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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#52 of 100 Days of Happiness

#52 Sitting on My Porch Reading the Bible

Today my happiness is a combination of 2 of my favorite things to do.. read my bible and sit on the porch. I love being outdoor and reading the word of God always puts me at ease. Oh and the porch is decorated for Autumn which is a bonus!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

#51 of 100 Days of Happiness!

#51 is The Change of Seasons! Fall is almost Here!
I love autumn. It is a cozy season that I love to curl up in and simply enjoy all the changes that take place. Truth be told I wait for this season all year! I love pumpkins, fall decorating, hayrides and beautiful crisp days that makes me happy!
Along my walk today...

Are You In A Pit? Read This Letter and Be Encouraged

There  are seasons in our life that can be so rocky that we doubt we will ever get through them.  I think we've experienced those times when there is no light at the end of the tunnel. Instead the tunnel gets darker and all that is visible is a pit. Maybe it is a loss of a job, a divorce, money issues, a death whatever it is it tests our faith and makes us remember that the only one we can rely on who is in control of every aspect of our life is God. If any of you are trying to claw your way out of the pit and you're feeling hopeless I want to share a letter with you that came from a member of our congregation who moved to Florida because they felt compelled by God to go there and share the gospel. 

Even when we clearly hear God's will for us it doesn't mean that there won't be hardships along the way. This letter reminded me to rely on God and stay rooted in faith. Regardless of the hardships that come, God will take care of you. He will use his divine power to intervene in your life in ways that you'd never expect. This family is so precious, generous and passionate about spreading the gospel, so when I read this today I was inspired to share this letter with you. I hope it encourages and uplifts you.  Remember, no issue is impossible when Christ is in it!

September 13, 2014

Dear Silver Spring Church Family,

Greetings from Pompano Beach, Florida! We hope you are all enjoying this beautiful time  of year in good health.

This past week we were blessed to receive a deposit of $1,180 from you, and words cannot express the appreciation our family has for your love and support. The past months have been extremely difficult for us. Some of the brothers and sisters at church had given me work doing some remodeling while serving in the mission. This helped to pay the rent for a little while I was looking for a stable job.

But as of August 30, we still were struggling in the worse way. We had no money to pay the rent and had decided if a job interview that I went on did not work out, we would move back to Maryland. We were praying and asked brothers and sisters to pray, especially for all the people the Lord is touching through us. Our hearts were aching, but we knew we needed to look out for our three children.

Just minutes later after we requested prayers, a brother from South Carolina called me saying “he was thinking of us” and he would take care of our rent for one year. Also, two days later we received your offering, precisely when we needed it most.

With the rent being taken care of, and the periodic deposits from you and brothers in Pompano, a part-time job will be enough to cover the rest of our expenses. Therefore, we can focus more on reaching out to people and nurture the church in Pompano.

We pray that the Lord Jesus Christ will shower you with His many blessings during this fall season. Our steps to grow this mission could not have been taken without your support, and for that we are truly grateful.

Please keep us in your prayers and the church in Pompano as well.
In Christ,

Discipline Determines Destiny-A Must See Sermon by Charles Stanley

If you struggle with discipline like I do, Charles Stanley has a wonderful sermon that you must see. Go to http://www.intouch.org/Broadcast/ThisWeekonTV.aspx then go to Search and the name of the sermon is Discipline Determines Destiny and the broadcast date is May 19, 2013. The link doesn't automatically go to the broadcast. This is one of my favorite sermons! Hope you get as much as I got from his words of wisdom.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Avoid Single Mom Burnout Tip #6

Tip #6 is Create Your Community
I still struggle with the super single mom syndrome. I have a tendency to try to do it all myself and it is absolutely ludicrous! I used to feel out of control if I had to ask anyone for anything. Asking for help in my mind meant I wasn't capable of taking care of us or I was failing at being a mom. When in fact the responsible and smart thing to do was lay down the pride and ego and ask for help so I didn't get burned out! If you want to get burned out quickly then take on the world and refuse help. You may be moving along just fine for awhile, but soon it will catch up with you. You'll start to feel overwhelmed, cranky and exhausted. 

