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Friday, August 18, 2017

From Seedtime to Harvest ~ Rely on God

Everything happens in God's timing and sometimes that is hard for our flesh. While I know that I know that His timing is best, the wait sure gets the best of me. It is so easy to talk to others about "doing" something, like waiting with expectancy and patience and whatnot and sometimes I can even follow my own advice BUT then there are the days that I just want to throw in the towel and be done!

Even as I say that I have this thought in my head saying "be done with what?" and really what would I be done with, God...... I know that I wouldn't have anything at all if it weren't for Him so NO I wouldn't be done with Him but maybe I think I would be done praying for the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month...... I can't even really do that though either because that is what the devil wants me to do, he wants me to give up. I have said it before,that the harder the situation or situations we face may be getting, the closer we are getting to our breakthrough; the devil knows that we are about to achieve our victory because God is on our side, if we give up God can't work and therefore we let the devil win and our harvest may never come.

I've been praying for something for months now and I can taste the harvest but some days I backslide into "old" behaviors and feel like I'm losing ground, that the harvest is being pushed back.... honestly I'm sure it is because of me, my not relying on and trusting that He's in control. This is all part of my growing season ~ I have planted the seed but the harvest is taking a little longer to become "ready" (if there are any farmers out there you understand the lingo) because of my own actions!

I really need to rely on God (and again here's that word) TRUST that He is in control, He has my best interest at heart....I am NOT in control and can't do anything about my situation but PRAY, RELY ON and TRUST in Him to handle everything from seed time to harvest!!!

Proverbs 16:9 says, A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 20:24 says,Man's steps are ordered by the Lord. How then can a man understand his way? When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads us in ways that don't make sense to us so we're not always going to understand everything. If we try to reason out everything, we will experience struggle, confusion and misery—but there is a better way. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. This sounds so simple, yet too many times I make the mistake of trying to figure everything out myself. Most of us have spent our lives trying to take care of ourselves, but when we accept Christ as our Savior, we must learn to trust our lives to His care. When we do, we can say with the psalmist, ...I trusted in, relied on, and was confident in You, O Lord; I said, You are my God. My times are in Your hands...(Psalm 31:14-15).

First Peter 5:5 tells us that ...God sets Himself against the proud (the insolent, the overbearing, the disdainful, the presumptuous, the boastful)—but gives grace (favor, blessing) to the humble. Jesus said, ...apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5). Humility is a covering that draws the help of God into our lives to protect us. When we humble ourselves by saying, "God, I don't know what to do, but I'm trusting You," God gets in gear to help us. God won't allow us to succeed at anything unless we're leaning and relying on Him. But when we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, in due time, He will lead us to victory, our HARVEST. "Due time" is God's time, when God knows we're ready, not when we think we're ready.

The sooner I can fully understand and accept that, the sooner God can work His plan in my life.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Back-To-School Organizing

Back to School Bookcase
Stocked with everything a student needs, this hideaway is an inviting place to pore over homework. Two store-bought bookcases are filled with handy, stay-organized tools such as a calendar for upcoming school events, an ''in'' box for unfinished assignments, and an ''out'' box for finished homework to be checked by Mom and Dad.

Portable Desk
Allow kids to bring their homework anywhere with this portable desk. Equipped with writing materials inside, productivity never has to suffer.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

6 Simple ways to make Back to School easy on everyone!

1. Get up before the Kids ~ Set your alarm a few minutes before your kids wake. This enables you a few extra minutes to yourself, in what can otherwise be a busy morning. Even if it’s just 15 minutes! That is enough time for most busy parents to wash up, get dressed, and even start a cup of tea or coffee.

2. Do things the night before ~ Pick outfits out the night before. This is also a great way to encourage some independence and self esteem by giving kids choices and allowing them to help pick out an outfit for school. Make lunches the night before and store in fridge until morning. If you can’t find time the night before, another option is make lunch during breakfast time.

3. Create an area for school things only ~ Have a backpack command center. Pick a spot near the entryway where you can leave shoes and backpacks. This way when it’s time to get out the door in the morning there’s no searching for those last minute items.

4. Have all things school related ready to grab and go in the morning ~ Place completed homework or school paperwork into backpacks the night before. Again, you don’t want to be searching for a field trip form the morning of, so make it easy on yourself and have it packed the night before.

5. Set your coffee pot for auto-brew so when you wake up your coffee is already brewed, all it needs is a cup and a happy parent to enjoy the first sip. This is probably my favorite part of the school routine, smelling that coffee brewing while I'm getting laying in bed and getting to enjoy my cup of coffee before the kids wake up.

6. Stay calm, enjoy your mornings, and allow time for an extra hug & kiss before the bell rings. Who doesn’t love an extra hug from their favorite munchkins, right?!!! Before we know it the kids grow, so why not embrace these moments now, while we can.