Saturday, September 19, 2015

God of my life, of this election, and of this nation

John 14:12-13
"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son."

There are greater things yet to come and things that need to be done because God is God.
He brings light into this dark world
He brings hope to the hopeless
He brings peace to the restless
Even if we don't believe He is still God of this nation
No politician can bring hope, peace or light in this dark and sinful nation
Only God can
All who will believe will be able to see great things to come and be able to do even greater things.

Dear Lord,
I am holding back and I don't know why. Give me the faith I need to understand this so I can show this nation who you are and what you can do that no other person can do. You are not done with me yet and in that I trust in your faithfulness. Better yet, you are not done with our nation either and in that I can trust you more.
In Jesus' name

Friday, September 18, 2015

Ok first I need to confess to you as my reader that I failed miserably after I wrote yesterday's post. I started to watch all the videos I could find about the election on Fox News. It led me to getting so angry and frustrated because no one seems to get it. No one is liking a candidate based off of the issues but on how the candidates responded to another candidate. I was saying inappropriate ungodly things. My husband had to tell me I had enough that watching those videos were not helping. I went upstairs to go to bed and God humbled my heart as I cried out to Him in repentance.

My worldly episode made me really think and pray about more of what I was feeling yesterday. I have the desire to teach my little one to see her need in Christ so that she will be able to see others despite their cultural differences as she sees her own need. But as I prayed that, the Lord pressed on my heart that is exactly what I am wanting for myself and this nation. Like I said yesterday, it takes one person to make difference.

Since I have learned about the power of God's word in my life, I have always tried to back myself up with scripture. I am not consistent enough as I want to but God is faithful and continues to show me the importance of it. The scripture He directed me to was John 13:34-35

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

Loving others only comes from Christ in me. I desire for Christ's love for me to compel me to make a difference in people's lives concerning the gospel. It is the only thing that will change this nation. It is also the way for my little one to see what that looks like for her own life. I need to hold onto this scripture and humbly allow myself to be directed by it.

Dear Lord,
You warned us that the world was going to hate us because they first hated you. It should not be a surprise to me because the things of you are foolishness to those who are perishing. Instead of getting angry, help me Lord to humble myself to allow your love to work in me so I can put others first. It is hard because things like anger and laziness get in the way but Lord you have overcome those things and in result I have too. Help that, Lord, to penetrate my heart and mind so I can make a difference in my own daughter's life and the world's. Dear Lord I also lift up this election and the direction you have for it. You know who will be in the office next year. But Lord my hope and prayer that somehow through this election that people will see how you will be glorified because of one person showing love as you showed love. Thank you Lord for your faithfulness and your word. Help us to allow that to transform our lives. In Jesus' name Amen

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Happy Constitution Day!!

Two years ago I started my journey of learning about our American heritage. It was a mind blowing experience where I discovered how our founding fathers had this strong desire for God's Word and established our country based off of that desire. It was so successful because God was behind it.

I really have not thought about this too much lately because as you know life just goes on. But in the light of the election and debates, it has been brought back to my attention. My pastor said this past Sunday (these are my words but here is the basic idea) that our country is in such a bad spot but that nothing is impossible with God if we lead lives that was Spirit led. His point has not left me all week and after watching the second Republican candidate debate, it really has gotten me to ponder on what's going on. Is it possible for someone like Senator Ted Cruz or Dr. Ben Carson to win the Republican spot and actually win? Or is the media's strong message of Donald Trump or Governor Jeb Bush ultimately going to play out and loose the presidency? I want Senator Ted Cruz to win. He is a man of integrity and character who does what he says. He fights for what is right when everyone else is going against him. He does not see the need to fight back with the other candidates but just states the truth. A man as Senator Ted Cruz should be in the White House. But this post is not for me to tell others about the candidate that I feel should win but what I need to be doing right now.

My prayer is that through this time of campaigning and debating and eliminating that God will soften my heart towards the people of this country and humbly pray for people of character and myself to stand up to make a difference in this country. I don't think it is too late for God to change people's hearts to vote based off of character and not on someone's flashy personality. People can only change their hearts through God's word and knowledge and wisdom. It can just start with one person. God has to be number one in this election in order for the right person to be voted in. I have this hope that it is possible that God can do anything in this situation if all of us as Christians humble ourselves and pray for God's will.

Our country was based off of God's word and people of character. Our country needs to go back to that. It is going to happen if we put God first and pray for our country and this election.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Theme Thursday

I consider myself as an person who can get easily angry. I discovered this when I worked at a group home in Nebraska. I was adjusting to married life, working with my husband, and dealing with teens that came from dysfunctional homes. We lived at the girls cottage for our first three days and then at the boys cottage for the last three days of our six day shift. It was our last night at the girls cottage before the full time staff would come back on. I was tired and emotionally drained, ready for them to return. We were working with the girls on their charts where we keep track of their progress in the cottage. If they needed to work on something, we would tell them what they did wrong and give them a consequence. It was now that time to work on those consequences. I really don't remember now what exactly this one girl disagreed with me on but it ended up where she gave me attitude about it and I responded back in anger. Her sister, who also lived in the cottage, defended her and they both started to attack me. I got mad at them both and the next thing I remember was leaving the cottage in my socks fuming. The boys and their staff were outside where one of the staff came to see what was brothering me. It ended up where our supervisor came over to the cottage to talk to the girls and I both. That did not end well either where all parties got defensive and I ended up throwing my socks at their direction and running off to the off duty house. There I stayed for two hours kicking a hole in the wall and crying none stop in the bathtub. My supervisor came over after sometime and I kept on saying that I was giving my two week notice. He told me that was not necessary but I needed to get help because situations like these come up in court. And that was the beginning of my journey as an angry person.

