Monthly Archives: December 2014

The Reliable One…

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The Reliable One…

i-am-womanDecember 17, 2014

Yesterday as I was rushing my children along while they were cleaning their rooms, I thought about something… By pushing them to hurry along am I doing a good job at teaching them about quality vs. quantity? This is such an important concept to learn, it can be applied to just about everything you do in your lifetime! So in the middle of their cleaning frenzy, I made myself clear…I think…I tried explaining to them that; although, I am wanting them to clean their room in a timely manner, I am also expecting them to do it right. So, therefore, the quantity of toys they pick up isn’t necessarily as important as how well (quality) they do it. If they are just shoving a bunch of toys under their bed, that only causes more work for us later! When we are in a rush we have a tendency to overlook things, or “shelf” something for later. The quality of our work and effort is much more valuable than the quantity.

Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed with jobs? You try your best to do what you think God wants you to do, but you soon realize that you have volunteered for too many jobs and you have stretched yourself so thin that you are unable to give your best to everything you have volunteered for. You become “the one they can rely on”, in other words, you are the one that never says no! I understand, because I was once this person. I stretched myself so thin trying to be the good servant that I thought God wanted me to be that everything collapsed on top and I ended up “hiding” in a corner for awhile not doing anything at all! I had so much on my “to do” list that I wasn’t giving my best to any of it, each item was only getting what was left of me.

It was hard to learn how to say no, but eventually I did. Of course I still struggle with this word today, unless you ask my children, and they would say no was my favorite word! I realized that God cared more about the quality of my work for him rather than how much I was doing for him. We have to keep in mind that our works alone do not get us into heaven. God wants to see that our hearts are in the right place. If we collect too many things to do our plates become full and our hearts start becoming resentful for what we have to do. God knows you better than you know you! He wants you to know that it’s okay to step down from the list that you have created for yourself and choose only one job to give your all too. It’s okay to take a breather and reflect on what path he wants you to follow. It is better to give 100% to one job for our God, than to only give 10% to ten different jobs for our God! Quality is always better than quantity!

Daily Bible Verses:

Ephesians 2:8-9 “ For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,”

Galatians: 6:9 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

Daily Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for loving me so graciously and blessing me greatly! Please help me to stay grounded in my work that I do for you, help me to remember to not take on too much so that I may not grow weary in my service to you. May all my works bring glory to your name and help to build your kingdom! Amen.

 

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Sport God’s

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“Do not make idols or set up an image or a sacred stone for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.” Leviticus 26:1. Okay, well that is an easy one right? It should be, but there are many times when we make idols out of what we would think to be ordinary everyday things. For instance: sports, money, shopping, our favorite television show, a hobby, it could even be something as healthy as exercising, or it could be a more serious addiction such as, drugs or alcohol. An idol can be defined as a person or thing that is greatly admired, loved and worshiped. When we start letting one of these things control our way of thinking and dictate our schedules and moods, then we have given it priority in our lives and it becomes an idol.

 

I think about our family’s schedule with having six kids. Right now, only three of them are in sports regularly and it is hectic! It has slowed down this month but in the fall we had some kind of sport obligation everyday of the week, even Sunday. Between football, soccer, swim, and basketball we let ourselves lose sight of what was truly important. We became so busy that we started skipping church on Sunday and we allowed our moods to be altered by our over crammed calendar, and a lot of the times when we were talking with each other we were using rushed words with irritated tones. The love our children have for their sport and the love we have for watching them play became our idol before we even realized it.

 

When we idolize people or objects we don’t leave much room in our lives for our devotion to God. If we are too busy going to practices and games to worship our Lord, what are we saying to him? I am guilty of this, not just with the various sports in my life but with other things too. Too often I let outside sources take over my thoughts and my mood. God wants our undivided attention and when we give him our attention he shows favor in our lives. If we would just make him the center of our life, he would unscramble our schedule and check marks would start appearing on our to do list! Our lives would fall in sync with God and our limits would be limitless, our cant’s would turn into can’s, and our spirits would be filled with joy, warmth and light. God want’s to inhabit our beings 100%. Do you need to make room for him? You better get to cleaning!!

 

Bible Verses:

 

Psalm 115:4-8 “But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but cannot see. They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell. They have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but cannot walk, nor can they utter a sound with their throats. Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.”

 

Colossians 3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”

 

Luke 16:13  “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

 

Prayer:

 

Lord, forgive me for putting objects before you. I love you Lord and I choose to serve you all the days of my life. Please show favor on my family and give me a clear view of how my days should go. Watch over my family and help us to remember to keep you at the center of our lives. In your Son’s Holy name, Amen.