One of the most vital things you can do as a single mom is to create a community of support for yourself and your family. If you have family that lives close and willing to help you, God bless you! Take advantage (in a good way) of being able to call on your family when you need them. If you don't have family in close proximity, start reaching out to create a supportive community.  I know this isn't always easy, especially if you are unsure of how to reach out, but sometimes it is as simple as saying hello. You'd be surprised how many women  are looking for that same sense of community. Bonding with other single moms is a gift because they really understand some of the unique challenges you face on a daily basis.

I so appreciate my single mom friends. When I had the flu and was literally unable to move, my friend Christina picked up my daughter from school and I was beyond thankful. When I had a meltdown because I couldn't get my 7 foot Christmas tree to keep from falling there was Christina to the rescue again when she brought over a bigger stand and held the tree while I screwed the bottom of the tree into the stand. There are countless times when she came through for me and she is one of my greatest blessings. Do you have a Christina in your life? If not it is time to try and get one! Here are a couple ideas on how to start creating that community:

-Talk to moms at your children's school. Invite them out for a cup of coffee or have a play date.
-Reach out to your sisters at church and maybe even try to create a mom's ministry or a single mom's ministry.
-Start a meet up group for single moms
-Look for parenting groups in your area
-Try to find a mentor who can give you sound guidance 
-Be open to sharing resources with other moms (for examples tips, babysitters, etc.)

Once you start forming your community remember you only get out of it what you put it into it, all relationships need to be reciprocal. Discuss the areas you struggle in and how you can help each other out. Don't be afraid to ask for help! Be creative in finding ways to be supportive. Maybe you can babysit her kids for an hour on parent's night and then you come back and she can watch yours, or do a dinner potluck once every couple weeks, share family dinners on Sunday, there are so many ways you can help one another. These relationships can bloom into something beautiful if you spend the time to nurture them. So get out there and create your community!


The Christmas tree that almost took me under! I was going into serious breakdown mode until Christina came to rescue the day!

30 Day Random Acts of Challenge Idea#7

Idea # 7 Surprise a Friend With Their Favorite Coffee Drink!
I love pumpkin spice lattes, it is actually the only thing I'll get from Starbucks and their Gingerbread lattes. So I would always be thrilled if  someone surprised me with my favorite cup of joe! One time when my daughter was sick and I couldn't leave the house a friend brought me a huge cup of coffee when I ran out at home. That saved me! Another idea is to get a gift card from her favorite coffee shop for an amount your comfortable with so she can have a little pick me up!

#50 of 100 Days of Happiness!

#50 is After School Fun With Anya
Wow, I'm half way to 100 days! Well, today I was happy to spend some fun one on one time after school with Anya. She helped me collect some Chinese Chestnuts for some fall decorations that I'm putting together, than we ate ice cream in park! So grateful to do the simple things!





Sunday, September 14, 2014

#49 of 100 Days of Happiness

#49 is I Am Happy That Neither Myself or My Daughter Are Hurt After a Car Accident
I have never had a car accident. I've been in an accident, but I was never the driver then today I was hit by someone who was pulling out of a parking space. It was a big SUV and let's just say I had to call the police just to get insurance information. I was annoyed. This was not a happy moment. On Friday I was driving Anya to school and a car ran a stop sign and let's just say that crash was so close that I could reach out of my window and grab the handle of his car door, but we were spared. So after the annoyance not from being hit but the attitude of carelessness, I had to remind myself to put everything in perspective... We are home, safe, and nothing awful happened to either myself or my daughter who was on the side that was hit. I am happy that we came out unscathed. Thank you God for your continued protection.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

#48 of 100 Days of Happiness

# 48 is Seeing Dolphin Tale with Anya
Today was a perfect rainy Saturday to go to the movies with Anya. We went to see Dolphin Tale 2 and it was a great family movie. It made me laugh and shed a few tears, but I'm a softy, Anya didn't shed one! She must be made of stone :) If you get a chance go see it with the kids and it will make you happy too!

Thanks again to Warner Brothers for the Dolphin Tale 2 hat! Anya is geared up to go and of course baby goes with us!

#47 of 100 Days of Happiness

#47 is Volunteering on the Teacher Appreciation Dinner at Church
I sincerely appreciate all that our teachers at church do for our children. Those who take the time out to teach our children at church are helping to lay their spiritual  foundation. I'm so happy that I get a chance to participate in showing my appreciation to such amazing people!