New year and new us!

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This picture says so many things about the new year for me! I want to be closer to God in the coming year than ever before, and I want to study his word deeply and grow in my knowledge of the mind and heart of God. I also have some personal goals such as a significant weight loss, blogging and posting more, and greater time spent with those that I love. What are your goals for this new year? I hope that everyone has the goal to be closer to god because his word teaches us that we need to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33.” i am confident that all the other things that are meant to be according to God’s plan for our lives will work out if we seek Him first in all that we do!

So shout out them goals!

 

Christmas

Well, I know I am late to posting this but I wanted to share a little about our family Christmas. We had a tougher year this year because of missing family members but we did get some of the usual decorations up.

We made some new traditions this year but we kept one of my favorite traditions alive which is make cookies for some of the families around the community. This is a massive cookie baking that we did and I only got a few pictures because we ran short on time to get these done and delivered.dscf1649

We did start a new dinner tradition that consisted of home cooked prime rib! My mom and dad do not like their steaks red at all but they loved the prime rib and ate tons! We were surrounded by friend that have become family and could not ask for a better day!

We missed the ones that were not with us so the decorations came down the day after because it was just too hard on our hearts to see the decorations up. We know that God has a plan to bring those that have gone astray back to us and we are waiting for him to do what only he can do to change the hearts of our loved ones.changes

We are geared up for the new year and I have been reading on social media about a word for the new year and I would have to say mine is “change.” I know that this is an old hat but I feel the waves of change crashing in on my family and I believe that these changes will be so awesome and all for God’s glory!

What is your word for 2017? What do you expect for God to do in this coming year?

Well, that is all I have to say for now! Have a blessed New Year and seek God in this time of new beginnings!

Chickens

Well this is all the chickens that we have now! Hopefully we will add some in the spring but these are the whole flock! They have been dealing with the colder weather changes this week so we had to purchase a new red bulb and heating lamp to keep them warm this winter. They also got new feed and they love meal worms! That is the snack they are having in these pictures. We are hoping to get more eggs than we have been but we are averaging 2-3 eggs a day.

We also were able to enjoy some wonderful deer meat for supper the other night. My husband killed 2 deer and we had them locally processed, which was such a blessing! We love the meat and just in case you were wondering, deer meat is extremely healthy for you! This was our plate of food from dinner!

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Now you will notice my cup sitting there and I am wondering if anyone can tell me where the photo on my cup is from? Have fun!

Thanksgiving

Well, the prep work has begun! Not only the shopping but the cleaning and all the things in between. We are expecting 6 new faces this year to our table so we have all the food to go with those additions to our table. Now, don’t get me started on all the cleaning that I still have left to do before Thursday gets here.

Not only are we preparing for the big dinner that always is a hit, we are getting geared up for Black Friday shopping! I am so looking forward to the deals this year because it is a huge help with kids Christmas presents. Yes, I know I am crazy for subjecting myself to the must have deals of the season, but I have had years of practice and this happens to be a family tradition of shopping!

I am of the old school tradition of not putting my Christmas tree up till after Thanksgiving and it is truly about to kill me. I love my tree and all the memories that it brings up and I love to have it up for as long as possible. I am not sure how I am going to keep the cats and my girl out of the tree but I am always open to suggestions!

We will also be taking family pictures soon for Thanksgiving and Christmas and I hope to try some of my camera skills out. Don’t worry, I will post those along with pictures of the tree, chickens, etc. very soon!

I always take time during this holiday to think of all the things I am thankful for and I won’t bore you with a list a mile long but I will say that family is always at the top. I am most thankful for God and the relationship that I depend on so much with him. So when you sit down to your plate of food and you have family and friends all around, be reminded of what to truly be thankful for and who all the thanks is due.

Don’t worry, we will have pictures for all to see of the dinner and the family!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 136:1 NLT”

 

Begin Again

Hello again, coming from the Ozarks! So, I need to first off say that I am so sorry that it has been as long as it has since I have posted. To be honest with you, I have had to take some time and try to get through some things and create some new places in my day to day life. This has been a growing season for me and for my family that has taken my full attention. Thankfully, I am back! I look forward to this new season and all that I feel I have to share with you!

