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My husband I are both very spiritual people. God has always been very important to us but lately we have made a conscious effort to welcome Him into our lives in every way possible. I spoke to you in my last blog about goals and resolutions for the new year which I decided to break down into three goals for 30 days. But, one goal that will continue throughout the whole year will be my relationship with God.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Philippians 4:13

One of my resolutions has been to wake up in the mornings to spend time talking with God and praying about my day. This helps me so much. I must admit this is my hardest goal to accomplish thus far. I am NOT a morning person! But, when I do it, I notice so much of a difference in my day. I walk into my day with a purpose to serve God. I turn away from gossip and petty annoyances with ease. I focus on the good. On my lunch break instead of reading magazines, I take a moment to read Joyce Meyer’s devotional on my phone, which inspires me and helps me through the rest of my day.
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Nightly my husband and I are reading The Love Dare Couple’s Devotional together which sometimes gives us Bible verses to focus on and sometimes just ideas on how to strengthen our marriage through God’s love. And before we go to bed, we read our One Year Bible. It allows us to read a little each night from the old testament and new. I really can’t tell you how much this has helped our marriage and my peace of mind. I fall asleep knowing that God will take care of us. I wake up knowing the same. I have spent so many days feeling empty, wondering what my purpose was. God has filled my heart with joy. I know my purpose for life is for Him. I was selfish in the past and wanting to validate myself by accomplishing things I felt would make me feel important in this lifetime. As I look back on my life, I can see where God has been pulling me closer to Him all along.

My purpose of this blog is not to show you how great I am by doing these things but by doing these things how great I feel. I never want to offend anyone by pushing religion on you.There was a time I resisted in my heart long ago and now my heart is pouring over with joy. Not because we have so much money, not because we are so successful, not because I am always happy, but because my God has given me peace. He has given me strength. I want that for you too.

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Inspiration is such a powerful thing. I am inspired every day, some days more than others. I am inspired the moment I wake up by God’s words that fill my heart and my day. I am inspired by my husband’s unconditional love. It always amazes me that he will wake up and iron my pants or run to the store and get me a diet mountain dew at 7 in the morning if I am running late, no questions asked. I am inspired by patients that come in who are in pain but smile and make me smile. I am inspired by my boss who has a vision to make things better for everyone and never stops trying. I am inspired by coworkers who come to work to make a difference. I am inspired by small acts of kindness that I accidentally catch. I am inspired by my mother who never stops giving and never complains. I am inspired by my brother who has come so far so fast. I am inspired by couples of all ages who treat each other with love and respect. I am inspired by selfless love. I am inspired by expressions of creativity. I am inspired by friends who are loyal and true. I am inspired by people who are better Christians than I and help me grow.
Do you ever think about what inspires you?

Even though I try to live each day as best I can, I would like to try to think that every encounter has a purpose. I have the opportunity to inspire their life in some way just as they do in mine. Galatians 6:9 tells us Let us not lose heart in doing good. Let us not!!! Who knows what you can do with such a small gesture. Who knows who is watching you and being inspired by your actions. Who knows if your kindness,loyalty,love,forgiveness is exactly what someone needed to inspire someone else.

This is something that has been on my mind and heart and after reading a devotional today, I know I was meant to be inspired.

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It’s strange to think another year has come to an end and I am already embarking on a journey of another. I do like to reflect back on the year, if not just briefly, to see just how far I have grown. 2011,I feel was a transition year for me. Ten years ago I was entering into “adulthood” but I feel it wasn’t until this year that I truly did.
My husband and I struggled a little with conflicting work schedules and spending time apart. I think that was a really hard lesson for me in the beginning when I had certain ideals of marriage and what it would be like. It was such a bittersweet and beautiful lesson that in the end taught me that love conquers all. I also went through a rough time personally where I think I felt out of place. I no longer felt I belonged with a certain “group” or friends. I had changed from wanting to go out all the time but not knowing what it was I DID want to do. This was also a wonderful journey of rediscovery of who I am and who I have become. My family has become such a big part of my life. My husband and I even chose to take a family vacation for our one year anniversary instead of taking one by ourselves. That meant the world to me that he would do that for me. That is what love is. I had some hard lessons as well this year. I believe God has been teaching me contentment and patience all year long. I have still not come to full term on this lesson. I have learned to look at the world and be thankful for what I have instead of sad for what I don’t. Of course I still struggle with this at times. My most recent lesson this past year was to understand patience. I finally understood after reading a book one day about God’s will. He DOES listen to all of our prayers, and if we have not received what we have asked for, it is because He knows we do not need what we have asked for. We might WANT it, but at this time, for some reason or another, we do not need it. When I absorbed that information,I thought of the few things I have been praying for and have been waiting so patiently for. It is true. I can survive without them. I know God knows best and maybe he is waiting to give them to me at the perfect time in my life.

