Thursday, April 28, 2011

Strawberry Picking!




What a beautiful day to pick strawberries!  We got up early today and decided to go picking.  We packed up a lunch and headed out to a fabulous farm in Fulton KY.  The kids got to see the catfish then off to pick.  I love to pick there the people are always nice and the berries are so easy to see and pick on the black plastic!  What a fun day...now off to put them up for the next year!

Blessings,
Joyful Mother

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Resurrection

Blessings on this resurrection day!  My family enjoyed a nice meal on Friday to celebrate this joyous holiday. 




This is the first year I didn't get caught up in the commercial side of "Easter".  This is what I've wanted to do for years, just not having it in me to follow through.  I did get them each a small gift to go along with the understanding that we like to give good gifts and they like to receive them, just like our heavenly father gave his son as a gift and we get to receive Him!  I think for the first time some of the little ones got it.  It's so rewarding to see your children get something!
My home has been filled with such peace and joy this weekend...I know celebrating the way we did for our family brought such blessings.
Today we got to celebrate with a breakfast and service with our church family.  Probably one of the best gospel messages I've ever heard.  Some points surrounding the death and resurrection I've never considered!  I have been truly blessed.
I pray your day has been blessed.  I pray you received a new revelation, or maybe a renewed joy about your salvation!

Blessings,
Joyful Mother

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

No more baggies!

I'm so excited to say I ran out of baggies and purchased no more!  Like I said before little steps...and this is my new one.  So I'm trying to be creative as to what I can store our food and gadgets around the house in.  So far...mason jars, ball freezer containers, food grade BPA free plastic.  I would love to here your ideas?  Oh one more thing it has to be budget friendly!

 
 Blessings,
Joyful Mother

The little things...

As we attempt to change things around here one step at a time it is making me aware of my desperate need for God.  Hang with me as I am no "writer" I just love to jot and tiddle my thoughts.  We are taking small steps to use less power and conserve our resources.  Some of them...hanging our clothes out to dry, using little to no lights, using fans (no air)...yet!  Washing our dishes by hand, going down to a cell phone...no land line w/internet, no T.V., cloth diapers, cloth wipes, no baggies (that's my new one).
There are many reasons why we are doing these.  Some I'll share.  We want to not just be consumers, but to do our part!   We want our children to grow up with the knowledge of all of what we are doing (physically and spiritually).  Ya just never know what's coming down the road, we would like to be free of "the system", we would like to owe no man anything except to love, we desire to have the peace of God not the "peace of this world, and one last one I'll share we would like to be in tuned with nature and our bodies which we believe would give us a  more simple blessed life.
As we are doing these things I am realizing my weaknesses and my lack of discipline.  I'm having to rely on and seek God for my priorities.  I'm becoming more aware of the need to be MORE organized.  I'm realizing how much we take for granted and waste!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

One day at a time. Part 1 (I hope)

I've been struggling with motivation lately.  So trying to figure out what's wrong with me has actually helped me draw closer to God.  I've been trying to lay some things down.  Mainly dreams and expectations.  Not realizing holding on to my "dream" for our life has become an idol.  I've been making decisions and living in discontentment due to thinking this "dream" IS going to happen.  It has robbed me of my life in the "now".  It has made me a disgruntled person.  It has made me frustrated almost on a daily basis.  It has contributed to my anger.  In short it really has made me not enjoy life.


So


I am giving this up, laying it down.  It's kind of weird, because now I'm actually having to rethink my days.  I've spent so much brain power on this with out even realizing it.  I feel more free in the last couple of days than I have in a long time.  For a long time I haven't lived in the here and now so to speak.  I think I'm enjoying this new thought.  It's hard and it's a work in progress, but slowly He is teaching me.  I enjoyed today and the thought, that I don't have to do anything except that, has brought me gladness.


Today I actually felt relaxed.  I enjoyed my children.  I didn't feel all frustrated with time constraints.  I'm sure I've done this many times, but today it felt different.  My mind has been feed up.  I hope and pray it continues to get better.  I know I'm on the healing end of this.


Pray for me!

Monday, January 3, 2011

The New Year.

First of all let me state that I usually love new!  New clothes, rearranging the house for a new look, really new anything.  I am a woman of change and to me something new brings a bit of change.  So one would think that a person such as this would like New Years!  Well that has not always been the case.  Usually I dread the new year, not knowing really why, maybe I get a little sad at the year ending and feeling a little fearful of what lies ahead.  Maybe I didn't quite feel successful in the past and feel a little overwhelmed about starting "new goals".  Well for what ever reason, this year seems a bit different.  I have had yet another change in perspective.

I rolled over in bed the other morning and said what seems to me few words for such a big statement in my heart.  "I need you Lord, I really really need you".  And so my "new" year began!  God has been wonderful and been showing up in wonderful ways.  He has been showing me the condition of my heart and my sin.  Probably seems strange that a person would want to talk about their sin, but it really is a relief to know He is still working on me and He doesn't ever let me go.  Him showing me the sin in my life means He loves me and He is showing me how much by showing me my sin.  Plus I get to change (for the better).....which remember I love!

So what did I realize?  Well I realized that I have been discontent.  Discontent with the way my God has provided for me.  So now I'm trying to be grateful and find the positive, giving thanks (verbally) for what I have.  Something else....I way didn't realize is how I've made my circumstances "gods" in my life.  Like for example...where I live, getting out of debt, my wardrobe, simply what I have or don't have.  When I say "gods" I mean I was putting caring for these things before Him.  Like my husband says "when my relationship with him is not so good everything else seems blown out of proportion, and when it is good everything seems put in their place.  Which brings me to another thing I realized.  My lack of faithfulness to Him.  Good thing he's faithful regardless.  It really doesn't take much to love Him in ways of reading (knowing Him) and praying (conversing with Him).  Probably the one biggest things I allow to be stolen away from my life.

Sharing these things is great for me.  It causes me to understand my weakness and His strength.  He is a good God and I am most of all grateful to have him in my life as my God!  These things I mentioned are some of the goals God has lead me to work on in the new year.  I acknowledge the need to repent of my sin....which is a process and I lean on His strength to change me.

My heart is His.
He is the potter, I am the clay.

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