Set your Goals high

There is just something about the words New Years Resolutions that rub me the wrong way. Maybe because they often seem to be half hearted promises, and by February most people completely forget them.  I’m a list maker, setting goals I can check off my list. I also like to dig a little deeper than the obvious things I need to change. Do I need to eat better, of course I do. Do I need to exercise more? Of course, it has been replaced with work over the last few months.

This year I want to continue to grow closer as a family. We have movie and game nights, go for walks on nice nights already but I want to sit down with the kids and see if they think we can improve anywhere. Maybe they have a list of things they would like to do this year as a family.  I also want to finish reading the Bible, I began but found it hard to get through the first few books of the bible, so I did some looking and found a guideline  helping you figure out in what order you should read all of the books. It has helped a lot and I’ve already begun reading more. I also need to become more faithful in my scripture writing.

Helping others through my business, FamilyNFaith is definitely a bigger goal for the year. I’ve continually felt the need to go on a mission trip in the last few weeks. Research has begun and I’m trying to see when my husband and I can do this in 2018, I hope to make this a yearly thing.  I’m hoping this is something the kids will be interested in doing as well. I want to sponsor another child this year as well and donate to different charities.

What are your goals for 2018? I’d love to hear them!
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Stay safe tonight, Happy New Year and God Bless!

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This mom is Batman

Why is it that children have to test your every nerve? They want to toe that line with seeing how far they can push before mommy loses it completely and brings out the Batman voice? You know the voice, the one where it drops several octaves and your children finally pay attention. It’s also the voice you want to bring out when people tell you they always wanted twins, it must be so much fun. Coming from a mom of twin boys, as much as I love my children, I would describe it as being a walk in the park….Jurassic Park.

My daughter is now at the age where she is in between. Intellectually she is about two years above her fellow classmates, which leaves her relating to kids older than she is. She’s in that in between of no longer being a little girl but not quite at that pre-teen phase. Which also leads to her being frustrated and often throwing attitude around. We seem to butt heads more often than get along here lately, which leaves me dreading the teen years. I’m trying to not smother her and try to fix things because ultimately finding herself in this new phase of life is up to her and her alone. I will be here to guide her, and pray she continues to grow in her faith and stay the kind, responsible girl she has always been, but I also remember how cruel kids can be. Especially in the upper grade school/ middle school ages.

I often struggle with that balance of am I being too hard on them or am I not being hard enough. You want your child to grow up with manners, well behaved and responsible. We are no longer in the world that it’s safe to send your kids outside to play. Which also means while I’m attempting to clean I have fighting children running around me asking for a snack every few minutes. I have a stack of books on parenting as a Christian, and  I’m slowly making my way through the stack. Maybe with my two week break from work over the holidays I’ll sit down and make a list of the books I want to get read and begin checking them off the list. Work hasn’t left much room for reading anything other than things for work or research so I think it’s time to start making time for pleasure reading again, maybe I wouldn’t be so stressed and become Batman so much then…..

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God Bless!

December Study

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

This month I’m going to try something new. I’ve done weekly writing and reading plans so they can be used as a short study. I will post the plans at the beginning of the week and closer to the end of the week I will write a short recap over that plan. The focus of these will be for the different roles in your life, geared more towards women but if there is any men that would like this I would gladly do a plan for men too.

Week ones plan is focused on being a Godly Woman. This week is for the 1st through the 9th ( I apologize for being a day late).

The writing plan:
1st- Romans 8:28
2nd- Romans 8:38-39
3rd- Matthew 6:33
4th- Hebrews 13:2
5th- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
6th-Psalms 139:14
7th- Proverbs 21:21
8th- Job 22:21
9th-Luke 16:10

The reading passage is Proverbs 31

I hope you enjoy these scriptures and I look forward to reflecting on these at the end of the week.

God Bless!

After sending my children off to school in the morning, I usually take a few moments and enjoy a cup of coffee. Those with small children know what a luxury it is to actually enjoy a warm cup of coffee. Not one you’ve reheated several times already and it’s cold yet again. This morning as I sipped my coffee I began looking at my list of orders I currently have, supplies I need to order, and the cold medicine I need to take yet again. Now I’m not sure if it’s because my children have been taking turns being sick for weeks, that it hit me this time and I feel like I was hit by a bus, or that I’m just burnt out. I love my job, I truly do, but I feel like my passion is fading. Part of why I’ve loved my job is because it was something different every day, I could be creative. Here lately though I seem to have lost that spark. The weather changing has caused road blocks at every turn, I can’t paint or it’s too cold and things are setting up correctly. My computer isn’t acting right and my software continues to shut down every few minutes. It’s difficult to not become discouraged when it seems like everything is going wrong. It would be quite easy to just give up and move on. But instead I am going to take my medicine, jump in a hot shower to so I can breathe, then I am going to hand it all over to God because I know he will guide me in what I need to do. I’m going to work the next couple of hours while my kids are in school, this afternoon spend some time trying to repair my computer, and this weekend I will get all the things prepared that I need to so that I can have a productive and good work week next week. Instead of throwing in the towel, I’m going to find a way to renew my passion. I know it is in there, I just need to have faith.

