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Defending Life

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Tonight this was on Our local Christian radio and I was intrigued! Intrigued by the point of view that was shared but backed up by truth!

People who are pro-life believe that ALL humans, including the unborn, have a right to LIFE! Do you not believe that all humans have a right to life? A right to live?

Just putting a pebble in your shoe ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

For more information check out: http://www.focusonthefamily.com/pro-life

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Holidays-Missing Loved Ones

I have always loved Holidays! A day off of work to spend with family, is how we always spent our holidays! Usually eating, talking and laughing… a lot ๐Ÿคญ ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿคฃand just being together! I really gave a great family that we love to spend time with!

But since my dad passed away, I kind of dread a Holiday. Yes, I think of my dad everyday, talk to him everyday and a lot of times cry! But Holidays, is just a huge reminder that we have this piece missing. My mom comes and leaves alone, I’m not thinking about what food to make sure and have for dad, or what he’d like to drink… and the list goes on and on of the thoughts that run through my mind. And I just miss him more on days like today! Oh and Thanksgiving and Christmas, can I just skip this year?! And maybe next?! Please ๐Ÿ˜“

I know, I know , I can’t skip! That’s not fair to my kiddos and that is for sure, NOT what God wants of me! I always ask God for the strength and grace to get through this season because I need all the help I can get. But come on, it is Tough!

And I hear from many that it gets easier as time goes by but I have felt as the days and months go on without my dad, it’s been getting harder and harder! maybe more realization that he is not coming back? Not sure. But I miss him! I just miss him. ๐Ÿ˜ž

And then here comes my positive outlook and my hope; that I do truly believe That Gods got this! He is something that I can always count on to be there and I am blessed to have a Heavenly Father like that! But I’ll be honest, it’s hard some times to believe that! and I think that’s okay, because we all go through rough patches and maybe what WE want isn’t Gods plan. God has a plan and reasoning that my father passed away and yes, I am suffering through this grief. But man, look at Jesus and what he endured, but he still trusted his father and dying for you and me on the cross, was the ultimate sacrifice! But he trusted his Father and that is how I know God will take of us and I CAN make it through this!

Gods got this!! ( and that is what my earthly father always taught me as well!)

Miss you dad ๐Ÿ–ค

(Many ask why I use a black heart all the time, in reference, to my dad – and Black is the color for melanoma cancer awareness, that my dad passed away from)

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Start the Day Right

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6ย 

Those who preach must preach Godโ€™s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.ย (1 Peter 4:11)

God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.ย (Daniel 2:20)

 

One of my Goals for this year has been to be better about doing devotions or being in Gods word everyday, so far I have not been doing too good with this ๐Ÿ™

When I think of devotions, The first image that pops in my head, is a quiet, dimly lit bedroom, sitting on my bed, being nice and relaxed and being deep in Gods word …. awww being a mom this NEVER happens! So I’ve changed my expectations and have come to the conclusion “it doesn’t matter”! I truly believe that God doesn’t care where or when you are spending time with Him, it’s just that you ARE spending time with Him! Whether it’s praise, prayer or study, just do it!

How am I implementing this in my life you ask:

  • right now with training at work, I have an extra long drive to work and I spend that time in prayer for my family and for their day(and mine)ย ahead of them.

  • Devotions at work – my mother gave me this devotional (shown below)ย about 5 years ago, for Working Women and it is really good! It is to the point, short and has a nice little prayer at the end – thanks mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  • but that’s all I am really doing right now…my hope is to do more “studying” of the Bible and I have this “Hope” devotional but I have not been able to start that yet…too close to the heart right now with my dad’s passing.

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Visiting…

This week my family and I spent the week with my mom at her place in Florida. My dad and her bought it October 2016 and December 2016 he was diagnosed with Melanoma…and they never went back.

They spent one month down their together and this was my moms first time back. They had worked so hard, finally retired and was finally able to buy a place in Florida! They were so excited and had so many plans…but they were their plans…not Gods plans.

While down their we continued to ask “why God? Why couldn’t have dad had more time down here?” When he talked about retirement, all he would talk about was Florida. ๐Ÿ˜ข

There are so many times in our lives that we ask “why God?” And does God ever answer us? The good news- He does! he answers us! God has a reason for EVERYTHING! We have to trust him! Trust that He has a reason for even the smallest detail!

