Tip #8

Realize that one day the kids will be gone and whatever’s left needs to be strong, fun, and better than ever!

One big part of this is trying to stay healthy! I really don’t want to spend my retirement years on 50 medications way over weight unable to walk and grouchy all the time. The Bible says live life to the fullest! When the kids move out… We have RV/ plane ride plans!

Of course life happens and I am not condemning anybody with ailments at all! My poor sweet mom in law can’t stub her toe without breaking it… So, she’ll just have to ride along in the RV cause nothing’s slowing us down! LOL

All jokes aside, I joined a gym this year and have literally been working my bum off and eating a lot of lettuce! I want to be healthy and live a long life for my kids and look hot for my hubby! I also want to be strong and healthy enough to enjoy life and not get winded just walking up a couple of steps!

Today, I encourage you to do what you can to take care of yourself and to rekindle that flaming fire in your marriage. Maybe you can surprise your spouse with a new hair do… Make sure the surprise is a good one! LOL! Then sit down with your spouse and make some really cool goals for yourselves! If you really can’t go far because of Dr. appointments or family issues or job issues, make small but good plans! Drive to the beach for the evening and walk along holding hands or go out to your favorite restaurant for a nice dinner alone. It never too late to talk about your future together and its never too late to act on it!! Enjoy each other!!

Plow You Down!

If you’re playing a video game with me, or we’re racing, or playing a board game… Watch out, because I will kick your butt! I’ll try anyway! LOL BUT, in real life I’m not that way at all! My personality is one that would rather keep peace and keep my dignity! You want that… Fine, have it, enjoy it, God will bless me with something better 🙂

If there is one thing that irks me it is a Christian who acts like the devil and tries to plow someone over just to get what they want when they want it! I believe in hard work and determination, I do not engage in a cut throat I’m always right and I will always win attitude! I won’t tolerate it directed at me either!

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To those who are like that I say…
1. that is not the way Jesus is at all!
2. chill out!
3. get over yourself!
4. you look ridiculous acting that way!
5. Stop! 🙂

Seriously! God is a God of peace and love (no this isn’t a song from the 60’s baby) He wants us to persevere and treat others as we would want to be treated. Remember my post titled “Love”… Go read it if you haven’t! It’s an outline of the Love chapter in 1 Corinthians. Love is patient, kind, does not boast, etc…

Today I encourage you to think of something you can let go of and let your co worker have, or a sibling, a child, or a friend! Give it up because you know they want it too and you really can live without it. It could be a family secret, a piece of jewelry, a piece of property, an old photo, a recipe, or even a position or job at work. Whatever it is, God will bless you for your sacrifice! You can’t take it with you and there’s no reason to keep it if it will or has ruined a relationship that is important to you! Give it away with no strings attached!

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Mother Fleshin’

My son just had another birthday! He turned 7 and I have to tell you that it’s been hard for me and my husband to accept! We are so very thankful that we have a healthy son who is growing strong physically, mentally, and spiritually. He is such a blessing to us! We realize that many parents don’t get to see their babies grow up! But, if I could just cradle him one more time in his little footie jammies, gently caress his face until he falls asleep and lay him in his crib just one more time I would be a happy camper!! A friend of mine blurted out yesterday “can you believe our boys are going to be in the double digits in just 3 years?! Honestly, I hadn’t thought about it like that and it devastated me! LOL!!! As a mother I want to put a brick on his head and just hold him forever in my arms!! At least I can hold on to him telling me he’s never leaving home and he’s moving his wife into our house when he gets married 😉

I envision our flesh being like a mother… Which ironically makes since seeing as Eve was the 1st one to eat the apple (just thought of that)… Anyway, our flesh doesn’t want us to grow up spiritually! If our flesh could continue doing the silly things it likes to do forever, it would be so flippin happy!! If we could eat spiritual baby food our whole lives and spit up… Or throw up 😉 after an all night binge of either alcohol or chocolate anything, we’d all be happy. But, we have to grow up eventually! It just has to happen!

With a child, if he or she never grows up, they’ll never experience each new wonderful step in life. Of course there is sadness along the way, but there are a lot of great things to enjoy too! If we don’t grow spiritually, we will never know our full potential in Christ. We will remain stagnant, we won’t gain rewards in Heaven, we won’t realize the power of the Holy Spirit, we won’t ever know the true heart of God. Of course we will hit storms along the way, but if we don’t grow through those as well, we will never be able to see the amazing grace of God!

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been a “Christian” for 59 years, you’ve pastored for 15 years, your daddy was a baptist or whatever preacher, if you think you know all there is to know about God… Think again! He’s a complex guy! He was here before time began, he knows all about the human body and every mechanism in it… He knows everything about everything and created the universe in just 6 days!!! How wild and crazy is that?

We need to always think bigger and greater, mightier, and all powerful when it comes to God… Not ourselves… But, God! We must strive to spend quality time with him daily! Turn your i’s off (iPhone, iPad, mini Mac, etc…), turn on your worship music, get your Bible out, and encounter a touch from God today!