What Is Real Happiness

Lately, I’ve been asking myself this question, “What makes me happy?” Is it my relationship with God?

Assurance there is enough money in the bank?

Knowing that my kids are serving Christ?

Date nights with my husband?

My ministry, my work?

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I’ve been reading The Happiness Project written by Gretchen Rubin.  She talks about being on a bus, and asking herself “What do I want from life, anyway?” She responded, “I want to be happy.”  She calls her “first commandment” – Be Gretchen.  It is simply taking your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and dislikes and being ok with your limitations.

You can read an excerpt here.

It is time for me to Be Michelle.

I’m not saying I don’t like who I am or what my life is about. I do simply not want to just pursue the future, but be me in the midst of it.

I want to Be Michelle.

Do I have dreams and aspirations? Yes. We all should no matter how old we get. We should never stop dreaming.

Where I think we get tired is when we pursue the dream over being.

Do I want to go to Spain, speak Spanish, and eat paella? Absolutely.

Will I ever? Maybe.

Do I want to travel the world and see God’s wonderful creation? Yes.

Will I get to? I don’t know.

Do I wish my bank account was full and I didn’t have to worry about the month or the year ahead, sometimes? Of course.

Will I get to? Don’t know.

But, what happens if we stop pursuing and just start being?

What happens if we just start being who God has created us to be?

Can you Be ____________? (insert your name)

Think of your childhood, what did you enjoy? What made you laugh, smile, or get excited? What made you happy?

As Christians, we call this the goodness of God.

A.W. Tozer in The Knowledge of the Holy writes, “By His nature He is inclined to bestow blessedness and He takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people”.

God wants us to be happy. He wants us to have joy. He desires for us to be who He created us to be.

But, joy and happiness are two different things.

WORLD’S DEFINITION

The words happiness and joy are used interchangeably, and we often view them as having the same meanings.

Happiness: is defined as a state of well-being and contentment based on good fortune.

Joy: is defined as a vivid emotion of great delight or happiness.

GOD’S DEFINITION

According to the Bible, if we seek to know God and discover his plan for our lives, we will find the happiness that has eluded us for so long. In other words, happiness does not come from pursuing it, but from pursuing Him, because “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” (Psalm 144:15 NKJV). God built us to turn to him and find our fulfillment, our contentment and our happiness in a relationship with Him.

“Happiness is dependent on outward circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is internal and constant. As believers, we have an unlimited source of joy through Jesus Christ. We shouldn’t be as concerned about happiness which is dependent on outward circumstances. We should have joy in the Lord based on an internal constant – our relationship with Him.” – Larry Jones

Be the internal you, so you can be the external hands and feet of Christ with a smile on your face and joy in your heart.

Be _____________.

Walk In Your Own Shoes

“I wish I could be a Sunday School teacher,” says the woman who is struggling in her marriage and is tired of being the one taught at church. “I wish I could have a ministry to teen girls,” says the mother of two rebellious teenage children. “I wish I could go back to school full-time,” says the stay-at-home mom with three kids under four years old. “I wish I could be married,” says the lonely single woman. “I wish I could be single again,” says the frustrated married one.

Walk in your own shoes

All around us are people missing the opportunity to walk in their own shoes.

The lady that longs to teach wants to wear those pretty high heeled ones that she thinks everyone will notice and admire, rather than the simple quiet flats that she has been given to wear right now. The mother of the rebellious teenagers has been given heavy boots to wear right now, but she would rather be in funky casual ones. And so many singles want to wear the house slippers and so many married would rather be in the fashionable strappy ones.

The message that I believe God has for all of these women today?

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But godliness with contentment is great gain - I Timothy 6:6 (NIV)

Be content in what God has for you to do right now.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. - Philippians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Walk in your own shoes. Be content to do what God has given you right now to do. There are so many women (and men) living around us that are missing the best part of their lives because they spend so much time wishing they were doing something else. I've been there myself.

Don't seek ministry
“Don’t seek a ministry. Seek the fruits of a disciplined life.” – John Wesley

Do you want more opportunity in the days ahead? Then do a good job walking in the shoes that you have been given to wear right now.

Walk in your own shoes. If God has made you a wife, be the best wife you can be. If God has made you a mother, be the best mother you can be. If God has given you a home, be the best homemaker you can be. If God has allowed you to stay single, be the most honorable single you can be. And if God has given you a work outside of the home or a ministry inside or outside of the church, make it your goal to do a good job with these things too.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. - Luke 16:10 (NIV)

This verse reminds us that the secret to being given greater influence and opportunity is to make sure we are doing a faithful job with the limited amount that we have been given to tend to right now.