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Christmas should be a time of celebration, a time to give and show Christ’s love to all, just as God showed his love for us that sacred night many years ago with a baby in a manger. But too often this time of year highlights all that you don’t have. Maybe you don’t have the money for presents for your children, a tree for your children to decorate, or even food to eat for Christmas dinner. Maybe you have no family, or you are desperately missing one that was taken from you and is no longer here on earth to celebrate with you. There are so many reasons to be sad, depressed, stressed and lonely during the Christmas season, but there is only ONE true reason for hope, ONE reason that transcends all, ONE reason that conquers all, ONE reason that makes the impossible possible and that is the ONE true reason for the season, Jesus Christ, Immanuel- God with us. Because he has shown me and my family what true love is and what it looks like through the acts of others we want to show you! I am excited to bring Christmas Joy to families in need with ModernMom.com. Together, we will be picking two families, one from Oklahoma and another from the Los Angeles, California area. We want to help more families and plan on extending this blessing to more families next year!! If you need help or know of a family that does please follow the link! http://www.modernmom.com/lending-a-helping-hand-this-holiday-season-105408.html

 

Thank you for being YOU!!!

~XOXOXO

~Mommamamom~

 

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Do You See What I See?

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It is hard living in the world we live in. I find it so easy to see nothing but hate, sadness, tragedy, and despair. It is a cold and lonely place out there. We are all pitted against each other in a time when we would gain so much more if we were cheering for each other. This is why I choose not to live of this world but of another. I choose to live in my Father’s kingdom.

 

Do you see what I see? I see a world full of hearts performing random acts of kindness, just because. I see beauty in the different colors and cultures that this world is made of. I see wonder and innocence in the eyes of children. Do you see what I see? I see people deserving of love around every corner I turn. I see scholars, creatives, optimists, and believers walking down the streets. I see moms, dads, grandparents, children, cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters all around me. I see dreams being made and goals being reached.

 

Do you hear what I hear? I turn on the news and I hear of people’s lives being taken by fires, famine, and war. I hear of hate crimes and racial accusations. I hear of elderly people being scammed out of their life savings. I hear of women, even children being raped and bullied. I hear of horrifying diseases spreading rampantly throughout towns and countries. I hear a whole lot of he said she said. I hear the news anchors scaring us into believing that we will soon be out of jobs and homes. I hear political sides accusing each other of stealing, lying and cheating. I hear of kids killing kids and killing themselves because the thought of living a full life in this world is too unbearable to think. I hear people who don’t believe in my God, hating people who do, and people who do, hating those that don’t. I hear racism and fear in voices who are afraid of difference and opposing beliefs.

 

Do you feel what I feel? I feel hope, because I know that God has my life under control (Ephesians 1:11). I feel love, because God sent his only son to die for me (John 3:16). I feel wonder because everything that I believe in is more than my simple mind can comprehend (John 20:29). I feel power because through Christ I can do anything (Matthew 19:26). I feel triumph because my war has already been won (Exodus 14:13-14). I feel rested and burden free because his yolk is easy and his burden is light (Matthew 11:29-30). I feel happy because God knows what my tomorrow brings (Proverbs 31:25).

 

Do you think what I think? I think that if Christians would show love instead of hate, people would be more open to hearing what God’s message is. I think that the human race needs to grow up and stop blaming everything on one another’s color, culture, and religion. I think that we should teach our children, the new generation, how to love one another and support one another through actions and not words alone. I think that we should love each other because of our differences. I think we should live our lives by a simple code of respect and humility. I think that we should take joy in the small things in life and be thankful that we are even breathing.

 

Do you choose what I choose? I choose to love my neighbor. I choose to be a building block for others. I choose to raise my children with a smile and a hug. I choose to let my children learn the freedom of choice and the consequences that accompany. I choose not to judge the homeless man, the drug addict, the prostitute, the felon. I choose not to judge the tired looking mom in the store. I choose not to hate the person who loves the same sex. I choose to love my family everyday. I choose to forgive and forgive again. I choose not to be afraid of those who have different spiritual beliefs than me. Again, I choose to love my neighbor. I choose to overlook the negativity. I choose to break the mold, redirect the path, and stop the cycle. I choose patience. I choose not to fall for temptation and instant gratification. I choose to believe in something I can’t see. I choose to dream big. I choose to be a light to lead others to grace, mercy, forgiveness and love.

 

If we ever want to see a change in this world for the better, we have to start being better people. We have to stop blaming our problems on everything and everybody else and start looking at ourselves first. We have to stop believing everything we see and hear on the news. We have to stop fearing change and embrace it. We have to stop hating people whose views are not the same as ours. We have to stop judging others for their personal and spiritual choices and freedoms. We have to stop blaming everything on race and culture. Open your eyes and look around, this world is becoming blended and we are all still guilty of trying to draw lines between us. We need to have respect for one another, love one another, give to one another, and pray for one another. We need to stop being people of this world but striving to be people of a higher world, our Father’s world.

 

I see the best in people, I hear laughter, I feel forgiveness, I think joyfully, I choose LOVE. How about you?

 

*This piece is also published on Modernmom.com.