His Eye Is On the Sparrow and You



A few weeks ago, our boys found some baby Sparrows. They came running in with excitement, proclaiming they had rescued the babies. They were upset that the Mother bird had left them in the brush, near the back of the yard. They wondered how they would eat and survive. They insisted on us keeping them and feeding them until they could fly.


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Oh How We Need You!


This world can be so distracting. So many different things can catch our eye. From the gadgets, to activities, to entertainment, and sports, we can be so busy with nothing of importance. Having hobbies or being interested in one of those isn’t necessarily bad either. We just have to know where the limit is and if there is something more important we can focus on. Prayer is something of utmost importance in the life of a believer. It is the very thing that connects us with the Father, but it is very often set to the side.

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Encouraging Our Little Ones



We hear so much about encouraging the older children in each family. I’ve often wanted to read a post about encouraging our little ones since that’s what I have. My boys are all under the age of eight (8 1/2 he would say). It seems that those ages can be the “you’re in my way” age or the “no” age. They aren’t really mature as we’d like and they ask way too many questions that we don’t have the answer too. They are learning how to do certain things without assistance and it can tend to get messy. As I was praying last night and throughout today, I asked the Father how can I encourage my little ones and this is what I had written down.

We can encourage our little ones with our words. Words can leave a lasting impression, either for good or for bad. With children I think we tend to just say things at times not thinking a lot about what comes out of our mouth. They’re small and most of them are very forgiving. I know some nights I lie down and feel so guilty when I think of somethings I said to mine that day. They wake up the next day with smiles, hugs, and kisses. I love you’s slip from their lips and they seem to have forgiven without me even asking. I have been trying to be more intentional with my words towards my boys. I have been trying to pay attention when they obey or do something good and praise them for it. We can encourage them by praising their good deeds and correcting their bad deeds. It’s just in the tone and how we approach them.

We can also encourage them with our actions. We often say if you love me, show me. Our younger children probably feel the same way, but aren’t sure how to say it. Do I hug them and kiss them? Touch is a very important encouragement. Do I give them a high five when they do something awesome? I know boys, especially, like to be applauded. We can show our children we love them even when they aren’t showing us. That isn’t easy to do for me. When they are whiny and complaining, I tend to want to give them the what for. Instead, I can lovingly tell them how blessed we are and I can pour love on them. I can act on loyalty and not feelings. When I feel like snapping at them or being rude back, I can choose to show them love isn’t based on how I feel. Love is based on loyalty and commitment. Children understand so much, I just think a lot of them have a hard time conveying it when they’re so young.

We can encourage them with our attitude. This one is huge. We can say sweet words, but if our attitude isn’t sweet, it’s just vain. They will figure that out. Everyone loves a cheerful person, even more so a cheerful Mom. It can become mundane and stressful being a stay at home Mom. My attitude can become affected pretty quick when things get out of whack. I can become grouchy in two seconds flat most days. I blame it on the kids, but that’s not true. It’s just selfishness and childish. I want to be unmoved by circumstances so I don’t treat those around me unfairly. Our children (and husband too) deserve that. Our attitudes each morning and day can greatly encourage our children. If Mom is on their side, then what else do they need, right? I have prayerfully asked the Lord to help my attitude be one that pleases Him and will encourage my family.

If you’re not encouraging your little ones, don’t fret! Today is a new day. You can ask the Father to show you ways to encourage them personally and you can start now. Ask the Father to let you see your children as He sees them. They need us and we need them. I learn so much from my children, often how sinful and selfish I truly am. Go ahead and start encouraging today!

Father, we thank You for the gift of our little ones. They are precious! They can seem to get in the way, but really they aren’t. They are in our lives to show us ways You want to change us. Use our children to refine us and draw us closer to You. Help us to encourage those little ones who are still at home with us. May we love them, speak kindly to them, and smile at them often. May we be a light to our children so they can be a light to others. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

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Life Is a Cycle



As we did our Ecclesiastes study, I thought about life and it hit me. Life is hard and life is easy for everyone, not just me. It seems to be smooth sailing for awhile and then out of nowhere you’re shipwrecked. It seems you’re sinking and you can’t find a life saver anywhere in sight. Then, just when you don’t think you will make it, you’re safe again. If one thing has stood out this past couple of years it’s this: life is a cycle and it has seasons. So the question is, what do we do with these cycles and seasons?

