Religion


I saw these two videos in my CBS (Community Bible Study) class and they made such an impression on me.  I love it—so cool!

It’s Friday but Sunday is Comin’

That’s My King!

Find more here: http://www.ignitermedia.com.

I have heard over and over how important it is to keep a gratitude list.  It keeps your prospective right, and lets you see how truly blessed you.  We sometimes get caught up in life, and something great happens, and we think…”wow”, but that’s it, and we forget to sing praises to the Lord.  I know for me this has happened way too much.  The past 1 1/2 years of my families life has been a constant provision by God.  Ask me how we’ve gotten through it…it wouldn’t make since on paper, only through God was it possible.  He has given us blessings that have allowed us to continue on.  Does that mean our lifestyle has stayed the same?  No, but it’s important we remember that God doesn’t always take us out of the mountain, but He will drill a hole through it for us.  Another reason to continually seek Him, and keep our ears receptive to His words.  Because ultimately, it’s HIS will that I want for my life.  Who am I to say, “I want this, or I won’t do that!”?  It’s not for me to decide, and besides, that’s not what I want for my life.  God has a purpose for my life, that that’s exactly what I want to live—His purpose.  To Him be the glory, and that is why I am keeping this list on here.  So that I can praise Him for all that He has done and will do.

I am thankful for the Lord’s continual provision, despite how things look on paper.

I am thankful for our health- physical and mental.

I am thankful for the internet—the research it allows, and the connecting to family and friends.

I am thankful for the Bible, so that I may better know the Lord.

I am thankful for the power of prayer—it’s bigger than you or I know!

I am thankful for my family: my amazing husband, my hillarious little boy, and my crazy baby girl!

I am thankful for our extended family, and all of their love, support, and most of all, prayers.

I am thankful for my husband’s job, and the work the Lord provides to allow ends to meet.

I am thankful that I am able to raise my kids at home, so that I can instill our values (and discipline) in them.

I am thankful for my Bible Study—what a blessing and faith strengthener it has been!

I am thankful for my MOPS group, don’t we all just need to get out of the house and be with other adults once in a while?!

I am thankful that I live in the same state as most my family.

I am thankful for the Lord’s constant presence in my life—thank you for never leaving or forsaking us!

I am thankful for all of the opportunities to save money out there: consignment shopping, craigslist, coupons, sales, alternative options, it sounds silly, but without them, I wouldn’t have a house…

I am thankful for the warm house over our head, I don’t know why we still have it, but I am SO thankful for it!

I don’t know if you’re the praying type—but I don’t think I could live without it!  Life is too tough to try to do it on my own; and so, I rely on the Lord.

It’s so easy to look at myself and say, “I’m doing pretty good these days”, and then turn around and say to my husband, “how could you do such a thing?!”.    Sure, I pray for him; I pray, “Lord, will you make my husband better, and help me to forgive him…”  Now don’t get me wrong, I know I’m not perfect, but some days I start to think I’m pretty close.  It’s so easy to get out of perspective and I find myself so mixed up I’d be embarrassed to admit it to anyone—even myself at times.  But you can’t run from yourself unfortunately, so you come to a point where you break and have to be honest with yourself—and “Lord, I am in need of help”.  I am as guilty if not more so for my anger, judgement, hurtful thoughts and words, we could go on and on…  Sometimes those “small” things seem like they don’t compare to those “other” things.  However, truth be told, they can be far more deadly and hurtful.  They ruin relationships, and torment your own body.  Have you ever heard that allowing your emotions to be at the mercy of another means that they are controlling you?  We can’t allow our happiness to be at the mercy of another, it’s not healthy and not fair to ourselves.  We deserve to be happy, allowing those things to be let go—and others deserve for us to forgive.  It takes the strong to forgive.  It takes a willingness to say, “I will be okay”, and move on…do you have the courage?  You can!  And that is why prayer is so great, it allows us to unload our burdens onto God, and he will carry us through those tough times.  Have you ever read Footprints in the Sand?

And so, I make it a point to have real quiet time with God each day.  Not just meal times and before my kids go to bed.  But REAL time when I TALK to God—I talk, and I LISTEN.  Because we must remember to take time to listen and hear what God has to say.  After all, how can we have a relationship with anyone if we do not talk with them?!

Today I was reading another daily blog of mine, Blissfully Domestic, and she spoke about regularly loving your husband head to toe.  No, not what you’re thinking… it’s praying for every part of your spouse, head to toe.  Thanking God for each part, and equally praying for each part, asking for God to lead and guide him.  Give it a read.  It’s a powerful idea, and I will now regularly, love my husband from head to toe.

Here’s to Le Dolce Vita (the good life)!