I’m not crazy, I’m just talking to my subconscious…

I have been listening to a really great podcast called Successful Life Mindset with Cliff Ravenscraft and Tracy Trost where they “talk about valuable principles for living a life full of meaning and purpose.” They basically have a conversation with each other about how … Continue reading

Still feeling thankful

 

I hope you all had a very lovely Thanksgiving! It’s really one of my favorite days of the year for this reason: I don’t do anything but eat. I don’t even cook. My mother in law LOVES to cook thanksgiving dinner and she never lets me help clean up. I really do think the Lord blesses me with a little piece of heaven every year on that day!

Every year I really plan on blogging or youtubing during the holidays but I find that it’s really hard with family and friends and…well…resting. However I have been meditation on what I’ve been thankful for this year all month.

I’m thankful for the health of my children. If any of you have followed me since the beginning of my blog you saw that really long blog I wrote on the horrifying experience we had with my daughter concerning her allergies and eczema which landed her in the hospital. I feel like I’ve lived most of my children’s early years in the hospital from either asthma, allergic reactions to foods, or eczema. But the second half of this year has been hospital free! PRAISE GOD!

I’m thankful for my husband who is so supportive of me. I’m thankful for our relationship and the fact that we were able to celebrate nine years together this month!

I’m thankful for my parents who pray constantly for me. Who encourage me and are always on my side. My parents are inspiring to me. I am also blessed to have a wonderful mother in law who I consider a friend and mentor. She is also an inspiration to me. I am surrounded by saints who have walked with the Lord for many years and their lives challenge me. When I look at them I truly will say “Baby, when you in Jesus, age ain’t nothin’ but a number!!!”. The missionaries in my church just returned from another trip to Africa and they are over 70 years old married for 50 years and still going strong!

I’m thankful for my friends who have been through thick and thin and..ahem “thicker” with me. I know I can call on them anytime and they will be there. I’m thankful for my new friends I’ve met this year through blogging and youtube. So yes…I’m thankful for the internet!

There is so much more to say. But I will end it here. I’m thankful for God in my life. I’m thankful that Jesus made Himself small and came to this fallen world to save us. He did not see fit to leave us to die in a sinful state but because of His unconditional love came and suffered and died and gave Himself as a sacrifice for our sins. I continue to marvel at this fact. And now I’m grateful that the season is upon us where we can reflect upon this great gift to us.

Have a GREAT DAY!!! (I mean it.)

 

Meditation Fail

Do you ever get frustrated when you try to take some quiet time for yourself? I had a conversation with my father about taking time to be still and reflect on any aspect of God. Just myself and God. Not necessarily bible study or prayer per se…just quietly reflecting. I made a video about what I thought this attempt could look like for a mom. I was joking around here. I really do think this is an important skill to  cultivate. Enjoy!

 

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Sound of the Spirit

The morning started out relatively early for me as I was heading out to my first official feature film set! Actually it started out as a very late night because I wanted to get most of my chores done to make the next day easier. After receiving communication from the Assistant Producer at 1:30am for call times (he had a long day as well) I cleaned the piles of dishes in the sink, folded 5 baskets of laundry, sorted through and organized numerous misplaced boxes due to our floors being redone, and plopped into bed at 2:45am. I woke up at 6:30am out of nervousness to make sure that breakfast was ready and the house was tidy for my LOVELY friend who came over on her day off to help with watching the kids for a few hours. I wasn’t going to have her sit in a messy house on her day off…either that or my type A personality was getting out of hand.

I headed off to Carmel Indiana which is just outside of Indianapolis and pulled up to a gorgeous bright yellow, half million dollar house where shots of the first scenes of the movie were taking place. The main actors being shot today were Rivka played by Anna Lasbury, and her father Marty played by Rob Diaz. I started working with the crew on the movie called Sound of the Spirit which is about a young girl who becomes orphaned at the age of 12 and has to move in with her Aunt and Uncle who are strict traditional Jews. While she is living with her Aunt and Uncle she must make tough decisions about what she believes to be true.

I spent most of my day with the sweet and likable Lina Willard who plays Rina, the best friend of Rivka. Together Lina and myself will be hosting a day by day vlog update for the film. I will be working on keeping facebook and twitter updated as well as blogging about the movie. This is a dream come true! I get to observe the filmmaking process as well as help with putting a positive message out to audiences through this film!

Abiding Joy

Where does your joy abide? Does it come from shopping? Watching movies? Going to the spa? While all these things are a lot of fun and sometimes relaxing they only provide a temporary sense of happiness. Joy is something deeper and more consistent. The dictionary defines joy as: 1. a deep feeling or condition of happiness or contentment, 2. something causing such a feeling; a source of happiness.

Nehemiah 8:10

Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”

What is the source of your joy?  On day 4 of the Living Beyond Yourself study by Beth Moore we looked at how to abide in joy.

John 15:9-11

As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Jesus gives us the answer right here! We must abide in him. The word abide means to remain, dwell, or live. We must do this so that our joy will be full. We know that Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy our joy but in reality he can never really destroy the source of our joy. The source of our joy must be found in Christ and what He has done for us on the cross. This can never be undone or stolen. It remains steadfast in our all powerful saviour! He has overcome death and given us hope for eternal life!

As I have been meditating on joy for the past few weeks it hasn’t resulted in laughing all the time or a temporary pep in my step like hanging out with friends or getting a new outfit does. It’s deeper and solid. When I feel down or discouraged I stop and think about my Saviour about what He has done. I stop and “rediscover” His goodness and grace in my life. It makes the troubles of this life fade away and the corners of my lips to do curl up a little as I think about my Saviour’s HUGE LOVE for me! In the past I would let my mind circle around and around on things that bother me but I am trying to train my mind to stop and focus on this teaching. I remember being told by my mom to make sure that my joy is in Christ and not in my husband, children or life circumstance. I have always thought about it but never took hold of it until now…almost 8 years after she told me that. But now it’s sinking in. The joy of the Lord is my strength and I hope that it becomes yours as well!

God Bless!


A lesson from Nehemiah and a nail and a tire…

A few weeks ago my tire blew out for the first time, on the highway, with my kids in the car, during rush hour. In the spirit of learning to stay calm and look to God for the lesson of the day I tried desperately to find something to learn from this potentially frustrating experience. After much thought, I couldn’t find the lesson in all of this…until a few days went by. Isn’t that how it goes sometimes? The lesson of a life experience doesn’t come to you until a few days or even years after the event? Well here’s what I learned. I hope that you are encouraged!