Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Psalm 103:1

Archive for September, 2013

Day 7 of my 365 day Journey

1. Brad had to work this morning. My kids did so great getting ready this morning with just Mom!

2. All three kids woke up with out any issues!

3. All 3 got ready and were good while I got ready!

4. We not only made it to Sunday School on time but were 5 minutes early.

5. You get a great parking space when you get to church early. 🙂

6. CYM leaders had a great meeting with Pastor Marc this morning.

7. There are awesome CYM events coming up!

8. I am privileged to be apart of CYM.

9. I got to worship with my friend Cherryl this morning.

10. Christi and John were at church!

11. Even though we seldom get to talk at church I love seeing her.

12. Christi and I always make sure we “see” each other when she is there.

13. Our pastor has such amazing vision for our church.

14. My mom and Dad bought us chicken for lunch today.

15. Popeyes Chicken!

16. Popeyes biscuits. 🙂

17. The kids and I stopped and got a cream pie from Pioneer Pies for dessert. Love their pies when you can splurge a little.

18. I love that we have a good relationship with both our parents!

19. Brad and I were both able to rest this afternoon.

20. Online services!

21. Despite my headache all afternoon (now gone!) I was able to watch service online.

22. Emma loves watching Heather online. It makes me smile.

23. Worship was good even from home.

24. Our church is blessed with amazing musicians and singers.

25. Learned a great lesson regarding insecurity…”Where you turn to when you feel insecure becomes your security.” Hmmm, think about that!