Walk in your own shoes. Train your feet to feel comfortable in them.

Use them to take you where you need to go and do what you need to do.

Resist the temptation to go out and get a different pair.

Be content to wear them until they are all worn out. And then be patient and allow God to be the one to replace them.

Are you content in your pair of shoes?

Is God getting ready to give you a new pair?

*Original post written March 7, 2011 and updated

Recorded March 9, 2011

When The Masses Become The One: A Challenge To Women

Womens Conference
A friend in her twenties sent a text message telling me this Christian “thing” is too hard. How she struggles with control and faith in a God she is trying to understand. She asks questions like – “Why does God have us walk on a path we don’t even know where we are going?” or “It seems like God enjoys hurting us”. I call her; we talk, and walk through scripture while I silently pray for His Holy Spirit to utter every word out of my mouth. Another is pregnant with twins. Due to some complications, she is now in the hospital on bed rest hoping to keep her babies inside her for three more weeks as she celebrates carrying them for 31 so far. Visiting her at the hospital, I toted a bag of goodies to keep her busy and to encourage her as a mom as we’ve all been there. Her mom was there and between the three of us we will have mothered 10 children!

In that hospital room we celebrated. We celebrated every heartbeat and every ache and pain that goes along with it. In that room we're different generations gleaning from each other. Her mother encouraging me as I tell her my story of raising teenage girls in this world and how tough it is. We look at each other realizing how much harder it would be if we didn’t have God with us.

We were women and we were mothers, each of us celebrating life. One generation that has stood the test and now encouraging the other with her own teenagers. One mother of twins encouraging the other soon-to-be mother of twins as we celebrate another day in the womb. Celebrating these babies as they stay where they are suppose to - growing, and preparing for the journey that lies ahead. Lying down in a hospital bed we realize that God is still etching out every detail, every crease, and every hand print before she holds her precious twins.

Meeting a friend for coffee - both of us close in age. We talked about the incredible work these young Christian women are doing out in the world. Creating places where thousands of women can come together and hear a message from their peers of becoming brave in their journey or becoming a part of a cause greater than themselves. We discussed things like social media and women all over the world seeing lights and platforms that have huge followings.

And then we wonder about the one woman out there - the one out there daring enough to comment – What about me?

Titus 2
We challenged each other. We asked questions like - What does God have for us now? Have we made our mark? Have we finished our own race?

Asking ourselves one poignant question:

What if God just meant for us to mentor the one?

As my friend and I continued talking, we had the sweetest, young twenty-something come to our table and say, “I don’t want to be rude, but I’ve been listening to your conversation. Can I just say YES! Yes, I’m someone that is looking for the one to mentor me. Actually, there are so many of us that need an older woman in our life that I don’t think anyone realizes the need. Pouring into us, helping us, and guiding us. We want to learn from people like you. I don’t have a good relationship with my mom and even if I did, there are so many of us that struggle telling our mom’s what we are thinking or going through.”

As the conversation finished, we said thank you, exchanged phone numbers, and my friend and I looked at each other smiling upwards saying - Ok, God.

Ann Voskamp wrote a post last week on the very same day my friend and I met for coffee that torn us up and I looked up again and said - Ok, God.

Ann said things like:

  • And every day, with every word, we get to decide: Do we mar the world, or mark the world?
  • The extraordinary things happen nowhere else but in the everyday and today can always be the beginning
  • The most exquisite marks anyone makes with their life — are the marks done in secret.

You can read her post here.

It is more noble to give yourself completely to one individual than to labor diligently for … the masses.” Christ left the ninety-nine for the one. – Ann Voskamp

Yes!

Jesus did more with the one. He did more ministry with the Samaritan woman than any lights or stage would have done for her.

Shame on us for creating an environment for the masses and stamp it with Jesus Approved.

We have taken the Great Commission and created the Great Business Plan.

The one question I’ve been asking myself these last few days…

What happen to the Titus 2 Woman?

I love the New Living version of the Bible in these scriptures:

Similarly, teach the older women to live in a way that honors God. They must not slander others or be heavy drinkers. Instead, they should teach others what is good. These older women must train the younger women to love their husbands and their children, to live wisely and be pure, to work in their homes, to do good, and to be submissive to their husbands. Then they will not bring shame on the word of God. – Titus 2:3-5

Somehow we have forgotten this command.

