Tanning, Hair Color, Tone Thighs….Oh My!

I have four children. I’m tired. But, I do believe that keeping up our appearance aesthetically AND physically is a ministry to our husbands (and thus, family). It is one aspect of ourselves that we have to OFFER them. (By the way, can you guess who doesn’t shave their legs when Husband is out of town? C’mon, my kids like Mom’s furry legs!)

Time-Out, Chicken!

Yeshua, Sar-Shalom (Jesus, Prince of Peace).  Remember that Name…you’ll need It…often. These past three years have been fraught with changes that really jacked with my Shalomometer…ya know? Let’s see, TWO MOVES (two different states), exhausting Church-shopping trying to find a ‘home’, FOUR SCHOOLS (don’t ask) for our four children that included a move from private Christian to public schools, an ever-increasing travel schedule for the Husband, meeting new friends, saying good-bye to old ones…and saying ‘HELLO!’ again, selling two homes, buying two more and losing money in the process, concurrent stress-related health issues, beginning a part-time job, trying to cope with it all….and perhaps the greatest change, the untimely death of my Mom (and helping my Dad to learn to ‘walk’ again afterwards). I’m sure there are many more changes that have escaped my swiss-cheese-of-a-mind just now. So, needless to say, the peace has been disturbed, my Friend. And yet, through it all, there is, was and continues to be a Heavenly Supply of Shalom available that’s simply ‘not of this world’.  It’s talked about in the lesser-known 3:16 verse, for your memory work: “Now may the Lord of shalom Himself give you shalom always in all ways. The Lord be with all of you.”~ 2 Thessalonians 3:16 I love that passage…I’ve needed that passage…I’ve been oft reminded of that passage…I hold tightly to that passage…still today. Sometimes I forget about shalom’s availability, though.  Sometimes I choose to run around like the proverbial chicken without a head.  Let’s face it, in life, sometimes I am just plain chicken. You feelin’ me? Isaiah gave us The Preview of this Yeshua...

Only for a Season

If the sun were always shining and there were never any showers, gone would be the butterflies and the beauty of the flowers.

So it is with you and I, the plantings of our LORD; Secret and wonderful plans HE reveals through His Holy Word.

Heavenly Father plants us gently, and soon thereafter we take root. Patiently HE waits for HIS tender little shoot.

Mommies-R-Us

So, I’m thinkin’ about starting a group in my new neighborhood. I think I’ll call it aptly, “Mommies R Us”…

What’s a group for, if it’s not for ‘support’? I’ve already written about the many parallels of ‘good bras and good friends’. And I’m serious, y’all! True dat.

Godly Friends

A friend shows his friendship at all times – it is for adversity that [such] a brother is born. ~ Proverbs 17:17 (CJB) Have you ever noticed that godly friends are like good bras? As a mother of four breast-fed children…well, I will spare you the downer details! Seriously, godly friends provide much needed UPLIFT & SUPPORT when you are DOWN! And their encouragement makes us feel a whole lot better, doesn’t it?! They are a perfect fit and you can’t wait for them to be around you! SEE! Godly friends are most definitely like good bras! I rest my lace… You know these friends I speak of. They are there for you. They will not judge you unrighteously and condemn you, no matter how much of a mess you have made. They understand (though may not be able to completely relate to) where you stand. They realize we all travel an Appointed Way and cheer you onward to persevere in HIS strength through your trials. They are able to see the other side of a given situation and speak the Truth of the Word of God into your ear. If you do get off track, they will lovingly guide you back in the right direction…God’s direction….provided that your spirit is teachable. For Proverbs 12:1 says, ‘Whoever loves instruction, loves knowledge; but he who hates correction is stupid.’ (NKJV) She is the one you can count on. You know that nothing will surprise her. You know that she will love you REGARDLESS of your actions (good, bad or indifferent) – because the essence of grace is undeserved favor. She...

7 Abominations

These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren. ~ Proverbs 6:16-19 ‘Mom, look at that lady!’, my daughter smugly exclaimed, ‘she’s smoking a cigarette!’. The statement pierced my heart as I saw the ‘face of unsure’ upon the woman’s countenance. I know she heard my child’s blatant expression of disapproval. The LORD quickened my spirit, as well as my tongue. I herded the children into the vehicle and turned and smiled apologetically at the woman. I then explained to my daughter that our LORD deeply loves this woman created in His image – just as He loves us – even while a cigarette hangs from the woman’s lips. ‘Do you remember the seven abominations that our LORD hates?’, I asked my daughter who had recently memorized that particular verse due to abomination number two. ‘Smoking is not one of them….but a proud look is’, I said. After this incident, I realized that my sweet daughter’s childish retort is not far removed from many in our congregations today. I asked our Heavenly Father if this is what He sees in His children more often than not. The legalistic religious crowd had Scripture memorized, too, but their lives were void of The Spirit of Love. Therefore, their lives turned away and condemned many from the very God of Love they professed to follow. Sweet Daughters of The Most...

