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“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV) 

“Your arm is endowed with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.” Psalm 89:13 (NIV) 

When you’re a mom you can’t take sick days. I have gotten sick one other time since Eli was born, however this is the first time that both Eli and I have been sick at the same time. Thankfully I think that we are on the tail end of it. I have managed to rest when he is sleeping which has helped me to get better faster. One thing is true of kids… they may be sick, but they still keep you busy. He has crawled through the house despite his cold that he has. I am just thankfully that we both did not have anything that would last longer than it has. I started praying for me to get better as soon as I started to feel a little off and then I started praying for Eli as soon as I noticed that he was coming down with it as well. Even having something as little as a cold can really throw you off and make you feel just yucky. But, the day has to continue despite the runny nose and cough. I found myself praying a lot the last few days. I was praying that God would keep my husband from getting the cold and for him to continue to heal Eli and I, not to mention the prayers for us both to be able to get the rest we need to be able to get better. God is always so faithful! Yesterday Eli took really good naps and last night he slept great, which allowed for me to sleep well too! I think that is why we are getting better so fast. The common cold may leave me feeling yucky, but my God is bigger than that cold!

“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV)

While I was pregnant there were several times that I would lay down to rest and sing “You Are My Sunshine” to my belly. I just felt like Eli would be able to hear me, after all that is what every pregnancy book tells you. After I had sung it to him several times it got to the point where I could feel him kicking when I would start singing. Now he is not far from being 8 months old and when he gets upset all I have to do is start singing that song and it calms him down! It is amazing how something that seemed so simple could make such a lasting impact on my child. All he needs is mommy to sing this song and everything is all better. I know that is how leaving a legacy starts, as something so simple yet has a lasting impact. Yesterday we bought Eli a new Bible that has fun and intricate drawings inside. He loves to look at! Every night we read him a Bible story. My hope in doing this is that he will love the Bible, treasure it and spend time in it every day, seeking what it says and not the world. I hope that this simple part of his bed time routine will make that lasting impact on his life and leave a legacy for truly loving God’s word. It all starts with a simple step and will lead to that lasting impact… the legacy you leave.

Blessed By Family

June 23, 2011 — Leave a comment

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.”  Desmond Tutu

“Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.”  Anthony Brandt

What a blessing family is! A week ago today my nephew was born. Everyone is healthy and doing great and now our family has grown that much more! I have always been a family person. Growing up my mom and I would always have days where it was just the two of us that would go out grab some lunch and just spend some time together. Family only gets better as it grows, at least I think so. Now not only do I have the wonderful family I grew up with, but I have the wonderful one I married into and the amazing one my husband and I started with our son. The great thing about family is that they see you at all points in life, from points of laughter to points of tears and they love you all the same. You never have to be some one you are not. I look forward to the get togethers we will have as our children all grow older and play together. I loved those times when I was a kid. We are starting it early though if you can’t tell, the picture is of “tummy time” with the two boys, cousins who look nothing alike :) There are so many things to be thankful for in life but one thing is for sure, I am so thankful for the blessing of my family!

20110613-114338.jpg“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” Ephesians 6:10 (NIV)

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

Last week I woke up one morning with all the symptoms of a sprained wrist. I have no idea what I did but some how it was sprained. Believe me it feels pretty ridiculous to tell people you have no clue how you got your sprained wrist. It has been pretty interesting trying to figure out how to do laundry, stuff cloth diapers, change diapers and hold Eli all with a sprained wrist. I probably do more than I should, like type every day. It is amazing how you realize just how much you do with a hand once it is hurt and each movement gives you pain. But, some how I manage. Despite my wrist things still have to get done, diapers need changing, laundry needs to get done and so on. That is just how life works. I could let it all get to me, let the pain overwhelm me and get stressed out each time I try to do something that doesn’t end up going very smoothly. Or, I can trust that everything will be okay, find my strength in God to get through the difficult tasks that come with this sprain. Now, I am not saying that because I lean on God that instantly the pain of my wrist will be gone. What I am saying is that I have to make a choice to either dwell on my wrist or seek God for His strength to accomplish all that I need to do. My wrist will probably continue to hurt until it is healed, but God will help me through it all!



“You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 1:6 (NIV)

“The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere. Therefore we do not need to say anything about it” 1 Thessalonians 1:8 (NIV)

I have started a Bible reading plan from YouVersion. The reading plan I started is about living a divinely inspired life. The daily readings have really been a helpful reminder that we all have a purpose. These two verses though were a part of a daily reading about living a life worthy of imitation. Thinking about that really puts the truth of accountability on your mind. It is easy to live however you want but as a mom when you are raising your children they will imitate what they see. So, I have to live a life that I would be happy and proud to see them imitate. I am accountable for my life and the way I live it. I am also accountable for how I raise my children. I can not raise my children to believe that it is okay for you to “stand” for something yet your life reflects the complete opposite. No, I want my children to see in their mom that what she says she believes to her very core and her life reflects just that. I want my children to know that we are all accountable for our actions and for them to live lives that are worthy of imitation. Knowing that we must live our lives in a way of imitation gives us a reminder that we are accountable for how we live. We can either live in imitation of Jesus or we can not, but we are accountable for that. Because this is something I strive to teach my children then I must make sure they see it in me first!