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God Meets Us Where We Are

Posted in FAITH, MARRIAGE
on October 30, 2016

One of my fondest teenage memories is snuggling up by the campfire with my love, day dreaming about getting married, living in our own home, having kids and growing old together.  I had always envisioned us living a few miles away from our parents in the same small town that we grew up in.  We’d get a dog, and we’d spend our weekends with family.  We’d go to the same restaurants, have the same friends, shop at the same stores, attend the same church, and celebrate the same holidays the way we always had – with family, playing games, eating good food and laughing.  I found comfort in routine and predictability. 

I’ll never forget that day.  The day that everything changed.  I felt the Holy Spirit’s presence like never before.  He was telling me to speak up.  I almost laughed at what He was telling me to say.  Never in a thousand years had I imagined such words coming out of my mouth.  It warranted action, and change.  Two things that made my heart race and threw me into a panic.  Every inch of my brain was telling me to ignore this feeling.  But instead, I listened.  And I spoke.  Continue reading

The Thief of Joy

Posted in FAITH
on October 24, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”

Have you ever fallen into the comparison trap while scrolling through your Instagram account.  Have you found yourself saying things like, “I wish I looked like that.  Her children are so well behaved!  Look how clean and beautiful their house is!  I wish my husband would do that.  If I only had her job…”?  I get it, it can be hard not to think this way when it seems like everyone else has it together, and you’re curled up in the corner of your closet, hiding from your kids, you have three day old hair, crusted with spit up, and you haven’t changed out of your yoga pants in who knows how long.  I’ve been there.  I think we’ve all been there in some way or another.

How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?  John 5:44 (NIV)

Friends, we have to remember that the images we are seeing on social media of tidy homes, happy children, pretty outfits and delicious, perfectly plated food are the best moments in other’s lives.  Who want’s to share a picture of their baby’s blow out all over the couch, or the bottle of biofreeze that your child thought was a popcicle (both of which have happened in my home).  That wouldn’t be pretty, right?  So, we must remember that 98% of the time, social media is simply a creative outlet for individuals.  And there’s nothing wrong with that, as long as we realize that’s what it is.

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we encouraged others and showed love through our actions AND our words?  What if we chose go out of our way to compliment others and celebrate their accomplishments alongside them instead of using jealousy or comparison to tear them down.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

Joy is not a feeling, it is a decision.  It is in the darkest night when the light shines the brightest.

Let’s be intentional about choosing joy.  Let’s focus on contentment and loving others.  Let’s not forget that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.

Love + Hugs,

Skye

Scripture to PRAY Over Your Children

Posted in FAITH, PARENTING WITH A PURPOSE
on October 1, 2016

Nothing gives me more peace than praying for those that I love, especially when it comes to my babies.  I never truly understood what it meant to worry until I birthed my first babe.  I started babysitting when I was eleven years old, and by the time I became pregnant at age 22, I was sure that I knew the ins and outs of being a mom.  I was confident that motherhood would be my ‘thing’ and that I would know exactly how to embrace this new blessing.  After all, I had been fixated on this whole motherhood thing for the last two years (a story for another time).

Then my son was born {insert all the HORMONES}.  While words cannot describe the instant and unconditional love that I felt holding my sweet newborn for the very first time, I was quickly flooded with all the emotions that came with being a first time mom.  I became fearful that I would not be able to live up to God’s plan for me as a mom.

Dear mamas, I have found that the absolute best way for me to release this fear is to pray over my children.  Our church (mecklenburg.org) has been so gracious to create a class called, Second Steps, which is designed to teach parents how to raise Godly children during the transition from baby to toddlerhood.  We were provided with invaluable resources that I will forever hold close to my heart.  I would like to share some of those with all of you.

Protection

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would command your angles to guard (your child’s name) every day.

Knowing God

“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”  Ephesians 1:17 (NIV)

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory both now and forever! Amen!”  2 Peter 3:18 (NIV)

PRAY:  Father, I pray that you would reveal yourself to (your child’s name) so he/she knows you intimately. Continue reading