I’m just as guilty.

We have a responsibility to not lose this generation. We, older women, must mentor the generation after us.

We must seek out the one.

Our nation is beginning to see half of all marriages end in divorce. We see more women leaving their brand new babies at fire station doorsteps because the responsibility of another is too hard. More women struggling to really know what submitting to our husbands looks like and what it means to be patient and to do good.

Titus 2 Woman
Titus Two
In the beginning of the internet world, if you read anything to do with Titus 2 and the Titus 2 woman it seemed as though your search found you with god-awful fonts and women clothed in dresses all the way up from their necks to their ankles. It was pink and purple and foo-foo and ugly. It told the world Titus 2 woman are good and sinless and conservative and puppets for their husbands and children.

So we became turned off, told ourselves we were unqualified.

For some, we have allowed Titus 2 women through a computer screen. We find our answers online or in print rather over a cup of coffee or on the playground with a human face before us. The internet has given us a luxury to not become truly involved in real-life community.

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So I challenge you to not allow another generation to be affected like this. We ARE Titus 2 women. We must get out there and get our hands dirty for the one - not just the masses.

We must not think about the next big thing or magazine or conference. We have enough of those.

God needs more of us to think about the one.

We need more women that are ready to go to the well and pour Living Water into the woman she sees there.

No lights, no speaker list, nothing. Just a well and a woman.

So what does this look like?

I don’t know.

Think about what you need or needed?

When you were overwhelmed with a messy house, kids everywhere and were sleep deprived, what did you need? You needed someone to bring you a meal, or help you clean your house, or take the kids for an afternoon.

When you were newly married and you wondered if this will last forever? You felt like you couldn’t tell anyone, especially your mom. You saw yourself as a failure and instead hid your deepest pains inside.

When you became a Christian in your twenties and wanted to continue going to parties with your friends and how hard it was to say no because you were trying do what is right? You longed for someone to come into your life and mentor you. Help you understand the Bible and what it meant to be a Christ-follower.

I love what Ann Voskamp said in her writing:

And the only way to ever leave beauty marks on the world is with bits of yourself.

We must be ready to be vulnerable.

This is what I believe God is longing for. Something that doesn’t bring us glory with the lights and masses of followers, but gives Him the glory because of the story He gave us to tell.

So, again I ask, what does this look like?

I don’t know.

Is it a movement?

I don’t know.

Is it a ministry?

I don’t know.

But I do know this; there is a world out there with people who are hurting.

People who are asking, what about me?

Where is my place in this world?

People who are hungry for someone to just listen to them. People who are longing for someone to look into their eyes and tell them they are valuable, are loved, and worth all the stars in the sky.

People who just want to hear that everything is going to be ok.

You just may be that one.

10 Things I've Learned Since Turning 40

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I was 16 years old and we just moved into a new city which meant I was the new kid in high school. I remember thinking,

Will these people like me?

Who can I be friends with?

Am I cool enough?

Pretty enough?

I just wanted to be accepted.

Blogging has been like that for me. Wondering if my words make sense or will they even like what I’m writing? I just wanted to be accepted.

The last blog post that I wrote was March 17 and I’ve learned a lot since then, actually these last 12 months, as they have been some of the hardest I’ve endured. I hope you allow me the time to share my thoughts along this journey.

1.  Trust Him – I’m talking the dig your heels in the ground, I’m not moving kind of trust. The kind of trust that says I can’t figure this out, I don’t know what to do or where to go but I trust You. There are lots of resources out there that discuss finding your purpose in life. It seems every day there is a new book out with the same substance just a different title. I see more and more people going around and around in circles yet almost stuck because they thought their life calling or life work was to do this or that, yet they circle back instead wondering if it was this instead. This year I found myself understanding two things: 1) by the time I figure out what to do in life, I’ll be too old by the time I figure it out. 2) rather than trying to figure it out, just enjoy the journey.

2.  40 Makes You Intentional – I turned 40 last August and got an overwhelming feeling of taking this second part of my life and making it more intentional. All four of our kids will be teenagers come July 30th and am in this season of my life with the understanding that these moments with them will be few and far between. Our oldest will graduate in a few years and will be applying to the Air Force Academy (ya’ll pray he gets in :-) ), another wants to be a teacher and another wants to go into the medical field, and the other…well, let’s just say he’s still figuring it out. But, turning 40 is no biggie unless you want to know that your veins become a little more distinctive, what used to be every six weeks is now every four weeks to color those gray hairs or that it takes your body a lot longer to heal when you twist your ankle bad enough that you thought you broke it and ended up in the ER. Yet my 40’s will be “on purpose”.