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Are We Faithful?



Our lesson a few weeks ago in home school touched on the subject of faithfulness. We talked about what is to be faithful and how we can be faithful. We made a small list of things we are faithful with and a small list of things we aren’t so faithful with. It started a new saying among the boys which is cute, yet profound. Are you faithful to… fill in the blank. The funniest one would have to be: are you faithful to your teeth? So it triggered something in my little brain, are we a faithful people? What is faithfulness?

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Oh How We Need You!




This world can be so distracting. So many different things can catch our eye. From the gadgets, to activities, to entertainment, and sports, we can be so busy with nothing of importance. Having hobbies or being interested in one of those isn’t necessarily bad either. We just have to know where the limit is and if there is something more important we can focus on. Prayer is something of utmost importance in the life of a believer. It is the very thing that connects us with the Father, but it is very often set to the side.

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Love Isn ‘t a Feeling



Why do we let feelings dictate us? If things are going great and we feel awesome, then we act awesome. If things aren’t going great and we feel discouraged, we often act depressed. I’ve come to realize (through the Holy Spirit) that I let feelings dictate me a lot, more than I thought. If I’m not feeling it, I certainly don’t pretend. We hear a lot in the secular world that if you’re not feeling it, don’t fake it. On the other hand we also hear in the realm of Christianity that sometimes we have to set feelings aside and act as if we are feeling it. It’s a war within our souls and we must fight it.

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Trusting When We Can’t See



I don’t usually like surprises. I’m the one who likes to know the end of the story before it even begins.When it comes to life, I’m really not much different. I like to know what each day holds and more specifically, what the months and years hold. I’ve been learning that our Father doesn’t quiet work in this way.

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5 Things I Learned From Unplugging


This past December I decided to take a whole month away from Facebook. I usually take a break for a few days before the new year begins. I like to clear my mind and focus on the upcoming year. This year I knew I needed the whole month. We can all get sucked into social media. Some like it more than others and some thrive on it. I like it so I can keep up with family and friends. I do have to admit my friends list has grown though and includes people I have never met. So you can imagine that I don’t just get on a few minutes and get right back off. Like most of you, I get sucked in.

I guess it can be a multiple of reasons. We like to know what’s going on and for me, as a stay-at-home Mom, it makes me feel like I’m not completely out of the loop. It’s not a bad thing, but when it consumes you, it’s definitely not good. As I was writing in my prayer journal and reading some Bible before bedtime, the Holy Spirit began to show me a few things about myself. I thought I would share them on here for others to be encouraged by.

I don’t have to know everyone’s business or see every status update. Ouch, I know, that hurts. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in the business of others, whether good or bad. The happy news makes you want to just hug that person. The bad news wants to make you cry with them. Then, there’s the news that just makes you want to sucker punch someone. Emotions can bind us with those we’ve never met and more than likely never will. You feel as if you have to know what everyone is doing all the time. It can become overwhelming and very consuming. It felt good to not know everything someone shared. It felt good to not jump right on Facebook in the morning or before going to bed at night. There is nothing wrong with social media, if it’s kept in the rightful place. If I don’t ever get back on Facebook again, I will live, and so will you.

I can focus on the task at hand and do it well. It’s not very hard to get distracted in our tech world. Goodness. With t.v., tablets, phones, cameras, computers, and etc. we have a lot to choose from. I could go on and on with the technical distractions. I have a list each day of things to do. The list may not be long, but distractions can make it grow that’s for sure. I found that when I wasn’t worried about checking Facebook that I could focus a lot more on what is most important: seeking God, serving my husband, and training my children. It was amazing how I could wholeheartedly focus on cleaning, cooking, schooling, and helping my husband. I knew it would be this way, but I just never took initiative to get to this point. The Father wants us to be focused and to do our jobs well, whatever they may be. We owe it to others around us to be focused.

