Food For Thought

The other night Robert and I were having a conversation before bed.  We found ourselves in a deep conversation about our relationship.  Don’t fret it wasn’t about our relationship with each other but our relationship with God.   We talked about where we felt we were and where we wanted to be. Then, Robert made a comment which has been thought provoking for me and has been an avenue for God to really speak and work with me.

As many of you know Robert and I promote Thrive by Le-Vel.  We love the product and want others around us to find the benefits from it that we have .  The past few months we have really been pushing Thrive with all of it’s benefits.   I am actually surprised  no one has de-friended me on Facebook over how much we promote Thrive. Yes, it has seriously been that bad but we have been able to get family and friends to try Thrive.  We feel like we are helping change their lives.

All of this being said, back to what Robert said during our conversation earlier this week.  Robert and I had talked about our desire to be closer to God in 2017 than what we were in 2016.  We talked about what we could do to grow closer:  read our Bible more, pray more, attend church, and even get involved in small groups.  These are all things we do anyway but we knew to grow closer and to draw others to God we needed to increase these activities.

Then Robert blurted out, “What if we promote God as much as we promote Thrive.  Think about how many people we could win for the Kingdom!”  This quote got me thinking.  Had I gotten so caught up in changing people’s lives I forgot to make sure they had God in their lives?  Don’t get me wrong I love Thrive and we will continue to promote it BUT at the same time we have to spend just as much energy on promoting God and growing our relationship with him.

Many people make resolutions for each New Years, my resolution for 2016 was to lose weight to which I have lost about 30 pounds!   It is now time to think about my resolution for 2017.  While  I will keep losing weight, taking and promoting Thrive  – these will not be my resolution.  My resolution, and I am sure my husband will join me with this one, is to promote God and grow closer to Him!

By the way I took my first step in this today by reconnecting with a close friend and starting a Facebook group where we will be able to connect with others who are Saved by Grace.   I will be sharing more about this group over the next few weeks and months.  I am looking forward to the roll Robert and I will play in this group with discussions, Bible studies and various other outreaches!



House Update

I apparently am not doing a great job keeping everyone updated about our house – this week alone I have had numerous individuals ask me about the progress!  Our house should be finished in about 20 – 25 days!!   We are starting to get excited about the progress.   They have painted the outside and most of the inside of the house.  The builder told Robert and I last week they were waiting on the cabinets to be delivered.  The cabinets apparently are holding up many other aspects such as flooring, plumping, etc. — you know like the MAJOR items.    This week we have decided on the fireplace design we want and the appliance package we want.   Heads up, if you are in the market for appliances check out most big box retailers right now and their 4th of July sale.  The appliances we have picked are, yes I am serious right now, Samsung!!!   God allowed a friend to come across a 4th of July sale where the Samsung appliance package was below our appliance allowance!!!!! We serve an awesome God!  As our house is coming close to being finished we are enjoying picking out new items to fill our house and we are having fun figuring out how to re-purpose the items we had in our previous house.   I believe minus a few items we have all the diesigning ideas ready and most of the items needed to design.

While we are excited and becoming impatient for our house to be ready, I am also reminded about the road which brought us to where we are today.   God has been so merciful to bring us through so many trials and we are stronger today then we were two years ago when we were first married.  Now, as we are closing in on our house being finished we are busy packing, cleaning and preparing for our first night in our new house.  Robert is also preparing for a new job, maybe!    This job is another miracle from God!!   Robert was offered a job several weeks ago and all that stands in the way of Robert and this job is a grant.  The company is expecting to hear from the grant July 1st.   We are claiming this job and speaking as if it is Robert’s!!   Please everyone pray the funding comes through so Robert can begin this job August 1st!  Once again, two  years into our marriage we may have a lot of new beginnings — a new house and a possible new job for Robert!!  I wonder what else will come our way in our 3rd year of marriage which will bring even more new into our lives?!?!?!

Today we are thankful for all the new, for all the answered prayers, for all the blessings.  We are praying God will guide our footsteps as we start this new phase of our life and marriage.

BTW here are a few pictures of our house as of today!   Until next time!!!!

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Favorite Room

What is your favorite room in your house?  In my house we are planning my favorite room is… oh man!, where do I begin.  I really like the way the living room has a stone fire place in it, but I also like the way the master bedroom is designed with the separate closets and the oh, yeah the bathroom has a really cool tub in it.  There is also the awesome kitchen and yeah the dining room… As you can tell I am excited about the various parts of our house we are designing.  I repeat designing… I really feel like that is all we are doing, it is so hard to see the finished project in my head.  It has seemed as though we have had many obstacles, just like we have had since be have been married so why is it a surprise to me we also have hit a wall with our house.

