Goodbye 2012 trials Hello 2013!

2012 will end blessed for my family!

After months of big trials and ups and downs the Lord like always provided and comforted! Since August we have been trying to refinance our home, it finally closed in mid December! Why did it take so long you might ask?! Well that’s a long story, but basically our previous lender made a horrible mistake in our paper work a few years ago and was unwilling to take the blame, therefore they would not subordinate! We had an amazing man and his wife who fought so hard for us so that we could get away from this company that was everything we didn’t want to be apart of! The dishonesty was staggering. Everything is going great now, we have a new leader!! But, the last few months have been HARD! We sought the Lord daily during this trial and he 100% of the time comforted us and provided! I think about these verses in James 1

“2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. 6 But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”

Wow verse 5-6 are hard! Believing without doubt when you have no idea what you are going to do is REALLY REALLY hard! The Lord was challenging me with this daily! I felt like I have been saying ” ok ok God I get it” a lot lately! 🙂 I don’t want to be like a wave of the sea being tossed about…who would? I want to know that my father has it totally under control! During this time of ups and downs my husband heard a favorite pastor of ours Pastor Chuck Smith say these words “God is NEVER early and He is NEVER late, God is ALWAYS right on time.” WOW! That is so very true!

I rearly share anything about our personal finances, however I want to share an amazing thing God did!

Knowing that pay day wasn’t for another week and that we had NO resources…we were a tad on edge…ok A LOT on edge! We kept our focus on the Lord knowing that He would provide…even though we couldn’t see how. We were down to a few things in the fridge and few this in the freezer! Friends, I don’t know how but God provided! With those few things I was able to prepare 5 healthy dinners and 5 healthy lunches!!! Enough to make us all full! The dinners were some of the best we have had in months, absolutely delicious! I think anyone would have looked at what we had and said “no way can you feed your family on this!” but I did!! I almost can’t believe it! In the bible Jesus fed 5000 with the bread and fish…that was totally miraculous!! Jesus is still working those kind of miraculous things today all around us!

It was abundantly clear to us know matter what…God will provide in the most likely ways and the most unlikely ways! God had it all under control!

When facing trails fix your eyes on the Lord! He will not over look his son or daughter!

Today was pay day! We were able to fill our fridge and pantry! We were spending the afternoon cleaning (because we finally had cleaning supplies) when I came upon this verse on a sticky note:

“Those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles”

When I read this I cried! I almost couldn’t believe how the Lord showed this to us today! Just a reminder that trail or not…the Lord is ready and waiting to be a Father!

Smiles & Blessings on this lovely New Year’s Eve! Wishing you all many blessing in 2013!

Lord, can I stay here forever?

Five Minute Friday {stay}

Start:

It’s a happy morning! The smell of hazelnut coffee fills the house. Laughter is heard coming for the kitchen while the kids eat their breakfast. Daddy is in his office downstairs and the kids know it and are eager to go tell him “good morning!!” Breakfast is over the kitchen is cleaned and I sit at the table in the dining room watching my little play together! Elias is teaching the twins how to put the letters in a new alphabet puzzle…they just want to force them in like most toddlers do! The morning is filled with “mommy I love you!!” “let’s play together” “it is time for math?!” {he loves math}
I look at them and I am filled with so my joy I almost can’t handle it. These little people are my children!! The Lord gave these little to me! In that very moment my husband walk up the steps…his hair is a mess, he is in his pajamas, and desperately needs another cup of coffee…but…I feel butterflies in my stomach, the kind I felt on our first date, or when we got married, or countless times since we met! I’m so in love with him! My life is full of blessings! I’m a very blessed wife and mommy! I’m filled with love, joy and a lovely sence of peace! I close my eyes tight, eyelashes damp with tears of joy…”Lord, can I stay I this moment forever?!” is my prayer. I know that at some point the arguing and fighting will start, someone will hurt someone else’s feelings, he’ll have to go back down to the office. But right now is this very moment…deep breath…I want to stay here forever.

Stop

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A Little Encouragement!

Encouragement…Just what I needed today!

“Let My love enfold you in the radiance of My Glory. Sit still in the Light of My Presence, and receive My Peace. These quiet moments with Me transcend time, accomplishing far more than you can imagine. Bring Me the sacrifice of your time, and watch and see how abundantly I bless you and your loved ones.


Through the intimacy of our relationship, you are being transformed from the inside out. As you keep your focus on Me, I form you into the one I desire you to be. Your part is to yield to My creative work in you, neither resisting in nor trying to speed it up. Enjoy the tempo of a God – breathed life by letting Me set the pace. Hold My hand in childlike trust, and the way before you will open up step by step.”

– 40 Days with Jesus
Celebrating His Presence By Sarah Young
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory,
are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory,
which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
– 2 Corinthians 3:18
Yet I am always with you;
you hold me by my right hand.
You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will take me into glory.
-Psalm 73:23-24

The Gabby Mom’s – March Mission: Super Shots

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THE GABBY MOM’S
We Gab * We Giggle * We Glitter

Super Shots Review

SUPER SHOTS…what pop into your mind?

Honestly my first reaction was the thought of those energy drink in the tiny little Barbie size bottles.

When I heard I would be doing a review on Super Shots for this month’s Gabby Moms mission, I have to admit I was very curious!

But still what is Super Shots?

Super Shots are actually something amazing and oh so useful!

The Encouraging Mom Super Shots is a huge dose of well…encouragement, tips, ideas, and God’s Love! I guess they are like little energy drinks…but for your heart, mind and relationships!

The new program:

The Encouraging Mom is a new membership program from Eternal Encouragement that offers a monthly Super Shot – each month’s Super Shot has a theme and contains four products in a number of formats (eBooks, audio downloads and Chick Flicks). Each product is guaranteed to be New and Fresh and it’s only $7.97 per month for 4 total products a month!

This new program is coming soon at EternalEncouragment.com

I was so excited to get review Super Shots: Whinning – Winning the Whinning War!

I just want to give a little summery…

A few years ago I would have never thought I needed this…but…now at 6, I SO do! My Son has started using whinning to get his way in all aspects. It DRIVES ME CRAZY! Whinning to me is worse than Cars with Bass, Squealing Breaks, Nails on a Chalk Board and Neighbors that have parties in the Middle of the night all rolled into one.

The Tips that are jam packed in to this Super Shot are wonderful! Lorrie knew exactly what she was talking about! After just a few days using Lorrie’s tips the Whinning had nearly stopped! My Husband couldn’t wait to read this Super Shot as well! Now, we have this happy little face…

…Mommy and Daddy are happy too!!!

waiting, waiting, waiting…a little stressed…I will seek the LORD, great  is HIS faithfulness!

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.” -Lamentations 3:22-24

“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.” -John 14:27

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” -Romans 8:37

“Your word is a lamp for my feet,

a light on my path.” -Psalm 119:105

“The LORD has done it this very day;
let us rejoice today and be glad.” -Psalm 118:24

“How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” -Psalm 36:7

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” -Colossians 3:15

“Do everything in love.” -1 Corinthians 16:14

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” -Romans 5:1

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39