I have many dreams and goals for this new year. I feel lucky to have acquired everything I have and to be starting this year with a happier heart. My husband and I are able to spend more time together. We are working towards our future but I am able to see the good in today.

I am excited to see what life and God has in store for me this year.

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10 Ways To Love

LISTEN: without interrupting.

But there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother Prov.18:24

SPEAK: without accusing.

Everyone should be quick to listen,slow to speak, and slow to become angry. John 1:19

GIVE: without sparing.

All day long he craves for more, but the righteous gives without sparing. Prov. 21:26

PRAY: without ceasing.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying about you. Col.1:9

ANSWER: without arguing.

Better a day filled with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife. Prov. 17:1

SHARE: without pretending.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ. Eph. 4:15

ENJOY: without complaint.

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, Phil.2:14

TRUST: without wavering.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1Cor.13:7

FORGIVE: without punishing.

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col. 3:13

PROMISE: without forgetting.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Prov.13:12

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Christmas is my favorite holiday! It’s almost as if the world turns into a chaotic world of sparkle and I love it! Sure, you have to wait in an hour of traffic to get anywhere but, my heart is filled with joy. I can’t help but to let in two, three, ohhh go ahead, four cars in front of me because I am in the Christmas spirit!

Here is a list of a few things that make this season and holiday magical for me!!

Christmas lights! Wouldn't it be just sublime if our world was ALWAYS lit up at night! Like the Eiffel Tower!

every year my husband and I buy each other an ornament. Disney is always close to our hearts as we went to DisneyWorld for our honeymoon!

baking! this is something that is new to me now that I am married! So much fun!

mmm, I love snuggling up together with some hot chocolate on a cold day!

The Nutcracker! My mom and I go every year. This year my husband and his parents came too! It was wonderful!

watching Christmas movies!

snow days!

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Today Is A Gift


Can you believe that November is at its end and we are about to wave our mittens to December?! I can’t! It seems to be flying by! My husband and I were so happy to be able to spend Thanksgiving together this year, as we were apart, due to work last year. Some of my best friends came into town and we were able to go to dinner with them and visit. We stayed up late baking cookies and an apple crumble pie. We woke up early and made about a 45 minute drive to be with some of my family and then we were soon on the road again and headed back to Brandon’s parent’s house. We had the BEST food ever! Our tummy’s were full and we were happy. We decided to go back to our apartment to take a nap because we would soon venture out into the cold for..dun..dun…dun…black Friday! It was Brandon’s very first black Friday experience. We waited two hours in line at Target! We decided instead of buying each other gifts this year, we would buy a new T.V. Our first flat screen! (haha) We actually had a lot of fun doing our Christmas shopping together and were definitely grateful to be home hours later!!

I would say I loved seeing my friends, I loved seeing my family, I loved eating so much wonderful food, but the best part of this last week for me has been the Christmas tree! Last year, again, my husband’s job kept him so busy at this time, we were barely able to spend any time together. My mom was sweet enough to come over and help me put up our first Christmas tree. But it was so special this year to be able to have the time to enjoy that moment together. Sure, we are enjoying our new Christmas T.V. but the best gift of all are these moments. Laughing together as we’re forcing ourselves to bake at 1 A.M., running through the parking lots on Black Friday, and unwrapping our ornaments together as we put together our tree for the first time.

Our Christmas Tree 🙂

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Yesterday was my 28th birthday. It feels very surreal turning 28. I think in my mind in some ways, I still feel as though I am 18. I feel young at heart and hungry for life. I am thankful my heart is filled with such feelings. I also can not deny the wisdom I have acquired over the years. When I was younger every moment was so fleeting and that was never given a second thought. I feel now with 27 years passed, I am more aware. I notice the small gestures, I observe the little details, and I acknowledge each wonderful fleeting moment. I know that I have much to learn in my years ahead, but I am grateful for what I have now, and I am looking forward to another year of life.

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