Posts Tagged ‘Life’

Chaos, creativity, & compromise.

If you’ve been in a relationship (married or not), you know that it isn’t all fun and games.  It’s hard work to love someone unconditionally.  As for getting married, the vows we make are a turning point in our relationship.  We are promising these things to each other in front of family, friends and God. 

It can be easy to forget these things in the midst of the chaos that is life.  The jobs, kids, chores, and bills can get in the way.  It takes a lot of creativity and compromise to stay together these days.  It seems like common practice to just quit rather than make it work.  

Walk away from the mundane for a minute and think about when you first fell in love with your spouse.  What do you remember?  How did you feel?  What were some of your favorite times? 

Kendra over at A Proverbs 31 Wife and I are teaming up to help you keep the fire burning!!  Join us for a marriage link-up once a week and share with us how you keep your marriage strong. 

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You Can Do Nothing {Into the Word Wednesday}

This week as I write these words I’m comforted by them.  As you are reading these words I’m probably on my way to make one of my dreams come true.  It’s an appointment I’ve wanted for a long time and it’s happening!! 

I’ve been standing on this verse for about a year now.   Knowing that I can’t do anything without Him.  Remembering that He is always here but that I need to step up and be the branches.  Reaching for the opportunities He provides for me.

In the past few months I’ve branched out in so many ways.  I’ve loved the chance to do so.  I’ve enjoyed my life so much more because I’m doing what I want to do.  I’m making things happen (with His help of course)!

It’s the ‘you can do nothing’ that really stands out.  It’s true.

Have you ever tried to do everything under your own power and failed miserably?  I’ll admit that I have.  Many times over.  Every time I feel myself straying it seems that life somehow falls apart.  As I’m working my way back, growing closer to Him things seem to fall into place even when it shouldn’t be that way.

We can’t be anything without the vine.  That vine provides our nourishment for mind, body, and soul.  Without it, we are dried up branches with no life therefore we haven’t the strength or courage to reach out for that next opportunity.

Let’s join together to keep our branch strong, nourished and healthy.

What do you do to keep yourself knit closely with Him? What has occurred in your life because of your faithfulness?

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

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4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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The Neglected Four Letter Word {Into the Word Wednesday}

Well, this week was a tough one.  I didn’t feel particularly moved to share anything.  I have been praying that something would come and nothing.  Sure I could choose a verse and share about it but I want to be real on this blog.   More real than I’ve ever been. Even if no one ever reads these words it’s coming from my heart and is therapeutic for me!

As I was thinking and praying, praying and thinking it hit me. 

The neglected four letter word.  It may be different for you but for me that word is rest.  We don’t always have to be full on going, going, going.  This is very hard for me. I rarely rest and relax. It’s just not in me to sit. 

I’m always working toward accomplishment.  It doesn’t matter what that might be.  Cleaning the toilet, the mirror or the sink while I’m in there just because it’s one less thing to do later.  Getting the kids dressed for bed while simultaneously pulling out clothes that no longer fit.  If the kids are in bed and we are watching a movie, I am probably organizing paperwork or folding laundry.  It’s a never-ending cycle.  I keep waiting for that bell to ding signaling the end of it.  You know, similar to the washer that dings to alert that it’s time to switch it over.   It never seems to end. 

Then this week I read this:

In the Easy-To-Read version of the bible it translates as this:  ‘It is a waste of time for you to get up early and stay up late trying to make a living. The Lord provides for those He loves even while they are sleeping.‘ 

What a relief!!!  I am allowed to take a rest. I am allowed to relax.  Something my husband begs me to do on a regular basis.  Now there are definitely seasons that require more work and less sleep than others.  This isn’t permission to sit and pray that God will do all the work.  He can see our hard work.

I feel accomplished if I’ve completed a dozen tasks during the day.  However, at the end of the day I feel as though I’ve missed it.  Have I enjoyed myself? Nope.  I’ve worked so hard I’ve forgotten to live and enjoy.  I’m too busy to take the time to do something for me.  Here’s how we’ll remedy that.  Find 20 minutes in your day whether it’s during nap time, before the crowd wakes up or after they are in bed.  Can you do that?

Listen up moms. I know you are out there working hard.  Okay hard isn’t good enough. I’m guessing you are working your fingers to the bone.  I am begging and pleading with you.  Please take 20 minutes today for you.  I don’t think you heard me…you sitting at your computer browsing Facebook or Pinterest.  Take 20 minutes.  What would you do?

Here are some ideas!

  • Read a book (not a kids book)
  • Listen to your iPod while doing NOTHING else
  • Sit on the porch with a cup of coffee or tea
  • Take a bath (what?!?)
  • Paint your toenails
  • Give yourself a facial
  • Browse a catalog, circle what you like (Christmas is coming!)
  • Make yourself a meal and eat it in peace
  • Exercise

How will you spend your 20 minutes?  Please leave a comment and I’ll add the ideas to this list!

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–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier! Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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Meant for extraordinary

Ordinary or extraordinary?

Have you ever struggled with what you are meant for? Have you ever felt you are meant for greater things than you are currently doing? I’m not even talking about being a wife or mom. We are called for that and I believe we do it well!  We might be tired but we get the job done.

What about outside of that? Who are we outside of wife and/or mom?

Let’s try it….

It’s nice to meet you, please tell me a little about yourself.

For those of you that are wives and/or moms did you begin telling me about yourself by stating you are a wife and mom? Me too!  I define myself by what my life is right now. I love my life and wouldn’t change my husband or kids one bit!

I am still however stumped by the next part of that description.  What is the second part?  Who else am I?

It’s not an identity crisis necessarily but as life continues I continue to wonder who I really am.   I believe I’m meant for greatness but what is that?!?  Without a doubt I want to be a daughter, wife and mother.  I want that to be first and foremost but I have this nagging, gut feeling, intuition that I am meant for more.

I want to be an example to my kids. Years from now I want them to be proud that I’m their mom. I want them to know they can follow their dreams because they saw me follow mine.

It feels like I’ve been drifting down the stream of life the past several years rather than walking a defined path. I’m letting life carry me instead of making it what I want it to be.  That changes today!!

Today I start living with purpose.  Today I am renewed.  Today I start doing what I want with my life.  Today I follow my dreams.  Today I am extraordinary.

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