Friday, April 24, 2015

A hurtful promise

So how can a promise be hurtful?
As Ryan and I are preparing and a few months out for planting a church and follow Gods promise, 
We are going to feel pain of obedience and sacrifice.
Here is the thing, we LOVE our church and our small group is like family to us, BUT in order to follow Gods calling, we have to leave the church, our friends and our comfort zone.
  
Walking into the promise of what could be means leaving the comfort of what is.

God needs us to feel the pain before we can enjoy what is ahead. This is so hard for me to grasp. It scares me, yet excites me. 
I  am scared for change and starting over. I   am scared I will not be the woman God intends for me to be to new believers and  old believers.
I am excited because we are planting a church in an area that needs one. I am excited to spread the love Jesus to those who need it and will embrace it.
 God promises good things to happen and we have to understand that sometimes pain and obedience come with those plans. 
Ryan and I are so blessed to be given this opportunity to open and lead a fresh new house of God and do his work, however it is hard letting go of our control  and Let God have complete control.


 As we pray and be thankful , we also will grieve to what we are leaving and know that God promises through the pain of obedience. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Iced coffee

I posted on Instagram my afternoon pick me up was my homemade iced coffee and I had a couple requests for the recipe.


It is super easy to make.
                          Ingredients
                 •coffee ( cafinated or decaf)
                  • milk or almond milk or half    
                  • sweetener (I use stevia or 
                     Truiva)
                
   • I always add a little 
                    Chocolate syrup, but it can 
                    Optional.

                         Directions
                Add coffee and milk
                Sweetner and anything else 
                Ice cubes

              




 Pour in cute mug or jar, pop a straw in and ENJOY!



Friday, April 10, 2015

Spring inside

I love signs of spring outside and I also enjoy it inside . I have a few peices that I added that let me enjoy spring inside.





I love terrainums, my mom has them everywhere in her house. They give that fresh spring/summer feeling. 



I love throw pillows. Pillow covers are the best right? I can change them out with every season, however I am digging these pillows right now though , so they are here to stay.


This table is right by my front door. It is one of my favorite spots. 


These simple tulips make me smile. It's the first flower that blooms and so many colors. 

And just because... I finally decided on my collage wall. I am sure I will trade out a few things , but overall  like it!

Do you have spring in your house?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Maple syrup muffins






 These muffins are pretty tasty and easy.
I made these with my preschool kids and they were a hit. 
I thought I would share for you and the kids to make together and of course eat together.

                 Ingredients :
            2 cups flour
            2 tsp. baking powder 
            1/2 tsp.salt
             1 egg
             1/4 cup melted butter
             1/2 cup cup milk
             1/2 cup real maple syrup
  
  Prepare oven to 400 degrees
Sift together the flour,baking powder and salt.
Beat egg until light 
Add milk, and then mix in the flour mixture.
Add maple syrup and the melted butter

Pour into a well greased muffin tins until 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until muffins are golden brown.



Enjoy with a glass of milk!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Easter


The ground began to shake 
The stoned was rolled away
His perfect love could not be overcome 
Now death where is your sting?
Our resurrected King
Has rendered you defeated 
Forever he is glorified 
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is lifted high
Forever he is Risen
He is alone,he is alive

Easter is a time to celebrate the empty tomb and that he has risen. He promised he would rise and he did!
As I was reflecting  about today, it came to me that I need Easter everyday. God promised to resurrect and he did. He promises to always be with me, to take care of my needs, everyday!
We had a great Easter and heard a great sermon.

How was yours ?



Thursday, April 2, 2015

Gods creations + faith

I had another post planned, but it was on my heart to write this. Nothing fancy, just something we did as a family.

This week my kids are on spring break and we were lucky enough to have Ryan home with us this week.
 We have been talking a lot to the kids  about Genesis and how God made everything and we would have not earth if it was not for creation day.
Today was a Genesis day. We went to a nature center that is close to our house. 
We walked up the trails, listening to the birds whistle, the leaves blow.
As I was watching the kids walk and look around, I was thinking on how dependent they are on us and how they trust us and learn from us, so I need to 
be more dependent on God, my faith
 I want to learn from my children , who are so dependent on us.   I want to be more like Jesus, I want I live through him, just as our kids live through us.

There was one moment where a cardnial was just sitting in the woods and we just stopped and embraced the moment . How cool is that to see a bird in the midst  of nature. 
A squirrel was eating a walnut and then took it back to his nest. Again, creation . How can we thank Jesus for what he created.




I love my 3 creations that  God gave me. I want to be the parent they depend on and I want to be the child of God who  depends on Jesus for everything.


I want to see Jesus like a child see's their Parents. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Am workout vs. pm workout


Working out is a big part of my day, however finding the right time of the day can be the tricky part.  I work out in the early morning and here are my reasons.

Why Do morning workouts work for me? 

1+  I get up every morning about 4:45 and get to it. Yes, it is really early and yes, it takes a bit for me to wake up, but it's the right time that works for my husband and I.
 I work fulltime from home and my day starts 7 and ends at 4. With 3 children involved in something at night, I have no time to even think about working out. 



2+ working out in the am gives me the energy to go full force during the day.

3+ I like burning calories in the morning. Sometimes I like to sneak a little treat , so knowing I burned calories makes it easier to enjoy the bite. 

4+ after a long day of work and kids getting  home from school and dinner and activities, I have no desire to get a workout in, so knowing it is already finished is relief.

5+ my workouts are also a time of devotion for me. I pray when I work out and just endure the peacefulness and blessings around me.  I have a couple devotion apps on my phone, so I read those while working out and reflect on them.

 This is what works best for me in the season of life I am in right now .  In the years to follow it may change.

I would love to hear if you have a workout routine.