I came that they may have life and have it above

There’s two scriptures that have really been stirring in my heart.

1. The thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly!

2.. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God. to them who are the called according to His purpose!

I’ve shared my story very openly and there has been a lot of hurt, a lot of healing and recovering. But, God didn’t just bring me through it. He grew me through it. With every situation I’ve faced, I’m still standing! I stand stronger with a brighter smile and a greater hope and Joy that only God can give. I have a stronger faith than I ever would have, had I not gone through tough things, I have a stronger ear to hear His voice as He leads me through life, He has given me an abundantly blessed life!!!

I’m so thankful for all the good that’s came out of every bad situation. Im thankful for the God given relationships that I have because of it! God knows exactly what and who we need to shape us in every stage of life. Through my marriage, I had great pastors that poured in and taught me well how to be an overcomer, how to be a praying momma, spiritual moms that poured into me. One, I sat with for a couple of hours just the other night, who still pours into me and friendships that can pick up right where we left off. Those that push us to be who God’s meant us to be, even when we don’t feel like it! Those are priceless things and I truly am abundantly blessed!

If you know me, my passionate purpose is to be a praying mom. When you go through a rocky marriage and divorce, you hope those choices won’t have a negative effect over your kids.

When they were little, even though I’d pray for them, it still was almost a hopeless feeling, like, there’s nothing I can do to fix this for them! But, over time, it changed from there’s nothing I can do to fix it, to I can only do my best and TRUST that God has them in the palm of His hands! Even in the last couple of days, I’ve had such a peace because of the trust I have in Our Good, Good Heavenly Father and know that He’s in control!!

As if there’s no doubt, no fear, no question, whatever life may throw at us tomorrow or next week or next month, I wouldn’t handle it any differently than I have in the past because of the good things that have came in the final outcome!

My brother accuses me of bragging on my kids 😜 but it’s more of having a very grateful and blessed heart!

They’ve all experienced so much that they never should’ve had to and that I have no control over. Yet, they’ve all rose above the circumstances and excelled in their lives. I’m so thankful for God’s hand over them and for each person He’s put in their lives that have been exactly what and who they needed! They’ve been abundantly blessed with the best teachers, coaches, parents of their friends that I could ever hope for and who truly love them!!!

It’s really made me think about the Body of Christ and how we all need each other!

I have a friend from when our now 20 year old girls were in fourth grade.

That was a rough season of life that I literally isolated myself from the world and only did what I had to do to get through. So, I’m not sure how we became friends, but now all these years later, when I write or post on Facebook, she is always the first to respond with a kind or encouraging word, that I’m an inspiration to her. But, really it’s the other way around! It’s those little things that mean so much and God knew then, who and what I needed.

Last week, a friend I grew up with in church text asking what I liked from Starbucks. A little later, her son and his girlfriend came in with Starbucks in hand. That kindness touched my heart. Mainly, because there’s nothing like those special friends from childhood that become lifelong/lifeline friends! God knew what and who I needed. I’m grateful, thankful and blessed!

So, thank you to every single person that’s been the hands and feet of Jesus in mine and my kids life! May we all carry each other’s burden’s and celebrate in one another’s victories!! Love you all dearly!!!!

He will continue His work until it is finally finished

I haven’t written for awhile, but to hear from others that reading my story made a difference, it’s encouraging to keep writing!

I don’t know who needs to hear this. But, I was in a toxic relationship for a long time. I suffered silently for so long because you don’t want anyone to know and just hope and pray that it’ll change. We can’t change people. But, if we allow Him to, God can put every broken piece back together in us.

I am so thankful for those those that God purposefully put in my own life to help and encourage and be a life line that I desperately.

The day that I chose to fully give it God. He began to change me and I started too see myself through God’s eyes instead of the negativity that was poured into my head. Pray the scriptures over your life and believe you’re who God says you are. I would even pray the words to songs over my situation.

There are days you think you’re all healed and then salt gets poured in a wound, you didn’t even know was still there. TRUST that God uses all things to work together for our good! Let it work for good, use it to let Him heal you and lead you to the next step that’ll take you further than you’ve ever been before !! One day at a time, one step at a time if that what it takes.

Being torn down for most everything I did, I feared breathing wrong. Don’t be afraid, it’s ok to make mistakes, we all do! to All yourself grace and forgiveness. We’re all just broken, works in progress.

Life’s a journey. But, I am certain that The God who began the good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.” Trust Him and never give up!!!

He will continue His work until it is finally finished

I haven’t written for awhile, but to hear from others that reading my story made a difference, it’s encouraging to keep writing!

I don’t know who needs to hear this. But, I was in a toxic relationship for a long time. I suffered silently for so long because of not wanting anyone to know don’t anyone and hoping and praying that it would change. Sometimes we can’t change our circumstances, but change how we handle them.

I am so thankful for those those that God purposefully put in my own life to help and encourage and be a life line that I desperately needed.

The day that I chose to fully give it God. He began to change me and I had to start to see myself through God’s eyes instead of the negativity that was poured into my head. Pray the scriptures over your life and believe you’re who God says you are. I would even pray the words to songs over my situation.

There are days you think you’re all healed and then salt gets poured in a wound that you didn’t even know was still there. TRUST that God uses all things to work together for our good! Let it work for good, use it to let Him heal you and lead you to the next step that’ll take you further than you’ve ever been before !! One day at a time, one step at a time, if that’s what it takes.

In unhealthy relationships, you walk on eggshells, fearing everything you do is wrong. Don’t be afraid, it’s ok to make mistakes! We’re all human. Allow yourself grace and forgiveness. We’re all broken, works in progress.