So tell me, how do you keep from being burnt out?

You Are Precious

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.-(Genesis 1:27) This scripture is one that most of us heard growing up. Taught often in bible school and I’m sure we’ve heard a few sermons on it as well. Even as a young girl this began the questioning of what my value is as a woman. What is my purpose? What is Gods big plan for me? Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed. “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman’ because she was take from ‘man.'” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united as one.-(Genesis 2:22-24) Now, I don’t know about you but for me this points out that women are valuable and have a great purpose. So often I hear that a woman’s purpose was for marriage, and while that is correct, that isn’t her sole purpose. She was made to serve her husband and God, but don’t forget that she was made also as someone to walk beside man in life’s battles. They are to watch each others back and support one another. You are a team, made for each other, both valuable. God has a wonderful purpose for us all. Even if you aren’t married there is still purpose for you.

God has a very high calling for women, we are very influential not only in our own home and family, but in other areas of the world as well. The way we carry ourselves impacts everyone we come in contact with. Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.-(Proverbs 31:10) I know as a wife I have wondered can I do better? Am I being the wife my husband needs and God wants me to be? Am I that virtuous and capable wife? In all honesty, I know there are areas I can improve on. It can be overwhelming looking at the standards of a biblical wife such as Proverbs 31, she sounds like perfection. It would be really easy to close the book and say well I’m trying so that’s all that matters. When in actuality we could sit down and have a one on one with God, ask him for guidance.  Don’t look at it as admitting defeat, look at it as self-improvement, giving glory to God and doing his work.

For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.-(Titus 2:11-15) I don’t know about you but asking God to help me become a better biblical woman and living a life for him giving him the glory, helping show others how wonderful it is to walk with him, that seems like a pretty valuable calling. I will continue to ask God to guide me as a wife and mother, but also as a woman. Fully put my trust in him that he is walking with me on this journey, that he can use me for his purpose, to fill his calling. We as women have such an impact on those in our lives, lets ask God to help guide us so we live life with wisdom, righteousness and devotion to God.

May God bless you on your journey!

 

A New Direction

Here recently I felt the need to dig into what it truly means to be a biblical wife/mother. Everyday I’ve found new scripture, books, studies, ect. You name it I’ve come across it lately. One verse has really stuck out to me and felt like it was leading me in a new direction. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children.- (Titus 2:4)  I do feel like we need to share experiences and help guide each other. Our culture today has turned being a submissive biblical wife into something it is not. So I have felt the need to share my journey into becoming a more biblical wife and mother. If I can help even one other woman feel more confident as a wife and mother then it is all worth it. So make sure you follow me so you can see my new post, and feel free to comment, ask questions, let me know how I can help you, anything.   So for today I will cut this short and begin planning a few more post.

God Bless and I’m so happy you’ve chosen to go on this journey with me!

New Seasons

This morning I’m sitting here with my coffee running over everything that needs to be done today. I have a full work load currently, plus volunteering at the school, and I have a long list of things that need to be done around the house. I would usually stress and end up with a migraine leading me to even more stress because I can’t get anything done. Thanks to colder weather moving in I’m also moving much slower because my illness and cold do not get along. Instead I’m doing what I can, while trying not to overdo it and leave myself unable to move. I’ve come to the point that my housework will always be there so there is no need to rush. With my work things can honestly go so fast anyways, I can’t speed it up any. So, I do what I can in the morning and if I can add to it a few hours later I do, if not I finish what I need to around the house. I think one thing that most of us can agree upon is that at different times in our lives we have sent up that prayer asking for guidance. What am I to do in this new season of life? Do I stay at this job?  Am I being a good Wife? Am I being a good parent? Am I on the track you have for me?

The new season in life my husband and I recently entered led me to ask these same questions.  It also led me to begin more concentrated studies over being a biblical woman and wife. I’m working on trying to turn those into a series of post. Then my plan is to dig deeper into raising children in society today. Neither of these tasks are ones that should be rushed through, I’m going through the bible, finding different bible studies and books on these. I will likely share bits and pieces along the way and post about topics when I’m led to post.  I strongly feel that you need to surround yourself with good mentors. Whether you are single, married, or have kids are you surrounding with others that show that good biblical character? Those people that you can just tell they walk with Christ? Lately I’ve done a lot of evaluating on myself, asking myself those same questions. It’s never fun to consider areas that you need to improve, and you will never be perfect, that’s just a fact. You can however ask for guidance, pray on it. Be open and communicate that you need help in these areas. Lean on your mentors, I’m sure they would be happy to speak with you and guide you. I know several ladies come to mind when I think of really good mentors, these ladies would also be there to speak with any time and help me grow spiritually. I know one area I need to work on is submission (I will dive into this topic at a different time), and boy is that a challenge for me. I’m a very stubborn person and one that naturally likes to take control. Now that our children are all in school, I work from home so I do have some flexibility in my schedule. After the kids are dropped off, I usually work first, begin cleaning, then sit down and have my study time. I journal a daily scripture plan every day, read the bible (my goal is the entire bible in 90 days), my daily devotionals, catch up for Sunday school in I need to, and read some of my current lifestyle book. Right now, I’m reading The Resolutions for Women, which I encourage all women to read, there is a men’s book also. I’m not saying you must spend hours every day studying the word, but make sure you set aside some time to spend with Christ. You will be amazed at the difference it will make in your life.

