Thursday, July 25, 2013

Angels in the Classroom

This is what makes teachers great! Determination, patience, faith and love! Teachers are truly Gods ambassadors on earth! Thank you Ms Nicky for your love for our little man and God for always placing someone to help! Thank you to all you teachers out there:)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Proverbs 31 Woman

Join me in my journey to be a Proverbs 31 Lady! She is who could change the world.....

10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman | A Virtuous Woman

Here at A Virtuous Woman, I want to encourage women to serve God in every aspect of their lives. Being a Proverbs 31 woman is not about be “perfect.” It’s about living life with purpose, diligence, forgiveness, and repentance. 
You can download the 10 Virtues of the Proverbs 31 Woman here. Perfect to frame (8″ x 10″) or place in your Household Notebook.
1. Faith - A Virtuous Woman serves God with all of her heart, mind, and soul. She seeks His will for her life and follows His ways. (Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 31: 29 – 31, Matthew 22: 37, John 14: 15, Psalm 119: 15
2. Marriage – A Virtuous Woman respects her husband. She does him good all the days of her life. She is trustworthy and a helpmeet. (Proverbs 31: 11- 12, Proverbs 31: 23, Proverbs 31: 28, 1 Peter 3, Ephesians 5, Genesis2: 18)
3.  Mothering - A Virtuous Woman teaches her children the ways of her Father in heaven. She nurtures her children with the love of Christ, disciplines them with care and wisdom, and trains them in the way they should go. (Proverbs 31: 28, Proverbs 31: 26, Proverbs 22: 6, Deuteronomy 6, Luke 18: 16)
4. Health – A Virtuous Woman cares for her body. She prepares healthy food for her family. (Proverbs 31: 14 – 15, Proverbs 31: 17, 1 Corinthians 6: 19, Genesis 1: 29, Daniel 1, Leviticus 11)
5. Service - A Virtuous Woman serves her husband, her family, her friends, and her neighbors with a gentle and loving spirit. She is charitable. (Proverbs 31: 12, Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20, 1 Corinthians 13: 13)
6. Finances - A Virtuous Woman seeks her husband’s approval before making purchases and spends money wisely. She is careful to purchase quality items which her family needs. (Proverbs 31: 14, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 18, 1 Timothy 6: 10, Ephesians 5: 23, Deuteronomy 14: 22, Numbers 18: 26)
7.  Industry – A Virtuous Woman works willingly with her hands. She sings praises to God and does not grumble while completing her tasks. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 16, Proverbs 31: 24, Proverbs 31: 31, Philippians 2: 14)
8. Homemaking – A Virtuous Woman is a homemaker. She creates an inviting atmosphere of warmth and love for her family and guests. She uses hospitality to minister to those around her. (Proverbs 31: 15, Proverbs 31: 20 – 22, Proverbs 31: 27, Titus 2: 5, 1 Peter 4: 9, Hebrews 13: 2)
9. Time - A Virtuous Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those things that do not please the Lord. (Proverbs 31: 13, Proverbs 31: 19, Proverbs 31: 27, Ecclesiastes 3, Proverbs 16: 9, Philippians 4:8 )
10. Beauty – A Virtuous Woman is a woman of worth and beauty. She has the inner beauty that only comes from Christ. She uses her creativity and sense of style to create beauty in her life and the lives of her loved ones. (Proverbs 31: 10Proverbs 31: 21 – 22, Proverbs 31: 24 -25, Isaiah 61: 10, 1 Timothy 2: 9, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 6)

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cracks in our Foundation

Well it's been the week of the contractor! I've had painters, builders and demolition contractors surely my sons favorite!!! You see our beautiful back deck had a small crack in it...over time the wear and tear allowed the elements to creep in. Eventually it couldn't withstand the pressure and broke down! Hence the need for a rebuilding, ground up! The contractors are amazed a sturdy beautiful strong brick and cement  structure could break down so much, from outside appearance you would never know it wasn't built correctly. The outside looked far to beautiful for that!

I'm not in the least amazed! I know all about that. 9 months ago life eventually cracked a part of me! Years of health issues weighed far too heavy on my core! Little by little I allowed the access for the devil to creep in! For once in my life I doubted! My faith wasn't the same, I doubted that God had a good plan for me. With that brought tremendous fear of my future and anxiety took over my life daily! Since most of it was due to health issues that continued to surprise me I had most phobia around my health, the devil had a hold of my mind!