Life’s a journey. But, I am certain that The God who began the good work in you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.” Trust Him and never give up!!!

Looking ahead for Brighter Tomorrow’s

The holidays are such a joyful time, but also a hard time of year for a lot of people!

As my kids are getting older. they’re off doing their own thing as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over. I don’t have little ones anymore to dress up in ruffles and bows and I can’t talk them into wearing matching pajamas 😜.

But, that’s not what the holidays are meant for anyway. I’ve had to remind myself of all the many things I have to be thankful for and the the true meaning of Christmas in the birth of our Savior! I’m so thankful for all He’s done for me and to know Him and have a relationship with Him!

A couple of weeks ago, I stood up for myself and my kids for the first time in my life. As great as it was, it was so tough! Not only was I closing that chapter in my life, I was also taking a step into a new chapter. One I know nothing about. BUT GOD knows and that’s enough for me. I’ve shared this song before, but because He lives, we can face tomorrow and all fear is gone. He holds our future and that makes life worth it!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oPW9xYEyijQ

I’ve shared this illustration before also, but it is so fitting now.

Our lives are like a billboard that we drive right past, not something to stop and stare at or dwell on. The reason the rear view mirror is so small. These things that we go through are just tiny stepping stones to making us who God wants us to be and discovering what He wants us to do. We drive forward with a much bigger window and if we allow God to lead us and guide us, what’s ahead is far greater than what’s behind us.

Satan will put things in our lives to stop us in our tracks. But, I’ve also realized though that God also allows us to go through things so we can become better for the best outcomes in our lives. If we walk closely with Him and listen for His voice, He will lead us exactly where we are to go. His word truly is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths!

May we all leave the past in the rear view mirrors and look forward to our brighter tomorrow’s.

Thanks for letting me share!😊

All to Jesus I Surrendered

Life is such a journey!!! I’ve been on a roller coaster ride the last six months that I’ve wished I did not have to be on!

God’s done amazing things through it, but it’s been as equally painful to have to go back and face the past! Unfortunately, something we have to do to move forward.

It took a toll on me for a minute, but I’ve had to allow myself some grace as I’ve questioned God’s plan a million times over. But, one thing I know for sure, is there is a purpose for the pain that we go through. We may not know it today, but something that we can learn and grow from that will make our tomorrow’s brighter.

Our stories are not for us, but to share and help others that need to hear!

This scripture has stood out to me over the last couple weeks. It’s so very true!

His mercies are new every single day and His love never ceases. That gives me great hope!!

I’m a fighter and my kids are fighters! We claimed this scripture as our families life verse.

Romans 5:3-5

When we feel like we don’t have the fight left in us, is when we fight harder!! Trials bring perseverance, perseverance, character and character, hope. My favorite part of that scripture is, that the hope we have through salvation will not lead to disappointment!

This time last year as everyone was choosing one word for the new year, I chose the phrase, He’s far from finished as my mission statement for 2018. There’s been no truer statement as I’ve walked through this year and for years to come.

This year, my one word, is surrender. All to Jesus, I surrender, all to Him I freely give. It’s takes trusting Him in the good, bad and ugly, the unknown, the new chapters. But, there’s no one else I’d rather trust more through it all. His love never ceases and will never fail us!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SW8EA7DEQ2M

Thanks for letting me share!

He’s My All in All

I am beyond blessed by the amazing friends and family in my life.

As I’ve walked through this journey of life and written out my story, the one thing that’s stood out the most is the love from those that God purposely puts in my path. Ones who’ve been through what I have or just been there to laugh with me until we cry or cry with me until we can laugh.

I find myself being thankful for my family. My church family, my work family, my sports family. No matter the circle, they all seem like family and I couldn’t have made it through this crazy without them!

God’s done some amazing things in me this year and knowing His love is the greatest of all!!

It seems like so many are going through so much right now and my heart and prayers go out to everyone who’s lost a loved one at the holidays, fighting through cancer, dealing with health issues, unplanned pregnancy, divorce, whatever the hurt is….

Thankfully, He is our joy, our peace, our comforter, our strength, our healer, our defender. He is our All in All!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zC617kE1maU

May we all look back on these trying times as just a season, where we knew His love more personally, experienced His love through others and gained a greater faith and strength because of it!

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Leaving a Legacy

Being a mom is my greatest joy in life!! I was taught well by the best parents ever! My mom and dad still drop whatever they’re doing to help me and the kids for whatever we need. Although, I am divorced, my in-laws still treat me as their own and would also do anything to help me and the kids. I was also taught well by my spiritual parents from my church how to be a praying mom/prayer warrior and an overcomer!!!

We’ve always been a big sports family and I , the kids biggest cheerleader! But, I often remind them that it truly is just a season in life!! I encourage them to work hard for their athletic dreams, but that it’s my job to look beyond just the season!

I’m raising future husbands, wives, aunts and uncles, coworkers and friends. The legacy that they leave behind as people is far greater than the number of trophies on their shelves. They don’t always agree with me, but like my mom tells me…….mom knows best!😊

I saw this post shared on Facebook about a man that passed away who has touched the lives of many!

https://www.facebook.com/755196021330276/posts/1021449201371622/

It really spoke to me and made me think about my own legacy and what I would leave behind!

As I’m entering a new season and God is greatly blessing me, I pray that I could continue to walk closely with Him, live by example and be a testimony to others! What legacy will you leave behind?

Thanks for letting me share!