Before I close I want to leave you with this. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the lord is to be praised.- Proverbs 31:30

God Bless

Warrior….not worrier

This Saturday I have a craft show coming up. I signed up for this months ago thinking, I will have plenty of time to be prepared. You paint this picture in your head of what you think it should be like, only for the day to come and it’s nothing like you imagined. When I booked this show, my business was in the beginning stages. I had some down time because word hadn’t spread yet. A few weeks in I evaluated my business and realized what my sellers were and what I needed to put on the back burner for a while. My cups and t-shirts suddenly took off.  I have a list two pages long of orders almost constantly, as soon as I get caught up I’m contacted about more. I’ve begun doing them for large groups and businesses to advertise as well. So over the last few weeks I’ve extra items in here and there trying to at least be able to have a tables worth to bring to my show.

Do I have anywhere near what I wanted to for the show? No. Am I okay with that? At first, No. Sunday’s sermon really hit me though, it is not our place to worry about thing.  We are to turn it over to God and then move on. Those that know me know this isn’t an easy task for me. I have anxiety, and am a natural worrier. So I turned to my best friend of course, my husband, and he reminded me everything will be fine. Sure I only have half the stuff done I wanted to but what’s the worst that could happen? I could sell out and take custom orders instead? Use that time to continue handing out business cards or show other vendors how I could help advertise for them? Spread the word about my faith based business. In the end I have to remember that God put this business in my heart, and he will bring me through this. So today I will praise God for only having half of what I wanted there this weekend because I have been blessed with a business that stays busy. A business that has provided me the opportunity to be a stay at home wife and mother. I can work while my children are in school, on days I have to wait for things to dry I can go see my husband at his work for a few hours. My afternoons, weekends and holidays are free. I’m also helping to provide for my family.

It’s not always to turn our worries over to God, but we have to remember we are not alone. He will bring you through all of life’s storms if you just turn to him. We praise him in the good times and the bad, because he won’t ever leave our side.

God Bless!

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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

Searching for peace

This past week has been like I was stuck in a whirlwind. Going non -stop, lots of chaos and at times afraid of whiplash. I’m also glad that last week I began evaluating areas of my business I could approve, what I need to let go and how to change things for the better. I chose the three things that are my main sellers and I’m sticking with them. This has also meant trying to organize and have a sale for all the other things I’m doing away with. So I’ve been sorting clothing and jewelry, marking them down and trying to get them posted. At the same time I’ve had new items coming in and new custom orders. I was already overwhelmed, and then I started noticing some questions business ethics in a few people I deal with and that seemed to be what broke the dam. I was tired, overwhelmed, frustrated and at some points seeing red.
I wanted to yell and complain that this just isn’t fair and how dare they. Thankfully I hadn’t finished up my bible reading for the night yet and I came across what I needed to hear.  A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to ones glory to overlook an offense. (Proverbs 19:11) Now I could lash out at them, I could argue until I was blue in the face but that won’t solve any problems. I needed to remember why I started this journey and how it led me to my business.
When I started this journey, it was just this blog. Then I realized I can reach even more by opening up my shop. Maybe this all had to happen to get my focus back where it belonged. If I can spread God’s word and love for us through this blog, I know I can through my shop as well. You cannot have faith sometimes and just hope for the best, disappointment will rear its ugly head quickly and I promise you that. Instead we need to always have faith, God has a plan for us and if we listen we can figure out what that plan is. For the longest time I never thought I would find what I wanted to do with my life, was I really only ever going to be mom? I felt it deep down that I knew there was something else I was also supposed to do. It wasn’t until my life started falling apart that I picked the bible back up and began reading, studying, writing and praying. Along the way it has led me to the journey I’m on now, and when I think of my “job” I’m happy. I love to create and write, it’s very natural to me. Add spreading the word of God to that, well that’s what I call peace. I feel peace because I know I’m being guided by God, and just like I have faith in him, he also believes in me. He knows I am special, just like each one of you are.

So I encourage you today, have that talk with God if you feel lost. Ask him for guidance, pray and really focus on his word. I myself will pray that all of you find your sense of peace and find your way.

God Bless!