Monday, April 30, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 5

In facing anxiety, it is important to cling to God. Trust in Him and He will give you peace.




How do you handle the dreaded middle of the night call? You know the one that I am referring to, especially if you have children.

It has been a week since we received the middle of the night call from Jacob. "Hey, can you come and get me? I have been in an accident."

Once Tim had left, I lay there in bed crying and praying. I felt like we were under attack and I was starting to panic. The thought made me cry even more.



All of a sudden, it just hit me; it was like a light being switched on. Yes, we were being attacked. Jacob and I are both trying to live according to God's will for our lives and it is getting someone's attention. Granted, I would rather not have his attention, however, it means that we must be doing something right.

Once that thought registered in my mind and my heart, I felt completely at peace. My prayers changed to praise and thanksgiving.

Finding Peace 


1. Slow down. When anxiety hits, slow down your thoughts. Try to really see what is happening and not allow your emotions to sweep you away.

2. Focus on your breathing. Focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Allow yourself to take several deep belly breaths until you find that you are feeling less anxious.

3. Be in the moment. Fully be in the moment so that you are able to understand what it is that brought on the anxiety to begin with. <-- for me, it was realizing that Jacob and I have gotten the evil one's attention.

4. Ask God for His peace. Remember that God is always there. If you ask Him for His peace, He will give it to you.



Let's read over Proverbs 3:5-8, pray over it and hold it close.

Proverbs 3:5-8 NLT
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Dear Father,  thank You for always being with me. When I feel anxious, I know that You are there. Please help me to trust in You with all of my heart and not to rely on my own understanding. Father, help me to seek your will in everything that I do and to trust that You will show me which path I should take. Help me to lean on You and not on my own wisdom. I live in respect and fear of You, Lord. Please heal my wounds and ease all of my pains. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 3

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 4


Your turn:

What do you do to find peace when you are anxious? If you have any tips, please share them below.

How can I pray for you today? If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,





Friday, April 27, 2018

Need To Improve Your Child's Self Esteem?

Encourage good behavior in your children and help their self esteem.



Let's work on being intentional about focusing on the positive behavior we witness in our children. As I sit here thinking about this, I am struck by just how easy it is to focus on the negativity.

It is oh so easy to see the flaws of someone and dwell on them. However, I really feel the need to find positive aspects to focus on. Good things that are done that, more often than not, go unnoticed. Find those good things that are being done, call attention to them, let your children know how thankful you are for whatever they have done.

Jacob is my "Messy Marvin". His room usually looks like a Tasmanian devil has just torn through the place. Whenever he comes out in to the kitchen, living room, laundry room it always looks like things have exploded after he has left the area.

See how easy it is to see someone's flaws? I do have to admit that Jacob has been "cleaning up his act". He has started reading the Bible, asking me questions pertaining to the Bible and has felt lead to clean his room. I am so proud of him. What is more important? I have been sure to tell him how proud I am of him :).



I want to make sure to encourage him and by letting him know that I am proud of him and his efforts to clean goes a long way in that direction. Mentioning how proud I am of him or thanking him for positive actions will also help with his self esteem. I want to be heard building him up; not tearing him down. Make sense?

I do know that there will be times when you will need to correct a negative behavior. When those times arise, be sure that your correction; your guidance comes from love and not from anger.



Ways to Offer Encouragement 


1. Keep on trying . Let your child know that even when something does not work out like he thought it would, he can keep on trying. Like maybe your child is trying to learn the clarinet and no matter how much he practices, he feels that he is not getting any better.

2. You figured it out . Once your child accomplishes a task that she has struggled with, celebrate with her.

3. Thank you . Thank your child for something that he has done.  Maybe he helped you to do the dishes, maybe he cleaned his room; let him know that you appreciate his help.

4. I love you. Let your child know that she is loved.

Proverbs 3:27 ESV
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

Dear Father,  please give me new eyes to see my child (ren) the way that You see them. Please help me to look for the positive behavior and to offer encouragement whenever I find it. Father, I want my child to hear me building him up with my words, not tearing him down. Thank You for presenting this opportunity. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

Don't Forget To Absorb

Lay A Firm Foundation For Your Child

Tips for the Why? Questions

Your turn:

I want to challenge you to not get pulled into the negativity. It is really easy to do. Look for those positive moments, and encourage more of them. Be your child's cheerleader. Do you have any encouragement tips that you can share? Please leave a comment below. Let me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,




Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tips On Forgiving

In relationships, like marriage, it is so easy to step on each other's toes. It is easy to say careless little comments, without thinking, that hurt the other person.



