Wednesday, August 3, 2016

On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand - Be Encouraged During Hard Times

So, you are feeling down?  Maybe even going through the lowest of low times in your life? This shouldn't be your are a saved Christian (you say to yourself). You are doing your best to submit to God in your life...or are you?

Hey, I have been here. I fail to submit to God's will on a weekly basis. I start taking life into my own hands and try to find the strength to carry on. The truth is that the huge burdens I bare are not meant to be my own. The Bible says:

Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  (30)  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

We are suppose to go to him if we are heavy with burdens and cares.  He is the one who gives us rest. Without him there is no rest. The devil wants nothing more than to take you off the set. He wants to make you stop doing anything for God in your life.

1 Peter 5:8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

He will eat you up if you let him. This world will eat you up if you let it. The cares of this world will eat you up if you let them. Don'f forget about the verse right before 1 Peter 5:8, and the verses right after it...

1 Peter 5:7  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1 Peter 5:9-10  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.  (10)  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

If you resist the devil having faith in God, you can overcome anything you are facing in this life.

James 4:7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

I am writing this to be an encouragement to you today Christian! I am writing this today to encourage mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children. Don't be so overcome by satan and the cares of this life that you forget the peace that God wants for you to have in your life. 

Philippians 4:6-7  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  (7)  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Most of all I am writing this for myself! We all go through hard times. Thank God he never leaves us or gives up on us. You might want to run away from your life. But I encourage you to run into Jesus' arms. Don' think about the life you cannot have right now. Find happiness in doing the will of God from day to day. Lean wholly upon the Lord. 

Hebrews 13:5-6  Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  (6)  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

Start by getting on your knees and thanking the Lord for all He has done in your life then open your Bible and read for a good chunk of time TODAY! Sing some hymns, they are so comforting! That is why God said:

Eph 5:19-20  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;  (20)  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand...

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
  All other ground is sinking sand.
When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood,
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Botanic Garden Fieldtrip

On Friday we had a field trip of sorts, to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. We originally planned to go to a plant sale they were having but learned after we arrived that it was on the other side of the huge garden and that we would have to get back in our van and drive there. The kids were having a blast checking out the place, so my friend C and I decided to do a quick tour of a small portion of the garden before heading to the plant sale. Here are a few pictures from our spontaneous field trip. (We never did make it to the plant sale...)

My little red.
So happy!
Hitching a ride
I can hear you!
Look at the giant tree.
Sam ran all over the garden.
What a picture perfect moment!
Lovely Glory
Pretty lady
My friend laughing at my crazy kids.
Silas being his normal self.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Life With Our Sweet New Baby

Things have only slowed down just enough to recover and recharge after having baby Joel in February.  He was born on the 22nd, right on his due date and made a grand entrance with his shocking red hair! The whole family has been overjoyed to have this little precious baby a part of our daily chaos. I have been enjoying the short moments of quiet while holding his tiny little body at night while the rest of the house sleeps. Joel is up! His sweet baby talk and bright eyes make me smile and even giggle a little, even at 3am.

It seems as though I have very little brain power left to accomplish my weighty goals each day. It may be a combo of baby brain and lack of sleep keeping me from my "normal" days. I have decided that when a day is in many areas disfunctional, not to push too hard to stay on track, but to back off and try to get as much accomplished as we can without being too picky about how or when it gets done. On those type of days I may just blow my top for no reason if I push too hard. I make a pot of coffee or a cup of tea (or 5) and take the day slow and steady. This is what life is like with 7 small children!

This week we have begun a new school year! It feels so nice to be somewhat back in the swing of things. I have added some new subjects to my kiddos curriculum and I am feeling very satisfied with my choices so far. We used to take every Monday off of school to catch up on chores and do errands but I have decided that my chores won't ever get done so why not take off Fridays and enjoy the weekend with my kids doing something fun?

I have so many things I want to write these days but I just don't have the energy for it, and that must be ok, right? I have a 6 week old baby boy and 6 other children under 10 years old. The laundry and dishes are never completely done but I choose to have a smile on my face and to cherish my little people for the days are slipping away too fast!

