Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Bible Journaling - Job 6:14

Job 6:14

Inspired to Bible Journal early this morning, as my best friend has been placed on my heart.

AMP "For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; so that he does not abandon (turn away from) the fear of the Almighty."

I've journaled a few pages in my bible over the last few weeks, but other than highlighting a specific verse and adding some stickers, I haven't actually journaled any of my thoughts or prayers.  And that changed tonight.

I made a page with a tip in so I could have more room to write. And I'm so proud of this page and how it turned out.  Thanx to my Mom and Elaine for bringing me into this amazing world of Bible Journaling.  I've never really memorized too many bible verses in my life, but every day as I flip through the pages I've done so far, and the verses highlighted, I feel like I'm able to start memorizing verses like never before.

**"I do not know the answers to your problems, all I can say to that, is that God alone must know; Let us go to Him."**

**"I may not always be there with you, But I will always be there for you."**

I think the goal with any friendship, is to shower them with kindness through all the seasons of life.  Some seasons are definitely easier than others, some seasons the love comes flowing freely, sometimes it's mot flowing so smooth.  And some seasons may even call on some tough love, know God is control.

  As long as we can point our friends to God I think we're doing pretty good.   We can't see God but He's always here for us, in all of our seasons.

I pray that I can show my best friend Casey kindness. I pray that she will be reminded of Your kindness and love for her all the days of her life.  Show us both how to treat each other with love and kindness, how to be friends to the other in this season of our lives.
In Jesus name, Amen.

NIV "Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forward the fear of the Almighty."

NLT "One should be kind to a fainting friend, but you accuse me without any fear of the Almighty."

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bible Journaling - Matthew 10:29-31

I've recently starting this thing called Bible Journaling, for those of you that don't know what that is, you basically color and write in your bible.  At first I had my doubts.  But just in a few pages done over the last few weeks I've felt closer to God than I've been in a while.

Matthew 10:29-31 I've been wanting to bible journal these verses for a little while now.  I'm still getting used to writing with the water color paint pens.  It's too late now to take back my terrible handwriting lol doing a simple page just isn't my style haha.

In these early morning hours and every waking moment I have to know my worth and remember not to settle for less. That worrying just makes me feel worse.  I am worth more than a million canaries.  And so are you people who read this.

I can't worry about tomorrow and what hasn't happened yet. I don't need to worry over family, friends, my future, ECT.
If God can keep all the birds fed and cares about them, then He can take care of me and everyone else that is on my mind, who are far more important than any bird.

So if we are worrying about someone, God is already ahead of us.  And it's hard trusting/having faith. Faith is believing without seeing. Trusting/having faith that the people that are on our hearts are taken care of.  The birds wake up singing joyful songs each morning, not worrying about their next meal.  So let's let God take the weight of our worrying.

Remember your worth.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mothers Day 2017

What is a Mom?

A mom is someone who lives with her heart outside of her body.

A mom is there to love us, protect us, pray for us, guide us, give us advice, to listen to us, to take care of us 100% of the time.  No matter the weather or how she feels (since a mom's job is never done)

A mom is someone who makes you feel and look beautiful even on the days when you don't feel beautiful.  I want to thank two special mothers.

 1. My hairdresser has played a huge role in this over the years-- Thank you for all you've done for me and my hair over the years! With each hair cut and every crazy color combo I've tried, you've helped my self confidence to soar high!  Happy Mother's Day Mrs. Penny!

2. Mrs. Diana, I grew up knowing I never needed makeup to feel pretty,  but the world tries to make you doubt what you already know.  Thank you for teaching me all about makeup whIle I was in high school. You helped me learn to enhance my natural beauty, and in doing so I've gone on to help so many other girls and women.
Happy Mother's Day Mrs.Diana!

A mom is strong.

A mom is someone who takes care of you when your sick, and a lot of times takes care of you while their sick too.   A mom is someone who tries to hold an umbrella over us during our rainy seasons of life.

A shout out to a strong mom in my life is my Aunt McKenna.   She doesn't always feel the greatest and is always there for her kids.  She's also taught me that you can still be yourself and be a mom, not just one or the other.   You can still be selfish sometimes.  Treat yo self! Makeup, tattoos, concerts, Unicorns too!   Happy Mother's Day McKenna!

A mom is someone who will climb a mountain just to show you that one day you can to.

A mom is someone who helps you cross a finish line.  Someone who knows you can do something before you yourself know you can.

Dawn,  if it wasn't for you I would have been a beauty school drop out.  But you helped me face each day, you could see the end in sight for both of us.  I'll forever be grateful and blessed by knowing you. And I hope one day to be able to repay the same kindness you showed me.  I love you!
Happy Mother's Day Dawn!

Happy Mother's Day to both my grandma's!
(Face swap photo of us when I was showing you Snapchat!)
Kakki,  I know we don't get to see each other often enough, but know that I love you and the conversations we have. I'm hoping in the future to make our in person time happen more than once a year!  I'm thankful for your love and prayers.  Hope you get to relax some this mothers day.

Gammies,  you've shared so much wisdom with me it's crazy.  You've been an amazing Godly influence  that I've got to see while growing up.  You've allowed me to watch what happens when you follow God's will for your life.  And you've got the 2nd coolest job after being a mom/grandmother.  You assist women in becoming mothers all the time.    Happy Mother's Day Gammies!