Tim is on call this week for work. This means that he has to be prepared to drop everything and give his full attention to work problems as they arise. Saturday night, he had planned things that needed tending to that kept him up until around midnight.

Shortly after he got in to bed, he got a call from Jacob letting him know that he had been in an accident and needed a ride home. Jacob is fine and so are the kids from the other car. However, this meant that Tim didn't get back to bed until 2 ish and it took him a long time to fall asleep.

All day Sunday, he had a short temper. He was so tired and felt like there was so much that he needed to remember to do. After all of our running, he was so tired and he could not think of what he wanted to eat. Then I remembered that I had saved some soup, that I cooked on Friday, just for him. I told him that he could have that. His response was that he really wanted a "good home cooked meal".

Okay, I am not going to lie, that statement was like a punch in my gut. It hurt me. To me, he had just said that my soup, which he had liked on Friday, was not a good meal.

He finally told me that he had something in mind that he wanted to make over the weekend, but he was so tired. I told him that was why I was trying to be helpful and suggest things that he could have. He told me he was sorry, we hugged a great big hug and moved on.

Oh, it would have been so easy to hold on to those hurt feelings. My emotions were already raw after Jacob's accident. However, it was better to forgive him and let it go.



Tips On Forgiving 


1. Try to put yourself in your husband's shoes for a few minutes. Look at everything that lead up to the careless comment.

2. Remember that through Jesus, you have been forgiven. That is a big one for me. It is usually the one that hits home and helps me to refocus.

3. Remember that your husband does love you. Show him love and overlook, let go, and forgive the careless comment.

4. Hug. It is beneficial for both of you.



Ephesians 4:32 ERV

Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.

Dear Father,  thank You for always being there. Thank You for loving me so much that You put my husband in my life. Father, I pray that You will help me to be loving and compassionate towards him. Whenever things happen that hurt my feelings, help me to always forgive him just as through Jesus, You have forgiven me. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading :

Don't Be Selfish

Wish You Could Change Your Husband

Your turn:

How can I pray for you today? Are there certain areas of your marriage that I need to be praying over? Please leave a comment below and know that I am happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Monday, April 23, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 4

With anxiety, it is too easy to place our focus on the situation at hand. Instead, we need to look to the One who is in control.




Taylor's graduation is just around the corner. I have very mixed emotions when I think about it. I am so excited and so very proud of him and all that he has accomplished in his college career. And then...

Well, honestly, I have to admit that I dread it. I don't dread it as in, I wish it weren't happening or that I did not have to go. I dread it for the what ifs.

What if some freak thing happens and I end up passing out? What if I get really sick and need to be hospitalized? What if my sensory overload kicks into high gear causing me not to be able to focus and I end up snapping at someone because of it? What if, what if, what If?

I can just about cause a panic attack just thinking about it all right now.

Let's read over Philippians 4:4-7, pray over it and hold it close.

Philippians 4:4-7 ESV
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Here are the same verses in the NLT translation:
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

1. Be joyful in the Lord. Rejoice in Him.
2. Be considerate, reasonable, gentle to others.
3. The Lord is coming soon.
4. Do not be anxious or worry about anything.
5. Pray about everything.
6. Tell God what you need.
7. Thank Him for all that He has done.
8. God's peace will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.



Dear Father, thank You for always being there. Please help me to remember to focus on You, rejoice in You and not to focus on the upcoming event that causes me distress. Help me to remember that You are the One that is in control and that by focusing on the situation at hand can in turn cause me distress. Help me, instead to cling all the more to You. Father, yes, I worry and become anxious over things. Please forgive me. Thank You for always being with me and helping me through stressful times. Please fill me with Your peace that transcends understanding. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

 Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 3

Your turn:

Is there an upcoming event that causes you distress? Leave a comment below and know that I am happy to help carry your load. I am praying for you.

Your Sister,



Friday, April 20, 2018

Tips For The Why? Questions

I do not handle change very well. When I know that an event is on the horizon, I need to "try" to plan accordingly. This is not always an easy task for me to do.

For instance, Taylor is graduating from Tech on the 5th (just a few short weeks away), so I need to be prepared. I try to think, in advance about making sure I have enough hydrocortisone with me. Oh and I also want to make sure that I take extra during that time.

Another thing that I need to figure out is my sensory overload issues. What do I need to carry with me, just in case I need it?



