • daily journal of thankfulness
5. Speak your thanks out loud
  • a simple "Thank You" from a grateful heart can go a long way

Growing List of Thankfulness

2 weeks until Thanksgiving!
So much to be thankful for! Here is my growing list. Each day there will be additions, here is a start:

My Jesus
My health
My husband
My kids
My parents
My sisters
My brothers
My nieces & nephews
My in-laws
My best friend
My friends
A home
Working cars
God-give talents
I am thankful for my babies born or unborn that we will soon adopt
I am thankful for the past, good & bad, because its why I am who I am today
I am thankful for tomorrow because it's a new day
I am thankful for the present and the art of being
Tv, modern technology, computers, phones, internet
I am thankful for who I am, where I am, and what God has in store for me
I am thankful for all I have
I am thankful my kids have such great teachers
I am thankful for confidence
I am thankful for tres leches cake
My salvation
Prayer warriors

Thursday Thoughts (My Constant)

I am sitting here in my living room. The snow is falling. I've got a fire burning. I have my coffee and bible next to me. Mac on my lap.

Life is good. My husband is fishing with a good friend. My daughter is in and out every few seconds to give me a tutorial on what she is doing. My older two daughters are at school.

Life is good, because God is good. And because God is good I have peace in & with life and in seemingly ordinary and not so seemingly ordinary days.

While today really is any ordinary day, not much feels familiar in this exact moment.

Each day brings on new joys and new challenges. New ups and new downs. No complaints. Just not familiar. I haven't been in this situation before. Good? Bad? Neither really. Just unfamiliar territory. I'm 32 years old, My kids are 9, 6, & 4. Today is November 10th, 2011. I haven't been here before. I haven't been to this day. After today I won't return. Time moves on. Life goes by.

Different circumstances. Different age. Different stages. Different situations.

Within the unfamiliar territory the constant remains. My Jesus. He is constant.

My constant Companion. Constant Provider. Constant Redeemer. Constant Savior. Constant Friend. Constant Love. Constant Peace Giver. Constant Joy Maker. Constant Lover of my soul. Constant Lord. Constant Son of God. Constant Messiah. Constant Healer. Constant Counselor. Constant Deliverer. Constant Truth. Constant Lord of all. Constant Rock. Constant Light. Constant King. Constant Immanuel. Constant Advocate. Constant Perfecter of my faith. Constant Creator. Constantly Faithful. Constant Hope. Constant Strength. Constant Protector.

I know that no matter where life takes me God will always be. No matter what changes and spins around me, God remains.

Life can throw us wrenches and darts. People can disappoint. Situations can seem unfair, bizarre, misunderstood. But God is beyond faithful. With each familiar or unfamiliar day, ordinary or extraordinary in this ever-changing world, God remains Steadfast, Staunch, Unswerving, Unfailing, Unflagging, Changeless, Unvarying, Ceaseless, Incessant, Never-ending, Perpetual, Unceasing, Unremitting, Continuous, Uninterrupted, and Constant.

November 8, 2011

Tasty Tuesday (Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffles)

 1 jar Peanut Butter, 1 cup Powdered Sugar, 2 tsp Vanilla, 
1 cup Oats (Blend oats to a flour consistency), 
1 Bag Chocolate Chips
 Mix everything together except chocolate
 Double Broil Chocolate Chips
 Add a little Whole Milk (No scaling back friends) :)
 Roll your little peanut butter balls and then place in freezer while chocolate melts
 Coat your peanut butter/roll around in chocolate
Let them cool completely
Store in Tupperware container in the fridge
Seriously...terribly delicious!
 My Word...

November 4, 2011

Thursday Thoughts (Follow Your Dreams)

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure” -Proverbs 16:9

We are who GOD says we are and no one else. We can do all He says we can do. Don't doubt yourself. Since God's word says "I can do All Things Through Christ who gives me strength" -Philippians 4:13; We are capable of ANYTHING in and through our Lord!!!

This is great for our dreams! Go after your God given desires and God given dreams, Seek God in all you do and let Him lead and direct your paths!!! He can accomplish far more than we can hope or imagine when we walk through life palms up!

Don't base your self worth on who the world or man says you are. Don't base your self worth on what you think you cannot do. God wants to do so much through us! Ever think you haven't even begun to scratch the surface of who you truly are, what you can do in this world, the ways you can be used for God's glory?

God says "We are beautiful and we are loved and we can do all things through HIM who gives us strength!"

All things. Not some. Not a few. ALL things!

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
~Henry David Thoreau

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.
~Harriet Tubman

Can we afford to put our dreams off to the side in this day & age?

Believe God has something BIG in store. Bigger than all of us. Seek Him on it & run for it!

We can't go wrong when our sole desire is to be used for greater good! Give God your all and He will give you His best! Complete with ups & downs a long the way, because that's life. But if you are alive & reading this, then the best IS yet to come. Because With God, it can only get better, as we grow deeper in a relationship with Him. It can only get better as we grow stronger & wiser through Him.

In the last days, God says, ‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your young men will see visions, and your old men will dream dreams.' -Acts 2:17

Proverbs 29:18 says "When there is no vision the people perish"

Be encouraged! Allow yourself to be open to God-given dreams and visions. God wants to use our dreams to show us we can trust Him, believe His Word, Be used for so much more and rejoice in hope that comes from Him & Him alone!

In a post by Joel Osteen he says "the Latin word for 'desire' means 'from the Father.' One way to tell if a dream is really from God is that the desire won’t go away. You may have had it for years, but you still can’t let it go. In fact, you may have tried to let it go, but it won’t let go of you."

DON'T give up on your dreams! Protect them from negative people & those who only see doom & gloom! Remember, with God, anything is possible. And we are made to live for so much more!

"Meant To Live"

Fumbling his confidence
And wondering why the world has passed him by
Hoping that he's bent for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside
Somewhere we live inside
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
Somewhere we live inside

Dreaming about Providence
And whether mice or men have second tries
Maybe we've been livin with our eyes half open
Maybe we're bent and broken, broken


We want more than this world's got to offer
We want more than this world's got to offer
We want more than the wars of our fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah

We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live for so much more
Have we lost ourselves?
We were meant to live
We were meant to live

November 2, 2011

5 Ways You Can Tell You Are Out of Shape

-When running up the stairs feels like you just ran a marathon & you must catch your breath

-When round-brushing your hair is an arm workout

-When stirring or whisking food gets you winded

-When you stand up you get dizzy

-When sneezing gives you a hernia

I think it's time for me to get a move on it!