All Things New

All Things New

 

Making All Things New

 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,
 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” New American Standard Bible (Re 21:3–5)

A Little Background Story

As I grow older, the more I value what time I have here on earth. I relish my time with my children while they are still home. My youngest son is playing the drums now and I LOVE the noise! It is a little bit of heaven on earth :)  I am becoming all the more aware of how short life is. I no longer think as a teen or young adult that  I have a long future but understand that Christ has never promised me a tomorrow here.

As my muscles start to ache a little more than they used too, that I do not shed the weight like I used to, I am finding my weight problem is much more than age. I have been aware of my submission issue in this area. But, I am also learning it is  a fear issue.  I am one of those women who ‘crave’ security. I tend to view the fullness or emptiness of my pantry as a sign of if life is good or bad. I have been convicted of this lack of trust in His care a lot lately. I have also started on a new journey of understanding His love for me. This is bringing me to a new place of submission in my love of food. He is making all things new in my life!

A New Start

All Things New, Trim Healthy Mama

My husband and I have been trying new weight loss strategies and found some really good programs. But, for me, I needed something a little different. I needed a change of lifestyle. I found it with Trim Healthy Mama!  I know, this appears to be the latest craze online and that alone makes it a little suspicious for me but a dear friend recommended it to me  and I’m reading through the book. I know this is God’s plan for me! It is spelled out in a manner which makes sense to me and for the first time, I can see a way of eating which will appeal to my whole family. I am jumping on the bandwagon. I will let you know how it goes. If you are also on a weight loss journey, why not join other ladies who are walking the same road? Come and join us at proverbs31jewels.com and join the group, Living Waters :)

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Do The Next Thing-Again

Do The Next Thing    Again!

I have shared this before but it is a wonderful poem, worthy of re-reading and re-posting. I pray it blesses you!

Do the Right Thing, Blessings!

A poem quoted by Elisabeth Elliot

 

Do The Next Thing
“At an old English parsonage down by the sea,
there came in the twilight a message to me.
Its quaint Saxon legend deeply engraven that,
as it seems to me,
teaching from heaven.
And all through the hours the quiet words ring,
like a low inspiration,
‘Do the next thing.’
Many a questioning,
many a fear,
many a doubt hath its quieting here.
Moment by moment,
let down from heaven,
time,
opportunity,
guidance are given.
Fear not tomorrow,
child of the King,
trust that with Jesus,
do the next thing.
Do it immediately,
do it with prayer,
do it reliantly,
casting all care.
Do it with reverence,
tracing His hand,
who placed it before thee with earnest command.
Stayed on omnipotence,
safe ‘neath His wing,
leave all resultings,
do the next thing.
Looking to Jesus,
ever serener,
working or suffering be thy demeanor,
in His dear presence, the rest of His calm,
the light of His countenance,
be thy psalm.
Do the next thing.”
Dearest Mama,
When life gets tiring, keep on doing the next thing. When your precious gift will not stop crying and you cannot seem to find the reason why, keep on keeping on. Your ministry as a mother is priceless. You may not ever see the reward this day, but you are making eternal dividends which will never deplete.
Your children are your inheritance and through them, His kingdom will be grown and in their lives, God’s grace is on display. You are valuable and you are indispensable. I want to encourage you to Keep on… Do the Next Thing!
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Worship for Busy Mommas

Worship for Busy Mommas

Worship

Worship! The Names of Jesus

Dear Ones! Here’s Worship for Busy Mommas! It’s Saturday.. let’s prepare our hearts for attending Sunday Services. Remember, why we go to church. We go to worship Him!

As we are heading into a busy time of year, let’s take a moment to lay at His feet. Seek His feet for just a moment.

Rest in His peace

Blessings!

 

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Confessions of an Uptight Mother

 

Uptight Mother, A Christian Mom

Confessions of an Uptight Mother

Confessions of an Uptight Mother

Have you ever felt that you are about to lose it? That the events of your day have gotten on your last nerve?  Have you found yourself being a grump and a mother with a ‘tude instead of being a mother filled with joy?  We love our families and we would do anything for them but there are just those days, right ladies?  I have to admit, that I have been there. More times than I’d like to admit… but, alas, I am confessing, that I too, Nancy, aka Mrs A can be an Uptight Mother.

