Thursday, 2 May 2013


Today's challenge in my bible study (Stressed Less Living by Tracie Miles through the wonderful ladies at is to recognize a wonderful lady who has encouraged my walk with God.  And I have the perfect woman in mind.  My mother-in-law.  And she is very special because not only is she a wonderful woman, but she is actually my husband's stepmom.  This is by no means an insult to all of the stepmom's out there, it is just a testament to her (and all the stepmom's like her) that she is gladly taking on this role for me, and many other people, even though she really doesn't have to.  She married my husband's father 10 years ago, when all of the kids were well out of the house.  To me this means that she really didn't have to take such an interest, and even more so, she wasn't expected to be such a blessing in so many ways to our whole family. 

Sandra is so full of love and acceptance and not once has she made me feel like she was judging me for my less than exemplary past.  She is a wonderful, truly caring woman who has been praying for me to accept God into my life since the day we met.  And she cried the first Sunday we walked in to church.  Makes me cry right now to think about how lucky I am that God has chosen me to be part of this mom's life, and to be able to call her one of my moms too.

Heavenly Father, thank you again for all of the wonderful people that you have hand picked to help me along my journey.  Thank you for showing your love through so many amazing people.  God, help me to be a beacon of light to someone who needs it right now.  Help me to shower out your love and grace.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Change Is Good

I am having an amazing day today!!! Praise God!  And I really don't mean that scarcastically.  We are going on vacation for a couple weeks, so I have these ridiculously long lists to try and achieve before we go.  Yesterday I got distracted by the internet, so I pretty much achieved nothing.  But today...

My shopping is done for gifts for a few ladies at church...check.
Gifts dropped off at church...check.
Mail sent...check.
Birthday present for my Aunt delivered...check.
Stop at Wal-Mart to check for a few things...check. (This wasn't even on my list until Friday!)
Take Hubby to lunch to show him my love...check.
Kids down for nap time...check. 
Laundry in...check.
Bathrooms cleaned (all 3 of them!)...check.
Dishes done...check.
First load of laundry drying, second load in...check.
Craft room quickly cleaned up...check.
Bible study done...check.

And it's only 2:30.  It totally feels like time is stretching out so that I can get everything done.  Now I have the time I wanted to play outside with the kids after nap time.  This day just keeps getting better and better. 

Heavenly Father, I thank you for such a great day.  I thank you that I am not only able to get my to-do list checked off, but that the sun is shining outside while I do it.  I pray that you make the next steps on my journey clear to me.  And I pray that all of those who are not having such a great day will have their spirits lifted.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.