Daily Encourgement, Life in General, Motherhood

Answered Prayers

Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. ∼ Mark 11:24

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Many of you know that we found out our oldest daughter has a hole in her heart. We began the process of getting her to Mayo for a procedure to repair it as that procedure cannot be done in the state we reside in. We have been worrying, praying, and waiting since August when we found out about her diagnosis: Atrial Septal Defect.

But….

Today, I received the best news in all the world. She finally got approved for the procedure and it is scheduled for the end of January. I just want to send out our appreciation for all the prayers on her behalf. It means a great deal to us and I cannot express how grateful we are. Much love to everyone for any and all prayers, past, present, and/or future.

Bible Verse of the Day, Daily Encourgement, Life in General

Which Way Do I Go?

God is trustworthy and He has a plan for your life. He has a plan for everything single thing that happens, we only have to trust in Him to get us through each moment. He gets us through hard times. He uplifts us during sad times. In our joys, He receives the glory.

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Anything Goes, Daily Encourgement, Life in General

One Warm Coat

In light of the Christmas season, my family decided to become part of a charity known as OneWarmCoat. We are asking for anyone and everyone to donate winter clothing throughout the month of December. In life, we are taught to give, to share, to show kindness. We are taught through our Savior to give willingly for many reasons, but the reason I like best is because of Love.

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Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. ~Dueteronomy 15:10

Although, my family is accepting donations throughout the month of December, we scheduled a one day donation drop off point offering cookies, hot chocolate or coffee to anyone who donated on that scheduled day.

Unfortunately, the turn-out was pretty poor. Only a couple of people brought donations, which was somewhat of a discouragement to me. I feel blessed for the kindness of these two families. After praying about the lack of giving, I am refreshed in knowing that God is working in our lives and goodness will prevail.

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

With happiness, I am hoping to schedule another day in January in a bigger city so maybe we will get closer to our goal of 100 coats. A BIG thank you to the two families that donated. Please know that your donations are a blessing and so are each one of you. @onewarmcoat #warmamillion #igavewarmth

 

Daily Encourgement, Life in General

Celebrating Jesus

As you gather your family to celebrate Christmas, remind them of the beauty of the season.

Jesus.

During my bible study this morning, I read something that made Jesus’ birth register a little differently. Over the last few years, my husband and I have refrained from putting so much stock in buying gifts for our children. Instead, we’ve decided to remind them ourselves the true reason for the season.

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It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our own lives.

It’s so easy to find excuses and say tomorrow…..tomorrow will suffice.

It’s so easy to say, “I will read my Bible tonight” or “I will say prayers with the children another evening.” Speaking of prayers and my own guilty actions, it’s our nightly routine to read a story, say our 3 prayers, and sing two songs to the kids before tucking them into their beds. Some nights, when I’m at my wits end and I just want the day to be O-V-E-R, I try to fly through the nighttime routine, limiting the song to one and skipping the story. The worst part of it is, I even limit the prayers to only one. On the extremely hard days, I can walk out their door after “I love you’s” without another thought in anticipation of sinking my weary body and mind into my favorite chair and getting lost in whatever show I can find on TV that grabs my attention. However, on these specific evenings, my heart is full of guilt before I’m even halfway to the door and it’s heavy in my heart that I can…I should!… do it better than that. I find myself backtracking and gathering my children in for round two of the nighttime routine. When I exit the room the 2nd time, everyone’s hearts are at peace.

In the world that we live in today, it’s so easy to forget to love others before ourselves, to let go of anger when anger is justified in our minds, to help those in need when we are struggling in our own lives. It’s easy to put off for later what needs to be done now.

It’s. just. too. easy.

So, in the midst of this Christmas season take an extra moment –or many — to thank God for everything you’ve been blessed with, even those things the world doesn’t normally consider a blessings because in light of those less-than-ideal circumstances and hardships, God is working a miracle in your life that you might not understand for many years, if ever. Remind your children and yourselves what the Christmas season is really about, Jesus’ birthday. As stated from my Bible study this morning, “Imagine I planned a party for you and invited many people. Everyone brings lots of gifts, but the invitees trade presents with one another — and you get nothing, even though the party was meant for you….” Rick Warren Hope of Christmas Devotional. Rather than keep the gifts for ourselves or seek only to further our own lives, direct our attentions and energy on celebrating Jesus through love, through kindness, through teaching others of His love.

God bless you all.

May Jesus be the center of your Christmas season as well as the rest of your life. ♥♥♥