3.  The Church Doesn’t Raise Your Kids, You Do – This may be one of the most controversial statements I make in this blog post, so please give me some grace. Here is what I have learned from my experience. We have four incredible teenagers that love God with all their heart. They know who to put their trust in, they know what Faith looks like, and they know who their Healer and Provider is. Why, because they learned it at home. They see firsthand what that looks like. They see it through their parent’s eyes, their parents walk and they become the fruit of that. Our kids are the first generation in our family that comes from a Christian home since they were born and I am thankful for the church enhancing that. They taught them the stories of Mary and Joseph, Isaac and Jacob, Joseph and the best lesson of all…Jesus. But where our kids learn the hard stuff - is in our homes. They learn what waiting on God looks like when you think you have no more patience or when God understands you more then you understand yourself. One of the greatest gifts we can give our children as parents is an understanding that they are who God says they are.

4.  Get Out of the Way – Without sounding to “Christianese”….just get out of the way of what God is trying to do in your life. I struggled with this, not only the last twelve months, but my whole life!! I’m a planner. I need to know what we are doing, when we are doing it and how we are getting there. Point blank. If the directions are laid out, then that is what we are going to follow. Well, I have news for you…God’s not like that. So stop trying to change His mind.

5.  Joy Makes Life Better – Those of us raised in church have heard at one point or another – "The Joy of the Lord is your Strength" in Nehemiah 8:10 but what the first part of that verse says in the Amplified version – “And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Joy is truly a choice. You have a choice to be happy or be depressed, you have a choice to be around those that encourage and inspire you or wallow in self-pity alone. Joy looks better, tastes better and makes life better.

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6.  Be a Student of the Word – I remember I was in my late 20’s – early 30’s and our Pastor’s wife in Denver was speaking at a women’s conference and she said something that is so profound to me now at 40 that I didn’t understand back then. She said, “Until I am so full of the Word, there are not enough books published to fill me with what His Word can instead.” I get this now. Trust me I’m not against writing books or reading them. But I don’t ever want them to take the place of His Word.

7.  Don’t Worry About What People Think – We see everyday someone puts a picture on Instagram and gets 47 likes and you put yours up and it may get 3 or you want to try a new venture but you are worried if your friends will accept it or think you’re crazy for trying. Here is a secret – Silence the Voices. The voices of fear or failure. The voices that say – I guess you’re not popular enough or people just don’t like you. Now’s the time to show the world what you got!

8.  Losing a Parent is Hard – This month it will be a year since I lost my father. I’ve talked here about my struggles but I want to focus on the experience itself. Losing a loved one is hard, but a parent is one of the toughest. As a kid you think your dad is invincible. Nothing can stop him. That he can fight anyone or anything because he’s the strongest man you know. You think they will live forever and then they are gone. Don’t be left with a bunch of I wishes. Cherish every moment with them as Father’s Day comes near. Tell them everything on your heart because you never know when you will have that chance again.

9.  You Are Not Defined by Your Past – Your past doesn’t define who you are. I will share my testimony with you in the next few weeks. Some things a lot of you don’t know. Your past is your story and how ugly it may look…it’s beautiful to God. Because - What the enemy meant for evil, God will turn it over for good! (Genesis 50:20) Let Him begin to use your story and He will walk with you towards your future.

10.  Your Purpose is like Seasons – I almost feel that Purpose should have an S on the end because our purposes in life constantly change. Maybe you’re in a season where you are raising toddlers and having the time of your life being a mom – Purpose. Maybe you just got a job offer that requires you to move to a new location – Purpose. Or maybe you’re raising teenagers and soaking in these last few years – Purpose. Yet each one of these is for a season. We just have to be careful of not missing the enjoyment of the season we are in because we are focused on the season we want to be in. You can’t have Summer unless you have Rain and you can’t have Rain unless you have Summer.

Those high school years were some of the greatest times I had at my new school. Where else would I have learned how to go ice blocking on a golf course and getting shot at with a paint ball gun or cow tipping at night with my friends? Where I went to football games, had pizza or went out for hamburgers for lunch but only with my new high school friends. I was accepted, they liked me. I guess I was cool.