Yes, I can over plan things, but I would rather have too much of something than not enough. What hits me square in the face with all of this is how I seem to think I have any control over anything. God is in control of my life and I would not have it any other way.

The question I am thinking about today is what about our children? Will they be over planners like me? How will they handle things when/if those plans do not work out the way that they thought they would?

It is important to remember (me as well as the children), that God's plans are the ones that matter. He is the One that is in control.

So how do you, as a mama, handle the "why?" questions from the kids when the things they have planned for do not work out?



Tips For The Why? Questions 


1. Be honest with the children. Let them know that you cannot explain why things did not work out.

2. Pray with the children. Seek His guidance and understanding. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you.

3. Talk with them about Job and his suffering. What your children feel as a trial now, that they cannot understand, God has a reason for and He doesn't need to explain the "why's" behind what He does.

Proverbs 21:30 NLT

No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the Lord .

Dear Father, thank You for being in control of my life. Father, yes, I confess that I am an over planner. I worry over things. Please forgive me for this. Help me to know and understand that Your ways are not my ways. It does not matter what wisdom, understanding, or planning I have or that I put towards something, You are in control; not me. I pray that Your will be done; not mine. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

Lay A Firm Foundation For Your Children

Your turn:

How can I be praying for you today?

Do you have any tips to share that might help with the "why" questions that children Ask? Please respond below.

If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wish You Could Change Your Husband?



Be honest, there are certain things about husband that you wish you could change. Am I right? I have to admit, that yes, there are certain things that I have thought, "you know, if I keep doing this long enough, he is bound to change."

I know that is a control thing and if I am completely honest here, I never thought of myself as controlling. Oh, I do not want his personality to change, but, little things like actually getting his dirty clothes into the dirty clothes bucket. Or if he takes the lid off of the garbage pail because it is too full, then go ahead and gather it up.



I am learning, yes still, even after 30 years of marriage, that we are to be accepting of one another. In marriage, as with any relationship, you are going to get on each other's nerves, step on one another's toes, etc. However, to be accepting of one another is to overlook all of that. You love your husband, warts and all as hopefully, he does you.

Romans 15:7 NLT Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

The thing that I need to remember is that just like me, T is perfectly imperfect. I need new eyes to see him the way that God sees him so I do not always see the things that gets on my nerves. I need new eyes to see the best parts of him and not get bogged down in other areas.

God is the only one that will ever be able to love us unconditionally. He is love; after all. We love because He first loved us. We have the ability to show love and compassion to others because He, Himself loves us. He loves us so much that He sent Jesus to die on the cross for our sins. If you believe this to be true, then you know that your sins have been forgiven. God loves us that much. He forgave our many sins. To show our love for Him, we need to show the same forgiveness to those in our lives.

Dear Father, thank You so much for my husband. I honestly don't know where I would be without him in my life. Father, please forgive me for the times that I have tried to be controlling. Forgive me for thinking that I can change him in any way. Please give me new eyes to see him the way that You do. Help me to be as loving, accepting, forgiving, compassionate towards him as You are towards me. Thank You for loving me so much that You sent Jesus to die for me. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

 Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird

 Do You Do This In Your Marriage?

 Keep Your Marriage On The Rock

Patient and Listening Heart

 Don't Be Selfish

Your turn:

How can I pray for you today? Are there certain areas of your marriage that I need to be lifting up in prayer? Please leave a comment below. If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,






Monday, April 16, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt. 3



June 4, 2011 was the day that Phillip loaded up his car and drove two states away. We were trying to encourage him to think about getting his own place or, in my opinion, the better option, to pay us a little each month towards groceries. I was really wanting him to decide to pay us money to help with groceries.

God had other plans. He used that time to draw me closer to Himself by humbling me. You see, I was under the impression that because I was the mama, I had control. Ha! That was a hard learning experience for me.

I spent a lot of time crying and a lot of time worrying over my child. He was going so far away. What if he needed me? Would he be able to find a job? Would he have a place to live? Would he eat? Worry should have been my middle name.

It took me a while, but with time and a lot of prayer, I finally got to the point that I could untighten the knot in my stomach. I learned that while, yes, I am the mama of this child, God is in control of him and his life. I had to let go and trust Him to take care of everything.

That was very humbling for me. God blessed me with that child for those short years, now it is in His hands. But, of course, He had always been in control. He just opened my eyes and helped me to see it better.

