Doing It

Over and over and still over again I am being brought to the same realization. This revelation isn't about only one area of my life either. It is showing up in marriage, parenting, my relationship with Christ, organizing the pantry, doing the laundry, everywhere. No matter what it is, I need to do it. That's it, that's the realization.

I need to quit trying to be kinder with my words and speak kindly. Like the woman in Proverbs 31:26, I need to have the "law of kindness" on my tongue. It doesn't say this woman wanted to have the law of kindness on her tongue. It says it is on there. This would mean on PMS days, during her monthly cycle days, days after sleepless nights, stressful days, tiring days, all days.

Instead of wishing cute clothing of a smaller size fit, I need to honestly determine what I am willing to do to make that happen and do it. Likewise, I need to relax, play more, and enjoy every possible second with my husband and children. All of those hours, days, and years rushing through to get the house clean and the laundry done don't have to be stressed out. I could be laughing my way through the chores instead of working so hard to get them done in order to relax and have fun when they are complete.

No one has to do anything, say anything, or behave a certain way for me to have a good day every day. I choose whether or not to enjoy every second of each day. My choice. Granted, cranky kids and turbulent teens can make that choice easier or more difficult, but it is still my choice. If I want to have a great day, then I need to do it and have one.

Do it. That includes living as if I believe God and His Word too. No, this isn't about whether or not I say I believe everything He has said. This is about me living as if I know it. Sounds sorta kinda like living intentionally. Doesn't it? Yeah, I noticed that too. I confess that when I wrote about living intentionally on purpose I hadn't the foggiest idea God would take me so seriously nor that He would continue to show me how. Am I glad He has? Oh yes. However, I must admit that had I known that those posts way back when were only the beginning of a life-changer of a habit, I might have thought twice before saying "Yes! Count me in! I want to!" Then again, I might have jumped in faster and gone deeper.

Whatever it is, I need to do it. Waiting for the perfect moment of "just so perfection" is only wasting time. It's been too long since I've worn new lingerie, too long since I've gone hiking with my children, too long since I've made playdough from scratch - and played with it, too long since I've spent the entire afternoon or morning lost in reading the Word, too long since I lit all of the candles and fully enjoyed them without blowing them out to "make 'em last longer", too long since I had grouchiness slap me and I refused to wear it, too long since I didn't think about the future instead of enjoying this moment right now or else failed to prepare for a future pleasure by being overwhelmed in the hard of right now. Too long.

At the risk of sounding like a sporting goods advertisement, here is where you will find me in the coming days ahead. I'm going to be the one looking awkward and silly, at times maybe even ridiculous. That's me. I'll be the one with the crazy wide grin on her face, the one laughing until she cries at the antics of her children, the one weeping over the mess she just made, the one wondering how that mess happened. I'll be the one just doing it.

Intentionally on purpose is turning out to be way more involved than I ever imagined. In my deepest knower I know that this is exactly what I have been wanting. Who knew what I wanted would be so hard though? Perhaps though it isn't really hard so much as new. Yes, that's it. It's the newness of it, the lack of familiarity that makes it seem difficult. Learning new always requires a progression from awkward to skilled. Right now I am still in the awkward new stage, but there are more adventures coming. It won't always be awkward and clumsy. So, anyone else going to join me in this continued way of intentionally on purpose? Come on, try it, you might like it.


Food for Thought

"Earlier this year, international evangelist Reinhard Bonnke declared, "All America shall be saved." What? Does Bonnke not know the condition of our country, the advance of evil, and the scepter of impending judgment? Or could it be that it is easier for me to recognize the work of the enemy than to celebrate the work of the Father?"

The quote from Al Warner in today's prophetic word on the Elijah List website arrested my attention. My thoughts have been riveted on it ever since. Is it easier for me to recognize the work of the enemy than to celebrate the work of the Father? Do I have more faith in the enemy's ability to cause harm than in the Father's willingness to do good? Hmmm. Food for thought. Definitely food for thought.


A Rainy Day Chat

Wow! I didn't realize it has been almost a month since showing up for a visit. How did three weeks go by so very, very fast?

Anyway...it's raining!!! Praise the Lord!!! He is good!!! His love endures forever!!! Yes! I am giving a shout out of praise to God for His goodness and mercy!!! Giggles and Mighty Man of God just came in from taking a quick run around the porch in the rain. It's too cold for more than that. Just a few days ago, on Mother's Day, it was in the 90s. Such a blessed variety we have in weather here at Abundance House. It is such a peaceful sense of joy raining down this morning that I think we'll just sit down and have us a real chat, one filled with blessed randomness. How does that sound?

While the rain patters down and the babe sleeps, I'm putting on the kettle for tea. If only I could express what a refreshing sense of relief washes through with the coming of the rain. The moisture is needed ever so badly. I know God provides all of my needs. While enduring a season of intense natural drought that knowledge becomes a lifeline, a rope to grab onto and cling to with everything I've got. It seems as if all of nature surrounding me is breathing deep of that same sense of relief. Please know how sincere I am when I say that it is almost as if I can hear the grass and ground soaking in this liquid sent straight from the Heavenly Father. His creation is rejoicing together in thanksgiving and love.

God's provision, it comes in so many ways and it covers every area. This divine giving of my needs is about so much more than physical things like food, clothing, and finances. Though it covers those too. My Heavenly Father, Love, provides for my complete wholeness of body, mind, will, emotions, and spirit. He provides for me mentally, intellectually, literally every way. Yet another testimony of His unending, unfathomable love for me, His child. Grace, undeserved favor, is being revealed more and more and more. 2013 is truly a year of great grace.

Jar of dandelions given by Mighty Man of God and Giggles
It's Mama Love
On another note, if anyone is looking to save more on groceries, try Amazon.com. I do prefer to keep our family's money local, and our family is willing to pay a bit more to do so. However, somestimes a homemaker must do what they have to do. Unfortunately, that may mean obtaining one's groceries at a less expensive, non-local source. If anyone needs to cut back further and don't already utilize Amazon, it might be worth looking into. It is also a good source for specialty items the local grocer may not be able to carry.

Also, those who use sidewalk chalk at their houses will understand. Those who don't? Thank you in advance for bearing with me. We are so excited about the new, darker, more vibrant colors of sidewalk chalk available! They are on our "we want to get this" list for the summer. Of course we also want to figure out how to make our very own floating trampoline for the lake. Yes, we saw it on Duck Dynasty. No, it is not a Redneck thing, no matter what my oldest son says. LOL!

Back to topic, summer fun. What ideas for homemade fun do you have? Anything big in the works? We are already throwing around possible ideas for a couple of birthdays coming up in August. A really fun thing to make is rocks. Little trinkets, or coins, are hidden inside realistic looking rocks made from a simple concoction. The receiver then breaks the rocks open to discover the "treasure" inside. So much fun. The recipe can be found online through Pinterest and other sources.
Please share your fun-filled ideas in a comment or email sent to amothersrewards@gmail.com.

Well, there is lots and lots to talk about, but it's time for me to go. There are a couple of kiddos who need some rainy day play ideas - before they shouts of Marco and Polo become unbearable. Until next time, remember that God Loves You, and He provides for our complete wholeness. Love, Blessed Mama