I am going to do a 7 day juice cleanse. I’m hoping that by doing this I will kickstart my diet change. You see recently I have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and at first I didn’t think to much about it and I pushed it off to the side. Well now that I am feeling like my old self again…and have found reason to live I am going to have a serious lifestyle change. So over the next 7 days I am going to be leaving my concerns and any conflicts I may have. I just feel sorry for my kids and husband as I may become a bit HANGRY! LOL!
As far as my photography venture…I’m not doing it anymore for money. So if anyone needs pics done. I am doing them for no cost at the moment since so many people have lost so much in the floods over the last year I want to give back to them. We came so close to loosing a lot during Harvey. We did have some damage but not as much as some people had just down the street from us. I am ready to give back to our community in any way that I can. So that is why I’m waving my fees for now.
On another note…I’m going to have a middle schooler in a month! That is such a scary thought! My oldest is trying out for band tomorrow night and he is so excited. I don’t know what it will be like yet. We are so excited that he is advancing in all aspects here. He has come over so many challenges along the way that I am so proud of him and excited for him.
We have made it back to the States and have transitioned into our new home. After being back a month I can tell you that we miss some things about living over seas. Our friends that we have made over there, the weather, the travel, the family time, ect. But…There is so much that we love about being back as well. Being close to family and friends, understanding labels without having to look up words, everybody speaks your language and you can understand one another. It’s a lot of little things that make us glad to be home. We are loving our new home and neighborhood. The kids will meet their new teachers tonight and see what their new school looks like from the inside. We are really excited about this new phase in our lives.
Yesterday, I was going back and looking at my journals that I wrote when I was 12 and reading about what a new school year was going to be like without my big brother Rob around to help walk me through the rough days at school. Luckily that’s where my other Older Brother Scott came in. He told me that I could call him whenever I wanted to get advice about anything at all. He was very understanding about all my concerns. Going into a new school year as the girl that everyone knew had lost her brother was a scary transition for me. Now as I see my kids going into a new school with such transitions as being the new kids in class that no one knows a thing about. I see their excitement and I shared with them some of the advice that my brother Scott gave to me…Other than the typical big brother advice of tell them you have another older brother that will kick their butt if they try to mess with you…LOL he said that he would always be there and we could talk about anything. If someone did say something mean he said to think that they may be going through something and don’t know how to express their true feelings about what is going on in their own lives. I wrote down in my journal that day that I am one of the luckiest people in the world who has such a caring and loving brother to look out for me. I miss both of them everyday!
So as I am starting this new journey to Norway. I am starting to get anxious about several things. Moving, being lonely, missing the family, ect. I am ready to give all my anxiety to the Lord.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Jesus asks us to yoke up with him in our hard times. for he will help carry our burdens and when I picture this I picture one strong horse and one weak horse held together by a harness. Yet when they work together the stronger one helps the weaker one and they get through the job together. I must let Jesus be the stronger one to get me through the anxiety. He will always be there for me and help guide me.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
This verse is strong because not only does he take our anxiety away but he will give us peace! Wow! How strong is that? We can always use more peace! A sense of peace is powerful. Just to know that he has our back and calm any situation. This means more to me right now than anything else in the world.
With all my thoughts going in circles I must remember that through the word and prayer I can have all the things that he promises to me. I must remember all these things over the next few weeks and months!
Lost in Translation
Lost in work
Lost in time
Lost in the transition
Lost in the world of our children
Alone in the world
But being a christian we are never Lost! Praise! The reason we are never lost is because God is with us always. We should always lean on him even when we feel lost and never give up! God wants us to go on and thrive within him. I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD; I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only. Psalm 71:16
It’s hard not to feel lost. But we can all know that because we are Christians and we are called to share the faith. And when we want to give up on that God calls us to persevere and march on. He wants us to spread his love and share the gospel as much as we can.
As part of Five Minute Friday. I invite you to come join us! The word today is Lost!
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So I am joining a new twitter party for bloggers who like to write and the word of the day is Release!
Wow, ok So I have a lot to release. I need to release a lot of anger and frustation into the hands of the Lord. I am not a happy person for the hurt that has been done to me. I am a christian who was hurt by another christian. I thought I could count on this person but as it turns out I was only there for what they wanted to use me for. And as soon as I filled my purpose for them I was tossed aside like garbage. It made me not want to go to church anymore or trust half the people that I was friends with from that portion of my life. So now as I begin the RELEASE process with this person. I will pray for them and that they don’t hurt another person in such a way. I am a better person without the hurt of a fellow christian on my heart. Yes we can hurt one another and even though we think we are doing the right thing. God uses those people that hurt us to build up our confidence in him. He asks us to release all our worries and concerns to him. The all mighty. I feel that even though this person has hurt me so. I will show this person love through all the bad. Because that is what God asks us to do.
I am also going to release the anger I have towards family members. We are taught that Family is important no matter what they may do. So even though words will hurt us we have to raise our chin and let it go. I am stronger than the hurt words and even though they hurt I know that it is God that will help guide our tongues and words as we talk to these hurtful family members. So with this I release the hurt of the words.
God asks us to release all things to him. So I write today in order to RELEASE all pain and frustration.
I am reading this book right now entitled “Defending the Faith” by Mary Jo Sharp. In the first chapter she asks this very question. So that got me thinking Why do I believe in God and why do I find the bible credible. I have also done the bible study that goes along with this book entitled “Why do you believe that?” by Mary Jo Sharp as well. Although that was last summer so I thought a little refresher would be appropriate for what I am trying to accomplish in my blog. Asking the “Hard” questions. The reason I think we should all be asking these questions to ourselves and others is because we are the light of the world and it is our honor to show the love that we have received from God. I do feel like it’s hard to be honest with others without knowing what believe is true is true. For instance if I told someone that I believed in something but didn’t know why I believed in it, it would be hard to convey that I really believed in what I believed. So we must ask ourselves this question Why do I believe in God? Or is the bible really true? How is it that we can claim it’s truth when we don’t investigate the truth for ourselves?
Growing up in a christian home I was always taught that Jesus loves me and that he would answer my prayers as long as we asked. Now when I came to Christ in 6th grade after the death of my first brother I never thought about what it truly meant and why so many people in church would always say I’m good and put on such a happy face when asked How are you today. Without being honest with me or with themselves. There were so many times that I wished I could just scream I am not fine I need help! But then that wouldn’t be the “christian thing to do” but the reality of it was they would probably have said it’s ok let’s pray together and let me know how I can help get you through this together. God works through people to get things done and we can all ask him for his guidance and ask him to show himself to us. Especially in our times of need. You see after my first brother passed away I had a hard time with it. I was mad and angry with what was going on. But I had a friend who cared deeply about me and who brought me to church and had my eyes opened to what being with Christ really meant. Carrying him around with me all the time. Living out his word and sharing it with others. I am beyond thankful to her for getting me out of the dark place that I was in. It’s not just about believing in God. It’s about knowing why I do.
I should answer the first question of do I believe in the bible? I do believe that the bible is true because Jesus’ resurrection is a true event there is actual evidence that supports he died and was in a tomb and then the tomb was empty! That was huge. there is an actual tomb in Israel that is empty because he is not dead! So through that I believe that the bible is true. And because I believe that the bible is True I believe in God. That he is the creator of all the land and universe. There is a video by Louis Giglio that talks about How Great is our God. Here is the link to that video:
He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ “
Our God is so great that he sent his son down to us to die for our sins. WE are all sinners in this world.