Thursday, October 12, 2017

Mercies are New Every Morning

My loves,

Thank you for yesterday. Satan was on my back all day. He continued to whisper to me and he used guilt, shame, worry and fear all day.

I repeated my truths and I clung to Jesus.

Last night Jonathan and I crawled into bed and I told him about all the attacks and how I was waking in the middle of the night scared to death- where I wouldn't even open my eyes because I was sure Satan was there pouring lies over me. My sweet husband said, "Why are you afraid? What's the worst he could do? Kill you? Then you get to go to heaven."

Oh yeah... That sounds wonderful. BRING IT ON! (This is when Jesus tells me to shut my sassy mouth).

I slept all night with the confidence of Jesus being who He says He is and that my hope is in HIM and HIS promises.

Mercies are new every morning. I'm thankful for a Savior who I can call on and who loves me and wiped my slate clean so I could live in Heaven with Him.

I can sleep well with that promise.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.

They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
-Lamentations 3:23

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Guarding yourself from Satan's attacks...


I haven't slept in two days. The past two nights I wake every 2 hours in fear and worry. Here's the thing... I'm not a worrier and I'm not a fearful person. If I worry I know to hand that problem over to JC and I trust him with it and my life. So, to wake in fear is new to me.

How he attacks-
1. Mom-shaming- You aren't good enough, you aren't doing enough.
2. Wife-shaming- You aren't good enough...
3. Sinful life- for some reason I can't remember what happened yesterday but I can remember every stupid thing I've done in my past, all the embarrassing moments, and all the stupid things I've said... He uses that against me.
4. He is not going to help you... (as in JC is not...)
5. J could have a seizure any second...

So at night when I lay awake he goes through that list... And JC and I work through it. Sometimes I just call out his name and he takes it away.

There is power in his name!

And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. - Luke 10:17


When I get dressed in the morning I always imagine I'm putting on my armor. I've never thought of the Armor of God as something we don't take off. We need to always be prepared.

The Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. -
-Ephesians 6:10-18

During those attacks I put my armor back on (I'm not taking it off again...) and I walk through the things I know to be true.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble- Psalm 46:1
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30I and the Father are one."-John 10:28-30

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD. -Romans 8:37-39

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
Finally, after we had walked through all the lies that were whispered to me in the darkness of night, JC sang David Crowder to me...
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me
And oh, how He loves us oh,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all

He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane, I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realize just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
Our Bible study verse this week is Colossians 2:7-
 Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. -Colossians 2:7
And I really am overflowing with thankfulness because he has buried those truths inside me.

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can Fix It.  










Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Week/Weekend Review + Weekly Plan


School picture day!
He's showing off his squishy that Lucy gave him.
Are your kids into squishies? Just mine?

It's the big rage at our school.

Look at my pretty baby girl!





 
 Lucy received a positive referral at school! This is a big deal! I wrote this on Instagram in real time...

Today I watched prayers I prayed 9 years ago answered... Lucy earned a positive referral from her teacher for " no challenge is to great for her, can-do attitude, always giving her best effort on every task, being kind and a friend to everyone in class, and always being ready to learn."
9 years ago I prayed over a colicky baby that she would be full of joy, love people and love Jesus, never meet a stranger and please Lord give her a big personality. (I was a shy kid and didn't want that for her...) God did better, he gave me Lucy.

I've been in tears thinking about this answered prayer. A young mom throwing words at God of all her wants and God listened and agreed. 9 years ago in that nursery God answered my prayer, it just took me 9 years to see it. Funny how God's time is nothing like ours.
It was a good reminder that we may not see our wants or needs answered on our timeline but God already has it figured out!
Keep praying!
The great thing about having a blog is that I have 9 years worth of stories and details our life and our kids day to day. Here is a link to Lucy's 3 month update where I tried to pin her personality.
 

 I painted my laundry room and couldn't be happier!
 I painted it Agreeable gray from Sherwin Williams. I'm thinking of painting my bedroom this color too...

Saturday Papaw and Cookie were in town to visit and watch all the sports! I loaded everyone up Saturday morning for our 8:40 game. Turns out it was 8:40 at night. I overlooked that part, because who would make 9 year olds play volleyball at 9! We also had soccer games.
 One night we went to the Railyard in Frisco for dinner. It is an enclosed outdoor space that is surrounded by food trucks. It was so delicious and fun to watch the kids play around.

Jonathan and Henry
(I'm not sure what they are doing but J looks handsome so...)






Before church Henry needed a picture with his dog.

The kids didn't have school Friday and Monday so we had a spend the night party Sunday Night. Lucy went to Aunt Laura's and Preston spent the night with us!