The Mirror

For we know that the Torah is of the Spirit; but as for me, I am bound to the old nature, sold to sin as a slave. I don’t understand my own behavior – I don’t do what I want to do; instead, I do the very thing I hate! ~ Romans 7:14,15 “Mom, Bethany was desperate, so she offered me twenty dollars to help her find her game”, Caleb said as we were driving to his baby sister’s gymnastics class. “Oh, really?”, I said. I could tell by the tone in his voice he was about to proudly profess to me that he had indeed chose God’s best in the matter. He was what we call convinced. And I was ready to give him an attaboy! “So, whaddya do?”, I said. Primed for his mother’s praise he said, “I told her she only had to give me ten!” OK, now that is classic! After an inner chuckle, I asked Caleb what he thought Jesus might’ve done in that situation. With much less enthusiasm, he responded, ‘He would’ve probably told her to keep all her money and he’d help her out anyway.’ Together, we had an aha! moment… I know what you’re thinking, the ol’ WWJD trick! Well, kind of. If we are to have the mind of Christ, shouldn’t we be thinking like Him? Far too often, however, our thinking is like that of the Pharisee of Luke 18:11: “The Pharisee stood and prayed to himself, `O God! I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity — greedy, dishonest, immoral, or like this tax-collector!...

Needing a Change?

From a distance ADONAI appeared to me, [saying,] “I love you with an everlasting love; this is why in My grace I draw you to Me. ~ Jeremiah 31:3 When my daughter Kierstyn was still in diapers just a few short years ago, she had a most peculiar way of letting me know she had taken care of her business. She was in the habit of pushing me away from her every time she had ‘gone potty’ – that would be No. 2! Moms, you know the look and you are familiar with ‘all things poopy’, I am sure. (You might be interested to know that I had to add ‘poopy’ to my spell check.) Now, I always knew when she was going to take care of this smelly business because she would find a quiet place…usually behind a door. When I would find her, she would say as best she could,’ No, mommy…I don’t need you, I have poopy!‘. And I would patiently hold out my arms to her. All the while she would wave her hands back and forth, avoiding eye contact and repeat, ‘No, mommy…I don’t need you, I have poopy!‘ There I would remain with open arms – still confident that my patience would eventually pay off in the form of hugs. This would play on three, four, sometimes five times. ‘Kierstyn, Mommy loves you! EVEN when you have a poopy!’, I would reassure her with an affectionate smile. Eventually, she would give in and hug me. Though a little reserved, she would embrace me and look at me with those big, brown eyes knowing...

The Heavens Declare His Glory!

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the inhabited world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat. – Psalm 19:1-6 (HCSB) When I was little child, I would look up at the great big sky and pick from the multitude a special star to wish upon. I distinctly remember the exhilarating hope I had as I looked to that wee star in the distance, fully expecting him to grant this little girl her every wish. It would be quite some time before I would accept the Creator of those stars as my Savior. But even then, I only believed that He was. I did not follow Jesus our Messiah for quite some time. I didn’t follow Him because I didn’t trust Him. And I couldn’t trust Him because I didn’t know Him. As I have grown to know my Abba YHWH (Father God) thru His Son Yeshua, and have studied His Love Letter to me (The Holy Scriptures), I have come to understand that the little star I prayed to was indeed speaking to me. But...

The Fulfilled Woman

Yeshua HaMashiach said that He came that we might have ABUNDANT LIFE (John 10:10).   HIS Execution Stake (The Cross) made a way for us to receive inner joy, peace, and contentment in our life’s journey.   In the glorious blessing of our salvation, Yeshua has given us THREE KINGDOM KEYS that we may unlock the doors of Favor and Blessing in our lives: 1.) KEY OF WISDOM (TO GUIDE US) – THE WORD OF GOD 2.) KEY OF POWER (TO INVIGORATE US) – THE SPIRIT OF GOD 3.) KEY OF LOVE (TO CHANGE US) – THE PURPOSE OF GOD The journey to being The Fulfilled Woman is not far.  It’s much closer than you may think!  The following excerpt is from Session II: The Key of Power! from “The Fulfilled Woman Bible Study” The Silver Watch  “One morning as I was rushing to church with the children, I looked down and saw that I had forgotten my new silver/gold watch.  I had my silver/gold earrings, my silver/gold bracelet, my silver/gold necklace…but I had no watch!  That’s when I remembered my older silver/gold watch that had stopped working and I had left it in the cupholder. ‘Should I wear it?’, I thought to myself.  But, something about that didn’t seem right.  Afterall, if someone asked me for the time, I wouldn’t be able to help them.   Oh, but it looked so good!  And it matched perfectly with all of my other accessories!   But, no, I just couldn’t!   That’s when I heard the LORD whisper to me that His children were a lot like my non-functioning watch.  “Many of my children are...