According to dictionary.com, humble means not proud or arrogant; modest. Having a feeling of insignificance, inferiority, subservience. Low in rank, importance, status, quality; lowly. Courteously respectful. Low in height, level; small in size. To lower in condition, importance, or dignity; abase. To destroy the independence, power, or will of. To make meek.

Let's read over 1 Peter 5:5-11 GNT, pray over it and hold it close.

In the same way you younger people must submit yourselves to your elders. And all of you must put on the apron of humility, to serve one another; for the scripture says, “God resists the proud, but shows favor to the humble.” Humble yourselves, then, under God's mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.  Be alert, be on watch! Your enemy, the Devil, roams around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Be firm in your faith and resist him, because you know that other believers in all the world are going through the same kind of sufferings. But after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who calls you to share his eternal glory in union with Christ, will himself perfect you and give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation. To him be the power forever! Amen.

Did you catch all of that? Let's look at it in another way.



4 Steps to Untighten the Knot of Anxiety


1. Humble yourself under God's hand. Why? So He can lift you up again in His own time.

2. Leave your worries; your anxieties with God. Why? Because He cares about you.

3. Stand firm in your faith. Why? Because you know that there are other believers around the world that are going through the same kinds of sufferings.

4. Stay strong while you are suffering. Why? Because you know that after you have suffered a little while, God will personally perfect you, give you firmness, strength, and a sure foundation.

Dear Father, I pray that You will help me to humble myself under Your mighty hand and wait for You to lift me up again in Your own time. Father, please help me to leave all of my worries with You because I know that You care about me. Help me to ever be on alert and on watch because the evil one is prowling around like a lion looking for someone to devour. Help me to stand firm in my faith and resist him because I know that there are others around the world that are going through the same kinds of sufferings. Help me to remember that after I have suffered for a little while, You, the God of all grace, who calls me to share in union with Christ, will personally restore me, make me strong and give me a sure foundation. To You be the glory and power forever. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Be sure to read the other posts in this series:

 Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Facing Anxiety With Scripture pt 2

Your turn:

Is worry weighing heavy on your heart today? I challenge you to spend time this next week memorizing 1 Peter 5:5-11. Write the verses down on an index card and keep it with you. If you keep a journal, I encourage you to write these verses in there as well. Hold them close. Write down any insight that the Lord reveals to you.

Please remember that you are not alone. Leave a comment below and let me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,



Friday, April 13, 2018

Lay A Firm Foundation For Your Child



Babies are such a beautiful blessing from God. I love everything about babies. I love the smell of them, the feel of them, oh, I love it all.

Yes, I have even worked in child care over the years raising the babies. I would not work with another age group. Oh, I would help out, if needed, but my love is and always has been for babies.

I love their facial expressions when they see you and recognize you as someone that they trust. It is so sweet! And even when you think that infants don't have very long attention spans, their brains are like sponges when they are young. They absorb so much of what we teach them when they are little.

I have been studying Proverbs 22:6 ESV which says:

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

According to the commentaries that I have been reading (Bible Hub), the word train in Hebrews means mouth. Or from what I understand, it is like when your child is a newborn and you bring the bottle to him/her. You bring the food to his mouth. You make sure that all the nourishment his little body needs is provided for him. Over time, with a lot of patience, you are able to train him how to eat by himself. Then a little further still, he is able to learn to prepare his own meal, etc.



To me, what I see in this is that God's word is the source of nourishment. We need to start our children off young in God's word. Always trying to point them toward God.

According to dictionary.com the word way means a route or direction; a means or line of passage, such as a path or a track.

So, we train up a child by nourishing him; or feeding him on the word of God. And then we point him in the way that he should go. We help guide him back to God or should I say that we guide him along the path towards God. God is where our child should always hope to end up.

You know it is through our training of them at such an early age that lays a firm foundation for when they are older. Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Well, he may venture off the right path as he starts making decisions for himself. But remember,  all of the ground work for that firm foundation has been laid. God is the one that is in control. He will guide him back where he needs to be.

Dear Father, thank You so much for the children that You have placed in my care. Oh, they are such a blessing to me, Father. I pray, Lord, that my foundation building over the years has been good enough. I have tried to feed them on Your word and to guide them to You, Father. I know that they are now of the age of leaving the nest and having to make decisions for themselves. I also know that some of those decisions can cause them to lose their way. Just help me to remember that You are in control and You will guide them where You want them to go. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Your turn:

Do you struggle with keeping your kids still long enough to read to them? Oh honey, you are so not alone in this. Just do not give up on your efforts. God sees what you do, He knows how much you care about those children; just keep going.

