The Internet and a Mustard Seed

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Technology. What did we ever do without it for all of those years? Sometimes I love it and sometimes I can’t stand it. Like right now. I’m trying to write my posts for the week and I keep struggling with our internet. It works, it doesn’t work. Make up your mind Mr. Wifi. We are in the country but not that isolated like our last house. I bet my kids are watching an episode of Friends that they’ve seen a million times? Well, that can’t be the case because I’m here all alone LOL. So, off to call our phone company. They said they would be out within 24 hours. Grrrrh, seriously? This is when I took a step back and said, “Thank you, I really appreciate it!” I used this non-wifi time to start writing on some other things I have going on that I really didn’t have time for and to get a little more chores done that had been piling up. It’s those little God intervening moments that just hit us over the head and says “it’s time you take a break from all the craziness of your busy day, even if it’s just for a little while.” Do you know what I’m talking about?

Well, not even two hours later, guess who shows up? Mr. phone guy. YAY!! He was there maybe 30 minutes and found a piece of our wire that was fried due to a lightning storm from a while ago. Thank you Mr. phone guy! Simple, just like that.

I am now back in business which brings me to: Faith.   I had an issue and stepped out to the phone company to help me. Faith acts upon the prompting of the Lord. Hebrews 11:1 says this, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”. I couldn’t see the issue I had with the wifi, but it took faith to make a phone call and for the phone guy to see it and fix it.

“We each have a measure of faith. Increasing it is not important; it’s using the faith that we’ve been given”. ~ Pastor Toby Cox

Happy Wednesday!!

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And I, too am beautifully and wonderfully made

That’s what resonated with me this week as I read Chapter 5 of “So Close to Amazing”.  If you’re following me, every week I am reading a chapter in KariAnne Wood’s new book, “So Close to Amazing” and it’s really hard not to read ahead to the next chapter LOL. I’m part of the launch team, yeah I know, little ‘ole me and I’m so honored to have been chosen to be a part of this. The book is due to come out September 5, 2017 but you can pre-order the book right now on Amazon and it will be shipped to you as soon as it’s released. How cool is that?

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So, how was your 4th of July? We hosted this year and we had fabulous food, wonderful friends and the best fireworks ever with even music to go along with them! I even made my homemade yummy chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter butter cream frosting that are really quite healthy and I dare not tell anyone what’s in them. I’m thinking about sharing the recipe one day so stay tuned for that. I had primitive fabric cut perfectly for my tables and I even fresh picked sunflowers from my garden and put them in mason jars. Everything was perfect except for……the drinks. Well, let’s just say, they didn’t turn out the way I thought they would.

See, we don’t use regular “chemical” white sugar anymore and I had a great recipe to make a Peach Sweet Tea and Lemonade. I even made my simple syrup. Well, apparently you don’t put coconut sugar and honey in lemonade and my so called sweet tea was so bland and just not serving worthy. So, we made a dash to our local supermarket and bought their gallon jugs. I’ll have to work on that for sure. That will be another post down the road. #soclose

But what about my cute galvanized silo looking dispensers I bought at Wal-mart that I was going to put the drinks in. I didn’t have time to empty the non-worthy drinks, clean the dispensers and fill with fresh great tasting drinks.  But I wanted it to be perfect.

“Not only does God have a plan for my life, he understands room layouts and curtains and drapes and antique floors and bathroom sinks. Of course he does. He has a master plan.” This is quoted from KariAnne in the book. It’s not about my decorations at a party and how perfect my table looks or what I’m wearing or driving. God has a better plan for us. The next day after my party, I received text messages from all of my friends saying how wonderful and amazing everything was. See, no one even noticed.

Just when I stress out and try to make everything perfect, God steps in and does exactly what needs to be done, even with drink dispensers.

Isaiah 64:8 says this: Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter;
we are all the work of your hand. Isn’t that the truth.

Sunday Blessings!

