Friday, December 23, 2011
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I'm not great at this but I'm always trying to do better--as a family we are behind on our advent devotions because of busyness, but I'm not throwing in the towel yet!
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The countdown has begun in our house—not a day has been missed counting the days until Christmas but I have to confess my December 1st gusto of focusing on love has been distracted.
Comment below and let me know that you are in—share any of your great ideas and encourage us! Maybe we can remind each other that we are not NUTS! And maybe...just maybe our acts of love will ellicit such expressions as this one...out of the mouth and on the face of my babe!
Everyone who shares will be entered into the drawing, which began December 1st. Name drawn will win their own special gift...”A Starbucks Gift Card.”
Monday, December 19, 2011
Can we meet Jesus this week and will you say to Him, “Please show me how to love better.”
Friday, December 16, 2011
A girlfriend pointed me here for the idea.
We are celebrating him today and just got home from bringing his class donuts and later his favorite lunch "Taco Bell" at school!
As I think about making the day special and fun today for my son, I am also thinking about the balance of sharing what I do for FUN! I do not desire to boast or brag--or say, "Look what I am doing..." But truly my heart is to encourage FUN!
I am very aware, that my heart is able to go down the envy road just like anyone else's and I definitely don't want to breed such emptiness--I do believe there is something healthy in us sharing and encouraging FUN!
As a child, I have to say--the FUN department was lacking a bit in my home--and no fault to those around me; I just realize now that God's love is inside of me and there is a happy heart churning inside of me to enjoy life and have FUN!
My other son, who is NOT celebrating his birthday today reminded me this morning maybe just a little speck of why God has wired us for this? Why have FUN...why make the effort?
My son woke up and was at a crossroad...literally in the hallway this morning and seeing the streamers decorated for his brother, he could have chosen to frown and think or say, "I want that!"
(I know we've all been there.)
The first thing out of his mouth after screaming, 'HAPPY BIRTHDAY!' to his brother was..."I love our family...we have FUN!"
|"I had fun with Mom."|
|"YAY! Dad's home!"|
OH, it feels good to have everyone home...I'm ready to have some FUN with my family this weekend. Life is full of both up and down moments and I'm going to squeeze out every drop of FUN AND LOVE in my days!
What do you do to celebrate with your family? Hope my sharing just spurs you on to keep it up and squeeze out the FUN in your day!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Today's post is a little taste of my meetings with Him last week...grab your favorite cup of the season and take a short walk with me. I pray your heart will be smiling at the end :)
I read somewhere, either in one of the three books I am reading, or a blog, or a Facebook post, that stress is a choice! I had to chew on that for awhile and realized that yes indeed it is a choice! There are all kinds of things that the enemy tries to use to rob us of peace and he loves to see us stressed out and running after different things distracted from the Prince of Peace.
It is hard not to be busy this time of year, isn't it? We have two birthdays in our house on top of Jesus' this month and it is hard not to get lost in my to do list and how I "want" things to turn out. Even with the best of intentions of making this season wonderful and meaningful and full of love--I can so easily miss the boat and my vessel of love can sink in an instant. God's timing of reminding me of this is impeccable...He spoke to my heart and as I type I am knee deep in stuff getting ready for my boys' birthday celebrations, finishing school projects, decorating, wrapping, cleaning...the list goes on.
So what do we do? We must ask Him to help us and...
MEET WITH JESUS!
I woke up this morning and these words rang in my head and the verse Jer 31:33 which I read that night came back to my mind. It says that God writes on our hearts...His truths--His love! We must spend time allowing Him to do this and REMEMBERING Jesus throughout the day! Yes, the quiet times, the Bible studying, the memorizing of scripture all benefit us, but I've found that I need to open my heart and look for Him throughout the day in my everyday surroundings to see and hear God speaking to me...it's like getting texts, emails and phone calls from Him throughout the day.