Even though I do not know why God took my dad, I will continue to trust Him! It’s hard! It. Is. Hard. ๐Ÿ’”

I would have LOVED to see my dad in his Florida place, but I didn’t and it will be okay. I had tears, my mom had many tears, but our family was their for her and I am so glad I was able to go with her and support her in this.

The thing that keeps me going is believing that someday I will see my dad again in Heaven. And he was a blessing to me while he was here on earth. But this is not our home, not our eternal home, that will be with God.

There is even a blessing in this…

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Update on my New Year Goals

Hmmm… so I am not doing as well as I would hope. I was excited with the new year and I think my expectations were too high for myself. Although I have done well on a few of them, I think the ones I am not doing so well on are the everyday activities I need to add and that includes changing my routine…which I am not so good with ๐Ÿ˜

So here is the breakdown on how my goals are going:

  1. Drink more water – not doing so well with this, although I have stopped the midmorning Coke and having my Chrystal Light Energy drinks.
  2. Exercise – I wasn’t feeling so well for awhile and was super tired (more than what I normally am) and just didn’t feel like moving, but I guess that’s when you should move the most, right?! I have been doing a few minutes of indoor biking, but I’d like to do more.
  3. Expose more people to Norwex – haven’t really worked on this one ๐Ÿคจ
  4. Try 1 new recipe a month – yeah!! this I have been accomplishing!! and it’s great because I have found some awesome recipes!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  5. Get to work on time – Another one, I have been doing well at! Although this is hard, because when I leave the house in the morning, I know I could do one more thing to help out my hubby get the kids off, but he’s pretty awesome and I know he can handle it ๐Ÿ˜˜But being to work on time is important to me because I am trying to make a better impression on my boss, who I guess hasn’t been too impressed with me ๐Ÿค”
  6. Get the house more organized – I have taken a good step forward on this one, with my laundry update (earlier blog).ย  But I still have more ideas to help get more organized, so we’ll see when I get a chance to work on those.
  7. Become more efficient -becoming more organized, I will be more efficient, again more work on those 2 pieces. However,ย I started getting my groceries delivered! Woohoo, this is AWESOME!! A part of me does miss going to the grocery store and I still do some shopping at Aldi’s but I do most of the grocery shopping through Shipt, that goes to Meijer. It is so nice! More time for other things โœ…
  8. Read devotions or be in His word every day – I haven’t been making this happen EVERY DAY but more than what I was last year, so kind of accomplished.
  9. Have a prayer list and truly pray for those on it – this has been eye-opening! I can’t believe how many people their are to pray for! I do say it a lot “I’ll keep you in my prayers” and I have been writing them down and I feel good when I take time for that person/family.
  10. Learn more about Anxiety (for our Daughter) and our family – I have slowly been reading a book called “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” and it has been very insightful! I think we’re always going to keep learning, since this is something our daughter will struggle with for the rest of her life, but anything we can do to better support her; We’ll figure it out!

I will keep trying…I have to be better at prioritizing my time and what’s truly important! my overall goals of making this list is to get closer to God and help myself feel better, so I am a better person for my family. Again, I will keep trying…

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“Love is all you need”

Belowย is a picture ofย  my hubby and I ๐Ÿ’•

And wow, Love is all I needed the last year and this guy has been so supportive and loving, I don’t think I could have gone through it without him! From my dad’s cancer diagnosis on 12/27/17 and to his passing a few weeks ago andย to the rollercoaster of a ride we have been with our daughter who was diagnosed with severe anxiety, this year has been ROUGH! But the Lord knew I needed this man and I am beyond thankful…I should probably tell him this too ๐Ÿ˜‰

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When You’re supported by family, friends, coworkers, or whoever; the burden just seems a little lighter. And I think God puts those people in our lives just for that reason! So be thankful for your support and make sure you tell them! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

I am beyond blessed for this man ๐Ÿ’•

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“see you later”

This weekend my father went home to his Heavenly Father! He had a year long battle with Melanoma and fought every day, every minute to beat it! He was such a strong, loving, faithful father, husband, grandfather, brother and friend. We love you dad and will miss you more than you will ever know! Thank you for always putting you Faith first and for teaching that to our family!

“We’ll see you later dad! We’ll see you later!”

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