Monday, February 27, 2017

King of the World, King of my Thoughts.

        As I was driving to work this morning, I was letting discouragement take over my heart. I knew it would be another 8-9 hour day at work plus one hour of driving time and I was feeling guilty and sad about leaving my precious kids. Paying off debt has been such a long and agonizing process and the price has been high.
    I turned on the radio in an attempt to put these discouraging thoughts out of my head and this song came on. It totally blessed me and I had to share it!

King of the World

Just a whisper of your voice can tame the seas. So who am I to
Take the lead? Still I run ahead and think I'm strong enough.
When you're the one who made me from dust.

When did I forget that you've always been the king of the world?
I try to take life back right out of the hands of the king of the world.
How could I make you so small When you're the one who holds it
all. When did I forget that you've always been the King of the world?

Oh you set it all in motion every single moment, You brought it all
to me and you're holding onto me.

The Rich Property

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Fleeting Moments

       As those of you close to us know, this has been a stressful year for me and for our family. It has been yet another year of really hard work and doing our utmost to clean up financial mistakes that began nearly 10 years ago with a foolish home purchase and two failed business opportunities. We are doing all we can to get our family to a place of living a debt-free, financially free life, Not so that we can live lavishly but to create greater opportunities for our children and to be able to give generously as the Lord leads. We are so tired of financial stress and after nearly 14 years of marriage, we are ready to be a in place where we no longer have to stress so much over finances.  We know that we are getting there with God's help! I think the hardest part is the time we have missed with our kids, they are growing up so fast and we know we can't ever get this time back with them. I have chosen to trust God to redeem the time and the vacations that we have missed together and focus more on the quality of the time that we do get together, not the quantity. As of  now, I am working five days per week and helping run a home school co-op one day per week making Saturday the only day I do not work outside the home. One of my goals for this year is to put stress aside when I am at home and look for every opportunity to create special memories with my kids even when I am tired and not in the mood. This beautiful warm week created some perfect opportunities to do just that and was glorious! 

We jumped on the trampoline...

Played in the sand...
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Ran and walked around our property barefoot...
Tried to improve our speed...

Gathered sticks for a fire and watched our little country bumkin break them barefoot and throw them on the fire...

Snuggled the cats...

And talked/snuggled around the the fire as a family until well into the night...

      Lord, help me not to give into busyness and stress and to say yes more often to these incredible, fleeting opportunities that You use to knit our hearts and our family closer together and closer to You!

Ephesians 5:15-17 
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but was wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.