Monday Motivation: Pray, Prepare…

“If You Pray For It, Prepare For It”…this simple, eight word quote speaks volumes to me!!! I can remember when we were in the process of buying our home. We had been looking for months, put in three offers, praying and believing…but nothing seemed to be going our way. 

I can remember feeling down and out, tired of waiting. But eventually, I did the opposite of what my situation called for. I started packing up stuff, throwing out what we didn’t need, and keeping the house that we were in like it was the home we had been dreaming of. And in time, we found our home and the transition was smoother because of the preparation that took place throughout the process. 

Same thing goes for our goals, dreams and aspirations…prepare, get ready, for what you’re praying for. If it’s to be a speaker- study, perfect your gift. If it’s s new car-keep your current one washed, cleaned out and up to date on maintenance. If it’s to be wealthy- clean your credit up and stay up to date on bills. Sometimes it’s not so much about how much we are doing, it’s about being excellent and consistent in what we are doing. 

So friends and fellow mommies, let’s start, and finish out, this week by Being Prepared For The Blessing(s) That We’ve Been Praying For…

Love Compels…💞

Love is one the strongest emotions one can have.
It can be the one thing that drives you, causes you ACT and not just feel.
Love…Compels. Leads. Creates.
Love turns empathy into action and a conversation into a plan.
Love picks up where words left off.
Love creates an opportunity where there was once only a problem.
Love transforms a negative into a positive.
Love changes. Love forgives. Love accepts and moves on without being disrespectful.
What is LOve compelling you to do??

The Younger Me…

For the past six months or so, I’ve been volunteering at a local ministry w/their teen and young moms. Every Tuesday I get to go have dinner and interact with some of the most amazing young women.
Every week I come home so grateful that God chose me…
Literally I feel as if I’m able to love on my “younger self”.
The younger me who was so insecure and broken that I thought shutting out the world was the best thing to do…
The me that just wanted to be in a relationship where I knew that I was cared about, even in the simplest of ways…
The me that was so self-absorbed that I thought material things would show people that I was worthy of being deemed significant…
The me that thought that if I drank enough and partied enough, I could get the images of family members looking at me as if I was nothing, because I was my mother’s child, out of my mental bank…
The me that opted out of motherhood early on b/c I feared that I had nothing to give to a child…
Every week these things come into play. Every week I get to hug someone, talk to someone, love on someone’s baby in hopes that the “younger me” that I identify w/in them, can somehow know that eventually you’ll realize that you’re worth more than rubies…Xo

Sometimes…

Sometimes the things/circumstances that catch you off guard and cause you to question everything…are the very things that you needed to elevate you to where you need to be❤️❤️❤️
Enjoy the journey!!!

Enjoy the Journey…🚗💨

“Enjoy the journey”…those are the exact words my husband looked up from his book and told me this morning.
I said ok halfheartedly and kept busy with the task at hand. He laughed, came back and said “Babe there’s joy in everything. Don’t get so caught up in the future and the things to come that you don’t enjoy everything that we’re already so blessed with”.
This is true.
As of lately, I have been caught up in what I want instead of being being thankful for what I do have.
There’s not a lot that I have to complain about but those few things that aren’t as I would like them at the moment have been made my focus instead of my petition….
With that being said, I’m taking the time today to enjoy the journey. There are so many things that I can be thankful for and that’s what I’m choosing to do….xo

The Mental Shift…

Some days are harder than others…and for me, today started out as one of those days. Just as I’m writing this, I thought about the things that are going on and what I’ve been doing about them.
Yes I’ve prayed and thanked God for the best possible outcome. But I’ve been mulling over the worst in my mind…thinking about the worst case scenario, going over what I would say if the unwanted thing happened and honestly just being inwardly angry.
Angry because I’m frustrated with the situation and the thing that seems to get better only temporarily.
As I’m seeing this now, it’s time to mentally shift my focus. Shift it from the “what if’s” to the “this is what I believe”.
I believe that all things are working together for my good and that God is concerned about me…therefore, I don’t have to get caught up in the negative cycle of thoughts!
Think the best. Expect the best. This will be on mental repeat for me!
Although things don’t always go as planned, we can choose to see the best and not the worst…and that’s the choice that I’m choosing to make✌️

A Better Tomorrow…

I wish I could say that I have perfectly behaved children at all times but I can’t. Our son had the worst attitude because he couldn’t go to football practice due to the rain and while volunteering today his twin sister decided that she was going to stand in her self-made puddle…of pee.
And our youngest barely reaches my kneecap but can throw a tantrum that most kids could only dream of…
But instead of me sulking and mentally calling myself the worst mother ever, I’m choosing to not freak out.
I’m choosing to smile and be pleasant when I really want to yell and flee from my home.
I’m choosing to clean up the messes, wash the clothes, hand out the consequences, give the speeches…and continue to believe that I’m a good mom and because God gave me these children, he’ll give me the grace to handle the everyday things that come up with love and compassion.
So, cheers to a better tomorrow! Xo
☕️👍💖😀

Monday Motivation: You Are So Much More Than Just

Happy Monday!
When people used to ask me what I did for a living, I used to say, “Oh, I’m just a stay at home wife and mom”…Just! Just a stay at home wife and mom, that was seruously my answer.
“Just” put so many limitations on me. “Just” kept me in a box, confined to a life of average…until I realized that I am so much more than “just”.
In addition to being a SAHWM, I am also a blogger, (soon to be) author, volunteer leader w/teen and young moms, encourager and lover of creativity, to name a few 😜
So, this week I hope that you dont see yourself as “just” one of the roles you’ve been given in life.
I hope that you see yourself as a valuable, purposeful person in addition to a success at whatever roles you have been so blessed to be given…You are so much more than your”Just”!!! Xo

Matters of My Heart…

The matters of the heart are sometimes bigger than what we acknowledge…
I have spent years with a smile on my face and appeared to be nonchalant with a heart full of anger, insecurities, hate, jealousy and envy.
I thought that just b/c people couldn’t see what was going on in my heart that it was okay. If I was nice enough or even portrayed myself as unconcerned, I thought that what was going on inside would just go away and wouldn’t harm anybody.

I was sooooo wrong! My heart affected my relationship with God, others and everything about me. There were so many things that I had in my heart that were literally killing me daily. Low self-esteem, comparisons to others and thinking that I wasn’t important all came from my heart.
Although I never spoke some things out, the very sight or thought of some people caused the ugliness of my heart to boil over into my entire being.

Everything that is good and even what’s bad starts in the heart. I’m learning to keep my heart clean by being honest with God, speaking the Word and positive affirmations and studying the a Word.

A clean heart has brought me so much freedom, peace, confidence and a more intimate, real relationship with God that goes way past what people see…it’s goes and shines a light on every dark, dingy spot that tries to keep me stagnant and sitting in a place of judgement and scorn. A clean heart keeps me in a place of humility. Always recognizing my need for my Savior. Apart from Him a clean heart is an impossibility…but w/Him, and His grace, my heart is made new…daily.

Prayers For our Children (week #6)

Father in the Name of Jesus, I pray that our children treat others the way they want to be treated. I pray that they see others the way You do. Give them the eyes to see the needs of those around them and give them the ability to meet those needs w/a pure heart, in Jesus’s Name Amen.

Father I pray that our children are not infiltrated with the culture and everything that is going on in our world today. Let them be in the world and not of the world. Thank you God.

Father I pray that our children always work hard and be content w/what you bless them with. I bind the spirit of vanity and materialism, in Jesus Name.