Mar 17

Titus 2 In Action

“Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:4-5

The older women encouraging the younger women, that’s the basis of Titus 2:4.   The older women gently teaching their wisdom gained through years of experience and most likely years of time spent on their knees pouring out their worries, concerns, hurts, anxieties, difficulties and praises to the Lord.

Titus 2:4

This past week, our MOPS group was incredibly blessed by one such woman.  She has been a follower of Christ for many decades and will celebrate her 98th birthday next month.  There was not a dry eye in the room as she tearfully shared some of the heartaches, difficulties and joys she has been through over the years.  She, so naturally, poured out her heart to us as a hush fell over the room for all of us women not wanting to miss one single wise word.

The simple advice she gave us was that for every worry or fear or heartache that arises, take it to God.    As a young girl there was a plaque in her dining room that read “Prayer Changes Things.” Don’t know how to handle a difficult situation with the kids?  Struggling with how to best love your husband?  Take it to God and LEAVE it with him.  Don’y pray about it and then 10 minutes later start worrying about it again.  That morning with our MOPS group, we prayerfully read over Psalm 91:1-16.  What an amazing collection of promises and strongholds!  In an emergency we call 9-1-1, but more importantly, Psalm 91:1 (and following) should be our 9-1-1 to God.  We should take advantage of the powerful promise of protection in Psalm 91:1-16.

Psalm 91

1Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High

will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.a

2I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,

my God, in whom I trust.”

3Surely he will save you

from the fowler’s snare

and from the deadly pestilence.

4He will cover you with his feathers,

and under his wings you will find refuge;

his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

5You will not fear the terror of night,

nor the arrow that flies by day,

6nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,

nor the plague that destroys at midday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand,

but it will not come near you.

8You will only observe with your eyes

and see the punishment of the wicked.

9If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”

and you make the Most High your dwelling,

10no harm will overtake you,

no disaster will come near your tent.

11For he will command his angels concerning you

to guard you in all your ways;

12they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

13You will tread on the lion and the cobra;

you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14“Because heb loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;

I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.

15He will call on me, and I will answer him;

I will be with him in trouble,

I will deliver him and honor him.

16With long life I will satisfy him

and show him my salvation.”

If you are blessed to have someone in your life like this, treasure that relationship, open your ears, be attentive and glean the wisdom God has for you through this older godly woman.  Blessings to you, my friend! ~Kelly

Psalm 91:1-2

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Mar 03

Tired and Worn

Well, it’s been a rough couple of weeks.  We’ve had some family events going on that require a lot of time and  patience.  Very. stressful.  I have been spread so thin across the commitments of our life that I feel I am not succeeding at any of them!  Been there?

This past couple of weeks we cut our life down to only the MUST DO activities, all the optional ones went by the wayside.  Feels like we are just coming out of the fog.

One of the things that has really been helping us through this time was this song…I truly believe that music soothes the soul.  A song can express the deep feelings we experience but are unable to put into words of our own.

Tired and Worn

Tired and Worn

I’m tired 
I’m worn 
My heart is heavy
From the work it takes to keep on breathing

I’ve made mistakes 
I’ve let my hope fail
My soul feels crushed
By the weight of this world
And I know that you can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn

I want to know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Cause I’m worn

I know I need 
To lift my eyes up
But I’m too weak
Life just won’t let up
And I know that You can give me rest
So I cry out with all that I have left

And my prayers are wearing thin
I’m worn even before the day begins
I’m worn I’ve lost my will to fight
I’m worn so heaven so come and flood my eyes

Let me see redemption win
Let me know the struggle ends
That you can mend a heart that’s frail and torn

I want to know a song can rise
From the ashes of a broken life
And all that’s dead inside can be reborn
Yes all that’s dead inside will be reborn
Though I’m worn 
Yeah I’m worn

See video here

Hoping in the One who can lift our eyes up… Blessings to you!  ~Kelly  

 

Jan 31

Blessings Through Pain and The Path We’re On…

It was August of 2013, I was flying out of Tampa to Nashville.  Strange for me as it was the first time I had been on an airplane in over five years.  I was hit with this crazy rush of emotions.  All these thoughts and feelings flooded my head.  The “what ifs,” the “could have beens” and the “if onlys.”

Blessings Through Pain

You see, five years earlier it was not at all unusual to be flying around the country a couple of times or more per month visiting friends and family.  My husband was working for an airline that we thought he would retire from.  Our oldest son was 6 months old at the time, we had just moved from Illinois to Kentucky.  It was such an exciting and unique time and lifestyle.  Not without its drawbacks of course, but we were headed in the direction of the life we hoped and planned to lead.

Very soon though, things began to turn in a different direction.  Major cutbacks with in the airline, more difficult work hours for my husband, talk of the company closing.  It was getting pretty messy and after a while we started looking elsewhere for possible job options. Through a series of events we eventually ended up back in Illinois about two years later.

Again, all did not go exactly as we thought and so 6 months and 2 jobs later, my husband happened to be driving home from work in a car we had purchased only five days earlier.  Someone rolled right through a stop sign and hit him on the driver’s side.

