Scripture Focus: Isaiah 44:6

Thus says the Lord , the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.
Isaiah 44:6 ESV


Scripture Focus

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:14‭-‬16 ESV

Instruction Manuals

We have three amazing young ladies. They bring us a lot of laughter and joy. They also bring us three unique personalities that each come with their very own manual that is constantly being written and re-written. Sometimes, I have to rip out entire chapters of the manual to make adjustments. It can be a daunting task, but when each of them leave our house, I want them to take their “manuals” and be proud of how the instructions read. We want them to know how they operate, so they can help others treat them nice and handle them with care.

Our oldest is hitting the 14 year mark in about a week. The 13th year of her life has not been too bad so far. I see glimpses of the “typical” teen behavior and I almost cringe, until I stop and remember myself at her age. I do what I can to encourage her daily that her thinking processes are going to go through some changes over the next few years. I remind her that she will be developing her own view of the world. I do my best to remind her to filter her thoughts through God’s word. I tell her that our ultimate parenting goal is for her to continue on the path towards an eternal life with God.

It is funny how different our children are. Our middle daughter is a rule follower. If she is told to do something, she will because she respects the rule given. It is astonishing and almost insulting when she sees anyone breaking a rule. She will be 13 this year. She has a love for the stage. She has made me a stage mom. Oh, but not the pushy overbearing type of stage mom. I am a stage mom who loves to see all of the kiddos flourish in their talent and gift of acting, singing, and dancing. Our almost 13 year old is a lot of fun. I do what I can to encourage her to be strong in her beliefs. The path she is wanting to take is one that will surround her with a lot of people who do not believe in Jesus Christ. She will need her strong will to keep her close to God into her adult life.

Our third child is the typical youngest child. She is independent. If she wants something done, for the most part, she does it herself. She is more like me than I care to admit. She is a spunky child with a quick temper and a forgiving spirit. She loves ballet and building. She is a daddy’s girl. She will be 10 years old this August. She struggles with being overly emotional. I do not ever want her to apologize for being emotional, but we all have to learn how to handle our emotions. We will never be perfect in this endeavor, but we all have to do our best.

It is a constant goal of mine, and my husband’s, to show our girls how to best serve God. It can be tiring when handling all three daily, knowing g they are each unique in how God created them. What works for one does not work for the other. I try hard to meet each of them where they are in their walk with God.

Remember your children are all unique. You will struggle relating to your children if you are trying to parent them identically. It is impossible. You will beat your head against the wall to no avail. Approach them each in a way that connects with them. You might need to re-write parts of your child’s own instruction manual. You might need to add some pages on how they receive love. Maybe you need to add some pages of instruction that show them more about Jesus. Regardless, their instruction manual, just as our own, is constantly being edited. Use this time in their life to write pages in their manual that will never be removed.

Colossians 3:1-2

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1 ESV

The last few days, I have been setting my eyes upon earthly things. My heart and mind are not a peace. I have to switch my focus.

Father, help me to look toward you and not at the world.

In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

Reality Check

Okay, so, I have been very lax on the exercising and eating less thing. I finally weighed myself and I was at 154. I am disappointed in myself. I have not been able to be disciplined to get back to taking better care of myself.

Let me catch you up on some changes that are taking place in my household. My oldest daughter, who is a book reader and not athletic, who sits in her room a lot, is now getting up every day to exercise. I talked with her to make sure her reasoning for exercising was a healthy reason. She is a toothpick and does not need to lose weight. She wants to be more active and be stronger.

Our middle daughter is working out as well. She has found a couple of challenges on Pinterest that keep her interest. She is becoming more active.

My husband just started to do some cardio exercises. This is huge. He lives with chronic pain so, any amount of exercise has the potential to cause even more pain but, he sees the importance of needing to be more active. His blood pressure has started going up since his recent iron infusions due to chronic anemia.

Our youngest, well, she has always been fiery and active. She participates in dance so, she gets her activity in each week through herpracticing.

My update is exciting for me. Our whole family is making changes for the better and I am so very proud of them.

Be the example to your own family. Start today and make a positive change.

Staying Organized in 2019

I know beyond anything that I will never always have it together. I think it is a wild goose chase to think it would ever happen. I have said this many times that I used to be an organized person, before kids. Our daughters are getting older and their school work load is getting a bit heavier. They are needing more than just their mom to keep them on track. I printed out a month’s worth of planner material I created on my Planner Space Bubble Facebook page. We are going to focus on using the planner pages I created to stay better organized this year.

Planning is my jam!

I love planners. What I really like, which I have found out just recently, is making something myself and being able to utilize it. I created a monthly planner, weekly planner, and daily planner printables.  They are all available here and on my Pinterest. I introduced them to my daughters today. We started out our day with learning ways to use our new planner printables.

The monthly planner page is a landscape layout printable. I left it blank so the months can be filled in as needed. There are 3 lines in each day to write down activities we know are going to be on the agenda. For our oldest, this will include piano. For our middle daughter, this can include any rehearsals she might have coming up. Our youngest has dance, so she can add this on her calendar.

monthly planner blank

Monthly Planner Blank

I am very proud of the weekly planner printables I created. It includes a weekly habit tracker for water intake and Bible reading. There is a place for prayer requests, too. The bottom section has a place for notes. There are boxes for each day of the week and one for weekend plans. Use your stickers and gel pens and feel free to dress it up however you like.

weekly plannerweekly planner

Our daily planner is the one I most like. The daily planner includes an hourly column for scheduling. It contains a few habit trackers for anything daily you need to keep track of, for example, the amount of water you drink or for me, to keep track of how many printables I make daily. You can track your fruit and veggie intake as well. My youngest wanted to use it to help her keep track of how many times she had to keep control of her temper! 😉 There are boxes for “What’s on the Menu?”. My favorite part of the daily planner is the mood tracker. We have three daughters. If you know much about daughters, there are a lot of emotions going on, sometimes all at once. Ha! The printable gives them a way to express how they are feeling when they get up and how they felt when they went to bed. There is “Happy”, “Anxious”, “Angry”, and “Sad”. Last but not least, there is a to-do list. Keep track of the things you need to get accomplished for the day. If you do not accomplish all of them, no worries, put them on the next day! Procrastinating is one of my specialties ;).

Daily Planner

Daily Planner

There are many ways to improve yourself when a new year begins. If you are tired of being disorganized, print these out and use them and start on a new path to keeping to together better than the year before.