A friend told me not too long ago she was so confused. She saw daily what my life truly looked like yet she would get on Facebook and be so confused! My highlight reel was much further than the sad reality I was living! It made me realize that it wasn't my authentic place it had been my escape! Being far away I could hide my imperfections through happy pictures and cute sayings of my kids! When the reality of it was I needed to type in caps--- LIFE IS HARD, PRAY FOR ME NOW!

The devil likes our hypocrisy he likes the highlight reel! He wants nothing of honesty and connection! The truth is daily I fight the anxiety about my health! It has failed me so much, so young that I worry for my future! Having two kids has also added to that fear and each day I pray not selfishly but for me to transform my health for my kids! That God protects me for them! 

I'm happy to say honestly I'm able to talk through the anxious thoughts! They aren't eliminated and each time I see an ambulance I remember riding in it and leaving my car with two babies behind or every day I'm alone it seems to hit harder! Yet I'm learning God is there and he has placed beautiful angels around me that are walking me through it in different ways!

So today my highlight reel is this Life is Hard, Please pray for me! We all have cracks that the devil can creep in yet we also have a God who can rebuild! The ultimate contractor:)

Monday, July 1, 2013

Manic Mom Moments....

I picked up the phone. I had enough. It was Presley's first birthday....why was everything going wrong- AGAIN!  All I wanted was to enjoy her first year doctors checkup. Brag about her milestone accomplishments, talk about what to look for and chat with my favorite nurses and Dr. Andy.  Instead my morning looked far different.   My daughter had broken out with huge red whelps all over her body.  Instead of the cute bow on her head to match her birthday outfit I so had planned, I needed a mask to hide the scary.  All I heard was may be chicken pox, take her in the back door.

Another call came can't watch Cash today have an important meeting.  This one came often from my husband.  Could he not just go and at least help me.  Take 10 min out of his schedule to join me for his daughters check up....nope just couldn't do it.  So I packed them up fast and furious and I dreaded the visit ahead. I began to pray this could go perfect, he could shock me with sitting still at 2 1/2.  Cash could be a sweet quiet angel, instead of "Crash" that we all know.  God will surely do this for me, I've been so faithful.

We go into the back to find Presley just had bug bites.  One positive.  Then all hell broke loose.  Not sure anything standing still at Southlake Pediatrics.  Nothing I did helped.  With a naked baby on my hip and chasing another off the blinds, the roller stool, the cabinets, the nurses.  An hour and a half later the lid blew off.  I couldn't do this anymore.  Life as a Mom was too hard, I surely was failing.

In the middle of the appointment the doctor stopped, looked at Cash and said are we still having energy problems, over energy.  I don't think I needed to answer.  Our vibrant and social baby boy decided it really should be his day after all.  Who could ignore him.  Mortified, ashamed and beyond broken I was that day on June 26th.

I no longer got to the car.  I decided I had to call my husband.  I had to finally set the line on how long I couldn't be here alone anymore.  Although I have numerous sitters, neighbors who drop everything for us, it wasn't my family.  My family was the answer, they could help me survive the 2's for sure.  I did it the thing us married couples hate.  Threatened, bullied and blamed.  I was far from Eve in the Garden of Eden.  I had fallen from Grace.

If I threw it on him it wasn't my fault that this child was beyond untameable.  Or my life was.  It wasn't until the next day, the next bad report at school at pickup did I finally get it.  Who was I really upset about?  Was it that I was really that concerned about Cash or was it what everyone thought of me?  Was I scared of imperfection, uniqueness of the daunting character building God had given me.  Was I afraid to fail at this too?

Since that day I've realized that maybe Cash is normal.  That at 2 he is a boy and has some energy.  That God forbid he likes people, he likes to be a little wide open and that he doesn't sit like a perfect angel no sir, yes mam.  Cash I've learned, through Gods goodness, is extremely bright.  Unfortunately I may have doubted that---he is beyond.  He gets bored, he likes challenges and maybe he is a little fiery like his Mama.  Maybe with a little boundaries, I can still allow Cash be Cash and that's perfectly ok.

I read this article on Huffington Post not too long ago, really sums up society's expectations of our tots.  Then we wonder when did it go from learning to color in Kindergarten to reading a book....when did we start growing our kids up too fast.  Putting too much pressure.  Taking away their childhoods.  Maybe we should all allow our kids to grow at their own pace. Without labels and milestones and realize each breath they take is a beautiful milestone all on its own.