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Trisha is a wife, mom, friend, artist, blogger, couponer, homemaker, cook, and bargain shopper…. through God’s amazing grace and love I live for Him!

May 092012
 

There is a new app. I downloaded for my iPhone that is awesome! It is called “FighterVerse”. It is an app that helps you memorize scripture. There are quizzes and “fill-in the blanks” that helps you memorize weekly scripture. And it really works! A couple of weeks ago the verse was Deuteronomy 6:4-5. I have read this scripture or heard it at least 50 times, but as I was memorizing it God began to convict me of one little phrase, “Hear O Isreal, the Lord our God; the Lord our God is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” 

As a mom, my soul gets pretty neglected. From sun up or from “son up” to “son down”, there is not much time to tend to my soul AND getting everything else accomplished. I can whine and play the martyr card all day but ultimately my soul is my responsibility. And the bottom line is, I am commanded to love God with all my soul. If our soul is neglected and we are in the survival mom mode (that mode where laundry, groceries, chores, children are all we think about), we are at a disadvantage to “love the Lord with all our soul”.

These are some simple practical steps I thought of to tend to our soul:

-take a walk

-put on make up and do your hair

-take a bubble bath

- paint, draw, sing, dance…. spend time cultivating your gifts

- play! Go to one of those jumpy places and play just as hard as your kids!

- rest … take a nap!

- treat yourself to some coffee or sweet tea

- read a book

- I read a fantastic blog the other day that mentioned cleaning as tending to the soul. (This may not be so for some but I know I can not even begin to think on the Lord if my house is a disaster. ) In the response to the old adage to forget the laundry and play with your kids she responded, “We’re so wrapped up with encouraging mothers to love their children and delight in them (which we should do appropriately) that we neglect THE WOMAN’S SOUL. Ladies you have souls, you belong to Jesus, not to your children. ” [GospelGrace.com]http://www.gospelgrace.net/2012/05/04/you-do-not-belong-to-your-children-you-belong-to-christ/

She is right! Our souls do belong to Christ and it is our responsibility to take better care! I am so very bad about this. I get so focused on God has told me to do or a task at hand that I forget all about my relationship with the living God of this Universe. He created us for more than works and tasks. He created us for a relationship with Him. We must take better care of that place made just for Him to dwell, our inner man, our soul!

Happy Mother’s Day! May you find a way to make some space for your Creator and enjoy some time with Him!

Mar 142012
 

My son has been asking a lot of good and interesting things about God lately. “Mommy, where is God? Why can’t I see him with my eyes?”, my little logical little boy says. After fumbling a good bit over my words, I try to point Trey to what he can see: His creation!

My little boy shares his momma’s fascination with space! There is nothing that makes me stand in awe of the Lord like looking at the mystery of the stars and planets!

We came across this (and hang with me…. the Lord really showed me something!). This is a picture of the sun in comparison to the other planets.

I was pretty familiar with the scale of the Earth compared to the Sun. But seeing it in comparison really is amazing! But look at this next picture. This blew my mind.

Can you see what it says on the side? The text says that Jupiter would be one pixel at this scale and the Earth is invisible at this scale! Look at the grandness of God’s Creation! He is great and mighty! Earth is invisible at this scale but the Earth and all who inhabit it are not invisible to this Great and Mighty God.

I am apart of a Bible Study of Ruth, by author Kelly Minter. This week we are in the middle of the story when Naomi asks Ruth to go sit at the threshing floor (Ruth 3:1-6). This plot has always confused me and still does. It does not seem safe or in any way conventional but yet it works. Kelly says something in this week of my Bible study that really spoke to me.  ” No matter how we deem Naomi’s plot, one of the most remarkable and mysterious parts of life is how our frail and human plans somehow fir into God’s master plan…… Be blessed today that God’s supremacy and providence reign over all our plans for He directs our steps.”

Maybe I’m the only one, but I’m always afraid that even in my best attempt to follow the Lord and do His will, I will somehow mess everything up! But it is good to remember that this great God I serve, who made planets and stars larger than my mind can even fathom, is in control. He makes order out of my mess! If I walk with Him in obedience, He will ordain my path and work it all out!

“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24

Pursued and Loved!

 Posted by on February 18, 2012  1 Response »
Feb 182012
 

We are early in the adoption process. We have felt led to adopt for years but recently felt like God gave us the “green light” to start the process!

We are planning on adopting through our State via a private agency. We want to adopt a child under the age of four. A child has to be in the State system a certain amount of time before the State will relinquish parental rights in most cases. So anyway all that to say, if we get to adopt soon, our son or daughter is born and “out there”.

So, I was thinking about this the other day. I was wondering what they might be doing. What is he eating for lunch? Is playing out side? Is he sick (like their soon-to- be brother and sister are far too often this time of year)? Does he have a favorite animal like his silly sister? Does he still have a pasie like his sweet brother? Does  he have a favorite meal or drink too many cups of chocolate milk like two other kids I know? Does he love to dance (if not he will-we dance a lot in our family!)?