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PS. Don’t forget to Pre-Order KariAnne’s new book “So Close to Amazing” on Amazon. I promise, you are going to love it!!! Stay tuned in August, I’m hosting my own Live Launch Party…eek!!!

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Happy 4th of July

What does today mean to you? Maybe you’re going to a BBQ and then watching fireworks afterwards? That’s what we do, right? But, what if, we dug deeper to find out why we celebrate this holiday?

So, when we think about July 4th we think of the Declaration of Independence, right? The day America was born, July 4, 1776. You can read all about the history HERE. It’s pretty interesting to go back in time and learn of all the neat history stuff of America.

I usually spend this day reflecting on how fortunate and blessed we are to live in America. It’s such a cool place! Of course we are having a BBQ and my hubby and his friend Mike are setting off a huge firework show in our pasture as a grand finale for the evening. We are having some close friends come over, nothing big and fancy. Sometimes, it’s the simple gatherings we have with our close friends and family that make it so much more memorable.

So, what are your plans for today? Stay safe and have a wonderful day no matter what you are doing!

Blessings,

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*Photo Credit: These images are not my own and I have no knowledge of their source.

 

I’m Not the Director Here

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What a whirlwind it’s been lately. Exactly one week ago today, I woke up to the text that my sweet friend Janet went to be with Jesus. But I don’t understand. I just saw her in the hospital less than 24 hours ago. Janet was diagnosed six months ago with Stage 4 Lung Cancer that went to her bones and brain. The doctor cleared her of any cancer in her body just a few weeks ago. But she woke up last week and couldn’t breathe. How does that happen? This wasn’t the way I planned it. We just had her service on Wednesday and all I keep hearing from words that her wonderful family spoke of is “This is the day that the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24)

I prayed and prayed with Janet over the past six months and believed that God would heal her. Janet did receive her healing. There’s no doubt in my mind that she is sitting in heaven with Jesus. I remember sitting with her a few months ago and a doctor’s office had called to schedule a scan. They said, ” You have cancer, right?” She looked at me and we both chuckled and Janet whispered, “What do I say?” I then said, “No, don’t speak it.” Janet then told the lady on the phone, “That’s what the report shows.” We just laughed when she got off the phone. Too many times we start believing what the enemy wants us to believe and if we truly are walking with God, then we know that we are healed.

I’m still in shock about Janet’s passing which brings me to this post. I missed last weeks reading of Chapter 3 of So “Close to Amazing” so I thought I’d combine Chapter 4 with it. What a fitting week in the book for what I’m going through right now. If you’re like me, do you try to write your own script for your life? Like do you live as if you are in a Hallmark Movie? OK, good, I’m not the only one. Life isn’t about us pre-planning and figuring out how our entire life will be. I do know that when I get out of the way, my life makes so much more sense. Just like losing Janet wasn’t part of my script but I realize now that I was here for the lessons that I was going to learn through her. She walked in grace and confidence and loved everyone. I’m going to carry that out and knowing how she impacted my life I will be forever grateful for her friendship.

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Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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31 Day Prayer Challenge for Marriage

Prayer is how I survive. Not only in my personal life but in my marriage. I’ve been married to my husband for 22 years and it hasn’t always been peaches and cream and in the beginning, we didn’t even go to church or pray together.  Neither one of us had a relationship with God.

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Once our kids came along, that’s when God got a hold of us and we were both baptized together and accepted Jesus as our savior together.  It was pretty cool to do it together and I feel like it brought us closer as a couple.

Last year for Christmas, I found these really cool books that were sold as a bundle.  It’s called “31 Prayers for your Husband” written by Jennifer Smith of The Unveiled Wife. Have you heard of it? One for me and one for my husband. I put my husband’s in his stocking and mine in my stocking and we made a commitment to pray for each other for 31 days. Well, we keep going every month, but you get the idea. So are you up to the challenge?

Isn’t your marriage worth fighting for?

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Here are some of the prayers you will find in the book.  There is also blank pages after each prayer where you can make it more personal.