The wall we have hit with our house includes the following:  rain, rain, rain and more rain!  There has also been the issue with the bulldozer which is being used to clear the land broke down, the gentleman helping us clear the land has been sick and we cannot, I repeat,  cannot get our house plans finalized.  It seems as though all these visions I had in my head about what I want my house to look like and what room will be my favorite have made the plans tough to produce and get correct.

I know our house and our dreams are all worth the trials and struggles. In the end we will be excited about our new house, we will reflect back to the past 10 months and see how, being considered, homeless has helped us grow and develop as a family. BUT there are days when all I want is to be able to say my favorite room in my house is………..

Catch up time

Time to catch everyone up on all that has been going on in our lives.   My little family decided we needed a break from all the craziness that life has handed us over the past year.  So, we decided to travel out west to visit the Alamo, the Big Bend National Park, Tombstone, Arizona, and many stops in between.  This trip was one that was truly needed to help us escape reality and simply enjoy ourselves.  I will make sure and include a few pictures at the bottom of today’s blog of our fun. I will come back in a few days and spend a little bit more time discussing our trip and a few lessons learned but today I MUST talk about a lesson I learned today

While we were on our trip we heard from the gentleman who runs the timber company we hired to clear some land for us.  He told us land clearing would start this week as long as tropical storm Arthur did not bring rain our way.  Talking about excited, I was one excited mountain driver when I heard the timber was going to be cleared this week… Robert and I knew it was time to pray the rain stayed away a little bit longer.  Thank God for answered prayers!   The rain stayed away and this morning I woke up to the timber company clearing land in front of my parent’s house!  

While watching the gentlemen clearing the land allowed reality to sit it for a minute. Robert and I found ourselves watching these two men all day long cutting pine tree after pine tree, clearing the way for our future house.  There was even a point in the day I told Robert, “People my look at this clearing and see a big mess but I look at it and see our future”! Prior to going on vacation I had posted on Facebook that I was happy with a decision we had made in reference to our new home, well it wasn’t until today as we were watching this patch of land being cleared that I realized I wasn’t at all happy with settling with the decision we had made.. I now know why we seemed to be having one struggle after the other in reference to getting a mobile home to live in.  We were having all of these struggles because God wanted more for us and He had more for us.  Sometimes I think we forget God has a limitless supply of mercy and grace that we settle for just enough instead of allowing Him to give us ALL He has for us!   This is whole process has helped me realize that I was doing that exact thing simply because I was in a hurry to get into a house.  Yes, I am exhausted of living in a small bedroom with enough clothes and furniture for two BUT at the same time I have decided I can’t settle for mediocre when God wants to give us so much more!

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Did Robert Find A Job?

I know it has been a little bit since I have posted — but everyone should know I survived Third Grade Camp Out 2014!!  Now things have settled down I will be posting more frequently to keep everyone up to date on our journey.

When last I wrote Robert and I were facing the end of  October and he still didn’t have a job.  When we reached November we knew without a doubt we could not afford to stay in the house we were living in anymore.  We realized we had to do something and we had to act fast.   Our lives began revolving around how to make a house payment, we weren’t able to get out and go anymore.  So Veteran’s Day week we began our move out of our house and into a small room at my parent’s house.

Now, that we no longer had the stress of a house on our shoulders Robert was able to give a little more focus on a job.  This focus and attention introduced him to the public library in Lake Butler, Gainesville, and I believe Starke.   He and I both searched and searched.  Then one Thursday when we picked up the county paper there was an add for a teacher at Northside Christian Academy.  This seemed too good to be true, a job just a few miles from where we were now living and a teaching job also!   Robert emailed his resume and quickly heard back from the Principal at the school.  The Principal wanted to meet with Robert and talk to him.   I knew this had to be the job Robert was going to get, it had to be.  Well, one week turned into about three weeks before we heard anything back from the Principal.  They were interested in Robert coming in and shadowing teachers in which he would get paid!   He and I celebrated — this meant we could buy Christmas for Haynes and our family!  We knew God had answered a prayer.  The school allowed Robert to shadow and substitute for two or three weeks prior to Christmas in which time he had interviewed for the teaching job.   He unfortunately didn’t get the job BUT the school wanted him to stay on as a substitute.  Robert seemed to be working almost every day as a substitute and it always seemed to be in the same class, Spanish/Computer Class.  Was this another appointment from God??  Was God up to something that we didn’t realize?  What path was God placing Robert on and what did this Spanish/Computer class have to do with this path?