Now if I could just figure this blogging thing out.

Weekend Siesta

Here are some things that caught my eye this week: Blog Posts

If You Aren’t Jesus | Lisa Whittle writes a bold word on who are we chasing

In Which Jesus Feminist is Finally Released | Sarah Bessey discusses her book Jesus Feminist

Books

Relentless | John Bevere This book is tearing me up with so much meat in it.  I literally can only read a chapter every few days because my Spirit is so full.

Photo

Lindsey Nobles took this in Bolivia as a team of #FHbloggers is there with Food for the Hungry. They are going to have such an incredible time.

 

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Thought for the Week

[box]God will tuck a special measure of mercy between the grace and peace He offers. Mercy isn't just about forgiveness, it's about Him offering mercy to help us become brave and overcome our challenges.[/box]

My Favorite Bloggers for 2011

Those of us blog readers love great blog posts. I particularly love blogs that inspire and encourage me in my spiritual journey {I guess that’s why I like writing in this genre so much}

But those of us that write our own blogs, I have a question. Who do you wish you could be more like in your writing?

Or maybe you’re a speaker. Who can you sit and listen to for hours?

Thursday I will talk about who my favorite speakers are. But for now…

Here are my favorite Bloggers for 2011:

Michael Hyatt - To go from CEO of Thomas Nelson to an outstanding speaker and writer has been an amazing accomplishment. I wonder what 2012 holds for him?

Seth Godin - The man is pure genius when it comes to branding, marketing or just dealing with people.  I wonder what would happen if he converted some of his posts in a "biblical" perspective.

Ruth Schwenk and The Better Mom - She's a living testimony to what happens when you hear from God and act in obedience to the plan God gives you.

Christine Caine - Her posts are inspiring, encouraging and truly honest to living a "God-filled" life. Don't be surprised if she makes my favorite speaker list.

Rachelle Gardner - She's a publishing agent that is one gifted blog writer.  The wisdom and knowledge that she has is amazing and her inspiration that she wants everyone to see in themselves speaks through each one.

Sarah Mae - This girl is a Rockstar! I just love reading her blogs and rejoicing with her in all that God is doing.  To see where she's come from to this now amazing women hosting an incredible Relevant conference, writing and now speaking! Love it!

Chris Spradlin - This guy writes black and white parenting posts.  There is no gray area for him and for that I am grateful. He is a straight and to the point, honest writer who loves this parenting thing and wants all us parents to raise our kids differently from what society tells us.

Aunt Ruthie and Sugar Pie Farmhouse - She just makes me feel warm and fuzzy after reading her weekly blog post. She is what I want to be like as a homemaker. She instills a love for food, family and faith in each of her writings.

Tami Heim and Toni Birdsong with @stickyJesus - These girls know their Social Media stuff.  Take it from me not only are they great bloggers but amazing women too!

Who are your favorite bloggers?

Seasoned With Salt

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:6 As  a woman in 2011 I am asking God to make me salty.  Salt has three characteristics: first, it stings; second, it heals; and third, it preserves. In the same way,  I want my words to be filled with grace, yet they cut to the heart.

In the latter part of that verse, so that you may know how to answer everyone, it is not easy to learn.  It is only learned in that place of being fully absorbed by God. When we are in that place, we seek to glorify Him and can impart into another words that our so powerful that only awakens and saves them from their circumstance.

Use the salt!

Use the stinging; use the healing for their preservation!

You are seasoned with salt!

Do you find yourself salty that stings but can also provide the words that will heal and preserve them? Explain.

Is Age Catching Up?

I want to lose weight!! I have been discussing with all of you about a group of girlfriends and I getting together two to three times a week at 6am for a workout. 6am!!  These last few months I have been committed, watching what I eat and drink.  Not having any sweet tea (My weakness since moving to the South).  Well...we weighed last week and guess what I lost...(drum roll please!)....2 LBS!!! What??

Why??

I'm doing what I can. Like I said before I'm working out, eating right, cutting out sugar and bread and for what? Two Pounds!!

Now, I will be sanctified and say I have lost an inch on my thighs and inch in stomach and arms.  I feel good and have great energy but two pounds!! Seriously! I can't justify spending $90 to $140 month for 2lbs.  Don't get me wrong the trainer is phenomenal. I think it's just my age catching up with me.

