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Day 13 of my 365 Day Journey

Christ said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt 6:21). Your lifestyle is an example to your children of where your heart is. Give your children an example of a lifestyle devoted to God, not the idols of this world.

This was from my devotional today. So glad that Brad and I are teaching our children that our devotion is directed to God!

1. YouVersion.

2. Multiple devotions at my finger tips.

3. God’s word gives us life instruction.

4. Was able to finish editing photos today.

5. Everyone loves the photos so far.

6. I have to decide if I wish to do this in the future and get paid, a good decision to have.

7. God helps us with all decisions!

8. I don’t feel stressed to make this decision, just have to wait on God’s direction.

9. I found out today that a friend reads my blog daily and it blesses her.

10. Blessing friends blesses me!

11. I do this blog for me but it reaches others.

12. With left overs and one can of peas bought on sale, lunch today cost .24 cents. 🙂

13. Jacie took another good nap today, this makes my day so much smoother!

14. Ms. Jaquisha! Or as Emma would say, Ms Maquisha. Today is her birthday!

15. Ms Jaquisha has amazing patience with children.

16. Ms Jaquisha not only works with kids all day but volunteers her time to work in kids ministry at our church.

17. Emma loves homework. 🙂

18. Today Emma and I got to do homework together with no interruptions.

19. All three of my kids love to learn.

20. Cool mornings.

21. Being able to have the windows open in the car and house.

22. My vehicle!

23. I wasn’t ready for a new vehicle earlier this year but God works all things out for our good.

24. Brad got home from work in time to take Zeke to his appointment today.

25. I was able to make it to race timing training on time tonight.

26. I learned more on our new equipment and feel I absorbed a lot!

27. My mom was there to help with the girls so I was able to learn.

28. Great weather for tonight’s training!

Day 12 of my 365 Day Journey

1. Had an upset stomach most of the day….but it did not destroy my day!

2. The kids were in a good mood for a Monday.

3. The one year old I watch, Jacie, made my day when she was asked where’s Missa and she pointed to me!

4. Zeke is getting straight A’s in school!

5. Naomi is 3% away in one subject from straight A’s.

6. I got so many wedding pictured edited today during our quiet time!

7. I believe I have found a new love in picture editing.

8. I have always had a love for photography and having the use of good equipment makes that love greater.

9. Very thankful for my dad for letting me use his Nikon D7000! 🙂

10. Also thankful for the Nikon D70 that he gifted me a couple years ago.

11. My parents love to see my photography.

12. Paige loves all the photos I have shown her so far!

13. Paige and Marquis! God has so much in store for them as a Godly married couple!!

14. Brad got home beforehand had to go pick up the kids so I did not have to wake up Jacie from her nap!

15. Jacie slept for 2 1/2 hours! This is huge for her lately!

16. I was able to make it through a quick grocery trip with no tummy issues.

17. About 7:30ish my tummy started feeling normal again!

18. God will carry you through tummy issues. 🙂

19. Zeke got to go with Brad to his mentoring evening. Love Zeke seeing Brad in ministry.

20. I found time to upload the pictures Brad took at the CYM Block Party.

21. Brad and Chemise took some great pictures!

22. Being able to use what we have for God’s glory!

23. God will use your talent if you will simply give Him your talent.

24. The CYM block Party was a huge success!

25. Over 150 students attended….this was a first time event!

26. Doors are opening for CYM!

27. I am blessed to be a small part of a great ministry!

28. I love being used!!

Day 10 of my 365 day Journey

1. I have made it 10 days!

2. Giving thanks and praise to God each night before bed ends my day on a positive note!

3. 10 days of this journey is already changing me.

4. I got to have a wonderfully quiet morning.

5. Got to have a short chat with my friend Heather.

6. My friend Heather. 🙂

7. Having friends you can turn to or just chat with is such a blessing.

8. Emma and I ended up spending the afternoon just us.

9. God kept my eyes focused on the road during the down pour of rain this afternoon.

10. He protected Emma and I during the heavy rain.

11. I got a sneak peak of the wedding decor and am very excited for Paige and Marquis.

12. My mom, the girls and I had a girls evening.

13. We found shoes at the mall for the girls to wear in the wedding.

14. I had enough money for shoes at the mall. 🙂

15. The girls were good while at the mall and got treated with picking items to buy at Claire’s.

17. We have a great meal at Zios.

18. I got to have an old friend of mine as our waitress.

19. I love seeing old friends.

20. Facebook which keeps me in touch with old friends.

21. The girls were very good at Zios.

22. I was able to bless my friend with a good tip. A great way to end the night.

23. God blesses us when we bless others!

24. Brad and Zeke had a great boys night together.

25. Brad surprised Zeke with CiCi’s.

26. Brad and Zeke had some good bonding time playing video games at home.

27. Zeke got a card in the mail from our children’s pastor. I love the grin Zeke gets when he receives something special. He may not verbalize it but you can see it in his face.