I hope you are having a blessed week.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

26 Weeks Pregnant and Family Update

Well here I am again. Wanting to do an overdue post. It will have to be quick since I am hiding in the bathroom for a quick moment alone. This week marks pregnancy week 26. This pregnancy is flying by as I am busy with homeschool and the holiday season fast approaching. I can't believe it is Thanksgiving next week! I am feeling good overall, besides a tooth ache that only bothers me around 3 am! I need to have it removed. Of course I keep putting that off...I hate visits to the dentist, not to mention the cost of a simple tooth extraction makes me cringe. Baby is very active all of the time. That is fun! I am a bit nervous about having another baby around here. With 6 small kids in my world, it can seem like I won't be able to do it all. But I cling to the words of God! And I know that He trusts in my abilities, even when my faith is wavering. He would not give me more than he thinks I can bare. I have so many friends that a pregnant right right now, it is definitely a blessed season of life. I love babies! I am anxious to meet my little one in February for sure! If you are wondering, we have decided not to find out the gender. We normally do, but this time it will be a surprise. So no, we are not keeping it a secret from you! Ha!

The kids are doing great! Home school is going well and we should be finishing most of our cirriculum just before baby arrives. Yay! Perfect timing. Lately my two littlest ones have been a quite the mischievous pair. I have to keep constant eyes on them or they are getting into things. Just today as I folded a big pile of laundry with 3 of my bigs, one certain 3 year old, packed a big backpack full of raw eggs, butter and random condiments from the fridge...that was an ordeal since half of the eggs ended up broken on the floor. It has been a trying time to say the least. I just remind myself that curious little people tend to get into mischief but grow out of the "terrorize your house" stage right before you can go insane.

House work has been overwhelming lately too, but again, I remind myself constantly that I have priorities, and the top priorities do not include a perfectly spotless house. I mean really, when would I sleep? My walk with God is most important. I feel so lost if I don't spend time reading my Bible every morning and praying before I get out of bed. I need God's help to get me through each day. I lean heavily on Him in times of weakness and wavering faith. My children need me constantly and that can be a heavy burden. I strive each day to help them also walk with God. And I feel my main goal each day is to be sure we have spent time reading the Bible, talking about what we have read, praying, and singing praises to Him. This daily routine really brightens my day and it makes a noticeable difference in the atmosphere of my home. The kids love Bible time. We learn new hymns and sing fun songs too. If you haven't started something like this in your home, I highly recommend it! It will change your family's life.

I am finishing up this post at 3 am just a little more than 3 days after I started writing it...goes to show how hectic things can be around here. I hope this has encouraged other moms. We all need to be encourged! Have a blessed weekend.

Friday, August 21, 2015

I Don't and I Can't Do It ALL #FiveMinuteFriday

Lately I do not have alot of time to blog. I do not have time to do a lot of the things that I like to do. Because of...well...the obvious! I have 6 little kids. But I decided that I do have 5 minutes to just write a quick blog post. Hooray!! So here is my first #FiveMinuteFriday.

I have been thinking of ways to streamline things to get more done in my day. I am overwhelmed with so much all of the time and I honestly do not have time for all of what I want to get done. So I have decided that during this season of my life I will offer myself grace. I will embrace the season of undone things. I am such a huge critic of myself, just the fact that I am saying this rubs me the wrong way, but it must be said. If you have many small children there may be times in your life when you wont get it all done. There will be dishes in your sink, your laundry will be piling up, your kids will eat fast food, you will cheat on your diet, you will forget important things, you will loose sleep, you will oversleep, you will loose your temper, you will cry, you will laugh at inappropriate times, you will wear dirty clothes to the store, you will go somewhere and your kids have not brushed their hair, you will forget to make a grocery list, you will homeschool without a schedule, you will forget to brush your hair, you will spill the milk all over the kitchen. you will make mistakes, you will BE NORMAL!!!

