Coffee with Jesus…

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So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7

I was about to read my devotional and a prayer struck me. So I prayed, I read the verse and then an aroma wafted by my nose. I realized I hadn’t taken a sip of my coffee yet and voilà I was having coffee with Jesus!

The prayers of the day are many today, as everyday I guess, but today there is illness and spirit that need to be healed. I pray that the Lord will hear my prayer and bring peace to not only me, but those others who are also praying and needed answers.

Bless us this day oh Lord with peace and love for one another as we should love you! Fill our hearts with happiness, kindness, compassion and the zeal of David! Empty our hearts of loneliness, sickness, hatred and complaining. Thank you Lord for not forgetting about me. I am only one and you love me…

How great thou art! .

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Stranded at home!

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Help! I am stuck at home today and I must say I don’t like it at all.  I accomplished quite a bit, but I don’t like feeling like I can’t go anywhere. I have been watching old episodes of Alaska The Last Frontier and I can’t imagine how those people can make 9 months of winter without going crazy. Some of them appear to be crazy, but I would literally lose my mind if I lived there.

I am so grateful for a warm house tonight! -26 windchill right now. I hope that all are safe if you must go out!

My view is pretty dark right now. We are pretty sheltered in the trees so when the clouds parted today there was a beautiful blue sky, but looking toward the road was a nasty mess.

Dreams can come true!

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I am so excited to start a new adventure with Harlequin.com.  There is so much support and such great opportunity with them.  The challenges are realistic, the goals attainable and the benefits will help me grow into the writer I aspire to be.  Already the juices of creativity have begun to stir.  Every day, one day at a time, one hour at a time the written word will be captured for future readers to enjoy.  I hope and pray some of those words will be mine!

The first challenge:  Strangers on a train.  Stay tuned for a sneak peek as soon as I submit it!

Keep it moving!

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I was so afraid of becoming more of a couch potato when I started staying home.  I love to sit on the couch and watch TV.  But when I was working I needed that time to unwind and decompress.  Now I have all the time in the day to do that.  So I keep it moving now.  I stand more than I sit.  I try to keep moving throughout the day and I also throw in a little dancing now and then.  My kids like the cartoons that have lots of music, so when the music starts we dance!  I try to only sit on the couch when it’s nap time.  Then we have a little cuddle time too!

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I am not saying I exercise 12 hours a day.  I really don’t like to exercise in the typical sense.  I think it is so boring!  I like to put on my favorite show or the kids favorite show and clean my house or jump on the elliptical for a while.

 

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I find the best way to burn calories and keep moving is to take the kids outside.  Or do they take me outside?  I have trouble keeping them in sometimes.  They love to run and scream their fool heads off outside and I let them, because we live in the middle of nowhere and it’s fun!  Sometimes I chase them around the yard or we just go for a walk.

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The best workout in my opinion is raking leaves.  I am usually ready for a nap when I am done with that job!  It burns calories and makes the yard look pretty.

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I don’t do a total Yoga workout, but I love to stretch out my back and do some of the poses.  My kids are usually under me or hanging off of me at some point during the routine.  This picture made me smile.

 

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Really?  This is so true!  Give yourself a break.  We can’t be everything to everyone every second of the day.  You are who you are and that is that.  Be happy and content that you have given everything you can give.  And if you mess up, do better tomorrow.  Isn’t this what we tell our kids all the time, but when we make a mistake we can’t seem to forgive ourselves or just let it go.  Follow your own parental advice and learn from your mistakes, but do not keep beating yourself up for them!

 

Time saving tip: Save the dishes for the morning.

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For people who need everything spotless and organized this will not work for you!  For those who are tired and busy and just want to spend some time with their family in the evening, listen up.

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It’s ok to the leave some house work overnight in order to savor the last few hours of the day with your kids and husband. For me the early morning brings much energy and clarity. I leave my sink full of dishes at night and there is no House Keeping Fairy that visits my dreams to chastise me. Its ok!  Our kids are little for such a short time I feel like I should be savoring every second instead of making sure the dishes are done right after dinner. 

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There is definitely no manual to prepare you for the amount of work involved in keeping a house, a husband and children. All we have to go by is what our parents did. And if you are like me, you didn’t pay close enough attention to the details. I think living by our parents example is great to a certain extent. I also feel like we need to forge our own path with our own experiences and set of circumstances.

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My hope for you today is peace and love to fill your home. Relax and enjoy the time God has allowed us on this earth!

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I didn’t write this, but I wish I would have.  It’s lovely!  Enjoy!

My lesson for today

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I have been struggling with patience and it is really getting to me.  I can’t seem to hold anything in and everything is making me irritated.  I am reading “Reduce me to Love” by Joyce Meyers.  I have a couple of paragraphs to share that really hit me today.

Love is patient.  It is not in a hurry.  It always takes time to wait on God, to fellowship with Him. 
 
A person whose life is marked by love is patient with people.  He is even patient with himself, with his own frailties and weaknesses.  He is also kind.  He takes the time to listen to the elderly person who is lonely and wants to talk.  He is willing to listen to the same story four or five times just to show kindness.
 
The patient person is long-suffering.  He can put up with something uncomfortable for a long period of time without complaining.  He has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper. 

Wow.  Without complaining.  That is the kicker right?  We can be patient on the outside all we want to, but when we turn around and complain to whomever will listen it negates the entire patient moment we may have.  Bummer!  Called me on that one!

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The slow descent of snow is increasing the anxiety of a cold weary stay-at-home mom who can’t get to her chicken barn.  The chicks are about to be hatched and my barn is still in shambles.  Yikes!  What will I do.  Brave the cool temps and mounds of snow I guess, and start the arduous process of cleaning out what has been left for several years.  Alas things are looking up, the temps have been gradually improving and will hopefully soon be much warmer.  Until then we bundle ourselves in many layers and shed as needed.  Oh the joys of living so far north.

Tranquil Morning Catch-up

 

I sit in the quiet that has become my morning routine, wrapped in an afaghan (sp)made, with love, by a friend for my second born child. I was about to pick up a book to read and the thought struck me that I have been ignoring my first passion. Not ignoring so much as putting off. I worked all week last week and feel like I have been run over by a truck. It’s just crazy how soon the body gets used to a different routine. I am so elated to be back home with my morning routine. The smell of coffee and homemade toast waft through the tranquil cozy cottage we call home.

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Yesterday the kids had a blast working on their snow tunnel. Enjoy the pictures! I believe Spring will soon peak it’s nose around the corner.

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6

Looking for guidance and waiting for the divine answer is definitely not easy.  The waiting adds more anxiety and soon you may be mad about something completely different.  I am there, more than I am not.  Read the scriptures and let yourself get lost in the story of Jesus.  That is the only way that I can feel better and forget about what was bugging me.  Really we need to stop thinking about ourselves and our own problems and focus on what God wants.  Not so easy, I know!

Trust, Love, Patience, Happiness!

Have a blessed day!