Some of the prayers in these resources include:

Prayers for her:

  • Freedom From Fear
  • My Wife’s Health
  • Grace in Marriage
  • Life Giving Words
  • Cultivating Romance
  • Rejuvenate My Wife

Prayers for him:

  • Leader Of The Home
  • Pursuing Gentleness
  • Freedom From Lust
  • Knowing His Purpose
  • Integrity
  • Extraordinary Marriage

As women, we need our spouses to pray for us, just like our husbands need us to pray for them. It’s important. It’s vital. Without it, we have no hope.

So, I ask you to join me in the #31prayerchallenge and make a commitment to pray for your spouse for 31 days. I highly recommend the books and she has them on sale right now.  If your spouse won’t read it or pray, then start praying about that for them and see how God moves in their heart and your marriage. The enemy wants to destroy our marriages so even if only one of you are praying, that’s so important. I noticed a wonderful difference in my husband when I started praying for him and vice versa with me.

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Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.  Psalm 107:28-30

So, please join me and my husband as we commit to this challenge that The Unveiled Wife has going on in 2017. Let’s see how God moves in our marriages!

Blessings,

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Letting Go

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Happy Friday Ya’ll!

So, if you missed my post last week, I mentioned that I was excited about being part of the launch team for KariAnne Wood’s new book that’s coming out in September. I finished reading Chapter 2 this week and if Chapter 1 didn’t make me feel like God tapped KariAnne (Check out her blog – Thistlewood Farm) on the shoulder and said invite Wendy Walker to be part of this, well then, Chapter 2 was spot on!

Do you ever have a situation arise and you believe it’s going to happen and then all of sudden doubt comes in and fear arises? Yep, that’s me! I start focusing on all that I need to do that I have lost sight of focusing all of my efforts on God instead. When my kids were little, I would rush around and always feel like I had to do everything. Not home stuff. I mean church stuff, friends stuff, stranger stuff, etc. You with me? I wanted to have the big “S” on the front of my shirt! Instead, I became drained all the time and worn out.

I turned to God and asked “What do you want me to do”? Praying about what he wants and the direction he wanted me to go allowed me to let go of all the unnecessary stuff that someone else could be doing. There’s so many others moms in the group. Why do I have to be the one to make the cupcakes all the time? My cupcakes are pretty amazing, but

Fast forward now several years and can I tell you how good it feels to “Let it go”! I have more time in my life now to do the things that God wants me to do. Isn’t that what we should be focusing on anyways?

I hope ya’ll have a great weekend and I can’t wait for ya’ll to read the book in September. It’s pretty amazing!!!! #soclosetoamazing

Blessings!

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So Close to Amazing

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Do you ever have a day where everything goes right and you’re like “bam”, I’m the best mom ever? And, then there’s those days that absolutely nothing goes right.  Are you with me?

I am honored to be part of the Launch Team to my new friend KariAnne’s book – So Close to Amazing! KariAnne Wood is the beautiful inside and out lady behind Thistlewood Farms. If you don’t already follow her blog, go check it out.  You can thank me later. She’s absolutely amazing!

My job as part of the Launch Team is that I get to read the book before it hits the shelves in September. I can share with you some highlights and from the looks of Chapter 1, this is going to be an awesome book, especially for all of us moms! Oh, and I didn’t mention all the cute DIY tutorials at the end of each chapter. 🙂

Feel free to share this first post with all of your friends and join me on this journey. Your friends can sign up for my blog HERE. This way, they will receive all of my weekly updates I will be making weekly prior to the launch of the book in September. Chapter 1 is about taking a “Jump”. Have you ever been in a situation where you want something so bad but not sure if it’s the right thing to do? Do you ever hear God speaking to you and you just ignore him until he’s tugging on you and tugging on you? NO. Oh, ok….well I have! Instead of trusting HIM, I get scared. This book is encouraging me to step out of my comfort zone and JUMP! So, are you with me?

Embrace the you God created you to be.
And discover the amazing that was there all along ~ KariAnne Wood

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Blessings,

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