28. Zeke also loved the superman Lego set I got for him from the mall. 🙂

Bonus #29. Today was a good day!!

Day 9 of my 365 Day Journey

As the weekend approaches my mind is on the wedding this weekend of our nephew Marquis and his beautiful bride to be Paige. Weddings always remind me of what it was like in the beginning for Brad and I. I was telling someone of all the things God put into place that allowed me to be with Brad and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was the one. I thought that I might start my thanks tonight with some of those things.

1. My first one was kinda silly but God gave me it anyways. I had always wanted my future husbands hand to fit perfectly in mine…the first time. I will never forget us riding home one night, going down I-44, and Brad reached over and took my hand. It fit perfectly, so much so that I turned my head to keep Brad from seeing the tears in my eyes.

2. I knew I needed someone who was spiritually more mature than me, to be my shepherd. One night while I visited youth camp and Brad was interning there, during the altar call I was at the back and Brad was at the front praying for a student. I felt a whisper in my spirit saying, there is what you asked for. I cried like a baby knowing in that moment that I was in love.

3. Brad and I did not kiss for the first three months of our relationship. I had always said I wanted to marry my best friend. In those three months he became my best friend.

4. Just after that God gave me a beyond a shadow of a doubt moment telling me Brad was my forever love! While sitting in the back of the church one night I was praying for God to give me peace and to allow me to know. Brad came up and put his arm around me, saying nothing out loud, and began to pray for me. I knew in that moment when God whispered in my spirit, “he is yours.”

5. God gave me my every want and need when He gave me Brad.

6. Brad puts up with me. 🙂

7. Brad and I both know God put us together and we had no hand in it.

8. When God gave me Brad He gave me an amazing new family.

9. My in-laws treat me like a daughter.

10. I gained not only a great immediate family but a truly blessed extended family.

11. I am love by so many!

12. I have an amazing Grandmother in-law who is an amazing woman of God. She calls me Melisha and I love it!!

13. Our families are both a huge blessing to us.

On to today:

14. Emma helped a little girl at school today who didn’t want to stay.

15. Emma’s teacher was moved by her caring heart.

16. Emma has a true caring heart and loves to help kids who are upset.

17. I paid 4 bills today and there is still plenty of money in the bank.

18. God is our provider!!

19. I got to design a save the date invite for my mom’s office. I love getting to be creative.

20. Mom loved the card. 🙂

21. I got to practice more tonight with my dad’s camera. Wedding pictures Saturday!

22. CYM had a great service tonight!

23. I love having a youth pastor!

24. I got to sit with my friend Cherryl, she makes me smile.

25. I get amazing hugs from my Eddie.

26. Tonight I even got a shoulder rub from him.

27. I also got my back scratched by Uncle Richard, bonus!

28. I have such great people in my life!!

Day 8 of my 365 Journey

1. Another good morning with the kids, I even rewarded them with donuts.

2. I had time to clean my bathroom before my kiddos got here.

3. I have felt great all day. So nice after several days of tummy issues.

4. God will carry you through big and small.

5. I had one of the best days since I began watching kids from here.

6. Jacie, my one year old, had a great day today, which makes my day so much better!

7. The kids loved the pasta I made them today. 🙂

8. Emma does so well handling the asthma and allergy junk.

9. Teachers have email and check it regularly!

10. I was able to email Emma’s teacher to explain her bloody nose issues.

11. Emma has a very loving teacher.

12. Emma’s nose barely bothered her at school.

13. Emma has already made a cute little groups of friends.

14. Emma, Jaxton and Jacie all got along today!! (Has not been like that for over a week.)

15. We had a very relaxing quiet movie time today.

16. Naomi’s report on her dibels testing came home today and she was well above average on every section!

17. I am a proud mom over 3 very smart kids!

18. Zeke liked the book I picked out for him at the library.

19. That book is in a series so there are more for him to get.

20. Brad had his first night back at Inner City church mentoring, Zeke sometimes goes with. I love that they are able to share in this ministry.

21. Brad is such a great Godly example for our son and daughters.

22. Grocery carts with cars attached!

23. I made it through a quick grocery store trip with the girls.

24. I almost always get to go to the grocery store by myself, I am thankful for this! 🙂

25. I have a 4 inch foam mattress pad on my bed!

26. We also have a very nice and kinda pricey comforter on our bed. (Bought with Christmas money last year.)

27. I sleep so comfortable at night.

28. I am going to bed before 10 for the second night in a row…this is a kinda big deal for me.

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!

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