Five Minute Friday Worth

I messed up this week. I know I am human, and because I am human, I am a sinner. I am going to mess up sometimes. It’s just that all my life, I have always wanted to be a wife and a mom, and some days I do not feel like I am a very good wife or mom. I put this self-imposed pressure, that I can’t have a bad day.  On those days, I feel like a failure. On those hard days, I need to remember that God promises to give me strength in my areas of weakness. He is not advocating the try harder life. He tells us to come to Him, and find rest and peace in Him. I want to be this perfect wife and mom, but God is not asking for perfection. God is asking me to willingly humbly follow Him. It is okay that I fall sometimes, as long as I am falling into the arms of my Savior. God alone determines my worth, not how well I think perform on any given day.

 

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52 Commands of Jesus for Children (Giveaway!)

Deuteronomy 11:13

You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.

As a homeschool mom of three little ones, this verse is both encouraging and challenging to me. I know that I am my children’s first teacher, and it is my responsibility to teach then well. My children are eight years of age and younger, and do not have the attention span to participate in long discussions of the Bible. I need resources that allow me to teach nuggets of scriptural truth in short spans of time. This is one of the reasons that I loved the book 52 Commands of Jesus for Children. This devotional gave me an opportunity to engage my children in coloring a beautiful picture that illustrated a truth that Jesus taught in one of the gospels.  As the children colored they listened as I read Bible stories from the devotional that illustrated the truth we were discussing. Each lesson ends with a question that can lead to further discussion. This book is a great resource to live out the words of Deuteronomy 11:13.

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I also liked that you can download and print out additional copies of each coloring page from Susan’s blog Hope Heart Home. This is really helpful to me as a mom of three children. My oldest daughter colored in the book, and I downloaded and printed out a coloring page for each of my two younger children. I would highly recommend this resource to parents, grandparents, Sunday School teachers, and anyone who has children in their lives that they would like to encourage with God’s word.

Susan is giving away one copy of 52 Commands of Jesus for Children  to one of you who comments on this post. What are some of your favorite ways to teach the children in your life about the Bible?

Five Minute Friday Expect

Ephesians 3:20 ESV 

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.

My expectations sometimes get me into trouble. I get too easily frustrated or discouraged about situations in my life, especially when I feel like I am attempting to learn the same lessons over and over again. I laugh at the college age girl, who thought that being a wife and mother would be easy. I get frustrated that I am not the wife and mom that I want to be. I sometimes get aggravated with the circumstances of my life, or my children not listening to me the first time, and then I feel bad for being frustrated. I need to see the bigger pictures, life is about bigger issues than what to fix for dinner, and that load of laundry in the dryer that I still need to fold. It is about remembering that because of Jesus, I am a child of God, and sharing that love with the people that He places in my life, starting with the ones He blessed me with in my own home. Sometimes I need to let go of my expectations and remember to live like I am loved.

 

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Five Minute Friday Future

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Our Heavenly Father is a good, good, Father. I am loved by Him, and so are you! I need to remember this, and preach this to myself daily, or I will lose perspective about what is truly important. When I am looking at my circumstances instead of the cross, I start thinking discouraging thoughts such as “This will never change.” ,or worse yet, “I will never change.” I think to myself that the same sins that are tripping me up now, will still be troubling me ten or twenty years from now. Yesterday, I wrote a post about what I learned in the month of May. I was surprised at the happy memories that I recalled about the month, as I felt really tired and discouraged before I wrote the post. On the days that I feel discouraged, I need to hold tight to my Anchor. I need to remember the good, and pour my heart out to God about the not-so-good, and allow Him to fill me with His hope. I need to remember that there is Hope in front of me. Times up. 🙂

Linking up at the brand new site for Five Minute Friday (http://fiveminutefriday.com/) .  Each week, we gather to write on the topic of the week for just five minutes. This week our topic is future.

