Monthly Archives: November 2014

Thanksgiving

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Today is suppose to be a time of Thanksgiving for all that we are thankful for, but too often it is a time of hopelessness, sadness, and fear. In the midst of all the happiness happening around us, some people are dealing with disease, famine, grief and depression. To a person that is happy and content with everything in their life, it is hard to imagine how a person can not be happy during this time. But there are grieving people all over and for them they have a hard time finding something to be thankful for.

 

To those of you who are finding it hard to be happy right, I am here to tell you…You have a beautiful reason to be thankful! Our father in heaven sent his most perfect gift for you to live a life without sin and full of grace and love. Only to suffer a beating beyond our capacity to even imagine so that he could be hung on a cross and die for you and me, for our sins. He then rose from the dead to show us that his father, our father and the gift given to us is no match for death! Then he left us with the Holy Spirit, so that his peace and conviction would also dwell within us and he ascended into the skies to be seated at the right hand of our heavenly father, to await the day until we could all be reunited! This my friend is a reason to rejoice!

 

In the midst of your sorrow, whatever storm you may be riding, take rest because you have the holy one carrying you through it all. You are not alone and you are loved. God is everywhere and anywhere and his love is everlasting and never fails. He is the one constant in your ever changing life and he wants you to give him your cares and take his peace. He loves you and I love you.

 

To those of you who are happy… I ask for you to show love today. Show grace, mercy and kindness today and everyday. Smile at someone who may look angry, your smile may be just what they need. Invite someone to dinner that may be alone. Pray. Give. Love.

 

Daily Bible Verses:

 

Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 “ Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”

 

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

 

Daily Prayer:

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord, I want to ask for peace to overcome all of those who are hurting, depressed and sad. Please, wrap them in your arms and let them feel your warmth and love. Place them in the path of someone who will show them your love here on earth as well. Amen.

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Happy ‘Pinning’ Y’all!!

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“But, Johnny’s mom does it!” says the child. “Well, I am not Johnny’s mom” says the irritated mother. This is one of those age old scenarios that has probably played out in different homes, speaking different languages all across the world! Thank God, we aren’t Johnny’s mom, right?! Because if we were Johnny’s mom, we wouldn’t be our little ones mom.

 

God made us all different, with different features, likes, styles, and talents. You get what you get and don’t throw a fit, right? Wrong, although, that may be true for the piece of cake you get handed to you at a birthday party, it is not true for your purpose in life! God specifically made you the way you are for his purpose, he gave you the children that you have for a reason! It is our job to use our gifts that we have been given to build God’s kingdom, our job as mom’s is to train up children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Sounds easy enough…so why do we make it so hard?

 

I’m sure that in the days before the ‘world wide web’ mom’s felt inadequate, but in this day and age our inadequacies seem to be plastered or ‘pinned’ everywhere we look! Mom’s get discouraged hourly with just a quick scroll through Facebook, Pinterest, or countless other social media outlets. We are envious of the mom who baked an apple pie, from scratch, only using all natural, gluten free products. We think, why can’t I have the time to make my kid’s Halloween costume like ‘Suzy’ down the street. We feel like bad mom’s when we realize that the pack of baby wipes that we just finished was recalled for being contaminated with bacteria, and then of course it doesn’t help when we read the comments about this and find out that other moms actually make their own wipes! You can make your own wipes?! Who knew!

 

God made us perfect in his image for his purpose, and it is up to us to fulfill that purpose he has for our lives. He gave us the children we have for a specific reason, and he equipped us with our own talents that are unlike the mom who can make her own wipes… for a specific purpose! So, instead of being envious of the mom on Pinterest, ask God to reveal to you what your talents are and get to ‘pinning’ them in your life and not just on your computer! You have a purpose and it is beautiful, so start living it!

 

Daily Bible Verses:

 

1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

 

Romans 12:6-8 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”

 

Matthew 5:14-16 ““You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

Daily Prayer:

 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Lord, please open my eyes to the talents you have woven in me and I will use them according to your will. Help me to remember that I am unique and beautiful in your eyes and I need not to compare myself to anyone else. Help me to be the best I can be with the gifts you have given me and please guide me as I set my children on the path that you have destined for them. Thank you Lord for the blessings you have given me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

 

*This post is also seen on Just A Mom.