My Daughter and I

She and I rarely have quality craft time together. We draw and color but we both love getting crafty and serious imagination – stretching takes serious time. Today we got it. It was just us two all day. We hit the park, hit the craft store, grabbed lunch and got home to craft. We set up, started, rewatched the great ideas we found on youtube, continued, and waited for paint to dry. Fabulous day!!!

A full day with your child doing what they love is an investment in them. Think about it. Why does God tell us to pray continually? Because He wants to show us love, spend time with us, heal us, strengthen us, develop us, etc. He is our example of a perfect Father, a perfect parent. So thankful for today!😄❤

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Eternity Time Perspective

It takes some people a lifetime to forgive themselves, much less other people. In stark contrast, it takes Jesus one second to forgive us when we humbly ask Him to. Us forever, Jesus one second. And even better than that, Jesus forgets it entirely. How cool is that?!?!❤

Time Challenge

I am challenging you to honestly write down everything you do today and how much time you took doing it. It is a great exercise in learning truth of yourself and what your priorities really are versus what you say they are. I did this when I was still on social media and it shocked me how much time I was on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Like 7 hours a day or some ridiculous amount. I realized I was worshipping social media and wasting time God gave me and dropped it like the bad habit it was. I have been social media free for a year now and my life is prioritized better, still working on it. But I challenge you to. It may be something else, but you have to honestly start somewhere when on a quest for truth, which we all should be and deep down are. Most people who don’t care to learn the truth are afraid they will have to do something uncomfortable when they find out. Don’t be cowardly like that. God gave you a “Spirit of power and love and sound mind”. And I submit to you that you are really worshipping what you spend the most time doing in that day. And if you do this exercise, truth will flow and you will take giant leaps toward deeper relationship with Jesus and God as you include Him more in your day.❤

Finally, I Can Cook

Being a good, inventive cook, we have been so busy every day with baseball that I have missed cooking. Sure, I put together spaghetti or chicken and yellow rice and mac and cheese, but I have not had time to invent. So today I am working with what I have. And it will either be great or fantastic but it will involve corned beef, little noodles, onion, garlic, cheese and worshteshire sauce. Stay tuned for results… lol. In thr meanwhile, thank you, God, for a little time today and invent something as soon as you can. ❤

Different Emphasis with Time

Being 40+, much of what I have focused on through life getting here did not really signify. Much would have no lasting value, no eternal component, just distraction and noise. Much I walked over or through very quickly should have been explored, deepened, much more time spent because of its eternal component. There is here and now which is survival for the moment and there is here and now which affects your eternity. As you mature, you realize this and plan the next steps more thoughtfully. Really getting this would have changed so much of my behavior and choices from then, which is theory and bears no relevance to the now. However, knowing this makes the now much more meaningful as an opportunity to put this valuable wisdom into practice. Think of the eternal before attempting to act or speak. ❤

Pool Therapy

My children have been wanting time with me. Today was a clear day so my hubby took us to breakfast at IHOP and then I took the kids to the pool for some time together. We played, we enjoyed, we spent quality time. It has been too long since we have. We all needed it. And now I have happy kids again. And I am happy because I realized the important truth that I have to make time for my children, even if it is letting something else go. There are always a million things to do but I only have two children and one husband I am responsible for personally. God and then they come first. That is how it has to be. It is good. ❤

On Feeling Alone

It is a lie that we are ever alone. Sometimes I forget that and feel how I am feeling right now… alone. My loving God is one humble prayer away. Yet sometimes I forget and have to remind myself. Why? What is so great that it blocks my vision? And the answer I determined is that it is a cumulation of little things, a myriad of distraction bricks that add up to one large brick wall to shade me from the brilliant truth. The anniversary of my Daddy’s death, the death of a great friend, the rejection and abandonment of another, kids needs, spousal needs, being constantly criticized, demands of time, coaching, leading choir, the band, teaching, cleaning houses, etc. It seems like I should be savagely content with so many people around me pressing in at every turn. But these things, at the end of the day, drain me and as I sit in the dark alone in my room, waiting for my brain to stop so my sleep can come, I wish strong arms would hold me and I feel so so very alone. The distractions, you see, again forged a chasm between the many things requiring my time and attention and my precious Savior who should have it all. My priorities flipped and I confess that I need alone time with God desperately. So tomorrow I will arise early and walk with Him. And He will help me as He always has done and I will get my mind right with His help. I will remember that He is always with me, always loves me and comforts those who mourn and admit they need Him. And I will repent of my falling for the distraction scheme and busyness and remember that no is a good word when you need time with God, nothing wrong with that. Yes can never be the only word or the distraction liars will walk all over me again. Tired of that. I will fight. God will help as He always does. ❤❤❤