 

 

 

 

 

What I learned in Spring 2017

I am joining today with Emily Freeman’s blogging community as we answer the question, “What did I learn this spring?” This is a fun way to look back at the season of Spring, before moving on to embrace Summer. Here, are some of the things that I learned this Spring.

I learned how much I appreciate a quiet clothes dryer. Our old one which was loud and squeaky died. After it had been replaced with a quieter new model, my family kept on commenting on how quiet our new dryer was compared to our old one. Replacing the dryer is not a fun expense to have, but after many years of listening to the squeaky old machine, drying clothes in our new and much quieter machine is very much appreciated.

I also appreciate my husband’s industriousness that he set up a makeshift clothes line for me. So that I could continue to dry clothes while we waited for our dryer to be delivered

My family has also learned how much fun it is to go to a University of New Mexico Lobos baseball games. My kids love that we usually buy them popcorn and cokes half way through the game. This is a fun family activity that I hope we continue each baseball season.

I learned how much I enjoy breakfasts on Sunday morning. My husband has taken over making breakfast on Sunday mornings, which gives me more time to get ready for church. Last weekend, he made yummy waffles which the whole family enjoyed.

I read a post by the Humbled Homemaker (http://thehumbledhomemaker.com/) , and learned about a great app named Overdrive. This app allows you to check out e-books and audiobooks from your local library. All you need to use this app is your library card. My Princess has been picking an e-book each week to read, and I have checked out both audiobooks and e-books to read as well. We are really enjoying checking out books from the library without even leaving our house. You can check out the Humbled Homemakers post here.

Now that Summer is about to start, my son has been asking his Dad to grill some shish kabobs. He even wrote about it for one of his writing assignments in our homeschool. My hubby bought all the necessary ingredients last weekend, and we spent a fun afternoon having a cookout. The shish kabobs were very yummy, and our family enjoyed the first of what we hope are many Summer meals eating outside.

My family and I learned how fun it is to eat dinner in a movie theater. My family passed by a Flix Brewhouse on the way to an appointment, and stopped to check it out before we returned home. My husband and I agreed this is the best way to take our family to a movie. Eating dinner while watching a movie, kept my younger kids from getting restless during the movie, which they tend to do. I would definitely like to take my kids to another movie at Flix sometime.

What are some things that you have learned this spring?

 

 

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Five Minute Friday Visit

My parents visit with my Aunt, Uncle and cousins blessed me this week. My Mom’s older sister celebrated her birthday this week. (A birthday she shares with my Grandpa, who is now up in heaven. Many years ago she was His birthday present .) My parents visited with her to celebrate her birthday. My kiddos and I crashed the party by phone to wish her a happy birthday. It touched my heart, that she seemed genuinely pleased to talk to my children and me. Her love of people is one of the many reasons that I love my Aunt so much. I also talked to my cousin who as we joked around, we figured that we haven’t actually spoken on the phone in about 10 years, if not more. Of course we are friends on social media, but the only thing better than talking on the phone with my Aunt and cousin would have been to be there in person. I am thankful that my parents enjoyed their visit with my Aunt and Uncle, and I am happy that I got to have conversations with my Aunt and Cousin that I would not have had if it weren’t for my parent’s visit.

 

Linking up one last time over at Kate’s place for Five Minute Friday (http://katemotaung.com/) . Next week we will be at our very own new site especially designed for Five Minute Friday ( http://fiveminutefriday.com/ ). Each week, we gather to write on the topic of the week for jut five minutes. 

 

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Five Minute Friday Truth

When I read that tonight’s Five Minute Friday prompt word was truth, the below Psalm specifically the second verse of Psalm 15 came to mind. Do I speak the truth from a sincere heart? I am afraid I often let my thoughts run away from me, without passing them through the filter, of “Is this true?” The problem with that is that if my thoughts are not being made obedient to Christ, than it is much easier to speak words that are not true, and base my actions on my feelings instead of the truth. I think that this is the reason that it is important to ask God to help me focus on His truth. I need to let His word be a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) I want to do a better job of keeping my focus on “whatever is whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Philippians 4:8

 

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These are my thoughts on the Five Minute Friday prompt word truth. Each we gather to pour our hearts out on to the page concerning the topic of the week. You can learn more about Five Minute Friday here.