Now it is time to catch you up! My beautiful baby girl is a full 1 year old and is a walking, talking mess! It has been such a miracle to watch her grow and become her own person. She is learning new things by leaps and bounds and I think that she will potty train early. Her favorite food is hands down bananas and she loves nothing more than to be outside with the chickens and the dogs.

Speaking of the chickens, we have lost a total of 3 to various wildlife around the land but we still have our 10 that are doing wonderful. We have 2 roosters that go by Shanticlare and Tyson, our three black sex-links names are the Twisted Sisters, our 3 Bantums go by Bertha, Gussie, and Martha, and last but not least our Easter Eggers are Perdida and Tiger Lily. We absolutely love these chickens!

I have been in school, for the second time in my life, since August. This alone has taken most of my time, since this has been a huge adjustment for my family. The best thing though is that I love my classes. Thankfully they have not been too hard but I am going to take it a little slower than I had originally planned. My husband is set to graduate in the spring and I could not be more proud of him!

The family as a whole has been doing wonderful and we are looking forward to the holidays that are coming up. There is nothing we value more than time spent with family.

Now, for the very core of my existence, I have to say that God has been doing some changing in my life over the last few months. I have dedicated more of my time to the things of him and more of my time has been spent in his word and listening to his workers teaching. I encourage you to add even more time spent with God to your day, it will make such a difference in your life.

Well, that is all I am going to say for now but keep watch for pictures to come and more of our funny life stories! Be blessed and keep God close to you today!

 

Summer Time!

Woohoo! I am so excited for this summer and all the things that are happening! We are less that 2 weeks away from my big family camp trip and it is going to be so fantastic! My dad has the scavenger hunt all ready to go and even has the prizes on order with a local vender. I think he is going to have more fun than all of the people playing the game!

We also just got our first batch of produce from our garden. We harvested some green beans that I am going to cook with some new potatoes this week. We love anything that is fresh so we look forward to the rest of the harvest that we will have in the coming weeks. The blackberries are red now so we will be picking those very soon and my mom and I will be making an old family recipe for blackberry cobbler that is the best I have ever had. I am so excited for all the thing that I will be teaching my children one day!

We are getting geared up at our church for Vacation Bible School next week. I have always loved being involved with the local kids and teaching them the very foundation of the gospel. Our theme this year is Sun Spark Labs with our logo being GP4U = Jesus. This is all about God having a plan for our lives that is so much greater than the world has planned for us. We all have so much fun during bible school and this year will be the same way.

I love how the Lord is moving in my family and our church. He is such an awesome God and a wonderful father. I have been feeling his moving in my heart and doing some deep cleaning in the darkest parts of my heart. I just know he has so many great things in store for my family!

Keep watching, cause this family is a changing!

 

Restoration

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I used to feel like I had gone too far. I felt like there was no way that God could ever use me again or that I had missed the chance to work in ministry. The truth is that I had felt like such a failure that God was just done with me and didn’t want to bother with using me ever again. What a lie from the pits of hell! God loves me so much and wants to use me no matter where I have been. He called David “a man after God’s own heart” and he had an affair with a woman, killed her husband, and lied to the people about what he had done. Abraham was called a “friend of God” and he couldn’t wait on the promise of a son so he slept with his wife’s maidservant!

We all fall short and do the wrong things sometimes but God takes our broken hearts and makes something beautiful out of our shortcomings. He sees us as we are, human. We are not perfect and we need to stop believing what the world is telling us. God can use us for his glory! I am a prime example! I am working in ministry again!

Have you felt like you can never be of use to God because of your past or even your present? Don’t let the devil lie to you and tell you that God is done with you! God is not finished with you yet! Ask for the restoration that is so readily available from God and get ready to see what God has planned for you! He will open the doors that he wants opened and will shut the doors that he wants shut. The only catch is that you have to ask him to do it. He is a gentleman and he will only do what we will ask and allow him to do.

“Father, I thank you so much for your restoring hand in my heart. You have created a pure heart in me and restored a right spirit inside me. I pray that we would invite you in to do some housecleaning in our hearts today. We need restoration to be the people that you have called us to be. I pray that we do not get discouraged in the cleaning process. We need to trust your timing. Restore us to you so that we can be useful in kingdom business! Save the lost, Father. I love you. Amen”

Days gone by….

I am sitting here today with so much change happening!