26. Pastor Ted is led by the spirit.

27. I never fail to receive something when he preaches.

28. Pastor Ted and Tami!

Day 6 of my 365 day Journey

1. I was able to get to bed early last night.

2. The race I timed this morning went great, no errors.

3. I had a great spiritual / life talk with a friend on our way home from the race.

4. I love being able to share my testimony!

5. Denise, the friend, is in such a great place in her life.

6. Denise is an amazing single mom of 3.

7. She has a great testimony for her kids.

8. Denise has a great church and great pastor, Jason Morris! 🙂

9. Sharing my testimony of how Brad and I knew we were planned by God reminded me of how blessed I am.

10. I love sharing the story of our beginning.

11. God showed me several times that Brad was who He had picked for me.

12. I have never doubted, in 14 years, that Brad was supposed to be my husband.

13. Brad and I are a God planned match.

14. We finally got the kids rooms thoroughly clean!

15. I felt very accomplished with the girls closet when we were done.

16. Brad got to relax today and watch two full football games.

17. OU won and Blake Bell was amazing.

18. Brad and I share a love for football.

19. Brad taught me all I know about football.

20. Learning about something for your spouse is a good thing!

21. Brad taught me football in our early years of marriage and he loved doing it.

22. My husband is my best friend!

23. Brad warmed up left overs for dinner tonight.

24. I did not have to go to the grocery store….

25. Or cook!

26. Emma has had to start breathing treatments early this year, so thankful that she does so well with them.

27. We claim Emma is healed of asthma and praise Him in advance for it.

28. Tomorrow is Sunday! 🙂

Day 5 of my 365 day Journey

1. I slept through the night and did not wake up till the alarm went off.

2. The kids had a good morning getting ready for school.

3. Emma only needed one hug this morning before getting out of the car. 🙂

4. I had 2 hours of quiet time this morning.

5. I had several good pictures come out of the pics from CYM last night.

6. I love taking pictures!

7. I had fun editing a pic of one of our teen girls worshiping.

8. She loved the edit I did for her.

9. God’s loves transforms.

10. My kids I watch went home slightly early.

11. Brad and I took advantage of our extra time and had a rest time.

12. I love that my understand when we need some quiet time.

13. We got to lay in bed and talk about this week for almost an hour.

14. I had bought a lasagna for dinner for didn’t really have to cook tonight.

15. The lasagna was very inexpensive and our favorite one to buy at Crest.

16. All three of my kids will eat lasagna. 🙂

17. Brad and I got to eat watermelon for dessert…it was yummy.

18. We were able to relax and watch some tv.

19. Thursdays are turning in to our relax weekday and I like it.

20. I got to Facebook chat with Paige, my soon to be niece.

21. We are both exited to capture her wedding day in pictures.

22. Emma sat beside me looking at the pose ideas on Pinterest and loved it.

23. Emma is going to be the most beautiful flower girl ever!

24. I have a handful of girlfriends I grew up with that we still stay in touch!

25. We plan girls nights out a couple times a year.

26. We have a night out planned for next month!

27. I can truly count on these girls for anything.

28. God gave me beautiful friends!!!

Day 4 of my 365 day Journey

Tests…God allows you to go through them. It is your decision as to how you will take them….Being led by the spirit or by your emotions…or by other people’s words. Today I had a chance to be led by my emotions. Our landlord called to tell us she was bringing someone to look at the house and help her decide if she wanted to put it up for sale. We like our house and where we live. Great school and right up the street from my parents…close but not too close. 🙂

I allowed the tears temporarily. But got in the word and found scripture to remind me that He is here with me. I turned to Him….”If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” (Jeremiah 29:13 NLT)…and He guided me.

1. Our landlord has decided not to sale!

2. I had the chance to turn to food for comfort today and I didn’t! (This is not just a praise but a huge victory for me!!)

3. God guides our steps

4. His timing is perfect.

5. He is my provider

6. I have friends who are great encouragers!

7. Cherryl knows how to make me smile!

8. Kara is good at responding with words I need.

9. I can turn to friends and get prayer when I need it.

10. God gives me small victories.

11. I like my house!

12. I am proud of our home and love to have people over.

13. We have the perfect amount of space in our home.

14. I have a big kitchen. 🙂

15. I have a laundry room…and it isn’t in the garage.

16. I have a large master bathroom.

17. I had a truly victorious day.

18. I am proud of how I handled today.

19. Zeke and Naomi both got 100’s on AR tests today.

20. Emma only needed 2 hugs this morning.

21. Brad did not have to rush to church when he got home from work.

22. Because of that I got to shower and change with no distractions…kids.

23. I got to use my dad’s really nice camera to take pictures of CYM tonight.

24. I am looking forward to taking some pictures at our nephews wedding.

25. I had a relaxing night at CYM.

26. I got some great pictures of worship.

27. I shared a memory tonight of singing a song for a friends anniversary 20 years ago.

28. I was home before 9:30 on a Wednesday!

Day 3 of a 365 day journey

When you begin to take the steps to a journey in line with His word and promises the devil will do all he can to derail you. He has tried so many times to derail me today! I have had to fight to continue to be led by the spirit and not by my emotions. Wow, two days in a row of God taking me back to lessons from Sundays services! His timing is perfect. He knows what you need and when you need it!

1. Brad’s alarm went off and he made it to work today. 🙂

2. Despite being up for two hours in the middle of the night, I never lost my temper today! This is big for me.

3. Emma asked for 3 hugs this morning when getting out of the car at school.

4. My sweet baby gives great hugs.

5. Zeke loves to use sign language to tell me he loves me from a far.

6. Before heading in to the cafeteria Zeke makes sure to “tell” me he loves me.

7. Dollar General opens at 8am! (Great for running in and out after taking the kids to school.)

8. Left overs!

9. Kiddos that are not picky about food and will eat almost whatever I serve.

10. Quiet Movie time.

11. Despite the craziness of Madagascar 3, Emma and Jaxton did good during quiet movie time.

12. These two love to make up songs and dance and they are great entertainment.

13. The pick up line at school is finally getting more smooth.

14. Pick up was easy today.

15. Zeke got a new behavioral health therapist and we like her!

16. Naomi and Zeke were both very good while I talked to the new therapist.

17. Zeke began to warm up to her by the end of the meeting…that is fast for him.

18. Zeke’s behavior has been amazing this school year!

19. Diagnosis or not we have help with teaching Zeke how to live victoriously!

20. Zeke is so understanding that he is unique and wants to learn!

21. God gave me such an amazing little boy to raise.

22. God entrusted me with Zeke.

23. All three kids were good while Brad and I did some training tonight.

24. They all loved passing out the water to runners and did a good job at it.

25. Brad got to help Pastor Marc at church today and had fun.

26. They were able to minister to a jr high football team all while eating Chick-fil-a!

27. I got called a religious fanatic tonight…I think it was supposed to be a compliment. 🙂

28. I am getting to go to bed somewhat early tonight!! Amen!

Day 2 of a 365 day journey

Day 2

When you end your day with 28 individual praises…it makes the negative aspects of the day seem very minor. This is my thought for the day. 🙂

1. Brad over slept this morning, although it can’t happened often, to keep from getting an occurrence he used a personal day and stayed home with me.