 I ended the weekend by brushing Wesley's hair. He looks ridiculous and needs to go to the groomer...


||Weekly Plan||

||To Eat||

Dinners
Chili
Spaghetti and Spaghetti squash
Taco Party


Lunch
The kids eat at school so I just have to worry about myself...


Snacks and sides
Pirate's booty
pretzels/hummus
fruit

Breakfast
waffles
bagels/cream cheese
cinnamon toast


What on your menu plan? 

||To Do||

Soccer Practice/games
volleyball practice/games
Fold put away laundry ( I hate laundry)
Take meal to friend because her husband thinks he is younger than he actually is...
Youth group- prepare next study
Calendar- I'm working on my December dates... It feels in so quickly I'm making sure to schedule rest so we aren't overwhelmed!
Try to Blog.. I have some things that God has been doing I'm going to share.


||To Study||

Colossians 2
Youth- Case for Christ

||To Memorize||
Colossians 2:7New Living Translation
Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.


What does your week look like? 

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it. 

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Mug Exchange

I follow some of the sweetest bloggers that are truly into building community in the blogging world. This month they hosted a mug exchange and partnered us up with another blogger. All of these women are scattered throughout the US and my partner just happened to be Jessica from Live.Love.Reality. and she lives 5 minutes from me!

What are the chances of that?

We decided that since we lived so close to each other we might as well meet in person! You are going to be so happy that Jessica is exactly who she says she is and she didn't kidnap me or kill me when we met at the local Starbucks!


Have you ever had a conversation with someone and it wasn't a struggle? Everything flowed? You could move past the small talk and into actually getting to know someone? That's what it was talking to Jessica! It was so great to meet her and I can't wait to meet up again and encourage each other in life and blogging...

 Here we are before the big reveal!
 (I wear white after labor day because I can, it's not biblical not to, and JC is my only boss!)

 I gave Jessica a mug that I found at Dillard's and it said Namastay in Bed... Which made me laugh. I also gave her a fall candle!

Jessica is a better gift giver and she gave me not one but TWO mugs and a candle!
I opened the small cup first and said this is huge! I love a big coffee cup! Then I opened the second one and was shocked that a coffee cup could be so big and excited to put that baby to good use!

I loved participating in this exchange and meeting Jessica in Real Life! She's perfect! (except she is an Aggie... )

Check out a host to see the other mugs that were exchanged! You can also enter to win a $50 gift card!

Linked up with Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

MRI + What's up Wednesday


First, Thank you for everyone who has been praying for Jonathan and his MRI that was yesterday. He received another stable scan and we can breath easy for another 3 months until he has his next one. I had some questions on our MRI schedule- the first year after chemo we go every 3 months, the second year he will go every 4 months, and then we will go every 6 months.

I'm participating in a bloggers link called What's up Wednesday, basically it's a catch up of what we are doing....





|| EATING ||
M- spaghetti
T- Chickfila (we ate with my sis after Taylor's football game)
W- Leftovers before youth
T- Sausage balls and fruit
F- Pizza Night
S- Leftovers
S- Chicken salads to start the week.


|| REMINISCING ABOUT ||

With the hurricane news I've been thinking about Turks and Caicos and our trip there in June. I wish I was there to help rebuild or knew how to fix power lines. Most of the island is still in standing water, without power or running water. The country is poor and depends on tourism and that won't be up and running for a few more months.



|| LOVING ||
I'm loving the thought of cooler weather, it's below 90 in Texas this week... so basically it's fall.


|| BEEN UP TO ||
I've been dreaming up a house improvement list. We have set some priorities and I can't wait to get these projects done. See my dream list here.


|| DREADING ||
I've got to tighten up my budget so I will have project money...

|| WORKING ON ||
Painting my laundry room.
I finished Lucy's class boosterthon pennant. unfortunately, she wants to go to Baylor now...





|| EXCITED ABOU T ||

I'm really excited that I can see a little of myself in Lucy... Not because I want her to look like me but because I've always thought they both looked just like Jonathan.




|| WATCHIN ||
We are finishing up season 4 of Person of Interest. We used to love this show and then quit watching real time TV. We have been binge watching on Netflix.


|| READING ||



|| LISTENING TO ||
Praise music on Amazon Music. I just realized I had access to this because of our Prime Account.


|| WEARING ||

I've been shopping my closet again and realized I have a lot of clothes that I love... (because I have to quit shopping because one. I do it to combat stress. two. I need some paint money...)

