Painting Day

Ok, so it wasn’t my love of oil painting, but painting n it was. I repainted the trim in our new back patio and my husband and son hung bamboo shades. And it us amazing how cozy a transformation that was! Little changes make a big change. Tomorrow we do the trim and grout the tiles and voila, all is finished and the room may be lived in. Super excited. And I love that the whole family helped with it as we will all benefit.

After a day of work, the kids and I went to the pool and that was wonderful. And my kids reminded me that work is not all there is. Yes, work for the Lord when you work anywhere for anyone else (even rude people). But God does not require us to be slaves that never get a break. Breaks are important. Fun is important. Too much of anything is not healthy, including work. So, I will work on the health of balance for my kids’ sake.❤

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Don’ts of the Wise

Don’t change your shell to please another.

Don’t take another’s opinion as your own without research.

Don’t buy what anyone’s selling unless you need it and can afford it.

Don’t believe what you are told without proof.

Don’t worry about things that have no eternal value.

Don’t rush when you can breathe fresh air in nature.

Don’t worry.

Don’t fight unless you have to. If you have to, don’t lose the fight.

Don’t forget to spend time with those you love.

Don’t be so glued to your agenda that you miss an eternal opportunity.

Don’t fear, have faith in God.

Don’t put your trust into any person but only in God.

Don’t look back and long for what God has wisely removed from your life.

Don’t neglect prayer time and Bible reading.

Don’t forget to smile!❤

Scared of the Dark

My daughter lately is scared of the dark. And no amount of turning lights off and on again and explanations changes her mind. What she needs and wants is me there with her.

We have darkness encroaching. If you have any spiritual sensitivity at all, you feel this increase of darkness. We are making great strides with prayer and worship but the darkness is still there to contend with. And faith is what allows us to know it is ok even in the dark and just knowing God is there eases our anxt. So that is the key, friends. Have faith that God is there as always, just one word or thought away. We never have to fear the dark.❤

Not Pretty but Paleo Breakfast for 3 Days

Today, I used fresh broccoli instead of spinach and sautéed it with the onions. That was a nice change. Here she goes.

1/2 small or medium onion, chopped

1 big stalk fresh broccoli florets, chopped

1/2 c. mushrooms

3 eggs

1 can no-salt chicken

8 cherry tomatoes, quartered

Saute onions and broccoli for 5 min. in water with Himalayan sea salt, garlic powder, red pepper, and drizzle agave nectar.

Add mushrooms and tomatoes for 5 more minutes.

Add chichen and eggs and stir regularly while cooking.

Add desired seasoning- I used Italian seasoning, parsley flakes, sesame seeds, Chia seeds- kept it simple today.

Eat 1/3 now and pack up the remainder in two sealed containers for tomorrow and the next day. Saves work and is very satisfying. Enjoy!❤

Working Hard for Fun

I tell you what. Losing 22 pounds the healthy way in just 2 months really dumps a ton of energy into your body. I am getting g things done and caught up that were so behind in my larger, unhealthy, still coming out of depression days. I hadn’t realized how much I had let go of, just not doing it, not paying attention. Since losing the weight and still working on losing more to get to a “normal” weight for my ridiculously short height, I am working on putting in the fence, catching up on yard maintenance, mowing, spring cleaning, reorganizing, rearranging the kids’ rooms to make more sense, reading, keeping up with cooking and cleaning, doing dishes, subbing the outdoor front patio, practicing my piano, catching up with old friends I love but have neglected, oh so many things! And I am not worn out, my back doesn’t hurt, my knees are fine, no pain anywhere, and I am looking for and finding things to do for fun and productivity. I love this. I am working for God and love the energy and help losing weight He is giving me. God is so very good and holds us well. ❤

Consequences Abound, As Does Forgiveness

The enemy, either within or without, whispers lies upon lies and pushes the notion into our heads that forgiveness hurts or is difficult while not forgiving is much more painful than that. Forgiving actually frees us. We are free when we forgive, especially when we forgive ourselves. How can this be? It is because forgiveness is a result of obedience to God and a full disclosure of truth (also God) and both of these set us free and heal completely. We are not animals that need to be punished, we are precious children of God 2ho need to forgive and be forgiven. Sin has its own consequences and repentance after forgiveness is the key to God’s sin eraser in thr heavenly realm. Consequences of sin need not imprison any of us, regardless of what we have done and truth/confession and forgiveness/repentance are they key to that. True confession and obedient forgiveness and repentance are not suggestions but requirements for grace of eternal forgiveness from God. He knows this will heal us and He really wants us all healthy and in relationship with Himself because He loves us so much. Give it up and let it go. It is time. ❤

Flowing Goals

When you have 2 kids 5 years apart and one husband (that all want individual attention) and a house, you end up with a lot to do. Energy is expended to meet certain goals you set. Getting ahead is not always an option, as keeping up with things is about as good as it gets.

This is not a complaint, I truly love being SuperMom yet feel perfectly feminine and very powerful being a homeschooling housewife. This is a stark change from taking care of a slew of patients in the area and instead taking care of three VIPs in my household. Rather than a marcissistic rant about being spent, which would be idiotic, this is merely a vocalization on the importance of flexibility in your goals.

For instance, instead of a concrete goal that your children get excellent grades in every subject and obey every instruction, my goal has flowed into my kids making excellent moral decisions in line with the Bible and do their best to understand and incorporate the instructions from every subject. Some subjects will come easier or harder to them in their various personalities but they need to do their best and show their love of Jesus in it all. My goal for the house pre-children used to be that it be spotless and clean and always ready for company. Now, that goal has flowed into keeping the house as inviting as possible while being good stewards of the house God blessed us with, clean whenever possible.

Sometimes, flexibility shows a wisdom ability to incorporate key Biblical principles into the living of life for God’s glory. And everything we do is for God and not man/kids/women/us because it n is God we are really serving. I just choose to want to serve Him well and establish that principle in my family. ❤