Even with the hustle and bustle of the season and days with to do lists much to long, I noticed there are still plenty of opportunities to hear Him speak to us. Have you attended any Christmas programs yet? This one here is one of my bestie's daughter performing "Seasons of Love." While watching this live, I felt God speak to me again the meaning of this season, "We must first receive His love--receive Love--receive Him for He is Love and then, only then can we truly love."
|Go here to see video I posted on Facebook.|
|Joshua playing trumpet in his first band performance.|
|Jacob helping with laundry.|
|Jacob overcoming obstacles.|
|JD with our new friend Cruz.|
I realized this week that I felt the most loved through whispers I was still enough to hear. My family this week is getting ready to celebrate two of the most precious gifts in our lives but we are also going to focus on loving those around us. I will post more about this later...
What are some simple ways that you are choosing to let your love overflow this week? Please share with us--not in a way to boast of course, but there is something healthy and contagious when we give each other ideas and permission to simply listen and love!
I'm encouraging girlfriends here to post their ideas and pictures. Join us as we encourage each other to meet with Jesus and love this week. Sunlight pours from His face (Matt 17:2)...let's seek His face this season; for someone is bound to see Him radiating from you and thus meet Him too!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Well, this is not what I had intended to post...but with some minor hard drive issues on my laptop I'm needing to go with plan B this week and actually as I sense the nudge to focus on Jesus during this season and I see others around me taking a vacation. I'm going to take this Cyber Blog Sabbath (Sure is fun to write and make up words) and hault from posting here until 2012.
The New Year is coming soon!
Please continue to join me on Facebook (I can easily post there with my pad but my writings I have stored will just have to wait for the new year!)
Also, don't forget to check out my FB Page "Princess Path." https://www.facebook.com/pages/Princess-Path/131673090271327. Where I will be sharing some joys through this season and hope to see other princesses encouraging others to love during this Christmas season.
Looking forward to writing and chatting with you in the New Year!
Friday, December 2, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
|Graphics created by Shazi Creation|
I have to be honest, there are so many times that I have struggled to believe. I am thankful that others in the Bible have cried out to God asking them to help them with their unbelief. I've struggled multiple times...to believe that someone loved me—really loved me. To believe that I could trust someone…truly trust someone. To believe that God not only loves me but is able to ‘do this!?!” (Whatever 'this' is at that moment.)
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
"Devote yourself to prayer, be watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2
"Be thankful." Col 3:15
What are you thankful for? Who are you thankful for?
Monday, November 21, 2011
I'm hitting the pause button this week! Reflecting and meditating on these words in Matthew 26:26
Will you join me in your own heart this week?
What are you thankful for?
Friday, November 18, 2011
|My husband having FUN cheering on |
his team this week!
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I woke up this morning with the lyrics from Chris August's song titled, 7X70 playing over in my head reminding me of both the wrong that I have endured and the wrong that I have also given in this life. Have you heard them?
7 times 70 times
I’ll do what it takes to make it right
I thought the pain was here to stay
But forgiveness made a way
7 times 70 times
There’s healing in the air tonight
I’m reaching up to pull it down
Gonna wrap it all around
I lost count of the ways you let me down
But no matter how many times you weren’t around
I’m all right now
God picked up my heart and helped me through
And shined a light on the one thing left to do
And that’s forgive you
I forgive you
7 times 70 times
If that’s the cost I’ll pay the price
7 times 70 times
I’ll do what it takes to make it right
I thought the pain was here to stay
But forgiveness made a way
7 times 70 times
There’s healing in this house tonight
Also, remember a couple of weeks back when we read that Jesus calls us 'friend?'
I'm smiling as I write and see the words in Luke 5 where some men carried a paralytic man on a mat through the roof to get to Jesus for healing. Jesus said in verse 20 after seeing their faith, "Friend, your sins are forgiven."
Isn't it true, aren't the most loving people we know also the most forgiving people?
What about you...I'm curious if any other words have been whispered to you these past couple of days?
Monday, November 14, 2011
Scripture says she was caught in the very act. I do have a hard time thinking of myself as this woman…seeing myself as a victim seems a little more comfortable. Yet, recently while studying the book of Hosea and re-reading the words in John 8, I see freedom again in admiting my wrongs and also the wrongs of another. Are you burdened with the realization of your own wrong?
Friday, November 11, 2011
Another Friday...another chance to have some FUN!
Actually in the process of FUN and don't have much time to write--will post a little later this weekend.
