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!

Pursued and Loved!

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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

Sep 152011
 

We live in an apartment. Even though my husband and I both grew up in the suburbs, we  have a deep city-love! The way I feel when I look at a city skyline at night is how other people may feel about a beautiful waterfall. We aren’t downtown but we are “in the perimeter” and we love it! This is definitely one of my favorite places we have lived!

The main reason we moved where we did was to be close to my husband’s work. He leaves 10 mins. before he has to be at work verses an hour. He also comes home everyday for lunch. Since moving, we have gained 3 extra hours together as a family (three hours my husband would have otherwise been in the car)! It’s been awesome!

When we moved in, however, I had my usual doubt. I started to feel guilty because my kids didn’t have a big yard to play in nor could they run around the house as they please. The only three bedroom apartment available at the time was on the second floor, so we have neighbors under us. (And bless their heart!) So I don’t allow my one and three year old to run wild all the time. Jumping makes a lot of noise and my flat footed son has the loudest run in the universe so I try to keep all that at a minimum. Continue reading »

Aug 312011
 

So do you have a Pinterest account yet? Oh my…. it is indeed an addiction! It is great though! My creativity gets flowing and I do actually try some of the ideas and recipes!

Here are some of my favorites!

I don't know if I should say this is one of my favorites or if its my husband's?!

These are delicious! I made the chicken before hand in the crock pot with a Chipotle marinade. Then followed the recipe. They are very filling and made a good bit… I love left overs!

These were super easy! I keep chopped pepper in my freezer. If you cook the sausage before hand, they are nothing to assemle in the morning! I really like the whole muffin tin thing! You can have breakfast cooking while you do the hundreds of other things that demand attention in the morning!

Okay this one I have not tried yet. But how stinkin’ adorable is this! I can not wait for fall! This pumpkin cake is a must for this season!

Happy (almost) Fall! and Happy “Pinteresting”!

Trisha is a wife, mom, friend, artist, blogger, couponer, homemaker, cook, and bargain shopper… through God’s amazing grace and love she lives for Him! For more about her check out her blog: writingaboutthejourney.wordpress.com

Aug 112011
 

Today is actually my 26th birthday, but let me tell you, my memory does not reflect my age! I have a terrible, terrible memory! Names, scripture references, lyrics to songs, phone numbers, dates, and deadlines all get lost in my brain. Unless there are pictures or video of an event, I will not remember much of it! I blame it on being creative, somewhat of a dreamer, or maybe because I am a little (ok maybe not so little) bit ADD. I don’t know but I have an awful memory!

Recently, the Lord has had me camped out on the idea of “remembering”. Remembering who He is and remembering what He has done in me and my family have become extremely important to me!

We recently came through a very tough season emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. On this side of the struggle, I can look back with pretty good perspective. (Hindsight is 20/20 right?!) But instead of feeling victory, I am tempted to feel fear. The journey was rough. I am afraid of what could be ahead!

But the Lord has been teaching me in this “in between time” to sift through our experience and remember Him. To look back and remember what He did, to remember how He pulled us through and to remember He taught us so much gives me strength to look ahead!

“Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered” Psalm 105:5

I do this in very practical methods! Things as simple as scripture index cards above my sink keep my heart and mind focus on His truth during the most mundane moments of the day (the times when the enemy wants most to talk to me). Scrapbooking is a very therapeutic way to reflect over a past season and see what God has done. You must be intentional though to point out and write about the Lord’s victories in your family instead of  only family milestones.

My favorite and most visible way we tackle the art of remembrance in our home is through our “Memory Wall”! I may have mentioned it before. Every time we have moved it has grown. We think of more ways and more things to remember!

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