I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.


This is an area I definitely have a problem in, and as most problems are, it’s most likely a sin problem. I have expectations of how things “should” go, how people “should” respond, what other people “should” do. I get this decision that since I would …, other people “should” do, respond, react, consider, etc. the same way.
But not only is that not life, and not how things work, that’s not Faith. And it’s judging how someone else “should” do things. It’s only my responsibility to make sure I am doing what I need to do, responding how I need to respond, reacting rightly, considering righteously. But too often (so very too often) I get stuck in this thinking that because I feel this way, they “should” feel this way. Because I think x is y, they “should” think x is y, and I am often disappointed because of my own expectations.
I am sometimes hurt because of my own expectations. I need to let other people be themselves instead of trying to put them into my script. I need to take things as they come, evaluating each situation based on itself, not based on the comparison to how I think it “should” have went.
Because the truth is, I would be even happier! And happier is even better than happy!

Have a Blessed and Happy Day!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: That God gives me each day my daily bread (exactly what I need, exactly when I need it), God answers prayers, God can solve any problem with a simple word (Trust), I can bring my failures to Him and he will help me, God loves me through my faults.

And as a P.S. I saw this on a Blog, and it really resonated with me:
“If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart!”


Are you going to Say Yes or No

When Brendyn was 4 years old, a friend of his at church got Baptized. Later that evening, it prompted a conversation in our home about Why Hannah got Baptized, what it meant, etc. Brendyn realized then, he should pray and ask Jesus to come into his heart. He knew the stories. He believed in Jesus. He had all the right answers. He prayed. A few months later, he got baptized.

Fast forward to this past Summer. After a week of camp, and retelling us all the stories from camp, Brendyn tells us he went forward to pray about his Salvation. Then a few months ago, Brendyn started having major doubts. He didn’t think he was saved. He knew he had prayed twice, but knew deep in his heart, he hadn’t meant it. He was struggling. He would tell us he knew he wasn’t saved.

We talked and talked and talked. And he wouldn’t make a decision. Everytime I thought he was close, he would tell me he had to think about it some more. I asked him if he would talk to the Preacher, the Assistant Pastor, anyone! ANYONE! He said no, he would only talk to me, and everytime I tried, he’d put it off, or tell me he was still thinking about it. It became a MAJOR issue of prayer. We had asked friends, family, and church family to be in prayer with us. Everytime he got in a car, I prayed for his safety. Everytime he was away from me, I was begging God, he came back home. I was scared, knowing that he knew he was lost, but wouldn’t handle it.

Over the last month, it had become more and more of a discussion. Wednesday night, he told me he thought he was almost ready. Sunday morning, I casually asked him if he was going to walk down the aisle. He still wasn’t sure. Sunday morning, he sat next to me, listening to the preacher. I knew it was bugging him. He kept leaning his head on me. He was restless with his hands. The preacher was talking about Jesus coming back soon. The preacher talked about it could be today. Are you ready? He leaned on me. His head on my shoulder.

Then came the invitation. He stood and stared. He didn’t sing (he ALWAYS sings.) He didn’t move. He just stared.

The preacher said “There are people in this room that need to make a decision. Are you going to say Yes to God. Or no?” I leaned down and whispered in his ear, “Brendyn, are you saying yes or no to God?” He looked at me and said, “Mom, I need to say yes.” I said, “Right now?” He nodded.

We moved Austin out of the way. Crawled over Tyler and started walking down the aisle. At one point, I was two steps behind him and he turned to make sure I was still there (Austin said from where he sat, it looked like Brendyn was ready to RUN back down the aisle, back to his seat.)

We made it to the front, where our preacher, Brother Ed, wrapped his arms around my son, and led him to the Lord. I stood there crying. Brother Ed was crying. Brendyn was trembling.

And my son prayed and accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour, saying, “Jesus, you died for me. I want to live for you.”

Besides their Birth, no other day is as important as this one in the life of your child, and I thank God for his Supreme Blessing on our Family. I pray for Brendyn that the Devil will stay far from him and that he will try to model his life and live for Jesus.

So, today, have you said Yes to Jesus, or No?

Have a Blessed Day!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Brendyn’s Salvation, The salvation of other members in my family, My salvation, A praying Church, A loving Pastor


Somewhere in the World Today

I have never heard this song, but at the Ladies Retreat I was at this past weekend, I saw these words, and they touched my heart, and I haven’t stopped thinking about this.

For my sons:

Somewhere in the World Today by Wayne Watson

Somewhere in the world today
A little girl will go out to play
All dressed up in mama’s clothes
At least the way that I suppose it goes
Somewhere in the world tonight
Before she reaches to turn out the light
She’ll be prayin’ from a tender heart
A simple prayer that’s a work of art

And I don’t even know her name
But I’m prayin’ for her just the same
That the Lord will write His name upon her heart
‘Cause somewhere in the course of this life
A little boy will need a godly wife
So hold on to Jesus, baby, wherever you are

Somewhere in the world out there
That little girl’s learnin’ how to care
She’s pickin’ up her mamas charms
Or maybe, swingin’ ’round in her daddy’s arms
Somewhere in the world to be
Though the future’s not real clear to me
Their’s could be a tender love
Grounded in eternal love above

Repeat Chorus

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Brendyn, Tyler, Madelynne, Adreya, Wyatt

Have A Blessed Day!

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Faith of a Child

My children are pray-ers. They love to pray. They will argue about who gets to pray first at dinner, and sometimes we have four prayers before we can actually start eating!! LOL. Even Wyatt has joined in the fun of prayer time. He will cover his eyes (or close to it), mumble some unintelligible words, then make say Amen and throw his hands off his eyes!!

Adreya almost always prays. She thanks God for our food, for Mommies and Daddies, and usually has a request or two involving a brother or sister.

Brendyn’s prayers are sounding more grown-up. He prays for the preacher, for the sermon, for church, for visitors. He is faithful to pray for his family.

Madelynne doesn’t pray often. She is more content to listen to other people pray, but if something feels urgent to her, if there is a matter of need, Maddy is quick to bring it to Jesus.

But of all my children, I love to listen to Tyler pray!!! He prays with utter sincerity. He thinks about his prayers. He prays KNOWING God will answer his prayer. He recently, in his prayers, said, “God, I love you so much. I love you more than the Devil hates you.” This one sentence has been such a blessing to my heart.

There is something so precious about hearing your children reach out to their Heavenly Father and have a conversation with Him. I wish I prayed with the faith and sincerity of my children, and I thank God for giving them to me to teach me such an awesome lesson!!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Brendyn, Tyler, Madelynne, Adreya, and Wyatt.

Have a Fantastically Blessed Day!!

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