Tag Archives: friends

Words for Your Weekend #1

No, I didn’t make a mistake- you’re seeing correctly! I meant to get this out last weekend! I am starting something brand new!! For everyone that has stuck with me this far when I have been pretty inconsistent with my blog, I just want to say a HUGE thank-you!!! You have been so very patient and kind.

Words for Your Weekend will come out every Saturday. It’s just like a newsletter but in video format. I will update you with all the things, give announcements, and share a word of encouragement! I will also put the links under the videos for you to find stuff! Oh, and normally videos will not be this long! It’s just my first one so I had much to say!!

Hope you are encouraged!!

Video Part 1

In this video below, I have a special announcement at the end!

Video Part 2

Also…. how can I pray for YOU? Leave me a comment and let me know!

Fearless Retreat in Houston

MOPS Brownsville

ChannelMom Interview

Lone Star Pacesetters Duathlon 2017

Music: Kim Walker By My Side // Jesus Culture Love Has a Name // Hillsong Wonder

If you decide to order your groceries from Wal-Mart, use this code for a $10- coupon! $10.00 Coupon

Bible Study- Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer

My new Instagram series started this week! To follow, go to Instagram-spiritualpassion

Thank you again for following along on this crazy journey!! Have a blessed week! I’ll see you back here Saturday!!

2 Cor. 12:9- Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

Do something that scares you a little- Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

 

Seeing God in Friendships

Girl friends meeting for coffee

 “A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still, gently allows you to grow.” -William Shakespeare

It was my sister-in-laws birthday on Friday and we were celebrating at a sushi restaurant. (The name will remain anonymous in case I happen to mention the 2 hour wait for our rolls.) There were close to twenty of us that came to celebrate. The table was full… full of conversation and laughter. Since there were so many of us, we would switch our seats every five minutes (like speed dating). And we were able to get caught up on what’s been going on in everyone’s lives. A friend came into town that lives in Guatemala, and she just adopted a newborn baby. She was able to come by to see everyone with her newborn before leaving in the morning.

As I was driving home I was reminded how sweet friendship is. Those are the people you do life with. You may not be around them all the time, but when have a chance to get together, it is a gift. Friendship is a gift. It takes work, and we’re not going to always get it right, but we give each other grace. And we learn from each other, we grow together, we pray for each other, and yes, celebrate each other.

God is present in our friendships and I saw Him tonight as we sat around the table and laughed and shared. He ordained friendships and I believe is overjoyed when He sees His kids having fellowship and being in community with one another. We need each other.

If you’re feeling isolated, I encourage you to seek out ways to get connected, whether its through a church group or a Bible study, or some ladies from work. We always wait to be invited- I encourage you to invite someone out for coffee or a play-date at the park for you & your kids. You never know what God has in mind with those connections. You just might be the friend someone has been praying for!

“Is any pleasure on earth as great as a circle of Christian friends by a good fire?” C.S. Lewis

What I Learned from 2014

Happy team. On blue sky

Reflecting on the Past Year

Be honest, this year had some good, some great, some not so good, and some just outright really bad days- all in the same year. Beautiful days and bad days. Days of playing and enjoying your child’s belly laugh and days of intense brokenness. Interesting thing about beauty is that you will often find the messy in the same chapters that you found the beauty. That’s right, same book, just different stories spread through out. I can tell you of great testimonies of us doing our first summer camps with Big Red Ministries, and in the same breath let you know we’ve collected some debt this past year. I can tell you of several precious babies being born this past year, and in the same chapter let you know we are still waiting on a healing in our family. I can tell you of the incredible Thanksgiving that was spent with my family in Rockwall, TX, and in the next few weeks share how my husband lost his grandfather. And it’s all meshed together in the chapters of 2014.

As I reflect on the past year I feel thankfulness and sadness, joy and pain- all of it. I’ve read a few people on social media talking about what a hard year this was and that they’ll be glad to start over. And on the same feed I read others sharing that it’s been their best year yet. Is it because one has more faith than the other? Absolutely not. Does God love some of His children more than others? Last time I checked He was no respecter of persons.

But what I continue to learn through the years is that no matter what we go through, He can use that situation. And I don’t believe He is the one causing all the pain in our lives. There is still an enemy here on this earth whose sole purpose is to destroy our lives. (1 Peter 5:8- Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.) But the Lord does show himself, even in the hardest of times. He wants us to be completely dependent on Him and He wants to show us that even if we feel like we’re drowning, that He will immediately reach out His hand to pull us in. He is faithful to carry us to the other side. He doesn’t always move or work on our time frame, but I will assure you of this- He moves and works. I feel like we’re suppose to surrender 2014 to Him, the good and the not so good, and confess once again, “Not my will but Your will be done.”  Take it all Lord and show me how to learn and grow from this previous year. And show me all the places where you showed up this year and remind me that you will continue to be with me, no matter what.

One of the biggest lessons I personally take away from 2014 is this: God has placed people in our lives to rejoice with us and celebrate the good, and He has placed people in our lives to struggle and mourn with us when our heart is breaking. The Bible says in Romans 12:15 that we are to Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.

I am convinced more than ever before that the best investment we can make in 2015 is in people. Relationships. With our spouse, our kids, our family members, our friends, and others who don’t know the Lord yet. Love greatly, let our guards down, and risk it all for love- that’s courageous love. John 15:12This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. Wow, He wants us to love each other in the same way He loves us. We can only do that by asking Him each morning, “Help me to love others like you love others.” It’s His strength and His power in us that will love others and love others well.

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen” -Brene’ Brown, Daring Greatly.

In 2015 may we love and give of ourselves expecting nothing in return. Because really, when it comes down to it, that’s what we have, isn’t it? When we really boil our lives down, we have our relationship with our Abba daddy, our relationship with our family, and our relationship with each other.

I think that’s why I am a photo-oholic. I love memories and I love to make memories and I love to look at memories. I was just reminiscing today after my scrapbooks were in storage for over a year. I love the memories and when I’m gone my kids and their kids will have these memories to treasure. And it’s all because of the ‘people’ in my pictures. Oh sure, I enjoyed every second of scrapbooking, but that’s for another blog.

What are you taking with you when you leave? None of the things we spent hours searching for and buying and cleaning. Nope. Just the relationship with your Heavenly Father and with others. Seems like a pretty good investment, don’t you think? So that continues to be my mission going into 2015. To work on inviting people into my home and into my life, to be intentional about catching up with others when I haven’t heard from them in a while, and the one that’s the hardest for me, to call people more!!

I wish I could tell you I have the art of people and relationships perfected. Unfortunately, I can tell you of many times I chose the project or the thing before the person. I am still human and a work in progress. But it remains my heart goal. And my favorite part about a new year is that we all get a fresh start! Amen!

Here’s to being a work in progress and being okay with that. And here’s to authenticity, transparency, and keeping it real in 2015.

“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” –Brene’ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

Praying January has started off well- give thanks to the Lord for all He has done and all that He is going to do. Enjoy those who are around you and thank the Lord for them. For each day is a gift from above and none of us are given any promises of tomorrow.  May we truly see people as the treasure that they are. Each one of them a gift from above.