Mom,  I guess 1st I should say thanks for not killing me haha! Thank you for always being there for me no matter what choices I made.  And I know it's been far from easy for you, yet you support me anyways, knowing I have to learn some things myself.    Thank you for all the times past and future for taking care of me when I was sick and throwing up.  Thank you for holding me tight as I cried tears over different people in my life. Thank you for sending me encouraging snail mail. Thank you for helping me chase and achieve my dreams. For believing I could make it.  Thank you for hiking the Appalachian Trail.  I'm so proud of you! Because of you I know I can do anything I set my mind too.
I like to believe I'm Brave like you, selfless like you, and putting others above myself because of you.  I could say so much more but I'll stop now.  Happy Mother's Day Mom,  I love you like a circle!


Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there!


 God,  wrap your arms around the people who are sad and mourning the loss of a mother,   or the loss of being childless and not being called mother.

God is good. And God you are here with those of us in Joy and Sadness.  Thank you for loving us God.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

*Shared Video - Starbucks Cups & Jesus

Michael  Castro put into words what I've  been thinking  on the Starbucks  issue.

  I won't hide that I shared the video that caused the uproar, but after thinking  about it, I deleted  the post soon after and told myself a plain red cup doesn't affect  me and my life.  It's not my business.  It's sad that some Christians  are making  a big mess out of something  so stupid. If you don't like the plain red cups, then don't support Starbucks  by buying your coffee there :)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thankful Thursday 1

If your anything like me you probably complain about people more than you should.  Complain about work, friends, family, significant other, ect.  

One of my goals this year has been to have a more positive look on life, and especially in my relationships.  Not going to lie, its super easy to complain and be negative about people when they let you down (and continue to let you down).   I also think we don't do a good job on thanking these people for all they do for us.  Especially when we're not at our best.  Or simply thanking someone for being there for us when we needed them.

Early in December of 2013,  I lost someone very dear to me.  When I found out she was gone, I was sad.  I'm still sad.  I was in shock thinking she can't be gone.  There's still so much I want to tell her.  So much I should have told her.   I'd go and sit with her and we would drink our sprites and talk about all the worlds problems. Or my worlds problems.  I'd tell her everything. Tell her my dreams, tell her the funny things.  Tell her the sad and confusing things.  She didn't always have a reply, but she always listened.   I told her and God all the time how much I wanted a true friend who would do for me what I would do for them.  I didn't realize until after she was gone, that she was my best friend.  She was one of the people I thanked God for, not often enough, for helping me keep my head on straight.  Especially when I didn't want too.

I'm so thankful  for the number of years she was in my life.  I knew she always thought it was a treat for her to have me over, but in all honesty,  I feel like I got the better end of our deal.  Being able to just listen to her give me the advice of 70 plus years or even just to feel her big hugs hold me so tight.  I love her.

The first few times I went to her resting site right after her going to be with Jesus, I probably cried and screamed until I was horse and my face swollen from crying so hard.  But God wrapped His arms around me and gave me peace!  He hit me with lyrics from most beautiful worship song.  One that we sometimes sing in my small group (7:02) on Tuesday nights.  I sang this song out loud over and over.  More peace washing over me each time I sang it.
(Song below with Lyrics)

I'm so thankful to my group 7:02 for giving me that song.

Its taken me over a year to write this post.  To get through writing or rereading any of this without having a huge meltdown.  But what made me decide to finish this post is because I needed reminding of things I'm thankful for.  I need reminding of how good God is to me.

SoThis Thankful series with take place on Tuesdays or Thursdays, or maybe both days.  But I look forward to sharing people and things I'm thankful for.  And I also plan on finishing the Skillet Rise inspired posts too.  So thank you for being patient with me, for those who even take the time to still read the few things I do post every now and then, it means alot to me. And I give you a big thanks :)


Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Birthday Mrs.Wanda!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Mrs.Wanda.

I love you.
I miss you.
I miss your hugs and all our long talks solving my worlds problems.

Its still hard for me not to come home from work and want to run next door to tell you the funniest thing my coworkers said or did.  Or tell you the latest exciting things happening for me, like learning to hula-hoop.

Sometimes I go and ring your door bell hoping if I wait long enough you'll open up your door  to greet me while giving me the tightest hug and the biggest smile.

You were my best friend.  Always there for me.  Your heart was as young as me and my soul as old as yours.   We were a perfect pair,  chatting for hours about nothing and everything.  Sipping on our sprite or diet coke.

Walking around your yard admiring your flowers or watching your backyard for deer.   I loved it all.

It means so much that you were so proud of me.  Even over the littlest things that other people might not have found important.  But you understood they were important to me.

I know your in a better place.  (But i'm still selfish and wish your were here with me and the others who love you as much as I do.)  You have a young and new body with no pain and no sorrows.  (I wonder what that is like?)  Singing   and dancing for the Lord.  Tending your garden.  Keeping the house beside you ready for me.  I can't wait until we can be neighbors again.

This song has helped me so much over the last year.  It helps remind me that this world I'm in is only a temporary home.  And one day I'll move on to where I truely belong.  

Love, KayLeigh