This was my bible study outfit for last week, it looks fall but is cool enough for our 95 degree days.




|| DOING THIS WEEKEND ||
Soccer games and Volleyball!


|| LOOKING FORWARD TO IN OCTOBER||
Next week the kids have a little fall break and get a 4 day weekend!


|| WHAT ELSE IS NEW ||
My nephew is playing football. He chose a jersey last year without knowing the meaning behind his jersey.... Good thing he had a team of 7th grade boys to tell him.
For laughs he got the same jersey for this year....
I don't know what's funnier- him playing along or us cheering for him with our new badges...
 We love the # 6 + 9!
(I don't want to write it out because I don't want pervs on my blog!)



|| Bonus question this month: What TV show are you most excited about this fall:||

These are all Netflix shows...
I'm looking forward to new seasons of-
Stranger things
Longmire
The OM
The Crown

I hope you have a blessed week and finish it out strong!

God is bigger than this and Jesus can fix it.




Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites!

A list of my favorite things this week...

one- Sherwin Williams is having 40% off paint today through Monday. I'm going today to buy the paint for my laundry room!

two- Coffee Mug Exchange

Jessica from Life.Love.Reality and I were partnered for the Mug Exchange that a couple of bloggers put together. After exchanging information we discovered 1. we live 10 miles from each other and 2. we have a mutual friend. Instead of mailing our mugs we are going to meet in real life to exchange our mugs! How exciting!

three- Wednesday
Wednesday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week. It starts with bible study at our church with a group of wonderful, godly, grace-filled women who are hungry for Jesus and his word! Wednesday ends with Jonathan and I volunteering with the youth and I'm so excited about our group of girls this year, after laying the guidelines of safety we could quickly see the girls warming up towards us and letting their guard down. (No completely but a little)

four- coffee date
I have a coffee date with my mom and sister today. My mom is teaching Laura and I a new way to study the bible. After our lesson we are going to go thrifting.

five- thrifting
I ran into a thrift store yesterday and walked out with 6 lululemon skirts. I picked them all up because I knew I had some friends who might want one. (and at $8 for brand new skirts I just couldn't' pass them up!)

That's all I've got! Enjoy your weekend!



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Being Home and Updates


I've spent the last two days by myself at home! I have loved every minute of it! I worked on laundry yesterday: washing, folding and putting away, for 4 hours yesterday! I have accomplished so much just by being alone (and motivated...)!

The only downside to being at home so much is I have started adding to my project list and I can't seem to shake the feeling I need to update some things...

New Project list

Paint Laundry room

The walls need a fresh coat of paint and I'm loving the greige of Agreeable Gray. My laundry room is tiny but I think I want to paint the back wall the Naval Blue.


I recently bought this sign for the laundry room and I love to be in there! Right now it's an additional 30% off with free shipping. (not an affiliate link).



Remove Carpet Downstairs

I actually measured the spaces that I wanted to put hardwood in and I just need 900 sq. feet...


Kitchen

I'm looking into having my kitchen cabinets painted and glazed. I love this look!




I'm going to start with the laundry room!

Happy Wednesday!

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekend Review + Weekly Planning



Friday

Julie and I have been planning a McKinney Trade days trip for months. Friday we made it happen! We arrived early and walked the booths! We both found a few treasures and agreed we might go again!


If any one would like to buy me a present this is at the top of my list. A live oak pullover. It was the softest thing I've ever felt!

This sign made me laugh.
After trade days we ran to McKinney Square and had lunch at spoons. We shared a sandwich meals and split an order of fried okra! I love Fried Okra!
 

Saturday
We had a soccer game, a volleyball game and then another soccer game. The kids had a great time and we love watching them play! note- we don't' love carting them to all these activities...


 (Henry is #9, he's a giant on the field! (a gentle giant) He did score a goal and was super proud!!)


Sunday
We went to church and class and then I took a nap after lunch... Low key day! I also started making the switch to a digital calendar, I think I'm going to like it once I get it all put together!


 Monday

The kids are at school. I met Pam at the gym for a class! I hated every minute of it but it was over and I was home by 10!



||Weekly Plan||

||To Eat||

Dinners
Tortilla soup
Church dinner- Wednesday
Taco Party
Pizza/salad night-Friday
Leftovers

Lunch
I'm making the kids buy their lunch at school.
me- shakes, and salads.
2 lunch dates.

Snacks and sides
Pirate's booty
pretzels/hummus
fruit

Breakfast
waffles
bagels/cream cheese


What on your menu plan? 

||To Do||

Soccer Practice/games
volleyball practice/games
Put away all laundry
Clean up guest room where I have stored all unfolded laundry...
Bible study lesson


||To Study||

Colossians 1:15-26 Christ is Supreme!
Habitudes- hosts + guests and the Indian talking stick. (youth girls book)

||To Memorize||
For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in Heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. - Colossians 1:19-20

||Prayer Request||

Jbost has an MRI next Tuesday at 9:30 with an appointment following.


What does your week look like? 

God is bigger than this and Jesus Can fix it.