16 for ’16…

2016 has been a good year…went by seemingly quick but it has been full. Full of good and some not so good…

Here’s 16 things that I’m thankful for in the year 2016…

#1 Community. During this year I have seen ppl support us in great ways. Our church, neighborhood and school have been a steady stream of support and encouragement.

#2 Minivan. The younger me never seen myself as a minivan driver, couldnt even wrap my mind around the possibility. But the 36 year old, mama of a crew- took a dive into the unknown land of minivans and has never returned. My 2013 Honda Odyssey, Heather the Honda, is neva, eva leaving!!!

#3 Hospitality. This year I have cooked more meals than all my years put together. Being a wife of a head high school football coach has blessed me to make many meals. Throughout the season and summer, Sundays were for team dinners and anywhere from 6-10 teenage boys calling me “Mom” and making our home theirs. Not to count the days when I would get random phone calls from my guys asking what was for dinner. I love it and wouldnt trade it for anything!

#4 Self-Care. Cant say that I have completely mastered this but I have made threading my eyebrows and fresh sushi a part of my monthly regimen.

#5 Introversion. I have accepted that I am an introvert who loves people. I used to long for a best friend-that person who I could tell everything too and spend lots of time with. Well, that person is me…and alot of times my husband. Im okay with having a super small circle and for the acquaintances that life has introduced me too. 

#6 Supportive Wife. I absolutely love my hubby and supporting his goals and dreams is non-negotiable. Being his number 1 fan, being at his events, being his listening ear and biggest confidant are all my priviledge. 

#7 Home Ministry. Home= Husband. Children. Household. If home aint right, its impossible for me to serve at 100% anywhere else.

#8  Welcome Baby. A few weeks ago we welcomed a new baby into our through kinship program. This wasnt planned, by us, we got a call, went through the process and a week later brought home a 3 week old baby boy. Dont know how long he will be with us, just committed to loving him, taking great care of him and praying for his parents. 

#9 Saying No isnt Hard. I used to dread saying no bc I thought I would make ppl angry and that scared me. However Ive learned that its okay for me to say no and without explanation.

#10 Everybody Isnt For Me. I used to really get down on myself if I didnt have an instant connection or feel a certain warmness from ppl. Often I’d ask myslef what had I done or what was wrong with me. Now I’ve realized everybody isnt for me and that’s okay. It doesn’t even have to be anything personal. Somethings/ people arent worth me wasisting my time pondering over.

#11 God is my Source. Its been times when I thought certain hhings happened bc of me or what I’ve done, but I come to realize that God is my source. He is my source of eveything good whether its him providing or allowing someone else to see His glory through my family-It’s Him!

#12 No Longer Living in the Comparison Zone. I used to be so horrible at comparing myself to others. Eventually Iearned that comparisons don’t compare. We are all unique and can only live our lives to the best of our abilities.

#14 Being so Blessed in My Marriage. This year I have seen and heard of so many married couples living like roommates. No affection. No friendship. No sex. No fun. No butterflies. To for me to be in a marriage with a man who truly is my best friend; who I can do life with all while loving, appreciating and wanting to be with him is lit!!! I’m blessed.

#15 Evaluation of My Words AND my Actions. Yes, we as people have to speak good things over ourselves. Heck, I have a list of affirmations right now!! However Ive learned that my actions have to line up with my words in order for change to take place.                             So speak it. Do it. Be it.

#16 Cutting of limitations through Limiting Thoughts. Ive caught myself mentally talking myself out of greatness quite a few times. Like Id think of something or see something and instantly think “that’s great…for her, for them. I couldnt do it bc Im just (fill in the blank)”. No more limiting thoughts. No more self-imposed limitations!!!!!

I hope you have learned some great things in 2016 that will carry you to greatness in 2017.                                              HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉🎈🎉

Prayers for Our Children (week #4)

Have a great week!!!

Father, in the name of Jesus, I pray that you help us as mothers to be an example of Your glory to our children. I pray that we display your virtues, respect and responsibility in every area of our lives. God help us to set goals and reach them to show our children what living a life w/Godly purpose looks like. Give us Your dreams and vision for ourselves so that our children will know what a God sized dream and stepping out on faith looks like close up.  DaddyGod, we thank You for teaching us so that we can teach our children, In Jesus’ Name we pray, Amen.

God show me my child(ren’s) gifts snd talents so that we as parents can nurture them to be a blessing to others and to give You Allllllll the glory!!! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Father, In the Name of Jesus, I pray that my children love others as You love them.
John 13:34

God, I pray that my children devote themselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Col. 4:2

Father, I pray that my kids conversations always be full of grace, seasoned w/salt so that they know how to answer everyone.
Col 4:6

God I pray that my kids faith encourages others who may be going through hard times.
1 Thess. 4:7

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Resurrection…What Does it Mean To You???

What does Resurrection mean to you?
To most Christians, it’s a time of gratitude. A time where all of our focus is on Jesus and everything that He did so that we can have fellowship w/a Holy God and an eternal home.
For others, it’s a time spent cooking big meals, laughing w/family, new outfits and plenty of colored eggs and candy…

This year, for me, Resurrection Day took on a new meaning!
Resurrection means “emerging, as from decay or DISUSE; the act of rising from the dead” (via dictionary.com).

Seeing this definition made me think…what in my life needs to be Resurrected ?  What gift/talent/passion/dream/desire have I let die?  Maybe it died b/c I didn’t take the time to nurture it or maybe something died b/c it got buried under all the things that I call life and responsibilities.
Whatever the reasons may be, I am guilty of this type of death…and my dreams are in need of Resurrection.
So today I’m taking the time to nurture what was once dead and speak life into a once lifeless situation!

What about you…What in your life needs to be Resurrected? Is it a book that you want to write? A business that you want to start? A plan that needs to be written down?
Whatever it is, start today! Happy Resurrection Day!

*please leave a comment about your Resurrections so that I can intercede on your behalf! Miracles and Blessings to you…