November is National Adoption Month. It's a time where, as a nation, we focus on the orphan crisis and the role each of us can play in caring for orphans. This month is especially dear to our family, as we celebrate our sons, and advocate for other children.
Perhaps you’ve heard hope is an anchor for our souls. It’s part of a rather popular worship song. There are bracelets and home décor featuring anchors for this very reason.
When we talk about hope being an anchor for our souls, it’s imperative that we know WHO that hope is anchored in. I know it can be tempting to gloss over a portion of scripture – especially when it’s one we are familiar with – but let these truths sink in and saturate your soul:
Some days are hard. Perhaps not tragic or life-altering, but just hard. And that's okay. As children of God, we are called to think on the pure and lovely - but that doesn't mean we ignore the challenges before us.
Every once in a great while, I find a book that speaks of Jesus' glorious truths. Like a balm to the soul, and a breath of fresh air. I'm a do-er, a striver, a let's-get-it-done kinda girl --- and more often than I'd care to admit, I need reminders of His grace freely given. This week, in the pages of Stolen Jesus, I found just that.
In a society where quick fixes and instant gratification are the norm, we must remember God designed most things to be a process. Jesus often used the analogy of farming to share His message. Nothing speaks to process like a farming analogy.
A week ago today, I began taking supplements that I'm hopeful will greatly impact my health, and the health of our family! While I intended to get us all started - stat! - after praying with my husband, we decided to give it a try before giving it to our children.
I have kept a daily journal of how I'm feeling. Truth be told, while I know this isn't a miracle solution - and that it wouldn't reverse every complication in my body immediately - I was still hopeful I would see a huge impact in just one week! I was hoping to feel way more energetic and be in awe of the symptoms just going away.
When we first got married, I did the whole meal planning thing. I would make grocery lists and clip coupons and budget for our food, With each additional child, the demands grew and my time, well, it didn't. Eventually, I embraced the winging-it method of meal prep. That is, until we faced the first life-threatening allergic reaction. (If you think this won't apply to you, because your family doesn't have food allergies, I humbly ask you to read on - chances are, someone close to you DOES and would greatly benefit from your understanding! Plus, I'm sharing some tips on meal prep at the end that anyone can use!)
At the beginning of January, many of us set goals or select words or make resolutions. By the beginning of February, we're either solidly on track, or disappointed with ourselves. God's Word is clear - without vision, people perish (Prov. 29:18). I begin each month, week, and even day, by reviewing my goals, and planning actionable steps to meet them. But today, I want to address the importance of making sure our plans do not replace our priorities.
Time is a gift that cannot be purchased or returned. It is one of our most limited resources, and therefore, our use of it must be intentional. We are each allotted 24 hours a day. What we do with that time can get us closer to fulfilling God's purpose and seeing His will done. Or, it can be spent spinning out of control, feeling frustrated, unproductive, and exhausted.
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Maybe one of the most important concepts to grasp going into the process of purging is this: God intends our space to be a tool that serves in the fulfillment of our purpose --- not for our purpose to become serving the space, enslaved to the stuff we need to keep rearranging to make it functional.
We're going to kick this part of our series off in the kitchen. With some coffee. Because, friend, when it comes time to purge, a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus is what will get you through! That, and the promise of a space that serves you and your family better.
At the end of this post is a free printable to help you purge your kitchen, and reclaim that space for God's best for you and your family!
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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