There is so much to do. We are over scheduled, we hold ourselves to an almost impossible standard of perfection and we have lost all the joy in our journey as a mother. How do we get it back?

Dig into the Word

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
18  yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
19  GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.  (Hab 3:17–19, ESV).

Our happiness is based on our environment yet our joy is ever-present. His salvation brings a constant joy. Happiness is a fleeting feeling but joy is a constant underlying reality. It is a bonus of our salvation, girls. Being a mother is a 24 hours, 7 day a week calling and there are very few breaks but there is a place of serenity which is open to all of us.

The Secret Place

Do you have your devotion time regularly? I know, it is hard to find some quiet let alone fifteen minutes so you can feast on the Word and have any kind of prayer life…or is it?  We can listen to the Bible these days on audio bibles. We can have it on our phones while we are driving and playing taxi drivers. We can always listen to worship mu instead of the local news and spend that time folding clothes if needed praising God. And when we are about to lose it, why not shut the lips and send up a prayer instead? It really works, girls.

How to Get through the Day

Sweeties, I wanted to encourage you that we all have those days. We all have those weeks. You are not alone! You are a good mom. Give yourself a break and forgive yourself. Shed off all what does not work. Get rid off the behaviors that you know are wrong. Ask The One Who  who knows you best to give you strength and His grace really is sufficient for you.. even with tons of laundry, meals to finish and cranky babies.  It is ok to ‘run away’ during nap time. Not physically but get alone and just soak up in the Word and Prayer for five minutes.  Get involved with other mothers. Come and join Proverbs 31 Jewels Ministries Community at www.proverbs31jewels.com. Make sure you are eating right and drinking enough water. Grab some sleep while your baby sleeps and have some worship music on or the audible bible on while  you sleep. You’d  amazed. Really!

And remember, His Mercy is New Every Morning! Tomorrow is a new day!

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Spring Cleaning?

Spring Cleaning

 

Are you into Spring Cleaning?

Is it getting to be that time and are you getting antsy since the weather is getting warmer? Are you starting to think about a garden? Got any plants started? Have any plans for day trips or excursions?

If you have little ones, are you planning on packing up their winter clothes? is it time to re-think one’s schedule as the sun is now up longer?

I love this time of  year. I love winter but I enjoy the coming of summer break.  I love to open my windows and allowing the fresh air in. I love the smell of newly mowed lawn and new beginnings.  Every year, we have a bird who nests near our front door and I love to listen for the newly hatched bird :)

I do a deep de-clutter several times of year and it is always around spring. I throw out  what we can’t use anymore and no one else can. I give away all I possibly can to those who need and packing away blankets and warm clothes in the garage for next year. And this usually leads me to do a spiritually de-clutter my life.

Spiritual Spring Cleaning

The Spiritually De-Clutter

I spend time a this point to evaluate my heart status. This being Lent, I tend to become introspective. I contemplate His sacrifice and find myself cleaning out the cobwebs that develop with my need for routines. I will spend time in prayer .. today in my devotions I read several times..,”Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”(Mark 14:38, ESV) For me, I am being called to be still, wait at His feet and watch. I am called to pray. The more I pray, the more am becoming more like Him. I am allowing Him to start ‘spring cleaning’ me inside and out.

Enjoy the Process of Spring Cleaning

This spring, I implore you to enjoy the weather. Plan your activities and have them family based. Enjoy your family as they will grow fast. As your garden grows quickly and then fall arrives and harvest comes, so do your children grow fast and harvest will be here before you know it.  Hold onto memories. Let your babies play and make noise. Allow them to make mud pies and pot and pan bands. Let them become inspectors of bugs and butterflies. Enjoy your children! Time here is short. He gives us charge of our babies for such a short time compared to eternity and we will regret not allowing for memories and spring cleaning and dreaming!

 

Allow the Lord to clean out whatever needs to be shed or given away and allow Him to be in charge of the process.

God bless,

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