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I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trust in Him at All Times

"Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
 My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
 Trust in him at all times, you people;

pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge."
Psalm 62:5-8
 
Cancer. Leukemia. Tumor.  Scary, ugly, nasty words that I pray I never have to hear in the same sentence as one of my loved ones... especially my children.  It absolutely makes me sick when I hear another horror story about a sick child.  My heart aches for those mommies whose lives get turned upside down when they hear that their baby is sick.  And I pray that I NEVER EVER have to be in that situation.  When I hear about another sick baby, another sad mother, I have to stop and ask myself what I would do if that was me?  Would I really trust God to bring me through?  Would I honestly let him be my fortress so that I would not be shaken?  Do I trust Him that if I am ever put in that place, that He would bring me through it?  Honestly, I do not know what I would do. 
 
The Bible tells us to trust in him at ALL times.  Not just in the bad times or in the good times but in ALL times.  Some people find it easy to trust in God during good times, but when affliction comes, they lose hope, and think that God has deserted them.  Others turn to God in times of affliction, but during good times, they turn their back on Him and forget He’s there.  We must trust in Him at all times.
 
"One thing God has spoken, two things have I heard: that you, O God, are strongand that you, O Lord, are loving. Surely you will reward each person according to what he has done."
Psaml 62:11-12
 
We have been told that God is strong and loving.  Strong meaning that he has the power to resuce us from any situation.  Loving meaning that he desires to work everything out for our good.  We have to remember these two things in time of trouble. I pray that I never face any hardships but we all know that God has not promised us a life free from any hardships.  I just hope that in those times, that I will let God be my rock and remember that He is strong and loving and will me carry me through whatever comes.

 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

More than you can take.

I Corinthians 10:13 is one of those verses that I have highlighted and underlined in my Bible, written on a post-it note, and displayed so I can see it often!
 
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it."
 
 " No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it." - The Message
 
God promises us that He will never give us more than we can handle.  We are burdended with chores and kids and to-do's.  We are busy with our jobs and all that goes along with that.  We are thrown a million different "problems" and told to go in a million different directions and oh yeah be sure to take care of everyone else while you do it.  When we feel like we just can't take it anymore, we have to remember these two facts: GOD IS FAITHFUL and HE WILL ALSO PROVIDE A WAY OUT.   I honestly believe that sometimes God pushes us so that we have to trust in Him and turn to Him to help.  He wants to help you.  He wants to ease your burdens.  When these things pile up, do we turn to God or look somewhere else for an easy solution?  And we are not alone. He points out that everyone has troubles to. So all those women that seem like they have it all together and have no tests in their life, don't be fooled, they to need help sometimes!  Trust in God's faithfulness and ask him for guidance and he will provide a way out! I have to remind myself of this oh so often!  
 

Monday, September 23, 2013

I could sing of your love forever.

I was rocking the girls last night and listening to Praise Baby.  It was singing "I Could Sing of Your Love Forever."  That song just moved me to tears as I rocked my babies.  I think of how much I love my babies and then it just almost overwhelms me to think that God's love for us is that times a million! 
 
He loves us more than we can even fathom.  I know with my girls, they can test me and disappoint me 100 times but I am still going to love them the same.  And God's love for us is just like that.  We are just like small children who push the boundaries and let our Father down over and over and over again.  But that doesn't keep him from loving us any less.  In fact, it is in those times that he tends to love us more.  It breaks my heart to see Hadley upset.  In those times when she cries and kicks and screams because she just doesn't know how to express herself, I just hold her close and rock her and let her know that I love her and that everything is going to be okay.  God is the same way with us as his children.  When we are upset or struggling and don't even know what to say, those are the times when he holds us closer and just loves on us even more.   
 
"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God." Romans 8:26-27

Isn't that comforting to know that he helps us most during our weaknesses?  Even when we don't know what to say or pray for, the Spirit intercedes.  And no matter how much we feel as if we failed, he is going to pick us back up and just love on us even more... just like parents do for their children.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Desires of your heart.

"Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart."
                                   - Psalm 37.4
 
We all have big plans for ourselves.  We want to marry a perfect man at the perfect age and buy a big brick house with a fence and a big kitchen and walk-in closets and have 2.4 kids and a dog that doesnt chew up our nice leather furniture or pee in the floor.  And we want to buy a big family luxury SUV and wear cute designer clothes and be skinny and fit and beautiful.  These are the desires of this world.  The Lord promises us that he will give us the desires of our heart IF we delight ourselves in him.  He doesn't say that he will give us what WANT because the rest of the world says we are supposed to.  When we focus ourselves on Him and truly DELIGHT ourselves in the LORD, the desires of our heart will change and he will give those to us.  I find that when I focus more on him, all this worldly stuff doesn't seem so important.  I would rather live in a shack and ride my bike and be completely filled with Him and have such a feeling of peace and comfort than to live in a big house with a fancy car and be empty.  
 
We often pray for what we want based on the world's standards and not so much on God's.  Once we truly understand God's purpose for our life and that he put us on this earth solely for the purpose of his Kingdom, only then he will give us those desires... when our desires line up with his plans.  I believe our heart's have to change to be in his will and be truly delighted in what He has blessed us with before we receive his full blessing on our lives. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

He gently leads those that have young.

Isaiah 40:11 is probably one of my most favorite and comforting verses in the whole Bible, especially as a young mother.  " He tends his flock like a shepard:  He gathers the lambs in his arms and  carries them close to his heart; He gently leads those that have young."
 
I can't help but picture a shepard leading his precious little lambs.  I see a pack of sheep following behind him and one little one in the back strugggling to keep up.  He takes it upon himself to pick that one up and carry it in his arms.  And then I picture a young mother trying to gather up her little ones that are running around screaming and yelling.  Her hair is in a messy bun, her makeup all out of place, and spit up and peanut butter cover her mismatched clothes.  And then I see Jesus come along beside her, pick up her bags full of diapers and snacks and the empty bottle she forgot on the table, open the stroller and gently place the quite smiling kids in it, and then smiles at her and holds her hand, opens the door for her, and guides her to where she needs to be. 
 
I take sooo much comfort in thie verse that even when I think I am at my whitt's end,

I know Jesus goes out of his way to help young mothers like me when we have our hands full just like the shepard goes out of his way and takes a little extra time to gather up his sheep that need a little boost.  And he takes care of our "little lambs."  He protects our children and holds them close to his heart.  They are not only cared for by us but also extra cared for by Him.  I honestly believe that He takes extra care of us when we feel like we are just overwhelmed and just can't do it anymore.  He reaches out a hand when we need an extra and he understands just how hard it is for "those that have young."

-Lacey

Monday, September 16, 2013

Give it all...

Last night at church, we had a guest speaker.  He talked about laying it all down on the alter for God and how God can not fully use us until we are willing to give it all.  Most of us (myself included) want to take up our cross and follow God except we want to hold on to certain things.  Sure God, I want to be a Christian.  Sure God, I want to do what's good and right.  Sure God, I want to spend time with you but..... Don't make me give up (You fill in the blank).... Don't make me give up my favorite TV  show.  Don't make me give up my Facebook or my social circle.  Don't make me get out of my comfort zone.  Or even more... don't make me give up my new pair of jeans or my new boots so that I can use that money to further your kingdom.  Don't make me give up time with my husband and kids to serve you.  Don't make me give up my one morning to sleep in to go to church and worship.  And please oh please don't make me have to talk to someone about their salvation.  But God, sure I will do whatever you want me to... as long as as I am comfortable and it makes me happy!  Or how many times have we said, God show me your will but make sure it aligns with my plans.  As silly as this may all sound, it is exactly how most of us think! 
 
Until we can figure out that God is in control of everything and everything belongs to him, we are going to have a hard time to rightfully and truly live in his will.  And when we decide to finally give it all to God, we will be truly and fully blessed more than you can ever imagine. 
 
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.  Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but BE TRANSFORMED by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - HIS GOOD, PLEASING AND PERFECT WILL." - Romans 12:1-2
 
In order to fully receive what God has in store for us, we have to give up the rest!  Do not think of it as "losing" something.  When you give it all to follow Christ, you will gain the comfort of knowing that you are living in God's will... his pleasing and PERFECT will.