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“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

Lately I have changed my routine from reading my Bible before bed to now waking up early and reading it after I work out. It was a challenge making myself actually do this because I do not like getting up earlier than I have to, but I am glad that I finally did. That first week was rough. I was tired from not being used to getting up early and satan was attacking me every which way. It felt like that week I just couldn’t seem to catch a break at all. I was continually reminding myself that he was attacking me because I was doing something right, I was starting my day off with God and satan was going to do everything he could to make me stop. Wonderfully, God has also given me some good friends at work that I was able to share this with and get encouragement. He alwasy knows just what we need and who we need in our paths, it’s just amazing how He does that!

Now that I have adjusted to my new routine I find my days better, my moods better and just feel closer with God through out my day. Morning Bible studies have always been a challenge for me but something that I have felt that I should do for a while now and I am so glad that I made that change! It never fails that when we are doing something right satan will attack. Don’t let that defeat you, don’t give in! God will bless you for diligently seeking Him!

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He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

At church now we are going through a series that is inspired by the book Soul Detox by our pastor Craig Groeschel. The sermon last week was about a restless soul. Now if your like me I wasn’t completely sure what that would mean and I definitely didn’t feel like it would be something that I would need to worry with. But, Sunday was just another one of those days where you are sitting listening to the sermon and you feel like God is speaking directly to you, and rather loudly in fact.

There are so many things that I worry and stress about. I pray and ask God to take control and I believe that I have done what I was supposed to do because I have “given it to Him.” But, then I realized that I might have prayed about it, but then it’s still on my mind through out the day. The point that really spoke to me was when my pastor said that we can’t truly focus because our mind is elsewhere, worrying, stressing or just thinking about that to-do list. Wow did that make everything clear to me. Just because I pray and ask God to take control doesn’t give me the freedom to still sit and stress and worry. I have to be able to pray about things and leave them with God and not try to carry them back with me.

He challenged us to sit for five minutes a day and think about nothing but God. Here’s a hint, if you don’t think you have a restless soul just try the five-minute challenge… you’ll be surprised at how many things you think about other than God… like doing the dishes, cleaning the house, cooking, finances or anything else that is stressing you or just on your plate. I have done this challenge everyday since last week and some days are harder than others, but I have noticed a major difference in my focus, my attitude and just my day. We have to be able to turn off our spinning wheels in our heads and focus it on the things that matter… the dishes will be there later, it’s all okay!

Photo Credit: Cristiano Betta

Time management. Enough said right? I have always been a person who manages their time and tasks right down to the tiniest detail, and then I became a mom and that particular quality has been challenged. I am sure you know what I am talking about right? Our jobs as mom are a 24 hour a day job, I literally can not have every moment of every day planned nor can I expect it to happen perfectly according to my agenda. Plus, I have to take a moment and look at the entire picture… yes I might need to dust, the folded laundry might need to be put away BUT my son also needs my attention as well when he is bringing me books to read or puzzles to put together. I have had to learn to “manage my time” so that those precious moments of reading books, finger painting and trips to the park don’t go missed. It can be easy to feel like we are not getting our jobs done as wife and mom when our attention is being pulled in nine million directions. But, that is not the case! Spend a little time putting laundry away and then dedicate all your attention to a fun book to read, save the dusting for another time. Not everything has to be done at once, take joy in the things accomplished in that day and not focus on the “failures” of what was not accomplished. Housework will always be there calling our names, how long will our children be little? Not long! Basically I think the biggest thing I have learned and would tell other moms experiencing this challenge is that “time management” as a mom is more about learning that not everything must be done right this second and that our children don’t stay little forever.

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“Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth.” Psalm 96:9 (NIV)

“Exalt the Lord our God and worship at his footstool; he is holy.” Psalm 99:5 (NIV)

I love this song! I have been wanting to use this song for a while now but I kept forgetting the name of it. Once I finally heard the name of it on the radio I wrote it down on my phone so I wouldn’t forget because I just love it! Why do I love it so much? Well… it is worshiping the truth of who God is. The chorus talks about the starry night being His design. Just think about that, the beauty of the sky was not just thrown up there, it was His design, His creative touch. It is so vast and so beautiful it is merely a glimpse of how amazing He is! Just as the song says, He is everything, let’s not just go about our day on autopilot but instead notice the glory of our God and worship Him through out our day!

Starry Night by Chris August

From the Birds that Sing, In the Tallest Trees.
To the Human Life, of you and me.
From the Desert Sands, to the place we stand.
He is God of All, He is Everything.
Waohhh
I’m giving my life to the only one who makes the Moon reflect the sun.
Every Starry Night, that was His design.
I’m giving my life to the only son, who was and is and yet to come
Let the praises ring, ’cause he is everything
‘Cause he is everything
From the Autumn Leaves, that will ride the breeze
To the Faith it takes, to pray and sing
From the Painted sky, to my plank filled eye
He is God of all, He is everything
Waohhh

I’m giving my life to the only one who makes the Moon reflect the sun.
Every Starry Night, that was His design.
I’m giving my life to the only son, who was and is and yet to come
Let the praises ring, ’cause he is everything.

Ohhhhhhh (everything)

Hallelujah (Hallelujah)
Hallelujah
I believe
Ohhh
Hallelujah (Hallelujah)
Hallelujah
I believe

I’m giving my life to the only one who makes the Moon reflect the sun
On that Starry Night, He changed my life.
I’m giving it all to the only son who gave me hope when I had none.
So let the praises ring,
Ohhhh Let the Praises Ring

I’m giving my life to the only one who makes the Moon reflect the sun.
Every Starry Night, that was His design.
I’m giving my life to the only son, who was and is and yet to come
Let the Angels sing, that he is Heavenly

So let the Praises ring


“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her” Proverbs 31:28 (NIV)

“We never know the love of the parent until we become parents ourselves.” Henry Ward Beecher

With Mother’s Day approaching I wanted to take the time to reflect on my mom and the blessing she has been in my life. I have always loved, respected and been thankful for her. But, after having my son and viewing the world now as a parent, things change… my views change. I can say that I honestly have a new-found respect and thankfulness for my mom. I always knew that my mom loved me, worked hard to care for our family, and had my best interest at heart. But, oh how different I see her now that I am a mom. That instant love you feel when your child is put on your stomach after birth- the instant connection you feel and the need to care and protect your little one can never truly be understood until experienced. I am so grateful that I was blessed with the mom God gave me. She was always one that would let go and have fun, enjoy games and laughter, but I could talk to about anything no matter what. My mom still to this day will not hang up the phone without letting us know that she loves us. She is a peacemaker and always has been. Anytime there would be an argument among any of us she would try to mediate the situation. She is an encourager and supporter of anyone she loves, and with two children who were always involved in activities, that made for lots of evenings spent watching sports games or plays. She was always there. This Mother’s Day is special because it is my first Mother’s Day as a mom and my first to truly understand everything my mom did for me growing up. A mom’s job is never done and it does not come with a manual. Everything we do is for our children, we want only the best for our sweet babies. So today I want to say thank you to my mom for being the blessing in my life that she has been, for making me the woman and mom that I am today.