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Forced To Obey {Into the Word Wednesday}

So, if you follow along you know that the blog has been down for about two weeks.  It was mostly my fault for trying to correct something that I had no idea how to fix.  It’s all fixed up now and I’m back in the game.

At the moment I realized everything was gone, I almost panicked.  I was concerned about the numbers, followers, and most of all letting people down.  I link up with some other bloggers on a weekly basis.  I hated not being there to support and join in with them.

Then within about ten minutes I realized it was out of my control.  Once I calmed down and accepted that this had happened, I realized something.

I had been pushing, pushing, pushing.  I’ve been so busy lately with the kids, school, both jobs, the blog, photography, and a few other projects I’m working on.

The night the blog went down it all hit me.

It was time to slow down.  I’ve been stretched too thin and for far too long.

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I had been thinking I was doing too much for a while.  Yet, when each opportunity presented itself, I pushed on.  I continued to do what I thought was best rather than paying attention to what was being asked of me. 

Then a few days after the blog went down, it hit me.  This is my cue to make a change.  Actually it was less of a cue and more of a smack in the face and I needed it.  I was being forced to obey and it was exactly what I needed.

In the past two weeks this has happened:

  • I’ve rearranged my schedule at my part time day job.  I made the decision that I could do the days/times that worked for me and if I wasn’t needed in the management position then so be it.  Well, I’m still there because they don’t want to lose me and have the schedule I need to make my life work.  
  • I’ve picked up a few extra days at the night job here and there which will help pay for a few upcoming vacations. 
  • I’ve instituted ‘family Thursday’ which is our one full day per week that we will utilize for activities such as the zoo, museum, parks, or anything else that we feel like doing. 
  • I’ve gotten organized when it comes to blogging.  I remembered that I started this for me.  If I don’t feel like blogging multiple times per week to keep up with the professionals, then I won’t.  I’m not getting caught up in the numbers when I’m still so new to this. 
  • I’ve been more intentional with my family time.  It’s sacred and I’m not willing to give it up for a few extra dollars.  It’s not worth it.  I won’t get these years back and the kids almost seem to have grown several years over the past few weeks. 
  • I’ve become less stressed and more relaxed.  I’ve been able to enjoy my time off instead of dreading the next time I had to be at work.

Won’t you join me in taking a step back so we can hear what we are being asked to do? 

This life we are living needs to be the best one because it’s the only one.  It took the blog meltdown to catch my attention.  Oh, there were other signs but this one was out of my control because I could not fix it on my own. 

What has it taken for you to realize you weren’t being obedient? 

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Miscarriage + Jesus = Joy {Into the Word Wednesday}

I know. You may be here because of the title of this post.  If you have already read this post, you know that I have been through at least two miscarriages.  It is the most excruciating emotional pain I’ve ever been through.

What could this possibly mean?  How could Miscarriage + Jesus = Joy?

Trust me. I have been where you are right now.  Are you wondering how I got to this point in my grief?

I want to share more details about my sweet babies but I’ll save that for another day.

I will tell you this. I’ll never get over it but I am at peace knowing that my sweet babies are with Jesus.  My heart leaps with joy knowing that they are being cared for in heaven.

Once I read Jeremiah 1:5 and Luke 18:16, I was still hurting of course, but I learned my angel babies would be okay.

Jeremiah 1:5

‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,before you were born I set you apart;I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.’

Luke 18:16

But Jesus called the children to him and said ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 

I love knowing that one day I’ll meet them!!  I love knowing that they are in heaven surrounded by love.

If you have been through a miscarriage, please know that Jesus is taking care of your babies. Who knows maybe they are all up in heaven playing together!  Therefore, even though a miscarriage is painful, I have joy in my heart knowing they are with Jesus!

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Those who needed healing {Into the Word Wednesday}

Remember? Can you remember where you were?  What you were doing?  How you felt knowing our nation was under attack? 

I know we all say we’ll never forget but I’ll be completely honest with you here.  I wasn’t personally affected by 9/11.  I didn’t know anyone personally that died in that tragedy.  I was still affected.  I still felt personally under attack.  My homeland.  My country.  My fellow Americans. 

As the news spread, the phones began to ring as we learned about the tragedy.  People came together on that day and in the weeks following the events of 9/11. 

I remember how many American flags we saw up for months and months. We were united.  We were no longer black, white, male, female, gay or straight.  We were Americans.  We were standing together as a nation in prayer, holding hands, and comforting each other.  We were a nation that was in need of healing. 

This verse, Luke 9:11, reminds me of that day. 

I believe in the past 11 years we have healed some.  We came together that day as a nation.

We don’t see as many American flags hanging longer than on patriotic days.  We may not think of this on a daily basis but we are healing.  We are being healed through time and through prayer. 

My heart goes out to those that were personally affected on that day 11 years ago.  A huge thank you to all of those who serve and protect this country on a daily basis.  My prayers to the families of those who perished. 

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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!)

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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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