His back was broken, requiring two major surgeries and causing severe nerve damage. Doctors were able to stabilize his back, but the nerve damage causes him severe pain to this day.  He is barely able to walk, very slow and unsteady…but walking even that much is a miracle in itself.  The nerves in his back were actually cut into by broken bone, very close to removing his ability to walk.

That was almost six years ago now.  It has been a very long journey with many trips to doctors and specialists, that have not eased the pain he experiences.  We have endured financial loss, relationship loss, aching hearts and a desire to be understood.

However, God has taken us from those lows to many highs we would have never experienced otherwise.  Our marriage has  become much closer, our understanding of (and faith in) God’s goodness and provision has grown exponentially.   We have met people we never would have otherwise, we have been blessed beyond measure time after time.

Blessings Through Pain

The rush of feelings I felt as the plane lifted off from Tampa was just a reminder of where we have been, not a place of sadness or disappointment to dwell in. As I landed in Nashville,  the plane slowed and everything settled.  I was reminded that God has held us up this entire time and He is not going to stop now.  My heart calmed and peace returned.  I cannot say that I would not have had it any other way, but I can say that I know God has a reason for this path we have travelled.  And so I continue to trust, with a thankful heart, that He knows where this path is going and it’s the one I want to follow.

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Blessings to you wherever you are on your journey!  It may seem impossible, but whatever it is God can bring you through it, my friend!  ~ Kelly

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Jan 25

A Beautiful Mess

The theme for MOPS this year is “A Beautiful Mess.”  Sound appropriate?  Any of you dealing with messes in your own life?  If you’re not in one now…well, it’s coming.  As moms it is so difficult not to look at other moms and be tricked into thinking that THEY have the perfect life.  Beautiful home, well-behaved children, strong marriage.  We are so quick to compare our worst to their best.  God doesn’t compare his children to one another…he compares them to HIMSELF, to the example that Jesus set for us.  So by that standard, we are all a pretty serious MESS!

A Beautiful Mess ~Mops.org

One of the most encouraging things for me as a mom is hearing the successes and difficulties of other moms in their parenting journey.  I have been so blessed by hearing the stories of other moms in my MOPS group.  This week was especially exciting for me as our speaker was Susan Merrill the director of IMOM.

A Beautiful Mess, Susan Merril at MOPS

I have been using  IMOM printables for years!  I post them on my fridge, my bathroom mirror, all over the house as they are helpful reminders and encouragement through tough daily parenting moments.  The conversation starters are some of my favorite tools.  Great for those awkward moments when you are at a loss for words and for developing a deeper relationship with your children.

Susan has an incredible story!  Her adoption story, especially, hit me so hard with the realization of how God puts events together in such amazing ways that it clearly could ONLY be His doing!  He’s pretty awesome like that :-)

I picked up Susan’s book, “The Passionate Mom” after she spoke  and I am excited to dive into it!

the-passionate-mom-book

 

I encourage to you check out any of these resources, I know you will be blessed!  ~ Kelly

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Jan 17

2 Life Lessons For The New Year

Will 2014 be better than 2013?  Well, I guess that totally depends.  Am I going to do something DIFFERENT this year?  Because if I don’t, it will be just the same (or worse) than last year.  I have many goals for this year that will never be accomplished if I keep doing what I’m doing.  This year I did something different to keep me more focused.  I created a Dream Board to constantly have my goals in front of me.

On top of that, I have learned two lessons that I intend to put into action this year.  Two lessons that will make a big change in the way this year progresses.

Wherever you are, be ALL there.

1. Wherever you are, be ALL there.

I am a homeschooling mom of three active boys.  I am running a business and a blog.  I have a husband with a disability.  These can be such burdens when I think about them all at once and try to accomplish/carry them all at once.  My mind and heart are constantly being pulled in multiple directions.  It’s too much!  All at once anyway…

But by God’s immeasurable grace, this year I will make it my purpose and plan to FULLY be where I am at each moment.  No thinking about a business task during family time.  They deserve my full attention when it’s THEIR time and I WILL give it to them.  And on the other side of that, I will carve out specific time for my home business and this blog and be intentional in my work.

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:33-34

Relationship over Ego

2. Relationship over Ego.

We ALL make mistakes.  Each and every one of us, messes up and usually we don’t learn our lesson the first, second or hundredth time.  Thankfully, God is loving, forgiving and patient!  And we ought to be as well.  If we had to be perfect in order for God to love us, then none of us would know His love.

It is a very difficult thing to admit we are wrong.  Sometimes we may not even realize that we are wrong.  I pray that this year we would have soft and teachable hearts.  I pray that we would be willing to take a step back and re-evaluate the situation when conflicts arise in our homes, in our workplaces, in our churches.  Is being right or keeping the relationship of more value to you?  It may be God speaking into your heart about a change that needs to happen.  Or it may just be time to agree to disagree.

 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18

What are your goals for the New Year? Blessings to you!  ~Kelly