Most of all does he know we already love him or her so much? Does he know we think about him all the time? Does he know that every time we pray his big brother thanks God for him and prays for him? His brother is crazy about him! Does he know that his Daddy and I have been to several meetings in preparation to adopt him, that we are about to spend start going on a weekly basis to a training class? I got lost trying to find one of those meetings, drove all the way around Atlanta on 285, and cried thinking about him or her all the way around the city!

I paint custom art and started as a consultant of a direct sales company to help with some of the financial needs of adoption. I work late at night and sometimes (and only if necessary) early in the morning. I have even made sales calls – something totally out of my comfort zone – but the whole time I thought of him and it was worth it! We have even started cleaning and arranging our home in a way that would be conducive for our impending home study. His Daddy has rearranged his work schedule to go to meetings and training at the adoption agency.

Just as I would do anything imaginable and more for the children God has given us, we will do whatever we need to do for this little boy or girl whom we have not even met! It doesn’t make sense but we already love him so much! We already think about him! And we are working in every way possible to make him apart of our family!

But I am sure he has no idea! He has no idea that there is a family out there who loves him like crazy and is working to what we need to do to get him in to our family! I can’t wait to one day tell him what all was going on “behind the scenes” before we meet! I can’t wait for him to see how we pursued him, want to know him and make him apart of our family! 

So this got me thinking about God’s love.

Sometimes I doubt His love. Sometimes I wonder if He really cares about me.

But He reminded me that I too am adopted:

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have recieved the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry “Abba Father!”

-Romans 8:15

And He has pursued me more than I could know! He paid a much higher price! When I have no idea and can’t see Him, He is there. He is working. Even when I can’t feel Him, He is working and He is pursuing me with His love!

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. -Jeremiah 31:3

Morning light

 Posted by on January 13, 2012  2 Responses »
Jan 132012
 

I have pulled many an all-nighter in my day. I did not hang up my “night owl” ways when I became a mom either. I think I have gotten worse. I can be so much more productive at night! At night, no one screams  ”Mommmmmy, I’mmmm doneeee!” or “Juice! Please Mommy!” or “Mommy! Ella’s playing with the potty water again!” So I like nights and sometimes my work adds up and I catch God’s “sunrise spectacular” from the very beginning.

I love that dark blue color the sky gets right before the sun makes it’s debut! The night has been so dark but the light slowly starts to show signs of returning. The earth is still and quiet. The night is ending and the sun is just about to shine!

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I believe we see one of those “dark blue sky” moments here in the book of Ruth:

In just one short chapter, we find Naomi go from a wife and a mother of two sons – to just the mother-in-law to one seemingly foolish girl. All the things most precious and dear to any woman are stripped away over a series of 10 years. I can not fathom her grief.

Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left with her two sons. They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; … The both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.” Ruth 1:4-5

So what else is a woman to do (especially in that day) but go home.

When she arrives home with her daughter-in-law Ruth, the text says, Continue reading »

Dec 202011
 

Have become quite versed in making Christmas happen for cheap! I love giving gifts and am too stubborn to just tell the family “we are not doing gifts this year”. So I have been determined to make Christmas gifts happen, regardless of our budget!

Here are a couple of last minute cheap or free gift ideas:

Salt Dough Ornaments:

These are so easy! All you need is 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of salt and 1 cup of flour. You gently mix the three ingredients together and kneed for about 10-15 minutes. Once the dough is smooth, roll out and cut out your ornaments. And cut them out with different cookie cutters. I bake mine at 200 degrees for several hours. I then flip them and let them cool overnight.

I got artsy on the one above but you can make them as simple as you want. I even let my kids paint them and then write Merry Christmas on top as a gift for the grandparents.

Homemade Car mat:

This is so easy! I took a white curtain I was not using and cut it in half. I dyed it brown (optional). Then painted a city scene with roads and all on top. You don’t have to be artistic! You can just paint a simple road scene with no pictures. It’s most likely for a boy right?! If you are artistic have fun! I did mine in the theme of Savannah. I painted River Street, downtown, the beach, parks, a baseball field, and football field. I made one for my nephew with an “Atlanta theme”. Bottom line is it cost me almost nothing! It was time consuming but because I could fold it up and work on different sections at a time, it was easy to work on! You can spend as much or as little money on this project! It has a big impact and is more than just another toy! Two years later this is still one of my son’s favorite toys!

Dress up clothes: Last year I made my kids dress up clothes. I got some things from Goodwill and such but this is a simple pattern for animals. I just cut two pieces of fabric to size and sewed them around a piece of elastic. Simple and easy. Paint some masks from Michaels and your good to go. Here is my awesome husband modeling the frog I made. I wish I had a better picture but it is basically two flaps of fabric sewn to elastic… super easy!!!

Room Re-Do:

This year we are doing something different but fun for the kids! We are rearranging their room! This can cost as little or as much as you want! We are changing some things and they have some new ‘presents’ in each of their room but for the most part it has a big impact for a little price! On Christmas Eve they will sleep in our bedroom and wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap their door to find a “new” room. Santa and his elves will be working late but it will be worth it!

Happy gifting and Merry Christmas!