Go here to download podcast of yesterday's Girlfriendit Radio Show...and most importantly celebrate and have some FUN!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
*Mount Baby Sniffles
*Mount Don't Know Enough
*Mount Know Too Much
*Mount Don't Know What To Do
What's the mountain before you look and feel like these days?
How do you remind yourself that you are not alone?
How do you keep from being paralyzed at the base of the mountain?
Let's keep going-keep seeking the One who gives us strength to climb and the one with power to move the mountain!
Listen to a man named Paul's advice...He knew and loved Jesus too.
"I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I ahve learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength." Phil 4:10-13
Knowing that in this life we face mountains of many kinds, how can we pray and encourage each other to flex our muscles at the base of our mountains? Princess style of course!
Monday, November 7, 2011
I am both honored and humbled (yes these two feelings happened at the same time) to have this Monday's post published online at (In)courage. Don't you just love those friends who encourage you to keep going?!? Go here and check out my post! Stay a while and check out their wonderful encouraging website.
Please share your own encouragement or if you need prayer for the current mountains that you are facing in your life--comment about that too--I will lift you up and chat with Him about it too girlfriend!
Friday, November 4, 2011
Refusing to stay couped up in the house with a runny-nosed, feverish toddler I decided to go for a walk yesterday and I invited one of my neighbors. I am just getting to know her and I have to tell you she is FABULOUS! I am thankful for the short walk we had and it did not take long for me to recognize the FUN attitude she has about life...and let me tell you she is facing some HUGE things in her life right now--heart-breaking stuff that honestly, rattled me to the core when she shared her heart...but she is still choosing to have FUN!
Do you know anyone like that?
I also remember volunteering my time at a food mission a few years back and I remember being so blessed chatting with the people. I remember my heart and soul being impacted the most by the ones in line waiting for their food box who were smiling and encouraging those around them. Faced with a hard day and they were still having FUN!
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
*He is the friend taking the initiative to gently wake you up in the morning wanting to talk to you.
*He is the friend texting you asking how your day is going?
*He is the friend emailing you asking how He can help you out today?
*He is the friend nudging you to do the right thing.
*He is the friend who gently tells you that you goofed up and you should say, “You are sorry.”
*He is the friend high-fiving you and encouraging you to keep going.
*He is the friend who speaks highly of you in a group of others.
Monday, October 31, 2011
"Introducing, my friend [I heard my name and I encourage you to insert your name here.]”
Can you soak in that He is calling your friend?
How will a friend who knows she is loved--react today?
How will a friend who knows that Jesus loves her--respond today?
How will a friend who knows she is loved--love today?
Friday, October 28, 2011
Can't help but have this thumbs up is on my mind again!
here and click on the link to listen for yourself.
The Girlfriendit radio show and movement is close to my heart because they remind me of the kind of woman God has created me to be, the kind of girlfriends that I want surrounding me in this life, and also the kind of girlfriend that I want to be. One thing I am passionate about is encouraging others, and I do think that this passion was born out of the void I had as a young child who often lacked that encouraging word from those closest to me--especially my father. I am now on a journey of continuned healing with my Heavenly Father and seeking to understand more everyday just how much Jesus loves me and I'm passionate about all of my girlfriends embracing this love too! Look for more encouraging stuff coming from me--inspired by the love that I have found from knowing Jesus--it's gonna be FUN and no real tiaras are involved...but it's definitely all about walking down that princess path in this life!
Don't forget to listen to this week's show...it will cheer you on in your pursuit of God's plan and purpose for your life.
I am trusting and just taking one baby step at a time right now...very similar to the tiny steps my 10 month old is taking--small but HUGE at the same time.
I'm celebrating today because it's FUN FRIDAY, because I worked hard all week, because I'm choosing to embrace the joy in today. My boys reminded me this week that it is all in the choosing.
Last night I enjoyed watching my nephew sing with his entire third grade class and the theme was embracing the show biz--or the FUN of life! The chorus of kids singing or screaming at some points, jump started my thinking and reminded me that God is often reminding us to be present enough in our day and choose to have FUN!
My oldest son, chose to have FUN and actually ran in the FUN RUN at school this week.
And then my youngest...well if you knew him, you would just know that he is all about FUN! This is his new wave...he extends his arm straight up in the air...looks like he is raising his hand to be excused from his seat so he can have some more FUN!
