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Happy 2015!!

It was close to 4am when we got home from celebrating the new year, therefore I am in awe at the fact that my cubs are all wide awake and chatting it up right now at 11:30pm in Cub 2’s bedroom.  They have been going strong all day without napping!  They are SO off-schedule and SO not ready to return to school on Monday.  Honestly, I’m not ready for them to return to school either!  No bedtimes, no waking up to the alarm clock, no homework…which reminds me…I should probably check their backpacks just in case we had homework that we were supposed to complete over the winter break, and no outfits to plan.  It’s been great having multiple pajama days where neither vehicle has had to be moved from the driveway. {insert HUGE SIGH here} I guess I’ll start the countdown to spring break!

So, I had…

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Do You Have Big Plans For 2015?

I do indeed have big plans and High Expectations! I actually have God sized dreams! I realize “I” gets me in trouble. I had to stop and understand beside God I can do nothing! I have all these plans that I wanted to get started on. Then I was reminded are these plans, the plans the Lord has for me? I want my plans to be in alinement with Gods plans. I want to reevaluate my motives. Am I trying to make a name for myself or am I magnifying the name above all names, Jesus? If it doesn’t bring glory and honor to him I need to rearrange and change my thoughts and motives.

I said to the LORD, “You are my Master! Every good thing I have comes from you.” ~Psalm 16:2~NLT

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.~John 15:5

I do not want to put limits on God by my piddly dreams. If I give him the reins he can dream far better and open many doors that I can’t comprehend! My High Expectations are given to the Dream Master!

I am willing and ready. Lord!

Keep Pursuing God Sized Dreams!

Are You Set for Failure?

“If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you! ”
~Max Lucado

The new year is here and many of us make resolutions, set new goals, and often set ourselves up for failure. Many resolutions begin with I vow to lose x amount of pounds this year. We are trying to conform to what society tells us is an acceptable size. They tell us to pin photos of supermodels on our refrigerators, so we will be inspired not to eat when we see a Photoshopped sized 2 model. They do not offer that many of these women are very unhealthy and are anorexic or have had surgeries to look this way. This year rather than making a resolution to lose x amount of pounds I am going to offer my body to God, try to conform to his word and be transformed by it. Although, I am overweight by societies standards and maybe even healthy standards I know if God had a refrigerator my picture would be on it. Human and perfection is not compatible without Jesus. I will strive to present my body holy and acceptable to Jesus, but not conform to the standards of Hollywood. I have absolutely no desire to be a size 2, but I do have a desire to be healthy and live holy.

I encourage you to never compare yourself with someone else, only compare yourself to the old untransformed version of you. Cheer yourself on when you have made progress! If you are working on losing weight do it for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Romans 12:2 – And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Keep Pursuing God Sized Dreams!

Parasitic Poop Twig!

Ask Our Generous God

Did you know the word Mistletoe essentially means Poop Twig and that it is a devastation to trees around the world? It made me wonder, how in the name of all that is pure and lovely that we romanticized that! Think of all the Christmas Movies we see and how those in love dream of that kiss beneath the mistletoe. It kind of puts a new perspective on things. 😀

This made me think of how often we have almost made the Christmas Story too cute. I am from the Appalachian Area. We are no strangers to barns around here. We see these soft, clean images of Jesus laying in the manager. Anyone who knows what a manger is knows that this is unrealistic. A manager is a trough in which animals are fed. Have you ever watch a hog, horse, or cow eat? They drool, slobber is stringing down…

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