Monday, July 29, 2013

Inspirational Monday! 4

Today's is mostly focused on prayer. It can be so hard, and so difficult, to pray. Sometimes it makes you feel like you are whining, like you are asking for help too often, like God doesn't care about your problems. Think about it like talking to your best friend, partner, or parent, or someone you would feel strange about going a day without talking. That's how it is with God. Unless you build that foundation, unless you build that prayerful relationship with God and acknowledge that you need that line of communication in your life, it will always feel strange or off. He's your God! He has done so much for you, just speak and He will listen. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


I was out of town for a week and now I'm semi-back for a bit. I'm now in another city doing job interviews, and praying about it. Trying to decide what would be best for myself and my son. It's hard! I will be posting more regularly soon!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Inspirational Monday part 2!

I think I will just post this one today. It is something very powerful to think about. A lot of the times, we believe that because our lives start to go smoothly, that things are falling into place, that it is simply because trouble has left our lives and we are at peace with our world. In reality, it reminds me of the footprints in the sand story; that God is carrying us and we are at peace with him. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Inspirational Monday

Some people are visual people; others like to read and figure it out for themselves. I am a happy combination of both of these, but I think on Mondays, or at least once a week, I will start posting pictures, and images of things I find inspiring or as good reminders of how far my faith can go if I am willing to let it. 

So important. So many of us sit and ask "Why God? Why are you letting this happen?" Without praying and really thinking about it. 

I think this image, and verse, are both incredibly powerful. No matter how dark life gets, no matter how much it seems like we can't come back from it, He is always there. 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Kids and devotionals

My son, like most kids I assume, says things some days that stun me by their logic, reasoning and intelligence. He's only 10 but he's been exposed to a lot and he amazes me daily.

A few months ago, he was excited about a devotional. He doesn't have his own Bible (yet!) but he went to a Christian day care and learned a lot, and has watched me reading my Chronological Bible this year, and regular NIV Bible before this year. Right now he's enjoying Jesus Calling: 365 Devotions for Kids.

He really enjoys it, and after he reads his daily devotion, he will sometimes ask me questions without any prodding from me. I love that we have this connection and that he feels compelled to discuss this with me. 

Usually when he gets in one of his sweet moods, he will say he loves me more than anyone. The last few months, he has said he loves me more than anyone except God, because God has to be first because he is first. I teared up and was grateful and blessed that this young child understands. He understands so much more than parents think children do at times. And this was without anyone sitting there telling him that that was how it has to be. He's amazing and I am so blessed that he is my child. 

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Mitch Albom

A few weeks ago, I was given a Kindle, for Mother's Day. Since then, I have been obsessed with reading a wide variety of books, many I had been meaning to read but simply hadn't gotten the chance. My local library has an awesome e-book availability, and I've enjoyed the books I've been able to read.

Here are some quotes I found personally inspiring or thought provoking from Have a Little Faith: A True Story.

"My thoughts are not your thoughts Neither are your ways my ways For as the heavens are higher than the earth So are my ways higher than your way And my thoughts higher than your thoughts"

"Many great minds have set out to disprove God's existence. Sometimes, they retreat to the opposite view. C. S. Lewis, who wrote so eloquently of faith, initially wrestled with the very concept of God and called himself "the most dejected and reluctant convert in all of England." Louis Pasteur, the great scientist, tried to disprove a divine existence through facts and research; in the end, the grand design of man convinced him otherwise."

"It is far more comforting to think God listened and said no, than to think that nobody's out there."

"Thank you, Lord, for returning my soul to me." When you start that way, the rest of the day is a bonus."

"What profits a man if he gains the whole world, but loses his soul?"

"But it's not me against the other guy. It's God measuring you against you."

Friday, June 14, 2013

InCourage-book club

And they update Facebook pretty regularly.

I have participated in a few of these and really like them. I don't always get to watch the videos, but I enjoy reading the dialogue and finding out about books I might not normally have heard about through the usual channels.

This month's book is called Bread and Wine and I'm curious to read it. I found out about Bloom through Angie Smith's blog (who I've already stated, her blog was pretty instrumental in helping me renew my faith) and her friend Jessica Turner who runs The Mom Creative. I will be blogging about my thoughts on this book as the book club goes on I think! Might also blog about other Christian books I am currently reading. I think it will be interesting because there are recipes interlaced within the book.

Also, this book, Beyond Ordinary: When a Good Marriage Just Isn't Good Enough is still free on Amazon. It's a very questionable and I can see being, highly controversial read but I am looking forward to reading it.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Interesting links/images

How I Know My Wife Married the Wrong Person

Angie Smith
I started reading her blog when it was only 10 pages long, before she even considered writing a book, before she started touring the world, and it was called Audrey Caroline-after her daughter who passed away shortly after birth. It was one of the biggest motivators in bringing my faith back to me. If she could remain faithful, and love life, even with doubts and questions, why couldn't I?

I will be updating this blog soon with my story. I will probably break it up to one or two a week for however long it takes to explain. :) 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

My Journey

It's been hard. It's been a long one. I know I'm only 30, but my faith has been something I have been constantly, and still, trying to figure out and work on. I've had doubts, I've had times when I wanted to give up because I felt like God had given up on me. I know He hasn't, and I am continuing to allow myself to grow and understand more.