A place of encouragement:

Living By Faith, Walking in the Light, Saved By His Amazing Grace

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

A Whole Lot More Than I do.....

She comes to me with flowers.....My little Flower Girl. And she is one of the many precious reasons I'm letting some things go for a season. I've said "no" way too many times to that precious smiling face. I bet she will enjoy hearing yes for a change.

This little pumpkin, she stole my heart. The 6th time around I might add......And I have to say You really do love each one just as much as the first! But you do love them differently, because certainly they are all different.

What will I be doing while I'm away? Soaking in His word a whole lot more than I do. I'm sure I will be reading lots of great books right before bedtime.....I have visions of making, baking and creating with little hands and curious eyes......Saying yes a whole lot more than I do. Finding more time to live this life real.......

Oh I'm sure I will be back but, only when He says it's time.........In the mean time I will be taking lots of pictures and making lots of sweet memories. I wanna touch the lives of the ones who call me Mama. I wanna love on the one that keeps me grounded when this life of mine seems to take flight. I want them to know they are my priority. I want God to know He comes first.

I want to be filled with Christ so that others see only Christ in me........

He has asked me to TRUST Him and let go of what keeps me from Him.......I need to move. I'm going to move.........

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Putting This Place On Pause

Precious Friends,

So many days and hours spent here in this place. So many times I have been convicted by the very words that have been tapped out  in the quiet of the night.

I've been known to make excuses for the reasons I stay. Yes I believe that places like this are good to help uplift and to encourage but, sometimes I have to wonder, I have to ask what my real motivations are......Why at times I feel so compelled to stay.

Because if I were to be real, a place like this can make you all puffed up. Make you feel like your accomplished.....Make you confused about priorities and where they lie in this life. Make you someone your truly not.

You know me I'm all about being real....and I must tell you.....

I'm a failure.....

I fail daily. I handle my day to day tasks like they are heavy burdens to bare. I've been known to throw my hands up in the air, raise my voice and call it quits.

I fail daily at soaking His word in.....And it's places like these that take me away from the living. I've been known to blog about precious moments and prioritizing our time. And yet I still fail at this very same thing.

God has pressed upon my heart time and time again that virtual worlds cause Real life neglect. I've been given precious gifts. I've unwrapped them, been in awe over them.......But have never really given my 100% to taking care of them the way that they should be taken care of.....

Oh and I know all about grace, but grace is not an excuse to keep on making the same mistakes.

I love to write. I love to share what works and what hasn't. I love to share what God has taught me and He still continues to teach me every day.

I must tell you that the only way to truly make an impact for His people is to be present with His people. The virtual world can not make an impact like the gift of a real person serving another real person. To touch, smile at and love with real precious, spoken, audible words. That's what people remember. They remember the actions not empty words.

I need to make time for Bed time stories and random hugs and sweet kisses. I need to make time for tea parties, movie nights, quiet walks and long talks. I need to live this life real!

That's where I'm at right now........

I need to be present for the precious gifts given and for all I may cross paths with. I need to be His child. I need to listen more than I speak. I need to be where He wants me to be. And I feel Him pulling me away from here and from FB. I don't know how long I will stay away. I'm sure He will let me know if ever I am to come back here. For now I must say so long. I loved being here. Truly I did. I've learned so much as I shared with you. Been convicted more times than I can count......

But, now is the time to take this very conviction seriously. I will be deactivating my FB account 1 week from now. I will miss this place and you all so much.

I pray love and sweet blessings on each and every one of you and may you all find that place He truly wants you to be.

In Christ I dwell,


Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Teach Them With Passion

It's morning and I put my feet on the floor with out thinking. My day begins with baby girl kisses and a 3 year old demanding her chocolate milk.......I race around, wake up big brothers and older sisters because we have a schedule to meet.

We cram ourselves in the car along with the United states map and my tote full of information on the Cherokee tribe. Our co-op is learning about Indians this month and this week it's the Trail of Tears. And there is so much more to learn even at the ripe old age of 43.....So much more I'm learning now than I ever have before. It's humbling to learn about the past and the lives that shed those tears. Strong people, those Cherokees. Determined and hard working. United and faithful to there people. 

I stand up in front of class. I tell them, "learning our History is so important." WE can not move on and grow...We can't stay United if we don't know our past. If we go about this life forgetting those who fought before us then we are doomed to repeat the failures.

I read the "Trail of Tears" and talked about Chief John Ross. How many times he had been betrayed and how many times he never quit.........Never gave up, because even he knew that FREEDOM comes at a huge cost.

American History is one of my passions. I believe children need to know where they came from and how we got here. I believe they need to be told truth. 

So what do you do when the rose colored glasses seem to have gone on sale and every one is drinking the orange kool-aid? How do you share what is bound to repeat itself again when they live in a state of utopia? 

You give them what you know. You give them truth. Don't stay too long and argue. If they continue to argue, It's clear they take no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing their opinion. Then you move on. 

This I know to be true, we need to reach our children...we need to teach our children Truth. Not watered down useless information that numbs the mind and hardens the heart. Tell them with passion. Let them know it's important. Their future depends on it! 

It's ironic to me that today I chose to talk about The Cherokees and how our Government kicked them off their land all those years ago.....And today our Government is kicking people out of their homes to prove their point.....Did I not say that history repeats it's self?

I don't want my children to grow up in a world that has no recollection of our heritage. I want them to know their God given rights.....I want them to know and read the Constitution and The Bill of Rights. I want to teach them with passion........I want them to have PASSION.

My passion for this great Country comes because of my passion for Christ. Because America's foundation is laced with GRACE. And people need to know TRUTH.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pumpkins And Chickens

 Good Evening all! Fall is finally here and I have been canning up a storm with the help of Sunshine and Butterfly Girl. This is absolutely my most favorite time of year! I so miss the crisp cool mornings and the change of the leaves up home but, memories are such a precious part of life!

This is one of my favorite pics. This was taken quite a few years ago. My how my kids have grown!!

 Pumpkin Season is here and my pie pumpkins have arrived! I'll be sharing a few recipes with you and all the amazing things you can do with pumpkin!

 I also I wanted to share with you about this natural pest control for your chickens!
Natural Pest control. So much better than harmful chemicals and you won't have to worry about eating chemical laden eggs! Diatomaceous earth (food grade)
I use this to dust my chickens with to get rid of  fleas and other pests. It's also a natural worming medicine. Just mix it with your feed  the bugs will stay out of your feed and the worms will stay out of your animals....There are no harmful side effects unless you breathe it in due to it's very fine powder like substance...You don't want it in your lungs!

Stay tuned I will be Jarring pumpkin shortly. I will be posting my recipe very soon!