So many times I have beat myself up for being normal. I try to do the best I can. And that must be okay! It is okay that I am not perfect, that my mommy skills are not perfected, that I am not a perfect homemaker or the perfect wife. It is just fine. God gives us grace, why not offer yourself the same grace and enjoy the time with your children and husband while you can. Focus on God and teaching your children about Him and everything else will be there another day.

Luke 10:40-42  But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.  (41)  And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:  (42)  But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Time Saving Tips- In the Kitchen

Part two the the series, Time Saving Tips for Families. But this post could be useful to anyone!

First off, I would like to say that I prefer to make as many meals that I can from scratch for my family. I really only use ready made processed foods if I have no other option. Of course I can't get away from them completely. I do like to keep cans of re-fried beans in my cupboard. I will buy store bought bread, snacks, and that sort of thing.
-To save time I will sometimes brown a bunch of hamburger all at once then freeze it. I will do the same thing with chicken and sometimes a roast. My largest pan will hold about 6 pounds of ground beef comfortably. I brown it, let it cool, spread it out on cookie sheets and let it freeze slightly in my freezer. Then transfer to small Ziploc baggies and freeze for later use. This is great when I want to make tacos in a hurry, or quesadillas, spaghetti with meat sauce, taco skillet, tostadas, etc. Which leads me to my next tip.

-Have ideas for dinner ready to browse.  One day I will be a little more organized and laminate note cards with my dinner ideas and put them all on a ring. But until then I have a little composition notebook that I use to write down all of my dinner ideas by categories. Starting with type of meat (or meatless). Then breaking them down further into types of food, i.e. Mexican, Italian, BBQ, etc. Eventually I will also add the ingredients to the note card system, mentioned above, to each meal so that meal planning can be even easier. I have to admit, I am not very good at meal planning. I hate being put into a box when it comes to what is for dinner. Lately, I do not have a set plan for dinner until around lunch time of the same day...BAD...I know! Typically I will stock my cupboards and freezer in such a way that I can make most meals in my notebook with what I have in stock. Sometimes I will ask my husband to pick up something to go along with dinner on his way home from work, like fresh produce or cheese. That is probably not the best route, but it works for me. I have, in the past, made lists of  meals I am wanting to make and then I can do the shopping ahead of time. Then I was able to pick from my list when I was deciding what is for dinner that day. One day, I will get back to that, especially now that I have a vehicle again while my husband is at work. Before we got our van fixed it was quite challenging to go shopping late at night to get everything. I would rather go without some things, then have to go so late at night. I have been ordering a lot of my food items from Azure Standard. I am able to shop right from my cell phone, while I am laying in bed, it is SO much more convenient. And the prices are good compared to other places I already shop. (Wow, this post is turning into the confessions of a mom with 6 little kids post....hahaha!)

-Wash dishes as you cook. I am not consistent  at this either but it really does cut down on dishes after dinner.

-Have the kids help clear the table and wash their own dish and silverware or put it into the dishwasher. Even a small child can be taught to wash a plate or bowl! (Plastic is a good idea)

-Since we don't have a dishwasher, dishes can become overwhelming. So I wash in shifts. I wash dishes for 10 minutes or as many minutes as I have available and I come back to them later. Even though that goes against my nature, I have settled in with the fact that I may not finish the dishes every time. And because I decided to do it this way it is a SANITY saver.

-Store leftover dinner in a container that is ready to be reheated for lunch the next day. You can even cover it with foil. I always try to make enough leftovers to eat another meal, that makes for less time cooking in the kitchen. And... pack your husband a healthy lunch with the dinner leftovers as you are putting the food away.

-Improvise! There has been many times when I was cooking a recipe and then I realize I don't have an ingredient. I look up a substitution for the missing ingredient on Google. The possibilities are endless on Google! No running to the store for just 1 or 2 ingredients.

I hope you find some of these ideas helpful! And if you have time saving tips for the kitchen please add them in the comments below.