I am watching my beautiful garden growing and producing, even though I haven’t ate anything out of it yet. There will be plenty of produce for me to preserve, though! I am looking for recipes for canning things such as pickles, peppers, relish, and anything else I can find. I am always open to new ideas.

My chickens are growing and should be laying soon, so we will be eating fresh eggs before long. I have increased my flock by 3 Easter eggers. They are such cute little boogers! My dad is about to go crazy with letting them out every day and making sure that the big chickens don’t “bully” the little chicks. He is a little bit crazy about them.

I love that it is fully blown summer in the Ozarks! The grass is so green and the creeks and rivers are full and so very inviting! We are already planning all the aspects of our family camp trip that happens this 4th of July weekend. We found out that this is a tradition that has lasted 83 years in our family. My dad is very involved in planning a scavenger hunt for the family to compete in and my cousin is getting herself ready to be the family therapist. We all have such a good time and we love being around each other.

I am also getting ready for the many changes that come with my husband finishing his last year in school. He is so smart and has done so well! I cannot wait to watch him succeed. He is looking into what to do about the job he wants and he gets so stressed about it but I just remind him to trust in the Lord. He has never left us!

We have made it to snake season. I am not one to just hate animals for no reason but I really don’t like snakes. It was not as big as I have seen but it was still big enough.

There always seems to be change and I am working hard on letting it come and enjoying all the changes but it is hard. I am so glad that God never changes!

It’s Really Tough Sometimes…..

Have you ever had one of those days? The ones that make you question everything about your life? It seems like I have those days more and more often here lately. I have had so many questions, concerns, and crying sessions than I wonder sometimes if it will ever get better. The truth is that even when I feel like I have it all together, there is something falling apart in the background. I have pondered the decisions I have made so much that I don’t even know which way is up anymore.
Then, I hear a still small voice. This voice is not something I can hear over the waves crashing around me until I choose to listen to the voice I know is always there. I hear my Father telling me everything is going to be ok. Even in the middle of all my doubts and failures He is still telling me that He is in control. I am learning to trust that voice. All he said I had to do was trust Him and he would take care of everything. God is telling me to trust him even when I can’t see the answer, because He is fighting the battle for me and all I have to do is raise my hands and praise Him through the struggles, storms, and confusion.
Today I have chosen to listen to God telling me that he has this under control. He also has your situation under control. We have to remember Daniel. He had prayed and prayed and was growing discouraged when the Angel of the Lord broke through and told Daniel that the Lord had heard his prayer the very first time he had prayed. However, the enemy had been fighting against the answer and they were still fighting and the angel alone had made it to tell Daniel to wait and to trust the Lord. We don’t always know what is going on in the heavens but God is fighting for us. We can’t give up now!
“God, I thank you so much for all that you do! You remind me to trust you through everything because you have my best in mind. You are omnipresent and my Father. I love you so much! I pray that even in the midst of all the troubles of this world I remember that you are fighting for me and that I just have to wait for the answer that you are bringing my way. Thank you for loving me when I am down and loving me when I am on the mountain. Keep me close and save the lost, Father. Amen”

Friends and Family

We all have friends. They are the family that we choose for ourselves. I have been so blessed over the years to have many friends that have turned into family. My husband and I have added people to that list over the years that are aunts and uncles to our baby girl. Others of those friends are ones that I have had for many years and will always hold a special place in my heart.

The friendship that means the most to me is not one that I have made with an individual (although those are very special). I can honestly say that the friendship that I have with Jesus means more to me than anything. He has been there for me when even loved ones have walked away. He has loved the parts of myself that I couldn’t even love. He truly has been “the friend that sticks closer that a brother.” I have been able to call on him and he has answered in my darkest hours. If I have needed to be the realest parts of myself he is always listened and loved me. He is my best friend.

Do you have someone like that in your life? Have you met the greatest friend that there is in the entire universe? He is just one whisper away from being there. He loves you in your mess. He loves you in your victory. He loves you through everything. Ask him to be that friend for you.

“Father, I thank you so much for sending your son for me. He is the most wonderful part of me and I would give up anything just for him. I pray that anyone that is listing to this message is hearing the love that you have for us. I pray that they would ask, pray, seek, and find you in their lives today. We need you now more than ever. Save the lost, father. I love you. Amen.”