I can get more work done when my nose isn’t stuck online. When you focus on the task, that means you can get it done. When I focused on my list for the day instead of scrolling through Facebook, I actually got it taken care of and was able to sit down in the evening after supper. I thought why in the world did it take me so long before? Oh yes, Facebook. When I wasn’t grabbing my phone during a “break”, I went onto the next job and got it taken care of. It was so refreshing and wonderful! I knew the problem, but I didn’t want to take that step. I liked looking at everyone’s status updates and pictures. I felt it was my right. I tried to justify my actions by saying I can pray for them or with them. Using Facebook is not a bad thing, like I said before, but if it consumes you, I think it can be dangerous. It’s just like anything else in life, it can overtake you without you ever realizing it.

I compare less when I’m not on Facebook. This is one that I think every single person on the face of the planet deals with in their life. Whether you are on Facebook or not, you deal with comparison. Facebook ( or social media in general) just intensifies it on many levels.  Everyone naturally will post the good shots and the great news online. No one wants others to know they’re messed up, have issues, or don’t look like a beauty queen all the time. It’s human nature to cover up our weaknesses. So when you pop on Facebook you see the perfect people and you start to compare. She’s prettier, he’s more handsome, she’s thinner, or he seems to be better at this or that. You’re even friends with people you don’t necessarily like just to see their stuff. *gasp* It’s true, you and I both know it. Stepping away from Facebook helped me to not worry about others and how they are living life compared to mine. I don’t feel like I have to live up to others pictures or daily life. It’s been very refreshing.

I actually went to bed on time. Yes. I am a night time Facebook gal. I just like to unwind by scrolling through Facebook. Of course, I always said it would only be a few minutes. We all know how that goes. I would look at the clock and think what am I doing up this late?! Then, I would regret staying up too late. Since taking the Facebook app off my phone and logging out on the browser, I actually would lay down and go to sleep. I would check the emails that I had and doze off. It’s amazing how one decision can affect so many things. It felt good to not be up way past the time I knew I needed to be up. Being sleep deprived never helps the attitude or emotions.

This may not do anything for you and it may encourage or convict you. I am thankful I took the break and know now that I don’t have to have Facebook. I do love encouraging others on there, but it’s not my first priority. I won’t leave it for good, but I definitely won’t let it consume me again. Who cares if I miss a status update? Or some pictures? I’m making memories of my own and need to be focused on the most important things in life. It’s definitely something we can all look at and ask the Father how we should spend our time each day. As wives and mothers, we have a big responsibility to our husbands and children. We owe it to them more than anyone else to be focused and intentional with our days.

Father, I thank You for the privilege of the internet. Thank You for the technology that reaches across states, nations, and countries. Help us to see it’s place in our life compared to our family, friend, and jobs. May we never let anything consume us other than You. When we are consumed by other distractions, open our eyes so we may repent and let it go. We desire to please You and do what You desire. Thank You for the conviction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May we always heed to the Spirit and do as You desire. In Jesus’ name, Amen.




Anticipating 2016



I can’t believe another year has almost come and gone. I made it through 2015 alive! That is an accomplishment for sure. It’s definitely been a year of changes for us. Some changes I’ve welcomed with open arms and other changes I’ve refused to accept. Too bad we can’t pick the changes we would like to occur in our lives. That would make it a little easier.

We’ve had laughs and tears this year. We’ve endured sadness and joy. Through it all, I am learning to just trust Him. At one point, I got tired of hearing that. It sounds so cliche especially when you’re going through something so painful. I realized that the Father is always near. Through the changes He is still there and He is still cares.

I’m looking forward to the new year. I know there will be more changes, many that I’m not expecting, but I’m okay with that. I know that my Father sees it all and knows what we need for our life. That is something I will have to remind myself of, I know. I forget all too soon that I can fall back into the arms of my Father and I can trust no matter what.

I pray you can look back and see His hand in your life. If you aren’t as close as you should be to Him, then don’t waste time, ask Him to draw you closer. I pray you can look ahead to the next year with anticipation of what He will do in your life.