Multitude Monday friends and Mothers Day edition

I have the most amazing friends! One of my friends emailed me on Thursday, and said that she was coming by. This was not out of the ordinary. So, I told her that my kiddos and I looked forward to her visit, and then continued my normal homeschool morning. Fifteen minutes before the time that we expected her to arrive, my Princess set herself in front of the window to await our friend’s arrival. I was in the Master bedroom when my Princess, yelled “She’s here, and so aren’t a bunch of other people”, and she started naming the friends that she recognized standing in our courtyard. I walked outside and was greeted by my friends and their children yelling “Happy Birthday!”  My birthday had been one week before, and they brought all the supplies needed for a birthday party, from sub sandwiches, chips, salad, and of course cake, to paper plates, napkins, and plastic cups. They even bought me wonderful gifts. I was really blessed by this belated surprise party given to me by my friends. Below, I would like to list some other things that I am thankful for this week.

My husband blessed me by giving me the day off and conquering our laundry mountain on Mothers Day. He gave me a day to rest, and spend time with him and the children. It was exactly what I needed.

I am thankful for my amazing children who made me a Mama. My artistic Princess, my imaginative Little Man, and my animal loving Cuddle Bug. My children are such a wonderful gift from God, and I am proud to be their Mama.

My husband also bought my k-cups as part of my mothers day gift. I love caramel cappuccinos.

Our church had a lovely service on Mothers day. My children also made adorable Mother’s day crafts in children’s church. I am so thankful for my church family.

We had pizza and salad on Friday night from our favorite pizza place.

I have been able to talk to my Mom, my Dad, Mom-in-law, my Granny, and my Bestie. Since seeing these people in person is not possible, talking to them on the phone is the next best thing.

The below song makes me think of my wonderful Mom! So, I thought I would share it with you.

What are you thankful for this week?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Five Minute Friday Mom

Mom, how I wish I was spending this holiday sitting on the couch with you in your “pout room” (My Dad christened this room as such, because he said the room which is not much bigger than a closet was only big enough for someone to pout. You made it into your home office, your own bit of space that was all your own in the house.) We would be watching some chick flick that we were only halfway paying attention to, because we would be talking about far more important things, and your grandkids would be running into the room every few minutes to make sure that we weren’t doing something fun without them. I wish I could go back, and tell my teenage and young adult self how great it was that my mom was my best friend. I may have listened to you more, and tried to better understand your perspective. Even if I didn’t fully realize as a teenager, I do know now that I am blessed to have an amazing mom, and my kids have a wonderful grandma. Thank you loving your children and grandchildren well, and never being too busy for me when I call. I love you, Mom!

This is Five Minute Friday, where we are supposed to write on the topic of the week for Five Minutes. I got carried away talking about my amazing Mom, and typed way past the five minute mark. You can learn more about the Five Minute Friday community here..

Five Minute Friday Should

           I don’t know about you, but I walk around with an internal dialog of what I should be doing. The noise of my dryer running right now reminds me of a basket of clothes that I should fold and put away sometime this evening. I far too often get fixated on who or what I think I should be. I compare what I know is going on with me, with how I think other people that I look up to would handle the situation. They do not say comparison is a thief for nothing. The only thing comparison does is steal my joy. Instead of comparing myself with others. I need to look to Jesus and ask Him to help me in my mess, give me the words to say, show me the next right thing, teach me to act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. I also need to be honest and share with others my need for grace. No one can help me, unless I ask for help. I am not going to be understood if I hide behind the wall of “I’m fine.” These are the things that I really should put into practice.
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Every week I gather with my friends over at Kate’s for Five Minute Friday. Five minutes of free writing fun on the topic of the week. This weeks topic is should.