Friday, May 26, 2017

How to speak your husband's Love Language?

If you haven't read The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman you really should!

I read this book for the first time several years ago after winning it at a Valentine Banquet. We won the Newlywed Game! We had been married about nine years and were very happy but I was always looking for ways to be a better wife and mother. 

I read the book and took the quiz at the back for myself. Then I answered the questions the way I thought my husband would just to see if I was right....I was sooo WRONG! After having my husband take the quiz I went back and compared my answers for him with his actual answers. I realized I answered in ways I was actually showing him love which was not his #1 Love Language. 

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So, now that I knew what his Love Language was it was time to change the way I was speaking Love to him. This may not be as easy as it sounds...especially if you are a routine person and are "used" to doing things a certain way. For example I was doing Acts of Service when I should have been speaking Words of Affirmation. That doesn't mean I quit doing the Acts of Service but I was more intentional in telling him how much I appreciated him and how proud I was of his accomplishments.

So what are these five Love Languages?
A. Words of Affirmation
B. Quality Time
C. Receiving Gifts
D. Acts of Service
E. Physical Touch

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It takes being intentional and really focusing on your spouse to help make your marriage better and happier.
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Okay, this question is for those happily married couples out there... 
What has worked for you? What are some extra special ways you show your man you love him?
If you could share a tip with a newly wed couple what would it be? Leave me a comment!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Are you facing a storm in your life?

You probably know the story of Peter walking on the water to Jesus but I want you to imagine the scene as you read this from Matthew 14: 22-32:

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," They said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water.""Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying. "Truly you are the Son of God."

Now think about the storms of life and how this can compare. Can you relate to the disciples getting in the boat and doing as Jesus tells you? Can you see yourself as Peter obeying the command of Jesus and bravely walking out on that water?

When we feel like our life is a storm Jesus is there with us. When we think we are falling we can call out and the Master’s Hand will reach out to us just like He did for Peter. It took courage for Peter to step out of that boat and onto the stormy sea. The water wasn’t calm. I am sure he was excited and maybe anxious...they had been fighting this storm all night. The fear, fatigue and excitement were all affecting him at this time. He probably didn’t even think twice when he heard Jesus say come. For he knew his voice and he was right! It was Jesus!

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Think about the last time God spoke to you to do something. Maybe it was to start a new ministry, maybe a job venture, maybe to help someone in need, or maybe it was to witness to someone. How did you feel? There might have been a little wrestling at first. (Is that you God? I don't know if I can do this.) But that moment when you KNEW it was God... How did you feel? Where you excited, anxious to get started, or maybe a little nervous?

When we climb out of the boat to do what we feel like God is calling us to do we get excited! We may experience some anxiety as well but the adrenaline gets us going. Then, when we get about half way to what we think is our destination, we notice the water swirling around us. We aren’t standing on solid ground anymore. We’ve gone too far to go back and our victory looks a long way off! Then fear and doubt set in. We wonder, "Did God really tell me to walk out in this?" Often times we say, "This isn’t how it was supposed to be!" And we think maybe we missed God... Maybe that was just our own ideas... Maybe we should just quit. 

But wait!...
God told you to do it He will bring you through it!
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Notice in verse 32...And when they came to the into the ship, the wind ceased. So, that means as Jesus and Peter were walking on the was still stormy. Peter left the comfortable boat (or not so comfortable...doesn’t it seem like God gets us uncomfortable where we are right before He tells us to step out into what He has for us?) So Peter steps out onto the water IN A STORM. We can usually get out of the boat okay, it’s when we get right in the middle of what we “think” God told us to do that we start questioning, doubting, and getting fearful. It may seem like we are far away from Jesus when really we are closer than we think. We just have to call out to him and focus on Him instead of the problems and instability swirling around us.

Go back to your imaginary scene for a second. How far do you think Peter got to Jesus before he started to sink? Was he just getting started, half way there, or was he within arm’s reach? Now we know this was a supernatural feat but just humor me. Where was he? If he had been within arm’s reach would he have doubted so much? I picture him about half way there. His courage took him far enough from the boat that he was “on his own”. But when he cried out, “Lord, save me”...Jesus was instantly there and immediately reached out and caught his hand. Jesus met Peter right where he was. Could he have walked all the way to Jesus? Sure, if his faith had been strong enough. Can we make it all the way without calling out to Jesus? Why would we want to? Relying on Jesus strengthens our faith! 

It takes more courage to ask for help than it does to do it on our own. Jesus is here for us and will meet us right where we are. What ever our faith level is...that is where he will meet us. We just have to believe in Him and know He is walking with us.

