Tip Tuesday!

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Get the kids up. Get dressed. Fix breakfast. Daycare drop-off. Work. Get the kids from school. Get the kids from daycare. Cook supper. Help with homework. Clean the dishes. Do laundry. Bathtime. Bedtime.

Mom’s everywhere will agree that life with kids is BUSY! Especially when you have more than one! As some of you know I have four children, 2 of which are still in diapers. Sometimes life just takes over and you get stuck in a rut of your everyday routine. (which is exactly why this is being uploaded late Tuesday night!) How refreshing it is when we jump right into the arms of Jesus! But where do you find the time??

The #1 question I get when people find out I have four kids is “how do you not lose your mind?”

Jesus.

So, for Todays “tip Tuesday” I have going to give you my top tips for finding time to “fill your cup.”

#1 Audio Books/Devotionals
Sometimes the only time I have to myself is in the car driving to and from work. I spend my whole day pouring myself into the hearts and minds of special needs kids grades 4th-6th. so sometimes I need a refill before coming home. Lifeway had a cd of audio devotionals for women that I listen to quite often! (Priscilla Shirer is my absolute favorite)

#2 Christian Radio Stations
Switch your go-to radio station to a Christian radio station to Christian radio for just 2 weeks and I promise you will see a difference in your mood, attitude, and just all around outlook on life. (the American Family Radio is my personal favorite.)

#3 Early or Late
When all else fails sometimes the only time I have is before the kids get up for the day or after they go to bed. I set several alarms on my phone to wake me up before I need to get the kids up and even if it is just 30 minutes, it at least gives me time to get in a right mind for the day and to just talk to my Lord. At night it helps me relax and de-stress from the day.

These are just a few of hundreds of ideas there are out there! And as long as you are taking time to refuel that is all that matters! You can’t pour from an empty cup.

What are your favorite ways to unwind at the end (or beginning) of the day? Let me know in the comments!

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This is my Story…

Some of my most cherished memories growing up were at church camp. You get to get away from all the peer pressure of the world and spend a whole week with people who believe in Jesus just like You!
For me, it was an escape.
I have been told that people think I grew up spoiled and in big fancy houses and never knowing the hardships of not having money for simple things. Y’all, thus could not be further from the truth. My Father was an alcoholic among other things and was very abusive. Physically and emotionally. While he never hurt me physically, he did to my Mom. Hit her, pushed her, choked her. And like a abuser he made her feel that she deserved it. That no one loved her.
The one time that sticks out most in my mind is him choking her on the couch and I broke a thick glass vase over his head. When he stood up I thought I was next. And that is where my testimony starts. See, we never went to church together but mom made sure I went.
I was a week away from turning 12 and was particularly excited about camp that year. We went to a camp in Gary,TX. It was mostly dirt,very hot, but they did have a pool!
That year the majority of the messages the pastors brought were about 1 question. “Where would you go if you died tonight”
I knew the answer to that question and since violence was all around me at home it terrified me that if I died I would go to a far worse place than what I faced in my home. I knew that I was a sinner and no amount of being good and doing good things would get me to heaven. I needed Jesus. The night before I turned 12 I grabbed my sponsor and told her I could answer the question but my answer scared me. She prayed with me and I asked Jesus in my heart. I felt a huge weight lift off my chest and I just wanted to scream from the roof tops! I knew that no matter what happened to me on earth, no one could keep me from Jesus!

Now trust me when I say that my life didnt become instantly perfect. I made mistakes, and home life got worse until I was about 14 and my father left for good. But even though I may have been unhappy, I had JOY. And I think that is why people would assume my life was perfect. Because i had the perfect love of Jesus! It was that perfect love that got me through everything from losing loved ones, having my heart broken by boys or friends to the crushing heartbreak of losing my angel baby before I could even hear the heart beat.
So if you are hurting please know that Jesus loves you so much he WILLINGLY died a death meant for murders and theives, so you can live with him!

Jesus loves you and so do I!

New Year, New Word

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For the past few years, instead of a resolution, I have chosen a word to be my word for the year.

I pray over it, think about it in relation to every aspect of my life,Β Β  pray over it some more, confide in those closest to me about my word andΒ  pray some more.
I do this because I want to make sure that my word isn’t MY word. I want to make sure this is the word GOD has chosen FOR me because I want Him to be the primary focus in my life.

So this brings me to my word for 2019:

Align – noun: to arrange things so that they form a line or are in proper position. : to change (something) so that it agrees with or matches something else.

Let’s think about that for a minute.
“Proper position”
“Change something so it agrees with or matches”

In a way its kinda like a train.
Yeah, I know it sounds kinda crazy, so just bare with me!

The tracks for the train are built and laid down and secured. They go in a particular direction, a proper position. Then the train is put on the tracks ready to go!
But what happens if the train gets just a little off the track?
Not only does the train crash, but it takes all the cars behind it, everything it is carrying, with it!

Matthew 7:14 says “straight is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

God has set us on our path HE has set out before us. Our track. and just like all children of the Father, we sometimes get off track. And then that’s when chaos ensues.
Because not only do we crash, but we bring every area of our life, our cars if you will, with us and crash into the ditch.

But God.

Proverbs 3:6 says “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and he will direct thy paths.”

See, God loves his children so much that he didn’t want us to stay in the ditch. He sent someone to help us stay on the track! Jesus came to earth and lived a perfect life BECAUSE God knew we couldn’t!

So in 2019, link arms with me as we vow together to keep our eyes on the only one that can keep us on the tracks!