Surround yourself

I sat here staring at this screen for far too long today, trying to decide what direction I was going to go in.  Same thing happens when I try to write a prayer for my family today. I know the general direction I want to go with it, but the actual journey just isn’t happening for me at the moment. I could take the easy way and just say forget it and walk away for the day. How how easy that would be, I could just go read a book or watch some tv. But I’m also leaving a crack open so Satan himself can slip in and much like this fly that keeps bouncing off my face, he is relentless and is waiting for that moment. Instead I reached out to someone, she’s also my accountability person. Did I do my daily writing, did I finish the daily bible reading (we are doing a 52 week plan to read the bible, so you don’t want to fall behind).
It’s important to surround yourself with people who support your journey with Christ. Who will battle with you when you need it and you will go to battle for. When my office moved downstairs much of my “War Room” didn’t make the journey. Leaving a desk upstairs in the corner that became a catch all. Yesterday, I decided it was time to take my War Room, or corner in my case, back. It’s time to fill my desk and wall back up with my battle plan.  I encourage everyone to do this, even if you don’t have an entire room to set aside for this. Find a area that you can comfortably sit and spend time with God, clear out any distractions. Turn off the tv, your phone, social media. Focus and meditate on what God is trying to tell you. If you need help getting started or you need a little help during your journey, call out to that accountability partner. We should all be supporting and helping each other. If you don’t have someone you can reach out to please feel free to contact me at familynfaithblog@gmail.com anytime. I’m always happy to help.

God Bless

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Ephesians

December 15th-December 31st

All you will need is your Bible for this one. We will be studying the book of Ephesians. I chose Ephesians because this is one book of my bible that has marks all over. I have things highlighted, notes written down, things underlined, all sorts of things. If you don’t have a Bible Journal or a Prayer Journal I would encourage you to get one. This doesn’t have to be anything fancy, I picked my Journal up at Wal-Mart for a few dollars and used a notebook before this. I courage creativity in both your Bible and your journal, find what helps you learn best.

For this study we are going to use the SOAP structure. Each day I encourage you to do this in your Journal as you are reading through the Book of Ephesians.

Scripture- Write down a verse that sticks out at you.
Observation- Why was it interesting? What did you learn? What is God saying to you?
Application- How can you apply it to your life? How will it change you?
Prayer- Respond to God in Prayer, use the scripture as a a guide. Ask God to help you meditate on this and apply it.

Some other things you may find useful:
-Starting with Prayer
-Who are the key people?
-What are the Key Words?

Feel free to share your daily journal, but don’t feel obligated to!

Hot tea with a side of peace

The changing of the seasons are such a beautiful time. Being able to sit on the porch with some coffee and watch the leaves slowly fall. Then the wonderful head cold moves in. Our family has been battling this cold for two weeks now and it seems never ending. You know the cold, the one where it feels like your ribs might break every time you cough. When you work from home this makes it extremely hard to get motivated to actually work. Instead you want to lounge on the couch, binge watch your favorite show and sip on hot tea all day. I started a weekend afghan last week in attempt to get at least one blanket up for sale before the holidays. Keep in mind this afghan should take about six hours to finish, five days later I’m only six rows in. Serious motivation loss going on. I have however finished two hats because my daughter and I needed them as the cold weather moves in. Which in turn led me to that weird debate of should I just do hats and scarves this year and forget the afghan or do I go ahead and finish the afghan. Sometimes you need that little boost in motivation. My way may not be for everyone, and that is okay. I’m not here to try to force something on you, I will however share my experience and knowledge and let you make that decision for yourselves. With that being said, my way to relax and recharge is by spending time with my bible. Often time it is by bible journaling, scripture writing or coloring in my bible. Yes you read that correctly, coloring in my bible. I have a wonderful bible, the Wonders of Creation Holy Bible, that has several pages that you can color yourself that goes along with scripture. Growing up I was always afraid to mark in my bible, I had been handed down bibles from relatives so they just didn’t feel like MY bible. So I encourage you to find that perfect bible for you, it may not be the first one you find or even the second. It took me three times before I found the PERFECT bible. The one that as I’m reading I highlight the verses that speak to me, I doodle in so as I’m flipping through the pages I can see the picture and know exactly what is on that page and can quickly reference it. I find peace in doing my daily scriptures, I may do far more than what others would refer to as normal but it’s my me time, my reflection time. I have 3 daily devotionals that I do daily, a daily bible study scripture, and then I look up scriptures for whatever I need guidance for that day. I read the scriptures, write the scriptures, then read them again. Is filling 2-3 notebook pages a day for everyone? No probably not, but this is what works for me, find what works best for you. I am able to really absorb everything this way and reflect on what is being said. In this same notebook (my Scripture and Prayer Journal) I write out how I reflected on what I wrote that day and then make my list of things I need to pray for. Which of course is what I’m about to do, after I make more coffee of course.

Save me from my children

For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear. I will help you.”-Isaiah 41:14

As I sit here reflecting on my day the only word that comes to mind is rough. Being sick myself, I’m already tired and worn down. This morning we added 2 sick toddlers to that mix. Which leads to utter exhaustion. Two sick and drained little boys leads to a lot of yelling and fighting with each other. They pick a fight with each other over every little thing, end up crying to mommy, then mad at mommy. You can only hear, “Mommy you’re mean” so many times before you start to feel defeated. I assure you though, it’s just a moment. Your children won’t always like you, but one day they will understand why you do the things you do and love you even more for it. Just not at 4 years old unfortunately.
Which led me to this afternoon. I was doing my daily bible journaling and came across the perfect verse to help me through the day. ( The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.- Psalm 34:18 ) It really changed my perspective for the day. Parenting isn’t easy, it’s not always easy to stay calm and not burst into tears. In those moments we need to take a deep breath, say a prayer and remember, have faith. Bed time is drawing near and I still have three tired, cranky, arguing children, but I also know that today I was blessed. I was blessed to spend the day with my children, we had a roof over our heads, food on the table, and warm clothes. This is more than many families have, so tonight I will remain thankful for what I do have and pray for those that are in need. There is also a good chance that a glass of wine and hot bath have my name on them.