Do you have any suggestions that you can share with other moms on how to keep their kids interested? Please post them below.

How can I pray for you today? If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,



Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Don't Be Selfish


And there the dishes sit. They have been sitting in the sink for 3 days now. Tim got home the other evening and prepared himself a meal, but he did not wash his dishes when he was done.

Okay, I could sit here with hurt feelings because now that time has gone by, more dishes have accumulated, but I will not do that. Why? Well, I need to try and consider him as more important than I am. I need to think over everything that lead to those dishes sitting in the sink.

You see, since I tend to deal with low blood sugar issues, he lets me prepare something to eat and eat it before he ever gets home. So, this allows me to have my big meal of the day as my lunch. This also means that I am not in the middle of trying to cook when everyone is getting home, the dogs are going bonkers and my stress level is through the roof.  Just easier on me all the way around.

Now, this means that once T gets home, he has to prepare something for himself if he wants to have dinner. Or I will have left overs from my lunch that he can have. Since he goes off to work every day and allows me to stay home, I can overlook a few dishes in the sink.

I do not want to be considered as selfish in his eyes or in God's eyes, for that matter. I want to help carry his burdens and not add to them, right? If I got on to him for not doing his dishes, it does make me seem selfish and my chastisement could add to stress that he may already be dealing with from work.

Show Respect

1. Look for ways to build him up. Be a source of encouragement to him. Be his cheerleader. 

2. Seek out opportunities to praise him in public. Avoid tearing him down in front of your friends, or his. Build him up.

3. Look for things that your husband does well. Ask God to open your eyes and reveal the best qualities of your husband to you. Once God reveals these areas, spend time letting your husband know how much you appreciate him and build him up.



Philippians 2:3 GNT Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.

Dear Father, Thank You for all that You do. Thank You for putting my husband in my life. I do not know where I would be without him. Father, please help me not to do anything out of selfish ambition, but instead to be humble in what I do toward my husband and always to consider him as better than myself. Father, this is an area that I know I need Your help with. I place it in Your hands and pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

1 Corinthians 13:4 GNT Love is patient and kind; it is not jealous or conceited or proud;

Dear Father, please help me to remember that all love comes from You because You are love. I am able to show love to my husband because You first loved me. Help me to be patient and kind towards him, not jealous, conceited or proud. I want to build him up and encourage him, Father. Thank You for all that You do. In Jesus' name, Amen.

You might also enjoy reading:

7 Verses To Pray Over Your Marriage

Is Your Marriage Normal or Weird?

Do You Do This In Your Marriage?

Keep Your Marriage On The Rock

Patient and Listening Heart

Your turn:

What areas of your marriage are you struggling with today? If those dishes were piling up in your sink, would it cause you distress? Please know that you are not alone. Leave a comment below and let me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Monday, April 9, 2018

Facing Anxiety With Scripture Pt. 2


I want you to close your eyes for a moment. Think back on a time in your life that brought you distress. If you are like me, you may not have to reflect too far back.

I am going to share one of those distressing times with you. Bear with me.

It was 2014, Tim had just found out that he had cancer. His mother was not being pleasant. I am not too sure about her, she seems to be someone that thrives off of chaos and negativity. So, needless to say, she stirs it up wherever she goes.

Tim was in the hospital and he was counting on his parents to bring me to see him whenever they went to see him. He wasn't expecting them to do anything extra. Anyway, his mom got ugly and started lashing out at me because she had to do something for me and it created a lot of unneeded stress for me especially since I was already dealing with Tim being sick. So, I decided to start driving myself to see him.

On the mornings that I knew I would be going to see him, I would be in a sheer panic just worrying over the what ifs of everything. You know, "what if I head out and have car trouble?" Or "what if I get lost?"

You see, I do not drive very much. I can drive and I will, if needed, but it stresses me out. So in turn, it adds to the level of anxiety I feel.

Every time I went to visit him, I made it there and back just fine except for a headache due to the stress of it all. I spent a lot of time crying back then. Tim had cancer; I cried. He had to be away from me; I cried. I had to deal with stress head on; I cried. I felt like a burden to everyone; I cried.



Let's read over Matthew 6:25-34 ESV pray over it and hold it close.

"Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.  But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."