Here is what I am going to do:

1. Enjoy the rest of my workouts with the girls and stop on January 1.

2. Get a membership at the YMCA

3. Try this over again.

This is not really about me wanting to "look good". This is about me having a whole lot of clothes in my closet that do not fit!  I refuse to buy a bigger size.  I can do this.

If you are struggling with trying to lose 10-30 pounds, I would love to have an accountability group started.

Would you want to join in?

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things - Part 2

MAC Fluidline. This eyeliner is so easy to apply.  Just use an angled brush and apply it to your top eye lid.  It goes on smooth and has a great matte finish.

MAC Eye Shadow.  I'm loving the color Corduroy for this fall.  It sort of a cross between taupe and bronze.  You can put it on as heavy or as light as you like.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. There isn't really a lot to say about this mascara.  It's been around forever and makes my lashes look great.  Out of all the products over the last two days I have to say I'm looking for a new mascara to use.

These Are a Few Of My Favorite Things

Since I showed you a picture of me as a little girl, here are a few things I've used the last several months to at least try and make me feel that young! Some would make great stocking stuffers or an addition to that fashionable purse.

MAC Fast Response Eye Cream. I use this everyday under my eyes before I apply anything.  It works so good that on days that I don't use it, my eyes look tired and have dark circles.  Come on ladies, we don't want that right!

Oil of Olay.  What can I say, I am a traditionalist. I used this in high school, college, giving birth and heading towards 40.  It has never failed me.  Some days when I don't like wearing any face makeup, I'll slip some of this on and my MAC eye creme and head out the door with an even looking skin tone.  I am a lifetimer!

Cover Girl Clean Makeup.  Ladies I know you understand me when I say there is nothing like a foundation that doesn't turn oily or make you feel like a teenager because you broke out.  Its one of those things that "if it ain't broke don't fix it".  So I never have in the last 23 years.  Hey, if Christie Brinkley can look that good, so can I!

MAC Powder Blush. My favorite color of theirs is Pinch Me.  For fall I just bought me Mocha.  I used it this weekend and love it.  I can't say enough abt MAC's blushes.  They stay on long and have great colors.  It just makes a girl like me giddy.

MAC Lipglass.  This is one of the best lip glosses ever.  I carry it where ever I go.  I put some on on those days when I don't have "my face" on to look half way decent at the grocery store.  Love, love, love it!

Lollia Breathe Hand Creme.  Speaking of stocking stuffers, I received this as a gift last Christmas and have been using it ever since.  The scent is wonderfully girlie. Not greasy.

Tomorrow, I'll talk to you about my eyes and what I use around those baby blues!

A New Face

There are so many women I admire in this photo.  That’s my little sister to the right, my cousin Regina and my Nana (grandma) Lupe.  My Nana has always been one I can call if I needed prayer.  I grew up spending so many nights over their house waking up hearing my Nana “praying to Jesus” at 5am.  And boy do I remember when I was a teenager and getting those phone calls, “Michelle, don’t be thinking Jesus doesn’t talk to me about you in my prayer closet!”  I’m sure she prayed me out of some horrible situations.

My sister and I are best of friends.  She knows me through the good times and bad.  We have drawn so much closer since we have had our kids and I thank God for that. Although she lives in Colorado and I live in Tennessee, we manage to talk to each other almost every other day.  I love her so much and thank God that He saw fit for us to be sisters.

Next is my cousin Regina.  She knows the Lord and I pray that we she will know Him again like she has never known Him before.  Yeah, I said it Regina…remember we share the same Grandma! (Love you)

Then there is me.  To see myself in this photo and see where I am today brings tears to my eyes.  This is why I have chosen to write this blog and bring it with a new face.  The Bible says, Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is -- his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2)  With a new look (pattern) and no longer the old one and a mind that has been renewed so long ago, I find myself in such an incredible place.  A place where I can say I am doing God’s will for my life and by writing this blog I hope to share this adventure with you.

What new adventure would you like to start?

A crazy week of fun!

The craziness of life got a hold of me last week.  With school winding down and Mother's Day, there were so many activities to do.  On top of all that I was at a MOPS Tea and Testimony.  Karla, the Coordinator, put on an incredible meeting.  I was overwhelmed with glee for it being their first year as a MOPS group how these ladies loved it! Here are a few pictures of life:

Mother's Day Tea for my 3rd graders!

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Field Day

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Ended the week with a MOPS Tea & Testimony at College Heights Baptist!

MOPS Tea & Testimony