Now let’s go back to the storm in our lives... Each one of us has been through storms. Maybe some of you are going through something right now. If not, you might go through some rough patches in the future. So what are some tools that can help us in the storm?

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Now that we have all of our tools to face the next storm…we have to remember that Jesus doesn’t always calm the storm immediately but he is with us immediately and will walk with us through the storm.

Also remember that many times storms cause change. Think about your storms. Was their change in the midst or after the storm? Change: a move, illness, death, job, finances. Change is not always bad. It may be rough getting to the change but it will strengthen us and improve our lives. Change brings about differences in our routine. We know we can’t keep doing the same thing and get different results. And if we are not willing to make the change we need to, God has a way of persuading us.
We have all faced our share of storms in our lives and it’s sure we will all face more. But if we use the tools God has given us we will make it through and be stronger. When we feel like we are falling all we have to do is call on the Lord and he will reach down to rescue us. We may feel the effects of the storm for a time but God will not allow you to go through more than you can handle.

Are you going through a storm right now? Can I pray for you? Leave a comment or send me an email.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Mother - Are you Happy on this Day?

Are you happy with yourself as a Mom? 

With Mother's Day just around the corner, I want to encourage all the mothers out there who might be struggling today.

Being a new mom can be scary even though it is one of the most exciting times in your life! And doesn't.... get.... any... gets harder!

Being a Mom is the Hardest Job I've Ever Had!

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Have you ever thought, 

"I am a failure!", "I just can't do this!", 
"Why can't I be like other moms?"

Well Join the Mommy Club - We've ALL been there! 

From newborn issues, to the terrible twos, to teenage years and even parenting adult children...It can sometimes just be HARD! Nothing can really prepare you for what lies ahead in your motherhood years. You will experience happiness, fear, joy, sadness, anger, and sometimes several of these emotions all at the same time! But, it is also the most rewarding experience! 

I remember when my three girls where little. I was lugging a baby carrier, diaper bag, and hanging on to the other two trekking into church. (It was probably one of those days when we couldn't find matching shoes, hair halfway fixed, and going on little sleep - you know the kind of day I'm talking about right?) Anyway, a lovely lady walked up to me and said, "Enjoy them while they are little because they grow up sooo fast". My immediate thought was I just want them to be able to get in and out of the car by themselves! But now, now that my "babies" are 14, 18, and 20 I know what she meant. And if I could go back and do some things differently I definitely would! 

So many times I felt like I just wasn't good enough. I wanted to be the best wife and mother that I could be but there was always that voice telling me I wasn't doing enough. I failed, I made mistakes, and I messed up. Every mom does. Nobody is perfect and we ALL make mistakes! But don't let the lies of the enemy take root in your heart. 

Don't let the enemy lie to you and tell you that 
you are not a good mom or that you don't have what it takes 
or that you'll never be enough. 

Take every thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)
and replace it with positive thoughts!

You are enough! 
God choose you to be the mother of your children and he chose those children just for you because he knew you could do it! 
You can handle it! You will make it!

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What is the one (or two) tip you would give to the struggling mom today? What is something that helped you get through the rough times? 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Best Gifts for Graduation - Top 5 Free Printable

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Graduation Gifts

Do you have a hard time figuring out what to get your graduate? Well, graduation is just around the corner so it is about time to start thinking about what kind of gifts you will give! 

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This is such an exciting time for young people. It is a time of new beginnings and excitement along with some anxiety for both the students and the parents! It can be difficult for friends and family to decide what to give as gifts. Of course, money is probably the #1 graduation gift and definitely well received! If you feel like that is the easy way out and want to put more thought into your gift try getting creative in the presentation of your monetary gift. I love this Money Cake and  this idea for Pizza Lovers. For more great ideas visit my Graduation Gifts board on Pinterest .

Money may be the top gift but there are lots of other great gifts you can get for your graduate whether it is a High School, College, or even an 8th grade graduation. 

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Top 5 Gifts for Grads
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I love this "She believed she could so she did" bracelet on Amazon. It would be great for a High School or College gift. Or for the guy graduate there is this 2017 Graduation Keychain that I really like. Or you could always go with the popular Amazon Gift Card that comes in a Graduation Cap Box

And don't forget the card! Check out this "Pop Up Congratulations Card". How fun is that? (This actually would be great for promotion, retirement, or any type of congratulation occasion!)

For my High school graduation I got enough money to purchase an electric typewritter! I was so excited. I know that sounds crazy right?

Do you remember what you got for graduation? Comment below and let me know. It would be great to hear what you remember getting!