Dear Father, thank You for always being with me. I pray that You will help me to not be anxious for anything. Help me not to worry about what I will eat, drink or wear because I know that You are the One that is in control, Father. I know that You take care of the birds and You dress the flowers of the field and You will do so much more for me. Help me to always seek Your kingdom first and foremost and trust that You will take care of the rest. Please help me not to worry over tomorrow because tomorrow will worry for itself. Thank You for all that You have done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Be sure to read last week's post:

 Facing Anxiety With Scripture

Your turn:

Tell me sweetie, what are the things in your life that are making you anxious? Are you like me in that the stress of it all causes you headaches and/or makes you cry? I hope that you know that you are not alone. Please leave a comment below letting me know how I can pray for you today. If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Even Through The Ups And Downs

Do you realize how important you are to me? I love these moments that we get together. I pray for you every day and I am so thankful that you are here.



I hope you don't mind, but I need to talk to someone. Taylor, or middle child, called last night. He wanted to inform us that he has taken another internship position for this coming summer. So,,,, he will only be coming home for maybe a week. Most of that time will be moving his things from Tech back home to be stored after he graduates. Then on the 21st of May, he starts work for this new company.

Oh, I am so excited for him. It is a great opportunity for him. This company is in the structural engineering side which is right up his alley. He was so excited telling us about it :). However, I miss him already.

Yes, he is still talking about going to Texas A & M in the fall. I just hope he thinks of everything because there just seems to be a lot of uncertainty around all of it.

Thank you for letting me get that out. I really do not have any one else to talk to. Please pray over all of this. Pray that I will be able to see the blessings. Hold me accountable, I really need that.



Things I am thankful for:

1. Tim is now using a Bpap machine and is sleeping so much better.
2. Taylor will be graduating from Tech 1 month from today!
3. Taylor is about to take flight. He will be working for a structural engineering company for the summer.
4. Jacob just got a new job. He hopes to start it on Monday.
5. I think that Phillip, Shannon and Joshua are doing well... I am not too sure (haha)
6. I have hydrocortisone to keep me alive.
7. I have been seeing a lot more bird activity at our backyard feeders lately. Very exciting!
8. I have had my parakeets one week today. I am now able to get four of them to perch on my hand <-- we have five.
9. I am thankful that you are here.
10. I am so thankful that the Lord has blessed me with so many things.

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Your turn:

I know that life can be a struggle at times. Please know that you are not alone. Leave a comment below, let me know how I can pray for you. If you will allow it, I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Patient and Listening Heart



There I was letting the steamy water pour into my right ear. After about a minute of doing that, I rubbed my ear in an attempt to dislodge any water that might still be in there. All of a sudden, there was a lot of pain. So, silly me, I guess I didn't believe it, I rubbed it again just to make sure. Yup, the pain was real. I did not imagine it. I had to quickly turn off the water and get out of the shower.

My body does not handle stress well at all. This sudden pain caused me stress. All I could think was, "quick grab a gown, put it on and lay on the bed", but that never happened. I managed to remember that I had hydrocortisone in the bathroom, so I took some, without water. I had to just let it dissolve on my tongue while I sat on the chair we have in the bathroom. I still ended up passing out. When I came to, I sat there and just cried. I am so thankful that God allowed all of the ingredients of hydrocortisone to be put together to keep me alive. I am so thankful that I had a bottle of the pills in the bathroom and that there was a chair in there.

About an hour later, T called on his way home from work and I told him what had happened. To him, his way of thinking had figured that I had had a low blood sugar moment. He did not listen to me. Instead of getting upset at him, I said, "no, I had major pain in my ear. Everything that happened stemmed from that."

It would have been so easy for me to get upset with him. What I had been thinking was, "my right ear is stuffed up, but you are the one that is not listening." However, I know that type of statement would not have helped anything other than venting my frustration.



In marriage, as with any relationship, we need to be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. I have to admit, that this is something that I struggle with. I am perfectly imperfect. I am a work in progress.

1 Peter 1:22 CEV You obeyed the truth, and Your souls were made pure. Now you sincerely love each other. But you must keep on loving with all your heart.

Dear Father, please help me to sincerely love my husband. Help me to keep on loving him with all of my heart. Please help our marriage to grow and be strong as You would have it to be, Father. I pray that Your will be done. In Jesus' name, Amen.

James 1:19 CEV My friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry.

Dear Father, please help me to learn to listen with all of my heart. Father, I want to be quick to listen to whatever is weighing on my husband's heart and slow to speak or become angry. Please give me a patient and listening heart. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Your turn:

How can I pray for you today? Are there areas in your marriage that needs prayer? If you will allow it I will be happy to help carry your load.

Your Sister,


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