One and half years later after finding a mentor and having one more episode of uncontrollable anger, God got ahold of me. My mentor taught me that God works intimately in every single detail of my life when I choose to draw near to Him and read and meditate on His word. He also showed me that anger is only a result from another emotion I was feeling. For example, instead of saying I am angry when so and so yelled at me because I took away their straighter, I would say I feel attacked because of how they responded to me. It really helped me to reevaluate why I got angry. But once I let go of the hurt and pain that these kids sometimes made me feel and saw them as people who were put into my life by God to work out His perfect purpose and way, I then experienced His grace and was able to show grace in return.   

Now as a mom to my little goober, I can see sometimes that anger flares up and than I get frustrated with myself for allowing myself to get to that point. I realize though that I am forgetting about grace. I ask myself these questions
   "What am I holding onto at this moment? Pride? Fear? Lost of control? Guilt? Unreasonable
   "What should I be holding onto instead? The Cross? Is this worth causing problems over? Does she
    even get what I am saying? Has she been outside for awhile?"
   "What thoughts I am feeding myself? I am a lousy parent. I don't go the extra mile. I am being too
   "What thoughts should I be feeding myself? God gives new mercies each morning. Goober is a gift
    from God specifically for me. God is the God of Psalm 139. He knows every single one of
    her days. God delights in who I am as her mom and as she is as my daughter.

Lately I have been keeping up with a Facebook group called No. More. Angry MOB which has been a Huge encouragement to me. One of the leaders constantly keeps reminding us of the promises we have as moms in God's word.

   Cast your care upon Him for He cares for you 1 Peter 5:7

   Trust in the Lord and do good. Dwell in the land and feed on His faithfulness. Psalm 37:3

   If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all liberally and without reproach and
    it will be given to him. James 1:5   

I also have been getting emails from Kirk Martin who is the founder of Celebrate Calm. He too has given good advice concerning anger. The basis of his teachings is being able to first and foremost control yourself. One cannot have a better relationship with their kids until they realize that they can only control themselves first. In return a kid can see the self-control mom or dad shows and will be willing to be able to listen better. He is also a firm believer that kids need boundaries but need to be given responsibility for their own actions instead of their parent getting angry at them. The best thing I have gotten from him is what to do if either you or your kid gets angry to do these two things. First, get down physically below them instead of towering over them which represents anger. And second, encourage yourself or your kid to start doing something to calm down so that later after one calms down, you and your kid can have a conversation about what happened.

Well I hope that this helps and encourages someone out there. You are not alone. A lot people feel angry but I know there is people there to help and a God who knows every single thing about you.  

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Favorite Blogs/Podcasts

Here is my updated list of my favorite blogs/podcasts.

5) Jennifer Dukes Lee
Jennifer Dukes Lee was a journalist for sometime until God led her away to be a farmer with her husband in Iowa. She wrote a book called Love Idol which as she puts it, "It's for any woman who needs to know that she has nothing to prove-- that she is 'preapproved in Christ'.". I love her style of writing. She writes about everyday life and makes applicable for all people. If I would meet her, it would seem to be so easy to just sit down with a cup of coffee and talk about life with her. That is what her blog brings.

4) Anna Smit
I met this dear woman online from one of the many linkups I am apart of. She has this amazing blog where she writes about her journey of discovering God's love for her. Her journey started when her mom got a horrible diagnosis of cancer. I love all the scripture she uses in order to show how God works in her but also our own lives. Anna also has written a book about this journey which will be coming out on Mother's Day called Love Embraced. I challenge you to go check out her blog to see the story that God has given to her.

3) Mom Struggling Well podcast

I found this podcast on another bloggers list of podcasts that they listened to. The title caught my attention and as soon as I listened to the first podcast, I knew why it did. The creator of this podcast is Emily Thomas who has a layback personality as she interviews other women but serious about wanting to be a mom who struggles well. I also found out that she was guest on my number one choice with a powerful story of releasing control over to God. I think it was the only podcast that I listened to twice. She isn't afraid to express how she feels about something which makes her so real. At the end of her podcast, she always brings out what she learned and challenges us as the listener to do the same. And I challenge you to do the same with this podcast.

2) True and Faithful by Lisa Appelo
This blog is the oldest blog that I have been following. I found Lisa Appelo's blog "True and Faithful" while I was looking at other Christian blogs. She is one of the reasons I got into the blogging world. Her story is filled with grace and encouragement. She is a widowed mom of seven kids. Appelo's blog is filled with stories of her journey of dealing with loss but always bringing it back to God's faithfulness and amazing grace. She has been able to move on from her husband's death and because of it be able to minister to so many women.

1) God Centered-Mom Podcast

Here is my absolutely favorite blog/podcast: the God Centered Mom by Heather MacFayden. She is a mom of five boys which she has a lot of pride in. Every Monday she interviews someone who tells their story. I love it! I love hearing the stories and the questions she asks to learn more. When she interviews the women she talks to, you can tell she is precise and direct and focused. There are few podcasts where I don't get something from them. Heather is real about her faith and struggles as a mom. She got tried of what she was struggling with and did something with it and God really has blessed her.
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