2. Brad was able to get rest today.

3. He is a huge help when he is home during the week.

4. Although it was Monday the two kiddos I watch were good despite a rough start.

5. Emma has a very loving prek teacher who helped her get through an emotional start to her day.

6. I got to have a cup of chocolate milk, a treat, before the kids arrived.

7. Brad got two loads of laundry done today!

8. I have an amazing helper in my husband.

9. God truly blessed me with an amazing husband.

10. He cares about the kids I watch.

11. I got to go pick up Emma without any other kids in the car.

12. After crying for me after drop off this morning, Emma had a great day at school.

13. Emma got to “clip up” at school today. (On her behavior chart.)

14. Naomi loves to take AR tests and is great at them.

15. She currently has a 95% average in AR.

16. Both Naomi and Zeke have all A’s and B’s in school right now.

17. Naomi really loves her teacher this year.

18. Emma’s headband for Paige’s wedding came in the mail today and it is perfect!

19. Emma and Naomi are both going to be so beautiful in the wedding…only 11 more days!

20. I get to practice with my dad’s camera tomorrow night at CYM.

21. Although nervous about taking pictures at the wedding I am getting excited!

22. Pastor Marc and I have similar cameras and that conversation made me smile. 🙂

23. I am looking forward to getting to know Pastor Marc and Talena and get to work under them.

24. God used a situation today to remind me of lessons from yesterday’s church services.

25. He reminded me today of a quote I hear a lot “Let go and let God!”

26. I am learning to let go and not continue to worry.

27. I am protected on all sides and the devil has no access!

28. His promises are Yes and Amen!!

All 28 things were again very easy to come up with! Kara was right. 🙂

Day 1 of a 365 day journey

365 day journey…wow that sounds like alot. I have several friends who have started a journey to complete 10,000 reason of thanks and praise in one year. Do do this I will complete 28 reasons every day.

One particular person has been a huge blessing with her blog. Her journey began as a healing process. I have loved reading her blog daily and being able to peak in to her season of healing. It has truly been a blessing to read her reasons of praise every day. From the big to the little it has shown me that in every day there are many reason to be thankful. God has blessed me so much with all I have in my life and I believe that through this journey He will truly use this blog to remind me of all He has done and all He does daily in me. Thank you Kara!

And so it beings….

1. Jesus, He is my everything and the reason I live.

2. He saved me.

3. This morning I had one less child to get ready for church…it was a slight time saver.

4. Emma spent the night at her bestie Dylan’s house.

5. God is already placing Christian influences in Emma’s life.

6. Sunday AM church was so good.

7. I am so ready for a miracle Monday tomorrow, thanks to Pastor Teds sermon.

8. We ate at Chili’s and Brads meal was a few minutes later than our and the manager comped us his meal. 🙂

9. Zeke and I got to go to the library just us this afternoon.

10. Zeke is a reader!

11. Love that I have passed on a passion for reading.

12. Zeke could spend hours in the library if allowed.

13. I was still able to get in an hour nap this afternoon.

14. Also had time to comb out Naomi’s hair so she could wear it down tonight.

15. Naomi has amazingly beautiful hair!

16. Both Zeke and Naomi were happy to read books during church tonight.

17. Neither kid had to get in trouble during the whole service!

18. Got a great lesson from Pastor Tami tonight.

19. God is teaching me to be led by the spirit and simply in touch with my emotions.

20. I will not be led by my emotions and simply in touch with the spirit.

21. God places the right people in front of you at the right time.

22. His timing is perfect.

23. I got pick Emma up from class. (She was happy to see me but sad to leave Dylan)

24. Emma had so much fun with her bestie Dylan this weekend!

25. Chemise loves my baby girl and made her first sleep over a blast!

26. Tonight I go to bed excited for what the future holds!

27. Today I was blessed to watch true freedom in the life of an beautiful teen.

28. This beautiful teen has a beautiful spirit….and pretty arms! (She knows what this means.)

Bonus #29. This first one was a lot easier than I expected! 🙂

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