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!

 

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End of summer

I have come to the end of my summer, I have to return to work tomorrow!  I am sitting here reflecting on my summer, what was I able to accomplish, what did I leave undone, and many more pondering thoughts.

This summer I had a few goals in mind to accomplish. One of these goals was to get my foot well and back at 100%. Another goal was to get moved into our house. I also, had the normal teacher goals like getting my classroom ready, developing new strategies to use in my classroom and various other things.

Having decided to get my foot well, meant I had to stay off of it for most of the summer. Having to stay off my foot meant I had to push many other things on my summer to do list back. Staying off my foot also gave me a lot  of time to think, which in my situation can be dangerous. I was able to think about any and everything! I have for the most part stayed off of my foot, but unfortunately my foot does not seem to be much better. I have days where I feel like I could conquer the world, then there are days where just the thought of pressure being put on it makes me cringe.

My next goal was to get us moved into our house. While sitting with my feet propped up all I could do was dream about being in our house.  Well, here we are in mid August and still no house.  The good news is our house will be finished in a few weeks and then the moving will begin. Who is ready to attend a moving party?

As far as the goals for my classroom, I was able to get a few projects ready and am excited to share them with my class  I, just like most teachers, feel summer was too short to get all my school projects finished so I will be staying up late to get it all finished.

Other thoughts which are swimming in my head are all about the adventure and quest I set out on this summer.  I wonder why doors were opened for Robert and I , to simply be slammed in our faces? What other opportunities are out there for us? Will I ever reach my goals? In the weeks following our trip to Atlanta, I have noticed I struggle when I watch weight loss shows.  I wonder what it will take for me to lose and be successful. I question why it couldn’t be me getting the help I need and want? After all of my thoughts, I realize how much I am loved and no matter what I  think about myself, how I view myself, even love myself, there are individuals all around me who truly love and care for me no matter what!

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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