Thursday, January 28, 2016

Time Flies

Where has the time gone?

I have heard my whole life, "the older you get the faster time flies."  It is so true.  I still don't understand it, but it is true just the same.  

I have truly  missed blogging.  I have become a stay at home mom and schooling our children.  What an adventure that has been.  I love it!  They have taught me more that I have taught them, I think. 

It is, however, good to be back.  I just wanted to say, "hello."   So, "Hello, and May God help me daily in my blogging revisited.  Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come by again".

Hugs and Smiles to all,
Shelly

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Time to Thank God

Do you remember to thank God for prayers answered?  How easy it is to pray when we want him in our lives, but too soon we forget to thank Him for prayers answered and unanswered.

Today, I am getting into answered prayer.  I love to share my love for creating.  I was blessed to be able to volunteer in a shop last year about this time.  I helped in a bookstore in exchange for a place to help others.  It gave me a place to have others in to get out of their homes, and as I say, see new walls.  Some needed 15 minutes, some would come in and spend the day, it didn't matter.  We would get together to craft, laugh and yes, cry.  But it was a healthy environment for all of us. Here in Alaska the winters are long and SAD (seasonal affective disorder) is very common.  As life happens, and it surely and sorely does, in May I was no longer able to utilize that space.

I truly missed all the people that came in.  I spent most of the short spring and summer here looking for a new place.  Even decided on the name, Stamping Out SAD Creations.  I found one that I truly wanted, but didn't know how I was going to make the rent, much less the gas money to travel 50 miles daily to make this happen.  I prayed about it several times to no avail and finally gave up.  Set most of my creative tools up, in our home in hopes others would travel the 50 miles to come here.  Knowing most would not come, as some of them would stop by on daily outings to the Post Office or the grocery.

Our daughter has a job at a little shop in town.  Last week, she was telling me that two of the ladies were no longer there.  So, I let her know that I could fill in where needed.  She laughed and said that her boss had actually asked her to ask me.  Do you see God working?  I figured it up and if I am there 10 hours a week, that will make the rent.  But, is that the end?  Not at all.  I went in and talked to her boss and let her know how excited I am and my plans.  She asked if I was serious about the shop and when I wanted to open it.  I let her know, I would tomorrow, if possible.  She said, great and that she would pay my first months rent.  God is amazing!  I move in this weekend!

Remember, God answers on His time, not ours.  So, when He does answer, take time to thank Him.  He has not forgotten.  It just may not be the right time.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Can you handle new routines?  I know it is hard and can totally ruin your day. 

Our new routine is meal time.  Diet has started, yes that can ruin a day all by itself.

So how to handle this.  Of course, cry is always a consideration.  Let's face it, tears get nothing done.  They will make you tired, I guess that can qualify as getting something done.  But, then again, naps do not count.  Yes, we need them occasionally.  Sorry, of track, moving on.

We could complain.  But who to?  Would they really listen?  Will they ever want to talk to us again?  Does it make us look strong?  Better question:  Does it accomplish the new routine any faster?

The next time your routine changes, I would like for you to consider this:

What would be your choice if given?

Your new routine or:
Walk across the desert
Have a day or more without food
or even consider:
Die for a friend.

My point is, what feels like a true crisis, may only be a minor inconvenience, when we look at the bigger picture.  Take time to thank God for changes in routine, that they are not larger than you can handle. 

Rest assured, He will listen and still be there, next time.



Friday, September 14, 2012

Caring for God's Blessings

Do you take care of His blessings?

Are you able to identify His blessings?

Identifing your spouse, children, extended family and friends are easy to see as blessings.  But what about your home?  This is where I tend to fall.  I know my home is a blessing, but don't tend to take care of it as I should.  I know I should find laundry as a blessing, that means I have a family.  I should find dishes as a blessing, that means we have food.  But there are so many other fun things to do, crafting, sleeping, talking to friends and of course posting on my blog.

So am I on here just to degrade myself on my downfalls.  No.  I am here today to say that I have been in our home for 7 years and I finally have my kitchen in running order.  Everything has its place.  My husband now says he needs a map, so that he can help keep it this way.  Did I do this on my own.  Well, not completely.  A dear friends encouragment along with FLYlady.

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Oh, I finally have country music playing in my home.  What a blessing from God to be able to dance in my socks and sing along, as I bless what He has given me.  I am definately a "Who are you when I am not lookin'" country gal.

Where are you finding blessings today?
Lovin' myself!
Smiles 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

God's Plan?

Have you ever wondered, "Am I living God's plan for my life"?  Then pondered, "If I am did He really plan for me to have bad things happen in my life"?  You are definately not alone.  So many have had these same questions. 

I have always been careful what I pray for.  As they say, be careful, you just might get it.  Praying for patience, sure, but you will have to earn it.  God is our Father, and as a parent, allows us to live our lives, allows us to make mistakes, loves us all the time, gets disappointed in us, but is always there. 

Sometimes you have to fall, in order to walk.  We pray for days to pass, to get past a hurdle.  Rather than sharing our fears and concerns with God, allowing Him to comfort us with His grace.  Imagine yourself, crawling into His lap, letting Him cradle you, caress your hair, let you cry, tell you He loves you, and this is a time in your life that you need to grow, so that what comes next will not be as hard.  Sound familiar?  Yes, the same as we do for our own beloved children.  No matter how old they get, you still want to do these things for them and He wants to do them for us.  Don't expect it to be easy, but expect to grow.

Thanks for reading.  Remember, God's plan, to love us unconditionally.  And that means learning for our mistakes.  Tough love is hard, but it is worth it.

Love and Hugs

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Hard Being A Parent

I think every parent has said this at one time or another.  And it is true.  Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs in the world.  Of course, we all think we are going to be better parents than our own parents.  We go through the, I am never going to raise my voice, I am never going to spank my child, then we all grow our parents finger and wonder, where did it come from.  We realize that there is a difference between a spanking and a beating.  We wonder if anything we do is right or wrong.  We laugh, we cry, we hold them, we let them spread their wings, we allow them to fall, we allow them to pick themselves up.  All because we love them so much. 

Let's face it.  We are all human.  We will all do our best with what we know.  We will make mistakes and so will our children.  I read somewhere once, God couldn't control Adam and Eve, what makes you think you can control your children?  It is so true.  And when it comes down to it, we don't want full control any more than He does, otherwise, we would all be robots under someones control.

So remember, whether you think you are doing it right or wrong, your right.  No parent is perfect and neither are their children.  Adore them, cherish them.  Love them in good and bad times.  Always remember they were given to you as a gift, even the ones He takes back home all too soon.  Be thankful, God has trusted you to be a parent and knows you are not perfect.

Love and laughter