Hope y’all had a great Valentines Day!
Single gals…there isn’t a Valentines day that goes by where I don’t think about you…READ MORE
Tonight we were supposed to go to church for a worship and prayer night, but F got a fever😢. The boys were so sad about not going, (especially since René had to be there) and so was I, that I decided we needed a popcorn and movie night.
Which leads me to my first Friday Fave!
LOVE: We loved getting cozy, eating popcorn and making what would have been a sad night a sweet memory. We watched Doc Mc Stuffins (any other Doc Mc Stuffins fans out there) and even Zeke was giggling at the doc and animals antics.
In the video I mention a free Truth Statement Printable you can get it here.
Just a reminder you can get the TRUTH STATEMENT and VERSE here.
I am praying for you,
I don’t know about you but the one Christmas item I used to keep up all year round was Christmas cards. I would hate to take down all the beautiful faces of friends and family and so my fridge would become obnoxiously overwhelmed with cards and I was always picking up knocked off Christmas cards from the fridge and then at some point around July I would get on a cleaning/decluttering kick and decide I couldn’t handle all the visual chaos and throw them all away.READ MORE
Hope y’all have had an amazing week!
For those of you new to Friday Faves, every Friday I pop on here to share something I am LOVING, LIKING, LINGERING over and LAUGHING about.
LOVE: check out these adorable tees (there’s a bunch of other colors too)… not only are they cute but they support a sweet family that is going through a medical hardship with their baby daughter, Ruby. She was diagnosed with was diagnosed with a Posterior Fossa tumor, grade 2 ependymoma, in November 2018. READ MORE
This week has gone by soooo slowly… both my hubby and I were commenting that Tuesday felt like Thursday and that’s never a good sign. 😬Fortunately there is a 3 day weekend upon us!!! We have no big plans, what about y’all?
LIKE: In case your week is dragging along too… here’s a fun way to fill your Friday, with this fun new You Tube channel I am really liking, ok… it may be my brand new You Tube channel🤣🤣🤣. (#sorrynotsorry #shamelessplug).
Happy Monday. I hope your week is off to an incredible start!
I’m whispering more these days and it is changing my mothering and my relationship with God…. for the better!
I lost my voice/had a sore throat for about 2 weeks… 🤒😷this left me utilizing the “mom whisper.”READ MORE
I hope y’all had an amazing Christmas and New Years! We had a crazy December traveling a lot including this little guys first flight.
We left our house 2 a.m. Christmas Eve morn for our flight! The kids really did amazing traveling but it definitely wiped me out. I got sick at the end of our Christmas trip to WA and it’s taken me until nowish to recover…. But I am back and have lots of amazing encouragement planned for you this year! Woohoo!!! I’m sorry for the snail’s pace start to 2019 around here,
Speaking of snails….
Happy Christmas Eve Friends,
This is the last of our Advent Devotional Series: Hope is Here! If you missed the first 3 weeks, you can find them here:
Have you ever noticed that all great things start small?
A mighty oak stands strong, a shield against the elements, a welcomed source of shade from scorching heat.
It grew from a seed.
A house is built by a concrete slab being poured, simple, plain (certainly not the dream home, image pinned on our pinterest boards.) The humble beginnings of a home.
A multi billion dollar corporation, employing thousands, began because someone had an idea, and that small idea, was tested and tried and became a source of profit and income for many.
Look at the people standing next to you at the grocery store. They all began as a sperm and embryo meeting, which grew into a baby. After birth, midnight feedings, long school days, and even longer work days… tiny little humans grew into Presidents, Architects, CEO’s, Mothers, Fathers, Teachers, Lawyers, Doctors, Computer programmers, Artists, & Chefs.
Read: Isaiah 11:1, 10
“Out of the stump of David’s family will grow a shoot- Yes, a new branch bearing fruit from the old root. In that day the heir to David’s throne will be a banner of salvation. To all the world. The nations will rally to Him, and the land where He lives will be a glorious place.”
It’s a time of year we all long for a break, a reprise – many people get a few days off work and school is out. The calendar year is coming to an end and the world take a collective sigh of relief, that maybe all the bad, all the hard, all the tears from 2018, can be turned into laughter, success, love and hope. So often we find ourselves facing Christmas and we end the day or days of celebration and feel more frazzled, stressed, hopeless than before we entered them.
Why is this?
Maybe it’s a hard travel schedule you endured, maybe it was an unpleasant interaction with a family member, maybe this year’s festivities remind you that someone very special to you is not there. Maybe you’re grieving, a loss, a break up, a dream you expected to be fulfilled by now, but its not.
Maybe we’re looking for the wrong things.
Wherever you’re at this Christmas Eve morning, lets turn our eyes towards the Christ Child…
I was reflecting this past week before Christmas about a friend of mine who just had a baby boy. I have only had my kids in spring, summer and fall so I have never experienced Christmas with a newborn.
This Christmas she won’t make a perfectly brined turkey. She’ll probably spend most of Christmas eve night awake nursing and rocking a fussy baby. She’ll inevitably be peed on and deal with an explosive diaper or two. Yet in the sleep deprived, chaos of those first days with a baby, she will experience closely what it was like when Jesus was born.
There will be tears from exhaustion, hormonal fluctuations and overwhelming joy.
The collision of sacrifice, stretching and euphoric joy that can make Christmas feel complicated or even hard.
Yet if we will just look at the Christ Child we realize Christmas wasn’t ever intended to be this perfect Hallmark movie mini series of moments.
After all Christmas is just a seed, a small beginning…a messy, loud, difficult and beautiful beginning.
Today you may have been wanting a Christmas miracle, and I hope with my whole heart you receive one. I have been praying everyday, that every person who reads this devotional would receive a breakthrough.
But today the breakthrough may look like a small seed, an unromantic beginning…and if it does, don’t despair…remember that all great things start small…even the Savior of the World, Jesus, began His life on earth as a helpless baby.
PRAY: Jesus, Prepare my heart as I celebrate Christmas to look for the small seed of what you are beginning to grow!
ASK GOD: What is the small seed I should look for?
ACTION STEP: Look for the small seeds today. When you encounter a situation that feels difficult, overwhelming or hopeless ask God in that moment to reveal to you what the small seed is.
ASK GOD: How can I be a seed of hope, joy or encouragement to someone that I am going to see at my Christmas celebrations?
As we end I just want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who have read the blog, followed along on social media, and taken the time to comment and also encourage me. I am overwhelmingly thankful for each one of you, and I love you more than you know.
Merry Christmas from our family to yours. Rejoice with hope today Friends! Jesus is alive! He is moving and working even in ways we can’t see or understand.
I will see you back on the blog at the beginning of January, as I will be on a blogging break until then.
I am praying for you,