Thursday, December 27, 2012

God-sized Dream Team!

A new year is almost here - 2013!! I don't think I have ever been more excited about a new year! I am part of the God-sized Dream Team and I can't wait to see what God has in store for me and the other 99 ladies that are part of this team. When I was chosen I wasn't even sure what my God-sized dream would be. I just knew He had a plan for me and He put me on this team for a reason. My dream is finally coming together in my mind and heart and I look forward to seeing how it all works out. It is a little scary but I know He will be right beside me the whole way and will work things our for His purpose.

Do you have a dream that you have not pursued because it seemed too big or you just didn't know how to get started? Check out Holley Gerth's blog where she has been introducing us to God-sized dreams...

Need more help getting started - like a step by step plan? Holley can help with that too. Her new e-book will be released on January 1.

So what are you waiting for? Ask God to show you His plan for you in 2013 and get started!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Do Not Be Afraid

I woke up this morning and quickly remembered what had happened yesterday. I looked at my children and thanked God for them. I can't imagine what each parent and that community is going through this morning. My heart aches for them. What we saw yesterday is the evil that is very real in this world. There are so many that don't know our God and look for something to fill the void. The devil is happy to swoop in and take over if someone will let him. As I watched the news last night I kept hearing the question "Why?" and "What was the motive?" That may be something we never know.

When I got home yesterday, I hugged and kissed my babies a little bit more. So happy to see them and find them home safe. It also hit me that we were about to put our two youngest in a public school next month. What if something like that happened here? I could overreact and never let them leave the house :-) or I can just trust my God. I love this verse...
We never know what is going to happen but we do have the promise that He will be with us no matter what!

I will be praying for all of those affected by the shooting yesterday. I pray that they will turn to God and He will give them peace.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Let Go & Let God

Monday is the day...I start my new new job! I am excited and very thankful but we have had to made some hard decisions. I have been very picky about where my children go to school. Patrick has been in a Christian school since preschool until this year and my other two have mostly been homeschooled. I left my job to be at home and homeschool all three. I thought I would be at home at least through this school year but God has other plans for me.

Now what? My mom can't help all three of them with was hard for me and I am a teacher. :-) My husband and I are doing something that I couldn't have done six months ago. We are sending Reagan and Katherine to public school. Let me tell you, this was not an easy decision for me and I shed some tears over it but I love the peace that comes when you turn it all over to Jesus. Through lots of prayer He let me know that it will be okay.

He also showed me the root of my fear. See I've never felt like a good enough mom to help them spiritually. I struggled was I supposed to help them? I felt that they had to be protected or go to a Christian school. I've seen what happens when good kids get around bad influences and I just didn't think I could prepare my children. I know I can't control everything and I can't prepare them for everything but I do know who is in control. I know my God will watch over them and protect them. I pray that God will use them to help and teach others of His amazing love. I now see this as an opportunity for them!

It is so neat when you can look back and see the things He planted in your life to get you ready for situations He knew you would need help with.I am changing and growing and building my relationship with Him and it is wonderful! I can't explain the peace I feel about so many things in my life now. What a difference when you give it all to God! Let Go and Let God...I say this to myself quite a bit so that I don't start taking charge (which is what I've done in the past).

What do you need to let go of and give to God?

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

I know the plans I have for you...

This is one of my favorite verses and I have gone back to it many times this year. It took every ounce of faith to take Him at His word. Has it been easy? No way! There have been so many times that I have doubted the decisions I made this year. How many people do you know that walked away from a 17 year career to stay at home with their children? I had no idea what He had planned for me and even now I don't know everything that is in store for me but I can tell you I know it will be wonderful because He said so!

After many months of praying, I knew God wanted me home with my husband and children. Financially it has been one of the hardest times in our lives but the growth and the blessings have been worth it. We are still struggling but I know He will take care of our needs. We have had money given to us or had a check in the mail at "just the right time" so many times this year. This time has taught all of us to be more thankful and realize how blessed we truly are.

I thought I would be at home this whole school year but again I did not know the plans He had for me. :-) One morning when I was working on our budget and all I could see is how much we couldn't pay, I cried out to him for answers. I asked him for direction, I asked him for help, I asked him to give me a sign so that I would know what to do. I was desperate for answers! Well...ask and you shall receive! I just couldn't believe it when UGA called later that day and wanted me to schedule an interview. So the next week I headed to Athens. I thought the interview went well and I was surprised at how much I wanted the position. The hard part was knowing that this would disrupt all of our lives. As the days passed I wasn't sure what to do if they even offered me the position. I let the worry and stress take over and lost sight of this verse. I knew I had to let it go and leave it up to Him. When I did that guess what happened...UGA called that day and offered me the position and I accepted with the peace of knowing God had given it to me. I wasn't about to reject a gift from Him!

I have a few weeks before I start my new job and there are lots of decisions to be made. I will just look to Him for guidance and KNOW that He has great plans for me and my family!!

Is there something in your life that you need to give to Him? Please let me know if I can pray for you.