And isn't it just so awesome that FUN FRIDAY precedes the weekend...have a great one girlfriends!
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Today it is the word...MAKE!
I've read: "...make straight paths for him."
I've heard, "You make beautiful things."
I know God is going to make all things work out for His greater purposes...
No other great real thoughts--just gonna leave you with that and allow you to MAKE something of your own with it.
I will however leave you with this cool recipe to MAKE your own laundry soap. Click here it is so easy and kind to your grocery budget. A girlfriend shared it with me, so I just thought it might MAKE your day.
Please let me know if you have any other words to share this Wednesday--or recipes.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Back in the days when I was working full time out of the home; Monday meetings were always a time to get on the same page with everyone involved in the projects for the week--touch base before the week's appointments and tasks.
Well, I've decided to focus my week--my Mondays from here on out with Jesus. I have chosen to begin my days with Him, for it is His love that inspires and compels me to love. I've decided it best to touch base with Him and blog about Him to start off the week. I hope and pray that you will join me. I love to have girlfriends around to share in the FUN and we can learn together!
He loves to hear me say the animal sounds and tickle his belly when the bee goes buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz...
Okay--back to our Monday Meeting:
I recently read John 11 and underlined the words "Jesus wept." Oh, how I long to see my Jesus weep or at least get teary-eyed over some of my heartaches in this life. Don't you just love it when a girlfriend feels your pain and she can't help but cry when you cry and hurt when you hurt.
The truth is--Jesus gets us and our pain, even better than any BFF!
So I read John 11:1-37 and like I said, verse 35 jumped off of the page,"Jesus wept." Then the two verses following it spoke to my heart, for just as I can tell that my girlfriends love me when they cannot hold back their tears, the Jews saw and spoke out loud, "See how he loved..."
Then there were those who chose to focus on what Jesus did not do...and pointed out that He could have stopped this painful act of death and kept His friends from experiencing this pain.
Many times I know I have sat confused asking God why He did not stop the pain from suffocating my heart. I did not feel love in those situations...I did not see that Jesus was weeping with me.
So often I want to ask God why? Why did you allow this?
You could have stopped this--why did you allow this pain to hit my heart?
Oh, I wish I could say I said more often, I see and feel Jesus weeping with me--He is sad that this is what is before me right now. I meditated on these scriptures a while and I believe God showed me something back at the beginning of Chapter 11 in verse 4...
"This sickness--this trial--this struggle--this pain will not end in death--no it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
I hope you can read this and take it as if Jesus is speaking to you too...
"[insert your name], this sickness--this trial--this struggle--this pain will not end in death--no it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it."
All I can muster in my heart is a great big THANK YOU JESUS!
Just as I type this I am at the park typing with my little guy and we are watching the ducks in the pond. These are the first real ducks that my boy has seen. Like I said, I have introduced them to him through the book, "Animal Sounds," which I read to him just about every day..."What do the ducks say? Quack, quack, quack, quack!" As he giggled seeing the ducks I sense God telling me in my soul that it is that easy...read about me in my Word and then look for me in your days. He will bring life to our days--and not just on Mondays!
Join me girlfriends--let's dare to see Jesus at least get teary-eyed over our heartaches and say without a doubt, "Jesus loves us!"
Friday, October 21, 2011
You can read a bit more from one of the guests here and check the radio page here to listen to the podcast with me on this FUN FRIDAY!
And while you're at it, just in case they are having some technical difficulties...this is a great place to listen to some other great stuff Beth Moore...she is one of my favorite Bible teachers--and her study on Eat, Pray, Love is the BOMB--she is such a hoot!!
And then sticking with this FUN FRIDAY theme (I'm cracking myself up)...
Are you looking for something fun to do with your kids this FUN FRIDAY?
Go BOO someone...check out this website here. My boys and I had a blast making some treats and then had even more FUN being tricky with delivering them...it was FUN and a great time to talk about loving and not letting the right hand know what the left hand is doing (Matthew 6). We love often because we want something in return--but when we walk and love as God's princess we love for FUN....just like BOOing this Fall season--because He first loved us...right?! FUN!
|Picture found here|
IT'S FUN FRIDAY!!!